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US Approves Two New Nuclear Reactors

S-100 Re:because we learned nothing from Fukushima (596 comments)

Dude, I guess your Kool-Aid says to trust in nothing. Fortunately, we no longer require flagmen to walk in front of automobiles to ward off pedestrians and horses. This, in spite of 10's of thousands killed in automobiles every year in the USA alone. Why? the risk/reward ratio favors it. Again, it is as illogical to automatically reject technological advances as it is to blindly trust it. And as for TMI, the whole thing was an ACCIDENT, caused by chance occurrences. It just so happened that this accident revealed a number of weaknesses in the physical plant and operating procedures that now made fission power plants MUCH safer. Internal combustion engines are "inherently unsafe", using your same criteria. It's so typical to see people eschew simple logic in order to push their personal agenda, and then try to marginalize people with better sense that disagree with them.

more than 2 years ago
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US Approves Two New Nuclear Reactors

S-100 Re:because we learned nothing from Fukushima (596 comments)

Based on what logic, exactly? Just because an unanticipated event happened at TMI, it doesn't prove that ANY unanticipated event could have happened. Anyway, TMI is ancient history as far as new reactor designs go. It's like saying a Prius is unsafe because a 1973 Pinto can explode.

more than 2 years ago
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US Approves Two New Nuclear Reactors

S-100 Re:No More Nuclear Waste Siting Problem? (596 comments)

Which is worse, a few tons of dangerous solid that needs to be permanently sequestered decades from now, or untold millions of tons of CO2 and trace metals being released into the atmosphere continuously?

more than 2 years ago
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US Approves Two New Nuclear Reactors

S-100 Re:because we learned nothing from Fukushima (596 comments)

There are over 1800 measurable sources of gamma radiation in space. Just because something is measurable, doesn't necessarily mean it's dangerous.

more than 2 years ago
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Stephen Wolfram Joins The Life Boat Foundation and Bets On Singularity

S-100 Re:Why? (214 comments)

The retard is the one who initially replied. He's the one that bows down to lies and witchcraft, and calls anyone who disagrees an idiot.

about 3 years ago
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Stephen Wolfram Joins The Life Boat Foundation and Bets On Singularity

S-100 Re:Why? (214 comments)

Sucker!

about 3 years ago
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Stephen Wolfram Joins The Life Boat Foundation and Bets On Singularity

S-100 Re:Why? (214 comments)

Nobody should be concerned about global warming as long as the current data remains manipulated, fabricated and motivated by political agenda.

about 3 years ago
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Tesla Model S: 0-60 In 4.5 Seconds

S-100 Re:Wait for Top Gear (426 comments)

The big ugly guy on Top Gear burned through two sets of tires in minutes, drifting a fancy Mercedes around a race track. Does that tell you ANYTHING about the quality of the car (other than it's fast and powerful)? At top speed, a Bugatti Veryron will run out of gas in just a few minutes. Does that mean that the car is deficient in some way? The fact that you CAN burn through the battery charge of a Tesla on a race track is not in and of itself a negative. Anyone spending $100,000 plus for a car already knows that an EV is not (yet) a full replacement for a gas or diesel vehicle. A two-seater makes a poor vehicle choice for a soccer mom. This does not make two-seaters defective.

more than 3 years ago
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Blue Gene/P Reaches Sixty-Trillionth of Pi Squared

S-100 Re:Base 10 - Bah! (212 comments)

Of course I had to simplify my example for your terrans to be able to understand it. But don't you wish you knew how many fingers I really have?

more than 3 years ago
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Blue Gene/P Reaches Sixty-Trillionth of Pi Squared

S-100 Base 10 - Bah! (212 comments)

You humans and your base-10 arithmetic. I use base-pi arithmetic. So pi = 1, and pi squared = 1. Computed in a nanosecond. Of course, it makes other computations slightly more complex. For example, I have about 3.183095825842514 fingers, more or less...

more than 3 years ago
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New Gasoline Engine Prototype Claims 3X Current Engine Efficiency

S-100 Re:Get ready to read another.... (377 comments)

I had a grandfather that invented a time machine. But he went back in time and killed himself. Now he's gone.

more than 3 years ago
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Experimental Batteries Charge In Minutes

S-100 Still dangerous (335 comments)

