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mdsolar (1045926) writes "A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California’s last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility’s twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.

Michael Peck, who for five years was Diablo Canyon’s lead on-site inspector, says in a 42-page, confidential report that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is not applying the safety rules it set out for the plant’s operation.

The document, which was obtained and verified by The Associated Press, does not say the plant itself is unsafe. Instead, according to Peck’s analysis, no one knows whether the facility’s key equipment can withstand strong shaking from those faults — the potential for which was realized decades after the facility was built.

Continuing to run the reactors, Peck writes, “challenges the presumption of nuclear safety.”

Peck’s July 2013 filing is part of an agency review in which employees can appeal a supervisor’s or agency ruling — a process that normally takes 60 to 120 days, but can be extended. The NRC, however, has not yet ruled. Spokeswoman Lara Uselding said in emails that the agency would have no comment on the document."

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Comment: Re:"The Internet" (Score 2) 209

by wolfhead (#47282693) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC

A handful of people with a particular view on how the internet should be run have a super pac.

That completely misses the point of what the super pac is for, which is campaign finance reform. That's it. Nothing else. What I think Woz is saying is that any intelligent political debate about the internet and technology policies can't happen in the current political system, and campaign finance reform is the best bet at changing that system.

Comment: Re:128x128 (Score 2, Interesting) 527

by wolfhead (#13792351) Attached to: Network TV Downloadable Via iTunes
I'm not sure what DP stands for where you come from, but I've always known it to be the Director of Photography, the title given to cinematographers on film sets. To say that most TV shows don't have cinematographers is false, they all have a director of photography.

The majority of television shows are still shot on 35mm film. About several years ago, some sitcoms started shooting instead in HD video to try and reduce costs. Some dramas have followed, but the number of shows shot on HD is nowhere near the majority.

Television shows definitely have smaller budgets than movies, but they both have time constraints in their shooting schedules. If movies only shot 5 scenes a day, they would fall behind schedule and over budget very quickly. The DP's job is the same for TV shows and movies, to use their knowledge and skills to light a scene according to the artistic vision of the director. To say that it doesn't count as real cinematography because the end product will only be broadcast on television belittles what DPs do to improve and perfect their craft.

Do independant films not use real cinematography? They can have budgets smaller than television shows and shooting schedules just as tight.

From reading some of your other posts, it seems you're dismissal of television shows has more to do with the content (writing, acting, etc.) rather than the visual aspect of the show. And I'm right there with you, you'll find more movies with good writing than you will television shows. But I disagree that good cinematography is limited to the big screen.

-wolfhead

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