This is exactly why the EU needs to step in. A quality micro USB connector is pennies in volume, so at best they can only be saving a tiny amount by not fitting one. On the other hand they do sell a charging adapter which costs more than the phone.
Other plants were hit by the tsunami and didn't go into meltdown. TEPCO didn't spend money doing the necessary safety upgrades even when they were told to do so, and their staff were not trained well enough.
Nuclear could be perfectly safe in theory, but in reality human nature makes it dangerous.
How much 9/11 losses caused on the American economy ?
Studies place the price tag at 2 trillion USD !
Very little of that was directly due to the aircraft though, most of it was self-inflicted damage due to the way the US responded.
Nukes without secondary containment were a stupid idea only the Russians would be stupid enough to pursue.
Actually the root cause was exactly the same in the case of both Chernobyl and Fukushima, and most other commercial nuclear accidents. It's not stupidity per-se, it's that safety is expensive. The USSR was building reactors on the cheap, and TEPCO was running them on the cheap. It's not really stupidity, it's simply the reality of trying to run something that is expensive to make safe in an environment where money is a limited resource.
The Tsunami reconstruction is projected to cost US$ 300 billion. Let's maintain that number for perspective.
Good point, Fukushima on its own just about doubled the cost of the whole event.
There are credible, rational, facts based studies that show tens of millions of people would have died if we had no nuclear power stations using coal instead.
If only there was some other way to generate electricity other than coal and gas. If only our modern coal plants weren't just as bad as third world ones built in the 50s for emissions. Seriously, can't you see the irony of on the one hand suggesting that we should have modern nuclear plants with the latest safety features but insisting that the only alternative is ancient coal power stations with no carbon capture or modern filtering?
Getting stuff like that into aircraft is very expensive. It has to be ruggedized to work in a depressurised and very cold environment. An external antenna has to be added since the hull is a Faraday cage, and they are not cheap. Then it has to be tested and certified for use on aircraft.
Even if you did all that it probably wouldn't have helped here because there would need to be an off switch. Aircraft turn off most of their transponders and maintenance broadcasts when they are on the ground to avoid swamping the airport in transmissions. It seems like someone deliberately turned off the systems that this aircraft did have.
Or how about we get some perspective. Chernobyl nearly bankrupted the USSR, and the cost of Fukushima is looking like it will be in the range of hundreds of billions of Euros/USD. The loss of one airliner doesn't really compare. In fact all their air accidents in the history of the world don't really compare.
It should do. The S3 supports NFC, the app only needs to be tied to your Docomo account.
America, the inventor of "free speech zones", where googling "backpack + pressure cooker" brings a SWAT team to your door, and creator of the most effective and Orwellian mass surveillance system the world has ever known.
At least with international oversight we might get governments pushing for the best of the US constitution and EU human rights. All counties suck but at least tend to defend their own citizen's rights.
These days Slashdot is heavily dumbed down. This is a tech news site for nerds, we can handle saying that 5MB hard drives were the norm back then.
It's just part of the slow decline of Slashdot. Bullshit articles intended for non-technical people thrown in as filler. SoylentNews arguable has too many stories now but at least they tend to be technical in nature, not on the level of "herp derp computers, like everything else in the world, improved over time".
And yes, I do vote on the submission queue, just not fast or regularly enough apparently.
Everything appears on your bill. How it is shown depends on the phone company and if you want fully itemized billing.
The app doesn't need to be open. It registers itself as a NFC handler so when the phone receives NFC comms it starts automatically. Having said that the app typically runs as a lightweight background service so that it can process the transaction instantly (so you can move quickly through the gates at the train station for example), but what I mean is you don't have to do anything to use it, just touch the phone to the payment pad.
I'm glad they are doing this but I hope they also mandate Qi for wireless charging. It seems to be the de-facto standard but it wouldn't surprise me if we see a few more proprietary systems in the next few years.
Cables are so old fashioned. I charge and sync wirelessly now, never plug my phone in.
My mum just bought a brand new Nokia 100 for Â£9, including SIM card and charger. The charger has a special Nokia proprietary connector on it, not USB. If USB were the cheapest option I'm sure they would have used it, but I imagine they are actually hoping to rip her off on spare cables and chargers. Fortunately I already have a USB adapter, otherwise it would have gone back to the shop.
How come you hardly ever see anyone using one then? On the train you see lots of Android phones, mostly Sony and Sharp, and quite a few Samsungs and Nexus 5s. iPhones are somewhat unusual. I use the trains every day.
The only explanation I can think of it is that it is mostly older people buying them as they are less likely to use their phones in public. Only a little less these days though.
Yes kids android IS a walled garden, go ahead and install a new hardware driver in your phone
I have in fact done this in the past. Years ago when I had a HTC Hero I installed a modified GPS driver and upgraded the radio modem to one ported from another HTC device.
You have an app. What you spend appears on your bill at the end of the month. Everything is recorded and itemized, great for claiming back business expenses.
Double WHOOSH. A personal best.