One of the things that allows the US government to claim the inflation rate is extremely low is that they get to adjust for improved tech capabilities. If Moore's law is finally hitting its end, the extra value of computation on cheaper, newer iron will stop being one of the things that lets them fudge the reporting. The other most major fudge area is those stagnant wages you alluded to, which will have to become where just about all of the lying with statistics will take place in the future. It's interesting you found yourself connecting these same two factors to clarify your point, despite what looks like a completely different subject.
Every single "Trade Secret" is an attempt to get Security through Obscurity - yet some of the most massive companies still seem to love them. The original goals of having patents includes stopping people from using trade secrets instead, as the holder can't keep anything secret as part of getting a patent (it's called "failure to disclose"). Back when any patent had to have a working drawing, they were automatically rejected if there was any 'black box' element in the drawings, where some part of the operation was supposed to be a trade secret.
So I guess i don't see why you are pointing out that security through obscurity is one of the alternatives here, as though it was stupid to suggest using it. It's not a rare option - there are, for example, thousands of commercial foods that rely on it, including formulas theoretically worth billions, as in Coca-Cola and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Lawyers who get paid $500,000 a year or more by their business clients, have built their whole reputations on advising some companies to rely on this form of security through obscurity. It's a huge part of how the current system works, even though many of these trade secrets are no longer secret at all and some of them have been cracked for a hundred years or more. (There are people who can brew up a basement batch of imitation Coca-cola to any version of the formula from the time it still included oil of lavender to "new Coke", and routinely make a hundred gallons at a time of whichever they want, and even sell it - so much for security through obscurity - but they still can't advertise that they know for sure the exact original formula, for fear they might have to explain how they got it if Coca-cola took them to court). There are world class CEOs who think patents are generally stupid, simply because they expire so quickly, and prefer trade secrets as a matter of course. Publicly traded companies frequently brag in their prospecti about how their trade secrets won't expire, as patents will, in trying to influence the sale value of their stock, and there is a whole branch of tax law involving about 2,000 IRS court decisions and nearly 100 pages of regulations and non-binding opinions just covering the tax consequences of them.
I grant you, it does sound absurd, put that way. It's just that sounding surprised that anyone would say anything that even might encourage it is sort of like if you said you were surprised to hear that anyone advocated using helecopters in warfare instead of horses. There are, in total, literally trillions of dollars of financial pressure pushing people towards not always seeking patents, and "very important" industry insiders who think security through obscurity is the right choice, however absurd that sounds.
Something emitting enough gamma in all directions to be lethal within days at 1 Km plus ranges will generally not have a "same room" around it, unless we are talking a very well armored and solid form of construction and a rather largish minimum sized room, with the walls kept well away from the something. You really couldn't stay in the same room with it once it starts, just in the same rapidly expanding volume of superheated gasses.
What, you think you're better than the universe?
(Yeah, me too...)
I'm wondering what datasheet the poster looked at. The typical decay path from Cobalt 60 to Nickel 60 results in two Gamma rays with total energy (as measured in good old fashioned Watts) nearly 30 times the typical energy for the commonest path of Plutonium decay. Not keeping sufficient track of just a single one of these small medical Co 60 sources has already been the cause of 3 deaths and 7 long term dehabilitating exposures in a single junkyard accident in Thailand
In large enough amounts, admittedly much larger than medical uses, it's literally one of the most frightening substances known to man. A jacket of C60 is the stuff that would hypothetically make a 'normal' Plutonium based H-bomb into a "doomsday weapon" that could, at least theoretically, leave a small nation sized area totally uninhabitable for decades, even centuries. It's claimed that everybody who considered building one of these turned away from it when they realized it would most probably destroy the user as thoroughly as the enemy.
Was this, perhaps, a "datasheet" that only covered the chemical toxicity of regular Cobalt?
Besides, his last "trip" involved taking four tabs of acid
Nothing strange about that - people going to be out of the local reality set that damned long should definitely pack for the journey. I recommend an original era Steve Ditko Doctor Strange comic, and an autograph book just in case they see Leonard Nimoy or John Nobel.
Thank you. Just thank you.
You certainly have a point, but supercars at this level can be dangerous even at legal speeds.
At low speeds, these cars have two particular challenges for the driver; a huge amount of torque in the lower gears and a lack of the downforce that they rely upon for stability. You need an absolute feather touch on the accelerator or you will spin out - and this is much more likely to happen at 40mph than 140mph.
