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[#] Mon Oct 22 2018 14:08:30 EDT from fleeb <>

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Hm, isn't that this whole 'sun-will-have-a-big-flare-that-kills-the-routers' thing?

Except... that isn't as much about man's impact on the climate as the sun's impact on the earth in general. Or maybe our over-dependance upon the information super-highway.

[#] Mon Oct 22 2018 14:34:58 EDT from Haven

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Isn't this the reason why TCP/IP over Avian carrier was created?   


I was supporting a local government, and actually started to write up TCP/IP over Cervidae at one point.  We were trying to figure out how to provide Wifi in a fairly large park.    

[#] Mon Oct 22 2018 14:54:26 EDT from fleeb <>

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Hmm... TCP/IP over a solfeggio...

"Do, a deer, a female deer..."

[#] Tue Oct 23 2018 14:56:31 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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hmm ... the idea of solfeggio-encoding *anything* sounds appealing. Break it down into Base 7 (or base 11, if you want to include chromatics) and then render using the solfeggio syllables. Bonus points for inserting invalid syllables (such as "fu") which must be stripped out during decoding.

Now I want to stop everything and write a program that does this encoding and then sings it for you.

[#] Thu Oct 25 2018 11:59:39 EDT from fleeb <>

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Hrm... how does one introduce base 11 in solfeggio? Were there alternative syllables for the 'black' notes?

*tappity tip tap tap*

Uh uh:

Basically, for the sharpened note, change the vowel portion to 'i'. So:

do di re ri mi fa fi sol si la li ti do

But if you're doing 'minor' solfeggio, it changes, and the 'flattened' note gets an 'e' for the vowel:

do di re me mi fa fi sol le la te ti do

Ugh. This system feels convoluted, although I guess I see where they're coming from. But it wouldn't be very straightforward for solfeggio-encoding software. And there's already precedent for base 7 encoding in software engineering (where the 8th bit might have been used for parity, so only 7 bits were available), so I'd go with the straightforward non-chromatic solfeggio encoding.

Maybe when I get home, I'll write some utterly pointless software to solfeggio-encode binary files so you can literally sing to an executable you've compiled in whatever key you want.

[#] Mon Oct 29 2018 11:24:44 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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This is why I like you so much. Your brain has the same kind of damage mine does :)

[#] Fri Nov 02 2018 14:51:40 EDT from fleeb <>

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I need to remember to do this.

Then sing an encoded message to my vocal instructor, who will torture me with instructions to use the next octave up or something.

[#] Wed Apr 10 2019 15:30:11 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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There's a lot of chatter about Gen 4 nuclear energy lately. For those of you just getting up to speed: Gen 4 plants literally cannot melt down, and they consume the nuclear waste from the old-style nuclear plants as fuel.

Learn more by searching your favorite internets for the #GreenNuclearDeal hash tag. Even the notorious mega-criminal Bill Gates has put his mindshare and funding behind it.

The reason this is a big deal is because it's beneficial regardless of which side of the climate debate you're on. If you're a realist who knows that the economy depends on cheap, clean, plentiful energy, Gen 4 nuclear provides it. If you still believe the global warming myth, Gen 4 nuclear is carbon neutral. There's nothing to dislike about it, no matter who you are.

What happens next will tell us who actually wants clean and plentiful renewable energy, and who was just using it as a bargaining chip for some other motive.

[#] Wed Apr 10 2019 22:07:11 EDT from zooer

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In the 1950s they said there would be a nuclear generator in each home, can we finally have this?  They promised the world flying cars complete with a mother-in-law seat as well.

[#] Thu Apr 18 2019 22:53:29 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Did they actually say that? The way I heard it was that nuclear power was going to make electricity too cheap to meter (kind of like domestic landline telephone service is now). That's why all-electric homes were the big trend of the era.

That probably would have become reality if a few people hadn't freaked out and went all anti-nuclear. All things considered, even the "unsafe" reactors have a terrific safety record. Gen 4 doesn't even have the same risks, because the plants literally cannot melt down -- if you don't actively continue running the reactor it just kind of comes to a stop. And they consume the waste from older reactors as fuel. There's no downside.

A few people have started to notice. I think it's the answer. Bill Gates agrees, and since I'm smarter than Bill Gates, I hereby approve of it too, so listen to me.

If the electric car people want a transition away from fossil fuels, we need an energy source that is both sustainable *and* plentiful. Wind and solar can be part of the mix but they don't scale and don't have consistent output. We need nuclear, and lots of it.

(Disclosure: I live downwind of an older nuclear power plant. And, I am a person who worries A LOT. Guess what I *don't* spend a single moment worrying about?)

[#] Sat Apr 20 2019 21:07:49 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Of course you don't worry about it. If it all goes to hell, you won't be around to worry.

[#] Mon Apr 22 2019 14:48:57 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Actually no, if that plant were to vent radiation it wouldn't be a clean kill; I'd get very sick and die slowly. And it's still nowhere near the top of things I worry about.

Gen 4 nuclear has been in the news for a little while now, and people are starting to notice. Predictably, the people in favor of it are those who actually want us to have large amounts of clean energy, and the people against it are those who were really just using "teh climate!!!1" as a bargaining chip for their own agenda. Suddenly they want us to think about Chernobyl again.

[#] Tue Apr 23 2019 11:03:00 EDT from fleeb

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Most of the criticisms I see regarding generation 4 nuclear reactors involve the fact that people make mistakes.

Which is true, of course. We do. And machines fall apart. Or have human programmers.

But then, that's how it has always been, even with our current power production methods. So I guess the concern isn't that humans make mistakes, really.
I guess the concern is that the consequences for those mistakes seem more dire where nuclear reactors are concerned.

I dunno... seems like a nuclear reactor that mitigates as much of the human error as relates to these kinds of mistakes as possible should be welcomed.
I guess people simply have cold feet on the topic, given the older technologies that didn't work too well, and the human errors that lead to some pretty awful problems (Japan and Russia, in particular).

[#] Tue Apr 23 2019 12:31:30 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Human errors and tsunamis..

[#] Wed Apr 24 2019 14:25:32 EDT from fleeb

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"All suffused with an incandescent glow..."

- Tom Lehrer

[#] Wed Apr 24 2019 17:06:40 EDT from wizard of aahz

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We'll all go together when we go...

[#] Mon May 20 2019 14:45:06 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I guess the concern is that the consequences for those mistakes seem

more dire where nuclear reactors are concerned.

Imagine a world where some of the people believe that the continued use of hydrocarbon fuels will cause enough climate change to render the planet uninhabitable.
I know, that's a ridiculous concept, but stay with me here.

What's worse? Global catastrophe, or an occasional localized nuclear accident (most of which are now avoidable through better technology) ? Nuclear already creates a fraction of the casualties, per unit of energy generated, compared to oil, gas, and coal.

Consider that solar and wind cannot scale to meet our current energy needs, and we simply can't afford *not* to scale up on nuclear.

[#] Mon May 20 2019 14:53:42 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I dunno... seems like a nuclear reactor that mitigates as much of the

human error as relates to these kinds of mistakes as possible should be

I guess people simply have cold feet on the topic, given the older
technologies that didn't work too well, and the human errors that lead

to some pretty awful problems (Japan and Russia, in particular).

Yes. This.

The latest reactor designs are simply incapable of the kind of failure modes experienced at TMI and Fukushima. It's difficult to comment on Chernobyl because they were deliberately operating that reactor outside of its design specification, with some of the safety mechanisms disabled, so they kind of had it coming.

So let's use Fukushima as an example. The tsunami didn't destroy the reactor, or the containment building. It rendered the plant's control mechanisms inoperable, including the external diesel generators that supplied power *into* the plant to keep it running when it wasn't generating power. The control rods couldn't drop, and the reactor went supercritical. This simply cannot happen in a Gen 4 reactor. When the reaction is not sustained by positive action from the operators, it just sort of cruises to a thermal stop.

[#] Fri Jul 26 2019 11:53:56 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Will we be force-marched to electric cars before they're truly viable for everyone?

The federal government is attempting to implement mileage requirements for cars and light trucks at roughly 37 miles per gallon on average instead of hiking them to roughly 51 miles per gallon for 2025 models. The same proposal would also revoke California's authority to set its own rules.

In response ... Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, and BMW are working directly with California to standardize on California's requirements instead of the federal government's.

The concern here is that this seems like a de-facto ban on non-electric cars and trucks. Incandescent light bulbs aren't specifically outlawed; they simply can't meet the lumens-per-watt requirements of the efficiency laws. 51 MPG, or even 37 MPG, would seem to force automakers to build only electric vehicles.

And of course it doesn't even solve any perceived emissions problems, because it simply moves the emissions to an electric plant somewhere.

[#] Fri Jul 26 2019 13:44:07 EDT from LoanShark

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51mpg would probably require hybrids but it's a goal that's well within reach because it's probably a legal fiction - for example, a 2018 BMW 330e gets 71 MPGe, which means they're simply assuming you plug in your hybrid from time to time.
California could win in a legal challenge to preserve their right to set their own standards, and its in the automakers' interest to only have to conform to one standard.

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