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Comment: Re:What is it? (Score 1) 808

by Arker (#47785125) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide
"it does seem to me to *sort of* be outside of the "do one very specific thing well"."

I could agree with that, my emphasis added. It seems like a drastic reduction from the charge you originally leveled. 'Email' is actually a fairly complicated thing requiring a fairly complicated toolset, after all. You mention an editor as something different (and it is) but no email program could function without some editor at least. And usenet is extremely similar to email in terms of the toolset required. You *could* do all this by piping different tools together on the fly and you *could* argue that's the only twue unix way but it's stretching a pretty thin point way too far when you equate Alpine with Outlook.

Comment: Re:Death threats? (Score 1) 1188

I was a member of a church where I routinely received death threats from other members. Since I was the "low bar" for spirituality that other members compared themselves (i.e., "I may be in sin, but I'm not a sinner like THAT guy"), my repentenance always made some members angry because I raised the bar for them. The church leadership routinely dismissed my complaints and I was frequently called a liar.

That changed when I confronted members threatening me by looking them in the eyes and telling them that I would kill in self-defense. These members thought I was bluffing and backed off when I invited them to take it outside. The leadership took my threat seriously, as I was scaring the crap out of people. I was eventually kicked out of the church and told to get counseling.

Comment: Re:Civil Unrest (Score 1) 168

by Phil Karn (#47771569) Attached to: New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste
And civil unrest becomes vastly more likely in a future with runaway global warming and the climatic changes, floods, draughts, food shortages, rising sea levels, mass extinctions, habitat destruction, economic upheavals and the like it will bring. Nuclear power, wind, solar, hydro and geothermal are ALL essential to combat it.

CO2's atmospheric lifetime is something like 1,000 years. How come those who fret about the longevity of nuclear waste never seem to talk about this? With fast reactors that burn the actinides (including plutonium) as fuel, the remaining fission products decay to the level of the original uranium ore (while being considerably more compact) in only a few hundred years, much less than the atmospheric lifetime of CO2.

The hype about "carbon capture" is just that -- hype. But it serves one useful purpose: its utter impracticality shows just how minor the nuclear waste "problem" is by comparison.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous (Score 3, Insightful) 168

by Phil Karn (#47771537) Attached to: New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste
Not far from Yucca Mountain you will find hundreds if not thousands of craters under which are buried the fission and activation products of decades of US nuclear testing. They're not reprocessed and contained in silica glass, they were simply mixed (quite violently) with the soil and rock. And yet they don't seem to go anywhere. There is no need for Yucca Mountain to contain reactor waste for even a hundred years because it will surely be removed and burned as fuel in fast reactors. Once people wake up to the fact that global warming is a vastly greater threat than nuclear power, and that nuclear power is just as essential as wind, solar, geothermal and hydro in combating it, people will realize that "spent" fuel from light water reactors is far too valuable to just throw away.

Comment: Re:central storage or n^x security guard costs / s (Score 2) 168

by Phil Karn (#47771485) Attached to: New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste
Even with cheap solar and wind we will still need nuclear, at least until somebody perfects a cheap, reliable and long-lived utility scale battery. Otherwise we'll never be able to retire all the CO2-belching fossil-fuel plants to match the varying supply with the varying demand.

Comment: Ridiculous (Score 2, Insightful) 168

by Phil Karn (#47770427) Attached to: New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste
I agree that waste in casks at nuclear power plants is reasonably safe but it would still be better to move it to Yucca Mountain. If nothing else, security would be a lot cheaper. It's utterly ridiculous that all that money was spent on a waste repository that, thanks to NIMBYism on the part of Nevada politicians, doesn't look like it'll be used any time soon. At least nuclear waste is the one form of toxic waste that will eventually go away on its own. Arsenic, mercury, lead, thallium and other chemical poisons remain toxic forever.

Comment: Re:What is it? (Score 0) 808

by Arker (#47770403) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide
You act like this contradictory. Alpine is NOT some overgrown blob, it's nice because it does one thing - email - and does it in the way a fair number of people think sucks least. It may try to be your editor too but at least it is easy and straightforward to tell it to knock it off, and it listens.

Systemd is not like that. It takes over everything and wont give it back, even when it pretends to. For instance, it logs in binary. IF you read the docs and throw the right switches, you CAN get it to put out text logs. Ok, so no big deal, just flip the switch, right?

No. The main reason we want text logs is because of what happens when the system crashes. Even if you flip the switch, systemd is still logging in binary and just writing out a text version to make you happy, a few milliseconds later. So this fix is, well, not totally pointless, it does at least make the logs manipulable using standard tools again. Except on occasions when you really need to read them.

UNIX was half a billion (500000000) seconds old on Tue Nov 5 00:53:20 1985 GMT (measuring since the time(2) epoch). -- Andy Tannenbaum