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Comment: Re:Let me put my skepticism hat on... (Score 1) 90

by thegarbz (#49821025) Attached to: Cool Tool: The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator

After all, can we really estimate the cost of securing spent fuel for over 100'000 years?

Do we need to? The point of modern reactor designs and nuclear reprocessing is to not only minimise the waste but the resulting waste does not need to be secured for 100000 years, several orders of magnitude less.

More importantly, the "tool" seems to cover only construction costs. Nowhere are decommissioning costs included, which are order of magnitude over the construction costs. Experience has shown both in the US and elsewhere, that these costs have been (willingly or not) underestimated by order of magnitude by the industry.

The costs haven't been under-estimated. The required scope was. To which I again ask, do we need to? Providing the site is not required for reclaiming why not just build a cement dome over it and let it sit. Decommissioning costs are very small if you're not under the delusion (in my opinion) that you will be using that land for anything other than a place to store a radioactive shit-ton of cement.

Now decommissioning a damaged reactor, that is a different and very expensive story, as is demolishing and removing reactors.

Comment: Re:I've already uninstalled the windows 10 nag ico (Score 1) 332

by thegarbz (#49819671) Attached to: Windows 10 Release Date: July 29th

Win7 refined the Vista UI and added stability, booted significantly faster, search indexing was improved, and revised UAC (which I had previously disabled) made the feature more acceptable.

Meanwhile I get nothing in Windows 10 other than an interface I don't care for.

Really? Because going from Windows 7 to Windows 10 you get a new Client Hyper-V, Virtual Desktops, Reworked file-copy routines, reduced memory consumption, integration with tablets and pen devices (I've used pens since Windows XP and it's a godsend), reworked Bluetooth stack, Address Space Randomisation for improved security, a dynamic kernel timer for lower power consumption, as well as the things you like such as booting significantly faster, improved search indexing, and even things you're taken along for the ride like DirectX 12, better system level anti-virus, far better treatment of multimonitors....

Basically if all you're grumbling about is the UI then you have no reason NOT to upgrade to Windows 10, best of all you don't even need Classic Shell installed.

Comment: Re:Seems to Be a Pattern of Behavior (Score 1) 366

by thegarbz (#49819589) Attached to: SourceForge and GIMP [Updated]

So kudos for listening.

They didn't listen. They were ground into submission by an angry mob who were wreaking the very project they were defending. I mean this in a good way. It was a high-impact revolt that was sure to get noticed and forced the hand of the site owners by making it very clear that a) the existing customers cared little for their shit, and b) that new potential customers ended up at a news aggregating site where all comments are filled with hate for the very site they were on.

It's not kudos for listening. Just be thankful they didn't drive the entire site into the ground with their ignorance. Heck the Beta thing went back for many many months with certain accounts and visitors, the complains from the site were the same complaints as their mobile site had long before (and still has to this day). The rollout was incredibly poorly managed and they backtracked under extreme pressure.

Comment: Re:I've already uninstalled the windows 10 nag ico (Score 1) 332

by thegarbz (#49818761) Attached to: Windows 10 Release Date: July 29th

...because in an enterprise environment

Sorry you lost me there. Why weren't you vetting and controlling the updates and every part of your system in an "enterprise environment".

Interestingly the only computer I've ever used that never notified my about anything ever has been windows machines used in enterprise environments. Oh except those not managed properly.

Comment: Re:I've already uninstalled the windows 10 nag ico (Score 1) 332

by thegarbz (#49818743) Attached to: Windows 10 Release Date: July 29th

How naive are you to think you know what's best for everyone else?

While most of what you said is right, how naive are you to think that what you have is the best? People get used to a certain way of doing things regardless if it's arcane or not. The "best" in many regards is not maintaining the status quo. All that does is affect future users in the same negative and expensive way.

My classic example of very recent times is the complaints about Android 5 that the "airplane mode" button was removed from the powerdown menu and moved to the notifications area which controls the rest of the various radios on the device. Some people scream bloody murder, I scratch my head and wonder what the heck airplane mode was doing in the power menu to begin with.

As usual the correct answer is somewhere in the middle of the extremes.

Comment: Re:I've already uninstalled the windows 10 nag ico (Score 4, Insightful) 332

by thegarbz (#49814469) Attached to: Windows 10 Release Date: July 29th

I don't understand why Microsoft doesn't realize that I don't want my desktop to look and operate like my phone.

So you'll be a fan of Windows 10 then. Oh what you weren't paying attention to the development cycle? The bit where the desktop mode will now be default, the metro menu is gone, the few metro apps that ship with the OS will work within a desktop window?

What is it you're complaining about again? Why not reinstall your "nag icon" and give it a go before you complain that no one understands you.

Comment: Re:A Sign of the Times (Score 2) 149

by thegarbz (#49808545) Attached to: Let's Take This Open Floor Plan To the Next Level

When something isn't working according to the theory...

The problem is often it does work. The successful companies can figure out why it worked and build on it. The unsuccessful ones will be the ones who push harder and can't figure out what's wrong and why it works for "those other guys".

Seriously people talk about management 101, but the key people fail to realise is that management 102 is exactly the opposite. Based on my business degree I can conclude that the perfect workplace gives staff complete autonomy while being micromanaged, put them in cubes in the middle of their own private offices, treat them like a resource while empathising with them, and make the entire business follow a strict linear method while breaking down everything into small sections and working on them in parallel. Oh and the ideal company will have 15 levels of management, no I mean 2 levels of management, no I mean 15 levels of management, no I mean... I really don't know what I mean. Apparently it's all good and all bad at the same time.

Comment: Re:Correct, but silly (Score 1) 167

by thegarbz (#49808517) Attached to: Can You Commit Copyright Infringement By Using Your Own Work?

These issues have been well explored in music, where "borrowing" from others is well known and broadly practiced.

And the result is still the same legal grey area and clusterfuck that it's always been. You can borrow most of a song and get away just fine because you're being "transformative" but if you borrow a single riff from an obscure symphonic version of a rock song you give up 100% of all income from your song to someone who had nothing to do with it.

Comment: Re:So, the other side? (Score 1) 421

by thegarbz (#49808471) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

Investors were likely unwilling to dump more money into the company because ...

So despite your assertions that the company was on the rise investors didn't want to loan the company the money and receive instalments in return to save the business? But you expect employees to do the same, and then blame socialism on a company's inability to pay its legally owing debt?

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

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