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Comment: Re:E, The most boring racing (Score 1) 121

by AmiMoJo (#49369723) Attached to: At the Track With Formula E, the First e-Racing Series

F1 is incredibly expensive so they have to make the cars incorporate technology that will eventually filter down into production road cars, making it possible to view the sport as R&D. That's what drives most of the changes these days, a desire to test things like hybrid performance engines and new tyre technology. For example quite a few cars incorporate a version of the KERS system now.

Comment: Re:And what good would it do? (Score 1) 391

by AmiMoJo (#49369659) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

In Europe workers do have a certain expectation of privacy at work. For example, your employer can't read your private emails even if you use a company computer to access them at lunch time.

Exactly where you draw the line isn't entirely clear. I'd have thought that an aircraft's cockpit would be a reasonable place to put a camera. I imagine the main objection from the union is that the airline will be looking over their shoulders the whole time, which could be dealt with by making it a rule that the recording only be in the black box and only accessible in case of an accident.

Comment: Re:Maybe this is just my perspective as an outside (Score 1) 99

by AmiMoJo (#49369529) Attached to: SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag

The one reason I ever bother using Twitter is to communicate with companies with whom I have a problem. If I get bad service I write about it on Twitter. Having to do customer support in public usually encourages a faster, better response in my experience.

So far British Airways is the only one that has not responded well to tweets, although they did at least respond.

Comment: Re:Maybe this is just my perspective as an outside (Score 1) 99

by AmiMoJo (#49369517) Attached to: SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag

Actually GamerGate is a perfect example of what the GP is talking about. Aside from the people who committed actual crimes in support of GG, some number of people got sucked in to the rubbish about ethics in journalism and #NotYourSheild. If they tied their accounts to their real identities somehow when people google them they are going to see that they fell for that scam or worse actually condoned what was happening with full knowledge.

Comment: Re:Well, well, well, taking about safety... (Score 1) 155

by AmiMoJo (#49369391) Attached to: Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play For Carbon Credit Cash

How many other industries have more than $12B in insurance before the government will step in?

I mean, there's no other industry that could cause that much damage in a single incident, is there?

You are just defeating your own argument there. Why should nuclear be so heavily subsidised and not be liable for the massive costs that oil is? If BP can be on the hook for $43bn why can't nuclear? It's because the maximum cost is actually an order of magnitude or two more than $43bn, and the government set the rate a long time ago and never changed it.

If all the subsidies were cut I'd be happy, because no-one would build any more nuclear plants anyway.

Comment: Re:Fukushima and Chernobyl not worse case failures (Score 1) 155

by AmiMoJo (#49369363) Attached to: Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play For Carbon Credit Cash

For instance I live in a city which is completely set in its NIMBY ways, but is perfectly happy to entertain the existence of refineries and chemical plants processing large amounts of ammonia and hydroelectric acid where the "worst case" modelling could kill 50000 people, and that from an industry that most cities have within their border in reasonably close proximity to either their business centre or their trade centres.

Because, like most nuclear power, they were build long ago and would never be allowed in such close proximity today. If they are allowed, it is simply because there is no way people can force them not to be, not because they are "happy" to have them there.

But by effectively scaring ourselves away from investment in nuclear we have an entire industry that is the equivalent of a 1960s Impala driving down the highway at 70mph with no seatbelts, airbags, or crumple zones, just waiting to brutally kill all occupants whenever something goes slightly wrong.

If that were true it would be the fault of the plant operators for not upgrading their systems to be more safe. If they really are that dangerous today then it's a failure of the regulator to shut them down or demand they are replaced. They won't be replaced or heavily upgraded though because it costs too much money.

Comment: Re:And why not? (Score 1) 155

by AmiMoJo (#49369341) Attached to: Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play For Carbon Credit Cash

Actually nuclear has around a 1.3% catastrophic failure rate. Of around 450 commercial reactors built, 6 have gone into meltdown. If you include other serious failures that number is even higher.

When the cost of a catastrophic failure is so high a 1.3% failure rate is unacceptable. The only reason people are still willing to even consider investing in it is that when things do go wrong the government always picks up the tab.

Comment: Re:He's just trolling (Score 2) 155

by AmiMoJo (#49369327) Attached to: Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play For Carbon Credit Cash

It's actually worse than that. The nuclear industry basically owns the regulator. Barack Obama, when running for president in 2007, said that the NRC had become "captive of the industries that it regulates". Entergy lied under oath about the existence of pipes leaking contaminated material under the Vermont Yankee station, which the NRC claims they didn't even know were there.

Most damning of all the NRC has been used to help sell US technology to other countries. Since their job is to find flaws in that technology it seems like a conflict of interest to also be the salesman for it.

Comment: Re:Chrome OS is a joke (Score 1, Interesting) 73

Out of interest, do you have any evidence that they are tracking people's every move online? I think it would be a big scandal if it were true.

For example, obviously they scan Gmail accounts to deliver targeted advertising, but do you have evidence that if you use a Yahoo email account they monitor the content of your email?

What about your Facebook posts, do they read those? Or your online banking sessions, do they track them?

Or did you mean something else by "tracking your kids' every move"?

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