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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

imikem Re:This was no AP. (339 comments)

And in unrelated news, the makers of "Depends" announced record profits this week.

2 days ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

imikem Re:Too bad... (610 comments)

Which problems would those be? Last I checked, number of dead people from nuclear didn't even register on the bar graphs comparing relative safety of power generation technologies. You can watch "Pandora's Promise" and see the EBIL RAY-DEE-AY-SHUN on the guy's dosimeter as he walks around Fukushima Daiichi. Note that the readings are lower than in the city of Denver. Oh Noes! We had better evacuate the capital of Colorado!!

Until we have stopped fossil fuel use, by which I mean SHUT THE LAST COMBUSTION POWER PLANT DOWN PERMANENTLY (combustion engines in transportation sector, and particularly aircraft could go on awhile longer), I believe it is irresponsible in the extreme to avoid nuclear power. The costs of the Fukushima disaster are nearly all political, and mainly incurred due to hysteria, fear-mongering and in all likelihood smart businessmen who see a way to profit enormously from said hysteria.

about two weeks ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

imikem Re:Too bad... (610 comments)

"And no, none of that cost is due to NIMBYs or lawsuits. It's the build and operating cost of the plant that is the problem."

And that build and operating cost factors in NIMBYs and lawsuits via the absurd NRC [or $YOUR_REGULATORY_BODY which probably cribbed NRC's] regulations. Otherwise it just isn't very expensive to pour concrete and fab a reactor core.

about two weeks ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

imikem Glad they are ISIL today (478 comments)

I was worried that IS-IS was getting massively deprecated by the US government, after I spent time learning it.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

imikem Re:But what about asteroids? (268 comments)

That's it! Now we have a way to finance the Mars colonization, by backing up all those 1980s and 1990s cat videos we just migrated off VHS tape. I'll see about standing up the first off-planet data center later this week.

about a month and a half ago
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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

imikem Re:Quite accurately? (171 comments)

Only if she is naked. Hot grits optional.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

imikem Re:To be fair... (405 comments)

Why would they want to sue themselves?

about a month and a half ago
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China's Island Factory

imikem Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (199 comments)

It's highly arguable whether any of these hot spots currently involve vital interests of the US. Penis-measuring is, as you note, a rather expensive proposition at this level. The American public generally shrugs, or at most bitches a little at the cost in dollars, but a decade plus of body bags and young men with missing limbs have reduced appetites for being the world's cops. That would change quickly in the case of a threat to a close ally, let alone US possessions.

about 1 month ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

imikem Re:Here's an idea (448 comments)

Re Iran, the Mossadegh government seems to have been a little too friendly to the Soviets. They shared a long border and the USSR had occupied substantial parts of Iran during (and for several years after) WW2, so there was real fear in the West about losing the whole country to the Soviet bloc. This would have given Persian Gulf ports to the Soviet Navy, an existential threat to the West's oil supplies.

I am not saying the Iran coup of 1953 was a brilliant or ethical move, only that it is somewhat understandable in the geopolitical calculus of the time. It wasn't ONLY commercial profits at stake.

about 2 months ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

imikem Re:No. (448 comments)

Well one thing that comes to my mind is a dead-man switch. Require whatever ordnance or vehicle to check in and obtain a new certificate from a trusted authority (no not a commercial CA) to continue functioning. Sign the firmware with this cert, and make it hard to get physical access to the ASICs without destroying the gear. In normal circumstances this could be a trivial, largely automated process associated with standard maintenance processes. Set the TTL to something like 6 months and there's no danger of impacting legitimate operations, while minimizing the usefulness of looted gear.

about 2 months ago
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The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

imikem Re:Not Surprising (160 comments)

I believe there were many benefits, well justifying the cost. You apparently disagree, fine. Your arguments are unlikely to persuade me, and vice versa. Good day sir.

about 2 months ago
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The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

imikem Re:Not Surprising (160 comments)

Really? This article concerns NASA, which pioneered the exploration of space. Are you saying that was unjustifiable? Which private sector entities were clamoring to throw money at it in 1961?

about 2 months ago
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TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

imikem Re:and the real bad news is... (255 comments)

Those noted nuclear apologists at the World Health Organization state that "up to 4000" people could die due to exposure to radionuclides released by the Soviets' stupidity at Chernobyl. But hey, everyone alive in 1986 will eventually die, so maybe we should just count everyone, right?

Meanwhile coal (like that sweet lignite that Germany is digging up now) goes on killing at least HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE EVERY YEAR*, yet people seem only to care about teh ebil raydeeayshun. Maybe the coal casualties aren't as dead or something.

It is way past time to grow up and stop pissing and moaning about nuclear.

* According to Forbes, the figure is about 300000/yr in China alone.

about 3 months ago
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

imikem Re:He got what was coming to him (183 comments)

Granted on the (very large) technicality. However, TSR sent me a letter afterward basically saying, "Haha, sucks to be you. We got the company, but we are going to do nothing at all for the S&T magazine subscribers, despite continuing to publish it. You want it, pay up again."

Well, gee, thanks but, go to hell TSR.

about 3 months ago
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

imikem He got what was coming to him (183 comments)

Gygax, and TSR in general, got what they deserved in my opinion, following their "acquisition" of board wargame publisher SPI. Screwed thousands of longtime gamers such as myself (I played both RPGs and wargames extensively), who then like myself voted against them with our wallets, never spending another dime on that company. What goes around, comes around.

about 3 months ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

imikem Re:The study focuses soley on Japan (552 comments)

The subject line that the data covers only Japan is disproved. I didn't call you an idiot. Just pointed out that the assertion is wrong and trivially verifiably so.

about 3 months ago

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It's getting late pretty early on climate change

imikem imikem writes  |  about 6 months ago

imikem (767509) writes "There is a really depressing article by Brad Plumer of the Washington post here. While I support an all of the above except fossil fuel approach to electric generation going forward, I often note the rather smug attitude of certain solar and/or wind advocates, ignoring serious problems with both. This irritates me, as their faith in these useful and necessary technologies often seems to approach that of a religion. Then too we get reflexively anti-nuclear, FUD-filled rants, and denialist members of the myth of the month club. On one hand, I cannot understand how apparently well-intentioned people can think that solar and wind plus efficiency can supply reliable energy to 7-9 billion people indefinitely. On the other are people who appear convinced that burning a hundred million years' worth of fossilized hydrocarbons in the space of a few decades won't drastically affect Earth's climate. I'm starting to lose hope that humankind will do anything meaningful in time to prevent a horrifying collapse of civilization and the global ecosystem within the lifetime of my children. Maybe The Matrix is the real future. Cue up some calm, reasoned debate in three, two, one."
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Fusion Propulsion for Spacecraft Edging Closer

imikem imikem writes  |  about a year and a half ago

imikem (767509) writes "University of Washington researchers and scientists at a Redmond-based space-propulsion company are building components of a fusion-powered rocket aimed to clear many of the hurdles that block deep space travel, including long times in transit, exorbitant costs and health risks.
"Using existing rocket fuels, it's nearly impossible for humans to explore much beyond Earth," said lead researcher John Slough, a UW research associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics. "We are hoping to give us a much more powerful source of energy in space that could eventually lead to making interplanetary travel commonplace."

Maybe this will be powered by fusing all the unsold copies of Windows 8."

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