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The water won't be radioactive (above normal levels) all year.
It's won't have significant levels after a month (assuming that the contamination was a one instance release)
An office worker needs to work 40 hours a week. They may (with flexitime) choose to work more on a Monday and Tuesday, and less on a Thursday and Friday.
That doesn't mean that they've done too much work on Monday, just that they've redistributed their working week.
(Sorry - not a good analogy, but the best I can come up with in zero time)
Main reason the limits are set:
There isn't a evidence for any risk at levels significantly higher than the legal limits. But, partly due to wild mistrust of anything with the "N" word, we have these very low limits in place.
If I recall correctly, when I was at school it was the case that normal tea bags were actually sufficiently radioactive that technically they should have been dealt with as Medium Level Waste. (Note that I can't currently spot anything to back that claim up - not that I've tried very hard)
As in didn't collapse (except the crane) or suffer significant structural damage from what we can only describe as an $EXPLETIVE big earthquake followed by an $EXPLETIVE big tsunami.
Following that there have been a couple of explosions, and the occasional evacuation for limited time.
Seriously - that's what's good about this place, you can see and predict the dangers which are happening.
If I was outside the plant at the time of the quake/tsunami then I'd likely not care what was going on - I'd be on a cloud with a harp already...
irradiating the land you aim to occupy is such a good plan.
I think we can do at least as well as the Egyptians did a few thousand years ago when they buried their kings/gods. That would be a legacy ;)
Think about a couple of reinforced concrete pyramids ;) Of course we could also go for deep, deep sea storage, or (when we finally build a space elevator) we could chuck it back at the greatest local nuclear reactor of all - the sun.
Oh, and the minor point that most fission power stations have some quite significant defences (in the form of concrete and steel).
Looking around the area one of the safest places to be was inside the power plant - new information indicates that the tsunami was twice the height of the defence design specification. There have been a handful of "normal" deaths (i.e not related to ionising radiation sources).
The buildings survived rather well - the shutdown was well in progress when the tsunami took out significant amounts of the infrastructure (but still not the buildings)
We should carry on building nuclear reactors as safely as we know how, we should look at non-weapons tech to build safer reactors still. We should look at mini plants (substation sized).
What's the point in allowing a second list?
Whitelists == OR
Blacklists == AND
required, and must contain letters and/or digits.
Better than them (or say the petrochemical plants) being totalled by the quake.
If they'd just vented straight to atmosphere initially, would we have had the hydrogen explosions?
Maybe that's the important bit here - In cases like this we should just vent anything with a half-life below 10 minutes (or above a few trillion years (that's >1000 times the most stable uranium isotope)) direct to the atmosphere.
Or maybe we'll use dedicated, remote, intermediate chambers...
My daily dose.
Although I saw something about Libya on the news today - is there something going on there?
We should look at that <50 fatalities over 40 years and then look at each reactor. We might want to look at their backup systems better, and look at what the design considerations were.
Some may then be retired early.
We should however look at the more modern breed of reactors, and see what we can do about developing non weapons tech power generation from nuclear sources.
I'm remaining massively impressed with the over engineering of these reactors - in the same way that I was impressed that the twin towers stood for over an hour after being hit by a completely unenvisioned* attack. It's not that it's a good thing, but it's not nearly as bad as the petrochemical** fires burning all over the affect areas, nor the general collapse of buildings, destruction from the tsunami...
I am getting somewhat concerned that the world is ignoring the massive crisis occurring outside the gates of these plants.
* They were designed to cope with an unladen, slow 737 (largest plane at the time) searching for the airport - not fully fuel laden, full speed 757s.
** Including the various gas fires from broken gas mains.
For finally asking the question that had been floating round my head since the article...
I should be dead then.
I've eaten 4kg in 90 minutes on more than one occasion without any ill effects ($SUPERMARKET had a BOGOF on 2kg bars, I left my self control behind)
I can't imagine than an extra 4kg would be fatal
Why "plane shaped"
The concept of a (possibly lift generating body) airship has got to reduce the required power for flight.
