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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

Ihlosi Re:No natural enemies (193 comments)

There are no predators - ZERO predators, in German forests

Yes, there are zero predators in Germanys forests, except for martens, weasels, badgers, foxes, wild cats, birds of prey, etc.

What you meant was probably "There are no predators that prey on wild boars and larger species of deer."

4 hours ago
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

Ihlosi Re:Reall problem: German radiation phobia (193 comments)

Even one alpha particle in your body can cause cancer.

That's kinda like advocating playing the lottery because even a single ticket could win millions.

yesterday
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

Ihlosi Re:Wrong Units (193 comments)

Becquerel is a measure of activity and does not tell you anything about the nature of the radiation.

The "nature" of the radiation is known - it's the decay of Cs-137.

rem or Sv, on the other hand, are inappropriate units for specifying how radioactive a sample of material is, since rem or Sv numbers can, strictly speaking, only been determined after living tissue was exposed to radiation.

yesterday
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

Ihlosi Re:Silver lining (193 comments)

Since a lot of hog hunts are done at night, the slight glow should make the boars a lot easier to see

If you shoot a hog that's radioactive enough to give it a visible glow, you will lose your hunting license, face fines and possibly jail time, since using unnatural light sources while hunting is prohibited.

(This is Germany, what did you expect?)

yesterday
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

Ihlosi Re:Interesting line from TFA: (193 comments)

Chernobyl was a long time ago.

It was only about one half-life (Cs-137) ago.

Also, Cs-137 gets washed to lower soil layers very slowly (a few millimeters per year).

yesterday
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

Ihlosi The MS app store isn't special in this regard. (188 comments)

App stores attract scammers like **** attracts flies. Any app store is an ideal means to get scam- and malware to a gigantic group of, on average, not really tech-savvy people. An app store is basically a mark store for scammers.

about two weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

Ihlosi Worse: (267 comments)

see the soldiers in blue camo over there in the desert...

Cut the brown wire, not the grey wire ...

about three weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

Ihlosi Re:What would true color vision be like? (267 comments)

What would true color vision be like, i.e., if your eyes could actually tell what frequencies of light they received?

Eyes would be useless, as they would supply mostly noise and very little, if any, information. Deciphering this mess would need vastly more brain volume.

Oh, and designing a useful color monitor for computers would be horrendously complex.

about a month ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

Ihlosi 15% of all males have some form of ... (267 comments)

... color perception deficiency.

This poll confirms this fact (assumption: Slashdot readers are predominantly male).

about a month ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

Ihlosi Not colorblind, but .. (267 comments)

... my father has anomalous trichromacy. After a while, you learn to ignore any statement about any color from someone affected by this, since it will just confuse you if your color perception is unimpaired.. "Please get the yellow envelope." - disregard "yellow", the envelope might be grey or light blue ...

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

Ihlosi Re:Explain this to me (502 comments)

Yet, they ignore the fact that batteries are NOT ready for semi trucks

Use electricity to synthesize hydrocarbons, run trucks (and planes, and ships) with those.

or that Oil is used for more than just energy.

Oil (and natural gas) is also used as a source of hydrogen. Which can also be produced using electricity.

Oil is also used for making lubricants ... see "synthesizing hydrocarbons" above.

Wind can NOT be counted on.

Wind availability can be determined statistically. And the more turbines you install and the large the area covered, the less likely you are to run into a "no wind at all" situation.

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

Ihlosi The myth of the miracle battery. (502 comments)

Batteries have been a focus of research since about the time electricity was discovered. I doubt that someone will snap their fingers and pull the miracle battery out their hat which will beat existing system by about an order of magnitude in areas like price and capacity.

Also: Name the battery technology and I'll name the resource you'll run out of if you're trying to build capacity in the TWh range. (possible exception: sodium-sulfur cells).

about a month ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Ihlosi Re:Update cycles (391 comments)

But I don't see why I have to buy everything at once?

Because some thing don't upgrade well individually.

Say you want a new processor. Unfortunately, that sometimes requires a new mainboard, and new RAM. The new mainboard might require a new power supply, and since the old PC case doesn't have front-panel USB 3.0 connectors, you're getting a new case, too.

While you're at it, you might as well upgrade your video card and hard drives, and at that point you've ended up with an almost completely new PC.

about a month ago
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Nuclear Missile Command Drops Grades From Tests To Discourage Cheating

Ihlosi Re:Only 90% to pass??? (122 comments)

Umm, nuclear missile command, 90% to pass? I'd expect 100%

No, the test needs to be so difficult that no one can get 100% without cheating. Then it's easy to spot the obvious cheaters.

about a month ago
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Report: Nuclear Plants Should Focus On Risks Posed By External Events

Ihlosi Most accident scenarios ... (133 comments)

... unfortunately only regard one major failure (e.g. main coolant feeding line failure), with other failures (e.g. one emergency generator fails) covered by redundancies.

This might work for technical breakdowns, but not for external events. ("All coolant pumps and emergency generators fail - because the whole power plant compound is under three meters of water.").

about a month ago
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One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

Ihlosi Yes, absolutely! (190 comments)

Would you prefer pounds (or kilograms) of X, with no measure of the rate X is releasing radiation?

Yes, absolutely. I can look up what kinds of radiation X emits and its specific activity.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Ihlosi Bloat vs. clutter. (322 comments)

space shows how bad the bloat has gotten.

You have a point. Lets put it this way: I don't really care if the OS eats up 5 MB or 50 GB of my hard drive as space is cheap these days. I do mind, however, if the OS or the software it is bundled with is annoying, obtrusive, obnoxious, useless, superfluous, unnecessary or outdated and makes me spend time to get rid of it.

about a month ago

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