This isn't a touring car like an Aston DB series or a lower end Porsche. Those are designed to be a pleasant high-end driving experience - not to provide maximum performance. The Carrera GT is effectively a road-going version of a full-fledged race car and, as such, needs a lot of skill to drive safely under any conditions. Personally, I'm not sure why you'd even want to take one onto normal roads; the concentration and restraint needed to keep it under control must surely make it much less fun than taking out a more normal high-performance car and letting it rip.
If the chimp, by law, is limited to only the same rights as a minor child, regardless of age, then presumably it would follow it can't be tried as an adult, so the human would be guilty of both the homicide and corrupting a minor equivalent as an agent of that homicide. Only deciding to try the chimp as an adult would set a precedent for chimps even possibly having other aspects of adult status, leading to possibly having rights such as voting or holding office. So long as the chimp is strictly held to be the lifelong equivalent of a minor child, the issue is moot.
One question then becomes; can a biologically homo sapiens person, with certain mental deficiencies also be relegated to the lifelong equivalency of a minor if that status is first created by law for other reasons? Whenever a law recognizing only limited human status is ever again passed, I expect some humans to try and move some other biological humans into the less fully protected category it creates. Unfortunately, the question of whether it is ever possible to downgrade some people's rights is never moot, unless we forget abundant and tragic history.
Limited rights for some of the more intelligent animals can, at least in theory, have consistant logic behind it (remembering logically consistant is not necessarily the same thing as true), but another real question is, would real humans ever be either consistant or logical in setting up such laws?
Adam Smith himself defined his perfect "Free Market" as including everyone knowing how much the productive process cost, and broke this down into such costs as labor, raw materials, and financial charges in his examples. Even by a very strict pro-capitalist model, that sounds like the government would be legitimately supporting capitalism by providing a lot more information than just weights and measures. Consumer safety information for one example, or average salaries for a given area, or an acurately derived inflationary index for others. (Of course, modern capital theory claims there would be no inflation in a pure capitalism, but even so, the government would need to accurately index inflation in a mixed economy trying to move towards that pure state - not reporting it would be retarding the motion). I'd point out too, that all of these could also fit your clause about preventing deception to a greater or lesser extent. But, that still means a medium-large role for governments, although yes, it's theoretically much less in some areas than what we see currently.
Such things as a business holding trade secrets while continuing to seek the protection of patents or copyrights are not really part of theoretical Capitalism, by Smith's original work. Most modern business and all publicly traded corporations would not want anything like this level of "money being left alone" This is another reason why we aren't moving towards what you call "truely capitalisitic society" - the people crying out the loudest for more capitalism actually oppose many of the most basic elements of it, and fear the very possibility.
So you're implying, "To make the world permanently safe fron nuclear war, William Shatner must die!"? Sad, but inevitably we must surrender to the remorseless logic of realpolitik.
It's probably best to think in some other terms than radius.
For one example, Tennessee has rather continuous types of bedrock in the middle and western parts of the state, leading right up to the New Madrid faultline in Missouri. If that lets go again, as it did historically, the west and middle parts of the state may see a widespread major earthquake, severe enough to do building damage hundreds of miles from the epicenter, even in Nashville and possibly even Crossville. But in the eastern part of the state, as the plateau region turns to foothills and valleys, there's a narrow zone where any potential damage from a westward quake will fall off extremely swiftly, and east of that, there is likely to be little or no serious damage even if a new New Madrid quake is as strong as the one that caused the Fukashima disaster in Japan. This sounds, to me, like it might be preferential to locate COs on or towards the eastern side of the zone wherever possible.
Planners should do similar analysis for such events as nuclear war, where radius would matter, but it would be the weapon burst radius around their target points. Elevation based analysis could be useful for floods and tsunamis. There's even regions where the primary concern in locating a CO might be forest fires, or the reliability history of local power generation.
If a bunch of people who took LSD had returned with an increased inclination to practice Methodism, or join the Rotary club, or Young Republicans, or re-read Atlas Shrugged forty times, the drug would still be legal. Instead, they tended to get interested in the wrong religions and philosophies (Mostly Eastern ones).
What's the best thing an opiate addict could do? Found Johns Hopkins Hospital [wikipedia.org]
There's Ernst von Fleischl-Marxow, Austrian physiologist and physician who was an important early investigator of the electrical activity of the brain, and the inventor of several widely adopted medical devices, some still used today, but I think your citation beats mine.
(I was going to say, with tongue firmly in cheek, "Stopped Professor Moriarty" until I remembered that Holmes' vice was Cocaine not Heroin, but I think you would still have me beat - congratulations) (Or was Holmes' chief vice the violin?).