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How has your opinion on the safety of nuclear power changed after the events in Japan?

Kopretinka Re:Can be safe, but safety engineering is hard (1148 comments)

From what I've read (and not on Wikipedia), without active cooling the core would melt down but that would simply result in a pool of molten-but-slowly-cooling material at the bottom of the reactor, with no more radioactivity released to the environment than now. The plant operators are trying various ways of cooling it down mainly in order to salvage precious materials so that the reactor can be restarted (after due inspections and cleanups, in some years).

more than 3 years ago
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I usually fly...

Kopretinka Re:Economy Class (365 comments)

What Europe did you fly in? Bread/meals? Maybe. Relatives in terminals? No airport around here that I know allows that.

more than 4 years ago
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Japanese Company Turns Diapers Into Energy Source

Kopretinka Re:How common are adult diapers (65 comments)

Even uncommon, there can be enough in specific places (e.g. in hospitals and care homes) to be used profitably.

more than 4 years ago
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"Digital Universe" Enters the Zettabyte Era

Kopretinka questions about how to store and manage the data (137 comments)

"the big numbers pose interesting questions about how the IT community will store and manage this firehose of data" - just like the construction community will house and manage the firehose of over 6 billion people, so to speak.

Everybody takes care of their own bit(s) & backups; there is no single entity dealing with managing 1.2ZB.

Questions not so interesting. Move on.

more than 4 years ago
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If Everyone Had To Pass A Particular 101 Course, It Should Be About...

Kopretinka Philosophy (1142 comments)

Especially how world-views get invalidated.

more than 4 years ago
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The Largest File On My Personal Computer Is:

Kopretinka GoogleEarth cache (362 comments)

So that's where the space goes... Good to know.

more than 4 years ago
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The Most Useless Key On My Keyboard Is...

Kopretinka Re:computer generation gap (939 comments)

Funny. I use Ctrl-S and Ctrl-Q every so often, but I have no experience with the Scroll-lock working since the days of DOS.

more than 4 years ago
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The Most Useless Key On My Keyboard Is...

Kopretinka Re:As a vi user... (939 comments)

I remapped that key that opens the context menu to Esc, so that I don't have to move my hand that much to get to the command mode. Hitting Esc with the right-hand ring finger is so much easier than Ctrl+[ or the actual Esc key.

Apparently, the new Lenovo (nee IBM) ThinkPad T400s has double-size Escape key. I wonder if I'll notice when I buy that.

I sometimes think about what other key would be better for Esc (I actually use the caps-lock) because sometimes I miss the easy context-menu key functionality...

more than 4 years ago
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Blizzard Game You're Most Looking Forward To?

Kopretinka I don't think that far ahead (452 comments)

I played and loved Warcraft and Starcraft in college. Right now I'm going through Settlers II - nope, never played it before. With my simple machine, I prefer to look back at great games of yesteryear, rather than to anticipate the newest clone.

I'll get to MMOs when I get the disposable income and time; probably when the kids go to college. The first child is on the way, so we're probably looking at the second version of the next new, secret MMO. 8-)

more than 3 years ago
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Why are oil prices dropping?

Kopretinka Now that's voter value! (588 comments)

Never seen my vote count so much - I voted for "speculators ran out of money" and what do I see in results?

Decrease in overall demand (people are conserving or using alternatives) 0 votes / 0%
Increase in overall supply (they're pumping more, or a new source of oil was found) 0 votes / 0%
China has decreased consumption after the Olympics 0 votes / 0%
Speculators ran out of funding due to the credit crunch 1 vote / 50%
Government conspiracy (Bush administration? Elections?) 0 votes / 0%
The dollar is strengthening 0 votes / 0%
Other 0 votes / 0%
CowboyNeal sold his Hummer 1 vote / 50%
2 total votes.

more than 5 years ago

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Kopretinka Kopretinka writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Kopretinka (97408) writes "According to a CNN article, "New Yorkers who blithely cross the street listening to an iPod or talking on a cell phone could soon face a $100 fine." The article mentions three recent deaths of distracted people stepping into traffic. But aren't there traffic lights and street crossings? As long as you're crossing on green, you should be OK with full-blown Rammstein or yapping away on a cellphone. And there should already be fines for crossing the street on red or not on a crossing. Do you think this specific legislation could be helpful?"

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