Whether you are "re-charging" your car with gasoline or electricity, the procedure of transferring all of that energy is dangerous. With liquid fuel, there are the obvious flammability issues - nobody would ever consider putting a fueling station inside their home. And while electric charging is much safer, it is not perfectly safe. There are potential fire and explosion hazards from electrical malfunctions, incorrect or damaged batteries, cabling and connectors, interference from foreign objects, including rain, snow and other chemicals, and in-home hazards from wiring inadequacies and overloads. I for one would not sleep as soundly knowing that there is such a highly powered energy transfer going on in the garage attached to my house every night. Adding supersonic flywheels or redundant battery packs just increases that risk. Right now, electric vehicles are rare, and so are EV battery "events". The potential of these mishaps occurring will always be part of the risk of owning one.

more than 2 years ago
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US Army Considers a Smartphone For Every Soldier

S-100 Re:First one to light up gets smoked! (279 comments)

Really? There are transmitters for up to four tower frequencies. There's WiFi. There's Bluetooth. Radios, PCs, microprocessors and the like all emit RF from internal clocks and crystals, PLL frequency synthesizers, local oscillators, etc. They don't need to "transmit" in order to detect them. Years ago when they were cracking down on police radar detectors, the police were equipped with sniffers that picked up the RFI from the local oscillators in your typical RADAR detector, and that doesn't have a transmitter at all. So all the bad guys need to do is come up with a cell phone sniffer to set off their booby traps? Bad idea.

about 4 years ago
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President Obama To Appear On Mythbusters

S-100 Re:Incidentally (795 comments)

If a science education is so important to Obama, why did he essentially cancel NASA's manned space program, which along with the premature cancellation of the Shuttle has resulted in over 1500 NASA lay-offs so far, with many 1000's more coming in the future for NASA and its contractors? Aside from stunts on TV, Obama is doing nothing to encourage a career in science and is instead sending a concrete message that ones efforts would be better spent in areas of "public service".

more than 4 years ago
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Five Times the US Almost Nuked Itself

S-100 Re:Wew, thank god. (384 comments)

Of course, the intention in the former case was to prevent a detonation and the intention in the latter case was to cause one. Kinda flips that "what if" scenario around.

more than 4 years ago
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SEC Blames Computer Algorithm For 'Flash Crash'

S-100 Re:The REAL CRIME (218 comments)

It's self-evident that there are GTC orders in place, and also obvious that many were triggered by this spike. So it's the other side of the argument that requires proof. Funny I don't see an "UNDO TRADE" button on my on-line brokerage account. So if you're saying that every illicit trade requires a petition of the SEC for reversal, it's guaranteed that not everyone got their losses reversed.

more than 4 years ago
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SEC Blames Computer Algorithm For 'Flash Crash'

S-100 Re:The REAL CRIME (218 comments)

Proof? The uncertainty and doubt remains, but there never was any fear. And what makes you think I'm out of the market? My problem was with GTC stop-loss orders causing unwarranted sales, that's all.

more than 4 years ago
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SEC Blames Computer Algorithm For 'Flash Crash'

S-100 The REAL CRIME (218 comments)

The real crime here was not the market orders that were improperly executed. The real crime were all the subsequent day or GTC limit orders that were triggered by the plunge that were executed at the artificially low prices. Remember that many brokerages can fill customer orders without going to the market - they can use the current market price tick, but execute the trade from their own inventory. Thus, the price does not change due to the trade, bypassing market buy/sell corrections. This was another attack against the sucker individual stock trader. And what was the eTrade "talking baby" commercial that was running incessantly? The "smart" baby on the plane who had GTC limit orders in place, so he could "rest easy" when he was on the road. And what happened to the smart baby? His $50 stock, with a $45 GTC limit order was triggered and his $50 stock sold for $35 by the time the "market" order was placed. And by the time the smart baby got off his plane, the stock that he sold at $35 was now selling at $45. Untold $billions were lost that way.

more than 4 years ago

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Internet radio rates settled. Small stations to go

S-100 S-100 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

S-100 (1295224) writes "SoundExchange has reached an agreement for royalty rates with a consortium of Internet radio broadcasters. The parties are ecstatic that the issue is finally resolved, and that the new rates are below the previous "death to Internet radio" levels that had previously been imposed by the CARB. According to NewsFactor, Pandora founder Tim Westergren proclaims that "the royalty crisis is over!", and other large broadcasters are equally pleased. One unheard-from group is less likely to be pleased: small Internet radio broadcasters. Buried in the details are a new minimum royalty payment: $25,000 per year. So say goodbye to all of the small Internet radio stations that you have been listening to, as they will no longer afford to operate legally."

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