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Comment: Re:Japan doesn't need nuclear power (Score 1) 319

by borrrden (#43921789) Attached to: Japan's Radiation Disaster Toll: None Dead, None Sick
Yes, Eastern Japan and Western Japan were influenced by different countries in the western world, as I understand it. The first generators in each were from two different countries that operated on different frequencies. By the time they thought about the difference it was too late to do anything about it.

Comment: Required? (Score 1) 303

by borrrden (#43031413) Attached to: EA Building Microtransactions Into All of Its Future Games
As long as it is not required (or not unreasonably hard to continue the game without buying), I don't care. I went through all of Dead Space 3 without any urge to purchase anything, and finished the game. As long as I can keep doing that, I am happy. If not, however, there will be hell to pay.

Comment: Re:Durability (Score 1) 1052

by borrrden (#41318325) Attached to: Apple Announces iPhone 5
What was the point of mentioning the price? "You can get a screen replaced for a couple hundred dollars"....where have I seen that price before....OH right, the price of a new contracted 16-gb iPhone 5!! I will never pay $200 for a screen replacement when the parts cost a mere $20 and it takes less than an hour of my time to accomplish, and neither should anyone else.

Comment: Re:I'm still blown away (Score 1) 536

by borrrden (#41042041) Attached to: The Panic Over Fukushima
They had systems in place for a loss of power event. The problem was they didn't anticipate the length of time the loss of power event would continue. There was a steam/battery powered system designed to cool the reactor without any external power but the batteries ran dry before any help could arrive due to the devastated state of the roads and land around them. I suppose they assumed that if they lost power, they could sound the alarm and quickly get a generator truck in place while they worked on restoring the main power.

Comment: Re:See? (Score 5, Insightful) 267

by borrrden (#39301687) Attached to: Japan's Nuclear Energy Industry Nears Shutdown
Probably not....Japanese people are much more willing to put up with personal discomfort for the sake of the collective. A big part of their culture revolves around keeping harmony with the people around them, so speaking up with a complaint is unbecoming. Also having an idea that differs from other peoples' is frowned upon. This summer will probably turn out to be the same as last summer, with the rolling blackouts making a comeback. Although since more power plants have been shut down, the radius of blackouts might be extended. I don't know what my company will do during the blackouts if they come to our area, since we develop software and obviously can't do that with no power ;P.

How many hardware guys does it take to change a light bulb? "Well the diagnostics say it's fine buddy, so it's a software problem."