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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

sphealey Re:Did I miss the breakthrough? (296 comments)

Fusion power research is being funded at least $20 billion/year worldwide, and has been for over 20 years. If you can point to some concrete areas where more cash would help?

sPh

2 days ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

sphealey Re:Fusion Has Already Failed (296 comments)

Yeah, I'm always excited about garage experimenters running a 500 MW neutron source away from the heavy hand of the government.

2 days ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

sphealey Re:Did I miss the breakthrough? (296 comments)

Darn. Just this once I was hoping to be one of the Kool Kids.

sPh

2 days ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

sphealey Re:Did I miss the breakthrough? (296 comments)

" If JET can reach break-even point, there’s a very good chance that the massive ITER reactor currently being built in France will be able to obtain the holy grail of everlasting green power generation: self-sustaining fusion.

Dozens and dozens of journal summaries with that miraculous word 'if'

sPh

2 days ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

sphealey Did I miss the breakthrough? (296 comments)

Did I miss the part where the human race had a miraculous breakthrough in fusion technology? Even setting aside the expected issues with neutron radiation (sorry, no Mr. Fusion Home Energy Kit) there isn't any fusion technology today that is even close to breakeven on an experimental basis. As for commercial operations...

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

sphealey Re:I think this means (255 comments)

Dictionaries typically have a list of definitions for a word ;-)

transitive verb:
3: to apply the principles of scientific management to (as an industry or its operations) for a desired result (as increased efficiency)

about two weeks ago
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TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

sphealey Re:I am still waiting... (255 comments)

Valid points. Can't help but note the same group is out downmodding any comment pointing this out.

sPh

about two weeks ago
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TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

sphealey Re:I think this means (255 comments)

- - - - - but in the US most plant upgrades have been denied permits by the feds because of work done by organizations like [organization parent poster doesn't like] - - - -

Nuclear power plants in the United States with operating licenses undergo a continuous process of upgrade and modification, will continue to do so throughout their operating life, and in some cases continue to receive upgrades after retirement if in safestore mode. Over the last 20 years enormous effort has gone into simplifying and rationalizing the designs of the post-TMI era, standardizing operations, and improving backup systems. A current challenge is replacing the 1960s/70s era control and instrumentation systems which, while rugged and highly reliable, cannot be maintained as there are no longer sources of spare parts, with modern C&I systems. All while avoiding the fragility and instability of COTS electronics.

It is true that the finance world on Wall Street has made it difficult to begin new from-scratch nuclear plants in the US (although a few are currently underway) due to serious doubts about ROI during the financed lifetime, but that's another issue entirely.

sPh

about two weeks ago
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The Great Taxi Upheaval

sphealey Re:The Free Market has the Technology Now (218 comments)

- - - - - In the absence of regulation, a customer who has been wronged has the ability only to sue with regard to his own personal case, and that prospect doesn't trouble companies: - - - -

Actually, the consumer of the non-regulated service will find that he has signed a binding agreement to settle all disputes in arbitration, using an arbitrator selected by the provider, with no recourse to the courts.

sPh

Guess what percentage of arbitrator awards are in favor of the party that selected them?...

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

sphealey Re:No due diligence taking place? (209 comments)

There exist ERP systems for small, mid-sized, and enterprise-sized companies with corresponding scope, size, and complexity. The OP's business sounds as if it is large enough (plus multinational) to justify an enterprise-grade system, but e.g. an implementation of Visual Manufacturing(tm) for a small-medium engineer-to-order or make-to-stock company is well within the ability of a 1-3 person staff to understand and manage.

sPh

about three weeks ago
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NASA: Lunar Pits and Caves Could House Astronauts

sphealey As always, Clarke was first (157 comments)

Time to re-read _A Fall of Moondust_

sPh

about a month ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

sphealey Bad news for you (242 comments)

Some bad news: unless you live in Bemidji MN (or one of the towns on the watershed divides of the Rockies or Appalachians), you are already drinking treated sewage.

sPh

about a month ago
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Sifting Mt. Gox's Logs Reveals Suspicious Trading Patterns

sphealey Re: Myth of the Obama Bank Bailout (143 comments)

Please proceed, Senator from Arizona.

sPh

(I was trying to be reasonably neutral - after all, the nation's financial stability was at risk)

about 3 months ago
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Sifting Mt. Gox's Logs Reveals Suspicious Trading Patterns

sphealey Re:Gox used margin trading & fractional reserv (143 comments)

