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Comment: It's all about planned obsolescence! (Score 1) 944

by japa (#45786661) Attached to: 60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out
Funny how most of the anti-bulb people are using bulb vs LED lifetime as one of the reasons why bulbs are bad. The problem is, that bulbs are made on purpose to expire at about 1000 hours. Have a look at a documentary on the issue: Pyramids of waste. Or if you don't have the time or interest, read this nice article Planned Obsolescence: The Light Bulb Conspiracy. If you don't have time for that, I'll write in couple of the key points: There is Centennial Light in Livermore, California – an incandescent light bulb manufactured back in the 19th century. The world’s longest lasting light bulb still shines today uninterrupted after a century of use.
The industry standard for light bulb is 1000h, it used to be 2500h, but the manufactures lowered the limit to increase the consumption. that happened in 1940s. My guess is that with modern manufacturing methods it would not take much to be able to have the standard at 10000h for light bulbs. Just that there is no money to be made on that, the bulbs would be too cheap and they would last too long.

Comment: Re:Tragedy, and Strange Days (Score 1) 379

by japa (#43012027) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Would You Feel About Recording Your Entire Life?

Counterargument: what if you recorded the worst-case scenario? Accidentally viewing that video of your child being hit by a car could be devastating.

You mean something like this clip in russian car crash compilation? Gory detail (=impact) is not shown, but you can see the horror inside the car as they realize crash is unavoidable.

covered in the quite decent mid-90's quasi-cyberpunk film 'Strange Days'.

Nice film, with interesting idea. If it was trueI would be totally addicted on repeating the nicest moments of my life again and again. Who wouldn't?

Comment: Not just France (Score 1) 196

by japa (#42654557) Attached to: France Proposes a Tax On Personal Information Collection
You can pretty much say the same about Finland as you wrote on France. Envy is renewing energy which never runs out. I recall the days when Nokia was in its glory. Oh the envious talks about persons earning lot of money from their Nokia options or dividents. How that was most unjust thing on the world. Now Nokia is almost gone, I've yet to see any public comments how now things are better as there are no longer persons getting dividents or other bonuses from Nokia success. I only see the misery of X amount of tax money no more coming in and Y amount of jobs lost because Nokia is no longer successfull.

Besides, increasing taxes has never been a road to success. Soviet union tried 100% and see where they are now. Yes, they aren't.

Comment: Store maybe legit but you most likely break US law (Score 1) 166

by japa (#42026731) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which International Online Music Stores Are Legit?
Repeating what I originally read from

There is a separate provision of U.S. copyright law that prohibits the importation into the United States, “without the authority of the owner of copyright,” of copies of a work “acquired outside the United States.” – Slate

The law is unambiguous:

(1) Importation.—Importation into the United States, without the authority of the owner of copyright under this title, of copies or phonorecords of a work that have been acquired outside the United States is an infringement of the exclusive right to distribute copies or phonorecords under section 106, actionable under section 501. – Importation and Exportation, US Copyright Law

The case is still open, but basically one side is arguing that what ever you own, you don't own it once you take it to USA. After that point you are just a licencee. And it the US copyright owner does not approve you buying the stuff from abroad, you are violating the licence. I recommend you read the article linked at the top to get the picture.

Comment: Re:Totally bogus (Score 1) 473

by japa (#41940489) Attached to: Germany Exports More Electricity Than Ever Despite Phasing Out Nuclear Energy

Germany relies on coal. It's replacing its nuclear generators with coal powered generators. .

The general public is a fraid of Fukushima and the radiation deaths. Nobody has mentioned the amount of deaths caused by the emissions from the coal power plants that are built to replace the nuclear power.

Coal contains trace quantities of the naturally-occurring radionuclides uranium and thorium, as well as their radioactive decay products, and potassium-40. While most of the ash is captured, tiny solid particles known as "fly ash," including some radionuclides, escape from the boiler into the atmosphere. One study estimated that 100 times more radioactivity is released from a coal-fired plant as compared to a nuclear power plant of a similar size (McBride et al., 1978) [quote from ]

Still quoting the same document in regards to the effects of fine particle pollution generated by coal plants: For example, emissions from a single 1,230 MW facility in Wisconsin were estimated to account for 7 premature deaths, 100 emergency room visits, and 520 asthma attacks each year, with an annual cost of $42 million (MacIntosh et al., 2003).

Lets assume filtering technologies advance and the figures above can be halved, that's still 3.5 deaths per year. Considering nuclear power plant has some 50-60 year usage life, during that time comparable coal plant has caused some 200 deaths. Germany is replacing it's ~300TWh of nuclear power generated energy mainly to coal generated energy. Again, taking by conservative estimate as some will be replaced by non-coal sources over the time, the production would be 200 "wisconsin plants" for 50 years -> 10000 deaths.

That's safe coal power for you all...

