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Comment Re:what the planet needs (Score 1) 417

Just because an accident happened, doesn't make it less safe. That is not how statistics work.

By "country-worth of mess" do you mean the 20km exclusion zone? The biggest mess to come from Fukushima is the political mess from TEPCO trying to cover stuff up.

And, to answer you question, absolutely nothing (nobody?). However, they don't tend to build power plants on fault lines, so the probability is very low. Similarly low, in fact, to a Magnitude 9 'quake happening directly under Tokyo, and I can guarantee that that would cause a bigger mess.

Comment Re:Ok. safe this time. (Score 3, Insightful) 417

I agree that were a natural disaster to strike a nuclear plant (you seem to have misspelled this, by the way), there is a possibility of radiation leakage, and possibly even casualties.

However, a coal fire power plant is continuously pumping soot, CO2, and a whole host of other unfriendly substances into the atmosphere. A report from last year estimated that coal power kills roughly 13,000 Americans each year.

So, yes, nuclear power is not perfect, but the perceived risk is far greater than the actual risk. This can be blamed, in part, to the scaremongering of the media, but mostly stems from the the fact that the general public does not understand radiation, so is naturally scared of it.


Comment Early 80's? (Score 3, Funny) 510

"How do you get the instant gratification we oldies got when sitting down in front of the early-80s home computers?"

By using a language that has lasted through that time to this one: Fortran.

Fortran is still one of the most widely used languages in scientific applications, and is a great starting point for beginners.

Submission + - Intel Develops Revolutionary 3D Transistor (intel.com)

Glasswire writes: "Intel announced a major technical breakthrough with the world's first 3-D transistors, called Tri-Gate, in a production technology which provides performance improvement and power reduction. It was demonstrated on upcoming 22nm "Ivy Bridge" microprocessor which will be the first high-volume chip to use 3-D Tri-Gate transistors. Informative article on this at Anandtech too."

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