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Comment Re:Slowly sip the power! (Score 1) 72

Okay so is it just me or is anyone else thinking that it wouldn't take a high school education to understand how to sap power from the road for free

And anyone with a college education should be able to design the system to prevent this. An obvious solution is to only energize the wires under the car, and then only if a valid credit card number is provided. The charging wire is intermittent, and only available for 10-15% of the road, so it may be possible to allow or disallow power to individual vehicles. There is a better technical description here, but still not enough to know exactly how it works. This is a research prototype so they might not be to concerned about billing issues at this stage.

Those buried conductors are what make repaving an intersection in US a bit more expensive

An obvious solution to this is to not run the wires through the intersection. The cars still have batteries, so they don't need to receive power continuously.

Comment Re:what's the worst that can happen? (Score 2) 163

According to Wikipedia: The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission states that in normal operation in 2003, 56 pressurized water reactors released 40,600 curies (1.50 PBq) of tritium. So the 40 TBq in this leak, is about as much tritium as US nukes release every 10 days during normal operation. This all sounds a bit overblown.

Comment Re:what's the worst that can happen? (Score 1) 163

japan knows better than anyone that a little radiation never hurt anyone

If the radiation is from tritium, they are probably right. Tritium decays by beta emission, into He3, which is not radioactive. The emitted electron is less than 6kV. It does not bio-accumulate in preference to normal hydrogen. The half life is twelve years. I don't know what else is in the leaked water, but the tritium is not that dangerous.

Comment Re:The Romans found out about lead (Score 5, Informative) 780

Well, considering the ATF - in its infinite malice - has banned solid copper and brass hunting projectiles as "armor piercing" even though they work EXTREMELY well as hunting bullets

Except they didn't do that. They banned brass pistol ammo, which is very rarely used in hunting.

The attack on lead ammo is about gun control, not lead abatement. Period.

Except the bill in question (AB711) places no restrictions on the sale, use or possession of lead ammo, as long as you don't hunt with it.

Comment Re:The Romans found out about lead (Score 4, Informative) 780

Steel is banned at many ranges because it can be more damaging to metallic target stands and steel targets.

Simple solution: continue to use lead. The bill the NRA is protesting against (AB711) only bans lead ammo for hunting. If the bill passes, you can still use lead ammo for other uses (target shooting, home defense, insurrections, etc).

Comment Re:non sequitur (Score 1) 780

As a percentage of households, yes.

It is not clear that even this is true. Over the last 30 years (the period of this study) the number of people willing to participate in surveys/polls has declined, and the decline is strongly correlated with ideology. The drop in participation has been much larger among conservatives and Republicans, than among liberals and Democrats. So the number of gun owning households may have declined, or it could just be that they are no longer represented proportionately in the polling data.

Comment Re:Why can't you just be friends and get along? (Score 1) 282

Japan did some horrible things to Chinese people in WWII, and their government has never acknowledged any of it.

On the surface, it seems like the Japanese government has repeatedly acknowledged its crimes during World War II. See List of war apology statements issued by Japan.

They have indeed. They have also repeatedly retracted those apologies. The strongest apologies have come from lower level officials. Even an apology by the prime minister is really like John Boehner apologizing for America. An clear and unambiguous apology by the emperor would carry far more weight.

Comment Re:Japanese Military (Score 3) 282

You realize the US have been restricting the Japanese military and even have military bases on Japanese soil?

Winston Churchill once said that the purpose of NATO is to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down. The US has bases in Japan for the same reason except China==Russia and Japan==Germany. If the American bases are removed, Japan will be forced to re-arm to defend themselves (including nukes), and the Chinese will then feel obligated to do likewise, ... which will then lead to an arms buildup in India and SE Asia. It is far cheaper for the US to maintain the bases than to deal with the consequences of their removal.

Comment Re:I'll belive it when I'm holding it in my hand. (Score 1) 287

It took decades for solid state devices to start to eclipse magnetic storage

That was not a fair contest. Because of the development of GMR, HDDs increased in capacity far faster than the Moore's Law rate of solid state. But GMR is now pretty much played out, which should give other technologies a chance to finally catch up. The future of storage is unlikely to be a repeat of the last two decades.

Comment Re:Almost all students of orca believe... (Score 5, Informative) 395

If they attack/kill a human in the ocean, who's gonna document them?

The other humans at the scene maybe? A single human alone in the ocean is not as common as you seem to think.

Orca's hunt in packs, and coordinate their attacks. So they might communicate to organize an attack on a group of humans. Here is a video of a pod of orcas executing a very organized training session to teach the juveniles orcas how to isolate and kill a crabeater seal on the pack ice. It is hard for me to believe that they could do this without some sort of high level communication. They are very intelligent animals.

Comment Re:How'd the government know what they were Googli (Score 1) 923

it was confirmed that it was the Long Island Task Force.

No, some journalists have claimed that it was the LITF. The FBI and the local police have all denied any involvement. Here is a follow up story that seems to indicate that the whole thing was a fabrication. There apparently was no raid, no investigation, nothing ... except a woman that wanted some attention.

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