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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

Gareth Iwan Fairclough No option for... (228 comments)

"Nothing at all"?

about a week ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

Gareth Iwan Fairclough Re: Broken light bulbs. (173 comments)

From your description it sounds like it wasn't the mercury so much as receiving a full dose of Obecalp.

Did you seek medical attention?

Ho-ho-ho. Have an internet.

about a week ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

Gareth Iwan Fairclough Re:Broken light bulbs. (173 comments)

From the (maximum of) 5 milligrams of mercury? What did you do? Break the lamp very carefully and then snort the contents?

I might as well have done. No, I was trying to remove the dead bulb from an overhead lamp when it shattered in my face. Unfortunately, it was in my office at home so I had to keep working in that environment (trying to meet a daily word-count). Even with the windows and doors open it still affected me for several hours. Not pleasant, though it seems to have been temporary.

about two weeks ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

Gareth Iwan Fairclough Re:Broken light bulbs. (173 comments)

Compared the coal-fired electric plant, that's nothing.

I had a broken FL bulb just the other day. I can assure you, the effects I suffered certainly did NOT feel like "nothing". The blindness, shakes, tingling and headaches didn't last long, but they were definitely not pleasant.

about two weeks ago
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Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again

Gareth Iwan Fairclough Re:Indeed... (130 comments)

Cost dude cost. Nuclear is very expensive these days, decommissioning costs are far far higher than initial estimates.

Why did the costs go up? I think it was political interference and artificial price inflation. Why did the costs for renewables (aka unreliables) go down? Subsidies. Political interference.

From what I've seen and heard, the only obstacles to nuclear energy have been man made. Rather than any truly insurmountable physical challenges that couldn't be engineered around, it's always been blocked by those with a vested interest in ensuring the failure of nuclear fission.

Just out of interest, why are you so anti-nuke? What makes you feel that it shouldn't succeed?

about two weeks ago
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Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again

Gareth Iwan Fairclough Re:Indeed... (130 comments)

If these new designs are so great then why does the nuclear industry keep going with the old designs?

Politics dude, politics.

about two weeks ago
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Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

Gareth Iwan Fairclough Re:Build more nukes! (245 comments)

A small reactor on a ship can be ramped quite quickly, but a large multi gigawatt land based reactor takes a lot of time in orde to minimize thermal stresses.

Who says we have to build huge?

about two weeks ago
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

Gareth Iwan Fairclough Re:For a country so good at engineering... (212 comments)

Also I'm sure that idiot Merkel decided to close all their nuclear power stations because she thought they'd get nice cheap gas from russia. Hmm, wonder how thats working out for her now...

At the peak, German nuclear generation was 133 TWh in 2011. Since then, German renewables generation has grown from 47 TWh/year to 178 TWh/year, Germany can now meet demand without any nuclear and without additional gas imports.

I'm sorry the facts broke your narrative.

Why do I get this funny feeling that the "178 TWh/year" figure is from the rated capacity factors and not the actual production?

about two weeks ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

Gareth Iwan Fairclough Re:Shoot It Into Space? (258 comments)

I thought we in the Slashdot community were more civil. AND I quite doubt you are qualified to judge my mental health from afar. Be that as it may, if the fuel is "perfectly usable" why were they proposing to bury it in Yucca Mountain for 10,000 years??? Yes, I understand that fuel from some more modern reactors can be re-processed up to 95%. But some of this old stuff has been looking for a home for 50 years.

Why hasn't it been used already? It can be boiled down to political influence (ala IFR cancellation), "NIMBY"ism and (IMO) artificially inflated prices of other fuels keeping energy supply high enough so that nuclear operators can't make enough money. Even with all of that, the fuel will still be perfectly usable in the future as the other sources dry up and the so called 'renewables' fail to pick up the slack. Long story short, every obstacle that has been placed in the way of nuclear energy has been man made.

Btw, I once thought slashdot was supposed to be civil, but when one runs into the kind of insanity, nonsense and astroturfing on here every day it tends to reduce ones capacity for being civil. No, I'm not technically qualified to judge whether you are truly insane. That said, the nonsense you were spouting is a clear combat indicator of such insanity. "Smoke" and "fire" and all that.

about two weeks ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

Gareth Iwan Fairclough Re:Shoot It Into Space? (258 comments)

It may sound far-fetched, but an electromagnetic rail gun would be feasible. Especially if the waste could be made into smaller units. Just aim it into the sun! No more problem. As a side benefit, the technology learned from this could be used to perhaps shoot material into orbit to build spacecraft out THERE, where the high cost of escaping the gravity well of earth would not be present.