= = = The difference between banks and MTGox is that while banks also use fraction reserve, the full liabilities are backed by assets in the form of loans they have handed out, and security on the assets of the borrowers such as property. At the time of the financial crisis, those assets and collateral were not sufficient to cover the fractional reserve liabilities, but at least they had something, unlike MTGox which had nothing to back the fractional reserve liabilities. = = =

Spot-on. Of course the major Western money center banks and financial institutions also had the backing of the full faith and credit of major, stable governments including both the maligned US Federal Reserve and ultimately the US Treasury. While bitcoin has the full faith and backing of... Satoshi I guess.

sPh

about 3 months ago
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Sifting Mt. Gox's Logs Reveals Suspicious Trading Patterns

sphealey Re: Myth of the Obama Bank Bailout (143 comments)

There is no question that the financial structure of the United States, and mostly likely the world as a result, was in danger in the 2008 time frame. President Bush and Secretary Poulson took the responsible course of action, deflected those whose advice was to let it all burn on principle, put together a bailout plan, invited the presidential candidates to review it, and got it signed into law. IMHO the only competent thing that W did during his entire Presidency.

What President Obama can be held responsible for is not following up TARP with detailed investigations into violations of civil and criminal law, including prosecutions where appropriate. Particularly investigations into the utterly illegal shadow mortgage documentation "registry" that the financial industry apparently created around 2000. This was the first major financial crisis in the history of the United States that did not generate a strong investigatory response. There are undoubtedly reasons why that didn't happen, reasons noble, neutral, and craven, but the lack of _any_ investigation or prosecution is an utter failure of President Obama and his Administration.

sPh

about 3 months ago
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Sifting Mt. Gox's Logs Reveals Suspicious Trading Patterns

sphealey Re: Myth of the Obama Bank Bailout (143 comments)

Just to be precise about the situation, Candidates McCain and Obama were invited to the meetings where TARP was agreed upon. They weren't directly responsible, but neither did either object.

sPh

about 3 months ago
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The US Vs. Europe: Freedom of Expression Vs. Privacy

sphealey Re:The Problem Isn't "Free Speech vs Privacy" (278 comments)

= = = It's legal, but that doesn't make it right. Technically, the first Amendment only prevents the government from restricting free speech. That restriction should apply to every one. = = =

So... your political theory is "libertarianism for me but not for thee"? Corporations to be free to do whatever they want, unless they violate some unwritten norms of right-wing thought? That doesn't sound very, um, free to me.

sPh

about 3 months ago
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The US Vs. Europe: Freedom of Expression Vs. Privacy

sphealey Re:The Problem Isn't "Free Speech vs Privacy" (278 comments)

Great! When the pirates show up [1] and the "island in nowhere" owners call for help from the US Navy, Royal Navy, Spanish Navy... I'm sure there will be prompt response.

In any case, how are you going to get qualified people to live in the middle of the ocean? Oh, they're going to live in Brooklyn and telecommute? I see a tiny flaw in your "stateless Internet" plan...

sPh

[1] I had a site in a reasonably advanced developing nation where all EDP equipment was twice cleaned out at gunpoint by marauders, along with the copper wire to the phone company stolen. Why they didn't just take the electric power transformers while they were at it I don't know. And that was in a functioning nation-state with a not-hopeless police function.

about 3 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

sphealey Re: Wrong concern (409 comments)

Except when you do it in-house, you are paying once for the management and "risk management". When you outsource you are going to pay anywhere from 1.5x (with a good, trustworthy established outsourcing entity) to 4x or more (for a fly-by-night "cloud" vendor).

Which is better, pay less or pay more?

sPh

about 3 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

sphealey Re: Wrong concern (409 comments)

- - - - - You aren't outsourcing risk. Proper configuration, application security and the like are still YOUR responsibility. - - - - -

And of course you have to either provide backup yourself or routinely hard-verify the cloud provider's backup scheme. And you'd better have a backup-backup offsite recovery contract for when the cloud provider announces it can't really recover (e.g. Hurricane Sandy). And a super-backup plan in case the cloud provider disappears with no forwarding address, or has all its servers confiscated by DHS.

So.... tell me what the big advantages of "cloud" are again?

sPh

about 3 months ago

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