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Comment: Re:Insurance? (Score 1) 98

by Rei (#49823191) Attached to: Cool Tool: The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator

Quite a few of us how have them, yes and that includes "environmentalists". Sure, they're not without their problems, environmentally, but they have a quite a few upsides as well.

What sort of environmentalists have you been hanging around with? Environmentalist opposition to dams is so well known that "blowing up dams" is one of the cliche stereotypes of "eco-terrorists".

The aspect of Price-Anderson that people complain about is that the US government foots the bill for the vast majority of costs in the event of a catastrophic accident.

Sure, but what I was pointing out (in a roundabout way), is that the same is effectively true of any large scale infrastructure system, especially when it comes to power generation on a massive scale. Doesn't matter if the cost comes from a hydro electric dam that fails, or a coal ash slurry dam failure, or a major oil spill, or indeed a release of radio nucleotides.

What on Earth are you talking about? Did the government foot the bill after the Deepwater Horizon incident? After any of the coal ash slurry failures? Of course not, the companies responsible did, and it cost them an utter fortune. The difference here is that unlike with nuclear power, their liability is uncapped. With nuclear power, the liability in the case of catastrope is a cost borne by taxpayers.

If that much money is at stake there are many ways for those that earn money off of the business to protect themselves from damage. Bankruptcy is always cheaper than insurance.

Which is why BP and the coal mining companies responsible are now bankrupt?

And FYI, industries carrying major risk are effectively required to have what amounts to insurance against those who go bankrupt. It's called Superfund, and it's supported by taxes on polluting industries - a "polluter pays" principle. Price-Anderson is based on a "public pays" principle. The money to cleanup in the event of a major nuclear disaster (over $12B) doesn't even come from a levy on the nuclear power industry. In fact, there is no money there for such a cleanup, the government is just supposed to come up with it if it happens. Fukushima for example is expected to cost over $100B in direct cleanup costs alone, let alone the much larger potential liability for claims.

So, it doesn't matter if the nuclear industry doesn't have insurance, since many/most other human endeavours on that scale doesn't either.

Um, yes they are. You mention Deepwater Horizon. Are you unaware that it was insured, with liability coverage?

To wit the Exxon Valdes spill and the legal aftermath. It didn't seem to hurt Exxon nearly as much as it did Prince William sound.

To wit, once again, the company didn't go bankrupt. They minimized the cost through a very effective legal campaign, of course. The government did not socialize the damages; it remained their responsibility to pay them. The fact that they managed to weasel out of having to pay a lot of what they should have paid doesn't change who the responsible party was. Nor does it make it logical that the solution to companies like Exxon weaseling out of payments is to have the government assume liability for major disasters and let those who caused them off the hook.

Comment: Re:Desktop replaced by laptops, pads and phones? (Score 1) 86

I guess all those computers in offices are just for show?

I guess you can't read? Those computers belong to the businesses, not the people using them. On their computers, they typically just browse.

All the people who schedule and calendar with their cellphones are faking it?

What exactly does that have to do with what they do with their desktop? ADD much? Stay on topic.

My friends laptops at home which absolutely have to have Office and a VPN aren't real?

"most people". Learn to read.

This exact, elitist, "I'm an IT Guy" sentiment.

I'm an IT guy, you illiterate ignoranus.

Comment: Bug the manager to get it fixed (Score 1) 407

by tepples (#49822959) Attached to: FCC Proposes To Extend So-Called "Obamaphone" Program To Broadband

Wallmart and places used to have terminals setup in store for this but those are long gone - or still sitting there broken and never fixed.

Then be a squeaky wheel. Call the manager daily and recite the following script each time: "Hi, my name is [name], and I am interested in working at [address of store]. I noticed that the employment application terminal at that store was out of service on [date of last visit]. Has it been fixed yet?"

Comment: Subscription is broken (Score 1) 105

by tepples (#49822739) Attached to: Facebook Now Supports PGP To Send You Encrypted Emails

Slashdot used to offer HTTPS to subscribers, at a price of half a cent per page view (source: FAQ). But the subscription page is not only well hidden but also unavailable: "Buying or gifting of a new subscription is not available at the moment." The reason it was for subscribers only was that most advertising networks were HTTP-only, and browsers would block HTTP ads in HTTPS pages as "mixed content". Only in the past couple years did ad networks start to offer HTTPS.

Comment: You gave them the power (Score 1) 50

If you wait to buy a phone until it has a working recovery, and maybe an AOSP port, then you won't get into this situation. Motorola failed to bring out the upgrade for my Moto G in a timely fashion, but I was able to download and install SOKP because the phone has a proper bootloader so there's a community around it.

If you make intelligent purchasing decisions, you will have better results than if you buy LG, which is shit and has always been shit. I forgot this and bought a Nexus 4, which turned out to be something of a turd. Radio died (on stock ROM, mind you) and digitizer went faulty and let's face it, the design was a bit shit anyway, with all the broken rear glass in precisely the same place proving that it's a design flaw. But the phone did have a proper bootloader, which means there were tons of alternate ROMs.

While I'm on a soapbox, LG optical drives are pure shit, too. The only thing worse is Sony. Besides just being shitty in general, both companies have absolutely idiot behavior. The LG drives tend to try to eject forever even if the tray is blocked. The Sony ones too, right up until they close forever and refuse to eject no matter what you do that doesn't involve power-cycling.

Comment: StartSSL issues free S/MIME certs (Score 1) 105

by tepples (#49822649) Attached to: Facebook Now Supports PGP To Send You Encrypted Emails

CA-issued keys typically cost money

StartSSL issues individual S/MIME certificates without charge.

PGP is hardly common as it is, but it's likely more so than S/MIME.

Perhaps it's uncommon because its proponents have failed to give a clear answer to this question: If someone doesn't regularly fly to key signing parties, how should he get his PGP key signed into the strongly connected subset of the web of trust?

Comment: Quality of thought from nuclear playboys (Score 1) 97

by drinkypoo (#49822641) Attached to: Cool Tool: The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator

When someone points out a problem with your beloved scheme, mod down! Because you know that there is no rational response which you could make, you must behave irrationally. You are married to nuclear power, and it's an abusive relationship. You can leave any time you want, but you've convinced yourself you can't find anything better, so you stay for the beatings. The problem is, you're making sure everyone else gets beaten, too.

Comment: Re:Desktop replaced by laptops, pads and phones? (Score 1) 86

disagree. These mobile devices are useful when on the move but next to useless for doing real work.

Most people never do real work on their computing devices, so it is difficult to understand your objection, which seems to be based on a total lack of understanding of how most people use them. The majority of people spend almost literally 100% of their time in the browser, and would be best served by a Chromebook, tablet, or phone, depending on whether they write much and how much screen real estate they need. For watching larger media, there's Chromecast.

I am not actually a big fan of the everything-is-connected-we-know-what-you're-watching Chrome video ecosystem, but for the average person it's probably a very good choice.

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