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Re: Humans aren't responsible enough for nuclear power
We just finished building a new multi-million $ treatment plant for the chemical soup pouring out of a mine that closed 50years ago. The mercury, arsenic, cadmium etc will be safe in 10^32 years if certain theories about proton decay are correct. Until then we can just keep cleaning the water and burying the toxic sludge.
Removing 100years of the same stuff from the bottom of a 1000m deep fjord is going to be a little more tricky.
Re: Anti-nukers... vs. Pro-Nukers
>I don't feel any warmer about eating fish from the Pacific.
You would prefer fish from the North Sea?
Take every factory, refinery, chemical plant from Basel to Rotterdam and filter all it's waste through that fish.
Then add every particle of brake dust, rubber additives, catalyst, and paint chips that flaked off every car in europe, Then add in all the human and animal sewage and pathogens
Re: Anti-nukers... vs. Pro-Nukers
But that is natural free-range organic radiation which haven't been forcibly bred in some neutron factory.
Re: It is an engeneering problem not a nuclear problem.
>The calculations were made to harden the plant against a massive tsunami
That is precisely what engineering means.
The plants should have been hardened against any conceivable tsunami/earthquake?
What about the schools and homes- 1000s of people died in those.
Surely all primary schools should be proof against a magnitude 10 earth quake?
Here on the other side of the same fault zone we spend only a few million $$ bolting classroom bookcases to walls.
If society had priorities then all the children would be protected by schools built deep underground in bunkers, and all the old peoples homes, and all the hospitals etc etc - in fact nobody would be allowed to live within 100km of the pacific ocean
Re: Remember Bhopal?
But those were brown people - and even worse, poor brown people.
The correct order of concern is:
Black / poor Americans
3rd world smiling children
3rd world starving children
So Fukismima/Chernoby are about equal to a 3mile island, only because it may affect sushi or Welsh Lamb, a Bhopal is about equal to a Katrina
You can send public links to somebody - so that file you need to send to a client that is too large for email or blocked by some firewall policy, just dropbox it and email them a link.
Want free reliable back-up for a few Gb of stuff without needing to run a btsync server?
Have a non-techie that wants to just keep their pictures/docs safe without understanding what backup means?
Re: And still no client-side encryption?
>Ask yourself why they designed the system this way
Deduplication = less diskspace/bandwidth
Dropbox heavily dedupe files. So a million copies of that same cat picture only takes up a few K
If they are all encrypted they can't tell the files (or parts of the file) are the same and so need to store and transmit everything
Re: How do they know I emigrated?
I assumed the report meant UK residents who had patents (and so were inventors) who had then left.
How do they know I emigrated?
I am an inventor (at least I wrote a bunch of patents)
I have worked abroad a number of times.
I currently live abroad in the land above the land of the free
But although I always have to fill in a lot of documentation for the place i'm going to - I don't remember ever telling the UK government I left.
Re: Proper charges
Yes they are lucky they are only being tried as child-sex offenders.
If the copyright police got them - they would really be in trouble
Yes if there is one group that should have complete unfettered access to all your communications it's Quebec's police and politicians.
I here they are currently investigating one of the senior officers under suspicions that he had no links to the mafia
The only way to protect the children is to make sure that boys and girls are totally separated upto the age of 18 with no allowed contact between them - then they can safely emerge as adults.
The system has worked very well for the UK ruling classes, and the current government.
Re: Cloaked man-in-the-middle attack
>They can't (yet) ask for LinkedIn to amend their code to include spyware for specific users.
Secret national security letter from a secret court tells you what to do - who you going to call?
Isn't that pretty much what they wanted Lavabit to do?
Heads will roll
So now, in companies across Europe, Linkedin is being added to corporate firewall blocked sites, along with facebook.
So GCHQ has damaged the share price of a US dot-net company - surely that's an act of terrorism?
Will Cheltenham now be the subject of a US drone attack?
Re: Sacre, Fear, Money Dare!
I thought it was the Iraqis who had secret invisible weapons of mass destruction that could hit London in 45mins ?
Now the Iranians have them as well !
Whose next on the list - India, Ireland and Israel?
We must invade Italy at once to stop Iceland using it's secret volcano weapons.
Then for the next crisis we can open Bush and Blair's big book of countries to 'H'
Re: Not quite sure I understand the article.
It's the logical disconnect between "employees are our most valuable asset" and firing them to save money.
You don't see Rolls Royce saying "The technology for single crystal Titanium fan blades is our most valuable asset - so we decided to scrap it"
Re: OK, so...
They could if it wasn't for the atmosphere.
In practice it's more like skipping a stone off the beach and expecting the coastguard to tell you how many hops you will get.
Re: Are you sure?
Unless it was a medical device, in which case the device needs to meet ISO 60601 and CE class umpteen. And the supplier of the psu needs to meet a bunch of acronyms, and all their suppliers...
Re: Malaria vaccine versus connectivity
The malaria vaccine is a very real possibility - Glaxo are trialing one.
The tricky thing with malaria is that we have been living with it for 1,000,000 years so it has got very good at evolving around most of our immune system.
>build such precision in other objects
You can diamond turn surfaces to about 1/20 wavelength which migth be difficult to achieve with 3d printing
Re: Don't bang dinner gong in front of hungry code diggers
However the same argument doesn't apply to putting backdoors in products.
