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Comment: Re:Bad timing, Apple (Score 2) 116

by AmiMoJo (#47799561) Attached to: Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

It appears to be confirmed now:

Worryingly some of the affected claim that the images which were leaked had been deleted years ago. If you want your iCloud account deleted rather than just made inactive you have to call Apple and get a tech to call you back.

Comment: Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (Score 1) 340

by AmiMoJo (#47799513) Attached to: Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Pffft. Strip Poker was available for the C64 and ZX Spectrum. In both cases the image was black and white (not greyscale, just black OR white) and on the Spectrum the graphics were a crude line drawing. The C64 managed to have some badly digitized images.

I take this as proof that there is almost no limit to what teenage boys can wank over.

Comment: Re:Broadcom... (Score 1) 144

by AmiMoJo (#47799461) Attached to: Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled

I mean, a computer aimed at education, and then you cannot publish the full datasheet?

Considering that all the computers in use at the time the RPi was introduced were proprietary and didn't come with a datasheet it doesn't sound that crazy. The RPi is designed to get children interesting in programming and a bit of electronics, not teach them about low level CPU architecture or how to interface with a hardware UART. That's advanced stuff and there are platforms that cater to it. The Pi is there to get you started cheaply and doing some interesting and useful stuff.

Most of the kids who learned to program the original BBC Micro didn't understand how it worked, they just write code in BASIC.

Comment: Re:Broadcom won't release documentation ever (Score 1) 144

by AmiMoJo (#47799425) Attached to: Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled

That's because they target different markets. Texas parts do more in hardware, and thus much of their operation is "secret" as in to figure it out you would have to reverse engineer at the transistor level. They also cost more.

Broadcom parts target the very low cost end of the market by doing things in software to save silicon. They are also a bit more cutting edge so there are more trade secrets in there to start with. Software is very easy to analyze and anyone writing their own drivers will need documentation for the secret stuff.

You pay your money, you make your choice. More open but more expensive, or cheaper but with binary blob drivers and NDAs on everything.

Comment: Re:Since nuclear is "too cheap to meter"... (Score 1) 192

by AmiMoJo (#47799381) Attached to: Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

I'm merely going with a source that was closest to the original speaker and is thus most qualified (although potentially biased, as you note)

Actually members of the subject's family are not usually considered qualified to judge their actions due to their obvious and extreme bias. To dismiss it as "potentially" is extremely generous. In academic circles or any court of law a close family member's testimony would count for little, especially when other less biased people have made compelling and convincing arguments contrary to their's.

Comment: Re:And if they hade a place to store the waste. (Score 1) 192

by AmiMoJo (#47799359) Attached to: Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

The most stable rock plate in Canada, known as the canadian shield is 4,5 bn years old to 540 millions years old and is stable since then.

This kind of hubris is what caused many of the problems Japan is facing at the moment. Geologists "knew" that certain areas were geologically stable, right up until they were checked again with more modern equipment and faults were found right underneath nuclear power plants. It's not that no-one looked before, it's just that the tools didn't exist and the understanding of geology at the time didn't see any problems.

Japan is extreme in terms of geological activity, but when you are looking to store dangerous waste of extremely long periods of time even relatively stable areas are difficult to rely on.

Comment: Re:And if they hade a place to store the waste. (Score 1) 192

by AmiMoJo (#47799337) Attached to: Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

Decades of propaganda have lots of people afraid and opposed to atomic* or nuclear* in general. In the wake of Fukushima we have already seen major western nations shutter their nuclear generating.

Presumably you are talking about European countries, and specifically Germany. That isn't a fair characterization of the situation there.

Before Fukushima many of Germany's coal plants were due to be closed and replaced with more modern, cleaner ones anyway. Nuclear plants were thought to have another few decades of life extensions in them. However, there was already a strong movement towards clean energy, and towards reducing Germany's dependence on imported coal and gas, and against the high cost of nuclear. Fukushima was just a catalyst that sped up the time-table for re-building the grid.

