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Comment: Re:Nuclear Power Fears (Score 1) 419 419

Well, see, yes, it does, because if that very long half life stuff gave off that much energy for that much longer (a) the engineers would have used that instead in the first place, and (b) others thought about this before you did and they already decided they're not using stuff like that.

Here:26 people in a nuclear lab accident inhaled scary doses of plutonium dust.After forty years later there had been one cancer death total. Over the subsequent years another two.. That's low for total number of deaths in that interval, and high for total cancer deaths, Inhaling plutonium dust in a nuclear lab accident isn't good, but you're not very likely going to die from it.

So, if you're close enough to a space probe that fell out of the sky but nobody can find where it fell despite being one of the most closely-watched events in history, and the steel case holding its nuclear heater fuel magically popped wide open and then even more magically ground its fuel rods to dust, and that dust filtered into your water supply (a million gallons is two Olympic-sized pools, a pond not a reservoir) and you drank so much of that you might as well have been in a nuclear lab accident inhaling it, then there's some chance you'll get cancer.

Comment: Re: when? (Score 1) 182 182

I'm suspicious of any argument resembling "nothing we do today needs X, so therefore nothing needs X, so therefore nobody needs X, so therefore nobody should [almost always with an implicit ~be allowed to~] offer it".

I can't even use a 2 gigabit connection at home,

Yes you can. You have a _6_ gigabit connection at home. It 's your SATA link. That's getting slow, these days.

Comment: Re:when? (Score 1) 182 182

"What the fuck is the point of 2 Gbps service for residential customers?"

Right now that's enough speed to treat an online drive as local one. I'm guessing you could just plug one in as a Time Machine or ZFS or btrfs and never have to think about backups again. Lots of things along shared database/filesystem lines. With that kind of reliable bandwidth you could start considering shared VR. Collaborative video/3D work. See what you can get it to do with Microsoft's HoloLens.

Comment: Re:Know what's worse? Cleartext. (Score 1) 132 132

Well, no. He's saying it's _meaningless_. As used here, that word means "utterly inconsequential". See? You might as well not have it for all the difference it makes in TFA's hardware. They're putting three-inch case-hardened core-hardened tungsten alloy deadbolts on tarpaper-and-baling-wire shacks and they've got entire crowds full of people chanting "unbreakable! Unbreakable!! AES!!! no known attacks!!!!!!!!".as if it meant something. Which it doesn't.

Comment: Hear something similar from Verizon? Riiight. (Score 4, Informative) 60 60

They believe being "compelled" to carry traffic with the content of which theydecide to disagree is a violation of their first amendment rights.

If you're like me, you flat-out rejected that statement, on sight. Right? There is simply no way that statement isn't some overhyped overheated drama? Clickbait or karma whoring or somebody nursing a grudge?

Comment: Re:The right to offend ... (Score 1) 834 834

Talking about raping or killing someone isn't offensive speech, it's threatening to do bodily harm, which is illegal

I think part of the point -- well, no, it simply is part of the point, no "I think" about it here no matter what my .sig says -- that pretending anything not actually illegal must be allowed, is a position advanced only by exactly the sorts of people for whom open, unilateral, ostracism -- to the point of simply silencing them, deleting their posts and banning them by whatever identification can be mustered, without warning and without appeal -- is exactly the right thing to do.

To anyone feeling some outraged right to some civil response, to demand some accounting for ~oh, but what about those nasty nasty People Not Like Me, they're just as bad, what are you going to do about _them_~ ... fuck you. I don't care how you do it, kill yourself. There is no rationalization for what you do. Kill yourself. It's the only way to save your fucking soul. Suck a tailpipe, fucking hang yourself, borrow a gun from a yank friend, I don't care how you do it, it's the only way to rid the world of your evil fucking machinations.

But until you man up, finding some alternate way to silence you, to rid at least the public world of any trace of your utterly worthless self, is a perfectly workable, desirable and effective option. _That's_ the point here.

"Conversion, fastidious Goddess, loves blood better than brick, and feasts most subtly on the human will." -- Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway"