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Comment Re: The Plan. (Score 1) 261

Seriously, the really dangerous stuff won't last centuries.

But creating fears through propaganda and misinformation among the populace of the possibility of thousands of years of hard radiation where only a few sickly mutant things ooze about is much more effective at motivating blocs of votes to back certain political/ideological agendas which may not even actually have any direct interest in green agendas other than as a political tool to further their own agendas.

Someone should ask them; 'Do you even periodic table, Bro?"


Comment Re:Wait wait wait CHINA?! (Score 1) 51

Your signature suggests you are a conservative. I

Probably even worse in your eyes; I'm a pragmatic small-"L" libertarian and am rather 'constructionist' in my view of the US Constitution.

Simply that the country is controlled by Christians who are anti-science.

And I would dispute both that the US is controlled by Christians in this day and age, and that they are "anti-science" on the whole. Unless of course you mean that believing in a supreme being is itself anti-science, but that is an entirely different discussion.


Comment Re:Wait wait wait CHINA?! (Score 1) 51

Pointing out that religious objections to stem cell research, higher education, and a general attitude of anti-intellectualism is not bigotry. It's fact.

No, it's broad and bigoted generalization. Same as saying all atheists are amoral sociopaths that want an authoritarian dictatorship. There are no groups without bad people in them.


Comment I use Gphone for 2FA (Score 1) 252

For some reason not all the authentication SMS comes through in my T-Mobile phone. Some banks and brokerages send the authentication from a five digit cell phone number, and t-mobile filters them out based on some seemingly random algorithm.

So I switched them all to Google Phone number. In my google phone account I set up the SMS to echo to gmail. The gmail account also uses 2FA but these are my desktops at home and work, and one chromebook at home. So even if I lose my phone, I have my desktops to get the authentication codes.

Comment Re: Wait wait wait CHINA?! (Score 2, Insightful) 51

To be honest he is right tho - having moral and ethical standards and a conscience has screwed us in many sciences (remember embryonic stem cell science, sex education).


Science without a moral framework and ethical standards gets you Dr. Mengele's, the "Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male", etc etc etc.

Not all is up for sacrifice at the altar of Science!(TM).


Comment Not what I expected (Score 1) 252

The app is designed to test download speeds from seven apps: YouTube, Amazon, NBCSports, Netflix, Skype, Spotify, and Vimeo. According to the app, my Verizon LTE service streamed YouTube to my iPhone at 6 Mbps, Amazon Prime video at 8 Mbps, and Netflix at 4 Mbps. It downloaded other data at speeds of up to 25 Mbps

I would have expected the big players paying oodles of money to the carriers will get preferential treatment, and the random internet startup will struggle to get its bits to you.

Comment Re:Wait wait wait CHINA?! (Score 5, Insightful) 51

You mean China is ahead of us in medical research?

I guess that's par for the course since we live in a country controlled by anti-science Bible thumping morons.

Yeah, I'm sure it has nothing to do with researchers in China not having any inconvenient laws and regulations against doing medical testing on prisoners, criminals, requiring years of testing before human trials would be allowed, etc etc.

It's nice though that you got to air your religious bigotry in the public square, and so brave doing it as AC, too.


Comment Re: Toys for Thugs (Score 1) 132

Better police training won't fix the badlaws and the kangaroo courts.

By the same token, fixing "badlaws" and kangaroo courts won't necessarily fix policing. Besides, one does not preclude the other. There's no reason both can't be tackled simultaneously.

Gotta start somewhere. Starting where the government force meets the people is a pretty good place to my opinion, if the goal is to improve relations and reduce crime and violence (both by criminals and bad cops) in our neighborhoods.


Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 2) 105

Don't use Facebook, Twitter etc and your Information attack surface gets a whole lot smaller.

Not as much as you might think. FB, Twitter, Google, etc have their little snooping presence on a huge number of sites across the internet. They have such a dense web presence that even if you block all their domains, they can still uniquely track you through timing and other methods not requiring any connection to or data transferred to or from the target. Make no mistake, these guys rival (and probably surpass in some areas) TLAs in the sophistication of their tracking methods. It's their bread & butter, after all, and they have a LOT of capital and manpower to throw at improving it.

There's a distinct danger here, as a previous /. article earlier quoted a FB guy talking about molding and shaping public opinion. With the advent of AI on our doorstep, this could be very, very frightening. FB, Twitter, Google, and possibly other social media will literally know you and what you think better than you do and be able to predict your actions and reactions quite accurately to any particular stimulus or information, and that opens the door to insanely powerful tools of mass manipulation.

We'd better get a handle on this now, or it will have a handle on us!


Comment Re:Anyone... (Score -1, Troll) 105

Jokes on them, I hooked up mine to listen to YouTube videos all day long.

If you want to *really* tie Amazon's Echo algorithms into a Gordian knot, let it listen to an endless loop of soundbites from Nancy Pelosi, Diane Feinstein, and Maxine Waters.

"Meltdown" will take on yet another new meaning in the modern world!


Comment Re: The Plan. (Score 1) 261

Ah, believing in a vast conspiracy...

My point you quoted there does not require any "vast conspiracy". Nice strawman though, and you slayed it so well!

There are simply a number of opponents to nuclear power in the US and abroad ranging from various ecological groups, political/ideological groups, groups of investors in competing industries, and hostile foreign states that don't want the US having cheap, low-pollution, and plentiful energy as that helps drive a robust economy that can afford a large, modern military.


Comment Re: The Plan. (Score 2, Interesting) 261

Even including waste handling, treatment, and storage, and decommissioning?

There's more waste. If modern designs that reused 'waste' as fuel were allowed to be built there would be no highly radioactive waste to deal with. But that would largely remove a divisive issue that generates a lot of political donations and gets the low-info types all fired up and marching in protest. The "anti-proliferation" reasons are kinda moot when we've effectively given Iran and N. Korea permission to go nuclear and even given Iran pallets of money to help them along to a nuclear ICBM capability.


Comment Re: The Plan. (Score 4, Insightful) 261

Is that why we wasted 20 billion on two nuclear plants

No, much of that $20 billion was wasted on fighting anti-nuke protesters, eco-nutter lawsuits, over-regulation, NIMBYism, fossil-fuel lobbyists and their pet politicos, and general irrational fears that the anti-nuke people have incubated for decades using mis- and dis-information and outright lies.

There are many forces, both domestic and foreign, who do not want the US to have cheap, safe, and reliable nuclear power, and who have been working for decades to make nuclear power plants as expensive and difficult as possible to build and maintain.


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