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Comment Re:Clever design (Score 1) 248

You don't have friends already?


Did everyone you went to school with die after you left school?

No. But that's not the point because death is not the only way to lose contact with a former classmate.

I mean local as in "C'mon over over man, we'll have some [insert drink of choice here] and play a few rounds of [game you all enjoy]!"

And my question is how people who already graduated from college find people with whom to do that.

Comment Re:Google is evidence that the internet failed (Score 1) 55

You aren't tracking why it caught on. I obviously have more familiarity with the situation in the mid-1990s than you do. There were ample commercial alternatives to the internet which died on the vine precisely on the issue of corporate control and cost. If the government had attempted to closely control the network post-1994, none of this would have happened.

Comment Google is evidence that the internet failed (Score 2) 55

The whole goddamned point was an online network not controlled by a big telco or the government. And here we are - controlled by monopolistic entities and/or governments. I'm so relieved it isn't a big national telecom monopoly (not).

Through the combined efforts of criminal activity, rogue states and a failure to just fragment the network, large monopolistic entities now control communications in a way they hadn't since the advent of public internet access. You can't run your own servers, at least if you don't want to play whack-a-mole with constant threats, paramount being the DDoS that you have no power to resist yourself. The common protocols have been one by one exposed to be insecure. The price of sufficent infrastructure to provide an emulation of those protocols has risen to the point that individuals can't afford it. If you still are, you just haven't been attacked vigorously enough yet, or you're already compromised and don't know it.

The problem is the money. None of this would be happening if it weren't possible to steal money or commit fraud over the network.

Disconnecting entirely sounds better and better every day. It's just going to get worse.

Comment Re:Economics? (Score 2) 231

Most of the older plants have had their license extended to 60 years. Some are requesting an extension to 80 years because everything is working just fine.

That's not safe, though, because you can't perform a complete metallurgical inspection of the interior of the reactor, and it tends to be damaged over time. Also, many of our older reactors are based on unsafe designs; that they haven't had an incident is laudable, but that they won't have a serious one in the future is still not assurable. And a number of them are proven insecure designs, literally based on the same design as used at Fukushima Daiichi and also storing spent fuel on site.

I am not wholly against nuclear power, but I am wholly against extending the lifespan of old reactors which frankly weren't safe when they were built. That human ingenuity has kept them going is not a counterargument. It is pucker-inducing.

Comment Re: Budget and Timelines (Score 1) 231

Fukushima would have actually been fairly safe if the all the safety features would have been implemented instead of being scaled down because of cost....

I don't think you can call a reactor design safe if it depends on external maintenance. Only a reactor which is self-scrambling in a runaway can possibly be called "safe". Then, perhaps even quite reasonably so, until we have to talk about decommissioning. I still think we should just shove the whole reactor into a subduction zone ;)

Comment Re:Good! (Score 0) 231

when coal (especially) is the main alternative for providing the huge baseload requirements of a solid electrical infrastructure, it's a no-brainer to have nuclear be a portion of the multi-legged stool we need.

Having no brain is suggesting that this overly industrialized and extractive society is worth preserving in its current form. Waste for the sake of production, indeed production for the sake of production, cannot continue endlessly unless we achieve zero emissions and 100% recycling.

Comment can't have a golden age "soon" (Score 1) 74

We've got to bootstrap our way into space before we can have a golden age thereof. We can't feasibly have a golden age of space until we're building spacecraft in space out of stuff we mined in space.

We're going to have to have a boring age of mining before we can have a golden age of exploration.

Comment Re:Is that all (Score 1) 366

Having a bad gene is not someone's fault, the best that you can say is 'bad luck'. If it is severe and you know that you have it, then maybe you should think hard before you have children.

Yes, you almost have it concisely there: Having a bad gene is bad luck, and choosing to breed if you have it is someone's fault.

Some people with genetic problems do do that, or have the foetus tested and aborted if it has the problem.

I just don't think I've got great genes or a great situation for being a good parent, so even though I think I'd be better than the average dillhole I still don't think that raises the bar sufficiently to call myself a good parent. Thus, I'm not having any. I've had multiple opportunities, and my last girlfriend even left me for someone else over it. It was sad, but that's preferable to having her skipping pills trying to catch my child, so I'm not really complaining. Now, how can I make a statement similar to "I'm putting my money where my mouth is" without making it sound like I'm sucking my own dick? If I could do that, I've have been all over pornhub already.

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