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Comment Re:It was bound to happen (Score 1) 188

Ah, now the moving goalposts.

Logical fallacies, how do they work?!!? Not like you imagine. My standard has long been that if a reactor can't scram without external power, it is garbage. If you can't handle that different members of the Slashdot community may have differing standards, perhaps Slashdot is not for you.

And who the fuck are YOU to declare such a reactor is "unsafe"?

Someone who is paying attention. Why don't you pull your head out of the warm, dark place you've been hiding it, and take a look around?

Comment Re:Now you are getting ridiculous (Score 1) 188

Sometimes - it will be better to run a line, sometimes it will be better to lay a pipe

With the greatest possible respect that choice is not going to be considered if all the gas is going to do is run a generator. A pipeline is a vastly more difficult project than a transmission line.
I really do not get why you decided to jump on my post and also decided to make cracks about me needing to invent perfect stuff with zero losses.

Comment Re:Nice strawman you've got there (Score 1) 643

From your friends? Echo chamber you say?
It looks like those books didn't get cracked open to get the insight from thousands so you are telling us about your tiny little world. Those two poles kind of makes sense in that little echo chamber. Outside of it I agree with some of what you wrote and disagree with other parts - complicated place outside of the little echo chamber.

Comment It's called spin - or a lie (Score 1) 643

He can see it any way he likes it but ultimately he's pissing all over somebodies rights and acting like he owns an employee after they have gone home. Thus not what he says he is.
If you look around a lot you'll see examples of a "warm caring boss" who makes noise about rights but is really a reactionary control freak prick - reading or hearing about failed companies is a good place to find them. The dot-com crash had them by the hundreds. You'll find that the bosses that do not make a show of caring are the ones that do not try to control their employees lives out of work time and who respect their employees rights far more than the ones putting on a show.

Comment Re:Self inflicted (Score 1) 188

The market for nuclear in China dried up years ago with Fukushima. It's not the tech, it's the cost and risk.

This seems to disagree but it may be baised:
http://www.world-nuclear.org/i...
They just don't seem to be buying much stuff from Westinghouse that may as well be second hand from Fukushima (the AP1000 may as well be a 1970s design).
The energy policy of China at the moment appears to be to get a few of everything including nukes. Both cost and risk have lower priorities than in the west.

Comment Now you are getting ridiculous (Score 1) 188

Moving gas 2000km or 4000km through a series of pipelines is so much easier than using a transmission line? Seriously?
Perhaps you should sober up or something - turning this into a strange dick measuring contest instead of just accepting that long enough is long enough is just weird.

Also you are comparing a series of pipelines with a single transmission line - surely you should be comparing that with a series of transmission lines? Maybe just accept my statement that line losses are not so huge as some people think instead of whatever you are trying to do that has nothing at all to do with my statement.

Comment Re:Machines replacing bank tellers? (Score 1) 280

Yeah, and the world has seen what that leads to. People who had all of their assets taken away and maybe shot, sent to gulags, what that does to a country and to its population is unthinkable. While in the Tsarist Russia there might have been few that were destitute, in the new Soviet Russia the entire country was destitute, millions died, millions murdered, the country with its socialist ideas taken to some form of a local maximum existed on slave labour and product deficits and eventually fell apart because that type of an 'economy' is not sustainable.

'Up against the wall' may sound good at some point, it leads to total disaster of-course for the ones who are still left to linger.

But the point is that automation should make it much easier to protect yourself and your assets against such assaults.

Comment The problem is that it's so very plausible (Score 1) 176

Our beloved government joins the ranks of... well, most of them really, in having engaged in false flag operations. Given that the government is run by a bunch of unscrupulous fucks to whom things like responsibility and honesty are merely aspects of mythology, how do you expect this kind of bullshit not to go around?

Comment Re:Interesting woman... (Score 1) 64

which shows they really did not care about the "equality" issue all that much

I think you are putting far too modern a "spin" on it. There was apparently a bit of a long term plan (or more like a dream really) to have large space stations some day equivalent to a small town, so there was some curiousity to see if anything unexpected would happen with a woman in space. File it with the much later missions where they kept cosmonauts in space for over a year to see what would happen.

Comment Re:Interesting woman... (Score 1) 64

Tereshkova had no training as a pilot prior to becoming a cosmonaut

The US space program had very close links to a series of aircraft test programs and that's really why the Mercury astronauts were test pilots despite nearly everything being controlled from the ground. They didn't really need to be pilots (apparently) until Gemini and Apollo. The Russians didn't really need trained pilots for their early capsules either.

in danger during the flight. An engineer got the calculations wrong

There was a lot of that with most of the early NASA flights since mistakes sometimes don't become obvious until they contact reality. The Mercury, Gemini and even some Apollo missions had a long list of serious problems solved one after the other. Neil Armstrong came very close to blacking out in a Gemini mission when a faulty thruster kept putting the craft into a spin.

Comment Re:It's just too expensive (Score 1) 188

Also... the exclusion zone is better for wildlife than "normal" forest preserves where humans can still enter.

Citation needed. Compare it to, say, Yellowstone. Nobody is trying to reintroduce endangered or threatened species to the exclusion zone. Places where humans enter and even tamper can be superior to the results of nature, if that is our goal. Typically people are there to loot and pillage, but sometimes we attempt to curate with varying degrees of success.

Comment Re:It's just too expensive (Score 2) 188

I put solar high on the "good" list, probably followed by wind, but they will both start to lose their appeal as they scale up - I don't think to a point as bad as coal was in the 1960s, but they will not look as attractive as they do now while they're new and cool.

You have it backwards. They become more attractive as you install more. But again, you need more storage to smooth out the inevitable dips, and you need a more robust grid so that we can [effectively] ship power across the country, to places which need it most. Our lack of commitment to infrastructure should be immediately worrying to anyone with any experience maintaining any. That should include, for example, all IT professionals, which are (or at least were) a significant percentage of the Slashdot readership.

Comment 2,385km is not long? (Score 1) 188

I made no attacks whatsoever

Not only did you ignore the subject you've now ignored what I quoted.
Perhaps it would have been better for everyone if you had ignored my post above entirely instead of jumping on it in some attempt to prove your superiority.

s really "not very long at all" in the world of gas pipelines

Take a look at the wikipedia article on HVDC or ask your Dad. A distance of 2,385km seems to be very long to me.

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