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Comment Re:Just proxy it out at the router. (Score 1) 375

No doubt part of the deal to get parents to accept them was that they would also be locked down at home. Of course, parents could just lock down their network at home too, but how many of them are going to get off their asses and do that when they can just bitch at the school to do the parenting for them instead?

What if the parents didn't agree to the deal? What if parents thought that the school's predetermined whitelist was too much? Or too little? Maybe the parents were parenting, and decided that their kids should have more rights than the school would like them to have.

Comment Re:Just proxy it out at the router. (Score 1) 375

Block vpn at proxy level.

Open only certain ports, that what students really need, like port 80 for www. They may even consider a whitelist of sites students can visit from the school network.

You can proxy over standard https port 443, so blocking proxying is mostly a dead end. You'd have to stick with the whitelist.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 214

Yeah how about trying "We were ordered to do it by the US government and we can't give you details because a) national security and b) gag order". Seems to work for the government, why can't it work for Google?

Because the government will be able to declare in court that they didn't do it, and Google won't have proof that they did?

That's covered, because the gag order gags itself, so you can't show it to the court.

Comment Re:Who cares about battery life? (Score 2) 222

The cellular and phone networks in the US actually have batteries and generators to power them so people can use them when power is out to report those outages. For the POTS network I think the backup is federally mandated, not sure on the cell network.

The cellular backups only last for a day or two, at most. In the northeast we lost power from hurricane Sandy last year for a few days, and the cellular networks didn't last all that long. Fortunately, they're also high on the priority list for restoring power, so they were some of the first things to come back.

Comment Re:It's not just China.. (Score 1) 562

And we in the south have a hard enough time with you yanks!

If you're not from America, a Yankee is someone from America.
If you're in America, a Yankee is someone from north of the Mason Dixon line.
If you're north of the Mason Dixon line, a Yankee is someone from the northeast.
If you're in the northeast, a Yankee is someone from New England. (which does not include New York, thank you.)
If you're in New England, a Yankee is someone from Vermont (though I hear New Hampshire in this spot a lot, too.)
If you're in Vermont (or New Hampshire) a Yankee is someone who eats pie for breakfast.

(Disclaimer: I'm from New Hampshire, and pie makes the best breakfast whenever possible.)

Comment Re:Traitorous NSA (Score 1) 219

Here we see the beginnings of real, hard evidence of just how disastrous the NSA's recent actions are to the best interests of the country.

Sorry, but this is all Snowden's fault. If it hadn't been for him everything would still be working as designed and no one would be (provably anyway) the wiser.

I think this is sarcasm, but my sarcasm and bullshitium detector has been on the fritz ever since Snowden's documents went live and the NSA started the spin machine.

Comment Re:Traitorous NSA (Score 2) 219

Whilst I certainly wouldn't disagree with you over the importance of encryption...well, put it this way: when was the last time you encrypted a letter you dropped in the mailbox?

The point is that it's about as much hassle for somebody at the post office to steam-open an envelope with nobody being none the wiser for it as it is for an ISP to snoop on people's mail.


It is just as much hassle to open a letter passing through the post office by steaming it open as it is for a lawyer somewhere to subpoena and get the contents of an email you sent through gmail.

However, it is much easier for the NSA to use their backdoor into gmail to make an automated request for all of a person's emails and all of the emails of everyone that emailed them and store that information. Even if they decide that they don't need that information, it will still get stored, and that stored information could be leaked. Just the other day we heard about how Snowden used the "brilliant" tactic of privilege elevation and masquerading as other users to get data. If the NSA's system is designed such that one person can do this, you can bet that there are plenty more who do it and put the information to their own use without feeling the need to go public with it.

Comment Re:How accurate is the sea level rise figure? (Score 2) 137

If an area the size of Greenland is depressed 300 meters, I'd wonder if it is deformation of the Earth's crust and the whole thing could be pushed back up by internal pressures when the weight is gone. Not assuming anything, just wondering if that could happen and what the impact on sea levels would be if it did.

Comment Re:The funny part: (Score 1) 249

"the fly ash emitted by a power plant—a by-product from burning coal for electricity—carries into the surrounding environment 100 times more radiation than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy"

The quote isn't actually comparing coal waste to nuclear waste, it compares coal waste to overall nuclear power production. No nuclear power plant can be 100% shielded from all escaping radiation, nor can containment of radioactive waste, unless you build a vault so thick that no gamma ray can pass entirely through it, which is statistically practically impossible. Therefore, nuclear power production leaks a very small amount of radiation. At a certain distance from the reactor or waste storage, the radiation emitted from the reactor or waste drops to a point where it becomes indistinguishable from local background radiation. It is in this range that the radiation has added measurably to the environment. In a proper plant design, this range is within the plant's perimeter, and ideally within the containment structure itself.

So, no, it isn't saying escaped/released nuclear waste, it is referring to the radiation emissions from nuclear power production, which some percentage of will pass through the available shielding.

At some point, when I have some free time, I'll try and work out the relative radiations of actual waste products, out of curiosity. For reference, coal fly and bottom ash, together, release 5-6 (up to 8) picocuries of radiation per gram. A modern coal plant produces fly ash that leaves the stack at about 100g/MWh (going directly into the environment, uncontrolled) and produce 85kg/kWh of ash (recovered fly & bottom ash). Therefore a typical coal plant producing 3.5TWh/year creates waste emitting 1.8 curies/year, or 66.6 GBq (GigaBecquerels)/year. I don't have numbers handy for the waste products per power produced for nuclear.

Of course, I'll agree that this is somewhat overstating the case. When stored as a unit in a giant landfill, the vast majority of this radiation will never leave the landfill, because the material surrounding it will act as shielding. Only radiation emitted within, say, the outermost 10 meters or so will have any significant chance of reaching the outside world.

But the point isn't really that coal ash is a particularly dangerous radioactive substance, it is that we analyze nuclear power to an extreme but other sources of power get a free pass because they look easy to understand. When analyzed side by side, taking all factors into account, nuclear power, especially modern plants, should come out on top. At least until we have a significant fusion capability, or solar becomes significantly cheaper, more efficient, and lower in production toxicity.

Comment Re:The funny part: (Score 1) 249

Did you read the editors note? Did you understand it? So in yur country roughly a 1% equivalent of the radiation in fly ash escapes from nuclear waste into the environment? How fucking bad is your nuckear waste stored?

It is also depressing that fly ash still escapes into the environment in your country :D

I cited my source, and if it is wrong, as sources sometimes are, then I'm ready and willing to look at your refuting evidence. If all you're going to do is engage in attacks, then your position isn't one I'm likely to consider, even if it's right.

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