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Comment Re:Oh NRC... get your crap together (Score 4, Insightful) 135

The problem is that nuclear power has accrued such a bad reputation. And this with comparatively few accidents. But 'nuclear' is such a huge bogeyman that it is virtually impossible to build any new plants now, regardless of advances in technology. No one wants to have one in their 'back yard' under any circumstances. Given the psychological climate, we are better off working to move on without nuclear energy.

The current plants will stay operational indefinitely until there is an accident or there is simply a lack of ability to operate them. No new plants will be built. There was a brief window before Fukushima when public opinion was turning around, but after that accident, no amount of propaganda or new technology will be able to overcome the deep cultural fear of nuclear accidents.

Comment Your phone can now be killed at government whim (Score 1) 197

Following a future terrorist attack, executed by conspirators using cell phones, the government will gain access to the database of kill codes 'in order to protect our freedom'. Police will also want to have access to the codes so they can brick suspects' phones on demand. "Appropriate legal safeguards" will be put in place to prevent then from using it against people who criticize the government, exes, union leaders, rival politicians and their campaigners, etc.

These safeguards will of course be inadequate or outright abused, resulting in the bricking of the phones of activists, journalists, and other individuals whom individuals in the government or the government itself doesn't want communicating.

Submission + - Senate Contact Forms Disabled As SOPA/PIPA Protest (

An anonymous reader writes: Trying to contact your senate representative regarding PIPA and SOPA? Well you won't be able to do it via the web. All Senate 'contact' links are redirecting to an error page. Does this represent a concerted effort by senators to ignore their constituents, or are so many of them using the forms that an inadvertent DDOS is going on?

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