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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

zildgulf Re:Glad society is stable for that long (218 comments)

I guess if we are OK with natural selection on people that can read and don't read the signs that could work, maybe.

about a week ago
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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

zildgulf We need Nuclear here! Fission and fusion. (218 comments)

Here in Georgia we are having a heck of a time jumping through the political hoops to build two new much needed pressurized water nuclear (fission) plants in east Georgia. We also have a boiling water nuclear (fission) plant in south Georgia that probably needs to be decommissioned due to age and the problems of radioactive leaks in boiling water reactors inside the reactor containment bunker...er...building.

P.S. How can you call an airtight, air-locked, negative-pressured, yards thick of specially hardened reinforced concrete, enough to survive at least 2 9/11 style airplane crashes, "building" anything but an above ground bunker?

I have to say that where we built our nuclear plants geologically, population-wise, and climate-wise, are the best places to put such nuclear plants. Far better than in the crowded Northeast US or on the West Coast.

In Georgia we have no single "go-to" on alternative energy for base electric generation, no desserts for large scale solar projects, like Nevada, nor massive amounts of land for large scale wind farms, like the Plain states, and we lost much of our hydro capacity in the last 30 years or so. Natural Gas and Nuclear are our go-to for large scale base electric generation and our chance to break from coal. We use too way much coal here in Georgia our air quality has suffered immensely for it. At least nuclear plants do not create millions of tons of CO2 and makes our air cleaner.

I sincerely hope that the fusion plants can be built here.

about a week ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

zildgulf Can't have nice things (728 comments)

Auernheimer is one of the reasons we nice people can not have nice things. The worse problem is his supporters supporting his underhanded crusade against anyone he doesn't like. He is a threat to the safety of his targets to the extent that it most people would be imprisoned for decades for doing what he did. The message our justice system say to would be Auernheimers is "don't screw with the businesses and don't get caught threatening and underhandedly attack people" meaning doing what he did to Kathy Sierra is OK as long as you do it in a way that law enforcement won't care about it.

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

zildgulf Re:So, it has come to this. (742 comments)

With many At-Will employment states, like Georgia, employers fabricate reasons to fire employees in order to deny the fired employee unemployment benefits. If they site no reason or lie to the labor board about the firing the fired employee get unemployment benefits which is paid into by the businesses. The incentive for companies to fabricate reasons to fire employees is to keep their unemployment insurance premiums low.

about two weeks ago
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Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

zildgulf Misread (103 comments)

I misread the phrase "Thailand's National Innovation Agency has spent about $100,000 to develop the e-delicious machine" as "Thailand's National Innovation Agency has spent about $100,000 to develop the ridiculous machine".

about three weeks ago
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Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

zildgulf No one does anything major unless the have to (197 comments)

The harsh truth is that few people do anything unless they have to. We didn't send men back to the moon because we didn't have to. We will not send men to Mars because we don't have to. Faster-than-light communications will not be developed in my lifetime not because physics say that it is impossible, quantum physics says it should be possible, but because we have no need for such technology yet. We will not develop interstellar travel until we have no choice but to develop it.

about 1 month ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

zildgulf Re:Prediction: Undisclosed Settlement (317 comments)

I'm not so sure. It depends on the amount and the number of other like minded organizations that want settlement money too. In isolation a "tiny" settlement to AARC makes sense for all involved. The prospect of thousands of "tiny" settlements would cause resistance.

about 3 months ago
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US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

zildgulf Re:How to regulate something that is unregulateabl (172 comments)

Nonono! You are thinking about the wrong children. In politics the only children that matter are the ones of the oligarchy. BitCoin would make other children middle class and independent of the ruling class' iron grip on their money.

about 3 months ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

zildgulf Re:"Just let me build a bridge!" (372 comments)

There is nothing wrong with planning and needed homework before you start programming. How can you program anything if you don't know what you are trying to create? The prep work is part of the programming.

The problem is when navigating the programming environment itself and the Byzantine bureaucracy itself are more important than actually getting stuff done and eats up 98% of your time and energy. Work in a big shop and you will understand the complexity of changing just "one item" can take weeks, including half panicked conferences with one or so of the few insane junior executives and TPS reporting systems galore. The joke of creating the 15th revision of the development plan that include red and straight lines originally and now changed to blue circles that must act like red straight lines is painfully real in those environments.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

zildgulf Re:For those of us who didn't see it... (401 comments)

SPOILER ALERT - Summary of movie:








Scroll down for the Summary









New Boss: CLOSE, D*mm*t, CLOSE you lazy b*tts!!!
The Salesmen: The leads are weak.
New Boss: I can get closes off your leads, but here is a list of my leads. You don't get my leads because you can't close ANY leads!! I will keep the top two of you guys and the rest of you will pound pavement in a week!
The Salesmen: (Whispers: We got to get those leads and sell them for top dollar).

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

zildgulf Re:So they'll just add (249 comments)

I have never heard an Police Officer in our County Courts actually just say that statement without a follow up question from the Judge first. If the Police Officer says he got an anonymous tip our Judges want some paperwork, any paperwork, stating the tip was called in at such-and-such time and taken by such-and-such person. Otherwise our Judges want a search warrant presented, which are easy and quick for our Police to get anyway. This ruling makes our police officers' standard operating procedures on phone searches far less ambiguous and gives far less wiggle room for the Defense Attorneys.

