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Comment Re:Dam failures and ecosystem loss... (Score 1) 200

Wind power has only a small impact on the environment, and the area it is spread out over is largely empty. The environmental impact is minuscule.

The environmental impact of wind is still being studied, however the turbines are not very attractive nor quiet when you are near one, and as you say they are spread over a very large area. There is early evidence that the sound of the turbines does cause stress to wildlife.

It is known that animals also avoid power line corridors (very unfortunate as these are typically considered as beneficial animal corridors during environmental assessments).

The impact of animals avoiding large areas of wind farms and crossing the new power lines is unknown however probably not miniscule.

Nuclear is far better understood as well as far more localized. The newer reactors are much safer than the ones that failed in the past. Even after a disaster the animals are thriving.

Comment Re:Reflexive, symmetric, transitive... (Score 1) 148

Users should only [reuse passwords] where the compromise of one password does not result in the compromise of more valuable data protected by the same password on a different system.

So if I have access to a highly sensitive system, it's OK to reuse that password on a system with lower value data.

OK - got it.

I am pretty sure (hoping) you are being sarcastic because that is not what the quote says at all. It is only ok to re-use a password when both systems have equivalent levels of data value.

To provide a car analogy: It is perfectly fine to use the same key for both my Toyota Corolla and my Ford Focus. However also using that key for my Aston Martin would be unacceptable.

Comment Re:XP? OK. But, Office? (Score 5, Insightful) 192

Office 2003 is arguably still the best version of Office. I have co-workers who still use it and I've used pretty much every version since 4. I don't disagree with them, although I have personally transitioned to 2010 for compatibility. Newer versions don't provide much additional usability and make certain things more difficult such as removing the ability to select chart curves directly from the legend. Why??

Comment Re:Delivering the Mail (Score 2) 327

You need certification. here

Your link appears to be based on Australia laws. In the US no license or permit is required to fly an ultralight aircraft. However everyone should receive training. The autogyros are extremely stable due to their design but of course unexpected things happen.

As to the craft itself, I cannot tell from the article if it is an ultralight copter or a traditional one. Auto-gyros are somewhat difficult to achieve the ultralight weight restrictions but not impossible.

Comment Re:Don't Blame the DoE (Score 1) 201

The DoE doesn't pass any laws; it enforces the ones passed by Congress. And as it's a cabinet-level department, Congress approves all cabinet appointees, so blame them on both fronts.

The Department of Education (or ED, not the "DOE") is run by the executive branch. You seem to have skipped that part for some reason. True, the laws and appointment are granted by Congress, however the day-to-day operation and many details of "how" the law is to be implemented do not reside with them.

Speaking with 10 years of experience in public K-12 schools, blame lies with the superintendent. Superintendents are the leaders of a district, and they can and often do set a strong tone of expectations that are carried out by administrators, including principals, which then trickle down to teachers and support staff. There's no doubt in my mind that the superintendent, tacitly if not directly, created this cheating culture in Atlanta. We can blame the law all we want for encouraging the genesis of such an environment, but that's like blaming cheese for mold growth. Yes, an optimal environment was created for this cheating scandal to take root and grow, but it was disgusting school leaders like Dr. Hall that caused it to happen.

I agree with the principle of this (pun intended), but I also think that laws can be implemented in ways that do not encourage cheating on this scale. It's not just the Atlanta school system trying to game the system and get more money and raises (presumably that is the end goal?). Look up Philadelphia, Clarksdale MS, and Louisiana - those were what I found just with a quick google search.

Comment Re:And why not? (Score 2) 227

When a hydroelectric scheme goes right, it renders a large area of land uninhabitable.

When it goes wrong, it renders a different large area of land uninhabitable.

Still, when done right, better than a lot of other options.

Nuclear is better than a lot of other options (possibly all options), when done right. Unfortunately due to regulations, we aren't making reactors with less nasty waste. Unfortunately due to a small number of old reactor failures we aren't replacing them with new, safer ones.

Nuclear has the deck shuffled completely against it on all sides. I don't think it will survive - at least in the US and any other country that the US opposes.

Comment Re:Makes sense. (Score 1) 629

Google can't push out updates to the handsets. The carriers by law mandated that only they can update and test the devices. You as a citizen and owner of the device cannot do this yourself either.

