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Comment Re:Education... (Score 1) 94

Agreed. Small disclosure: I'm from this particular bit of the planet. I can say that even 20 years ago, it was growing and doing very well - both academically and otherwise (especially compared with the rest of the state.) Incidentally, Fayetteville (the largest city in the area, just south of Springdale) is the home of the University of Arkansas, which is well regarded in its own right.

As for Healthcare, it is actually top-notch when compared to most of the South, and even most of the US.

The cost of living used to be insanely low, until Californians by the boatload began moving into the region during the 1990s; at the time, I could live very well and own a fairly nice home, all on a salary of roughly $30k/yr.

TFA caught my attention because of the numbers. When I left in 1999, the two counties had maybe 150,000 souls living there... 10k is a pretty significant percentage, no?

Comment Restrictions ... (Score 1) 351

Restrictions come in several forms. One of them being security and safety.

We have big mainstream (tobacco) companies denying any linkage between smoking and cancer. We had a major energy trading firm (Enron) that was a total scam. We had a major automobile manufacturer (Ford) leaving a substandard gasoline tank in place ... and preventing information about it from leaking to the public. We had a major oil company (BP) skimping on safety measures and keeping mum about it, plus a major engineering firm (Halliburton) doing a substandard cement job on a wellhead (Deepwater Horizon) and keeping mum about it when it blew. We have a major car manufacturer (Volkswagen) deliberately falsifying emissions tests. And so forth and so on.

And you really really think it's a good idea to entrust an enitity of a similar ilk with the building and management of a load of fast breeders across the country? Because I don't.

In addition, fast breeder reactors tend to be sodium-cooled, plutonium-generating contraptions [see e.g. http://www.scientificamerican.... ]. So in return for burning U238 you get a lot of Pu239. Neat, from an engineering perspective, plus you can use the high neutron flux to "burn" all kinds of waste too. So far so good.

Only (as has been rehashed ad-nauseam) you need extensive reprocessing to separate the Pu239 from fuel rods that contain U238 and its end-product, Pu239. So you take the rods out of the reactor, cart them to a reprocessing plant, dissolve the rods in acid, and chemically separate the Pu239 from the rest, reconvert the Pu salts and the U salts into metals, produce new rods (or pellets or whatever), cart the reprocessed rods back ... and think of something clever to do with the rest of the (highly radioactive and highly poisonous) salts. Doable. Only ... neither the salts nor the metallic plutonium is nice stuff to produce hundreds of kilograms of (as you will with a fast breeder). It's extremely toxic, highly radioactive, and lasts for millennia.Oh, and it can be used to cobble together nuclear weapons (with a bit of stabilization added, etc.).

In addition, there is plant safety. The sodium coolant for the primary loop will react spectacularly with the water coolant for the secondary loop if you ever get leaks in your piping or your heat exchanger (as seems to be quite often).

Am I the only one who thinks this is an extra set of vulnerabilities vulnerability the US doesn't need when there are squads of potential suicide terrorists looking for an opening?

So yes, there are all kind of restrictions to ensure safety and security at all stages of the plutonium-cycle. Expensive. So err ... your plan would be to relax the safety restrictions in order to make fast breeders economically competitive on top of the security risks already inherent in having a plutonium-based reactor scheme? Really?

Well, I don't. I'm unhappy about fast breeders and their inherent fuel cycle, and that's with pretty darned heavy (and costly) security restrictions in place. Unfortunately, we need a nuclear industry, if only to keep current and to maintain a certain nuclear arsenal. It's dangerous and costly ... but probably better than *not* having it.

However I'm dead against anything like it _without_ the heavy security restrictions.

Comment Re:You better fix your unicode characters (Score 1) 19

What really bothers me is it should only take a few lines of code to replace garbage characters that slashdot shows with an ascii code for that character.

The worst is that it looks fine in preview, but the garbage comes out on the post. It's like they're deliberately trying to run off users.

Comment Re:You better fix your unicode characters (Score 1) 19

It wouldn't matter to me if they were Hindu, Jewish, or atheist. What bugs me is when someone doesn't practice what they preach. But religion should play no part in politics, except that hypocrisy is a no-go for me.

Take gay marriage, for example. Government should have no part whatever in marriage. I should not need a license to get married, and why is it all right to discriminate against single people? Why should a married couple earning $50k pay less than a war widow with a child earning the same amount?

If government had no hand in marriage, the "gay marriage" issue would have never come up.

Comment Re:You better fix your unicode characters (Score 1) 19

Just because Trump attends a Presbyterian church doesn't make him Christian, it makes him a wolf in sheep's clothing. Trump worships only two things: Himself, and the ancient Greek god Plutus.

I hate it when someone who seems to always go against Jesus' teachings claims to be a Christian.

That goes for all the Republicans, with the possible exception of Carson and perhaps Rubio. Actually I have my doubts about almost all politicians. You know what Christ said about lawyers and the rich, which almost all of the Senators, Congresspeople, Governors, and President.

The optimal answer is for politics to avoid setting itself in conflict with faith, and there are reasonable compromises to achieve this.

Agreed. Remember the three in the furnace who were to be burned alive for refusing to follow the law and bow to the idol. I'm not Hindu, but I would be aghast if they passed a law making it mandatory to eat beef every Saturday.

As to the unicode, that's slashdot's fuckup.

Comment Re:Hillary has... been opposed to single payer (Score 1) 29

You are pants are on fire?

IMO any of the three Democrats would be a better President than any of the Republicans, although there are two or three Republicans that might not fuck up America too badly.

Perhaps the conspiracy was cooked up by her supporters? The insurance companies are the major reason health care is so expensive and ineffective here.

I'm disgusted by the Republican candidates' cowardice and heartlessness when it comes to refugees, and the fact that none have served in the military but are all for going to war. Back in the Vietnam war days those sorts were called "chicken hawks", and you'll find few veterans who can stomach them.

Unless you're rich and white you'd be a fool to vote for any of them.

If it's worth hacking on well, it's worth hacking on for money.