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Comment: Is it time to abandon our trust in people? (Score 1) 706

by Hammeh (#49344953) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident
The thing that is always shocking about these incidents is how ultimately they are normally down to the action of one individual and the others who paid the ultimate price for being unfortunate enough to be trapped by their actions. I'm not 100% sure how complex the computer systems on modern aircraft are, but it presents an interesting thought - why do we still let people fly planes at all? Or even down to the case of, if something is wrong (and in this case ATC knew something was wrong before the plane went down) why isn't there a system in place to remove control of the plane from the pilots and somehow fly it from the ground? In my opinion, we put to much faith in people we don't know anything about to get us around and there is nothing we can do about it. That is the scary part.

Comment: This is a great project, despite the issues. (Score 1) 197

by Hammeh (#49166709) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK
Let's not forget what is being suggested here, clean renewable energy which is promised to be much more predictable than wind and solar. Reading the previous comments about predictable vs dispatch-ability are spot on, but maybe forgetting one thing. The issue with current renewables is not that we don't have enough power, the big power stations produce more than enough most of the time but it is key in the distribution infrastructure that the National Grid control the amount of power entering and leaving the network (supply and demand) and the predictability of large amounts of tide energy coming onto and off the grid compares favourably with balancing renewables production with nuclear and other sources putting power onto the grid. The cost may be high for consumers initially, but then again new technologies in the power industry always are. There is an opportunity with tidal power to generate a huge amount of electricity in the UK, with no CO2 or other nasty things like radioactive waste. I honestly think that "green" technologies will always be significantly more expensive to run and maintain than traditional ones like gas/coal/oil and even nuclear, but the fact is that the additional cost is worth paying to look after the environment. It may not offset the cost to consumers, but in terms of government backing for this I could see the lagoons having a positive impact on tourism in the areas they are built too.

+ - Samsung Freeze Salaries as Apple Make Big Gains

Submitted by Hammeh
Hammeh (2481572) writes "Samsung announced today they are freezing employee salaries for the first time since 2009 but made no further comment to the reasoning behind the decision. The move comes as Samsung's profit in 2014 fell for the first time in 3 years (by 23.2% from the previous year) as its lead in the global smartphone market was further eroded by Apple."

+ - Could 1Tbps 5G be coming? 1

Submitted by Hammeh
Hammeh (2481572) writes "Reported over on V3, data speeds over upcoming 5G could exceed 1Tbps according to tests and technology demonstrated at University of Surrey, UK. The 10 "breakthrough technologies" which have been developed by the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at the university have shown that similar speeds to current fibre optics can take place wirelessly over a distance of 100 meters currently using custom built transceivers. However, with the UK regulator Ofcom claiming speeds of 50Gbps are to be expected from 5G, whether or not this huge speed increase will take place in the real world remains to be seen."

+ - UK's most secretive court rules GCHQ mass internet surveillance was unlawful

Submitted by Hammeh
Hammeh (2481572) writes "Today marks the first time in it's history since it's creation that the Investigative Powers Tribunal (IPT), who are responsible for oversight and complaints relating to all of the UK Intelligence agencies, upheld a complaint against GCHQ, stating that accessing data provided to them by the NSA was in breach of human rights. The ruling comes as the saga into online privacy continues to unfold. Last year, the same court ruled that internal surveillance of British citizens did not breach human rights, the difference: NSA data is claimed to have side stepped the protections provided by the UK legal system. It was also noted during the tribunal, that although the UK government where willing to admit that Prism and Upstream, both NSA programs outed by Edward Snowdon, existed they would not comment on the existence or non-existence of the Tempora program."

Comment: Where they are willing to pay, there is progress. (Score 2) 495

by Hammeh (#48934083) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?
A few others have pointed out that the EU has publicly funded broadband roll out and access which is totally true, but ultimately it comes down to who is willing to continually invest in new technologies. If you look at current Fibre to the Home (FTTH) availability, Asian markets like South Korea dominate. Talking to some contacts who work in a big ISP here in the UK, FTTH roll out still seems pretty far in the future - government funded technology roll outs (and government owned telecoms) will always be able to get things done quicker as they have the funds available and aren't so much a business.

