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Comment: Some facts about nuclear power in Germany (Score 1) 822

by Hurga (#36287528) Attached to: Germany To End Nuclear Power By 2022

There are 17 available nuclear power plants in Germany. While some were down for maintenance in 2010, the remaining ones produced 22.6% of Germany's electricity.

Also in 2010, "green power" (electricity from regenerative sources) was at 16.5% in Germany.

8 nuclear power plants have been shut down in the wake of the Fukushima disaster and will remain so. With 5 down for maintenance, this leaves Germany with currently only 4 running nuclear power plants. I didn't notice any recent shortage of electricity. And obviously green power has outpaced nuclear power already.

And regarding the alleged expensiveness of green power, here's a Bloomberg article which claims it's keeping the power price down: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-21/solar-doubling-gas-glut-drive-down-german-power-prices-energy-markets.html

There are plans to have Germany completely on green power by 2050. Should be possible.

Comment: Re:But its not being used! (Score 1) 328

by Hurga (#35638510) Attached to: German Politician Demonstrates Extent of Cellphone Location Tracking

This has been used by the police, at least in Germany.

The general problems with this approach are the poor resolution of the data, giving you too many false positives in populated areas, and that you have to know the time of the event - hard to know without witnesses in sparsely populated areas where the resolution would be sufficient.

The case where I know cell phone location has been used was where a woman had been killed in a car by a tree trunk being thrown from a bridge on the autobahn. Here you had a sparsely populated area (the fast-moving people in the cars are easy to rule out) and the precise time of the event (her horrified husband was the witness).

So they got hold of the suspect, a junkie who happened to be around. They got a confession from him - by withholding him from drugs until he confessed, so I'm not entirely convinced that he really was the perpetrator. Which illustrates a big problem with this approach: The police has a tendency to make people confess somehow as soon as they have a 'convenient' suspect, and cell phone tracking can give you plenty of them, guilty or not.

BTW: Only 20% of the killers in the US are caught and convicted? It's > 95% here in Germany...

Comment: Re:This is a big deal for me. :-( (Score 1) 459

by Hurga (#35278106) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is There a War Against Small Mail Servers?

Yahoo clueful? Maybe when it comes to accepting email. Try to report spam to them. You'll get some nice boilerplate answers telling you either they've taken action, or that they didn't send the spam, both for emails clearly originating from Yahoo (and yes I know how to read headers). And of course the spam keeps coming in either case.

Yahoo is the only big ISP I had to block at work.

Comment: Re:*Some* people will pay (Score 1) 1115

by Hurga (#32872424) Attached to: Has Any Creative Work Failed Because of Piracy?

Now ask yourself, if there was both more money in the bank following a previously successful product and a greater potential profit from any new project, does this make it more or less likely that new and innovative products will be given more of a chance?

My impression is: less likely, because why bother trying new and innovative products when you've seen that you can make a nice profit with a proven product? Riding it to death in the umptheenth installation, of course, but we've all seen this before. "New and innovative" products come with a risk, and potential profits with a risk attached don't fly well with established companies.

Comment: Re:Report on European Commission agenda and critic (Score 2, Insightful) 99

by Hurga (#32182932) Attached to: EU Patent Examiners Warn Parliament Will Have "No Power"

I don't get why MP3 patents are enforceable. If it was special hardware they are running on, I would understand it, but - for example -the Sandisk Sansa players, which were confiscated at Cebit some years ago and one of which I incidentally own, are generic hardware, simple MP3 decoding on the ARM CPUs of the player, no DSP or custom chip support. If that is enforceable, everything is. Or where is the difference to other software?

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