Comment: Time to thank the MEPS (Score 1) 142

by japa (#40548891) Attached to: ACTA Rejected By European Parliament
Send your thank you in the form of flowers as suggested by mr. Falkvinge of Swedish pirate party

I have already made order to be delivered on 9th June.


Europe Agrees To Send Airline Passenger Data To US 403

Posted by samzenpus
from the naming-names dept.
Qedward writes "The European Parliament has approved the controversial data transfer agreement, the bilateral PNR (passenger name register), with the US which requires European airlines to pass on passenger information, including name, contact details, payment data, itinerary, email and phone numbers to the Department of Homeland Security. Under the new agreement, PNR data will be 'depersonalized' after six months and would be moved into a 'dormant database' after five years. However the information would still be held for a further 15 years before being fully 'anonymized.'"

Comment: Re:Time Machine (Score 4, Informative) 304

by japa (#39534985) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: It's World Backup Day; How Do You Back Up?
Back In Time is a simple backup tool for Linux inspired from “flyback project” and “TimeVault”. The backup is done by taking snapshots of a specified set of directories.

I use it with external USB drive and it has saved my butt couple of times. Cases where I thought the focus is in certain nautilus window, then doing Shift-delete + enter in very quick fashion and fraction of a second later realizing there was another nautilus window with focus on some directory which is now nuked... As this is just a frontend to rsync and uses hard links, there is the advantage of the backed up files being available even without the backup program as normal files within the directory structure on the backup media.

Comment: Re:Fuel tax? (Score 1) 500

by japa (#37079304) Attached to: Dutch Government To Tax Drivers Based On Car Use

Isn't this much easier to achieve -- albeit with less accuracy -- via fuel tax? Every time the government here proposes a mileage tax, I can't help but think we already have one. Added benefit of encouraging people to drive more efficient cars.

Yes, but it's too simple a solution. There will be no hi-tech companies with their (gps) solutions that are trying to get their solution as the mandatory one. ie. No-one to offer nice "gifts" to the law makers to help them make the right decision etc...


IT Worker's Revenge Lands Her In Jail 347 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the bad-idea dept.
aesoteric writes "A 30-year-old IT worker at a Florida-based health centre was this week sentenced to 19 months in a US federal prison for hacking, and then locking, her former employer's IT systems. Four days after being fired from the Suncoast Community Health Centers' for insubordination, Patricia Marie Fowler exacter her revenge by hacking the centre's systems, deleting files, changing passwords, removing access to infrastructure systems, and tampering with pay and accrued leave rates of staff."

Apple's Game Center Shares Your Real Name 182

Posted by Soulskill
from the slow-erosion-of-anonymity dept.
dotarray writes "Apple's Game Center has just made itself a few enemies through a simple change to their Terms of Service. Now, whenever you send a friend invitation, your real name will be attached as well as your Apple ID." Apparently they didn't learn from the poor reaction to Blizzard's similar idea.

8-Year-Old Receives Patent 142

Posted by samzenpus
from the young-inventor-society dept.
Knile writes "While not the youngest patent recipient ever (that would be a four year old in Texas), Bryce Gunderman has received a patent at age 8 for a space-saver that combines an outlet cover plate with a shelf. From the article: '"I thought how I was going to make a lot of money," Bryce said about what raced through his brain when he received the patent.'"

RuneScape Developer Victorious Over Patent Troll 89

Posted by Soulskill
from the vanquishing-trolls dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Gamasutra reports that a US District Court judge has dismissed the patent infringement lawsuit brought against RuneScape developer Jagex discussed previously on Slashdot. Judge David Folsom last week dismissed online chat company Paltalk's claims that Jagex infringed on Paltalk patents relating to online network communications. The judge's ruling only resolved Jagex's case. Microsoft settled with Paltalk for an undisclosed sum in 2009 after the online communication technology company sued over the patents in a $90 million claim. That settlement opened the door to Paltalk's claims against other game companies, including Blizzard, Turbine, SOE and NCSoft. Paltalk alleged in the Jagex-related suit that it had suffered 'tens of millions of dollars' in damages. Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard said in a statement, 'It is exceedingly unfortunate that the US legal system can force a company with a sole presence in Cambridge, UK to incur a seven-digit expense and waste over a year of management time on a case with absolutely no merit,' and that Jagex 'will not hesitate to vigorously defend our position against any patent trolls who bring lawsuits against us in the future.'"

In Case of Emergency, Please Remove Your Bra 123 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the breathing-easy dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Caught in a disaster with harmful airborne particles? You'd better hope you're wearing the Emergency Bra. Simply unsnap the bright red bra, separate the cups, and slip it over your head — one cup for you, and one for your friend. Dr. Elena Bodnar won an Ig Nobel Award for the invention last year, an annual tribute to scientific research that on the surface seems goofy but is often surprisingly practical. And now Bodnar has brought the eBra to the public; purchase one online for just $29.95."

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.