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Comment Re:how about 4A (Score 1) 386

Exactly. Unless you have my name on your warrant and have a reasonable suspicion backing that warrant, you can do a cursory safety check and then go fuck yourself. I'm not doing anything wrong and I live in a country where I don't have to prove that. And for what it's worth, every police officer I've counted as a friend hates this kind of fascist crap.

Comment Re:6.8 Billion (Score 1) 341

With vastly more decentralized installations, you have far greater risks around electrocutions, falls (primarily for wind and rooftop solar, e.g. falling off the roof), and let's not forget those poor bastards trapped atop a partially assembled wind turbine that caught fire. One of them jumped to his death and the other burned alive. It isn't a huge number of deaths, but nuclear just produces so much power and has so few deaths associated with it throughout its history that the comparison is hugely favorable.

Comment Re:Cheap? (Score 1) 341

Government policy. Seriously, that's the reason. In fact, we've built one (EBR-II in Idaho) and it worked great for 30 years. Then we shut it down.

France reprocesses its high-level waste without any issue. As a result, they have vastly less waste to store and what's left to store is mostly low-energy garbage that doesn't present a significant threat.

Comment Re: Budget and Timelines (Score 1) 341

Any reactor with a negative void coefficient is safe, barring a major compromise from the outside (such as an earthquake and tsunami). And Fukushima's problem wasn't that the reactor was old or unsafe, it's that a known design flaw published by the manufacturer decades ago wasn't corrected at that particular plant per manufacturer guidelines. They simply decided it wasn't worth the cost and their regulatory agency allowed them to run with it.

And even with all that - a decades old design with a decades old known flaw left uncorrected, an earthquake, a tsunami, incompetence bordering on negligence on the part of the operator and the regulator - how many deaths as a result? There's a reason why nuclear ranks far better in safety for human life than all other types of electrical power generation (yes, including wind and solar).

Comment Re:6.8 Billion (Score 5, Informative) 341

Someone on Reddit already ran these numbers. For the money spent on this nuclear plant after it was stopped/restarted/held up by red tape/hit by NIMBY BS/etc, you could build enough solar to power 274,000 homes; a fraction of what the nuclear option provided. You also have to consider how much area that much solar or wind would cover and the impacts to the local environment and wildlife. Finally, there's the death toll. Both solar and wind power - per kWH generated - cause more human deaths than nuclear power. And I don't believe any of this considers actual power generation vs nameplate generation. That solar plant is going to generate roughly 30% of what it's slated peak output suggests due to weather, night time, etc. In the US, we run our nuclear power plants at about ~93% with the remaining time lost to maintenance, refueling, etc.

In other words, your "renewables" cost several times as much even with all the red tape thrown in nuclear's path, they generate far less power, they kill more humans, have a much greater environmental impact, and basically just fucking suck in every comparison. When we're talking about solar, the panel construction requires all kinds of horrifically toxic stuff to be put together. Both wind and solar require huge amounts of batteries; also a toxic mess. Reprocessing nuclear fuel cuts the waste down to almost nothing. A family of four that has their entire lives powered from birth to death by nuclear will be responsible for nuclear waste that fits in a Coke can. And once you're reusing the high-energy waste products, almost everything that's left is so low-energy it poses no significant risk.

Comment Re:Since when? (Score 2) 56

Super. How many of those violating the law will serve serious prison time? I'm guessing none. In other words, the law is useless bullshit specifically designed to placate a population of sheep who don't actually give a shit. Don't worry, we've got the same thing here.

Can anyone please point out a government anywhere in the world where everyone at all levels are truly accountable for their actions and face real and lasting consequences for violations of the law under color of authority? I'm not talking about laws or rules or regulations or a targeted middle management fall guy firing; I'm talking about a place where everyone involved in illegal activities on behalf of the government goes to prison when the activities come to light.

I'm guessing that's nowhere, yes? Great.

Comment Re:"IT" is on its way out (Score 1) 272

Actually, where it runs is quite relevant due to the economies of scale you get from jamming everything into centralized, standardized, efficient, virtualized spaces where heavy investment into automation, resilience, and predictability make sense. Whereas it may have taken a team to keep a handful of application and database servers up and running in the past with other teams responsible for dev, qa, integration, design, etc, a back-end team of the same size (with sufficient talent) can now manage thousands of similar systems with a fraction of the infrastructure. What's more, devs now merely have a platform for all their code to conform to, so there's no more opportunity (or real need) for customized architectures and integration. Here's your collection of Windows/Linux boxes. Now make your shit go. So a good chunk of the rest of those teams can go bye-bye too.

All this means less people on both sides of the table as the equations get exponentially simpler and more efficient. However, it does mean you need everyone who's left to be people who are at the top of their game. So if you aren't already top talent, it's time to move as fast as you can to become that. The days of CYA, laying low, and riding the wave of inefficiency by flying under the radar are running out in a lot of places. If you're a superstar with useful skills in the new model who stands out to people, you'll have a home (and you're probably going to see your income climb if you're smart about your career path). If you aren't, you're going to be standing in lines for a while until you figure out what's next.

Comment Re:In all fairness (Score 1) 254

In all fairness, for self-driving cars to live up to the claims that proponents are making, they can't do this.

If Google Maps isn't sending drivers the wrong way down that street, I doubt very much that the car's software would make that mistake.

Since that the car had a driver in it, I'd be willing to bet that the vehicle was under human control. But even if it wasn't, the software will be fixed, and no Google car will ever make that mistake again, whereas you can be quite certain that human drivers will continue to occasionally drive the wrong way down one-way streets.

Comment Re: Putin has Trump's back... (Score 1) 342

I am more than aware of the US meddling in other countries (former Army Spook). Trump wants to expand his empire to Russia, and he depends on the loans from the Russia Oligarchs. He has also shown interest in lifting sanctions currently on Russia. He has been critical of NATO, claiming they are not paying their fair share. He's also sided with Russia over The Ukraine.

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