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What Fire and Leakage At WIPP Means For Nuclear Waste Disposal

greg_barton Re:transuranic (TRU) waste--that is: (154 comments)

Politics can influence economics through overly stringent regulation.

about a month ago
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Java 8 Officially Released

greg_barton Re:Fanboy Glee (302 comments)

I have yet to have that problem with the new java8 install on osx.

about 1 month ago
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White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

greg_barton Re:Scam (578 comments)

Are you astroturfing?

about a month ago
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White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

greg_barton Re:I went back to corporate America because Obamac (578 comments)

My experience is the opposite. My former company recently lost funding and I lost my health insurance. Luckily the ACA kicked in soon after and I got coverage for about $1000 per month *less* than the last time I was on COBRA. And I'll seriously consider keeping the coverage once I get another job.

about a month ago
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How Japanese Scientists Are Monitoring Fukushima Babies For Radiation Exposure

greg_barton Re:I don't believe them (95 comments)

In light of the anti-nuclear propaganda lies spreading FUD about Fukushima does anyone believe any news about it at all anymore?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

greg_barton Re:As Frontalot says (631 comments)

So a bunch of people believing they could get massive loans for overpriced houses didn't affect the wider economy back in 2008? They were just risking their own money, after all.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

greg_barton Re:As Frontalot says (631 comments)

What does that have to do with anything?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

greg_barton Re:As Frontalot says (631 comments)

And believing in bitcoin would make this better?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

greg_barton Re:As Frontalot says (631 comments)

And we're all living in mud huts now as a result, right?

Nope.

The USD is backed by our economy. What backs up bitcoin?

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Researchers Slash Skype Fraud By 68%

greg_barton Re:No, the fraud is Skype itself (114 comments)

The charge just cleared today and I'll be disputing it tomorrow.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Researchers Slash Skype Fraud By 68%

greg_barton No, the fraud is Skype itself (114 comments)

Skype charged my credit card $60 a year after I cancelled my phone number. It somehow got un-cancelled. They gave no warning and just charged it, and won't respond to any of my requests for a refund. I've cancelled it again, but who's to say they won't do it again next year? I never agreed to recurring charges. (I never do for any service.)

about 3 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

greg_barton Re:When you have a bad driver ... (961 comments)

Watch a professional race and you'll see mechanical faults in race cars.

about 5 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

greg_barton Re:When you have a bad driver ... (961 comments)

Except the driver was a professional who owned a race car shop and had raced many times before.

So maybe it was the car.

about 5 months ago
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Zuckerberg Shows Kindergartners Ruby Instead of JavaScript

greg_barton Re:Language not as important as motivation / conte (144 comments)

What I dig about minecraft's effects on my daughter is that it motivates her immensely. We started out playing on the iPad but she wanted to move on to the PC version. I told her we would do that if she 1) build a 2000 square foot house in the game, 2) build at least 3 floors, 3) use at least 3 different building materials, and 4) make all possible tools using all possible materials. She was five years old at the time, but she eventually did it. It took her three months! (And she could have done it in a week if she'd applied herself, but hey she was 5. :) ) At no point did I push her to do anything, but I didn't budge an inch on letting her play the PC version until she finished. It taught her exactly what the game itself teaches: you can break a big task down into little tasks and make cool stuff.

about 5 months ago
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Zuckerberg Shows Kindergartners Ruby Instead of JavaScript

greg_barton Language not as important as motivation / context (144 comments)

My 6yo daughter loves minecraft. She's played it since just before her 5th birthday.

Minecraft is the perfect vehicle for teaching programming to kids, but not for the reasons you might think. Just playing the game teaches several core concepts: 1) 3D visualization and imagination, 2) acquiring and applying arcane knowledge, 3) solving tasks by breaking them down into subtasks easily accomplished, 4) solving problems in debug (creative) and runtime (survival) modes, 5) finding even more arcane ways to manipulate a computer by typing commands, (cheat codes) and 6) outright hacking. (Minecraft mods)

The only thing missing is a scripting ability. If I can't find that I'll be learning how to mod minecraft and will build a little script parser, probably something simple like logo for placing block types in the 3D landscape.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Tech Job Requirements So Specific?

greg_barton Re:To hire specific people (465 comments)

This. The more specific the req the more easily you can say "no one in the country is qualified to fill it" and get an H1-B.

about 5 months ago

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China starts molten salt nuclear reactor project

greg_barton greg_barton writes  |  more than 3 years ago

greg_barton (5551) writes "The blog Energy From Thorium blog reports, "The People’s Republic of China has initiated a research and development project in thorium molten-salt reactor technology, it was announced in the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) annual conference on Tuesday, January 25." The liquid-fluoride thorium reactor is an alternative reactor design that 1) burns existing nuclear waste, 2) uses abundant thorium as a base fuel, 3) produces far less toxic, shorter lived waste than existing designs, and 4) can be mass produced, run unattended for years, and installed underground for safety."
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