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Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

ssam I felt a great disturbance in the Force (117 comments)

"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out ...

No, wait. Nobody cares.

yesterday
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

ssam donate (169 comments)

If every Firefox user donated $1 they would not need to do this.https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/foundation/

3 days ago
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Errata Prompts Intel To Disable TSX In Haswell, Early Broadwell CPUs

ssam Re:Strange Timing... (131 comments)

19.802874743326488 years ago

about three weeks ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

ssam Nokia N900 (544 comments)

The Nokia N900 was a pretty nice phone, but the CPU does not really cut it any more. The http://neo900.org/ project is pretty neat idea to put a modern motherboard into it.

about a month ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

ssam Re:Not Even Funny (272 comments)

You can reduce carbon emission a lot without changing lifestyles.
US has carbon intensity of 0.413 (Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide per Thousand Year 2005 U.S. Dollars)
France has 0.167
http://www.eia.gov/cfapps/ipdb...

So they make 2.5 times more money for each ton of CO2

about a month and a half ago
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How Japan Lost Track of 640kg of Plutonium

ssam Re:Nuclear Power (104 comments)

Do you have a reference for that? All I see is him pointing out that the linear no threshold model its unproven and inappropriate for low radiation doses.

High doses of radiation (and pretty much anything else) will obviously kill you. I bet the are 10s or hundreds of substances of which there is enough in your house to kill you consumed it all at once.

(Also worth noting that the plutonium in the article was not actually lost)

about 2 months ago
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How Japan Lost Track of 640kg of Plutonium

ssam Re:Nuclear Power (104 comments)

He was pointing out that we attach irrational levels of fear to some substances, while are completely unconcerned about consuming significant (if not deadly) amounts of other toxins. I don't know what the 'most deadly substance on earth' is, but there are plenty of things that will kill you at the mg level.

If you define 'renewable' to mean it will never run out then there is no such thing as renewable energy.

about 2 months ago
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Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

ssam Re:Thanks for pointing out the "briefly" part. (461 comments)

Fear of nuclear power is part of the reason we still burn so much coal, oil and gas. This is why thousands die every year in mining, drilling, fuel transportation, domestic gas explosions, and millions die every year from air pollution.

Even using big numbers for deaths at chernobyl (by estimating unmeasurable small risks and multiplying them by large populations (linear no threshold model)), nuclear is historically far safer than fossil fuels, and even safer than renewable. Reactors from the 70s are an order of magnitude safer than chernobyl (water cooled, graphite moderated is a terrible design) and modern designs are safer still (passive safety beats complex systems).

about 2 months ago
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Linux Mint 17 KDE Released

ssam Re:Updating? (61 comments)

The ubuntu installer lets you install over the top of an existing install without need a seperate /home. As long as you don't tick the format box, it will only delete system directories and leave things like home. Mint is based on ubuntu, so it might work.

about 2 months ago
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Will 7nm and 5nm CPU Process Tech Really Happen?

ssam Re:Low Hanging Fruit (142 comments)

how many transistors can you etch onto the side of a silicon atom?

about 2 months ago
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Swiss Space Systems Announces Plan To Offer World's Cheapest Zero-G Flights

ssam Re:no such thing as zero-g. (64 comments)

"Do you really expect me to do coordinate transforms in my head while free falling in a plane?"

about 3 months ago
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Fusion Power By 2020? Researchers Say Yes and Turn To Crowdfunding.

ssam dubious (280 comments)

There are some pretty dubious energy projects on indiegogo.
https://www.indiegogo.com/expl...

Also:
"The Department of Energy decided forty years ago to put all its fusion money on one device, the tokamak, and is not funding anything else"
What about NIF? or is that DoD?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

ssam Re:Off site backups + Home Owners Insurance (408 comments)

There are lots of reasons that the insurance company may decide not to pay out. You might be better just putting into a savings account each month.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

ssam Re:Don't. (408 comments)

The one time you accidently leave a window open is the time you will get burgled, and the insurance will just laugh at you.

My tip for insurance is to look through the conditions, implement all the security things they need, and put what you would spend on insurance in a savings account.

about 3 months ago
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The Man Behind Munich's Migration of 15,000 PCs From Windows To Linux

ssam Re:Munich is where now? (264 comments)

Bavaria doesn't count as Germany?

about 4 months ago
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Understanding the 2 Billion-Year-Old Natural Nuclear Reactor In W Africa

ssam Re:How low can you go?(power density) (152 comments)

Some people believe that rates of radioactive decay have changed with time, to allow the isotopic abundances that we see to be consistent with a 6000 year old universe and in order to be able to discount any archaeological or palaeontological result they don't like. Showing that nuclear physics was the same 2 billion years ago is unlikely to change their minds.

about 4 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

ssam Re:We don''t do tax returns in the UK,you insensit (386 comments)

(UK resident) I am happy for it to work automatically. Just like I am happy that if I need to see a doctor or go to A&E it is paid for automatically.

Here you don't pay any income tax on the first ~£10k/a that you earn. To be paying enough tax to be worth complaining about you must be taking home enough money that I have little sympathy for you.

But maybe some people like spending their life being annoyed about numbers.

about 5 months ago

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Fairphone reaches 5000 preorders, starts production

ssam ssam writes  |  about a year ago

ssam (2723487) writes "The Fairphone is an ethical smartphone made using conflict-free materials under fair working conditions. It has a Quadcore CPU, dual SIM and all the usual smartphone specs. They needed 5000 preorders to start production, and reached that goal today."
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CERN Physicists Announce the Substandard Model

ssam ssam writes  |  about a year ago

ssam (2723487) writes "Now that we are on the verge of completing the Standard Model of Particle Physics, it's time to look to the future of the field. Five physicists at CERN present their new state of the art theory: The Substandard Model of Physics!"
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Decay: A Zombie Film Set at the LHC

ssam ssam writes  |  about 2 years ago

ssam (2723487) writes "I'm part of a group of physics PhD students who are about to release a feature-length zombie film, shot entirely on location at CERN near Geneva (although not officially authorised by CERN). It was filmed on borrowed DSLRs on home made rigs with a non-existant budget, and will be released online in a few weeks under a CC-BY-NC licence. For now there's a trailer on the site and youtube to whet your appetite!

The film follows a small group of students (played by physicists) after a disastrous malfunction in the LHC. As they try to escape from the underground maintenance tunnels, they are hunted by the remains of a maintenance team, who have become less than human."

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