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Vermont Nuclear Plant Seeks Decommission But Lacks Funds

yacc143 Re:Wrong (179 comments)

Small reactors have still the unsolved "spent fuel" == "highly toxic waste that stays so for an eternity" issue

about two weeks ago
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Vermont Nuclear Plant Seeks Decommission But Lacks Funds

yacc143 Re:If you take the profits (179 comments)

No problem. 40K debt. No problem, but notice that these cannot be discharged in a bankruptcy. So as long as these guys pay up, there is no issue.

about two weeks ago
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Vermont Nuclear Plant Seeks Decommission But Lacks Funds

yacc143 Re:Nuclear gets the biggest subsidy (179 comments)

The problem is, that climate change is something that up to a certain point is natural (research it, climate change has happened over the centuries, with sometime grave side effects for humans), the nuclear waste is highly toxic (the radiation is not noticable without technical kit, you'll just notice that all kinds of life forms start to die, seen it in person, but any numbers of elements present in the waste output is also chemically toxic to humans), and it will need safe storage for a multiple of the time span that modern humans have existed (the convinient time unit for measuring half-life is MILLIONS of years, and that's only the half-life => after millions of years (for some elements it's only 0.1 millions years) half the stuff has decayed, so half of the original bad stuff is still there, PLUS some of the decay products might be still radiating/toxic)

Now, consider how much we know about the Egyptian pyramids (e.g. we are still figuring almost everything about them out), and these are less than 5K years old).

So exactly how these far planning corporation that cannot budget correctly for the demantling of the plants (which funnily is a very common thing) plan to safe keep the stuff for 1 million years? It's not as if they have budgeted for lifting the stuff from Earth to drop it into the Sun.

So basically it's yet again an example of "private profit" + "community risks/costs". And while Communism sucks, this half-version of Communism (good private, bad shared by all) sucks even more.

about two weeks ago
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Vermont Nuclear Plant Seeks Decommission But Lacks Funds

yacc143 Re:Bogus (179 comments)

Exactly, they produce stuff that is dangerous to life for time spans that are expressed in millions of years.

Put bluntly, this stuff will need safe keeping for way longer than the modern human has existed.

This is not comparable to CO2, which might have side effects on climate, but CO2 is a biologically safe gas, actually humans produce it themselves all the time breathing.

about two weeks ago
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Lumia Phones Leaking Private Data To Microsoft

yacc143 Re:Excluding third-party software, as the O.S. (110 comments)

Well, they produce the mobiles, so I guess that they should have included some items in the contract for the software they've licensed that MS will comply with local laws.

about 2 months ago
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Member of President Obama's NSA Panel Recommends Increased Data Collection

yacc143 Re:Inadequate justification (349 comments)

Well, actually, if they stop a bombing, that would lead to prosecution, which is public.

about 4 months ago
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Member of President Obama's NSA Panel Recommends Increased Data Collection

yacc143 Re:WTF?! (349 comments)

Actually it's part of human development, if I got that one right, normal child development involves learning the concept of privacy around age 4.

about 4 months ago
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Fedora 20 Released

yacc143 Different distributions (147 comments)

Hint: apt-get install XXX-desktop converts your Ubuntu into a XXX desktop variant.

Ubuntu does create different distributions to make it easier for the user. and so that they don't need to install software initially that they won't be using.

about 4 months ago
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Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo Form Alliance Against NSA

yacc143 Re:congrats guys and gals (293 comments)

Congrats, but you do realize that surfing to http://www.somerandomdomain.com/ will result in your data being collected (in many cases) by Google/Facebook and a number of other players in the field? You don't have to be a customer of Facebook so that Facebook starts collecting data about you. Not being a customer just means that some tiny bits of information are not supplied by you. So if some partner site where you ordered enriches your anonymous identity with Google/Facebook with your real name, you are still not a voluntary customer of Google & co.

about 4 months ago
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Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo Form Alliance Against NSA

yacc143 Re:congrats guys and gals (293 comments)

That's utterly naive.

What a company does is not scrutinized at all.

Reporting some bad data about you can end with you being branded a child molester (have fun clearing your name on that). Reporting bad data about you can get you fired. Bad data can basically destroy your existence, by influencing how others deal with you.

Now the big issue here is that all the big data whore houses draw conclusions mostly by statistical correlation. Now that works quite well for 99% of the cases. For the rest, the conclusions drawn from the data can range from funny over bad to catastrophic.

about 4 months ago
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Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo Form Alliance Against NSA

yacc143 Re:congrats guys and gals (293 comments)

Well, the debate has taken place behind closed doors, everything is fine, move on. For national security reasons the existence of this debate has been classified.

