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30 Years To Clean Up Fukushima Dai-Ichi

scross Re:Nuclear economics (342 comments)

For those seeking some figures: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cost_of_electricity_by_source

Interesting to note that wind power seems more competitive than I had thought - all the estimates seem to show onshore wind is cheaper than, or as cheap as, nuclear power. However, solar appears to be considerably more expensive than wind or nuclear.

more than 3 years ago
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Obama Eyeing Internet ID For Americans

scross Why is the government involved in this? (487 comments)

Surely if this was a good idea, individuals and companies would create it and administer it on their own. Do we really need the government to tell us how to implement our systems? ...could tax money not be better spent on other things?

more than 3 years ago
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Why haven't you bought a tablet?

scross Price vs alternatives (459 comments)

The problem is not just that tablets can cost a lot of money, but right now you can get a very decent laptop for the same price as an iPad.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Names Best & Worst Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

scross Re:Interesting Favorites Chosen (610 comments)

Well almost everyone is getting richer (adjusted for inflation), with the richest making the greatest gains. More importantly though, more and more people all over the world are moving out of poverty. Add to that the increasing social freedoms around the world. Many problems, including excessive inequality in wealth (or power/influence), are solvable. It's overly pessimistic to simply resign ourselves to a "bleak, dystopian police state" considering things are (in general) better than they've ever been. Personally, I think our main concern should be climate change.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Names Best & Worst Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

scross Re:Interesting Favorites Chosen (610 comments)

It looks like the smart guys at NASA agree with many of us 'dotters that the future is going to be a bleak, dystopian police state where the richer get richer and the poor eat noodles off the street.

Really? Despite all the long-term shifts up to this point that have been in the opposite direction? It seems you've succumbed to pessimism rather too easily.

more than 3 years ago
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Adapting the Post Office To the Digital Age

scross Re:Remove the artificial monopoly (299 comments)

'Flamebait' != 'Disagree'. The parent makes a valid point. There's no reason for people living in towns/cities to subsidise those who choose to live in rural areas, by monopoly, taxes or otherwise. Also, encouraging people to live in larger settlements is both an economically and environmentally sound suggestion.

more than 4 years ago
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Chile First To Approve Net Neutrality Law

scross Re:Why net neutrality is bad... (293 comments)

I agree with the concept, but how exactly do you compete with another company offering unlimited downloads? Much like web hosting, there's the small print agreement that says you can only download/host a 'reasonable' amount, but most consumers are going to go for the unlimited package.

more than 4 years ago
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The Dark Side of the Web

scross Time Travel? (156 comments)

The article says it was "Posted on 3 Sep 2010 at 15:47". Unless I've missed something, we're still in March 2010...

more than 4 years ago
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Professors Banning Laptops In the Lecture Hall

scross Well... (664 comments)

I bet there's someone in a lecture reading this right now.

more than 4 years ago

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