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Comment: Re:What do I think? (Score 1) 217

by AmiMoJo (#47530959) Attached to: Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

I have arthritis but it wasn't diagnosed until well after I left school. My teachers used to complain that I didn't write enough, or that after a few lines my handwriting was hard to read. Now I know why. Writing by hand just put me off writing stuff completely, which is a shame because I enjoy it now I can type instead.

Comment: Re:Real world consequences (Score 1) 176

Thanks. The comments on every single nuclear story on Slashdot seem to miss the point entirely. The units are just a way to measure the relative efficiency of the work being done to prevent leakage. The effects are observable, there is no need to guess based on the numbers. This is apparently too complex for most commentators to understand :-(

Comment: Re:Is that a lot? (Score 1) 176

This is a common misunderstanding of the way the released radioactive particles affect humans. The material from Fukushima bioaccumulates inside the body. It has already been found to be doing this in wildlife and people near the plant. Once inside the body's organs it can remain for decades, slowly damaging the DNA and leading to cancer. Things like x-rays are one-off events that deliver a single dose, much of which is blocked by tissue (that's why parts of the image are dark), this stuff bypasses all the protection and sits there slowly emitting indefinitely.

Comment: Re:I also measure distance (Score 2) 176

The units are not that important, what matters is the relative numbers. The point of the story is that TEPCO is failing to prevent the release of radioactive material from the plant in enough measure to contaminate nearby crops and make them worthless. Relatively speaking the amount of released material is lower now, but expected to rise once they start further decommissioning work.

In this case the unit used by TEPCO and the government is Becquerels, and there has been a great deal of discussion about it in the Japanese media so people are aware of the issues. It serves as a measure of how effective TEPCO's efforts to reduce emissions is.

+ - One trillion Bq released by nuclear debris removal at Fukushima so far

Submitted by AmiMoJo
AmiMoJo (196126) writes "The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says more than one trillion becquerels of radioactive substances were released as a result of debris removal work at one of the plant's reactors. Radioactive cesium was detected at levels exceeding the government limit in rice harvested last year in Minami Soma, some 20 kilometers from Fukushima Daiichi. TEPCO presented the Nuclear Regulation Authority with an estimate that the removal work discharged 280 billion becquerels per hour of radioactive substances, or a total of 1.1 trillion becquerels. The plant is believed to be still releasing an average of 10 million becquerels per hour of radioactive material."

Comment: Re:What do I think? (Score 5, Insightful) 217

by AmiMoJo (#47526099) Attached to: Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

When I was at school I wasted vast amounts of time being forced to write stuff out in draft form and then re-write it neatly. Fortunately now we have computers that allow editing. This is progress - I can write a report and edit it without endless copying out by hand.

Kids should have access to computers. Not all families can afford them. By giving all the students the same computers it is easier for the teacher to teach without getting bogged down in technical differences, and allows the school to administer and manage them.

Comment: Re:Keyboards (Score 2) 217

by AmiMoJo (#47526037) Attached to: Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

Chromebooks don't support Java, or Silverlight for that matter, in the browser. There are of course web games, but the school will have their internet connection censored to block those out anyway. The students can't install much on those machines, and in fact I think they can be locked down so that no apps can be installed at all.

Comment: Re:That... looks... horrible. (Score 1) 74

by AmiMoJo (#47525863) Attached to: A Warm-Feeling Wooden Keyboard (Video)

I tried ergonomic keyboards but found that because I never learned to type formally, using the right fingers for each key, I was constantly reaching over to the other side because that's just how I normally type.

It's the sort of thing where you really want to get a cheap one and try it before spending serious money on something like this. In the end I found that just getting a laptop style keyboard (and MS one as it happens, but Lenovo ones are good too) made far more difference. Clicky keys are really nice but they are not the best if you have arthritis or RSI or just want something low impact.

+ - Dutch Court Says Gov't Can Receive NSA-Collected Data->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Dutch law makes it illegal for the Dutch intelligence services to conduct mass data interception programs. But, according to a court in the Hague, it's perfectly all right for the Dutch government to request that data from the U.S.'s National Intelligence Agency, and doing so doesn't violate any treaties or international law."
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Comment: Re:Pft (Score 1) 952

by AmiMoJo (#47521709) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

What you describe is sexual discrimination. While men and women can have differing dress codes (to stay within social norms) the code must not favour one or the other gender overall. If women are given significantly more freedom then you have a case you could take up with your boss, and if that doesn't get you anywhere you can go to tribunal.

Comment: Re:My SSD already encrpyts its contents (Score 2) 91

by AmiMoJo (#47521601) Attached to: Intel Launches Self-Encrypting SSD

Some older drives can use the ATA password for encryption, which is presumably what you are describing. The implementation varies. Some drives store the key in plaintext where it can easily be sniffed as it travels over the the HDD's internal bus. The biggest issue though is that in most cases only laptops support the ATA password feature, with virtually no desktop BIOS implementing it.

This new standard defines how the key is to be stored securely and integrates much better with software like BitLocker. As well as being far more secure than the old ATA password method this allows companies to manage their keys. If the user forgets their password they don't lose access to the entire machine, IT can reset it. The password can be changed without wiping the drive. Hibernation and sleep support is much better too.

The old Intel encryption uses the ATA password, but they have been a bit vague on the details so it isn't know how well it works or how secure it is.

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