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Comment: Re:Media Viewer (Score 2) 231

by mysidia (#47725177) Attached to: Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

by default, and removed the ability for site admins to disable it by default

The problem is these "admins" are acting on behalf of the various Wikipedia communities as a whole. How WP is run, is supposed to be decided by the community.

If these "admins" actually administered the underlying infrastructure as well, this would be a non-issue, as they could simply refuse the software upgrade, or patch it.

The WMF is entrusted with this task, but the WMF is betraying the trust of the community. I think I might ask for my donations to be returned to me, since they are no longer acting according to their mission.

Comment: Re:heh (Score 1) 529

by mysidia (#47719951) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

We've noticed that you have an Ad Blocker, as we're depending on advertisement revenue to provide you with free services - we will kindly ask you to turn your Ad Blocker off and reload the page to see your content.

PHASE 2: We need to get Google and other search major engines to identify sites that degrade experience for users running Adblockers, which is basically just a new form of cloaking, and either display a warning or demote them in search results.

Comment: Re:best and worst for wildlife are (Score 1) 504

by mysidia (#47719877) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Psh, the radiation levels coming out of a nuke plant are 1/1000th of that coming from even coal ash ponds.

People miss the fact that coal-based power generation releases a heck of a lot more radiation into the environment than nuclear does.

Also, water does not become radioactive when exposed to radiation in the plant, as long as the fission products are properly contained and no chemicals leak out --- which is one of the reasons water is considered such a great coolant.

Comment: Re:best and worst for wildlife are (Score 1) 504

by mysidia (#47719839) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

but dont forget both geo and nuke are bad for the fish. indian point is facing some wrath now from the environmentalists for the water intake sucking in fish

Current implementation of nuclear technology requires water for cooling and steam generation. So I see how it can affect fish, if there is not an artificial intake pound and artificial lake for mixing warm water exhaust, before releasing back into the river/sea, but I think coal has an even worse affect.

Also, it is very likely that developments in nuclear power generation and new types of reactors such as LFTR could eliminate the problem of requiring large volumes of water to be sucked in and released.

Comment: Re:god dammit. (Score 2) 504

by mysidia (#47710945) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Lots of things kill birds, and actually wind turbines are pretty low on the scale. Even nuclear plants kill more by some estimates:

Nuclear power is still likely bird-safer.

I don't want aggregate stats on total number of birds killed by different technologies.

I want Number of birds killed per hundred thousands of watts generated. If all power plants were nuclear, then 100% of the birds killed in power generation would be by nuclear. That doesn't mean that Nuclear plants are safer for birds than wind turbines.

Comment: Re:Left or Right? (Score 1) 473

by mysidia (#47710199) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

It is already updating "rules" all the time. It has to. Maximum clearances on road. Weight restrictions

I don't think so...

Speed Limits, One Way, Carpool, Toll Roads

I expect a self-driving car to not require to know exactly where it is on a map to know that it is driving safely and down the right direction and side of the road.

If GPS stops working, "just shutdown" is not an option.

Comment: Re:Left or Right? (Score 1) 473

by mysidia (#47707133) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Rules are loaded with the map.

Don't like that idea. Too much risk of exposure to bugs applying the wrong rules.

My car is never going to Europe, or even out of state. I would rather it only know about RH rules, just to be safe.

It should not be willing to go out of state or accept a different state's rules without special permission, either.

Comment: Re:Web browsers aren't self-documenting (Score 1) 198

by mysidia (#47706099) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

Which doesn't help newcomers to the Web, such as seniors and children.

Sorry about that, but someone will serve their needs. Children will have adults to show them, and they usually learn pretty quickly.

Seniors, sorry, they might not be the target market ---- they will need to attend training or have a friend/relative show them.

Comment: Re:Web browsers aren't self-documenting (Score 1) 198

by mysidia (#47693871) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

That might be true.... but I've never known a web browser to include documentation either; it's good enough that people were familiar with the first browsers, so if you make a good web browser, then you don't in general need to produce much documentation for end users.

Comment: Re:Truly sad (Score 1) 358

by mysidia (#47693829) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

No, it's fear mongers like you who are the problem. Ebola is spread by coming into contact with bodily fluids of an infected person. I don't know how you interact with people on the bus, but rarely do I get bled on on my way to work.

Ebola can be transmitted through saliva. Often people cough, and there is a "fine mist"; if any of this lands on your skin, you can contract the disease through micro-abrasions in your skin

Comment: Re:Quarantine the whole city (Score 1) 358

by mysidia (#47693795) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

As the quarantine centre has been looted, maybe they should try to contain the outbreak by extending the quarantine to the whole city. Declare martial law and not allow anyone to enter or leave the city.

Agreed. Armed military blockade around the city and lockdown of major thoroughfares to minimize travel, even quarantine neighborhoods with infected people, until the infected can be re-isolated and those responsible for the riots can be rounded up.

Comment: Alter the phone so standard tools won't work (Score 5, Interesting) 82

by mysidia (#47687805) Attached to: EFF's Cell Phone Guide For US Protesters

For example, take steps to disable 'data communication ports on the device that you don't use.

Disable the ability to pair over USB or bluetooth.

Use nonstandard filesystems.

Analysts attempting to execute an illegal search of your device are not going to be "technical gurus"; too few of those to go around.

They'll be using standard software tools they bought from some vendor.

Make sure no "standard" tools will work as expected on your device, and their costs go up tremendously.

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