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Comment Re:Cherry Picking (Score 1) 130

Nobody disagrees that ionising radiation can cause cancer. But at the small doses that members of the public were exposed to there is valid debate over whether the increase in cancer risk is zero, almost zero or just tiny. Sensational headlines spread fear and stress, which likely is having a worse effect on people than the actual radiation.

Comment Re:Switching (Score 1) 147

OpenOffice has known security issues (its not safe to open untrusted documents with it). Given how few developers are still left at OO, it could be months or years before a fixed version is released (they recommend that you manually delete one of its library files).

LibreOffice fixed the issue months ago.

Comment Re:Does it really matter to the air? (Score 4, Informative) 618

"It is estimated that the effects of NO 2 on mortality are equivalent to 23,500 deaths annually in the UK" -- UK dept. for environment and rural affairs

"Volkswagen’s rigging of emissions tests for 11m cars means they may be responsible for nearly 1m tonnes of air pollution every year, roughly the same as the UK’s combined emissions for all power stations, vehicles, industry and agriculture, a Guardian analysis suggests."

Comment Depends how modular you want to go (Score 1) 111

Separating out everything into modules is going to be hard. Even PCs which have no space/weight constraints are not fully modular. Much harder for a phone where things like the CPU and RAM are typically soldered on top of each other.

But you can take a more modest goal of making the major components replaceable, repairable and upgradable, for example,

The easiest way to figure the cost of living is to take your income and add ten percent.