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+ - Would Scottish independence mean the end of UK's nuclear arsenal?->

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "The referendum on Scottish independence on September 18th affects more than just residents of the United Kingdom. All of the UK's nuclear deterrent is located in Scotland (no wonder they want independence), and Alex Salmond and the Scottish government have pledged to safely remove and permanently ban nuclear weapons from Scottish territory within the first term of a newly independent parliament. Although the polls seem not to favor Scottish independence, you would think the British government would have some sort of contingency plan to quickly and safely remove these weapons from Scottish soil. Nope. There's no contingency plan."
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+ - EU rules limit vacuum cleaners to 1600W from the 1st of September

Submitted by AmiMoJo
AmiMoJo (196126) writes "New EU rules are limiting vacuum cleaner motors to 1600W from 2014/09/01. The EU summary of the new rules explains that consumers currently equate watts with cleaning power, which is not the case. Manufacturers will be required to put ratings on packaging, including energy efficiency, cleaning efficiency on hard and carpeted floors, and dust emissions from the exhaust. In the EU vacuum cleaners use more energy than the whole of Denmark, and produce more emissions than dishwashers and washing machines."

Comment: Re:Nobody else seems to want it (Score 1) 635

by AmiMoJo (#47719455) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

As someone who has written Windows drivers I can tell you that this isn't true.

All you need to write basic drivers is a $150 certificate to sign them with. The user will see a warning about "Do you trust $COMPANY?" when installing, but they will install and work fine. It's a good compromise and gives some basic security for modules that operate in the kernel space and were often used by malware writers. It's a lower bar than required to get an app onto iOS, for example, as Microsoft don't check anything. You just need to buy the cert from a vendor who does a few basic checks to see if you are who you claim to be (e.g. name on certificate matches corporate email address/web URL).

You can buy a more expensive type of cert that makes the warnings go away. It involves more detailed checks. You can also get your drivers WHQL certified, but that isn't by any means a requirement for them to work. They just get a nice logo and can be put on Windows Update for automatic download and installation.

And yes, there is a developer mode that lets you use unsigned drivers for testing or your own purposes if you really don't want to pay. It's not a perfect system but it has reduced driver based malware significantly while not placing a particularly large burden on companies like mine that just need to sign a few drivers for their low volume products.

Comment: Re:or they could just NOT do it (Score 1) 154

by AmiMoJo (#47719173) Attached to: Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

Can someone explain why websites being targeted don't submit bulk count-notices in response? There is no penalty for that either, other than inviting a lawsuit. Since most of the sites are not in the US and have no assets there they presumably don't care about US lawsuits anyway.

Comment: Re:Faulty logic (Score 1) 154

by AmiMoJo (#47719137) Attached to: Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

This is why you should avoid using US based hosts and registrars. Pick one that isn't subject to the DMCA and can ignore takedowns sent to it.

I've had a couple of DMCA takedown messages. Sometimes I just respond with "wrong jurisdiction, dipshit", but sometimes I try to string them along for a while since lawyer time costs them money.

Comment: Re:Cities: an obsolete solution (Score 1) 271

by AmiMoJo (#47719123) Attached to: Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

The problem is the amount of planning and control that would be needed. To make smaller areas viable to live in they need really good and really cheap transport links, as well as a minimum set of high quality services. For example, it would require there to be a certain number of local doctor's surgeries so that people don't have to travel far just to see one. That isn't too bad if you have socialized healthcare, but in many places such practices are businesses run for profit and won't want to operate in unprofitable areas.

Comment: Re:Question of Reliability (Score 1) 271

by AmiMoJo (#47719117) Attached to: Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

They are not suggesting getting rid of private vehicles completely, just making public transport so good that no-one really needs them most of the time. And yeah, Finland is one of those countries where people treat public property with respect.

Japan is similar, and it's pointless having a car in Tokyo for many journeys.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 709

by AmiMoJo (#47718617) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

I prefer hearing "we don't want to hire you because you're gay" to lame excuses, or worse, ending up in a workplace that doesn't accept me.

I don't know what the law is like where you live but if someone said that here it would be illegal. They would likely be prosecuted for discrimination, and you could sue them personally too. I really don't see how that is worse than just accepting you can't get some jobs because of your sexuality.

I'd make the comparison with being black. I don't think many black people would agree that simply accepting overt discrimination is better than having laws and a society that supports equality for them, even if they still have to fight from time to time. Unlike you they can't hide the fact that they are black either.

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How To Read a Microbiome Study Like a Scientist. 51

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the dang-scientists-ruining-headlines dept.
bmahersciwriter (2955569) writes Scientific reports have increasingly linked the bacteria in your gut to health and maladies, often making wild-sounding claims. Did you hear about the mice who were given fecal transplants from skinny humans and totally got skinny! Well, some of the more gut-busting results might not be as solid as they seem. Epidemiologist Bill Hanage offers five critical questions to ask when confronted by the latest microbiome research.

+ - 200GB Blu-ray discs aim to compete with tape in the data centre 1

Submitted by AmiMoJo
AmiMoJo (196126) writes "The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has developed a specification for a new doubled sided disc with a capacity of up to 200GB, called the BD-DSD (Double Sided Disc). The discs store 100GB per side using existing multi-layer technology and are designed for use in cartridges that can hold several. Robots in data centres will swap the discs, giving access to vast amounts of robust, long-life storage media. Unlike tape the discs are random access, so the overall access time for a given file is lower. There is no wear from a read head touching the disc either."

The bogosity meter just pegged.

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