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Comment: Nuclear as it stands is horrible (Score 0) 274

by Endimiao (#45447379) Attached to: Fukushima Disaster Leads Japan To Backpedal On Emissions Pledge

Despite how many cheerleaders in the US nuclear may have, the reality is that nuclear power as it stands right now is a damn liability, profitable only to those that benefict from the short-term gains, and not-competitive if we include costs and risks down the line. When we estimate that, due to human negligence we may have to evacuate whole countries due to one meager nuclear power plant, then its better to start considering alternatives, be it renewable or, if you keep hammering the nuclear key, just go thorium or fusion already (peak uranium/plutonium is already knocking at the door as production can't keep up with demand).

In my perspective, greed-versus-safety, the only safe place for present technology nuclear power plants to be place is in sterile, out-of-the-earth environments.
Put those dirty eyesores on the moon and just tight-beam the energy to earth. How competitive with plain solar power would that be then?

Comment: Simple waste management... (Score 1) 330

by Endimiao (#45444073) Attached to: Can the US Be Weaned Off Ethanol?

Ethanol is just a way to dump to excess produce, much like corn syrup instead of "true" sugar cane, or corn feeding livestock. It makes economic sense.

It would make environmental sense if all the wasted corn+vegetable matter were to be converted into full bio-fuels, not just blends - as long as one consider it a "waste", and not something that affects the price of foodstocks or arable land. Algae or hemp would probably be more efficient than corn, but they bring their own problems, such as water consumption in the case of hemp, or contamination in the case of algae...

Comment: It really annoys the hell out of me... (Score 5, Interesting) 955

by Endimiao (#43960377) Attached to: USA Calling For the Extradition of Snowden

... how they placed a high school dropout in such a position of trust. Quoting the Guardian "Snowden is a 29-year-old high-school dropout who trained for the Army Special Forces before an injury forced him to leave the military. His IT credentials are apparently limited to a few “computer” classes he took at a community college in order to get his high-school equivalency degree—courses that he did not complete. His first job at the NSA was as a security guard. Then, amazingly, he moved up the ranks of the United States’ national security infrastructure: The CIA gave him a job in IT security. He was given diplomatic cover in Geneva. He was hired by Booz Allen Hamilton, the government contractor, which paid him $200,000 a year to work on the NSA’s computer systems." .. Wtf are people smoking in the US?

Comment: CNN is made by wackos (Score 1) 1034

by Endimiao (#40113729) Attached to: Are Porn and Video Games Ruining a Generation?

By that same token I can also say that CNN is another source of conservative propaganda, maybe not at the same level of those nut-jobs at FOX news, but sometimes it shows. Games and porn were always available in whatever generation you can mention, in one form or another. I can also make the case that maybe men these days simply cannot cope with the level of acceptance of infidelity, complete loss of sense of roles and values in most relationships and that pretty much a good deal of women these days aren't worth the potential troubles that marriage or something of the sorts would bring.

Comment: Boycott (Score 1) 123

by Endimiao (#37916528) Attached to: 1st Strikes Issued Under New Zealand Anti-Piracy Laws

Just stop buying those worthless pieces of crap altogether, Downloading? Go ahead, instill the fear of even touching a "legit" product from said names.

And then start actually to take note on the alternatives, such as Jamendo and the likes. Go to concerts to support the authors you do enjoy and search good music instead that being popularized by outlets such as MTV.

Only then can true copyright reform begin, and prices drop to affordable levels.

Comment: A portuguese perspective here (Score 1) 319

by Endimiao (#37884906) Attached to: Schools In Portugal Moving To OSS

Certainly the economic troubles have a role here. But I'm frankly pessimist about said outcome.
Let's see why:

- Portugal is sadly often enough a testing bed for microsoft-based techs. In regards to the enterprise microsoft in portugal has alot of power. Until some years ago most of linux users I've met tend to came from an university background. Check the statistics in regards to browser/email/operative system as opposed to the rest of europe and you'll often see said effect.

- Most school netbooks are dual-boot linux/xp. Guess which one kids tend to choose from.

- Plenty of enterprises typically buy a copy or a single computer (usually windows comes pre-installed on most purchases), then carry on and simply shamelessly use a pirated cd to update whatever outdated system they have - this assuming they go to such troubles of course.

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