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Comment: Re:Flash panic (Score 1) 139

by AmiMoJo (#47556111) Attached to: OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

According to TFA they correlated certain reactions with attractive photos, which means they must have looked at the photos to determine if they were attractive or not. It isn't clear how far they went into people's private profiles to do this. Maybe it was all innocent, but it seems creepy because they were not transparent about it and probably would have kept quiet if Facebook hadn't been caught.

I know what people will say, they uploaded their photos to a web site and have no expectation of privacy. Well, actually they do. A site like OK Cupid needs to maintain a good image and handle customer data with respect. If you went to a brick and mortar dating agency you would expect them to keep your profile secure and only show more than the front cover to people you authorized them to. You certainly wouldn't expect random members of staff to go through your file without telling you.

Comment: Re:It has 2GB internal memory. (Score 3) 104

by AmiMoJo (#47552319) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?

When you say "it doesn't boot", do you mean it does nothing when you try to turn it on? If you can get into the bootloader menu it is often possible to wipe the device from there, or at least do a factory reset and make it bootable again.

It might also be worth trying a USB connection. Even if the screen doesn't work it might get you an ADB connection, which can be used for wiping.

Otherwise the only option is a hammer. You could possibly remove the motherboard and sell the screen, battery and other bits. The memory chips have to die though.

Comment: Re:NO, all candy bar (Score 4, Insightful) 453

Keyboard phones didn't sell well. People realised that swipe keyboards are actually faster than trying to type on tiny keys. Most people don't do massive amounts of typing on their phones anyway. Of they need to they get a tablet, Bluetooth keyboard or ultra portable laptop.

Keyboard phones sound good on paper but when people actually tried them the reality hit home.

Comment: Re:More Range Needed (Score 2) 114

by AmiMoJo (#47551207) Attached to: Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

In the EU a driver of a commercial vehicle must take a minimum 45 minute break every 4.5 hours of driving: http://www.rsa.ie/en/RSA/Profe...

You can drive for four hours in a Tesla Model S before you need to stop for 50 minutes, falling to 40 minutes as 150kW chargers are rolled out. Seems like the only real barrier to long distance travel is the availability of superchargers and people who think they can safely drive more than 4.5 hours without a break.

Comment: Re:What to do if you have unlimited money & am (Score 1) 84

by AmiMoJo (#47551151) Attached to: World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

Japan and India use them for search and rescue, their intended role. Carriers are big and slow, not suited to SAR work where you need high capacity long range aircraft that can then collect people and even small boats from the water.

Anyway, in warfare carriers are less useful against enemies with hypersonic missiles. The US doesn't have any yet, but since Russia, India and China do I imagine they expect to face them eventually.

Comment: Re:Spruce Goose (Score 1) 84

by AmiMoJo (#47551129) Attached to: World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

Technically, sure, it's the heaviest amphibian in the world. Amphibians as a class are practically dead.

The fact that the ShinMaywa US-2 is in production and it's predecessor sold reasonably well suggests that there is a market for this kind of aircraft.

Along with Timothy's comment I'm starting to think sour grapes.

Comment: Re:already done (Score 1) 119

People did die during the evacuation, mostly the elderly. They can't go back because there are still spots of significant contamination where radiation levels are above the legal limit. The towns near Fukushima survived the tsunami unscathed, they are perfectly safe from even the largest waves.

Comment: Re:No need for a conspiracy (Score 1) 273

Windows 8 has more features than Windows 7, in fact they tacked on an entire new and separate UI over the desktop. Yet, it runs faster and makes better use of memory. It makes better use of SSDs and cuts boot times down a lot. Just adding features should not slow an OS down, as features are mostly only loaded when needed and memory management should be able to handle background stuff.

Comment: Re:already done (Score 1) 119

Actually the earthquake did damage the plant in a very critical way. The emergency cooling system was broken, so that even when they started pumping in water from fire engines it didn't cool the cores and they went into meltdown.

I suggest you try watching this documentary: http://youtu.be/ldki2ji5-gU

Comment: Re:already done (Score 1) 119

Contamination is quite reversible

Yes, but the effects of short term contamination are not. The evacuated towns in Japan are pretty much being abandoned now, because even when they do manage to fully decontaminate them there will be no-one to live there. All the former residents have had to move on with their lives, find homes and jobs elsewhere, go to other schools and try to start some kind of new life.

Those communities, those businesses are all gone for good.

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