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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

hairykrishna Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (497 comments)

Define 'scepticism about AGW catastrophism'. I'm a professional physicist and I would suggest, based on experience talking to my colleagues, that there is very little scepticism amongst physicists that humans are responsible for observed temperature rises and are going to be responsible for a whole lot more. It is certainly not 'rampant'. Consequences of said warming for the human race is a different topic.

about 2 months ago

Vermont Nuclear Plant Seeks Decommission But Lacks Funds

hairykrishna Re:If you take the profits (179 comments)

Most of the activity being released from Fukushima is tritium and the leaks in Vermont have also primarily been of tritium. Tritium doesn't bio-accumulate either.

about 5 months ago

Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP

hairykrishna Re:Riiiight (498 comments)

Expertise and know-how counts for little. Essentially every country in the world either has that or could acquire it in short order. What matters in reality is stocks of highly enriched uranium or separated plutonium. Ukraine (probably) has neither and does not have the infrastructure to produce either on a short timescale.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Educating Kids About Older Technologies?

hairykrishna Re:Not unless the kid hopes to get a job in the fi (208 comments)

I found your post a bit depressing. Not all acquired knowledge has to relate directly to job productivity to be valuable. It also isn't necessary to become an expert to know how to do something.

about 8 months ago

Japan To Create a Nuclear Meltdown

hairykrishna Re:Great (222 comments)

Similar has been done decades ago. The BORAX experiments for a start.

about 8 months ago

Fukushima Daiichi Water Leak Raised To Level 3 Severity

hairykrishna Re:The fate of the 1997 workers (92 comments)

No. They are advising against travel to one specific area; the exclusion zone around the Fukushima plant.

People should actually read the contents of links before modding up.

1 year,16 days

Interviews: Freeman Dyson Answers Your Questions

hairykrishna Re:Is this guy a conservative? (141 comments)

He said that Bush senior removed all the tactical nukes which made the world safer. This is true regardless of what you think of the Bush's other actions.

I'm not sure that Dyson can easily be pigeonholed into a broad political definition. He's a very smart man who says what he thinks and doesn't really give a crap about anyone elses opinion of him. I don't always agree with him but he's generally worth listening too.

about a year ago

Florida Teen Expelled and Arrested For Science Experiment

hairykrishna I'm glad I was a teen 20 years ago (1078 comments)

I was far from a bad teenager. I loved science though and if it went bang that was all the better. Draino and aluminium foil? Jesus. I made fertiliser bombs. I synthesised Nitrogen triiodide and all manner of other fun compounds.

One bonfire night I once had a visit from the police due to my homemade titanium salutes. They were amused and told me not to blow my hands off. These days I'd go to jail for a million years.

about a year ago

Secret UK Uranium Components Plant Closed Over Safety Fears

hairykrishna Re:"Secret" as in "well signposted"? (101 comments)

I think they mean the enrichment plant was secret. Not the whole site.

about a year and a half ago

Secret UK Uranium Components Plant Closed Over Safety Fears

hairykrishna Re:Top secret? (101 comments)

The AWE site at Aldermaston is enormous. It's an old airfield stuffed with big, nondescript buildings. Unless you're working on site you won't get within about half a mile of any of the 'interesting' ones and even when on site you won't know what's in most of them unless directly working there. I can well believe that they have a hidden enrichment plant.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Protecting Data From a Carrington Event?

hairykrishna Least of your worries (386 comments)

The only mechanism I can think of which would case a solar flare to render optical disks unreadable would be radiation damage. A solar flare which delivered that kind of dose would likely wipe out all life on earth so you probably wouldn't be worrying about your backups.

about 2 years ago

America's Next Bomber: Unmanned, Unlimited Range, Aimed At China

hairykrishna Re:U.S. loves to kill things (400 comments)

You've got the wrong end of the stick. HEU works just fine in an implosion weapon and in a gun type, plut works only in an implosion type. The reason most weapons are plut is cost and availability. You're also misusing 'Teller-Ulam design'. This refers to the design of the fusion secondary in a H-bomb and not the design of the primary.

You are right about non proliferation buggering isotope production though.

more than 2 years ago

8 Grams of Thorium Could Replace Gasoline In Cars

hairykrishna Re:I think everyone is missing the point... (937 comments)

Thorium has a heat capacity of 0.113 J g-1 K-1
It's not high, or remarkable. This is a scam no matter what they're proposing to do with the thorium.

more than 3 years ago

8 Grams of Thorium Could Replace Gasoline In Cars

hairykrishna This is nonsense (937 comments)

Some crackpot or conman has mixed some genuine stuff about sub-critical, accelerator driven, fission reactors in with the word 'lasers' and is presumably even now coining in investment.

Has the science savvy of the editors really deteriorated this badly?

more than 3 years ago

Convicted NY Drunk Drivers Need Ignition Interlocks

hairykrishna I'm fully in favour of this (911 comments)

Some people seem to think this is too draconian - an infringement of rights etc. Thing is, the way I see it, once you get caught drunk driving once you've demonstrated that you are not competent enough to be trusted with a motor vehicle. There's nobody who needs to drive drunk and there's no excuse to do it. Basically, fuck 'em. They're lucky they're allowed a car at all any more.

about 4 years ago

Website Lets You Bet On Your Grades

hairykrishna Re: Nonsense (204 comments)

It is at our university (Birmingham, UK). How anonymous they actually are varies strongly as a function of class size.

more than 4 years ago

Gamer Plays Doom For the First Time

hairykrishna Re:Seriously? Makes you wait for the shotgun? (362 comments)

He had to be playing on ITYTD. He would have got a shotgun basically straight away otherwise and he would have NEEDED it.

more than 4 years ago

Gamer Plays Doom For the First Time

hairykrishna I'm old (362 comments)

Shit. I just had one of those realisations that I'm properly middle aged.

I was reading this 'review' of a guy vaguely dabbling in Doom and it was annoying me. A proper 'you young people, you don't understand' moment. Doom was fucking mind blowing at the time.

more than 4 years ago

Is Wired's App Really the Future of Magazines?

hairykrishna Re:Why we shouldn't care about ipad-based magazine (207 comments)

Those 10,000 have already demonstrated that they'll buy any old shit, provided it's shiny, though. Very desirable marketing demographic.

more than 4 years ago


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