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Comment Not really. (Score 1) 348

This graph explains very clearly how far away we are, and why it is taking so long. The reality is, with all the cheap coal (and natural gas), it's just not a priority. Besides, environmentalists hate nuclear so it's not a political winner to fund it. This story is good, too.

That looks like a graph that says 'fusion researchers want more money.' I want more money, too.
If I go to the source report, will it tell me:
1) the technical challenges they face?
2) if they're engineering problems requiring great expenditures?
3) If they're scientific research problems with uncertain outcomes?
4) If the research for a #3 problem involves a massive #2 effort?

Comment Re:The real message is lost on you (Score 1) 467

Why not crack down on the causes of crime, rather than encouraging crime so we have excuses to throw so many in jail and run around armed for our own safety?

The root causes of crime? Poverty, misery and violence is the default human condition. You might as well crack down on the root cause of falling to the earth.
What you ought to be interested in spreading is the 'root causes' of peace, prosperity and cooperation. That means spreading a constructive culture, and having pride and confidence in that culture.

Comment Overeating what, exactly? (Score 1) 373

Obesity is always caused by shoveling more food into your mouth than you can digest. .

Not exactly. Generally, it's the excessive consumption of easily digested carbohydrates, which trigger an insulin response that causes and maintains the excessive accumulation of fat tissue.

I highly recommend a book by Gary Taubes, Why We Get Fat (and what to do about it.)

I can't do it justice, but I'll paraphrase a point he made:
We give the same advice to someone looking to work up an appetite for a sumptuous dinner as we give to someone looking to lose wait. Consequently, any diet that doesn't allow someone to eat until they're satisfied is doomed to failure. So you need to change what you eat, eat until your hunger is satisfied, and then you can lose weight.

Comment Same straw man as the president. (Score 1) 79

Where in the various treaties negotiated in the recent past has a "blind trust" as you term it, been an essential part? Seriously, you'd cast out all forms of diplomacy as being too trusting, and instead prefer war? Have you ever been in a war? Have you ever seen civilians killed because they had the misfortune of living nearby a perceived threat? If you had, then I believe that you would (eventually) prefer a flawed diplomacy to what promoters of war would profess to be the perfect solution.

There are other options besides this crap deal and war. But neither Obama nor you want to talk about them, because they'd make the president look like the fool* he is.

*and that's the most generous term applicable.

Comment Re:I welcome any attempt to try (Score 1) 165

... just don't assume the people already trying are stupid. This is a legitimately difficult issue.

A big thing that this coding concept doesn't quite grasp is that the "hackers" are sitting there f'ing with your code AS you write it.

And you can't just fork the code if you have a disagreement with them.

The trick is to think ahead 10 moves and put something in the system that will seem meaningless initially but which at a later juncture will trigger and deal a savage blow to hackers.

Clever buried tricks in the law are irrelevant when the rule of law itself is being tossed aside, as we see with the current administration. Don't try to be clever. Try to be principled, and then defend those principles.

Comment Re:Screw capitalism (Score 1) 371

It's single stream that's bad, not 'capitalism.'
My town has a drop-off only transfer station, no pickup. Residents sort their profitable recyclables* into several large bins. The revenue from these high-quality, high-profit recyclables usually pays for the tipping fees on the trash (which includes non-profitable 'recyclables'). Town tax revenue is still required to pay for the facility upkeep and the people.

Of course, what works in a small bedroom community might not work as well in a dense metro area.

*glass (actually costs money to get rid of, but less than garbage), tin & steel cans, Aluminum cans, #2 colored plastic, #2 undyed plastic, #1 mixed plastic, newspaper, mixed paper, corrugated cardboard.)

Comment Re:Hack piece (Score 3, Informative) 126

I'm more concerned about the vessel steel problems mentioned in the article. If faulty, the vessel head could be replaced (at great expense), and the reactor vessel itself can be replaced during the construction phase (at even greater expense). I would hate to see the project put at risk over the issue.

Unfortunately, the articles are either vague or alarmist, so it's hard to be sure how serious of a problem it is. Being familiar with the nuclear industry, the 'problem' might be something like this:

1) Carbon content for the steel has been analyzed and tested as satisfactory between 0.50% and 1.25%.
2) Inspection reveals the carbon content at these two spots is 1.26%, outside the analyzed range.
3) New analysis and coupon testing is necessary to determine if 1.26% is safe.

It could even be general engineering knowledge that the steel is sufficient up to 2.00%, but since the properly documented analysis and tests haven't been done to that level, it doesn't count.

(I am not a metallurgist and my numbers are entirely made up)

Comment Re:The advantage of Electronic Health Records (Score 1) 130

Doctors don't like the move to electronic records because it threatens the medical cartel. They see only too well what the Internet has done for Fungibility Of Things.

.....because greed and racism are the only reasons someone would dare disagree with Obama and Democratic party decrees.

Comment Re:Balls of steel (Score 0) 327

His message is that he wants the government to limit your ability to engage in free speech.

There's a constant and deliberate conflation of money and speech going on in this country. They are not equivalent to each other.

It's a lot easier to be heard when you have money. You know it, I know it. What Mayday pac and their friends want is to shut down voices that aren't sufficiently obedient to the left.
Incidentally, you stop hearing about the evils of money in politics for a while whenever Tom Steyer or Tim Cook opens his mouth, but as soon as another two-minute hate of the Koch brothers is invented, it's all over the headlines again.

Comment Fine theoretical work but.... (Score 1) 136

...how many systems let you try new passwords ad-infinitum, rapidly? I know back when I was in college I could brute force Windows shared folders (script kiddie style), but nowadays I'd expect any semi-serious authentication system to limit the number and frequency of login attempts.

I am not an IT professional engaging in rhetoric; I'm actually curious.

Comment Re:Energy use (Score 1) 332

Like the operators of Enron decided it was too much trouble to keep their electric plants running in California, so they'd shut them down for spurious reasons, and then make a killing on selling outside power to the state?

Yeah, don't believe the nuclear industry BS where they whine about government oppression, the power companies would shut all the country's nuclear reactors down and extract money in other ways if they could. But see, they got caught up in their advertising about nuclear power being cheap, so their profit ratios couldn't be too high, and so they need somewhere to sink costs. Thankfully for them, blaming the government is ALWAYS popular.

Unless you're not rich and powerful, of course.

You know nothing about San Onofre.

Comment Once a clown, always a clown. (Score 1, Troll) 306

The reason the FBI isn't doing more to combat revenge porn is thus: It's not illegal.
I would expect Franken, or at least someone who works for him, to know this. Perhaps he just wants it declared illegal by executive fiat, as is the practice with this administration.
But really, this ploy, and Slashdot's new social-justice-warrior driven coverage of it, is driven more by a desire to distract everyone from foreign events, Hillary's email server, and Obama's frequent and blatant power grabs.
That's actually kind of funny, now that I think of it. There's been no story posted at all about Clinton's email shenanigans. Well, we know who Dice has thrown their lot in with.

Comment Re:Best buy (Score 1) 198

Actually no.

I just hate it when U.S. companies have to barge into Canada and throw perfectly good brands in the Recycle Bin like that. Our country is too Americanized. But I too am shocked that they allowed this redundancy to last so long, plus how abrupt it was.

Thank you for perpetuating the old joke that the Canadian national identity is based on Maple Syrup, Hockey, and 'not being America.'

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