So no, this debate cannot take place behind closed doors.

about 4 months ago
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NSA Uses Google Cookies To Pinpoint Targets For Hacking

yacc143 Funny that Google complains (174 comments)

Personally, the collection of privacy relevant information by private companies like Google is way more scary than what a government fools around with.

And don't come, it's voluntary. It's anything but, considering how many sites include elements from Google/Facebook/... (e.g. ads or like buttons), and they DO track you even if you are not a registered user. And the end user tools to customize browser behavior (to suppress unwanted elements of a webpage) are mostly non-available on mobile platforms

Worse, as is the "fundamental law" of privacy & data collection, any data collected will be abused. (Classical example, when the truck toll system in Germany was introduced, it was only allowed by the data privacy commissioner because it's absolutely illegal to use the data for anything but tolling. Couple years later, new government, and immediately "let's use the toll data for law enforcement" is a nice idea in the back rooms.)

So Google might be collecting "anonymous" data about person X, not knowing who X is, but that does not mean that the identity of X cannot be revealed later on, or be known by a third party.

Worse, anonymizing data (removing the parts that identify the user and potentially replacing them by a random id) is way harder, e.g. an interested adversary can usually reconstruct the identities, sometimes even trivially.

about 4 months ago
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German Court Invalidates Microsoft FAT Patent

yacc143 Re: What about FAT32 (192 comments)

Just a guess, but it's part of the SDXC industry standard. (SDXC basically means exFAT and potentially different access speeds, but it usually comes down to exFAT + no guarantee that any given card will work in some device, even with reformating)
 

about 4 months ago
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Feds Confiscate Investigative Reporter's Confidential Files During Raid

yacc143 Re:I donâ(TM)t suppose... (622 comments)

Personally, I would use the names of some bad guys at the TSA as aliases, ...

about 6 months ago
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MEPs Vote To Suspend Data Sharing With US

yacc143 Re: Good luck (180 comments)

Actually the backup data centre is outside of the EU, located in Switzerland.

about 6 months ago
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MEPs Vote To Suspend Data Sharing With US

yacc143 Re: The NSA did what they were chartered to do ... (180 comments)

Well, he did fix the illegal activities of the previous administration.

He's a law professor.

So now all these stuff has been made as legal as possible.

See, you should be happy that you've lost your privacy legally, aren't you happy?

about 6 months ago
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Irish Government May Close Apple's Biggest Tax Loophole

yacc143 Re:"Job creating" == broken windows (292 comments)

And similar to that, the invocation of "it's legal", well, many extremely negative things are "legal". The Holocaust was almost certainly quite legal by German laws issued by the Nazis. Which by the way were elected legally in a democracy, btw.

about 6 months ago
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Irish Government May Close Apple's Biggest Tax Loophole

yacc143 Re:Tax Avoidance (292 comments)

Well, the reality is that different jurisdictions will always have compatibility issues. And they are really really hard to fix. They exist in the US (where companies have been known to use license plates from other states for their trucks to save a dime, even if their "office" in that state happened to be a desk in the dealership selling them the trucks), in the EU (where despite treaties being in place they still do not really manage to make tickets stick in different countries for minor traffic mishaps), and internationally.

Up to a certain point it's probably okay, but it's hard to fixate that point (which makes working out the compatibility issues in laws and taxes even harder).

Now the big international companies are taking this avoidance to ridiculous levels, e.g. small single digit percentages, at least for income outside US.

The big but: "it's legal". Well, many things that are legal, are far from ethical. "legal" is a very poor benchmark for behavior. (Hint: most genocides have been quite legal in the country that was responsible for them at the time that they happened.)

about 6 months ago
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Irish Government May Close Apple's Biggest Tax Loophole

yacc143 Re:Because Apple (292 comments)

Well, always compare it to the base value, the income to be taxed.

So yes, the rate is relevant. Plus, in the case of Apple & friends, the issue is that they avoid paying taxes on income abroad, they basically manage to get it not taxed in the US, and the country where the income was created.

One can argue that this is "fair" to the US, because the part of the income that the companies did not manage to move out of the country is taxed here. But it's certainly not fair to the other countries.

about 6 months ago

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Nokia is sueing Apple over the iPhone.

yacc143 yacc143 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

yacc143 (975862) writes "Nokia is sueing Apple over the iPhone.

The short article in German gives not to much details, but Nokia claims that Apple is violating 10 patents in areas GSM, UMTS (3G WCDMA) and W-Lan-standards."

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