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Comment: Re:Indeed... (Score 3, Informative) 100

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) 100

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) 194

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) 194

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) 194

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:Reall problem: German radiation phobia (Score 1) 184

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) 184

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) 249

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.

Comment: Re:Reall problem: German radiation phobia (Score 2) 184

by ShanghaiBill (#47801965) Attached to: Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

It looks like the limits are in line with most of the world.

Those are for overall food radiation levels. If you ate wild pork for 100% of your diet, those numbers would be important. But wild boar is something that is eaten infrequently. It is like mercury in tuna. If you are pregnant, and eat tuna everyday, it is a concern. Otherwise, a tuna sandwich a few times a month is harmless.

Disclaimer: I am a vegetarian, and eat neither tuna nor wild boar. But I do eat bananas, which contain enough radiation to occasionally trigger radiation alarms.

Comment: Re:419 (Score 5, Insightful) 60

by ShanghaiBill (#47801469) Attached to: New Nigerian ID Card Includes Prepay MasterCard Wallet

While the "419 scam" is associated with Nigeria, many of the scammers are not actually Nigerian. The Economist published an article about why. For the scammers, a major cost is leads that turn out to not be credulous enough to actually send money. So many non-Nigerian scammers claim to be Nigerian, figuring that Nigeria's reputation for corruption and crime will weed out all but the stupidest respondents.

This CC/ID should help with the corruption and crime. It is easy for a corrupt official to take a bribe in cash, but much harder with a CC. Likewise, a thief wants to steal cash, not a pre-paid CC without knowing the PIN. It will also make collecting taxes easier. In poor countries, pervasive tax evasion means not enough money for infrastructure, or to pay sufficient salaries to government employees so that they work for their salary rather the opportunity to extort bribes. A broader tax base will also pull more people into the formal economy, rather than low productivity work in subsistence farming or running small street stalls.

Comment: Re:unfair policy (Score 2) 249

by ShanghaiBill (#47801277) Attached to: Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

97% of the best climate scientists we have on earth have concluded that we have a problem.

While I agree with your main point that there is a broad scientific consensus on climate change, the 97% figure is bogus. 97% of research papers on climate change that stated a position on whether AGW is real, took an affirmative stance. But this ignores the many papers that were non-committal, and stated no opinion.

By exaggerating the consensus, you are just handing ammunition to the denialists. The problem with convincing skeptics of the need to take action is not evidence (which is strong), but credibility (which is lacking). Please calm down and stick to the facts.

The insurance companies ... have concluded we have a problem.

No. The insurance companies have concluded that they have a risk. They will charge more in premiums to compensate for even small risks.

Do you think that Liberals would be successful at convincing 97% of ...

And here is the crux of the problem. "Climate change" has been politically associated with the "Liberal Agenda", and is being used to justify all sorts of economic nonsense that has nothing to do with climate change. I live in California, and "Climate Change" is being used to justify a $300 billion* boondoggle to build high speed rail between SF and LA. That is about $10,000 for every person in California, for a train that on a typical day will carry 0.03% of commuters. It will have zero impact on CO2 emissions because it won't be operational for 30 years, when it is likely most cars will be electric anyway.

*Yes, I know the current projected cost is $100 billion, but on average, government boondoggles in California eventually cost three times the original cost, so $300 billion is a more reasonable estimate.

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