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Comment Re:Obligatory reading (Score 4, Insightful) 419 419

That's a statistic I'd find hard to believe. And besides, immediate death is just a small part of it. There are a few hundred people that were in the Russian army at the time and had to respond to the disaster who have either died of various cancers or are suffering from them now. There are kids in Ukraine that are born with many genetic defects, like holes in their hearts, presumably because their parents were affected.

I wouldn't count this out as a negative effect. And these are obvious effects. How many people there suffer from lesser ilnesses that might or might not be attributed to Chernobyl, like stroke, cancers, etc.

I'm not opposed to nuclear. I think it needs to be a viable option if we are to stop producing CO2, but I won't pretend that it's harmless, either. Even if we get to a 100% safety record, there's still the matter of storage, and transporting that waste to the storage areas. How many TEPCOs do we need to realize many of these companies entrusted with the task can be very incompetent and borderline criminal in ignoring safety lapses pointed out by inspectors.

Comment Re:Dubious (Score 1) 686 686

Statistics are really better applied to entire populations, rather than individuals, no?

After all, they did say only a portion of the millenials or the older folk sway one way on the issue. So the other portion will sway the other way. Whichever way you feel about the issues, there's a spot for you. That's how percentages work.

Comment Re:And when capped internet comes then people will (Score 1) 286 286

Does any company have some sort of a moral obligation to provide anyone with internet access? I understand it's becoming more important to living, but at the same time, lack of connectivity is just one of many aspects that would affect whether you live in one spot. So if no internet, then you would move, no? Not lambast a company for not seeing a business case to extending their service to your area.

Comment Re:Gas isn't free(as in beer), Many charge points (Score 1) 622 622

So if electricity is so cheap, why doesn't my electric company give it away for free?

Wait until full electric cars gain a great percentage of cars out on the road and start putting a real load on the system and on the meter of the business housing them. We'll see if they remain free.

And if they do then I *will* question why I am paying an electric bill at home.

Comment Re:"Not intentional". Right. (Score 5, Informative) 370 370

But if all tv makers do the same thing, you'll vote with your wallet by not having a tv at all. Other people (like me) only found out about LG reporting back to their servers what you're watching only after buying the TV, and unplugging ethernet was easier than taking the TV back.

It's an invasion of privacy, no different than medical information or what you talk about with your lawyer, yet there are privacy protections there. It should be the same here.

Weekend, where are you?