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Comment: Re:Sounds like a plan. (Score 1) 212

by Nethemas the Great (#46784181) Attached to: MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor
Perhaps, but the design is still somewhat myopic. It solves one problem but leaves open others. The world's oceans for instance, make for the one of the best conveyors of leaked radioactive material. To my view at least they would also be far more prone to weather related disasters even if they weren't as affected by seismic events--though I'm not really sure how they're an improvement with respect to Tsunami and rogue waves.

Comment: Re:Not a retarded idea. No way. (Score 2) 212

by Nethemas the Great (#46784143) Attached to: MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor
The single largest contributor to nuclear reactor safety, or more precisely the lack thereof is that the overwhelming majority of the ones currently in operation were built decades ago from designs dating back 50+ years. The engineers of my grandparent's generation did wonderful work for their time, their understanding and their available technology. But to continue to rely upon BWRs, especially ones built so long ago is the folly and the reason nuclear power gets the reputation it does.

Comment: Re:Useful Idiot (Score 3) 387

Espionage is never legitimate unless you consider it acceptable for others to do it to you in the manner in which you do it to them. The hypocrisy of the NSA, CIA, GCHQ, BND, Mossad, FSB, etc. is grossly palpable. Everyone seems to do it, yet it's "shame on you" if anyone does it them. Pulling down the curtains was an important demonstration of collective, well deserved shame.

This crap belongs in movies and video games, not the real world. The citizenry of the world's nations should not be the game pieces used in the amusement and distraction of political and military rulers.

Comment: Re:Switching from Mercedes to Tesla after $12K bil (Score 1) 341

by Nethemas the Great (#46783723) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"
So let me get this straight. Mercedes expects their cars to crap out nearly the moment they drive off the lot and they will happily sell you a subsidy to cover their cost on a warranting the vehicle you purchased? Holy sh*t that's quite a business model, sign me up!.

Comment: Dead-end Market? (Score 2) 193

by Nethemas the Great (#46763713) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry
I'm confused. Wasn't the last car capable of a having an after-market head unit installed manufactured a solid 10 years ago? I fail to see the point. The number of such cars is on a rapid decline. For collectors if you're going to buy an ancient car, then wouldn't you be buying it for nostalgia's sake and want the old crappy radio that came with it?

Comment: Numbers don't fit (Score 2) 108

I'm not quite certain how from a population of 316M people you can obtain 52M photos when the point of collection are federal background checks. With roughly 200M persons of working age, that would mean that within the next two years roughly 1 out of 4 people will be facing a work related federal security clearance check or having criminal charges filed against them. I'm not buying it. Either the 52M is bogus or they're collecting photos by other less savory mean.

Comment: Re:only 5.5%!?! (Score 2) 100

by Nethemas the Great (#46579111) Attached to: Klingon Beer
It seems reasonable to infer from the intoxicating effects of Bloodwine which is guzzled not sipped from dainty thimbles, that Warnog should be far from lacking in potency and certainly well in excess of 10%. It also dispels your assertion of Klingons being lightweights. I'd argue the flavor choice probably doesn't make much sense either, but I really don't have any canonical references to support that one way or the other.

Comment: Re:Question! (Score 5, Insightful) 535

by Nethemas the Great (#46578733) Attached to: Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

No. This is worse, way worse. While Microsoft has difficulty in executing things, they still maintain a basic respect for their customers. Facebook on the other hand has demonstrated time and again their absolute lack of scruples and moral integrity when it comes to monetizing their users.

This saddens and depresses me. I had such optimistic hope for Oculus.

Contemptuous lights flashed flashed across the computer's console. -- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy