Re: What we need...
Sure, government has been funding fusion research - but at a pathetically low level compared with the amount we spend on trying to blow each other up....
33 posts • joined 14 Sep 2007
I may not care if someone knows any one of my bank account number, mothers maiden name, or the name of my first pet - they're all harmless, but i would certainly be concerned if someone were to know all three of them, for example.
So how do you reconcile the openness of a geneology database, the openess of the postcode system, and a facebook field that lists what pets you have?
That Wind v Nuclear article....it proclaims not one person has died in a nuclear incident, compared to wind turbines...and then in the latter counts deaths of people killed while transporting parts or falling off them. Presumably the death of the worker who fell off a crane in Japan should be chalked up as a death for the nuclear industry then? Or people who've died while constructing power stations? Or deaths in Uranium mines?
Notice also how the article seamlessly moves from 'fatalities' into 'incidents' after the first item....
Go to a mother of a young child, give some milk for her baby, then tell her that it contains radiation levels 10% higher than normal.
Thats insignificant - even more so when you consider that 'normal' levels have massive safety margins. And yet, chances are she wont give that kid the milk.
Most Reg readers are nerdy types - they understand that the leaks at Fukashima were, in the wider scheme of things, harmless. But to say that is to miss the point. - Nuclear powere in the near future is dead - no-one will want nuclear stations near their home, not because Nuclear power is dangerous, but because nearby residents think it is.
While Lewis's facts are straight and intentions are honorable, articles like the ones he's come out with this week actually make the situation worse - because when people are afflicted by the sort of cognitive dissonance created by being told nuclear power is safe on one hand while seemingly seeing reactors blow up and smoke pouring out on the other, they're going to assume that the narrative is spin - after all - they just saw (what they thought was) a reactor blowing up....and the day-by-day revisionism doesnt help - 'Nuclear reactors are great'....'Nuclear reactor problems arent as bad as they seem'...'No chance of containment breach'...'Containment breach is harmless'...its a sequence Alastair Campbell would be proud of.
It would have been better to wait until the situation has calmed down, and then produce a dispassionate careful analysis of what happened, what went right, what went wrong, and what we can learn, and what inputs we can take into the future of nuclear power elsewhere in the world.
Given that the process is likely to be:
1. Wipe data x times (x dependent on how paranoid you want to be)
2. Verify that the drives are now blank, byte by byte
3. Physically destroy drive
Then why not stop after 2 and repurpose the drive?
If you've verified at a suitably low level that the data is unreadable then surely thats the end of the story and you can resuse the hardware?
Seems very wasteful. Can someone enlighten me?
'The ONR wants to achieve lab trials at 64 MJ, potentially offering 200 mile range with projectiles striking at Mach 5, before trying to build an actual weapon.'
Surely that already *is* an actual weapon? You wouldnt need much of a projectile to make being hit by it at Mach 5 rather annoying, to say the least...
What are they firing at the moment? Teddy Bears?
...is nothing to do with Harriers, or Tornados. Its to do with the Tomahawk equipped subs in the South Atlantic that we didnt have in 1982.
How do you think the Argentinian High Command would react when we asked them which window of their headquaretrs they'd like a missile put through?
Not to mention the Typhoon detatchment on the islands themselves.
Some of the most successful things ever invented have been because someone, somewhere, took a risk, and by standing on the shoulders of failed predecessors.
Its a shame that such an approach becomes increasing difficult now, thanks to companies keeping one eye on their share price and another on sneering articles like this one...
'there has been a time in the evolution of everything that works when it didn't work'
Complaining that its operating in favourable conditions seems churlish. If the Wright brothers had launched their plane in the middle of a hurricane and it had been destroyed then what would have been achieved?
The progress of civilisation has always been in incremental one.
"but these have the inevitable downside of spraying thousands of cannon shells all over the surrounding area as they do their work - which is unlikely to win over hearts and minds among the neighbours."
Actually, no. Most area protection system use projectiles designed to self destruct long before they return to earth, for precisely this reason.
(Paris, because she too blows as she goes down....)
,,,right. So the GP now has to understand security procedures, backup procedures, hardware requirements etc, not to mention that for electronic records to be of any use they need to be accessible by others, such as if Im admitted to A&E, so you need some kind of permissions system.
Cameron is clueless.
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