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Comment Re:Showmanship (Howard Stern, Lady Gaga) vs sociop (Score 1) 130

While Trump is most assuredly a clown, Hillary is very likely a sociopath, so "the only sane one" would have to go to the clown, Trump.

What color is the sky in a world in which running a visa mill, bragging about having sexually abused many women, raping at least one woman, and Trump's typical deliberate corporate malfeasance are not sociopathic behavior? Does photosynthesis work on your planet?

Comment Re:progressive thinking (Score 2) 51

But heaven forbid people want to build an oil pipeline, something that actually makes roads safer and actually saves energy: then progressives are up in arms and start protesting and rioting, and they are not above using Native Americans as props in their political theater.

Until you start using the most primitive of available technologies to make oil pipelines safe, like double-walled pipes with interstitial leak monitors, you can stick those oil pipelines up your ass.

Comment Re:Bollocks (Score 2) 153

That would be fine if the self-guided drones and weapons only used GPS, they don't. Often they use a multitude of things, from GPS, to visual, to laser pinpointing, to other things we don't even know about.

It's not a perfect defense, but it will stop casual attackers using toy technology. On the other hand, the reason all the ATM skimmers come from Russia is that they spent a lot of money on mathematics education. If there's any hackers in the world ready to make their drones finish a journey on dead reckoning when the GPS goes funny, it's probably Russian ones.

Comment No, you cannot have an "alternative opinion" (Score 2) 550

At least if you are a professional in a field.

Because I would expect my professional to be at the level of current science and technology. I do expect my mechanic to think that sand isn't the best lubricant for my gear box, I do expect my doctor to know that it's not a good idea to sprinkle holy water that he got from the holy pond in his garden into my open chest wound and I do expect my IT security guy to know that it's not a good idea to let the new server sit on the ley line in front of our HQ for a night to absorb the good energies.

If you want to believe that, great. But get out of your field of work before you do. If you want to offer "alternative" stuff, move into that profession instead. I am sure there is a market for that too, else people would not have invented that snake oil. But if you are my nurse and responsible for working on my child, I do fucking EXPECT you to give him or her that MMR shots and not avoid it because you "don't believe in it".

Comment Re:Incidents vs. population? (Score 1) 264

Because people are stupid and don't understand statistics.

An example: Imagine there is an ultra rare disease that one in 100 million people gets. Now imagine there is a test for it with a 0.001% error margin (i.e. 0.001% of test results are false).

Is that test worth anything?

Comment Re:There's certainly a place for that, a ROI point (Score 2) 49

You can have us for a little over 1000 a day. And you can find a LOT of security flaws in a day. I dare say hiring a pentester for 2 days can close 80% of your security holes, and since they're going for the same low hanging fruits that black hats go for, this should make you safe, unless you're a high profile target where someone really, really, really wants to hack you and is willing and able to spend the time for that.

Comment Re:Economics? (Score 2) 333

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) 333

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 ;)

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