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Comment: Yawn. Radium. (Score 1) 292

Not secret. Just forgotten and unimportant and not a priority.

Why underground? As has has been pointed out elsewhere, during the Great War Adolf was an infantryman on the Western Front, who associated safety with being in a bunker underground. So the Nazis wasted much effort constructing vast underground complexes in which to do all sorts of things.

Let's assume there are elevated radiation levels at this site, which is 75 acres. Compared to many industrial sites, that's big; compared to the Hanford estate, or Windscale, or Chelyabinsk 65, or Oak Ridge, or ... it's tiny. Probably not a bomb project, then. What else nuclear-related might Adolf's minions have been up to?

How about: processing pitchblende to recover interesting metals? Such as ...
[1] Uranium. Principal metal to be had from pitchblende. The oxide can be used to make fancy yellow glass. If you're one of Adolf's minions, it's a waste product.
[2] Polonium. Also a waste product.
[3] Radium. Which can be used to make luminous paint for instrument dials, for use in eg aeroplanes. It's not like the Nazis built any aeroplanes, is it?

Comment: darker practice ... England ... duplicate plates (Score 1) 898

by ironduke-particle (#26195669) Attached to: Using Speed Cameras To Send Tickets To Your Enemies

Er, no.

Making duplicate plates is hard work. What those people do is mostly steal your plates. It is vital to report such thefts immediately to avoid being held accountable oneself for assorted traffic offences committed by the thieves.

In principle, one ought to be able to demand in court that the prosecution's images be shown, and then contest them. In the UK, this causes the prosecution to allege that you have modified your vehicle in an attempt to avoid conviction. This sort of thing continues in spite of high profile cases where someone is charged with speeding offences in a part of the country entirely different to the remote location where one uses one's tractor.

So yes, it is entirely possible both to obey the law and fulfil your social responsibilities, and yet still get prosecuted.

Automatic numberplate recognition is wonderful -- but it should be an addition to policing, not a replacement.

We don't really understand it, so we'll give it to the programmers.