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Comment: Re:Usual story, nothing to see here? (Score 1) 123

by Ranbot (#47055663) Attached to: Radioactivity Cleanup At Hanford Nuclear Reservation, 25 Years On

And you may be right. I don't pretend to have all the answers. I just have a little more hope because I've seen similar situations with large contaminated abandoned factory complexes work out, or at least get a little better.

Honestly, the only private application for Hanford that came to mind for me was a new nuclear power site, but I that would be a tough political battle. But, if a new nuclear reactor is ever built in this country it makes sense to do it in a place like Hanford that's already contaminated, than risk contaminating a virgin location. Further, the risks, environmental safety controls, personnel training, etc. would all be similar; there's already an active nuclear power facility there, there's established infrastructure to build from; and the place is crawling with gov't officials to keep an eye on things.

Comment: Re:Usual story, nothing to see here? (Score 1) 123

by Ranbot (#47047351) Attached to: Radioactivity Cleanup At Hanford Nuclear Reservation, 25 Years On

Environmental liability can be mitigated with the correct contracts/agreements. It happens all the time when contaminated sites are transferred to new owners/operators. (I am an environmental consultant and I've been involved in many similar deals.) There won't be a single, whole-site solution and there might be some areas that will never be useable again, but Hanford is a big place and there are probably some portions of the property that could be safely reclaimed. It takes some people willing to look at the potential risks/gains, add some incentives/protections, and work out a deal.

Comment: Re:Usual story, nothing to see here? (Score 1) 123

by Ranbot (#47045739) Attached to: Radioactivity Cleanup At Hanford Nuclear Reservation, 25 Years On

You're wrong and I can prove it. Scroll through pictures in the article and you'll see a photo of "Steam coming off of Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station. The nuclear facility is a private utility but within Hanford's site..." (copied from photo caption)

Comment: Re:Usual story, nothing to see here? (Score 1) 123

by Ranbot (#47037849) Attached to: Radioactivity Cleanup At Hanford Nuclear Reservation, 25 Years On

If there was a way to encourage some private interest in the property things would move things along a little faster. I'm not saying that privatization if the cure to everything, just that when there's no direct economic value in a property, nothing gets done. We have thousands of Brownfield sites across the nation demonstrating this. However, there are also many large abandoned industrial sites that are getting cleaned up and repurposed, because someone is finding something valuable to put there. It even encourages gov't agencies to move, because there's potential new tax revenue, jobs, etc.

Comment: Re:Work the way down to no license (Score 1) 301

I disagree; the qualifications should be stricter as the tech improves. For example, graduate level maths requires higher qualifications to succeed than 1st-grade maths. It's all maths to the autonomous vehicle. It's life or death/injury for the rest of us.

Ok, fine, but you're not allowed to use the internet until you pass a written test about how the internet works, and you must show all of your work.

Comment: The mistake was an EV SUV (Score 1) 4

by Ranbot (#47002249) Attached to: Is The Future Actually Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Not Electric?

I think Toyota's problem was trying to introduce the EV in an SUV model. One of the main selling points for most SUV buyers is the percieved greater "utility" for emergencies, hauling, off-roading, etc., but anxieties of EV range/power, whether true or not, oppose that perception of "utility." Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S are selling just fine, but they aren't trying to compete in the SUV market.

Comment: Re:Life or death (Score 1) 765

by Ranbot (#46982821) Attached to: A Look at Smart Gun Technology

I wish we could have that in the USA. But this is a large, sparsely populated country. The cost of a cop on every corner would be very high. And we are, by tradition, the refuge of eccentrics and oddballs.

That could easily be a description for Australia too, but they still manage to survive despite much more restrictive gun control laws than the US.

Comment: Re:I'd say "right now". And it's getting better. (Score 5, Insightful) 92

by Ranbot (#46939201) Attached to: What Was the Greatest Age For Indie Games?

You must be young. Almost all indy titles today are shovelware using asset stores for their code, art and sounds. Games are being thrown together by everyone with a view of creation lots of titles hoping one is a hit

I used to scour BBS on my 14.4 modem looking for indy games to download, so I think I'm old enough to tell you to stop looking at the past with rose-tinted glasses. There was an indy PC game movement in the 80's and 90's that created some great things but there was plenty of forgettable shovelware too, you just forgot about that (go figure). Those old games also recycled plenty of their own code, art, and sounds. Also, 80's/90's indy developers were almost completely shut out of the console markets, but not so today. 80's/90's indy developers were also much more limited by the technology available, and not just graphics, but also the interface was mostly limited to keyboard/mouse and maybe a joystick. Today's indy developers has so much more available to them to use creatively. Graphics is obvious, but also things like Wii-Mote, Kinect, mobile phone capabilities (cameras, GPS, etc.), and new VR tech. Then you've got Kickstarter, digital distribution, and flexible pricing to get indy developer ideas/projects off the ground. Yeah there are going to be plenty of indy game turds, but there always have been.

Comment: Why? (Score 1) 44

by Ranbot (#46726297) Attached to: NASA Setting Up $250,000 Mars Lander Competition

It's not clear to me why NASA wants to retrieve a sample, other than they think it's an interesting technological hurdle. I'm pretty sure it's much easier and cheaper to land whatever instruments you need on the surface. By the time viable exporting from Mars is realistic technology will be so much farther ahead that I doubt the work for this prize will even matter. I'd love be convinced otherwise though...

For the record I'm a supporter of the space program and scientific research in general, and understand that scientific leaps in understanding can occur in unexpected places, but I think it is possible to direct funds to where the most potential is.

Comment: Re:Bullsh*t (Score 1) 130

by Ranbot (#46700053) Attached to: Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

I agree, but come up with some better evidence... like Netflix and Amazon streaming services and good original shows (i.e. House of Cards), Hulu streaming for major networks, and Apple TV. If you're going to mention YouTube then bring up the YouTube music awards moving in on traditional cable-dominated turf.

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