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Bill Gates To Help China Build Traveling Wave Nuclear Reactor

atomicstrawberry Re:Actually, this is good news. (467 comments)

There's another reason they don't get used. The 'standard' reactors require enriched fuels. The same companies that sell the reactors also supply the fuels, or the enrichment services. It's basically vendor lock-in.

more than 2 years ago

Measles Resurgent Due To Fear of Vaccination

atomicstrawberry Re:Darwin (668 comments)

Unfortunately that would only be the case if refusing the vaccines removed them from the gene pool, but unfortunately it doesn't. Instead if exposes people who cannot have the vaccine due to allergies, immune system deficiencies etc. Not to mention the increased risk that in an environment where most people are immune to infection but some people are not there can be increased chance of it mutating and becoming more virulent or even potentially being able to work around the existing immunities.

about 3 years ago

Facebook Exec: Online Anonymity Must Go Away

atomicstrawberry Ulterior motives (553 comments)

Company with vested interest in tracking people by their actual names online thinks everyone should use their real names online?

more than 3 years ago

Tasmanian Dept. of Education Wants Anti-Virus for Linux, OS X

atomicstrawberry Re:Last Resort (396 comments)

There's more OSX and Linux malware out there than you might think. Especially OSX. When it comes to Linux I'd imagine that that is mainly for servers, where being able to e.g. natively run a sweep over all those shared directories that your staff are using to cache their files, or scanning incoming mail on your mail server or the like would be advantageous.

more than 3 years ago

Xbox Modding Trial Dismissed

atomicstrawberry Re:Woulda rathered the trail complete ... (179 comments)

It's quite likely that the prosecution in this case deliberately torpedoed themselves so that they could have an excuse to dismiss the case and avoid setting exactly this precedent.

more than 3 years ago

Aussie Government Gives PDF the Thumbs Down

atomicstrawberry Security (179 comments)

Possiblly not a bad thing given the vast amount of security flaws and exploits that PDF has been hit with, especially over the last few years.

more than 3 years ago

British MP Calls For Pornography 'Opt-In'

atomicstrawberry Re:Opt-out (335 comments)

I think that's exactly what is being proposed though. ISP offers an optional, opt-in clean feed for families that want it. Don't want it? Don't get it.

more than 3 years ago

Robot Actress Makes Stage Debut In Japan

atomicstrawberry Why bother with a robot... (140 comments)

... when you can already attend concerts with a singing and dancing virtual pop star that is only about half as creepy?

more than 3 years ago

Australia's Privacy Boss Slams Gov't Data-Retention Scheme

atomicstrawberry "Law Enforcement Agencies" (82 comments)

... which is to say record labels and motion picture companies.

more than 3 years ago

School Children Are Now Too Fat to Fit In Class Chairs

atomicstrawberry Re:need to bring back sugar (84 comments)

TFA is about Australia, and Australia doesn't use HFCS at all - we use sugar in everything that would have HFCS in the US. And we have the exact same obesity problems as the US does.

The problem is the prevalance of convenient, high-calorie processed foods, a lack of understanding of correct portion sizes, and lack of exercise.

more than 3 years ago

You Have Taste Receptors In Your Lungs

atomicstrawberry Re:Hmmm (223 comments)

Menthol is the active chemical in vapor rub, amongst other things.

more than 3 years ago

Japan's Latest Rockstar Is a 3D Hologram

atomicstrawberry Re:Life imitates Art or Art imitates Life ? (305 comments) - 1996 - 1994

The concept of a computer-generated 'virtual' singer / popstar isn't really something new at all. It's probably an inevitable consequence of the modern music industry and its manufactured pop artists, fake music videos and whatnot. A virtual idol won't need to eat or sleep, they can never be involved in a scandals, they don't do drugs, they'll do exactly what you tell them, they don't get royalties and they never retire.

more than 3 years ago

Star Wars Films In 3D Due In 2012

atomicstrawberry Adding depth (409 comments)

I guess Lucas got tired of people saying his films lack depth and are filled with flat, two-dimensional characters.

more than 3 years ago

Conroy Still Hell-Bent On Internet Filter

atomicstrawberry Classification IS Censorship (254 comments)

"'I'm not sure that the censorship claim stacks up. This is about classification systems."

The Australian Classification system is a system of government-run censorship. Media which is refused classification is not allowed to be sold in the country.

The debate is fundamentally about censorship.

It is legal to possess and view unclassified and refused-classification material in most of Australia, provided that it is not material which is actually illegal (child porn, for example). What Conroy wants to do is circumvent the ability for adults to decide what they can view. To make it illegal to view online things which are legal to possess in reality. It is censorship. To argue otherwise is completely dishonest.

about 4 years ago

Australia Adopts EU's Geographical Indicator System For Wine

atomicstrawberry Re:Pf, Wine (302 comments)

The Trappist breweries would probably disagree with you.

about 4 years ago

Video Appliance For a Large Library On a Network?

atomicstrawberry Re:PS3 (516 comments)

PS3 Media Server's transcoding can be used to correct the framerate too, if you set it up right.

about 4 years ago

How Will Contemporary War Games Affect Veterans?

atomicstrawberry Why target games specifically? (288 comments)

For decades we've had films which are "essentially created as entertainment and to make money" and which depict major conflicts, often with input from people who fought in them. They'll often attack more recent subject matter than games will, too.

more than 4 years ago

World's First Molten-Salt Solar Plant Opens

atomicstrawberry Desalinization? (316 comments)

Could this technology be combined with desalinization, i.e. take salt water, pull the salt out to produce potable water, and use the salt to improve the plant's efficiency? Desalinization is a very energy-intensive process but I wonder if a lot of that could be offset using solar and redirecting the waste salt into the energy plant that powers the process in the first place.

more than 4 years ago


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