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Comment: Me too! (Score 1) 260

I'm 27 and considering going back to university to finish my degree (25% credits before leaving) and maybe a little more. I've done fairly well for myself with my own study and experience, but I want to really push it to the next level and feel I could do better with something more exciting with a better education behind me.

Comment: Re:One word (Score 1) 504

by ewok85 (#40808763) Attached to: Can a Regular Person Repair a Damaged Hard Drive?

Now this is a repair. Swapping boards may fix the problem if that is really what is wrong, and the drive supports it. I'd argue that a "repair" involves being able to understand the problem, isolate it, and make an effective change which makes the device workable again.

"Computers" are fairly easy to "repair" - almost anyone with a little instruction can replace components with little more than a single screw driver.

Individual components such as hard drives, motherboards, video cards and everything else are practically impossible to fix for someone without more intimate knowledge of electronics. And no, using various tricks does not count as a "repair" - it's just luck.

Comment: Re:This is why we need more unions and more worker (Score 1) 439

by ewok85 (#40765853) Attached to: Subcontractor Tells Fukushima Workers To Hide Radiation Exposure

Working in a large company, us desk jockeys had the same OHS schedule as the field techs - which meant as hard as our OHS rep tried, there really wasn't anything he could do with the company mandated OHS time.

It worked much better when I was working at a car factory (the time was much better spent identifying problems and improving safety), and also in datacenters (for example we improved labeling and documentation to prevent accidents).

Don't get me wrong - I prefer the Australian method - I've seen some stuff in Japan that makes even the stuff I've seen in China look shoddy, but sometimes people take it a little too far.

Comment: Re:one good result: (Score 1) 439

by ewok85 (#40738099) Attached to: Subcontractor Tells Fukushima Workers To Hide Radiation Exposure

I've seen some very interesting papers which suggest the high life expectancy numbers are a result of the long food shortages before the war, coupled with modern healthcare and continued low calorie diets of the pre-war generations.

You'll see a big drop in life expectancy as the baby boomers get closer to that magic number - the generation gap is incredible!

Comment: Re:This is why we need more unions and more worker (Score 1) 439

by ewok85 (#40737881) Attached to: Subcontractor Tells Fukushima Workers To Hide Radiation Exposure

Same in Australia - we would have weekly meetings to discuss the paper cut Jill had on Tuesday, and to stay safe and ensure we didn't accidentally staple ourselves, wrap it all up with a 15min video on how to lift a box and some cake.

3 years working for Japanese companies and not a peep about any sort of safety even once. You can even raid the office first aid kit and not log what you took and why - something that would make my old OHS rep have a heart attack.

Comment: News Flash! (Score 1) 149

Badly implemented NFC solutions have security holes? Say it ain't so!

Funny how Japan has been using NFC (in the form of contact-less RFID smart cards since 2001 and payment using NFC in mobile phones since 2004, with no significant security breaches - I can't even find any examples so it may simply be zero security exploits.

Most of the NFC systems I've seen that don't use FeliCa have been absolutely atrocious in terms of security. It isn't super difficult to make a very secure system, but I get it's easy and cheap to make a half-arsed, half-secure system.

Don't blame NFC, blame bad implementations.

Comment: Re:Porn is a red herring... (Score 1) 544

by ewok85 (#40194901) Attached to: What Should We Do About Wikipedia's Porn Problem?

My position is not that porn should be in wikipedia. But images that are relevant to an article should be maintained if there is an agreement that they add value to it. Porn is but a red herring used to get the foot in the door.

This should be the only position. A picture of a penis or a video of ejaculation on the appropriate page is completely justified, and should not be removed.

I'd probably support something like a page 'tag' - some way of marking a page as having material which may be found offensive so wikipedia can easily be filtered by those who so desire it.

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