Or a lifting delta...
I can't imagine than "long thin straight rigid wing" is absolutely ideal - it just doesn't look it...
Might be limitations to do with required speed to overcome any wind...
That the Panda farm is running it?
My complaint exactly.
Although I come at from a different angle (evangelical Christian) I agree that there is a world of difference between:
- No religion
An Athiest has a FAITH - albeit a faith that there is nothing.
Not spoken to many antitheists, but wikipedia (all hail) suggests that this is also a faith position.
The honest answer for most people who don't KNOW that their answer is different is "agnostic" or "don't know"
"This argument is unlikely to cut much ice with F1 driver Fernando Alonso, who was quick to criticise the new limit and warned it was so low that drivers could nod off from boredom, with fatal consequences."
Err - what?
Maybe they shouldn't be on the road if they are within a couple of kph of "dropping off from boredom"
Heaven help them if they ever get to a town, city, corner, traffic jam - anything that requires them to drop their speed by more than a few furlongs per fortnight...
Because I presume the distance is important - even an extra couple of mm can have a huge effect, most other phones bury their antenna a bit more deeply than the iPhone.
"This might justifiably annoy motorists, as it is they who pay for the streets and roads. So far from helping pay for the infrastructure they use (and destroy, and block up), buses are heavily subsidised: cyclists and pedestrians use the facilities for free. But the roads budget (no more than £15bn annually) is dwarfed by the revenues received by the government from road tax and fuel duty (£46bn as of last year)."
Please correct this drivel:
Road tax does not exist (abolished in the 1930s), VED is based on emissions, so many motor cars pay nothing.
Fuel duty is no more saved to pay for the roads than duty on alcohol is used to build breweries.
The cost to the NHS/Police/Fire service of traffic "incidents" vastly outweighs any contribution from fuel duty etc. Motorists in this country are very nicely subsidised...
Also most cyclists pay more attention to red lights than most motorists. I'm generally horrified at the number of motorists who treat amber or "just red" as green.
Lock my PC when I walk away, unlock it when I return...
That's what it's useful for, although I already have several lanyards, so would rather something that clipped onto one of those...
500ms is a long time
I like the fact that I don't need to break stride while walking through the gates on the tube - I barely notice them, ticket in, by the time my hand has got to the top of the machine the ticket is out to be grabbed on the way past.
In Sydney their systems take sufficiently long that I had to stop, and that's a pain - the person behind me had to stop, wait for me to go, then step forward and stop...
350ms seems like a better target to me!
Does it have...
A web browser / mail client?
If so then I do want one - although I'd have been happy with e-ink and a greater runtime.
Isn't that what the monotonies commision are for
It's widely installed because it's foisted on the unsuspecting masses (and government employees)
Has the chase car crashed, been pulled over by the local police, or just stopped for a pint?
Looks like it's falling
Should be fairly gentle
Although I imagine that it would have difficulty lifting a bowling ball
It's not correct now. A search does not have to be automated to be a search.
Linux isn't secure after all flames...
I've written a good number of scripts which don't require XML - they just need a common format.
How does a space separated list sound (Linked%20URL From%20URL)
Grenade because "XML is like violence. If it doesn’t solve your problem, you’re not using enough of it."
"Snipers armed with existing heavy rifles could potentially pick off targets four or five miles away with a single shot - and these targets could be moving unpredictably as well, as it would be easy to hold a laser dot on them"
It's non trivial to generate a genuine dot at 5 miles (rather than a big fat blob)
Additionally atmospheric disturbances also affect light (twinkling lights across the bay anyone?)
I'm sceptical that it's easy - although clearly it's possible
Purely for the discworld reference
should be a default option on all such devices (iOS, Android, RIM etc..)
Or we should be allowed* multiple SIMs on the same contract so that we don't need multiple line rentals for each device.
* I mean that providers should be compelled to offer additional SIMs for a given contract at a sane rate (50p/month/SIM?).
Optional extras could then include SIM based call limits (so you can stop kids calling Australia, but still have them on a cheap phone contract)
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