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NuScale Power Awarded $226 Million To Deploy Small Nuclear Reactor Design

miquels Should have given that $226 mil to Focus Fusion (210 comments) In a major endorsement of the fusion energy research and development program of start-up Lawrenceville Plasma Physics (LPP), a committee of senior fusion researchers, led by a former head of the US fusion program, has concluded that the innovative effort deserves “a much higher level of investment based on their considerable progress to date.” The report concludes that “In the committee’s view [LPP’s] approach to fusion power is worthy of a considerable expansion of effort.”

about 7 months ago

Annual "Worst CEO" List Released

miquels Unox (121 comments)

Why isn't Paul Polman, CEO of Unox not on the list?

about a year and a half ago

Moscow Plane Crash Caught On Passerby's Dash Cam

miquels Re:russian dashcam videos (253 comments)

It's not that difficult. If they're driving and flashing their lights at you it means "I'm coming through". If they stop and flash it means "come on, go ahead". At least in .nl. YMMV.

about a year and a half ago

To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets

miquels Re:But that's not the real problem. (1651 comments)

actually, I think there's only one Autobahn now that has no speed limits. Everywhere else is pretty much Euro standard.

Really? Because just about everywhere that I can cross the dutch -> german border there is no speedlimit. That's all the same autobahn you say? Wow, so it must be 300 kilometers wide .. that's 60.000 lanes .. amazing German engineering.

about 2 years ago

Whistleblower: NSA Has All of Your Email

miquels Re:Definitely have all email headers (478 comments)

The EU has a law from (2005-ish?) that requires all email headers for inbound/outbound users located in the EU be sent to EU-based law enforcement.

Nope. There is a requirement to log MAIL FROM / RCPT TO fields and keep those around for the "data-retention" time (differs between countries, 6 months to 2 years). It basically comes down to "set the rotate time for sendmail logs to 6 months". There is no information automatically sent to law enforcement. What's more, a lot of the EU countries have not implemented this directive in national law yet (unfortunately my country has).


more than 2 years ago

Are There Any Smartphones That Respect Privacy?

miquels I've been using Android (478 comments)

You can do the same with Android.

- I use my ISP's IMAP and SMTP servers
- I run my own calendar (caldav) and contacts (carddav) server, Davical right now.

You just need carddav-sync and caldav-sync for Android from


more than 2 years ago

Linux 3D Games Run Faster On PC-BSD

miquels Re:Which illustrates what we already knew (298 comments)

Unless I am mistaken, Linux has a less stable (as in it change more, not crashes) API than FreeBSD. Having to adapt to this, multiple times, could ad to kludgy patch jobs in applications, making them run less and less efficiently

The internal linux kernel API is not set in stone, but the ABI for applications that run on the kernel is. You can start applications from 1998 on a 3.0 linux kernel from this year, and they will run.


more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Slams Google Over HTML5 Video Decision

miquels Re:And in other news... (453 comments)

Irony .. isn't that like goldy and bronzy only made out of iron ?


more than 3 years ago

Italian MEP Wants To Eliminate Anonymity On the Internet

miquels Re:GNAA RULEZ! (223 comments)

As far as I can see the directive would require ISPs to record what sites I visit, not what I do on them. Isn’t this what they already do?

No, ISPs do not record what sites you visit. At least none that I know of (and I work in the industry). Why would they ? It would be outrageously expensive, for no gain.

Isn’t that information already available following a warrant anyway?

Well no, as ISPs do not record what sites you visit. They can put a tap on your line after a warrant though (Lawful Intercept), but that is for one user specifically, and nothing is recorded- a copy of the data that passes over the line is just sent in real-time to the justice department.

about 4 years ago

Open Source, Open Standards Under Attack In Europe

miquels Re:Great! (164 comments)

Not just any woman.

Rember that Microsoft got fined hundreds of millions ?
Heard about the windows7 browser selection tool ?

That was all her work, actually.Until last year she was the European Competition Commissioner.

more than 4 years ago

A Black Day For Internet Freedom In Germany

miquels Re:Well ... (420 comments)

... let's see, If it were a child pornography site, then yes, I would agree with censorship.

Really ? I'd rather that the police just go and find the bastards that run the site, shut it down, and throw them in jail.

Blacklisting is just a "if we can't see it, it isn't there, great we're done" policy, which probably increases the very thing you're trying to prevent.

about 5 years ago

Clarifying the Next Step in Australia's Net-Censorship Scheme

miquels Re:Not So Radical? (193 comments)

It's not going to happen. The police tried to run this scheme, and the ISPs almost fell for it. Then the minister of justice noticed what was going on, investigated it, and concluded that it was against the law (!).

Bit of a shame though. The agreement between ISPs and the police was much better then any future law will be .. which unfortunately is still just as likely as anywhere else in the world.

It had very good checks and balances built in. For example, the agreement was in the form of a contract, and it would become invalid the moment any non-child-porn site showed up on the list.

Oh well. All in all I'm happy it didn't go through. But I'm wondering what they will come up with next.

more than 5 years ago


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