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Comment: Re:Yes, but... (Score 1) 236

by AmiMoJo (#47506717) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

I think the "Iron Dome" people would respond to TFA thusly:

"Yes, but **the program** is effective. "Iron Dome" is our missile defense system, which is one part of our civil defense, which is an entire program of things to keep people safe...if you look at the program in its entirity it's a success"

So it's expensive security theatre.

Comment: Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (Score 1) 216

by AmiMoJo (#47506575) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

That is not happening in a household where the single parent works 3 jobs.

The way to fix that is after school clubs and activities. Then the parent just has to make the easy decision to keep their kid at school for a few more hours, and the school can give them a good meal and help with homework. It all needs extra staff and money of course, but it does work.

Comment: Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (Score 1) 216

by AmiMoJo (#47506565) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

If teachers' unions ever agree to let teachers be paid based on how good they are - rather than just by seniority - you might actually see more attractive salaries for good teachers.

How do you determine how good they are? Grades? No-one will want to teach difficult classes or in poor areas. Level of improvement? No-one will want to teach in good areas where standards are already high.

Comment: Re:Vendor Software (Score 1) 272

by AmiMoJo (#47503893) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

There is another option now: buy a Cyanogen phone. The best one is the OnePlus One and is very hard to come by, but it will get easier.

Cyanogen only lags behind mainline Android by weeks or a few months at most, and more than makes up for that with all the extra features you get. It's incredibly customizable and has lots of privacy enhancing tools. I hope we start seeing a lot more phones shipping with it.

Comment: Re:Don't buy cheap android (Score 1) 272

by AmiMoJo (#47501517) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

The reason is that the old hardware they use in these things only gets support from the manufacturer for older versions of Android. They provide something called a Board Support Package, or BSP, that is basically drivers for the hardware but is also tied to certain versions of the OS.

Cyanogenmod normally doesn't have a problem with this and just ports the drivers to newer versions, or finds newer drivers from other vendors that are compatible. Cheap shitty phones don't exactly have the best people working on them or much motivation to even try and not be shit, so your only real hope is that Cyanogen helps you out.

Software isn't free, even if it's open source. If you want quality you do, unfortunately, have to pay for it. Pay for it in money (a higher end Android phone like a Nexus 5) or in time (fixing it yourself, installing Cyanogen etc.)

Cheap phones carry more crapware precisely because they are cheap. They money they didn't make on the hardware is clawed back through the crapware.

Comment: Re:Biggest problem in IT security: ID-10-T errors (Score 4, Insightful) 125

by AmiMoJo (#47499715) Attached to: Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

It doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to increase the cost of mass surveillance to a level where it is no longer feasible. Surveillance is too cheap because much of the data is just there for collection, unprotected.

For example, the UK government just pass emergency data retention laws that require all ISPs to continue logging the domain names of every web site every subscriber visits. If more people started using VPNs regularly that capability would become far less useful, and while I'm sure they could attack the VPN providers or crypto or even the individual target's computers the cost would be much higher than simply requiring the ISP to run a large database. They would be forced to stop bulk collection and only target people of genuine interest, which is the reasonable.

Comment: Re:SOlution looking for a problem (Score 1) 102

by AmiMoJo (#47495863) Attached to: "Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

Vote with your feet and if necessary your wallet.

I always fly with JAL now because their economy class gives you 10cm extra leg room. It doesn't sound like much but it makes a massive difference. They have plenty of staff to do check-in and let you take an extra hold bag over what most of the competition offer. They charge the same or only slightly more (£20-30 on a flight costing £850).

Don't put up with shitty service for the sake of a few bucks or shopping around.

Comment: Re:About time (Score 1, Informative) 221

by AmiMoJo (#47494231) Attached to: EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

Solar is already way cheaper than nuclear, has been for a few years now. Wind, geothermal and hydro even more so.

I agree we need diversity, but the massive drain nuclear is placing on the available funding distorts the market. It's so bad that in the UK we have to guarantee well above the normal selling price of electricity for the lifetime of the plant just to get some Chinese guys to build it for us, because no-one here wants to. They know that Scotland's wind and eventually other renewables making it a losing proposition otherwise, and even with the vast subsidy it only works if the Chinese build and run it at a knock-down price.

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