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Comment Re:Effects of hypothetical severe nuclear accident (Score 1) 165

Perhaps you might want to read _Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster_ and find out just how well their accident modelling works.

Many "can't happen" failures happened one after another. Entire failure modes totally ignored for not being "realistic" but that actually happened.

Failure analysis needs to be done by pessimists. The nuclear industry apparently doesn't like pessimists.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 3, Informative) 153

It's really hard to fit model to data that hasn't been collected yet.
Or do you not understand when they talk about why they are building a particular space observatory satellite or something like the Large Hadron Collider?

If one of these experiments doesn't verify the model or contradicts it, and the model is changed, they then go collect even more data. They always want to verify that the model can predict something that wasn't known beforehand. And obviously the model has to match what is known already or it's just crap to start with.

Comment Re:It's required (Score 1) 170

ARPA was also called DARPA at various times, where "D" stands for "Defense", and the ARPANet was therefore called DARPANet at those times.

Back in the day when the only people on the 'net were military, schools, and tech companies... long long before Canter and Siegel's Green Card spam.

The reason computer chips are so small is computers don't eat much.