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Thorium, the Next Nuclear Fuel?

mudetroit Re:nuclear fusion anyone? (710 comments)

There are tons of reasons why "fuel based technologies", which is really an odd statement as even most of renewable energy sources are fuel based on some level, primary among them is we still have a fairly large shortfall between the world energy demands and its energy producing capacity. A situation that will only get worse as we increase our capacity for creating energy ironically enough. It would be irresponsible to not work the problem from every angle possible. This means working on solar, wind, nuclear fission and fusion, and even better fossil fuel facilities, for now. As well as on working on increasing our efficiency in consuming and delivering energy.

Neither side of the great energy debate wants to hear it, but we are decades away, at best, from a real solution to the problem. And attacking the solutions you don't like don't gain anyone a thing. If you think one solution is the best one then do what you can to support it. Technology wars are won by one side winning via whatever merits, not attacking opposing technologies.

more than 4 years ago

Thorium, the Next Nuclear Fuel?

mudetroit Re:nuclear fusion anyone? (710 comments)

While I won't disagree that I would like to see more money pushed at fusion, it is hard to say that it is more efficient when we haven't been able to build a plant that can be continuously energy positive yet. Fission reactors are more practical in the short term.

more than 4 years ago

US Supreme Court Allows Sonar Use

mudetroit Re:Europeans: this is why you shouldn't federalize (374 comments)

Umm... this isn't a lobbyist getting a federal law to overrule a state law. This is a national defense issue, whether you agree with the decision or not, and should be decided on the federal level.

more than 5 years ago

US Supreme Court Allows Sonar Use

mudetroit Re:Third world (374 comments)

A very noble thought indeed, but unfortunately not liking war isn't the same as not understanding there are times for it, and preparing yourself for other countries which may not believe the same way.

Additionally, you have to remember that as far as our country's military leaders are concerned the people who choose to enlist in our military are more important than those who they may have to fight against.

more than 5 years ago

What To Do Right As a New Programmer?

mudetroit Re:Some advice I've learned (662 comments)

Or you could try working somewhere crazy where they actual value you and:

1.) Asks you how long you believe something will take and then actually listens to you, and more importantly won't punish you if you were wrong. (Though it is important to tell them as soon as you know were wrong.)

2.) Maybe people could actually just volunteer and say "I screwed up." when something comes to light? No need to blame period then.

3.) Overtime pay is completely dependent on what you agree to when you are hired. And if they agreed to it, and still won't pay you, then you don't want to work there.

4.) Or you work at a place where the salesman have a good relationship with the development team. And like above will talk to them about how long things will take and set priorities appropriately.

5.) Don't bring your own code in, but still keep coding in your off time. You learn from it.

6.) Any place you work should give you in writing what they ask to include. If they are out to stab you in the back you don't want to work there.

Not everyplace out there is a hellhole. It took me a while to learn this too, but there are legitimate good places to work. Find one.

more than 5 years ago

NASA Engineers Work On Alternative Moon Rocket

mudetroit Re:The moon and beyond... (340 comments)

The concept of using the Moon as a launching pad to go further into space is almost completely broken from the start. What fuel source for launching rockets is present on the moon to take advantage of? None really, so it becomes an excercise of launching from earth, using more fuel to slow it down and land it on the moon, and then yet more fuel to have it take off again.

Explain why this is a good plan again?

more than 6 years ago


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Intro and other such thoughts

mudetroit mudetroit writes  |  more than 8 years ago So in all honesty I don't post a lot on slashdot, though I am sure that wouldn't be hard to see by looking at my profile or anything.

I have been browsing slashdot for a long time, and registered a while ago. And I just thought it would be good if I started becoming a bit more active in the community itself. Will take time, and I will definately never be one of the people who makes dozens of posts per day.

Just thought I would put that down. Will probably try to make semi-regular posts to my journal.

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