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Comment: Re:Indeed... (Score 3, Informative) 85

by ShanghaiBill (#47805049) Attached to: Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again

Yes. A glut of unranium putting uranium producers out of business, closing mines, etc. The glut today may well lead to a shortage a few years out from now.

No, because as soon as prices recover, the mines will reopen. There is enough uranium stockpiled to cover the transition. If prices ever go back to where they were in 2010, it will be cost effective to extract uranium from seawater, where the supply is almost limitless. At current consumption rates, we will not run out of relatively cheap uranium for thousands of years. There are plenty of reasonable arguments against nuclear energy, but "we are running out of fuel" is not one of them.

Comment: Re:Indeed... (Score 4, Interesting) 85

by ShanghaiBill (#47804803) Attached to: Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again

Unless it is a fast breeder or similar that can "burn" plutonium, by the time they get around to getting the fuel, there won't be much uranium left on sale, or suppliers willing to sell it.

There is a glut of uranium on the market, with prices for yellowcake falling by more than 50% since Fukushima.

Comment: Re:Do not want (Score 1) 161

by ShanghaiBill (#47804423) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

The main problem with traffic is not delivery vehicles, but single-person private cars..

But if deliveries are faster and cheaper there will be fewer single-person private cars on the road. Many car trips are to fetch a few items from the grocery or hardware store, or to fetch some documents that you left at work. If on-demand drone delivery was available, these trips could be avoided.

Comment: Re:Two words: (Score 1) 161

by ShanghaiBill (#47804399) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

it's not against the law to fire water out of a hose at an aircraft.

There is no specific law against it, just like there is no law specifically against throwing bowling balls at passing bicyclists. But there are general laws against endangering or harming other people, or intentionally destroying other people's property.

Comment: Re:Hijacking and theft (Score 1) 161

by ShanghaiBill (#47804379) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

How will the drones ensure that the recipient is the correct person?

They don't. Neither does a human delivery person. I have never been asked for an ID to receive a package, and most don't even ask for a signature.

And how will they protect themselves against other people or drones stealing the cargo?

They don't. Neither does a human delivery person when they leave a package on he porch, or in the mailbox.

Comment: Re:Property rights (Score 1) 161

by MightyYar (#47804115) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

Ultimately, your property "rights" are granted rights, not inalienable or natural rights. You don't own air rights or mineral rights for simple, pragmatic reasons.

Hell, by international convention "conquest" is the most sure-fire way to get more real estate.

As for noise pollution - people have been suing over that since the dawn of aviation. Sometimes they win, and sometimes they lose (hard to prove harm if you bought a house near an existing airport...). Over the years, we've made jets quieter, we've restricted the operating hours, and we've limited flight to sub-sonic over land. People fight over industrial plant emissions, sewer plant location, and yes - fracking locations - all the time.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that drone use will be regulated through the democratic process and not (solely) by some quaint notion of property rights.

Comment: Re:Reall problem: German radiation phobia (Score 1) 175

by ShanghaiBill (#47802199) Attached to: Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

Assuming all of the radioactivity is due to Cs-137, that 600 Bq/kg limit translates to 0.0000003 micrograms of Cs-137 in any given kg of wild pork.

Cesium tends to behave like potassium in biological systems. It has a biological half-life of about 100 days (half will be excreted by the body in this amount of time). But that can be accelerated by consuming more potassium. So just sprinkle some "lite-salt" on your next dish of wild boar.

Comment: Re:Reall problem: German radiation phobia (Score 3, Informative) 175

by ShanghaiBill (#47802151) Attached to: Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

Ann Coulter. Not even up to politician level of smug idiocy, she's a Fox News talking head/moron.

Ann Coulter is a political Kim Kardashian. She thrives on drawing attention to herself by acting like an idiot. But her statement is a tiny kernel of truth wrapped up in a big ball of stupidity. Slightly higher levels of background radiation may actually be good for you. There is some evidence, in both animals and humans, that slightly higher levels of external (not ingested) radiation, over extended time, can reduced cancer rates and improve health. One hypothesis is that the radiation "exercises" the cellular repair mechanism, and keeps if functioning well.

Comment: Re:unfair policy (Score 2) 240

by ShanghaiBill (#47802055) Attached to: Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

Quibbles about the opinions of the world's climate scientists are essentially not important.

Over the last few decades public support for climate changed action has declined dramatically. Much of the reason for that is a decline in public perceptions of the credibility of scientists. Much of the reason for that is because of people that exaggerate, and then, when called out on it, insist that the actual facts are just "quibbles" and don't matter. The same happened with the first IPCC report. It contained exaggerations, and made false statements, and when those were pointed out, the response from the authors was indignation and name calling rather than humility.

Look, we are losing the debate on climate change. The Koch Brothers are winning. If we want to change that, the first step is to start building credibility. We don't do that by insisting our facts are important, and the other guy's facts are "quibbles". We do it by being truthful and honest.

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