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Comment Yes, easily (Score 1) 43 43

You can disable all this stuff easily.

1. When installing you are asked if you want the default settings. Select custom settings and turn everything off. Things like Cortana that rely on having data about you won't work, of course.

2. Open the Windows Update settings and go into the options. Disable downloading updates from other machines on the internet. You might want to leave the option to get updates from other machines on your LAN enabled though, to save bandwidth.

If anyone is any doubt that you can disable all the "spying" stuff, consider that enterprise users would demand it or simply refuse to use Windows 10.

Comment Re:Hmmmmmmm (Score 1, Insightful) 29 29

Actually this is exactly the kind of research governments should be doing. Stuff that is commercially risky but could have massive pay-offs. If Japan can build a reasonably quiet and efficient supersonic passenger jet they could really boost their aircraft industry. Currently they focus on smaller regional jets, but this could be a big new opportunity.

It's similar to how they developed their high speed trains. The government did the basic research and development, and then it grew into a huge business where Japan lead the world for over 50 years.

Comment Re:fairly common to blacklist devices (Score 1) 180 180

Wow, so much rage. You should see a doctor.

The alleged buggy implementation of NCQ TRIM in the Samsung firmware is not a bug at all. It can be safely re-enabled now, no need to blacklist it. It works fine on other operating systems too.

Maybe you should try to understand this issue before going full ragetard on it.

Submission + - JAXA successfully tests its D-SEND low noise supersonic aircraft

AmiMoJo writes: JAXA, the Japanese space agency, has successfully tested it's low sonic boom demonstration aircraft D-SEND#2. The unmanned aircraft is floated up to 30,000m by balloon and released, falling back to earth and breaking the sound barrier in the process. The sonic boom created is measured on the ground. The project aims to halve the noise created by sonic booms, paving the way for future supersonic aircraft.

Comment Re:better late than never (Score 1) 74 74

Even with the loss of the generators and distribution panels there was still a backup option. They used pump trucks to inject water into the system for emergency cooling. They were in place and operating in time to avert a major disaster, but a critical valve was in the wrong position so the pumped water ended up in storage tanks instead of the reactor cooling system. The valve could not be checked because the monitoring equipment was damaged, and damage to the plant made physical inspection difficult.

The real heart of the issue is that there was both inadequate tsunami resilience and due to management being cheap, and mistakes made by operators due to lack of experience, understanding and proper procedures thanks again to management being cheap.

Comment Re:Does this law also apply to traditional media? (Score 1) 298 298

No, the right to be forgotten only refers to the usual way that communities forget past actions because they don't spend much time checking microfiche at the local library for dirt on their neighbours. Search engines fundamentally change how easy it is to access that information - it goes from being a case of searching millions of articles in decades of newspapers manually to typing in someone's name.

Comment Re:Happy, happy, joy, joy... (Score 1) 366 366

I've been trying to think of a way we can get the Single Transferable Vote introduced. It's going to be difficult, especially since the people with the power to do it would be giving up some of their power. Also, most of the British public claim they are too thick to understand it.

Anyone have any ideas?

Comment Re:Why animals can't be given human rights. (Score 2) 168 168

But to pursue this in the courts is ludicrous. Personhood is fairly well defined in most, if not all, jurisdictions and it pretty much explicitly excludes anyone who isn't a member of H. sapiens.

Their goal was to get these animals one of the legal protections afforded to humans, so the argument wasn't that they were people exactly. They were arguing that they should get some of the legal protections afford to persons, specifically the ones that prevent them being used for medical experiments without consent.

It's a subtle distinction, but as you pointed out in your own post most experts do agree that some animals experience emotions and suffering in a similar way to people. If the emotions and suffering are the same or very similar, it could be argued that laws protecting a person from suffering should apply to them as well.

Comment Re:How? (Score 1) 366 366

Some of Cameron's friends of pornographers of one sort of another. From soft-porn in "newspapers" to "lad's mags" to soft child porn (e.g. the Daily Mail).

Age versification would seem to require entry of credit card data, unless they are going to accept a simple "I am 18 years old" tick box (Facebook uses that technique to "prevent" children under 13 from using it, LOL). Let's assume credit card, that means that free sites will die or be forced overseas. Pay sites won't be able to give much away as a preview either. So the competition for his friends in old media is reduced.

Comment Re:How? (Score 1) 108 108

Since we don't have AI yet, how on earth do you propose we 'teach' non-existent machines?

I don't. I propose we design robots to communicate in a way that shows empathy, like you would any software system.

Don't design a robot face that is always smiling if it may have to deliver bad news sometimes. If it can alter its expression, make sure it is always appropriate. If it can speak, consider the tone of voice to use when giving information that may be sensitive, in the same way as you might consider making text on a computer screen bold or hidden (for password entry). No need for AI, just good design.

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