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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

japa It's all about planned obsolescence! (944 comments)

Funny how most of the anti-bulb people are using bulb vs LED lifetime as one of the reasons why bulbs are bad. The problem is, that bulbs are made on purpose to expire at about 1000 hours. Have a look at a documentary on the issue: Pyramids of waste. Or if you don't have the time or interest, read this nice article Planned Obsolescence: The Light Bulb Conspiracy. If you don't have time for that, I'll write in couple of the key points: There is Centennial Light in Livermore, California – an incandescent light bulb manufactured back in the 19th century. The world’s longest lasting light bulb still shines today uninterrupted after a century of use.
The industry standard for light bulb is 1000h, it used to be 2500h, but the manufactures lowered the limit to increase the consumption. that happened in 1940s. My guess is that with modern manufacturing methods it would not take much to be able to have the standard at 10000h for light bulbs. Just that there is no money to be made on that, the bulbs would be too cheap and they would last too long.

about a year ago

Windows Phone Actually Gaining Market Share In Some Countries

japa Re:This was real (114 comments)

IDC's forecast on windows phones for 2012 was only %238 off. Ref: Tomi Ahonen consulting

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Feel About Recording Your Entire Life?

japa Re:Tragedy, and Strange Days (379 comments)

Counterargument: what if you recorded the worst-case scenario? Accidentally viewing that video of your child being hit by a car could be devastating.

You mean something like this clip in russian car crash compilation? https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=P7q1eQzjQ28#t=286s Gory detail (=impact) is not shown, but you can see the horror inside the car as they realize crash is unavoidable.

covered in the quite decent mid-90's quasi-cyberpunk film 'Strange Days'.

Nice film, with interesting idea. If it was trueI would be totally addicted on repeating the nicest moments of my life again and again. Who wouldn't?

about 2 years ago

France Proposes a Tax On Personal Information Collection

japa Not just France (196 comments)

You can pretty much say the same about Finland as you wrote on France. Envy is renewing energy which never runs out. I recall the days when Nokia was in its glory. Oh the envious talks about persons earning lot of money from their Nokia options or dividents. How that was most unjust thing on the world. Now Nokia is almost gone, I've yet to see any public comments how now things are better as there are no longer persons getting dividents or other bonuses from Nokia success. I only see the misery of X amount of tax money no more coming in and Y amount of jobs lost because Nokia is no longer successfull.

Besides, increasing taxes has never been a road to success. Soviet union tried 100% and see where they are now. Yes, they aren't.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Which International Online Music Stores Are Legit?

japa Store maybe legit but you most likely break US law (166 comments)

Repeating what I originally read from http://falkvinge.net/2012/10/31/the-scary-spectre-of-perpetual-ipr/.

There is a separate provision of U.S. copyright law that prohibits the importation into the United States, “without the authority of the owner of copyright,” of copies of a work “acquired outside the United States.” – Slate

The law is unambiguous:

(1) Importation.—Importation into the United States, without the authority of the owner of copyright under this title, of copies or phonorecords of a work that have been acquired outside the United States is an infringement of the exclusive right to distribute copies or phonorecords under section 106, actionable under section 501. – Importation and Exportation, US Copyright Law

The case is still open, but basically one side is arguing that what ever you own, you don't own it once you take it to USA. After that point you are just a licencee. And it the US copyright owner does not approve you buying the stuff from abroad, you are violating the licence. I recommend you read the article linked at the top to get the picture.

more than 2 years ago

Germany Exports More Electricity Than Ever Despite Phasing Out Nuclear Energy

japa Re:Totally bogus (473 comments)

Germany relies on coal. It's replacing its nuclear generators with coal powered generators. .

The general public is a fraid of Fukushima and the radiation deaths. Nobody has mentioned the amount of deaths caused by the emissions from the coal power plants that are built to replace the nuclear power.

Coal contains trace quantities of the naturally-occurring radionuclides uranium and thorium, as well as their radioactive decay products, and potassium-40. While most of the ash is captured, tiny solid particles known as "fly ash," including some radionuclides, escape from the boiler into the atmosphere. One study estimated that 100 times more radioactivity is released from a coal-fired plant as compared to a nuclear power plant of a similar size (McBride et al., 1978) [quote from www.lung.org/assets/documents/healthy-air/coal-fired-plant-hazards.pdf ]

Still quoting the same document in regards to the effects of fine particle pollution generated by coal plants: For example, emissions from a single 1,230 MW facility in Wisconsin were estimated to account for 7 premature deaths, 100 emergency room visits, and 520 asthma attacks each year, with an annual cost of $42 million (MacIntosh et al., 2003).

Lets assume filtering technologies advance and the figures above can be halved, that's still 3.5 deaths per year. Considering nuclear power plant has some 50-60 year usage life, during that time comparable coal plant has caused some 200 deaths. Germany is replacing it's ~300TWh of nuclear power generated energy mainly to coal generated energy. Again, taking by conservative estimate as some will be replaced by non-coal sources over the time, the production would be 200 "wisconsin plants" for 50 years -> 10000 deaths.

That's safe coal power for you all...

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: It's World Backup Day; How Do You Back Up?

japa Re:Time Machine (304 comments)

Back In Time is a simple backup tool for Linux inspired from “flyback project” and “TimeVault”. The backup is done by taking snapshots of a specified set of directories.

