Zits' Jeremy "What's a stamp?"
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I am against nuclear power for the same reason I am against the death penalty. Both require a level perfection and infallibility that humans are incapable of reaching.
The first computer I worked on in 1960, an IBM 1620, was the size of an office desk. It cost ten times more than the value of my parents' house and had 40k decimal digits of memory ( With a 10ms memory cycle time), just enough to support a Fortran II compiler.
It was the physics department's computer and we did a lot with it. It was light years better than our mechanical Frieden calculators.
The lefi wing nutjobs are on campus, the right wing nutjobs are in Congress, governors chairs and state legislatures.
The core fusion plasma must not actually touch the first wall.
ITER and many other current and projected fusion experiments, particularly those of the tokamak and stellarator designs, use intense magnetic fields in an attempt to achieve this, although plasma instability problems remain.
Even with stable plasma confinement, however, the first wall material would be exposed to a neutron flux higher than in any current nuclear power reactor, which leads to two key problems in selecting the material:
It must withstand this neutron flux for a sufficient period of time to be economically viable.
It must not become sufficiently radioactive so as to produce unacceptable amounts of nuclear waste when lining replacement or plant decommissioning eventually occurs.
As a former program officer for the Office of Fusion Energy, US Department of Energy I can assure you even if the Stellarator "works", it will not be a practical source of power. The complex engineering and cost make harvesting energy from fusion impractical.
I could fill a page on enumerating them. For one -- fast neutrons can destroy any material known. No one has come up with a design for the the first wall that captures the neutrons and energy.
The old quip is "Fusion has been 25 years in the future for the last 50 years.
The largest bill is now $100. This is equivalent to $10 in 1948 according to the CPI inflation indicator. .
As time goes on, I doubt ( barring runaway inflation ), the US will print larger bills, so the $100 will become less and less.
During the Iraq war, the US airlifted $12 billion of $100 bills, which weighed in at 363 tons. This shows that cash is no longer useful for large transactions already.
As a side note: most of it was untracked, and melted away. I know of a distant relative who worded as contractor and returned home to Turkey with suitcases full of cash.
Actually, I should have asked megawatt-hours.
I wonder how many megawatts such a calculation takes?
We complain that politicians lie, but the ones that tell the truth never get elected.
I thought the cost of the LHC was insanely expensive, then I realized we spent more to bail out one sleazy bank ( while the banksters still got huge bonuses. )
I remember the physics department department's computer in 1960. An IBM 1620, the size of a teacher's desk, costing ten times as much as my parents' house, and the power of a $10 Casio digital watch.
We loved it. It could do in an hour when took us months of slide rule or mechanical calculator work.
Now a cheap desktop could do the work in a small fraction of a second.
I still have my K&E log-log made of mahogany with a plastic vernier scale.
You could always, as a friend of mine did, hang the toilet seat by the wood stove inside the house, and carry it out when you wanted to use it.
Writing software is more fun than working.