Why fire perfectly usable fuel into the sun? Quite frankly, you're insane.

about two weeks ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

Gareth Iwan Fairclough Re:Reprocessing? (258 comments)

That way the 'waste' could be used as fuel with (as far as I know) very little, if any, reprocessing.

Even with modern fast reactor designs running on metallic fuel, some reprocessing is still necessary, though it's nowhere near as involved, messy and proliferation-prone as PUREX and aqueous processes. The most tantalizing prospect for fast reactors running on metallic fuel, especially for systems which incorporate fission product off-gassing and capture while in operation, is the ability to achieve extremely high burn up, which allows this reprocessing step to only be performed at very infrequent intervals (say once every 30-40 years). This means the power plant doesn't need its own attached reprocessing facility (as the IFR project proposed), but instead the investment in the reprocessing facility can be shared, concentrated into a single, well secured and efficient facility for, say, the whole country.

I'd mod you guys up as "Informative" if I could. The info is appreciated, thanks! :)

about two weeks ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

Gareth Iwan Fairclough Re:Just a thought... (258 comments)

Another, altogether better idea would be to simply build fast neutron reactors and use the 'waste' to generate heat and electricity.

about two weeks ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

Gareth Iwan Fairclough Just a thought... (258 comments)

Is there any reason why the containers couldn't simply be designed to conform to the specifications a standard ISO shipping container? Instead of designing a whole new train and set of carriages they could just put the special container onto a specially chartered train that is other wise standard. Why couldn't that be done?

Oh wait, it's MDsolar again.

about two weeks ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

Gareth Iwan Fairclough Re:Reprocessing? (258 comments)

What about reprocessing it on-site? Not all of US Nuclear plants' nuclear "waste" is actually waste.

Long-term: nuclear energy is our species' only real option, especially if we want to get off the planet. The sooner we start making sensible and informed decisions about energy, the better.

Or we could just build fast neutron reactors instead. That way the 'waste' could be used as fuel with (as far as I know) very little, if any, reprocessing.

about two weeks ago
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Particle Physics To Aid Nuclear Cleanup

Gareth Iwan Fairclough Nifty. (35 comments)

I'm normally pretty mean to particle physicists, but this gear seems pretty nifty. More good info about something is rarely a bad thing.

about three weeks ago
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Ancient Worms May Have Saved Life On Earth

Gareth Iwan Fairclough Re:Wait a minute (54 comments)

Isn't that the plot of Dune?

I thought it was a reference to the Worms video games. Banana bomb, anyone?

about a month ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Gareth Iwan Fairclough Re:Small-scale, real-time. (502 comments)

I'd believe in small-scale power systems in basements that run off natural gas, or all-in-one nuclear reactors being more likely to disrupt the power industry/grid complex than solar and stored charge. Wind power still has a chance in rural areas were people have larger backyards, though.

Why is this marked troll? If you disagree with an opinion don't just mark it troll, argue the case! I must disagree about the wind power though. I don't think it will work.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

Gareth Iwan Fairclough Re: Master Strategy (149 comments)

Yes I am. The devil would have more style.

There's been a "whooooosh" somewhere along the line here....

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

Gareth Iwan Fairclough Re: Master Strategy (149 comments)

The "King"'s too busy fighting world poverty.

Are you sure he isn't the devil in disguise?

about 1 month ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

Gareth Iwan Fairclough Re:I agree (140 comments)

Oh poppycock. It wasn't until well after the battle from second hand observations of the Germans boasting about how crappy the British shells were that it was known how bad they truly were. And if you believe during even a lengthy battle as this that it was determined that somehow Xlbs of concrete rather than Xlbs of AP shell would be better I've a bridge to sell you.

I'm not saying that. What I am saying is "gunners were seeing their shells were hitting but not doing anything, so they thought something along the lines of "Fuck it, lets use the concrete ones instead, they couldn't be any more useless than the normal ones!" and found out that they were rather more effective.

In a stand up fight, "smashing through armour with something that shouldn't be able to do that" beats "barely scratching armour with something that is supposed to get through" any day.

about 1 month ago

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