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Comment: Re:It freakin' works fine (Score 2) 78

by AmiMoJo (#48277303) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

Think back to the epic holy wars of the past. Emacs vs. Vi. Big vs. Little Endian. Motorola vs. Intel. Amiga vs. Atari ST. ASCII vs. EDBIC.

Some people go to war over which part of their dick they are supposed to cut off. Some people go to war over a text editor. It's human nature.

Comment: Re:How did they ID the part? (Score 1) 56

Seems odd that the bones would be found on a part of the island where they were unlikely to have been seen from the air (according to the article you linked to). Seems likely that both Earhart and Noonan would have been aware of that, and made some effort to go somewhere more visible or create some kind of sign visible from the air. Maybe they died before they washed up I suppose.

I'm somewhat surprised they have not found the aircraft yet too. These days with advanced sonar and knowledge of sea currents we are pretty good at tracing back things like washed up bodies, or if they swam the search area couldn't be that big.

Comment: Re:Unless the plant is surrounded in a glass dome. (Score 2) 70

They did bring in portable generators at Fukushima. They had battery powered generators, and they also had external pumps (fire engines) that were trying to push cooling water into the reactors. Neither worked because the plumbing for the emergency cooling system was damaged, and due to a lack of power for monitoring equipment they didn't know that some of the valves were in the wrong position. Basically they had the means to avert disaster but confusion on the ground and (at the time unknown) damage from the earthquake scuppered them.

Comment: Re:Anti-Nuclear group looking for scare material? (Score 1) 70

Interesting how many of the comments on this story immediately look to blame anti-nuclear groups, instantly painting them as foaming at the mouth raving liars.

Why do you jump to that thought instantly? When drones are seen near airports do you think it was probably some rabid anti-aircraft group (they exist) on some mission to discredit air travel?

Sorry, but this is nuclear fanboyism.

Comment: Re:Good idea beyond the "renewable" fad (Score 1) 149

by AmiMoJo (#48276389) Attached to: Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

Windmills suffer considerably from NIMBY

So does coal and nuclear. No-one wants to live near those either.

Off shore wind, far enough out that no-one can complain, is getting cheaper all the time. In the UK it's already reached parity with nuclear, not sure about Denmark. Sure, there are challenges, just like there are with nuclear and cleaner coal.

If you are going to shoot down renewables because they are expensive or need some investment then you had better do the same with coal and nuclear, and get ready for the lights to go out.

Comment: Re:Breaking the stranglehold of other countries (Score 3, Insightful) 149

by AmiMoJo (#48276377) Attached to: Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

You can but that costs many billion dollars.

So do the alternatives. Coal causes billions of dollars of damage to the environment and people's health. Nuclear costs billions of dollars to build, and in the UK we have to guarantee double the normal rate for the electricity produced during the plant's lifetime. There is a third option, which is spending billions on efficiency improvements.

No matter what we do we will end up spending that money, so the question is what do we want to spend it on.

Comment: Re:How big a fuss is it, really? (Score 1) 376

by AmiMoJo (#48273585) Attached to: How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

The amount of error varies from watch to watch, and it's a bell curve. You are just lucky and have a single example that is fairly accurate, but that doesn't mean mechanical watches are generally fairly accurate. Anecdotes are, as usual, worthless I'm afraid.

A basic digital watch can easily manage 1 second per day. 3 seconds per day is actually quite annoying, 1.5 minutes/month of error.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 93

by AmiMoJo (#48268285) Attached to: Secret Policy Allows GCHQ Bulk Access To NSA Data

Unfortunately we waited too long to fix it democratically. All the realistic democratic options will keep spying on us.

Because we left it so late, we have reached the point where the only option is to fight back. Hopefully we can win by making surveillance so expensive that they can't do it any more. Encrypt and anonymize everything, and make it the default option. If that fails, using violence to destroy GCHQ will be the only thing left, and I really want to avoid that.

Not posting anon because it won't protect me, and I'm sure GCHQ already have a thick file on me. Just in case any dumb fucks from the police are reading this though: This isn't a threat to bomb GCHQ.

Comment: Re:ENTITLEMENTS, NOT RIGHTS (Score 1) 95

by AmiMoJo (#48262851) Attached to: Open Consultation Begins On Italy's Internet Bill of Rights

I somehow doubt capitation taxes and import duties would be enough to cover a working legal system, at least not without crippling the economy. Beside which, if the only protection it offers is protection of private property that opens all up kinds of abuse that would be uncontrolled and ruin your life, like pollution.

Your ideal society sounds awful.

Comment: Re:'right to be forgotten' (Score 1) 95

by AmiMoJo (#48262253) Attached to: Open Consultation Begins On Italy's Internet Bill of Rights

Nobody has any right to tell me what information I can store.

You are still thinking about this as an individual, and the right to be forgotten doesn't affect individuals. You can keep all the information you want for personal use. It's only businesses that are required to forget certain things in a commercial capacity.

Comment: Re:ENTITLEMENTS, NOT RIGHTS (Score 1) 95

by AmiMoJo (#48262223) Attached to: Open Consultation Begins On Italy's Internet Bill of Rights

Governments have no resources but what they steal from private individuals

I'm trying to understand how you think property works. If society decides people can own certain things, they can be your property. Government enforces property rights on behalf of society. The only other option is that you defend those rights yourself, against the rest of society which has decided on different rules.

So... Do you really think property is a question of what the individual can defend with their own resources? Or did you want government to "steal" your resources and use some of them to defend your other property?

Information is the inverse of entropy.

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