I use it with external USB drive and it has saved my butt couple of times. Cases where I thought the focus is in certain nautilus window, then doing Shift-delete + enter in very quick fashion and fraction of a second later realizing there was another nautilus window with focus on some directory which is now nuked... As this is just a frontend to rsync and uses hard links, there is the advantage of the backed up files being available even without the backup program as normal files within the directory structure on the backup media.

more than 2 years ago

Dutch Government To Tax Drivers Based On Car Use

japa Re:Fuel tax? (500 comments)

Isn't this much easier to achieve -- albeit with less accuracy -- via fuel tax? Every time the government here proposes a mileage tax, I can't help but think we already have one. Added benefit of encouraging people to drive more efficient cars.

Yes, but it's too simple a solution. There will be no hi-tech companies with their (gps) solutions that are trying to get their solution as the mandatory one. ie. No-one to offer nice "gifts" to the law makers to help them make the right decision etc...

more than 3 years ago

ISP Owner Who Fought FBI Spying Freed From Gag Order

japa Warrant Canary (Re:Other uses for this sidestep?) (404 comments)

"At each board meeting I tell them we have not been served by any (search warrants)," she said. "In any months that I don't tell them that, they'll know."

I wonder if this technique could be used in other ways.

An ISP could use automation to send its customers some sort of message once a day as long as

It's already been used for quite long time. Check out rsync.net http://www.rsync.net/philosophy.html "Warrant Canary". They've started this practice long ago. (Perhaps 2006 as stated in the page copyright..

more than 4 years ago

Google's Free Satnav Outperforms TomTom

japa Re:Free. (242 comments)

Don't know if this applies to all Garmin devices, but at least for my eTrex I can upload selfmade maps. I use maps based on openstreetmap ( http://www.openstreetmap.org/ ) data. There are several places to get pre-compiled maps for your device if you don't want to create them on your own.

Additionally there are other software enabling one to use topo/bitmap maps on Garmin, but I have not found one which would be completely free (as beer). Haven't been looking that much though as I'm relatively happy with OSM maps. They have theyr limitations but one definately gets more than what one paid for , which is rarely the case with commercial maps.

more than 4 years ago

Is OS/2 Coming Back?

japa Re:EA corruption (432 comments)

From what I remember about those days, EA corruption was oly problem with people running OS/2 on FAT. With HPFS there wasn't such problem.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Says Windows 7 Not Killing Batteries

japa Re:Surprise (272 comments)

No, not in a tool. I mean - pop-up warning "Hey, your hard drive is failing" without your intervention. Like the battery warning.

After my first HD failure I installed smarmontools ( http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/ ). The next time I got advance warning about the oncoming failure. I had dropped my laptop from about 1 meter and less than week from that incident, I got the popup. About week from that my system would not boot any longer. There are other smart monitoring software also, but this one is open source, thus you are getting good bang for the buck.

more than 4 years ago

Bruce Schneier On Airport Security

japa Re:Uh No (582 comments)

Can't bring liquids on board? Sure, but you can bring freeze-dried watermelon that you've reconstituted with a liquid of your choice onboard.

Nope, no can do. During Christmas time, one of the Finnish traditions is to eat ham. Not just a slice, but 10-20 pounds of big part of pig that is then cooked at home. Some buy their ham fresh, some buy it frozen (Cheaper). You are not allowed to take frozen ham onboard, it's considered as liquid. Ref: http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=1&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kauppalehti.fi%2F5%2Fi%2Ftalous%2Fuutiset%2Fetusivu%2Fuutinen.jsp%3Foid%3D2008%2F12%2F16969%26sort%3Dfalse%26request_ahaa_info%3Dtrue&sl=fi&tl=en
(Article translated from Finnish to English)

(printer friendly version (=no ads) , just press cancel to print dialog. )

more than 4 years ago

Senators Want To Punish Nokia, Siemens Over Iran

japa Re:Don't be so quick to defend the corporations. (392 comments)

I don't like what the US government is doing itself in the area of human rights abuse, but I have to admit that I support it on this matter.


The US government would have more credibility if they'd start with US companies and then go after the international ones. Or at least target both at the same time. And besides there are many countries with questionable record in human rights. One of the lesser known, but incredible bizarre is Turkmenistan, a mall country with lots of oil & gas. The previous leader came up with Ruhnama, which is an absurd government propaganda book disguised as mandatory religion. Foreign companies get advantage in Turkmenistan if they translate the book to their language and Turkmenistan gets another propaganda victory. The US version was translated by John Deere (the tractor company). There are other big US companies in Turkmenistan, againt the companies' own ethical rules.
Have a look at a documentary 'Shadow of the holy book'.

The whole thing is so unreal that it's absurd..

Ps. Yes, you can find Siemens also from Turkmenistan...

more than 5 years ago

How To Diagnose a Suddenly Slow Windows Computer?

japa Re:Check the HDD (835 comments)

I'm thumbs up for smartmon tools http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/ It supports scheduled self tests, automatic alerting , has a mailing list for indepth discussion, etc. Of course it's missing nice GUI for dummies...

more than 5 years ago

Finnish E-Voting System Loses 2% of Votes

japa the stats (366 comments)

There were 3 pilot municipalities; Vihti, Kauniainen and Karkkila.

Municipality / Number of votes given / number of lost votes / lowest number of votes for elected person
Vihti: 7087 / 122 / 77
Kauniainen: 2982 / 61 / 49
Karkkila: 2165 / 49 / 35

more than 6 years ago


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