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Comment: Re:Are you happy or sad? (Score 2) 100

by AmiMoJo (#49822793) Attached to: LG Arbitrarily Denying Android Lollipop Update To the G2 In Canada?

If you want regular updates get a Google phone or a Cyanogen phone. Otherwise you take a chance, and accept that the manufacturer may lose interest or decide to hold updates back until bugs have been resolved.

Also, the summary is inaccurate, Lollipop is available as an unofficial 3rd party ROM: http://forum.xda-developers.co...

They don't need source, they just use binary blob drivers.

Comment: Re:Let me put my skepticism hat on... (Score 1) 135

by AmiMoJo (#49822741) Attached to: Cool Tool: The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator

Per reactor, not per plant. Both Chernobyl and Fukushima had multiple reactors go into meltdown and catastrophic failure, resulting in the release of significant amounts of contamination.

What other type of machine has a 1.3% catastrophic failure rate, resulting in billions of Euros of damage each time, and is still in widespread use? It's no wonder no reactor can get commercial insurance.

Comment: Re:What about the cost for enrichment waste? (Score 1) 135

by AmiMoJo (#49822283) Attached to: Cool Tool: The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator

Look at how Europe introduced RoHS. While only Europe is bound by it, companies from other countries quickly adopted it so they could continue selling into the massive EU market. Okay, the EU is a bigger market than the US, but not by that much. If you mandate such things, China and all the rest will follow.

So what about carbon trading? It's easy, you just require imports to pay a tax based on their carbon footprint if they don't participate, and for US companies that outsource manufacturing to China to include that manufacturing in their own schemes.

Comment: Re:What about the cost for enrichment waste? (Score 2) 135

by AmiMoJo (#49821995) Attached to: Cool Tool: The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator

Bingo. It's actually cheaper to save energy than generate more in most cases. There are vast power savings possible that actually increase quality of life. Insulating a building better not only reduces heating and cooling costs, it makes the building more pleasant to be in, it reduces costs for the owner, it makes less pollution and thus does less damage to health... It's a huge win.

Comment: Re:Let me put my skepticism hat on... (Score 2) 135

by AmiMoJo (#49821803) Attached to: Cool Tool: The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N...

If you simply add up the number of reactors that failed at Chernobyl and Fukushima, compared to total number ever built for civilian power production, you arrive at the 1.3% figure. If you include other serious events that resulted in the loss of the reactor or a significant release of radioactive material the number is much higher.

Comment: Re:What about the cost for enrichment waste? (Score 2, Interesting) 135

by AmiMoJo (#49821451) Attached to: Cool Tool: The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator

Greenpeace published a plan to move all energy production to renewable sources. I'm sure you have read it, but if not it is published on their web site. It has been peer reviewed and contains vast amounts of evidence, shows how numbers were arrived at and is fully costed. They are assuming that we intend to maintain our current or better standard of living.

So, can you explain why their plan won't work, giving specifics? It might be a long term plan and fairly expensive (although they claim otherwise), but you seem to be suggesting that it can't work at all.

You have done a careful study of this topic, right? Can you post some of your notes?

Comment: Re:Share your "encryption network" with Suckerberg (Score 1) 130

by AmiMoJo (#49821409) Attached to: Facebook Now Supports PGP To Send You Encrypted Emails

Share the list of other people who want communicate with you via encryption.

If only you had read the summary you would realize that isn't the case. It just encrypts the notification emails that Facebooks sends to you. Messages people send you on Facebook are not encrypted, only the notification email telling you that a message has arrived is.

Optionally you can share your public key on your profile, the same as if you pasted it into the "about me" box or whatever Facebook uses. Same as publishing it on your web site or a key server.

If you are wondering why Facebook doesn't encrypt messages between users, it's because a) they think their internal network is secure against the NSA (LOL) and b) they want to mine those messages themselves.

Comment: Re: In other words (Score 1) 291

by AmiMoJo (#49820945) Attached to: Netflix Is Experimenting With Advertising

Cable has little competition. Most people can only choose one cable provider, or over the air, or maybe satellite which is probably just as shit as cable. The real danger is that we end up with only a few streaming services and they all decide to have ads, but fortunately Bittorrent will make sure that never happens.

Comment: Re:Let me put my skepticism hat on... (Score 5, Informative) 135

by AmiMoJo (#49820699) Attached to: Cool Tool: The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator

The tool also fails to include the cost of insurance, both to the operator and the government. The government's costs are practically impossible to calculate, as it has almost unlimited liability.

The cost of equipment failure is ignored as well. Around 1.3% of all civilian reactors have failed catastrophically, but vastly more equipment has failed safely and either been abandoned or needed expensive repairs. Storage and reprocessing systems are included. Maintenance costs tend to be rather high because the equipment gets contaminated and can't safely be worked on by human beings.

The best laid plans of mice and men are held up in the legal department.

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