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Comment: Re:Why Firefox pisses me off the least (Score 1) 142 142

Opera [opera.com] which my oldest boy swears is the greatest thing ever (boy is he still pissed they quit using presto)

Don't recommend it. It all went down after they abandoned presto. Compared to the Opera I loved, the chromium version, to quote Dr. Cooper, sucks the big one. They even started rolling out silent updates, and the last one broke the bookmarks (they are gone -- you need to install a 3rd party extension to access your old bookmarks). Alienating their user base this way, they'll be gone sooner rather than later.

Comment: Re:Obligatory reading (Score 1) 419 419

That's why there's the WHO link to put that into perspective, in case you didn't notice. All sources state that numbers are hard to come by and why. The OP stated "cool down, Fukushima blew up and nobody died!" and that is just ignorant. Never mind the source.

Comment: Re:Obligatory reading (Score 4) 419 419

After Chernobyl we heard the same predictions

I already said that "whether the estimate is correct or not, it will take decades" because of "the long latency period for some cancers. WHO said in 2005: "The total number of deaths already attributable to Chernobyl or expected in the future over the lifetime of emergency workers and local residents in the most contaminated areas is estimated to be about 4000." Again, the numbers do not matter, or that they only look at the "most contaminated areas" in their estimate. All I was saying was that it is too soon to talk about the death toll, because it will take decades of science to say anything meaningful. The OP argument was like "I locked up 10 people in an airtight room and they were all ok when I checked on them a minute later."

Comment: Re:Obligatory reading (Score 5, Informative) 419 419

While it is true that people are not dropping dead in the thousands due to Fukushima, I'll leave this to consider:

Estimate of Consequences from the Fukushima Disaster, Jirina Vitazkova and Errico Cazzoli, Nordic PSA Conference (nuclear utilities in Finland and Sweden), September 2011 (emphasis added): The results with respect to health effects show that within 80 years the number of victims of the Fukushima disaster can be expected to be AT LEAST in the range of 10,000 to 300,000 people in terms of deaths due to infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases, genetic diseases, and cancers; and about the same number of sicknesses/syndromes needing prolonged hospitalization and health care are expected to occur. This estimates accounts only for the population already living at the time of the accident. A comparable number of excess deaths and sicknesses may be expected in the population that will be born in the period. In addition to these, more than 100,000 excess still-births and a comparable or larger number of excess children born with genetic deformations (e.g. Down syndrome) are expected [...]

Whether the estimate is correct or not, it will take decades before it's safe to say "a nuclear reactor that didn't kill anyone". The actual outcome will also largely depend on how well the Japanese authorities will handle the cleanup. Judge for yourself whether they've done a good job so far.

Comment: Re:Whats so repugnant? (Score 1) 183 183

Excuse me. You are from the country that "is home to the first advanced civilizations in Europe and is considered the birthplace of Western civilization" (Wikipedia), and the best you can come up with is a Telly Savalas quote? Now, where to begin ...

Then again, Kojak was kinda cool back then.

Comment: Re:Interesting experiment but deeply flawed (Score 1) 59 59

Also, in some countries it's illegal to harvest power from ambient electromagnetic radiation, like GB as it says in the comments section here, in order to prevent people from leeching power off of power lines, antennas of radio stations and what have you. While that doesn't stop you from charging your AA batteries for free, you might have a hard time selling gear that relies on harvested power in these countries.

Comment: Re:This seems foolproof! (Score 2) 94 94

While you are right, what puzzles me here is that they name corruption as the cause of problems. Usually, even if you identify corruption as a problem, you do not call it corruption, nowhere and never (and it's not as if Russia is the only country where corruption is rampant). While I wonder what exactly hides behind this news tidbit -- and we all know that the message itself is likely very far from communicating what is actually happening or intended -- I assume that even bringing up corruption in this context might be a message in itself. Then again, what do I know ... someone enlighten us (Edja Snegskowsky, help us out!).

Comment: Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 1) 486 486

... or with a renewable energy sector that is among the most innovative and successful worldwide according to Wikipedia.

In the country where they are doing this, renewables are taken off the grid on a regular basis because of overproduction and power is regularly sold for extremely low or even negative prices (I kid you not) to European neighbors. So, instead of not producing power by stopping wind turbines on windy days or losing money selling / giving away excess power, it could be put to good use even if you chose to "burn" it in a not very efficient conversion process. Some interesting numbers here. That said, I'm off to RTFA.

Comment: for whom Slashdot is not nerd discussion site (Score 1) 229 229

I really do like the nerdiness of your comment attacking the anonymous messenger along with your reluctance to discuss the message. Anti-Americanism an histrionics aside, it is by now a sane business decision to avoid US products and services in certain markets -- as long as you are willing to accept the fact that the US is not the world.

Comment: Re:Christmas comes early with xkcd 1243 (Score 1) 213 213

I was wondering about this from the first time the drone delivery thing came up. People will steal everything that is unprotected, and sometimes even things that are heavily protected. Why do Amazon et. al. think it will be any different with delivery drones? Once those drones are ubiquitous, shooting them down just to hunt down some nice surprise presents will become a new sport.

Comment: Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (Score 1) 378 378

let the market squabble it out for an extended period of time

Thing is, the definition of 'market' has changed considerably since the time I was taught what a market is ("The market is the place where supply and demand meet"). Go check for yourself and apply the 'old' definition to whatever markets you are most familiar with, and you'll probably find they rarely work that way anymore, and many don't mess much with supply and demand, but are -- as you state -- playing for time.

Curiously enough, the page's fortune tells me: "'Free markets select for winning solutions.' -- Eric S. Raymond" They certainly used to, but do they still -- or rather: how free are they?

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 2) 228 228

by following turkey's authoritarian freedom crushing instructions that would otherwise get facebook banned, facebook remains influential in turkey in a positive way, in more subtle ways

Not a very nuanced view, and even complex matters can be surprisingly simple if you have values. -- "by following turkey's authoritarian freedom crushing instructions that would otherwise get facebook banned," facebook remains in business there. This and nothing else matters to corporations. Please don't pretend that FBs mission is to propagate free speech, because that would be ... well, a blockheaded black-or-white kinda view. FB censors when it fits its business model (see the " pictures of breasts" argument). FB is accepting and taking part in what you call turkey's authoritarian freedom crushing instructions. Because they don't have values, as Zuckerberg likes to suggest, but business interests. Once Turkey blocks FB (Twitter etc.), people who value free speech will circumvent those blocks, as they have always done, but it would hurt FBs business.

Comment: pics or it didn't happen (Score 4, Informative) 360 360

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