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+ - Kirk Sorensen Discusses Safer Nuclear Fission-> 2

Submitted by progliberty
progliberty (1530571) writes "While using thorium as a fuel was discussed in a previous slashdot article., Kirk Sorensen has given a talk at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada explaining the inner workings and merits of the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR), a type of Molten Salt Reactor (MSR). What can we do to make implementation possible, and what, if any, flaws exist in the technology?"
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Comment: Garbage Article (Score 1) 858

by progliberty (#36165358) Attached to: BitCoin, the Most Dangerous Project Ever?

Who cares about this? Bitcoin is crap, and right-wing "libertarians" just want to find some new scheme to destroy the republics they embrace only as long as they give bosses and landlords the kind of power they had during Monarchy, and if they don't get it they do everything they can to undermine and destroy the republics. They are a bunch of crooks and exploiters.

Comment: Re:morons (Score 1) 2288

by progliberty (#35913058) Attached to: Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

Use second life a lot, use more virtual systems and things to gauge distance. It really helps. Video games are using metric more and more and it's the first thing that has made me really conceptually shift from the imperial system to the metric one in a sort of innate way. I really like it.

We can still keep old measurements around for songs and poetry, just like old names for places.

Comment: Baby Boomer Advice (Score 1) 123

by progliberty (#35363662) Attached to: How To Protect Your Privacy and Make Money
How To Really Be An Old Geezer With the aging Baby Boomers there are now more elderly people in America than ever before. It becomes more apparent that a segment of them do not know how to age gracefully. Traditionally, this way of life was learned from extensive contact with and careful observation of the previous generation of elders. In today's fast-paced world this is less and less viable. While not intended to be 100% comprehensive, this document is a quick HOWTO reference to at least help today's old people get started. The following are the most important points, the time-tested things you really MUST do in order to be an old person in the modern world. 1. Fuck the younger generations as much and as hard as you possibly can. This point is critical and cannot be overemphasized. Most other points are related to this one. That's how key it really is. There is one great way to do that, better than all other ways combined: Vote as a single homogeneous bloc. This is politically very powerful. Use that power to run up massive debts that you have absolutely no intention of paying. That way, future generations can inherit them. You need to do this even though collectively, you are the single wealthiest demographic group in existence. Your attacks on Social Security are the best way to arrange this. Most of you have been lucky enough to be able to take personal responsibility for your life as stipulated by Madison Avenue and in all the right wing news media sources and started saving for your own retirement from a young age, and in your mind everyone else should have too, right? So what if people come into hard times, suffer from mental and physical disabilities, and the like! Vote with the right-wing republican/or market-rule "libertarian" types and do everything you can to undermine Social Security, social programs and mental health services so that nobody else can get any help and have a lifetime of homelessness and suffering to look forward to. Remember, the only thing government is good for is being a big huge prison camp for people who are unlucky or not cutthroat enough to get rich. Helping people? No way. Leave that to places like Canada, Denmark or Sweden. Sure, they are your children and your grandchildren, but so what? Now that they've grown past early childhood they aren't so cute anymore anyway. That makes it easy to treat them like you hate their guts even if you don't know you hate them. If you faithfully practice the points outlined in this document, then soon any guilt you might feel over what you've left for them to inherit will melt away and be replaced by an insatiable sense of entitlement. In the event this should fail, the constant coverage of the current pointless foreign war that the flower of our youth is going off to fight will serve as an excellent distraction. 2. Run a homeowner's association. As a retiree, it's not like you have to work for a living anymore. You've got some time on your hands. What better way to use it than to take your neighbors to court over such worthy matters as the difference between white paint and off-white paint? Those bastards should have read and memorized their 100-page homeowner's covenant before daring to modify their own property. As an added bonus, any time they spend in court and not at work means even less opportunity to pay off the debts you've left for them to inherit. Any monies they pay as a result of losing the lawsuits serves the same goal, so it's a two-for-one! 3. Drive very slowly, particularly on one-lane roads where it's difficult or impossible to safely pass you. Every time you do this means one more chance to make it hard for someone to get to work on time. That way, not only is a significant chunk of their paycheck taken from them to pay for your retirement and your medical care, but as an added bonus you add insult to this injury by hindering them from getting to work in the first place so they can make the money that pays for your expenses! That'll teach 'em. Whatever you do, don't ever pull over and allow the ten cars stuck behind you to pass, especially not when they have a clock to beat and you don't. 4. When you are a customer at a restaurant, grocery store, technical support line, or the like, be as helpless as possible. Your goal is to be a really high-maintainence customer. Sure, you could demonstrate that with your age has come wisdom, but that wouldn't make you feel important and special. Instead, ask a lot of stupid questions that you'd already know the answer to if you noticed the most obvious of cues. Ask for a lot of trivial changes to a product before you will buy it. Demand a lot of extra effort and attention from whoever is trying to serve you. Transform from "sweet old grandma" to "mega-bitch" in a split-second if such attention is not immediately granted. Do not, under any circumstances, notice that all the other customers behind you are waiting. When it's time to pay, write out a check and take your sweet time about it. Even though you knew what store you were going to visit, DO NOT under any circumstances prepare the check in advance by filling out everything except the dollar amount. It is also very important that if you pay by cash that you carefully count out every last bit of money yourself, and be sure to have plenty of nickels and pennies. DO NOT ever spend the time to roll these coins, or even use the machine that is just a few dozen feet away to roll them before you bring them to a bank or supermarket checkout line. 5. This is another important point. Perform all of the above faithfully and consistently. Then whine about how misguided the younger generation is as though you didn't have anything to do with that. Complain that they don't respect you. Act absolutely astonished that anyone would see you doing all of the above and would respond with anything other than gratitude, praise, and admiration. That will add an element of mindfuck to the heretofore material damage covered by the previous points. It's especially effective if you have the compulsive liar's talent of learning how to sincerely believe this as you say it. You can complain about how "back in my day" the youth were better/more submissive/kinder than today's youth while conveniently forgetting that the elders of that generation actually tried to give their children a better world than they grew up in. It is advised that you set your irony detector to "off" while doing this, however. By faithfully following these steps, you too can be a typical American old geezer.

