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Comment: Re:central storage or n^x security guard costs / s (Score 1) 70

by ShanghaiBill (#47771611) Attached to: New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste

Even lillies, you could ingest 1 flower, and wait and see, then ingest 5 flowers, and wait and see, etc.

Even easier, just break open a stem. If the sap is milky, it is likely to be poisonous, and even more likely to taste very bitter. If the sap is clear, it may not be digestible, but it is not likely to be poisonous.

Comment: Re:central storage or n^x security guard costs / s (Score 4, Interesting) 70

by ShanghaiBill (#47770471) Attached to: New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste

Which is the bargain and which is the stupid, shortsighted compromise?

The compromise is the bargain, and it isn't stupid or shortsighted. A central repository would be extremely expensive. Billions were spent on Yucca Mountain, just on analysis and legal fees. On-site storage is "good enough" for now, and nukes will require security guards regardless. We can build the centralized storage facility in a few decades when our understanding of geology, robotics, engineering, etc. will have progressed. Or even more likely, by then we will have figured out economic uses for many of the waste components, and the "waste" will no longer need to be disposed of.

Comment: Re:what's wrong with cherry picking? (Score 1) 85

The solution, of course, is municipal broadband.

That is one solution. But there are others:
1. Charge an "access fee" (really a tax) on all internet connections, and use that money to subsidize service to rural and/or low income people. We already do this with phone service, and the universal access mandate is basically a backhand way to do the same thing.
2. Get rid of the notion that some people should have their internet service subsidized by others. Instead, everyone can pay the real cost, and we can alleviate poverty in other ways, such as higher income tax credits, rather than with a large number of market distorting subsidies for specific goods and services.

Comment: Re:I like... (Score 3, Insightful) 517

by ShanghaiBill (#47769655) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

The riots were nothing more than a means to an end (ie, a bunch of thugs getting free stuff).

There were lots of peaceful protesters and far fewer rioters. The police were distracted, and rioters used the protests as cover. If there had been no protests, there would have been no riot. If there was a clear record of what happened, there would have been no protest. For instance, this shooting looks unjustified to me, and the police lied about what happened, saying the perp came toward them with a raised knife, and they only fired when he was 2-3 feet away. None of that was true. But there was no protest or riot.

Comment: Re:What can be done about this? (Score 1) 93

by ShanghaiBill (#47769491) Attached to: Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

Wouldn't it be easier to just have a capsule and a counterweight on a long rope of sorts, and spin/orbit it around an axle that is on the spaceship? Why hasn't this been done yet?

It hasn't been done for a number of reasons:
1. Micro-gravity isn't that big of a deal. If a handful of astronauts need glasses, that isn't a major problem.
2. Lots of experiments on the ISS require micro-gravity.
3. It makes docking more difficult.
4. Spacewalks to do repairs and maintenance are more difficult.

Comment: Re:What can be done about this? (Score 2) 93

by ShanghaiBill (#47769113) Attached to: Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

Yet, it doesn't seem like there's a whole lot to be done about it unless we find a way to generate gravity in space.

Just spin the space station. The centripetal force can substitute for gravity. This doesn't work for small space craft, because the different forces on the head and feet will cause nausea. It is also a problem for people doing outside repairs, because any untethered tools or components will fly away. But for a large space station, such as an O'Neill Cylinder, or multi-generational starship, spinning should work fine.

Comment: Re:I like... (Score 5, Interesting) 517

by ShanghaiBill (#47768875) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

it will put the case back into a he said/she said context, against the word of a cop... pretty much what we have now

No. It is not at all what we have now. Without a camera, it is my word against the cop. With a camera, it is my word against a cop that is claiming he "lost" critical exculpatory evidence. That is a huge difference, because in the second case the cop will have far less credibility. I have served on juries several times, although only once where the credibility of the cop was an issue. The jurors did NOT just assume he was telling the truth. Instead, we discussed his possible motivations for lying and distorting the evidence. In the end, we chose to believe him, because we didn't see any reason for him to lie, and his testimony was corroborated by other evidence. Juries tend to be made up of minorities, and economically disadvantaged people, that don't have the motivation or ability to weasel out of it. These are the people least likely to believe cops. If the cop says the camera malfunctioned, the defendant is going to walk.

Comment: Re:I like... (Score 4, Insightful) 517

by ShanghaiBill (#47768391) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Nor would it change the fact that people would still bring (founded and unfounded) lawsuits against the police.

This is flat out wrong. All the evidence to date shows that cop-cams result in a dramatic reduction in complaints, for two reasons:
1. Since there is a recording, there are far fewer false allegations
2. Since they are being recorded, the cops behave better, so there are fewer incidents that result in valid allegations.

Here is a typical result:

THE Rialto study began in February 2012 and will run until this July. The results from the first 12 months are striking. Even with only half of the 54 uniformed patrol officers wearing cameras at any given time, the department over all had an 88 percent decline in the number of complaints filed against officers, compared with the 12 months before the study, to 3 from 24.

But body cameras will solve all that, right?

In the case of Michael Brown, YES, a camera likely would have prevented the riots. The riots didn't occur because a white cop killed a black kid, but because there was a perception that it was unjustified and the cop "got away with it". If there was a camera, there would be much less dispute about what happened. The camera would either show that the shooting was justified, or it would show that it was not and the cop would be charged with murder. In either case, I don't think there would be a riot.

Comment: Re:I like... (Score 4, Informative) 517

by ShanghaiBill (#47767515) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Where is the money going to come for all these cameras?

The cost of the cameras is insignificant compared to the cost of the lawsuits, and riots, that occur in their absence. They also cut down on paperwork, because the video itself is a record of the interaction, so the cop can spend less time writing reports and more time policing. They also save lots of money by reducing arrests, since cameras have a calming influence on both cops and the perps. People behave better when they know they are being filmed.

Federal/state/local governments aren't exactly flush with cash right now ...

Yet they can afford armored vehicles and military weapons.

Comment: Re:Impacts (Score 3, Interesting) 428

by ShanghaiBill (#47766901) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Those are a lot of conclusions to draw when you openly admit that you have insufficient measurements and cost estimates.

There are plenty of "no regrets" policies, that should be done regardless of global warming. We should reduce our fuel consumption and dependence on imported oil for reasons of economics and national security. Third world countries should reduce population growth through education and better access to contraception, because that is their path out of poverty.

Comment: Re:ugh (Score 1) 291

by ShanghaiBill (#47763119) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

I had three new Seagate 1TB drives fail in less than a year. The variance in failure rates between manufacturers is immense.

HDD failure data on 27,000 drives by Backblaze, showed that Seagate is the least reliable brand. Seagate's 1TB drives are particularly unreliable. They found that Hitachi drives are the most reliable, with WD in the middle.

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