Germany is aiming to complete the transition by around 2025, so still has a decade to go. At the moment there are minus 6 new coal plants being build - in other words even with the new plants due to the old ones closing (as planned before Fukushima) there will be six fewer. The new ones are unlikely to ever make any money. Nuclear didn't pan out, it was too expensive and never achieved the level of safety that proponents said it would, so no more chances I'm afraid.

Comment: Re:Can We Have A Vitrification Train Instead? (Score 1) 192

by AmiMoJo (#47799305) Attached to: Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

All you are moving around is an electric (or gas) furnace and associated support equipment.

Only the first time. After you have used it once it becomes contaminated with radioactive material. Such contamination is very difficult to deal with. You have to design the system to be as sealed as possible in order to delay having to deal with the contamination for as long as possible, and then during decommissioning somehow dismantle and store it.

Contamination is one of the reasons why molten salt / pebble bed reactors are so problematic to decommission. In this case it would make transporting the vitrification plant around no better than moving the waste around, or possibly even worse as at least waste can be put into sealed, crash-proof containers relatively easily.

Comment: Re:Nothing really new (Score 2, Insightful) 116

by AmiMoJo (#47799261) Attached to: Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

Android fragmentation is irrelevant. The number of NFC enabled Android phones vastly outnumbers the number of Apple NFC enabled phones, which is currently zero. Even if the iPhone six sells as well as the iPhone 5 before it the market for Apple vs. Android payments (and all NFC enabled Android devices support it, regardless of OS version) will probably force Apple to be compatible at some stage.

Comment: Re:As much as I hate Apple (Score 3, Interesting) 116

by AmiMoJo (#47798671) Attached to: Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

I use NFC for payment every day without issue. It's a mature, reliable technology, at least in most places. I think where there have been issues it's usually due to retailers insisting on using certain companies with new tech, instead of established ones.

The real problem is the lack of standards. Japan has e-wallets, there is Google Wallet and now it looks like there will be a third and incompatible Apple wallet. What are the chances that other payment providers will be allowed to use NFC on Apple hardware for their own systems? Could you ditch the Apple wallet and install Google Wallet instead?

Comment: Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (Score 1) 120

by AmiMoJo (#47796851) Attached to: Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

I'd imagine QQ is the biggest IM platform in the world, simply because so many Chinese people use it. It's actually not bad and QQ also offer a few terabytes of cloud storage for free. QQ is cheaper than text message, especially for Chinese people living outside of China who want to talk to their friends and family.

Interestingly you hear a lot about censorship in China, but a lot of "secret news" seems to get spread via QQ.

Comment: Re:I use a conservative less is more approach (Score 2) 159

by AmiMoJo (#47794631) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

Avast Mobile Security

This is a scam app. You don't need anti-virus for your phone if all you ever do is install apps from Google Play. Google themselves do the virus scanning and checking for malware.

The other features are all just duplicates of existing Android functionality, or pointless. If you really care about privacy consider AppOpsXposed or switching to Cyanogen, or just install apps that don't ask for stupid permissions.

Comment: Re:Why a hardcoded list? (Score 1) 88

by AmiMoJo (#47794429) Attached to: Mozilla To Support Public Key Pinning In Firefox 32

We can't judge every security improvement solely on whether it solves "the NSA is out to get me."

The NSA and GCHQ are out to break the internet, so I'm afraid that is the benchmark which we have to use. They spy on everyone, and spoof sites like Slashdot to deliver malware. They prefer to hack other people's servers, i.e. your computer, and use them to attack their more specific targets.

While Iran might find it hard to impersonate .com sites, I bet that the NSA/GCHQ can impersonate .ir sites. That is a major concern for everyone, not just Iranians, because they are know to hack infrastructure providers in Europe and pretty much any other part of the world for this very purpose.

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