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Comment Libertarians are more about... (Score 1) 944

Libertarians are more about individuals' freedoms.

The GPL is about software itself being free: free from others making it closed sourced.
The BSD-type of license make the wielder of the software free to do what they want with the software - even make it closed sourced (as long as there is accreditation of origin).

So, it's not surprising when a Libertarian criticizes 'free software' - assuming that software is not released under a BSD-type of license.

Comment Re:Didn't Japan just come out ... (Score 1) 550

You forgot to quote the quote:

The design purpose of EBR-I was not to produce electricity but instead to validate nuclear physics theory which suggested that a breeder reactor should be possible.

With this goal (not the supply of electricity to anything), and a partial meltdown, no wonder the cost was so high.

Space travel, now, is not so experimental as a breeder reactor was then; there have been numerous successful launches of payloads into space. Surely there have been many more than there have been failures.

"Gee, $5 million to power a measly 50 houses? What a waste!".

Just a reminder: the goal wasn't to power houses (or anything else) but to find out if a breeder reactor was feasible.

How can you justify dismissing an entirely new field of development based purely on the high costs for the initial prototype?

1 Gigawatt output is a prototype? I mean, if so: more power to them.

Finally, my goal is not to poo-poo lofty ideas. I just believe there are many more practical, if not safer, means for the Japanese to generate power. But, if they are able to make it practical, watch out for the environmentalists to complain about birds flying into the power delivery path.

Comment Re:Didn't Japan just come out ... (Score 1) 550

We absolutely should have gone into Rowanda. That was a HUGE failure of Madeline Albright and the Clinton Administration. The unresponsive parties shall bare their responsibilities in as much as they could have done something and didn't.

I just can't put my finger on it.

Then let me put it on part of "it" for you: No-Fly Zones. The whole of the story around why No-Fly zones were set up and how Saddam tried to shot down allied targets is sufficient reason for invading (and finishing what should have been completed a decade prior). The freedom of the millions is lagniappe.

Comment Re:Didn't Japan just come out ... (Score 1) 550

Thanks for the link.

You forgot to mention that the reactor was a "research reactor" - where they were learning about the technology.

Furthermore:

The design purpose of EBR-I was not to produce electricity but instead to validate nuclear physics theory which suggested that a breeder reactor should be possible.

So, while the Japanese have shown themselves to be quite efficient, in many things, why do you presume to compare apples to oranges and that which actually was (and is in other nuclear power plants) to what which is not yet (and might not ever be)?

Comment Re:Didn't Japan just come out ... (Score 1) 550

Now where near analogous.

Families in Iraq named children after George Bush when Saddam was first ousted. I think that tells a lot about who wanted what. Shesh, I'm sure even Uday's friends wanted he and his family out of there.

That war has granted previously unknown freedom to millions of Iraqis: those billions are well spent.

Comment Re:More government corruption (Score 1) 853

The moderator also missed the fact that not every politician is motivated solely by money. Some are extremely motivated by power and that is exactly what this plays into: the Internet is another means of communication that an oppressive government, should we unfortunately fall there under (which a growing number of people believe we already have), can 'legally' shutdown to quell their opposition.

While this is not expressly written in the bill's wording it is a potential abuse thereof.

The problem with this plan is how it affects our FREEDOM.

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