Comment: Re:Naive Question (Score 1) 196

by progliberty (#35363444) Attached to: Will the LHC Smash Supersymmetry?
Nobody had any practical use for radio waves until James Clerk Maxwell developed his equations for describing their behavior (the behavior of photons). It's a similar case with the behavior of other subatomic particles. The research has to happen, and intellectual scientific curiosity has to be encouraged and funded.
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Verizon iPhone Could Double US Mobile Games Biz 115

Posted by Soulskill
from the inexorable-shift dept.
donniebaseball23 writes "Earlier today, Verizon and Apple finally confirmed what everyone knew was coming: iPhone will soon launch on the Verizon network. The hugely popular iPhone has been a hit with gamers and game developers on the App Store, and by bringing the phone to the largest carrier in the US, the installed base suddenly could get much larger. The folks at social gaming network OpenFeint believe the Verizon iPhone impact could be immediately felt this year. 'The iPhone coming to Verizon is a highly anticipated event by the mobile gaming community,' said Peter Relan, chairman of OpenFeint. 'Adding 13 million more potential gamers on the iPhone is going to be a watershed moment for mobile gaming. I wouldn't be surprised if the US mobile gaming industry doubles in revenue this year because of this deal.'"

Comment: Obvious Ulterior Motive of this Article (Score 1) 191

by progliberty (#34473808) Attached to: Paid Developers Power the Linux Kernel
Yes, there is an obvious bias of this article, and an obvious ulterior motive. It's an attack on free software, on open source software, and on the very idea of freedom and liberty for people who use computers, and it's cheerleading for right-wing market-rule policies. The person who posted this wants all programming and all software to only have value in terms of restrictions and profitability. They are no friend of linux, no friend of programmers, no friend of end users, and no friend of ours.

Comment: The Political Side of This (Score 1) 202

by progliberty (#34473458) Attached to: Japanese Robot Picks Only the Ripest Strawberries
The illegal Mexican immigrants are actually technically being "imported" by the Republicans, because conservative right-wing capitalist policies (less regulations and social services, less ability to practice grass-roots politics, less liberty in the face of market rule) make Mexico less of a free country for its people, so they come here where conditions are better. And yes it could mean loss of jobs if it's actually used by fruit growing companies, but this could just backfire on the Republicans like you because the people will be less happy and poorer in the end due to lower employment. Also if you get rid of the immigrant labor you'll have more people from your own country doing low wage jobs and more people likely to form unions who you can't throw out of the country if they go on strike. Nice try but your logic may be your undoing.

Comment: Re:Way to prove their point! (Score 1) 738

by progliberty (#33971422) Attached to: China Now Halting Shipments of Rare Earth Minerals To US

This is america bitch.

We'll build a fucking nailgun.

In what factory, you jingoist ignorant fuck?!

Thanks for perfectly illustrating why we are in this situation. "This is America!" is a meaningless phrase. You didn't do shit when they busted the unions. You didn't do shit when the easier jobs were shipped over there. You didn't do shit while the Congress continued to cut taxes for corporations so they could sell us out. You just sat there, with that smug look on your face, saying "Yeah boy! This is America! We believe in the Market, not in that damn Government interference. Why pay more for TV set? That's stupid, when we can all just put it on a credit card for half the price."

Do me a fucking solid favor. Go find the largest object you can imagine shoving up your ass, and then sit on it. Because it's a good primer on what the next thirty years is going to be like for you.

I couldn't have said it better myself. People like Nixon and Reagan used a dictatorship countries' slave labor to undermine the American labor movement and now it's going to come back at us.

Comment: Re:No brainer (Score 1) 212

by progliberty (#33382908) Attached to: LucasFilm Sues Jedi Mind Over 'Jedi'
I just watched the video about JediMind on the web, It's clearly a great product, but using that name was just absurd, and even though there is no direct copyright on the term, it is clear they should not have used it. KineticMind would have been a better name. It's just a shame they did something like that. The focus should be on how this product will help disabled people and how we can use brain signals to control devices, and not on a lawsuit over a trademark from a SciFi movie.

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