7 posts • joined 15 Jun 2011
Fear peddling doom mongers surely not?
At last someone who describes the bulk of the environment lobby as they really are: a bunch of illogical nutters who try and use fear and hysteria to get their way. You can care about the environment and still be in favour of progress. If we want power/oil/gas for our little creature comforts we have to take some calculated risks, personally I’d prefer half a dozen nuclear power stations than 1,000s of windmills, but that may be just me.
When is a terrorist not a terrorist
I think everyone agrees that trident won't protect against a genuine independent terrorist attack. However, is it realistic to think that a genuine terrorist could get hold of a true to god nuke (not a dirty bomb) without support from a government? They might try like mad by themselves but as they haven't managed it yet are they likely to in future?
Any government that helped a terrorist attack another nuclear armed country would have to be real certain that it couldn't be traced back to them. If it was, you know their capital would be number one on the targeting list. That in itself would deter many a rogue government. Not foolproof but certainly not to be ignored.
I'd like to see the costing for building more than four Vanguard replacement subs. Would it not be possible to design them to be able to switch from the ICBM role to a conventional cruise missile launcher like the US did with their old subs (Ohio class?).
How much more expensive would they be over the Astutes? Drop a couple of planned extra Astute class boats and replace with the dual capable SSBNs. Its not as if some of the roles that the current attack subs are designed for couldn't be done by a conventionally armed SSBN, like firing cruise missiles at Afghanistan. Would give us extra options, and if you're planning for the future you need to keep your options open.
Real world vs the cloud?
I'm confused. Say you were to pay for a storage locker in the physical world and that the operator got into trouble for allowing others to store illegal items in their lockers. As I understand it the US gov is saying it would have a right to seize not only the storage lockers but all property held within them by the storage operator irrespective of to whom each item belonged to or whether it was a perfectly legal item. I can't believe that would be the case in the real world and I believe there should be no difference in the cloud. Just because I'm paying someone for storage in an electronic medium should not mean that I lose the legal ownership of that file. If the terms and conditions of the cloud storage provider state that I do lose ownership, I can see an urgent need to amend those conditions in light of this.
"use the increasing number of lawful services which exist..."
If only the lawful services were of a reasonable quality. That may change but the likes of Lovefilm and other online, instant access TV/film media services have extremely limited selection compared to the vast array of piratable torrents.
If you want to sit down on a Sunday afternoon and watch a random old movie or an old episode of a particular sitcom, you are out of luck. Legally that is......
Maybe by 2015 the legal online sites might be up to scratch. If so, I and many others might actually use them.
Use hydrogen instead of helium for your rockoon. Hydrogen is as cheap as chips. Highly explosive/flammable I grant you, but where is El Reg’s sense of risking all for the glory of science?
Just a bit of common sense....please?
Just got back from the soon to be “nuclear free” Germany. Considering the huge numbers of wind turbines all over the place and the fact that they are going to have to start importing leccy from nuclear France why can’t they just build one or two conventional power plants. If the nimbys think that new nuclear is so unsafe, they should realise that if a new nuke plant went up like Chernobyl (Impossible!) in France it would still make them glow in the dark.
Reliable renewables are few and far between. How much more hydro could we realistically build in this country? And we know that the environmentalists would go “nuclear” if you started talking Severn barrage tidal generation.
I believe electricity should be either government or not for profit owned. We should have a far greater energy efficiency policy and increase micro generation as much as possible. New build housing should by default have photovoltaic or thermal panels installed. Buying leccy from other countries is just lazy and costly, but is politically an easier thing to sell than the harsh reality of new nuclear/coal /gas power plants.
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