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Comment: Re:Well, well, well, taking about safety... (Score 1) 165

by Firethorn (#49368699) Attached to: Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play For Carbon Credit Cash

Again - no significant radiation release, it was a prototype reactor from 1962, no injuries amongst the workers, and cleaned up a few years later.

You guys are using accident characteristics for a Stanley Steamer to try to assess the accident danger of a Tesla Model S.
How about this:
Hans Petersen, or this unnamed gentleman. Then there's 3.

Hey, what do you know. Solar electrical power has had more fatalities in California alone than Nuclear electrical in the last decade...

Comment: Re:Well, well, well, taking about safety... (Score 2) 165

by Firethorn (#49368435) Attached to: Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play For Carbon Credit Cash

only a fool would talk about how having only two "busted"plants is proof of anything.

And only somebody who hasn't taken statistics can say this. The accident rate for nuclear plants is extremely low, and we can do better. For example, did you know that the Fukushima plant predates both the TMI and Chernobyl plants? Modern plants would be much safer.

TMI - no significant radiation release.
Windscale - google shows that it wasn't a power plant, but a nuclear weapon generation facility.
Fermi - No significant radiation release.

I'll take nuclear power, even with it's risks, over coal, oil, and gas any day. Solar and wind can't cover 100% otherwise. My 'ideal' non-carbon mix for electricity generation is ~40% nuclear, 20% solar, 20% wind, and 20% other(hydro, geothermal, biomass, etc...)

Comment: Re: Not everyone (Score 4, Interesting) 130

by Firethorn (#49367275) Attached to: NSA: We Mulled Ending Phone Program Before Edward Snowden Leaks

Forced their hand? Last time I checked, they are: 1) still operating the program, and 2) tenaciously defending it.

It's a bit like the Japanese and Whaling. Turns out that the whalers operate at a loss, nobody in Japan actually likes whale meat, etc... But as long as they're under outside pressure to end the program, it becomes a matter of face to defend it.

In short, they may have ended the program since then if Snowden hadn't leaked because the program wasn't justifying itself, but now they're having to defend their illegal and unconstitutional actions, thus they 'have' to continue and justify the program in order to avoid saying they made a mistake.

Comment: Re:Well, well, well, taking about safety... (Score 3, Informative) 165

by Firethorn (#49367249) Attached to: Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play For Carbon Credit Cash

...what is very little recognized worldwide, is that nuclear energy gets a free lunch at the expense of the taxpayers, as regards risk insurance.

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?

It is the most damned uninsured thing in developed countries and when one of these plants goes bust, you know what happens, ref. Fukusima.

Yeah, we're up to 2 busted nuclear plants in the whole world. All of them were old as hell plants, newer plants survived just fine, and realistically speaking we're being paranoid about the radiation.

If nuclear industry wishes to operate on-par terms with other forms of green technologies, please, bring the actuarial scientists in, to do all the math!

They have. It has even fewer deaths per TWh, including Chernobyl and Fukushima, than solar & wind

Comment: Re:Full benefits & Full responsibility (Score 1) 165

by Firethorn (#49367217) Attached to: Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play For Carbon Credit Cash

Sure, just as soon as the federal government pays them back for the fees it charged while promising to take care of the waste...

Oh, and enjoy how things end up priced as we force this standard on other companies... Many of the pollutants that other companies are releasing don't break down, period.

10M years is a bit long as well - allow reprocessing and such, and you can get rid of 90% of the 'waste' by reusing it, and of the 10% remaining, you only need to keep it 'safe' for about 1-10k years, not the over 100k.

Comment: Re:Still too dim (Score 2) 155

by Firethorn (#49363935) Attached to: Graphene Light Bulbs Coming To Stores Soon

In your case I'd consider getting away from 'bulbs' and going with a new fixture. That's what I've been doing lately. Rather than toss 2-3 'bulbs' into a fixture meant for incandescent, I've been replacing it with a fixture with the LEDs integrated. No cooling problems when you can scatter the emitters throughout the fixture's light emitting surface.

Comment: Re:Good Luck (Score 4, Informative) 328

by Firethorn (#49357443) Attached to: Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers

Remember this isn't a criminal offense. Most warehouse workers are 'judgement proof', in that they don't have the assets to pay anything. The court isn't going to say 'you have to quit your job' because it has financial interest in NOT paying for their welfware because they can't work at what they're skilled at due to the non-compete.

Amazon would pay more than they could recover pretty much every day the court trial went on. Also, there might actually be enough push-back if they tried to change laws.

Personally, I'd like to see a law of 'sure, write up whatever non-competes you want. However, it means that the the employee is still your employee during the non-compete period. Which means you still have to pay them their salary and benefits'. Don't want them working for the competitor for 12 months? You gotta pay them to sit on their ass for 12 months.

Finally, it sounds like they stuck the non-compete into their boilerplate employment documents. It's not intentionally targeting warehouse people, though I suppose that with the increasing amounts of robotics in them, it might be deliberate, so said workers don't go describing how the robots work.

Comment: Re:LOL .... (Score 4, Interesting) 70

by Firethorn (#49356429) Attached to: US Air Force Overstepped In SpaceX Certification

I remember reading that the $20k 'hammer' was actually a set of tools, including a spade & pick, made of a special set of alloys(can't remember what) designed to be non-magnetic, non-sparking, and a few other nons for use in helping to clean up stockpiles of explosives that were destabilizing, getting more sensitive. Given the location and amounts, they couldn't just set them off in location.

The toilet seat was actually a whole toilet system, I can't remember if it was for a plane or submarine. Still not cheap, but something that had to be custom designed and produced for that vehicle, and they were including design costs.

Comment: Re:We should lobby to break the cable companies (Score 1) 536

You're only using the FIRST definition of 'break'. There are many more.

"To break something is to" also covers:
  to overcome or wear down the spirit, strength, or resistance of; to cause to yield, especially under pressure, torture, or the like:
  to disable or destroy by or as if by shattering or crushing:
to ruin financially; make bankrupt
  to impair or weaken the power, effect, or intensity of
to train to obedience; tame
  to become inoperative or to malfunction, as through wear or damage

I think my use of the word is particularly appropriate.

Money will say more in one moment than the most eloquent lover can in years.