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Comment: Encrypt your telemetrics... (Score 1) 290

by SharpFang (#48665853) Attached to: BT, Sky, and Virgin Enforce UK Porn Blocks By Hijacking Browsers

If your road surface state sensor stations start submitting their measurements to a page asking them if they want to view porn or not, it's time to beef up the hardware so that it can use SSL... Oh, it's not BT's cost, not their problem. And if people crash on icy road because the info board displayed the last available measurement "Road:Dry" when it iced over, it's surely not the telcos that will go to prison.

Comment: Re:Fnord! (Score 1) 175

by SharpFang (#48588523) Attached to: 3D Printer?

Acetone isn't really *that* nasty. It certainly beats acids, or substances that create strongly poisonous fumes. You'd have to try hard to get anything more serious than a migraine from acetone fumes poisoning, and while it's certainly not good for your skin, washing your hands after finishing the work is good enough - no need to panic if a drop lands on your skin. Sure you should keep the container tightly closed and you need to watch out with fire, but it's really hardly worse than gasoline when you work with it.

Yes, the difference between size of detail you want to retain and size of the 'ribbing' you want to smooth out should be large - if you want to smooth a tiny figurine that won't be too helpful. If the object is a cast for a large silicone piece though, the loss of detail will be insignificant. (and if it's gravity that smooths it out, you're already too far and destroying the piece. It's surface tension that should do the work.)

Comment: There is a point when vaccines kill more... (Score 1) 1051

by SharpFang (#48586181) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

There is a point when vaccines kill more than the diseases they prevent.

Say, there's a 1:10,000 chance you die from vaccine against disease X, and 1:20,000 chance you contract and die from disease X.

The pleb reaction is an outcry "BAN THE VACCINE".

What they fail to realize is that the chance of death from disease X is so low is only thanks to the prevalence of the vaccine. The disease can't spread, and the chance of contracting it or medication failing is minimal because great most of the population is immune - the disease can't find many viable hosts.

Shortly after you ban the vaccine, number of deaths from disease X will spike, far overshadowing the number of deaths from the vaccine. It won't be 1 in 20,000 or 10,000 but 1 in 100 or so! But that's something ignorant people don't realize. They pick up the numbers "as of now" and claim the medicine is worse than whatever it cures.

I wonder if money would talk. Unvaccinated people simply taxed for extra health insurance for those whom they endanger.

Comment: Re:Choices. (Score 1) 416

by SharpFang (#48579739) Attached to: MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

I want nothing to do with them or him now

That's your choice, your freedom and your right. Nothing wrong with that, and I'm okay with it.

But if you forcefully remove that choice, that freedom and that right from others - forcing them to follow your choice by making the lectures unavailable - that's where you are overstepping your freedoms and treading on mine, and I'm absolutely not okay with it.

If you don't want to watch his lectures, just don't watch them. Don't force them off the face of the net.

Comment: Re:Just wondering... (Score 1) 416

by SharpFang (#48579695) Attached to: MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

It's unreliable as is all genetic/breeding/inheritance research by Nazis, due to heavy political agenda heavily biasing the results.

OTOH research on malnutrition and hypothermia has been a solid basis of much of contemporary research. And rocket science. USA would have never won the race to the Moon without nazi rocket science.

So, had the guy been conducting gender studies, yes, this would invalidate their believability. But physics courses?

Comment: Re: The area IS dangerous. (Score 1) 409

by SharpFang (#48548629) Attached to: Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

Yes, that problem is rather distant - but it exists; while the lake would be above the water flood levels, its bottom may above the river drough levels. And for it to drop to minimal levels all it needs is one of the berms damaged (e.g. by floodwater of the river, or even lack of maintenance combined with water animals - beavers, copyus etc.) The water escaping from the lake will be plenty enough to create a breach that will drain the lake to outer water levels, and then a couple of weeks of drough is enough to remove the rest of water.

