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Comment: Embrace "Energy from Thorium" (LFTR); drop Fusion (Score 1) 196

by ivi (#46419589) Attached to: Computing a Winner, Fusion a Loser In US Science Budget

R&D into Fusion is -not- "too big [in $$$ spent] to fail"

I don't get WHY we've embraced high-cost Fusion
for as long as we have, ie, while continuing to ignore
-proven- Energy from Thorium's cost-effectiveness,
energy-efficiency & very low waste production advan-
tages over sloppy current (ie, "Nuclear 1.0") nuclear
technologies, especially after Fukushima's proof of
its relatively unsafe nature.

CURRENT "best" nuclear reactor designs give only:

a. excessively high construction (& financing) costs
b. low levels of safety, even w/best human operator
c. high costs for (solid) fuel-rods (zero $ in LFTRs)
d. 1% of fuel-rods' energy used, when pulled out
e. costly reactor down-times to change fuel-rods
f. much more costly spent-fuel waste by volume & $$
g. higher proliferation risk, due to plutonium in waste
h. high cooling-water usage (also restricts location)
i. low temp. output means inefficient electricity gen'n
j. costly security req'ts dictate fixed-location plants
k. reputation for poor decision-making, at each step

EfT's Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors offer us:

a. lower construction costs (low operating pressure)
b. intrinsic safety (they're"walk-away safe")
c. no needs for any fuel-rods at all
d. about 99% fuel utilization: & can eat "spent-fuel"
e. shorter shutdowns possible, but unnecessary
f. much less waste produced; reduces "old" waste
g. reduced proliferation risk; no weapons grade Pu
h. needs NO scarce water (locate "anywhere")
i. high temp. output means efficient electricity gen'n
j. cost-effective factory-made & modular options
k. genuine pride in design excellence & efficiency

Community-driven push for new LFTR-enabling
regulations & gov't support for R&D funding for
Energy from Thorium (LFTRs), more modular
LFTRs (meaning less need for costly grid infra-
structure & transmission costs & energy losses).

In short, an opportunity of a Lifetime for cheap,
reliable, safe, & "peace-conducive" energy, that
would get us back on-track towards "increased
quality of Life for the next generation."

So, "Nuclear 2.0" Energy from Thorium (LFTRs)
seems good to me. :-)

Comment: How NSA can become unknowing mob executioners (Score 1) 202

by ivi (#46223389) Attached to: Death By Metadata: The NSA's Secret Role In the US Drone Strike Program

So, there could arise a market for "[recently] used terrorists' 9tSIM cards"
(Terrorists might see 2 incentives for selling their old SIMs into it - at
least if they're very mobile: reduce chance of being killed & some easy $$).

Who'd buy?

Well, anyone wanting soneone -else- dead; instead of paying a high-priced
professional killer, all that person would need to do (theoretically) is to:

1. buy such a SIM & a cheap phone [equipped with GPS]
2. plant phone (with the SIM installed) into target's briefcase, etc.
3. await news of target's "death by CIA"

This is yet another reason to -stop- these pre-trial killings by CIA, et al.
We have enough geniune "collateral damage" already, without the above.

Comment: Re:Ups & Downs - I now like Samsung's "slownes (Score 1) 324

by ivi (#45683727) Attached to: Google Cuts Android Privacy Feature, Says Release Was Unintentional

So, since reading this news item about 4.4.2, we've had to Power Off & shelve a fleet of Nexus 7's that have just self-updated to 4.4.2.

But we were -lucky- to have [remnants of] an older fleet - made by Samsung - on-hand, that we'd -almost- forgotten about, ie, after noticing Samsung's "slowness" to release Android upgrades. We -had- a dangerous habit of "only the latest will do" but have quickly come to appreciate Samsung...

Now, we wonder if our Korean friends there weren't just doing -tests- for privacy / security downgrades, in Android... and holding back the "latest" versions, until they notice -restoration- of our privacy / security levels. Perhaps a fiction... but... it was really nice to find some Samsung Android 4.1.2 devices near at hand, this morning. :-)

Comment: Temporary, but Costly W'around as we wait 4 Google (Score 1) 324

by ivi (#45683211) Attached to: Google Cuts Android Privacy Feature, Says Release Was Unintentional

[ Could this privacy / security downgrade be NSA inspired? Could Apple's products be next to follow? ]

1. Turn OFF all Android 4.4.2 devices - [ Could be inconvenient, particularly for phones & phablets. ]
2. Don't allow any other devices to [Auto-]Update to 4.4.2
3. Find -older- devices to replace those Turned OFF (in Step 1) - [ Could be costly, if you don't have old devices on-hand. ]
4. Remove installed [Google-] apps' updates.
5. Wait for Goggle to notice [hopefully, FAR] FEWER 4.4.2 systems online (assuming they can't switch them back On...)
        and to decide to -lift- their game, before we have to -seriously- consider migrating to Apple...

(Any additional suggestions would be most welcome.)

We had some unopened [backup] devices on-hand, purchased at discount, after release of newer models.

PS We now appreciate Samsung's "slowness" to release system updates... maybe they quietly test each one & wait for tests to indicate no reduction of privacy / security features, before passing them on to us...? I -hope- so, we do -not- know for sure.

Comment: They will soon... LFTRs for Energy from Thorium... (Score 1) 326

by ivi (#45630715) Attached to: Nobody Builds Reactors For Fun Anymore

From the first talk we viewed on EfT, we were intreagued... Safe Nuclear Energy? (Cf Kindle eBook: "Nuclear 2.0" We paid ~ $2 for it at Amazon.com; YMMV).

Instead of costly solid fuel rods (only ~ 2% of whose energy is used before they're sent to costly storage), liquid fueled reactors need no such rods. Instead, their liquid fuel (about 98% of whose energy) is used.

