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Nuclear Emergency Declared At 2 Plants In Japan

Councilor Hart Re:I've done this before! (752 comments)

In the 90's when oil was cheap, the iter project (a new fusion reactor) was too expensive and nobody wanted to pay. Make it cheaper, make it smaller. So the design became more modest (for lack of a better word). Early 00's, the iraq war was on. France was against So out of spite, the US sided with japan as host country, rather than with France as expected. This blocked approval of the build site for several years. Late 00's, oil is at record prices and the a build site (Cadarache in France) is finally selected. With a question attached (or so I heard from people within my field), if we pay more can you speed up the process? Yeah right, unfortunately science and engineering does not always work that way (mythical man month). Some things just require time. Until iter, the development of fusion went faster than the development of computer hardware. This delay of about ten years for financial and political reasons will come back to haunt us. Blame your governments for being cheap and petty. Blame your governments that we won't have fusion in time to save our sorry asses.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Working On Solar Storm Shield

Councilor Hart Re:Electrical grids (85 comments)

Canada, March 13, 1989. Sometimes solar flares do cause blackouts.

more than 3 years ago
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Badgers Digging Up Ancient Human Remains

Councilor Hart Re:Burying Bodies (172 comments)

Strange, I have the completely opposite view. Why waste fuel on cremation when you can just bury them. Carbon is stored in the ground and some nutrients are returned to the soil.

more than 3 years ago
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Genetically Altering Trees To Sequester More Carbon

Councilor Hart Re:Subjective perspective exaggerated (279 comments)

We should change our behaviour, but also scrub the atmosphere from the carbon we dumped in it over the last 150 years.

more than 3 years ago
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Segway UK Boss Dies After Driving Off Cliff

Councilor Hart Re:inb4 people making jokes of this (413 comments)

Someone, somewhere dies every second. Are you going to express your sorrow for everyone or just for those who make the news?

more than 3 years ago
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Google TV Next Month, Boxee In November

Councilor Hart Re:Another product that is mostly USA-only (132 comments)

Apple TV is also severely limited in the number of available countries.

In europe, you have to wait sometimes years before you can watch the show on TV. If it is broadcasted at all.

DVD's also arrive with a time delay and is at this moment an outdated technology.

Bluray is not supported by Apple. My iMac has the biggest screen in house.

and even so, after having bought a few hundred dvd's I am getting tired of the space it occupies and even more so that I have to play DJ every time I want to see a movie. If I can find it somewhere in my collection.
This has really brought down my buying rate. Where the hell do I store them all?
I could rip them, but that would take me months.

So downloading, the preferred option, is only possible where I live if you do it illegally. Great. I guess they don't want my money.
If it is a good movie or show, I will buy it. I even have unopened dvd packages. I buy it to express my appreciation and in the hope more of that type of movies/shows are made. But it is time to move on to digital downloads.

more than 3 years ago
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Data Disasters More Likely To Strike In Summer

Councilor Hart Re:Summer - Winter (61 comments)

No, but the software might trigger a memory leak, prematurely.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Losing Big To Apple On Campus

Councilor Hart Re:LINUX rounds numbers fine (764 comments)

If you take the software into account, then there is a huge difference between both systems.

Windows = crap

Mac OS X is pretty decent and you get a bunch of fully functional apps right out of the box.

more than 3 years ago
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How many languages do you speak on a daily basis?

Councilor Hart Re:Belgium (674 comments)

Flemish and Dutch are the same language. Both The Netherlands and Flanders are part of the language union. You won't see a difference in writing, spelling or grammar. What you do have is that some words are typical Flemish or typical from The Netherlands. You also have that the pronunciation differs from region to region. You also have some dialects throughout both countries.

about 4 years ago
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Top Authors Make eBook Deal, Bypassing Publishers

Councilor Hart Re:Good! (297 comments)

mouth-to-mouth review sites Does a good product even need marketing? Or is marketing just to make you buy crap you didn't even want in the first place.

about 4 years ago
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In Oregon, Wind Power Surges Disrupting Grid

Councilor Hart Re:Store in a water tower (506 comments)

You want to pump water over what kind of distances? From holland to norway?

about 4 years ago
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Google Bringing HTML5 To Gmail

Councilor Hart Re:What competition do they have? (112 comments)

I like foremost the integration with Mac OS X and Apple's applications.
Apple changed it me.com system in past few weeks. Much better than before.

more than 4 years ago
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1,400 Megapixel Pan-STARRS Telescope Comes Online

Councilor Hart contributions from amateurs (54 comments)

Are there still areas in which amateur astronomers can contribute to science?

Wasn't hunting for and tracking of objects in the solar system one of the last refuges for those amateurs?

more than 4 years ago
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Scientific R&D At Home?

Councilor Hart Re:What are the chances? (398 comments)

Sample bias.

For every Edison, Tesla and others, there are thousands and thousands of unknown people.

more than 4 years ago
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StarCraft II Mac Client Beta Available

Councilor Hart Re:Yay! (123 comments)

It's because of google.
Google keeps everything in beta for perpetuity, even though most of their services doesn't deserve that label. Google uses beta as an excuse to their users, not as an indicator of service status. The whining you replied to is the result.

more than 4 years ago
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Re-Purposing the Netherlands' Dike System For Power Generation

Councilor Hart Re:Dear Editor (132 comments)

The word is dyke in dutch
cough * dijk * cough

more than 4 years ago
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Could Colorblindness Cure Be Morally Wrong?

Councilor Hart Re:WTF? I am the patient. (981 comments)

I am colorblind and it is a serious handicap.

Before the euro, my country had two bank notes of similar color. I couldn't tell one from the other by color. One of 10 times the value of the other. On a few occasions, I received more change than expected.

I can't open an atlas and use it like you normally would. On every high school exam, the teacher had to help.

I am also a physicist and I couldn't do the spectra analysis practicum during my first year of study. I am likewise limited in the amount of colors I can use to graph data. Some data are multicolored 2D contour plots. Either I have to ask someone what the values are or make educated guesses or apply other time consuming tricks.

On the traffic lights, red is up, green is bottom. I hope they never change it/make it random or my life will be cut short.

It limits my options in life. I can never be a chemist for example.

I also feel I am missing out on some of the beauty in the world.

And so on and so on.

If someone loses a leg in an accident, do you deny him a wheel chair or prosthetic limb? Do you deny someone glasses as their eyesight deteriorates with old age? What about someone who is born deaf? Do you do deny that person the hearing aid implant?

I am colorblind and I want a cure, damnit !!!!

more than 4 years ago
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A Dual-Screen 10.1" Laptop In Time For the Holidays

Councilor Hart Re:looks good on paper (104 comments)

Thanks for pointing out that video, I missed it. So, there is a depth difference between the two screens. That could be annoying in actual usage.

more than 4 years ago
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A Dual-Screen 10.1" Laptop In Time For the Holidays

Councilor Hart looks good on paper (104 comments)

Ah, another slashvertisement.
It might look good on paper, but maybe not in actual usage. There is probable a depth difference between the two screens due to screen thickness, unless one folds back and/or the other one forward. I can't tell from the picture. Another more obviously issue is the black edge right in the middle of your view. Am I supposed to use my perifial vision or turn my head constantly?

more than 4 years ago

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