I'm not sure how this statement can be true. Apple is not a carrier and directly provides iOS updates and bugfixes to older handsets for several years. Their oldest supported device is the 4S which came out in 2011.

I am curious if you have a reference that shows that Google and their partners such as Samsung are legally prevented from doing the same. I can and do blame them for their disinterest in security patches.

Comment Re:What IP address ranges are in the US? (Score 1) 234

If you're making a parallel with the wizard then maybe but one would normally abbreviate to 'Aus'

Exactly. "Land of Oz" is the slang reference that I first heard when I was visiting. At the time I was traveling with backpackers (including locals, not just foreigners), so maybe it was just a humorous joke and in less common use than I thought. I'm sure no official document would spell it that way.

Thanks for the insight!

Comment Re:What IP address ranges are in the US? (Score 1) 234

Trust me, no one here spells it with an Oh-Zed.

You've never heard it referred to as Oz?

I have heard those 2 letters used in conjunction as reference to Australia many, many times during my travels there.

Now the term "ozzies" is somewhat new that I haven't heard before. Could be a recent development.

Comment Re:Give us QWERTY (Score 1) 75

> Differentiation is difficult in the smartphone market these days.

> all are nice upgrades but are only iterative

Please give us one huge upgrade - simple QWERTY. Last QWERTY phone is N900 from 2009. The next will be Jolla+TOHKBD in 2015 just thanks to a community funding effort (but still with weak hardware from 2013). Everybody in forums wants QWERTY but no single manufacturer makes one.

Huh? I can immediately name two examples of a modern QWERTY phone here or here.

Comment Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (Score 4, Informative) 351

I hate the way my friends' HDTVs make movies look like soap operas. I hated the last Hobbit which I saw in HFR/HD and the "look" completely ruined the film for me. The lighting used stood out like a sore thumb from the live action characters vs. the CG, the movement of the CG itself was horrible in many scenes.

And this film was no different. Ugh.

Your experience is due to the TV settings. Most TV's out of the box have the "soap opera effect" set to maximum and the sharpness set to maximum. Brightness adjusts the black level and contrast adjusts the white level. These are all set to make it look good in the bright store but are generally not desirable for home movie viewing to a discerning viewer. Perhaps your friend is open to adjusting his picture - however be aware that a lot of people believe they like the super sharp picture because they are used to it and might dislike the softer, more natural picture. Ask him to try it for a couple of weeks before making a decision to go back.

This is the first thing I did on my Panasonic plasma TV (after the burn-in) was to turn that shit off and calibrate the display. The picture is incredible.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 440

>You can freely move through the 50 States with more ease than EU nationals can establish themselves in another EU State.

But what about all the other American countries?
As a Brit I could move to France without asking permission. I don't think that's true for a US citizen to move to Mexico or Canada.

Mexico and Canada are not part of the United States. They do not have the same treaties with each other as do the the EU or the Commonwealth countries.

As a Brit can you freely move and work in those countries outside of the European Union that are still in Europe or the surrounding area? I don't know why you'd want to move to, say Serbia or Albania however can you do so without permission? What about Ukraine, which is usually considered part of Europe?

Comment Re:Wrong conclusion (Score 2) 269

> Not so sure. Try to find another mp3 player with massive storage, an excellent user interface, and good to excellent build quality.

Any Android device.

My 500G Archos still refuses to die. It fits a particular niche that Apple will refuse to address and Android hasn't quite caught up yet with (but will eventually).

No, just no. Android OS has very little overlap to a dedicated music player that requires a few physical buttons to play, pause and skip along with basic displays. The markets are only related because modern phones can also store and play music. That doesn't mean a smart phone is best at playing music.

Comment Re:Bail terms - no more money making (Score 1) 166

The car was part of the assets under seizure, so no he can't sell it. compared to what most people go through in such a criminal trial where the assets may be considered illicit gains he has actually been treated unbelievably well. He was able to keep his money to spend on his legal bills as well as a political campaign, gambling and even a ridiculous music venture and a monthly rent bill that was $80,000. seriously that is nearly a million a year he was spending on rent.

I thought Kim Dotcom was broke and not even able to pay his lawyers?

Anything cut to length will be too short.