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Comment: Re:Renewable versus fossil - where is nuclear? (Score 2, Interesting) 284 284

What 'damage'? You got Chernobyl. Which was done on purpose.

People like to point at Japan, but not to point out the futility of a 15 foot seawall against a 20 foot tsunami. And so far the 'damage' in Japan is noisy geiger counters. (There were 2 old men overexposed trying to fix generators - I haven't seen what happened to them.)

There are so many people that think something bad actually happened at Three Mile Island. When I remind them that nobody died or even got sick; well they don't believe me. And then they don't even hear you when you say that nobody is suggesting that we build TMI-style plants.

Comment: Re:Renewable versus fossil - where is nuclear? (Score 1) 284 284

You used the right word when you said 'need'. There are only two forms of power stored in the Earth's crust, carbon and nuclear.

We eventually will have no choice in the matter, but today we can choose to delay advancement of the human condition as long as possible...

Comment: Re:Renewable versus fossil - where is nuclear? (Score 4, Insightful) 284 284

You're right about the thousands of tons of nuclear 'waste' sitting all over the country with no plan on how to get rid of it.

Most here are science types, and realize there is only one thing that can be done with it. Burn it up.

The reality on the ground today is, if you are against nuclear power, then you are for nuclear waste. (It would be nice to see a Greenpeace-type marcher carry that sign in a fit of honesty.)

Comment: Re:"No idea how... the brain works" (Score 1) 216 216

"Souls are a myth from prescientific times."

So sez the scientist... Do you see the irony?

But that does get at why we will never see AI from digital computers; machines full of levers and switches that simply execute programs. Your program may become so complex that it is unpredictable, but that doesn't make it intelligent.

Comment: Re: Liberty (Score 2) 609 609

I thought I knew the difference between a bakery and a church. Except maybe when the church does a bake sale...

So, the pastor can abstain from doing business with a paying customer due to his religion, but the baker cannot abstain from the same due to his religion. Seems like an arbitrary distinction to me.

Here's a real question:

What if your mosque was selling pencils?

Getting the job done is no excuse for not following the rules. Corollary: Following the rules will not get the job done.