+ - Twitter moves to curb Instagram links

Submitted by Hammeh
Hammeh (2481572) writes "According to a report on Mashable, Twitter have sent out messages to some of their high profile users prompting them to share images using Twitter's own service rather than Instagram links. The news comes 2 years since Instagram pulled support for Twitter cards and has been part of the continuing battle between the two social networks. With Instagram now having overtaken Twitter in terms of users, this may be a move to try and use high profile users to show off Twitter's own image and content tools."

+ - Three owner Li Ka-shing in talks to purchase O2 UK for £10bn

Submitted by Hammeh
Hammeh (2481572) writes "Asia's richest person Li Ka-shing announced today that his firm, Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa, has entered into exclusive talks to purchase O2 UK from Telefonica Spain.
This news comes weeks after it came to light that network giant British Telecom was holding talks with EE, the UK's largest mobile network, about a takeover. The merger between Three and O2 would create the UK's largest mobile network, and if both deals go ahead, shrink the market to 3 big players. This could be a major step in improving the UK's mobile infrastructure by 2017 which was previously promised by the big players.
The deal is likely to face tough scrutiny from the competition regulators as a giant may seek to increase prices, but it does pose the interesting question, how much say should they really have in a market which is ultimately priced by competition?"

+ - WireLurker: Unprecedented iOS, OS X Malware Hits Users

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Palo Alto Networks researchers have unearthed a new family of OS X and iOS malware that is able to compromise even non-jailbroken iOS devicesthrough enterprise provisioning. It's also the first malware family to infect installed iOS applications in a way typical for a traditional virus, and the first malware that automates the generation of malicious iOS applications through binary file replacement. The OS X malware's mission is to collect information about the iOS device connected to it (serial, phone, model number; device type, user's Apple ID, UDID, Wi-Fi address, disk usage information) and to infect it. The iOS malware's is to collect user data (address book contents, SMSes, iMessages, Apple ID information) and send it to a server controlled by the attackers."

+ - Charity promotes covert surveillance app for suicide prevention

Submitted by VoiceOfDoom
VoiceOfDoom (875772) writes "Major UK charity The Samaritans have launched an app titled "Samaritans Radar", in an attempt to help Twitter users identify when their friends [sic] are in crisis and in need of support. Unfortunately the privacy implications appear not to have been thought through — installing the app allows it to monitor the Twitter feeds of all of your followers, searching for particular phrases or words which might indicate they are in distress. The app then sends you an email suggesting you contact your follower to offer your help. Opportunities for misuse by online harassers are at the forefront of the concerns that have been raised, but in addition; there is strong evidence to suggest that this use of personal information is in fact illegal; being in contravention of UK Data Protection law."

+ - Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Warg faces Danish jail time.

Submitted by Hammeh
Hammeh (2481572) writes "BBC news reports that Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Warg has been found guilty of hacking into computers and illegally downloading files in Denmark. Found guilty of breaching security to access computers owned by technology giant CSC to steal police and social security files, Mr Warg faces a sentence of up to six years behind bars. Mr Warg argued that although the computer used to commit the offence was owned by him, the hacks were carried out by another individual who he declined to name."

+ - 13-year-old Finds Fungus Deadly to AIDS Patients Literally Grows on Trees->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers have pinpointed the environmental source of fungal infections that have been sickening HIV/AIDS patients in Southern California for decades. It literally grows on trees. The discovery is based on the science project of a 13-year-old girl, who spent the summer gathering soil and tree samples from areas around Los Angeles hardest hit by infections of the fungus named Cryptococcus gattii ."
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+ - Solar Wind Energy's Downdraft Tower Generates Its Own Wind All Year Round->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "When we think of wind power, we generally think of huge wind turbines sitting high atop towers where they can take advantage of the higher wind speeds. But Maryland-based Solar Wind Energy, Inc. is looking to turn wind power on its head with the Solar Wind Downdraft Tower, which places turbines at the base of a tower and generates its own wind to turn them."
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+ - Facebook's 30min Global Outage Could Cost the Company $600,000 ->

Submitted by DavidGilbert99
DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "Using some back of a cigarette packet maths, IBTimes UK estimates that as Facebook earned on average $27.7 million per day in the first three months of 2014, the 30 minutes global outage which hit the service on Thursday, could have cost it as much as $600,000 in lost revenue."
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