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Things Get Worse at Fukushima

TheStatsMan Re:Cue for the following response (1122 comments)

My mistake. After reviewing my notes I see the prob. of external hazards (not talking about core failures or operational error since the core didn't fail, it was a giant wave) is between 1:10000 years to 1:1000000 years. With over 13000 reactor years it's not an altogether unexpected event.

more than 3 years ago
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FBI Wants You To Solve Encrypted Notes From Murder

TheStatsMan Re:Hypothetical. (466 comments)

Or you live in peace with your hidden knowledge. "I never did crack the darn thing..." I suppose it comes down to what's in the notes.

more than 3 years ago
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Things Get Worse at Fukushima

TheStatsMan Re:Cue for the following response (1122 comments)

Actually #3 isn't quite right, from wikipedia:

Unit 1 was designed for a peak ground acceleration of 0.18 g (1.74 m/s2) and a response spectrum based on the 1952 Kern County earthquake.[8] The design basis for Units 3 and 6 were 0.45 g (4.41 m/s2) and 0.46 g (4.48 m/s2) respectively.[15] All units were inspected after the 1978 Miyagi earthquake when the ground acceleration was 0.125 g (1.22 m/s2) for 30 seconds, but no damage to the critical parts of the reactor was discovered.[8] The design basis for tsunamis was 5.7 meters.[16]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukushima_I_Nuclear_Power_Plant

So they modeled off a specific earthquake. But people certainly knew it was possible that a larger earthquake could happen. The probability of operational error for the plant was on the order of 10^4 or 10^5 and this thing was in operation for about 10^5 hours.

more than 3 years ago
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FBI Wants You To Solve Encrypted Notes From Murder

TheStatsMan Hypothetical. (466 comments)

Say you crack the code. Would you divulge the key?

more than 3 years ago
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Guild Wars 2 Devs Aiming For the Top

TheStatsMan Re:It's called effort and reward (150 comments)

Problem is, how do you make it 'difficult' without being 'grindy' outside of PvP, and still making it attainable for everyone with the dedication.

The WoW game at it's heart is simply too easy. It's intentionally set up so that clever tactics can't be used (simple physics, fake terrain, non-existent line of sight rules, etc.) and the longer it lives the more it just becomes about cycling through hotkeys.

more than 2 years ago
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Guild Wars 2 Devs Aiming For the Top

TheStatsMan Re:Damn! (150 comments)

I've found that with each further patch in WoW, there were fewer and fewer people out "doing stuff." In fact, WoW is pretty much a glorified chat room for the queuing system at this point. You never have to leave Ogrimmar and you can essentially 'win.'

more than 2 years ago
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Limewire Being Sued For 75 Trillion

TheStatsMan Re:This isn't the RIAA - this is US Congress (545 comments)

I'm personally tired of this idea that it's "okay" to lobby for anything because the Congress should be the moral perfect body of all knowledge - or something - and should ergo have the foresight to only pass perfectly just, perfectly moral laws. The Congress is comprised of flawed people. And anyway, by your own logic, it's not the fault of the reps., it's the fault of citizenry that did the voting.

more than 3 years ago
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CS Profs Debate Role of Math In CS Education

TheStatsMan Math isn't that hard (583 comments)

It's just a way to talk about things that we observe in the world with some precision. If you're willing to put some thought in, you can probably figure it out. Your brain does math on it's own all the time, you just need a vocabulary. In essence, that vocabulary is moving math from one part of your brain to another through symbolism.

more than 3 years ago
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DNA samples should be on record for...

TheStatsMan Missed the point... (316 comments)

DNA samples should be on record for anyone whose conviction could be potentially overturned by DNA evidence.

more than 3 years ago
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House Passes Amendment To Block Funds For Net Neutrality

TheStatsMan Re:whores. (393 comments)

But it's not as if things aren't negotiated on WITHIN the government itself. You suppose it is a monolith when it is anything but. There are many factions and competing interests that directly alter the "government" perspective all the time. How is this not the same than competition in the marketplace?

more than 3 years ago
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House Passes Amendment To Block Funds For Net Neutrality

TheStatsMan Re:whores. (393 comments)

How does the government count as one person, and "the free market" count as some number more than this? As if there isn't competition within the government...

more than 3 years ago
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Avoiding DMCA Woes As an Indy Game Developer?

TheStatsMan Re:trademark not copyright (494 comments)

[quote]There are almost an infinite number of ways to structure a maze[/quote]

Not really. Consider you're limited by corridor width and overlap rules of some kind. Also, certain maps do not make for a playable game experience (routes of escape and choke points are things to consider). In addition, maps in games like this tend to exhibit some sort of symmetry which further limits the number of maps.

On topic, do developers really have a copyright (or some other claim of ownership) to maze layouts? That seems far-fetched.

more than 3 years ago
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Central Dogma of Genetics May Not Be So Central

TheStatsMan Reduncancy of RNA codons (196 comments)

One reason a mutation does not necessarily result in an error is the redundancy of the RNA codon. Multiple triplet RNA codes can code for the same amino acid (DNA->RNA->Amino Acid->protein). Some amino acids or coded in 4 unique triplet RNA sequences. So, even if an error is made, the result is often a synonymous mutation - one that codes the same amino acid. So if RNA polymerase picks up an A instead of G at this spot for some reason - it might not matter anyway.

about 4 years ago
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Central Dogma of Genetics May Not Be So Central

TheStatsMan Dogma Nomenclature (196 comments)

While it may have been coined as the official term, I've always perceived The Central Dogma as a bit of a tongue in cheek jab at the field of biology. It's an approximation - a substitute - a catchall for as yet unknown processes. An assumption on some level.

about 4 years ago
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Former Student Gets 30 Months For Political DDoS Attacks

TheStatsMan The reason this happens... (486 comments)

Lengthy prison sentences are a product of, not only politicians and the War on Crime, but corporate ownership of jails. There is a financial and electoral incentive for putting people in jail. The growth of the prison population has grown dramatically in the last 50 years as a result of the commercialization of the penal system.

about 4 years ago
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FTC Taps Ed Felten As First Chief Technologist

TheStatsMan Re:Great, more Elitism in Government (76 comments)

Whether I take this definition:

A group or class of persons or a member of such a group or class, enjoying superior intellectual, social, or economic status.

Or this one:

The best or most skilled members of a group.

I still want those people in governance positions. Certainly when posed with this question I prefer elite to rabble.

about 4 years ago

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