Still, that's an unlikely disaster scenario of criminal negligence. As long as people are aware of the risk, the berms are maintained and the pumps refill the lake, this is all non-issue. Don't let that happen and it won't happen, just another point on the lengthy checklist. If the power plant is shut down, the lake will likely overgrow with water plants and eventually the radioactive layer will be permanently sealed under a layer of peat. May take a couple decades until the problem ceases to require "maintenance", but until then, just that basic maintenance is what is needed to keep it in check.

Comment: Re: The area IS dangerous. (Score 1) 409

by SharpFang (#48548113) Attached to: Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

I didn't move goalposts, it was you who assumed "bountiful wildlife; rampart rabies" means just risk of contracting rabies.

This isn't Siberia with 10 months of extremely harsh winter, where larger populations of wild animals couldn't support themselves - this is the same latitude as London, France, Germany - the continental climate asserts itself with harsh winters but the summer, spring and autumn are bountiful, and wildlife is exceptionally abundant, especially with human hunters being scarce in the restricted zone. I've seen photos of a rabid wolf literally keeping scientists in a lab in Chernobyl in check, scratching at the lab door until a patrol of police arrived to shoot it. They really aren't nearly as scarce as you picture them, and your experiences from Siberia are not representative of the Chernobyl zone of exclusion.

I skipped the problems of locals like the police or the thugs, since I'm assuming settlement of the terrain would be done by Ukrainians. Sure the problems do exist, but - oh let's say they are hardly worse for the locals than a trip through Harlem for an American.

Comment: Re:The area IS dangerous. (Score 1) 409

by SharpFang (#48542755) Attached to: Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

You are talking of the Kiyv Reservoir, which is a lake created by damming off the river, for water retention, flood prevention and hydroelectric(I think) purposes. It lies right in the flow of the Pripyat river, and so its bottom follows the river.

Now the Pripyat Lake is significantly different. It's not created by damming the river. It's not a lake in the flow of the river - it's an artificial reservoir built from scratch next to the river. Tall embankments were created, assuring even extreme flooding of the river wouldn't affect the reservoir. A huge terrain north-northeast from the NPP has been designated for a detention basin had this been insufficient.

I don't know how deep it is, and how its bottom is shaped, but it's been artificially created in order to provide coolant reservoir for the NPP so I'd find it hard to believe that the reservoir both contained by tall artificial embankments on the sides, and split in half lengthwise by embankment through the middle, to extend the distance between outlets and inlets - had its bottom left "unmanaged" and not levelled and cleared of obstructions that could clog up the NPP filters. Now I don't know how far that bottom is relative to the river bed, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was elevated, and even if not - it doesn't have to dry up all the way; even just a moderate water level drop would expose the banks of the lake.

Comment: Re:The area IS dangerous. (Score 1) 409

by SharpFang (#48542559) Attached to: Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

"On the other hand, the vaccine (plus treatment) is pretty much as effective against bite wounds as non-puncture wounds such as sprayed saliva."

I thought the vaccine doesn't stop the bleeding from torn arteries?

Catching rabies is really the least of your problems when surrounded by a pack of rabid wolves...

Comment: Re:The area IS dangerous. (Score 1) 409

by SharpFang (#48537475) Attached to: Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

Oh, and addressing the first part - yes, the vaccinations will prevent death from rabies. It will not help the least bit against bite wounds though, and animals with advanced rabies are both quite aggressive and lacking preservation instincts like natural fear of humans.Yet again, an adult man, especially armed, is quite safe. A kid on his/her way to school though?

Comment: Re:The area IS dangerous. (Score 1) 409

by SharpFang (#48537465) Attached to: Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

It's an artificial lake - coolant reservoir for the power plant, and its water mirror is quite a bit above the river level (105m above sea level vs 101m) - it depends on the pumping station for filling, and would need quite a bit of a channel (about 40km, most of it over Belarus terrains) to provide water at current level without need of pumping. Meanwhile, natural drainage and evaporation can quite efficiently cause water level to drop if the influx stops. So - the pumps need to keep running.

Also, where did you find any large lake upstream the Pripyat River from it? Or did you confuse it with the Kiyv Reservoir?

A method of solution is perfect if we can forsee from the start, and even prove, that following that method we shall attain our aim. -- Leibnitz

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