Microsoft / IBM / Cisco / Siemens / etc all have divisions that sell classified systems - staffed with people who can be trusted - they all have valuable government contracts that make them very accommodating and they all have enough zero-day exploits that even if one is discovered who is going to blame the feds? And anyway a replacement can be pushed out next tuesday.
>Bible wasn't originally in English.
You aren't trying to imply that Jesus was a foreigner are you?
>homo sapiens americanus is the very peak of the pyramid.
Unlikely - they don't even play cricket
So if somebody put up an app where you can pretend to drive cars unsafely and shoot prostitutes - that would show an inclination to drive cars dangerously and shoot prostitutes and so those people should be prosecuted.
And no proof that those that did contact the site weren't themselves Turing machines.
Re: How? Why? Stack handling
Better than their wmf bug that let you run arbitrary windows commands by just putting "#command" in the file
On flights back from Belfast people would often be asked for their ID on the jetway by a couple of men in suits with no obvious uniform or ID. Asking them why was met with a "just hand it over sonny"
In the US you can sack people for no reason and no notice in many states, it's called "right to work" (who said Americans don't do irony !)
If the person you are firing is a visible minority there is normally an automatic lawsuit - just from no-fee lawyers. The result is that you never tell anyone the reason they are being fired - because it gives their lawyers ammunition. Which is a shame because quite often it's not their fault, it's just the company's needs change.
This clause just gives the lawyers another class to chase. One side effect is that it would force people to be openly (even flamboyantly) gay in the office in order to show that you knew they were gay when you fired them.
So he did hospital administration and accounting?
The figures are normally from university careers services - and they typically only track the first job after graduating and they don't include people who don't work form $MEGACORP$ who return surveys.
It used to be a classic statistic that Chem Eng grads earned more than anyone else. Simply because all Chem Engs immediately got a job with the company the careers service sent them to, and their starting salary was above average.
When you tracked how much they earned over their career - it doesn't make sense to do a technical job.
Re: The status of Engineers.
That happens here - but there are downsides.
To get the "engineer" title new grads have to serve years as an engineers-in-training and so work for a company with an engineering training program. That means new eng grads can be paid peanuts by large companies because if they don't jump through these extra hoops they wasted their degree.
Startups can't hire engineers because they don't have their own chartered engineers to sign off on the training.
Want to employ a maths PhD as a software engineer? You can't.. Want to hire that American CS grad from MIT/Stanford, you can't because they don't qualify.
The result is that all 'engineers' immediately jump to management, because managers (especially in the public service) have to be professionals. You also get a majority of people doing the softest 'engineering' course they can find - usually environmental eng - so that they can become civil servants.
While the actual technical work is outsourced or off-shored.
Re: 'foreign' is defined as 'not American'
No - you are thinking of the last lot, Tory MPs usually spy for the other side.
>If I can't root it, I won't use it.
Are you Australian ?
Re: Why Android?
You also need to add three extra hardware buttons to use Windows effectively
Re: Why didn't they...
Perhaps you would if when the car was done it suddenly fired itself off the road randomly at 25,000 mph
- I think BMWs do
I assumed the only person who didn't think this was ironic - would have been Jobs himself
But apparently not !
Steve Jobs built Apple 1 .......with the help of Steve Wozniak
Re: So something like $400M-$500M has been spent on this website....
The UK spent more than that on the acronym for each of the last 'n' abandoned NHS-IT systems
Is this really an IT issue?
Perhaps all Americans have such healthy suyperman-like physiques that they never need to consider health care.
And those that do are so well served by the systems provided by their benevolent employers that they wouldn't need this service.
Re: Evasion vs. Avoidance
The line isn't as cut and dried - otherwise we wouldn't need courts
If the Inland Revenue decide that you buying your coffee beans from Switzerland at 10x market price is purely to make a tax loss - then it becomes illegal tax evasion.
Even darker matter ;-)
Re: Psychology is a nice, easy subject
> the number one area of work for social sciences graduates is Social Work
That doesn't mean that a majority work in social work.
If psychology leads to a wide range of jobs - then 10% might be social workers, 9% in HR, 8% in fast food, 7% in subway music playing etc etc
For extra security
Make sure you use the closed source versions of these that come with that American made operating system.
Re: site license
In return for h264 become the new web standard ( as opposed to flash, or some open source codec) I'm sure the MPEG-LA looked favourably on the licensing cost.
Just like MP3 offering free license to open source decoders. How popular would ogg be if the MP3 license holders tracked down every non-Apple user of an MP3 ?
Re: Quite misleading.
The problem is that, with this - Cisco have effectively halted all development on alternate codec and allowed a patent encumbered one to be widely adopted as a standard.
All because it's free - for now, or until they change their mind, or another patent holder objects, or that part of Cisco get sold to somebody else.
Suppose sun had offered free downloads of solaris-x86 in the early 90s. Then we wouldn't have needed linux and today the world would be owned by Larry "blofeld" Ellison
Re: Blue Sky of Death?
Have they tried turning it off and on again?
Would an IBM only PC really have benefited IBM?
There wouldn't have been a PC software market, and certainly not Windows if IBM had kept it an IBM only product.
It's like claiming that if Mercedes had been the only one building cars all cars today would be MB - in fact there just wouldn't be cars today.
Re: I hated IRQs
At least when you set an IRQ with a jumper you know it's set.
You don't have all this "can't find port X / can't create port X - already exists " crap you get with 'smart' systems
Doesn't work - those treaties are by the fed, they are allowed to ignore treaties with natives
(Actually the fed can ignore treaties with anyone who doesn't have nukes)
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