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Comment: Re:I hope it works (Score 2) 60

by MrL0G1C (#48875277) Attached to: Calls For European ISPs To Filter Content Could Be Illegal

could lead to "voluntary" blocking of peoples opinion that a state/eu doesnâ(TM)t like

It's already happening I tried to visit on my mobile and was surprised that it is blocked by default by O2, to view this page I was supposed to prove to the provider that I was 18 in order to get this site of a musician and political commentator unblocked. Gilad's crime - being Jewish and not supporting Israel.

We are more than half way down the slippery slope.

Comment: Re:Only for the first year (Score 1) 567

by MrL0G1C (#48874403) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

My concern is what exactly does this mean:

Devices must be connected to the internet and have Windows Update enabled.

Windows update enabled, Once? All year? A handful of checks? When, now? next year? This really needs further explanation. Since I've heard so many times about automatic updates fubaring peoples installs, I prefer to wait a while before installing updates.

Comment: Re:mutual disarmament? (Score 1) 36

by MrL0G1C (#48856849) Attached to: UK ISPs EE, Virgin and Vodafone Back Net Neutrality

When I was with Virgin Media they had the worst throttling, I'd literally see my 10M connections upload speed drop to dial-up speed. They still have crap download/upload ratios and the mandatory line rental is a complete ripoff.

So two things:
Censor = block, these companies will happily block political / controversial sites even by default (O2).
Not blocking is not just the problem if they are going to degrade the connection severely like VM do/did.

+ - Qualcomm Puts A Kill Switch In A CPU->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Since a smartphone is an easily portable — and easily losable, and easily stealable — device that contains all sorts of personal data, the idea of a remote "kill switch" or wipe solution is a popular one. Now Qualcomm is looking to build the concept right into their next-gen Snapdragon chip, preventing any OS-level workarounds."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Title correct.Fossil fuels must stay in the gro (Score 1) 441

by MrL0G1C (#48830049) Attached to: Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now

So when the price of oil goes back up to $120, they will suggest that philanthropists* re-invest? They should be divesting because fossil fuels are screwing up the planet, not because they are not giving the best returns.

*Leaches who take a lot more than their fair share and then think they are good because they invest is shitty corporations and then donate some of the interest to charity.

Comment: Title correct.Fossil fuels must stay in the ground (Score 3, Informative) 441

by MrL0G1C (#48828193) Attached to: Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now

The summary, most of the article and most of the posts here are completely missing the point.

In November, when the U.S. and China announced a historic agreement to curb carbon emissions in coming decades, it sent a strong, if vastly overdue, message to the world's carbon kingpins: Global governments are mobilizing to meet the threat of climate change. If they're going to take that message seriously, more than two-thirds of established fossil-fuel reserves will have to stay in the ground.

The oil, coal and natural gas need to stay in the ground, regardless of what we are paying for it, $50, $150 per barrel, people still pay for it.

Is civilisation going to end when we stop using fossil fuels? Of course not.

Far better article about global warming:Global Warming's Terrifying New Math

June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the United States. That followed the warmest May on record for the Northern Hemisphere â" the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire globe exceeded the 20th-century average, the odds of which occurring by simple chance were 3.7 x 10-99, a number considerably larger than the number of stars in the universe.

So far, we've raised the average temperature of the planet just under 0.8 degrees Celsius, and that has caused far more damage than most scientists expected. (A third of summer sea ice in the Arctic is gone, the oceans are 30 percent more acidic, and since warm air holds more water vapor than cold, the atmosphere over the oceans is a shocking five percent wetter, loading the dice for devastating floods.)

Comment: Not just an individual (Score 4, Interesting) 166

by MrL0G1C (#48788749) Attached to: Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million

"It was a mistake by an individual"

And the individual's supervisor and the person who trained the individual and the person who devised the individual's test after the training and the person who checked that the test was suitable and the person that did the risk assessment for the work the individual was doing and the person who checked the risk assessment for the work.

There are methods for making sure accidents don't happen, if those methods aren't followed then a lot of people are responsible.

You'd think they could get this stuff right after half a century of dealing with waste.

Could be worse... The Mafia's Deadly Garbage: Italy's Growing Toxic Waste Scandal

Comment: Re:Were they hacked? (Score 1) 114

by MrL0G1C (#48764225) Attached to: Hackers Steal $5M In Bitcoin During Bitstamp Exchange Attack

Site linked launders over time which apart from extremely large transfers would destroy any trace. Any intelligent criminal would use bespoke software or arduous work to split the stolen coins into dozens or even hundreds of small wallets of varying size, those could then be sold for hard cash or goods etc.

So yes, bitcoins are ideal for traceless laundering.

Comment: Re:Not so sure about this... (Score 1) 252

by MrL0G1C (#48739455) Attached to: The Missing Piece of the Smart Home Revolution: The Operating System

My objection is that they're called smart meters, an actual smart meter would do something useful for the consumer like have a wireless webpage showing current and historical usage to help the consumer cut usage. It would also be very handy for detecting slow leaks.

How many water companies have analysis software that looks for slow leaks and then informs the consumer if they think they have one?

Fundamentally, there may be no basis for anything.