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Comment: Re:Economics (Score 2) 148

by towermac (#49341565) Attached to: First Nuclear Power Plant Planned In Jordan

Yes, that's just in the USA.

Concrete and steel are cheap. Refining uranium to the point it will heat up is easy, if somewhat energy intensive.

2000 years? Ah, you might mean the 'nuclear waste' sitting in water pools at reactors all over. Yes, that's nasty stuff. Can't even bury it under the Rocky Mountains.

What to do... what to do with it?...

Nuclear fuel, that's still radioactive as hell. Huh.

No, don't tell me; it will come to me...

Stuck, saddled even, with tons of nuclear fuel, in an age where we need carbon free electricity...

Nah, I thought I was on to something, but I got nothin.

Comment: Re:SOLAR (Score 1) 148

by towermac (#49341463) Attached to: First Nuclear Power Plant Planned In Jordan

I don't think it's the cost.

Can't just dump extra power into the grid; you'll over volt it. Tallahatchie Valley burned out my dryer timer doing that. (I'm still bitter.) And I don't think you can let a generator that size, already connected to the grid, freewheel and not take power off of it.

They must have a way to dump power spikes; fifteen minutes is too slow when Jordainian Idol goes off, and everybody goes to bed.

Somebody here must know; how do they avoid voltage spikes if everybody turns their shit off at once?

Comment: Re:Mandatory doesn't sound all bad to me (Score 1) 1089

by towermac (#49297281) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

"I'm saying they're equally corrupt and not working for the benefit of their constituents"

That's Washington. What you say is not true (largely) for the lower levels of politics. The pinnacle of those lower levels of politics is State Governor. Generally, governors can still be men (or women) of the people, Largely uncorrupted. (you owe favors the moment you enter politics; I hope you didn't mean that.)

Compare Senators vs. Governors in our recent history for one thing. Once you're President, you seem to get corrupted pretty quickly; some quicker than others. Some have to be shot to get the message... But even after that, they still make decent executive administrators.

For another thing, as they enter the national arena is your chance to pick your uncorrupted constituent based politician. The primaries.

I should get to vote for Elizabeth Warren over that shrew-woman Hillary, AND; I should get to vote for Scott Walker over disqualified-himself-over-Terry-Shaivo Jeb. Then, after seeing the two of them debate each other, solidify positions, etc, hopefully, I get to cast my vote for president with a clear choice and conscience.

Hell, in my state, I have to register with one or the other long before I will even know who the candidates are. Meh, the way they do it, all staggered out; the candidate is likely to be decided before I get to vote.

Fix the primaries, and you fix our politics.

Comment: Re:Yeah, no. (Score 3, Informative) 1089

by towermac (#49296949) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

"Uh-uh. Many of the poor don't file taxes, and it's perfectly legit. "

Not anymore it's not. Seriously, that's new: You 'have' to file now since the ACA. I have yet to hear of an exception for the homeless to at least file the form for your exemption. So the homeless are technically in violation of tax law.

I see now, the real plan: They are just going to outlaw being poor. Seattle is at the forefront of this trend.

Fucking brilliant! Why didn't we think of this years ago?

Comment: Re:meanwhile (Score 1) 342

by towermac (#49286789) Attached to: UK Chancellor Confirms Introduction of 'Google Tax'

What would happen is that the people that own that business pay the tax. To your point; none of that business craftiness you describe would matter then. Just to be clear, we are talking about an income tax, and it's not income until a person gets it.

On a side note, by taxing business income, you are then making businesses a lot like people, and making businesses into 'people' is not good for society. I don't believe in taxation without representation, and businesses can't vote. I'm aware that large businesses get plenty of representation through their lobbyists. I'm against that also.

Comment: Re:Unfair comparison (Score 1) 447

by towermac (#49255419) Attached to: Homeopathy Turns Out To Be Useless For Treating Medical Conditions

What fraud? If I want to buy that water, and you have some to sell, and we both know exactly what it is, how can that be fraud?

I guess you'll say the fraud is in the claim itself. Are people not allowed to be wrong?
Ah; maybe it's okay to be wrong, as long as long as you don't profit from it?

What about $100 HDMI cables? Would you have the FCC forbid that? Set a maximum price with specs to which manufacturers are forced to adhere? Come down on them like a ton of Federal bricks?

Remember, both the buyer and the seller swear that the picture is better.

Comment: Re:Life (Score 1) 117

by towermac (#49250607) Attached to: Huge Ocean Confirmed Underneath Solar System's Largest Moon

They mean that the depth of the liquid ocean is up to 330km deep; not that the crust is that thick above the liquid. As far as I know, thickness of the crust is at this point speculation. It has to have some substantial thickness; if it were very thin, we would expect to see lots of infrared escaping.

But it is not necessarily impenetrably thick. There could be things like atmospheric replenishment in Jupiter's general vicinity. Where the very cold atmospheric trail left behind removes heat from the frozen surface, leaving us with a cool infrared signature, and a crust far thinner than it would appear. That would be very hard to spot with the Hubble.

Comment: Re:Unfair comparison (Score 1) 447

by towermac (#49246641) Attached to: Homeopathy Turns Out To Be Useless For Treating Medical Conditions

Here's the thing; homeopathy is not preventing anybody from getting anything.

These are intelligent well educated people. Generally old, liberal hippies. Not all of them are old. They know very well what the current medical treatment is for whatever condition. If crystals had been banned, would Steve have rushed to the chemo clinic?

They believe this shit, and there's no talking them out of it. But don't even talk like that; using the word 'prevent'.

Thrashing is just virtual crashing.