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Comment: Re:Another misconception bites the dust (Score 2, Informative) 365

by Andreas Mayer (#47339669) Attached to: Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

Except that Germany mostly uses brown coal in it's coal plants which pollutes the environment the most. It's the dirtiest form of energy production. Lot's of CO2 and Sulphur products.

Plants in Germany are filtered. I don't know of any problems with sulfur. In fact, sulfur in the air is a lot less than in the 1980s.
(According to Wikipedia, modern plants filter out 99.5% of ash and 90% of sulfur dioxide.)

Though you are correct in that they produce more CO2. (Wikipedia says typically 850–1200 g CO2 per kWh compared to 750–1100 g CO2 per kWh for black coal.)

Obviously we need to move away from fossil fuels. Hence wind and solar.

Comment: Re:Important Caveat (Score 1) 560

Just doing a little digging into the details of the 5th Amendment in practice, and found this interesting tidbit:

The Court acknowledged that it is well established that a witness, in a single proceeding, may not testify voluntarily about a subject and then invoke the Privilege against Self-Incrimination when questioned about the details.

That could very well apply in this case, so that even if there is additional evidence in the files beyond what he has admitted to, the moment he started admitting to some of it, he effectively waived his self-incrimination right.

So ... what if he said that there's also information on the laptop that is not related to the case - i.e. about something which he didn't talk about - but which might be illegal?
Then giving up the encryption keys would be self-incriminating, no?

Comment: Re:Inefficient much (Score 1) 461

by Andreas Mayer (#47319817) Attached to: Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

In that people are shifting away from electric hot water, cooking, heating, etc with a net effect of moving from potentially clean electric power to co2 etc generating burning stuff.

Electrical heating is absurdly inefficient, so it's not used much since - well, since I can remember.

And I haven't heard of a single person moving from an electric stove to a gas one because of electricity prices.

So I'd guess you are completely and utterly wrong.

Comment: Re: most of Germany's power not electric ? (Score 1) 461

by Andreas Mayer (#47319769) Attached to: Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

Do people have their own household generators running on natural gas or something?

No. That's really rare. I'd guess there are more generators in US homes (percentage wise I mean).

I could understand that power for heating could mostly come from gas, but presumably that is only needed in the winter?

Well, warm water is often supplied by oil or gas.

( Does Germany even have winter? I think Fahrenheit (the guy who invented the temperature scale) was German and he seemed to think that 0F was as cold as you could get, so I guess they don't have a real winter there.)

I guess that depend on what you consider "real winter".

Here are some numbers:

The coldest month for last winter was January 2014 with an average of 2.1 degrees Celsius. 2013 it was February with -0.7 degrees C.

Coldest month since 1761 apparently was December 1788 with an average of -9.8 degrees Celsius followed by Feb. 1929 and Feb. 1959 with -9.6 degrees Celsius for both.

Comment: Re:bad headline - most of Germany's power not elec (Score 1) 461

by Andreas Mayer (#47319665) Attached to: Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

It wasn't nearly half of the POWER used in Germany at that moment. It was, for a moment, about half of the public ELECTRIC grid, in a country where electric is unpopular because it's becoming outrageously expensive.

What the hell are you talking about?!

Yes, electricity is expensive. But 'unpopular'? What? Everyone is connected to the public grid. Of course there are other sources of power. For instance heating is usually provided by gas or oil. But really, it seems to me you are just trying to find a way to downplay the relative success of regenerative energy in Germany.

Comment: Re:Smart-watches are for watch-wearers (Score 1) 427

by Andreas Mayer (#47319543) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

I wear a basic timex digital watch, not because it's some sort of fashion statement, but because it's easier to look at my wrist (especially while driving) than it is to pull my phone out, without dropping it or getting it dirty.

Your car dashboard does not have a clock built in?

Comment: Re:How about malfunctioning devices? (Score 1) 323

by Andreas Mayer (#47202613) Attached to: iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

Lets suppose a malfunctioning device is crashing my enterprise wifi system. Tell me again, how in earth will I block it, and much less detect it?

Not sure what that has to do with the article. Those devices are not malfunctioning. They are just reporting a MAC address different from that burned into the hardware.

If that crashes your network, it's your network that is malfunctioning.

This is so wrong in many levels from the technical point of view...

Absolutely! Oh, wait, you didn't talk about your statement ...

Comment: Re:They are lying - and what about ARP resolution? (Score 1) 323

by Andreas Mayer (#47202555) Attached to: iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

I do not have any empirical data to back up this feeling,

Great. I just hate fact based reasoning anyway.

but considering the cozy and close relationship Apple has demonstrated with our friends in the NSA,

You mean, together with Google, Microsoft and the rest of the US IT industry?

this article strikes me as a dishonest attempt to fool us into thinking they actually care about privacy and security.

They actually do care. Which does not mean they will necessarily be able to protect us from the NSA.

Comment: Re:Apple Actually Cares About Privacy (Score 4, Insightful) 323

by Andreas Mayer (#47202495) Attached to: iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

This is nothing more then PR twisting, by a company that is suspected of willfully working with spying/law enforcement agencies.

To me to have the press sit there an report this without highlighting the companies past and current data collecting activities is misleading the public into thinking they are somehow safe, or just to give people a false sense of security as a way to sell more phones then your competitor.

First, *every* US company is suspected to work together with the NSA. So Apple isn't worse off in that regard.

Second, this feature is not about avoiding the NSA. The spooks can just utilize the cell network to track you. This feature is about *everyone else* trying to track you. Because, you know, not everyone is able to spoof a cell tower. But everyone *is* able to put up a WiFi hotspot.

Third, *of course* this is about selling more devices. And what's wrong with trying to make money by offering something actually useful?

Comment: Re:Apple Actually Cares About Privacy (Score 2) 323

by Andreas Mayer (#47202431) Attached to: iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

Apple's devices (like everybody else's) constantly determine your location, and unless you're very careful about disabling it, transmit it.

Source please. Otherwise this is just FUD.

iOS devices determine your location if you agreed to at least one app using that information. The device also doesn't transmit this information. An app might if you opted in to location tracking. For something like "find my friends" that's kind of the point, you know.

(Of course, *every* active cell phone can be tracked by the cell phone network. But I don't think that's what you were referring to.)

"And do you think (fop that I am) that I could be the Scarlet Pumpernickel?" -- Looney Tunes, The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950, Chuck Jones)