The LFTR is just one of the several designs being discussed. Some want ASD's in their designs, ie, with an Accelorator in the picture. (I'm sure still other designs will be proposed, possibly incorporating something else that a particular physicist knows well enough to build into it.)

There's plenty of time to innovate, discuss, simulate & build prototypes... Join in the Fun (Did he say Fun?!?) & games of designing safe nuclear power plants, for a change.

Don't let Fukushima's disaster send the baby (nuclear industry) out with the bathwater (a particular design, used at Fukushima)!

We didn't stop sending shuttles, etc. up to the ISS, ie, even after 2 losses! So, let's not let the greenest energy source get away from us... Embrace Next Gen Nuclear Energy, eg, LFTRs = Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors.

Comment: Will this include "commercial extremists"? (Score 1) 208

by ivi (#45552611) Attached to: UK Gov't Plans To Censor "Extremist" Websites Via Orders To ISPs

So, Energy from Thorium (promoted, in part, by an international group, which just concluded its 2013 Conference, at CERN, in Geneva) could be deemed as a -commercially- extreme concept, eg, since - if/when Thorium-/LFTR-based nuclear power (cf the recently released eBook "Nuclear 2.0") begins to replace fossil-fueled & even Uranium-based powe plants - a number of well-endowed commercial interests may feel unduly threatened by EfT.

Could the info & organisations who would like to bring EfT -sooner- into pur energy markets be deemed "extremists" & see their web sites, etc. get blocked 8n the UK, etc.?

Comment: Better: Invest in R&D + Educ on Enegry fr Thor (Score 1) 282

by ivi (#45378979) Attached to: Germany Finances Major Push Into Home Battery Storage For Solar

Especially if the energy used to make a PV Solar Cell is still -less- than the amount it's expected to produce, over its lifetime, PV solar energy might not be the best choice of sustainable energy to invest in.

(Batteries for -local- storage of electrical energy might be good, eg, as anything that disconnects one's home or office from mains power is a problem almost anywhere.)

In a post-Fukishima world, the EC - if not [also] Germany - should be investing in Energy from Thorium (eg, developing improvements of its proven technology from the 1950's, which even Germany has successfully trialed in the 1960's or the 1980's, I understand).

For many of the reasons (ie, features), cf Prof Dr Eduardo Greaves' [36-min.] talk "Thorium as Nuclear Fuel in Molten Salt Reactors" (on YouTube.com). (The impatient can search TED.com for Sorensen's 10-min talk & view at least its last 5 min's.)

R&D should run in parallel with Education & Debate, in the hopes that the Public will soon "get" that there are several types of reactor, some (eg, Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors = LFTRs) being much -safer- than Fukushima's reactors proved to be.

We should all understand the differences between even Canada's (long ago) improved CanDo reactors (still in the same "safety class" as Fukushima's, I understand) -and- LFTRs, which are expected to be not only "walk-away safe" but also cheaper to build & run.

After people come to understand the significant differences & inherent advantages in the design of LFTRs (and their safety levels are verified in ways that give all peoples confidence to embrace them, even near their back yards), we'll be able to make another great stride in our energy technology that can enable us to:

1. reduce CO2 emissions, & also turn back Climate Change that appears to be caused by it

2. enable any & all nations to build & use LFTR-technology - instead of current Plutonium-producing reactors, that we limit today

3. reduce the amount & cost of spent-fuel storage, eg, by consuming that fuel & getting energy from what was once waste

4. reduce or even eliminate "oil wars"

5. enabling us to -stop- "fracking" for Shale Oil &/or Coal-Seam Gas (CSG), which destroys water & land resources

6. reduce internal conflicts within nations (eg, legal battles & protests over "fracking")

7. redirect our minds to innovative & exploratory projects, in Science, Medicine, Space, Community Development, etc.

I see only win-win's from Energy from Thorium... are there any risks or disadvantages?

Let the debate continue, eg, in you comments & replies.

Comment: Errata: If they'd only released an vanilla Android (Score 1) 120

by ivi (#44908345) Attached to: BlackBerry Confirms 4,500 Job Cuts, Warns of $950 Million Loss

Wide (not wise)

And... We were referring to the rumoured but AFAIK never delivered upgrade to PlayBooks, that could have come out with the latest product releases... We think it still can & should be released, to help users retain some value in their mostly devices.

If that's impossible le, let RIM release the tools & info to enable those who can (& may still want to) attempt to do that, eg, as an Open Source project, as a tribute to the company & its device...

Comment: If they'd only released an vanilla Android ver for (Score 1) 120

by ivi (#44908273) Attached to: BlackBerry Confirms 4,500 Job Cuts, Warns of $950 Million Loss

...then I might have felt endeared to them.

As it is, however, watching a worldwide fleet of such devices go out of currency (as the company unduly continues to wait for those of us who- who once trusted it to keep our devises up-to-date - to trust it again. We didn't & won't.

When will companies begin to enable its customers to enjoy the freedom of choice, in such matters, rather than opting for a "they'll have choice but to buy the new model" last resort - rather than encourahe a lasting, trust-rewarding relationship...

Perhaps someone who still can will help those who want to... to at least turn the fleet of PlayBooks into something useful... Eg, a handy console for a wise selection of video tutorials from KhanAdamy.org.

That's our hope for RIM...

They came, they made & sold (in this case, PlayBooks), they left something of some value for a unique purpose, supporting Education... So their creation won't go to the same kind of Hell that Apple's Lisa did, long ago...

"I've seen the forgeries I've sent out." -- John F. Haugh II (jfh@rpp386.Dallas.TX.US), about forging net news articles

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