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Comment Re:All the data means all the data (Score 2) 201

Years of attacks from various security services and law enforcement agencies has made it hard for wikileaks to process these leaks. Attacks on sources of funding, payment processing, communications, anyone who with for/with them...

So now they have to pick between not releasing and dumping everything unedited. There is no good option.

Comment Re:Alarming Battery Costs (Score 1, Interesting) 125

The battery is good for 900,000 miles to 80% capacity remaining. Accelerated testing confirms it, as do drivers with 300k miles or more on their cars. It's basically 2x a typical petrol engine, similar to a diesel.

When it's end of life you can sell it for recycling into other applications like home UPS/solar storage.

Comment Re:Reminds me of a crazy, hot girlfriend (Score 1) 290

Not saying you are wrong, but let's put the same metrics to use on other energy sources: how much economic damage, loss of valuable land, and social ramifications of losing entire cities to sea level rise from the continued emission of burning oil and coal?

I fully agree that would be a disaster. That's why I'm advocating renewables as an alternative.

Comment Re: uranium runs out (Score 1) 290

Fort St. Vrain is a great example of why no-one wants to build reactors like that. There were a lot of expensive problems with a design that produced 330MWe. It's likely that there would be more if the design was scaled up. Decommissioning anything that uses thorium is a bugger too.

In the end, while technically interesting it just isn't a commercially viable proposition. The risks are too high for too little reward, compared to a much safer design based on tested technology.

If you want new nuclear, especially new designs, you have to make the economic case for them. It's more important that the technical aspects of the design, in fact, because no matter how great it is you still have to convince someone to invest billions of dollars and decades of time into the thing.

Comment Re:Media Tek Devices (BLU) (Score 1) 157

That phone was extremely low end (512MB RAM, crap screen, crap battery, crap CPU) when it was released two years ago, and sold for $75 new. It would be nice if it got OS updates, but... There are plenty of phones in that price bracket that do offer updates, there are plenty of custom ROMs for it using the binary blob drivers (check XDA Developers) and you could throw it away and get a much better phone that runs Cyanogen for $50 from banggood.

Also, if you have Play installed and run updated apps, you are patched against most of those CVEs.

Considering the alternative is paying 10x as much for an iPhone that will not be supported for 10x as long, and there are better options available if you look for them, I don't think it's so bad.

Comment Re:uranium runs out (Score 1) 290

Most solar PV panels are guaranteed for 20-25 years, but should last much longer than the guarantee. We have 40 year old panels still going strong.

The problem with breeders and thorium reactors is that they are unproven on commercial scale. Every time anyone has attempted them, there have been many serious and expensive problems. Thus no-one wants to invest in such a risky proposition, except governments where cost isn't the primary motivating factor.

In any case, even the current reactors are way too expensive. In the UK the new one we want to build, or rather we want the French to build for us using Chinese investment money, is going to cost about twice as much per MWh as renewables the day it is switched on, and only get worse from there.

Submission + - Fake Linus Torvalds' Key Found in the Wild

AmiMoJo writes: It was well-known that PGP is vulnerable to short-ID collisions. Real attacks started in June, some developers found their fake keys with same name, email, and even "same" fake signatures by more fake keys in the wild, on the keyservers. All these keys have same short-IDs, created by collision attacks. Fake keys of Linus Torvalds, Greg Kroah-Hartman, and other kernel devs are found in the wild recently.

Comment Re:Pi with an SO-DIMM Slot? SATA connectors? GigE? (Score 1) 124

You will struggle to saturate gigabit and SATA on that CPU. It just doesn't have that kind of high speed external bus, it's not designed for it. Unlike old machines running at a few megahertz you can't just tack stuff on to the main memory bus any more.

As for a NAS platform, I use an Intel DQ77KB with a used Xeon CPU. It wasn't cheap, but it is fast and you get 4x SATA ports, a mini-SATA port for an SSD, 2 SODIMM sockets, a mini PCI-e and a full size 4x PCI-e socket. It runs from 19V so you can use a common laptop power supply, although if you want 4x HDDs or more you will want 120W+. Oh, it has USB 3.0 as well so you can add even more drives that way very easily and with good performance. 2x gigabit LAN ports too.

They don't make them any more, but other manufacturers make 19V motherboards that are similar.

Otherwise you are quite limited in your choices... Most of the ARM stuff doesn't bother with high speed SATA interfaces or real gigabit network performance. Have a look at what the commercial NAS manufacturers use, it's all Intel Atom and some AMD stuff.

Actually, more consumer oriented NAS boxes often run MIPS. The Buffalo LinkStation series use MIPS and are well supported by OpenLink and other Unix flavours. You can pick them up cheap with broken drives and just re-purpose them. Custom enclosure designed specifically for your application, reasonable performance...

Comment Re:Price Point (Score 1) 71

It's not *that* impressive. Interesting, but similar devices have been made for lots of other machines. Typically they all use a graphics chip that outputs digital signals to a video DAC, which can be intercepted easily. An FPGA receives them, and converts to HDMI. The HDMI bit is just a standard FPGA software module, they won't create it from scratch, and the video is buffered in internal RAM (which adds some lag).

It's more impressive when the machine being upgraded is something like an Amiga, with lots of highly variable video modes that are harder to deal with. Back in the day people made scan-doublers that used the digital video signal on the internal expansion bus using custom logic chips, but they were ASICs or something much more primitive than an FPGA and had to include a DAC to produce a VGA signal too. Now that really was impressive work.

Now, looking at the Famicom PCB, it should be possible to make a clip-in or pass-through board that attaches to the video chip and produces the HDMI output, all while fitting in the original case. That would be a nice upgrade that people would buy and wouldn't cost too much.

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