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I C E — An open letter to Apple and Google January 31, 2014

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Searching the Apple App Store for “in case of emergency” turns up 65 apps (as of today) that perform provide emergency information about the phones owner on the lock screen. I suspect that searching the Google Play store would turn up at least as many. The problem with these apps is that they place personal information where anyone who picks up your phone can easily see it, and they make your lock screen unattractive. I would like to call on the Apple and Google developers to add this functionality to the stock OS. Yes, this would render a lot of those apps obsolete, but Apple has already shown a willingness to do this by adding a flashlight control iOS 7.

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Japan’s Nuclear Incidents March 15, 2011

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After reading Robert X. Cringely’s “Is anything nuclear ever really super safe small and simple?“, I have a question that I’ve not seen asked anywhere. Filling the coolant system with seawater must be like using seawater in your steam iron. Yeah, it’s going to corrode things to the point of never-be-used-again, but it seems to me that there’s a shorter term problem. As all the water is boiled away and/or split into free atoms, you’re going to have lots of salt left over accumulating in the reactor, and eventually preventing the free flow of water. You saidin the previous column that it should take a week for the reactor to cool down, so maybe it’ll be ok, but I’m still wondering.

That age-old question… September 10, 2006

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Over at Wired News, there’s an article about WIPP (or, as they call it, the “Nuclear Dump of the Future” Someone visiting the site asks that age-old question:

Instead of spending so many millions of tax payer dollars on this facility, why not shoot this stuff to the sun? 10,000 years is a lot of time, and too much can happen in such a long time.These nuclear substances should have no place on our planet.

 

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Privacy in the global village March 1, 2003

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I grew up in a small town. Privacy does not exist in a small town. Everyone knows what everyone else is doing, if not immediately then at the speed of gossip. This is what happened to Laurie. She said something to someone, they repeated it to someone else, and the next thing you know everyone in the village knew about it. (more…)