Maybe I am not seeing this happen and you do is that you would think the police would have to prove the likelihood that the evidence obtained by search was legal. Often I see that the Defense Attorney must prove to the court that the search was illegal when the Police Officer makes his statement and show that he has some paperwork saying so. That makes the evidence gained by legally gray searches by default "legal" and it cannot be dismissed. It is not right but that is what happens.

about 3 months ago
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Gecko Feet Inspire Hand-Held Spider-Man Paddles

zildgulf Gecko Paddles?? (64 comments)

Can these Gecko Paddles save us 15% on our car insurance in 15 minutes?

Oh wait, this is not how any of this works! I can save more in half the time.

"You are never too old, too wacky, too wild
to pick up a book and read to a child" - Dr. Seuss

about 4 months ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

zildgulf Standard Disclaimer (519 comments)

Standard Disclaimer:

This ruling addresses the faults, as seen by the Judge Rolf Treu, of how these specific tenure laws are written and implemented. If other tenure laws allow firing of tenured teachers for proven just cause and tenure selection was given for those teachers with long proven positive track records, over 5 to 10 years, then the decision could have easily gone the other way. To imply that all existing Public School teacher tenure is at an end is an extrapolation nearly to the point of nonsense because tenure laws can be changed to address the faults found by Judge Treu in the existing laws.

about 4 months ago
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IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

zildgulf Re:Duh... (265 comments)

Lessons Learned:

1. Never actively sabotage your employer's equipment in the event that you are let go.
2. Never talk to the police or court without a lawyer. Even an incompetent lawyer is better than representing solely yourself.

about 5 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

zildgulf Re:Q: Why Are Scientists Still Using FORTRAN in 20 (634 comments)

Since almost all hardware can run compiled Fortran code why not keep it if you have lots of legacy stuff that rarely gets reprogrammed. I am a CS grad but my consultant experience shown me that "upgrading" is not always the best thing for my clients. I would say if an upgrade was required that the perfect language to go to is C, not C++, and migrate it faithfully, not using the latest hot CS trend because in such programs reliability is job one. If you can't rely on the migrated program then the migration is a complete failure, as you witnessed.

about 5 months ago
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What Caused a 1300-Year Deep Freeze?

zildgulf Re:Put this in perspective (258 comments)

That may be true in the NYC area but Central and Southern Florida is nothing more than big flat sandbar. We would lose most of Southern Florida if the sea level rose 12 feet. Miami would likely be abandoned. The same for New Orleans which most of the city is already below sea-level due to the gradual rise of the sea-level over centuries.

At this point much of the US could polderize their land like the Dutch have but other countries don't have those resources. Most of Bangladesh's population would be gone, through increased deaths by starvation and migration into India, if a 12 ft increase in sea level happens, no matter how slow the pace. Most island nations would be gone or significantly reduced in land area in that scenario. Even China would have problems with the swelling of the Yellow River flooding farms and villages. People can move but if you flood farms you lose food. It would be more of an economic disaster than a survival problem since such flooding will create tens of millions of refugees being a charge on the remaining economic system.

about 5 months ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

zildgulf Re:Appeal to authority is not good enough (588 comments)

You the phrases "appeal to authority", I do not think it means what you think it means. I think "appeal to authority" is usually an appeal to your superiors, such as political or business leaders, who have no special knowledge in this field, as opposed to referring to proven experts that are outside of vested interests, like the CDC, whose one job is to prevent outbreaks of preventable diseases with the best tools they can get. I do not believe anyone's ignorance, including mine, equals someone else's knowledge.

about 6 months ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

zildgulf Re:That's bullshit. (588 comments)

I agree, that is horse hockey. She shows that her knowledge of basic Chemistry is that of a 4th grader. Sodium Chloride, when broken down chemically creates poisonous Chlorine gas. Pure Mercury is very poisonous, far more poisonous than most Mercuric compounds, which most, if not all, vaccines have removed.

about 6 months ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

zildgulf Re:Let it die (510 comments)

Truer words were never spoken. If you are fluent in another language, whether is be a spoken or sign language, and you decide not to teach it to your children because you want them to be "the same as everyone else" then you do a disservice to your children. If you are a member of a sub-culture you need to pass that along and enrich your children's view of the world and give them skills that others may not have.

There is this drive to make everyone a clone. Everyone must think alike, talk alike, be alike. But it is your differences that make you ultimately valuable to society.

about 6 months ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

zildgulf Re:Let it die (510 comments)

I disagree. Technology cannot stamp out Deaf Culture, but it will radically change it. If you grew up in America with American Sign Language as your primary language and have a cochlear implant then you are still part of the Deaf Community, albeit a new and rapidly growing part of the Deaf community. Every part of the Deaf Community will have to include this new bread of "deaf" people.

To say American Deaf Culture will die is like saying the German speaking American culture should be dead since English and Spanish are the predominate languages of the US. Both cultures are will still be alive as one of many sub-cultures in America.

about 6 months ago

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