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Comment Re:happened to me (Score 1) 133

On a related note, there is the infamous (in narrow circles) issue of the serial consoles on old Unix systems. Many had an option to "press any key for boot menu" on the serial console. The problem was that the serial consoles would get enough static interference to occasionally detect a character while this option was available, and it would halt the boot process. On a datacenter reboot (usually due to power loss), a handful of servers would never come up because of this. It was far more reliable to require a particular character to be received to break the boot sequence, although there is a risk that even that could be triggered, but FAR less often.

Comment Re:Wouldn't need subsidies (Score 1) 213

You are wrong. On average nuclear is about the price of coal. The only time when its half the price of coal is when: a) the power plant is next to the coal mines, and b) you aren't using filters to scrub the coal fly ash from the exhaust.

Fukushima Daichi? NO ONE DIED. It was as safe as you can expect a building to be after an earthquake and a tsunami.

Comment Re:Wouldn't need subsidies (Score 1) 213

Of course its more expensive. The specs are outrageous and they expect them to withstand an airplane crash or a large earthquake.

As for wind and solar it remains to be seen if after 3 decades they won't break down. Ever read Google's little experience with solar? They figured out they have to clean the panels more than once a year or the performance goes down significantly. To the point where it was cheaper to get it from the grid than clean them.

Comment Re:Wouldn't need subsidies (Score 1) 213

The South Koreans can stick to a timetable fine. Even the Chinese used to be able to do it before the hysteria about 9/11 and Fukushima. Ever since someone decided the reactors had to be resistant against an airplane crash they take more time to build because they need more concrete to be poured.

The problems with EPR sound to me like design issues with a reactor design that has too low manufacturing tolerances and system complexity for its own good.

There are more people working with pebble bed than the Germans who pathetically pulled the plug on nuclear reactor research a couple decades back. I guess they can continue importing electricity from France as usual.

Comment Re:Wouldn't need subsidies (Score 0) 213

not only needs subsidies, it needs guaranteed profits at time of sale

Just like wind and solar then. Except it actually needs less subsides over the lifetime of the plant.

government funded care of the radioactive waste for ten THOUSAND years or more

Only if you don't have a clue about what you are doing. The most radioactive elements decay in a couple of years.

being absolved from lawsuits for normal problems from radioactivity that result

I would be more bothered with living downstream of a hydropower plant than living close to a nuclear power plant personally.

Comment Re:Wouldn't need subsidies (Score 1) 213

Well they decided to build there the most expensive and time consuming nuclear reactor around (EPR).

As for it being more expensive than wind or solar that sounds like grade A bullshit. Even with EPR. Probably comparing lowest electricity prices (when the wind blows or when the sun shines) against the average prices. Nuclear is baseload. Most of the cost in nuclear reactor construction is pouring concrete. Once its in place the plant can run for 3 decades or more.

The Chinese were already going to build the EPR in China and they have a license to not only build the previous generation French nuclear reactors, they even made their own upgraded design as well (CPR-1000). It's the UK that is behind in civil nuclear reactor technology. Otherwise they would not need to get it from China and France.

Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 1) 279

This is known already. Because, you know, physics.

Physics ain't done, son. Lots of stuff is deemed impossible before the next theoretical breakthrough.

When we have a fully-working model of the universe, then we can declare it impossible. Until then, avoid being too certain. The history is science is littered with fools who made certain declarations based on current, incomplete theory.

Based on what we know to date, FTL travel appears to be impossible.

Comment Re:"they'd be back if it happened again" (Score 1) 237

"The police told me they'd be back if it happened again." For what crime? Is it normal for police in Canada to threaten to invade an innocent couple's home for doing something legal?

Tor is a thorn in the side of despotic regimes. They will harass anybody who runs an exit node. Best case, they break down a door and find some pot in an ash tray, then lock this couple up for a few years. It's good for the police union, good for the prison industry, and good for the black ops programs funding their budget with drug smuggling.

Win-win-win (unless you're a subject of the regime).

Comment Re:Totally. (Score 1) 122

his country is full of extremely stupid, gullible, and ridiculously-overarmed people, and a small subset of whom probably thinks it would be a good thing to bring harm to the First Lady.

Meanwhile, Jefferson often complained about the never-ending parade of people who walked into his office at all hours of the day to complain.

But he didn't have a Department of Education. Or bombing campaigns in sixteen countries (the Barbary Pirates not withstanding).

Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 1) 279

There's no possibility that aliens capable of FTL would find us remotely interesting. Once you get to that technology, energy and resource problems either have been solved, or become very easily solvable.

And if they care at all about things like us, they already have had probes in our system for eons, by all averages. It would be absurd to think they can't build self-replicating probes at our level of technology plus a few hundred years as a minimum. Once you have that, if you care about the galaxy, you map it.

There's nothing we can tell them that they don't already know. They haven't destroyed us, so they won't.

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