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Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Preserve a "Digital Inheritance"? 191

First time accepted submitter ron-l-j writes "The last few months a digital inheritance idea has been floating around in my head, and I am sure the thought has crossed your mind as well. With Google talking about the inactive account program it made me wonder, how do I make sure my children get my iTunes, and amazon movies? I have plenty of mp4 movies on my server that will just set itself to admin with no password after I do not log in within a 6 month time frame. But what about the huge amount spent on digital content every year? What's the best way to make sure your "digital inheritance" gets passed down?"

Comment The issue has been solved, and is over (Score 2) 316

At 9am this morning the amendment was withdrawn, and the language of the bill changed to include that employers will be required to pay employees $500 along with any damages should they ask for their social media passwords. So no one is getting their social media passwords taken by employers.
See for your self

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?year=2013&bill=5211 It's under "In the house"
http://www.tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwliveplayer&eventID=2013041032 If you don't believe that then watch the senate themselves withdraw the amendment and change the language of the bill

This amendment never had a chance in hell, and has been put to death.
Privacy

WA State Bill Would Allow Bosses To Seek Facebook Passwords 316

An anonymous reader writes "A bill amendment proposed Tuesday could allow employers to ask for a worker's Facebook or other social media password during company investigations. The provision was proposed for a bill that safeguards social network passwords of workers and job applicants. The measure bars employers from asking for social media credentials during job interviews. The amendment says that an employer conducting an investigation may require or demand access to a personal account if an employee or prospective employee has allegations of work-place misconduct or giving away an employer's proprietary information. The amendment would require an investigation to ensure compliance with applicable laws or regulatory requirements."
IT

The RFP and IT Logistics For Washington's "Pot Czar" 117

Esther Schindler writes "Last fall, the state of Washington passed a marijuana legalization referendum, and needed to acquire an outside consultant to run the program. 'As it normally does, the state put out a request for proposal for a consultant to run the new legal marijuana program,' writes Ron Miller. 'As word leaked out that there was an RFP open for what essentially was a "pot czar," the floodgates opened. It would be the most popular RFP in the state's history. The Liquor Control Board needed a way to process these requests quickly and cheaply.' In a typical RFP scenario, they would get maybe half a dozen responses. This one got close to 100. Miller writes about the cloud workflow required to solve the task: 'He chose these particular tools because they all had open APIs, which allowed him to mash them together easily into the solution. They were easy to use, so reviewers could learn the system with little or no training, and they were mobile, so users could access the system from any device. In particular he wanted reviewers to be able to use the system on a tablet.' I suppose this could have been written about more mundane RFPs, but I bet you'll find this more interesting than most."

Comment Re:It takes 20+ years to build a nuclear plant (Score 1) 599

The 80% figure I cited was for pumped water. Sorry, I should have been more specific.

http://beyondzeroemissions.org/media/radio/santiago-arias-technical-director-gemasolar-supplying-24-hour-solar-power-121117
Looking at this interview about molten salt from the company Gemasola it looks like the technolgy has come quite a ways.

"....This winter we have already achieved 404MWh in 24 hrs.... In summertime then we reached 428MWh in a single day...."

There doesn't seem to significant degradation due to Winter conditions

Comment Re:It takes 20+ years to build a nuclear plant (Score 2) 599

Solar you can store some of the excess heat but liquid salt is awful short term. Solar panels + batteries help smooth it out but they have the exact same issues as coal extraction.

Could you expand a bit on these two things? Why are molten salt pits "short term"? And why do you see solar + batteries as having the same issues as coal?

Water you have to deal with the eco/economic problem of sucking up millions of gallons of water and putting it somewhere else.

Aren't you just going to put this water in a storage facility? What's so hard about that? Pumped water for energy storage has about an 80% efficiency. This doesn't seem like a problem.

Comment Re:It takes 20+ years to build a nuclear plant (Score 1) 599

Great to hear about what those other countries are trying to do. I wish them the best. But solar most definitely can supply all of our energy needs. Every form of energy we have goes back to solar. The amount of sunlight that hits the earth is many times over what we'd need. It's just a matter of bringing down the cost some more.

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