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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 (385 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.

3 days ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

ssam Re:Nuclear is obvious, an energy surplus is desire (429 comments)

Most of your radiation exposure is from the radiation that's been in the rocks for ever and from cosmic rays. Releases from nuclear power are tiny compared. Radiation safety limits are incredibly conservative.

4 days ago
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Bunnie Huang's Novena Open Source Laptop Launches Via Crowd Supply

ssam Re:Holy smoking wallets, Batman! (88 comments)

RaspberryPI was designed to be cheap and makes various compromises, e.g. very low end CPU, low memory, USB connected 100MB ethernet, fussy PSU.

Novena looks easily powerful enough for normal use, plus has nice features, FPGA, gigabit network.

about two weeks ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

ssam 13 to 15 deaths (518 comments)

and what do you do about the other 30,000 people killed on US roads each year? (plus many more from the air pollution from vehicles)

about two weeks ago
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OpenSUSE 13.2 To Use Btrfs By Default

ssam Make sense (91 comments)

I have been using BTRFS for a while now with no problems. Even been through a couple of unclean shut downs, and unplugging mounted drives.

I suspect that some of people reporting corruption have bad hardware. If they run ext4 the corruption happens, but they never notice. When they switch to BTRFS it spots the corruption quickly because of checksumming, and makes noise about it. Not to say that BTRFS is bug free, but neither is any other file system.

about a month ago
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Portal 2 Incompatible With SELinux

ssam Re:no need to disable SELinux (212 comments)

The SELinux debugging thingy popped up, and i used the 2 line command that it suggested.

about a month ago
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Portal 2 Incompatible With SELinux

ssam no need to disable SELinux (212 comments)

you just need to allow the portal2 binary to use execheap. Now obviously its not good that portal2 uses execheap, but SELinux is fine grained enough to allow for it.

about a month ago
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How Japanese Scientists Are Monitoring Fukushima Babies For Radiation Exposure

ssam Re:Well done, for gamma. How about alpha and beta? (95 comments)

I suggest that this is done to children (especially noisy ones) on airplanes, so study radiation doses from cosmic rays.

about a month and a half ago
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How Japanese Scientists Are Monitoring Fukushima Babies For Radiation Exposure

ssam fear (95 comments)

But can it measure the harm done by fear of radiation?

about a month and a half ago
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Broadcom Releases Source For Graphics Stack; Raspberry Pi Sets Bounty For Port

ssam Re:Communication? (77 comments)

Looks like there are some parts (MPEG decoding) that will never be open. But there's a plan to make a open source firmware that is sufficient to boot.
http://www.raspberrypi.org/arc...

about 2 months ago
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Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

ssam Re:Snow Leapard: Rosetta (241 comments)

Libreoffice supports Appleworks documents. Maybe she could migrate.

about 2 months ago
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Open Source Video Editor Pitivi Seeks Crowdfunding to Reach 1.0

ssam Re:You already have Blender 3D... (79 comments)

If you open blender on a fresh install you see a 3d view of a cube, and nothing that looks much like a time line. I tried dragging a video file into various bits of the interface and nothing happened. A bit of hunting finds me a 'video sequence editor', that sounds right, but when I drop a clip on it says "Error: file '/foo/bar.mp4' could not be loaded". Useful. Ok, so lets assume that it actually meant 'I don't have a codec for MP4', so i'll try a webm. now I have a block with the name of my file on the time line. But there is no viewer in site. If I press play then a green bar moves across the time line, but I see nothing.

Now I know that if I sat down and read the docs I could make a whole film using blender. But it is not the user friendly video editor that pitiiv is aiming to be.

about 2 months ago
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Safety Measures Fail To Stop Fukushima Plant Leaks

ssam Re:will there be pizza (157 comments)

I consider fracking to be just as bad as all other fossil fuel extraction, which is pretty bad.

about 2 months ago
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Open Source Video Editor Pitivi Seeks Crowdfunding to Reach 1.0

ssam Re:immature (79 comments)

Ubuntu still as the 0.15.x series. You should have a look at the recent improvements in 0.92. There is a PPA https://launchpad.net/~gstream...

about 2 months ago
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Open Source Video Editor Pitivi Seeks Crowdfunding to Reach 1.0

ssam Re:You already have Blender 3D... (79 comments)

I think pitivi is aiming to be usable for a different set of users than blender. Pitivi lets you just drag video clips into time line without worrying about resolutions, frame rates or codecs. Achieving the same process in blender requires quite a bit more work.

Vim and emacs are great tools, but it does not mean that we don't need gedit and kate.

about 2 months ago
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Open Source Video Editor Pitivi Seeks Crowdfunding to Reach 1.0

ssam Re:Pitivi is such a POS (79 comments)

While Cinelerra is very capable, it also seems to be an unmaintainable code dump. The community project can just about get it in a state that it builds, but I am not aware that they have added any features to it. IIRC the community devs though it would be better to start again from scatch, with a project called something like Luminara, but I can't find much about that now.

On the other hand Pitivi is build on a solid base of libraries that are used widely in other peices of software. Even if pitivi were not to succede then it would have created the tools for other people to build an editor. It also provides a base of libraries for experimental editors like Nova cut.

about 2 months ago
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Safety Measures Fail To Stop Fukushima Plant Leaks

ssam will there be pizza (157 comments)

They could probably solve this by giving people free pizza
http://rt.com/usa/chevron-frac...

(On a serious note, why does it take a PR scandal to make a fatal explosion at an gas well newsworthy?)

about 2 months ago
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Should Nuclear and Renewable Energy Supporters Stop Fighting?

ssam Re:We need nuclear. (551 comments)

> Nucelar power has problems and if we were to use it as much as we use fossil fuels, it would cause the same problem.

Nuclear's problems are vastly exaggerated. There are industrial accidents and oil and gas explosions every week that have more fatalities than the Fukushima disaster. Passive safety features in modern designs make them safer still, and that's before fancy designs like subcritical reactors. There are methods of destroying nuclear waste (transmutation) or using it as fuel. People worry about long half lives of isotopes, but that ignores that pollutants like lead or mercury effectively have infinite half lives.

Nuclear certainly scares people, but that does not mean that it is dangerous (relative to any other method of power generation, or any other industrial process).

about 2 months ago

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Fairphone reaches 5000 preorders, starts production

ssam ssam writes  |  about 10 months 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  |  1 year,17 days

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 a year and a half 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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