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    • in reply to: Now, for a change, let's talk about nuclear power. #2242380
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      AskWoody Lounger

      Yes – though by no means an expert, I’ve read up on all of those and it’s the tokamak for me; it’s the most elegant, and I’m an Occam’s razor type of guy. But still, you never know…

      One development of the tokamak was where they’d been making it too accurate; the plasma mass wouldn’t stay stable and kept touching the sides, and it just sorta…fizzled out. They realised (with the help of a super-computer) that they needed to put in place a few irregularities so that the plasma just goes where it wants to. It worked and now they’re bumping the underside of the parity ceiling (that point on the graph where they get as much energy out as they put in).

      ITER is planned to be lit in 2025, though the present crisis just may have an effect on that. I think we’ll get there sooner.

      in reply to: Now, for a change, let's talk about nuclear power. #2242165
      tonyl
      AskWoody Lounger

      Actually, there’s no nuclear waste. The reactor vessel is bombarded by neutrons, and that wears it out. It needs replacing after a few years and kept underground for a hundred years, after which time it’s safe to handle again, and can be recycled into a new vessel, and can be re-used. Compare that to what you get from a fission plant. Typically, it would be about twenty (ish) tons of metal – one truck load.

      Later designs are using a new type of blanket (the material lining the inside of the vessel, and the part that gets hot and is used to heat the water) which is said to protect the outer metal, and they look interesting.

      Fact is, we’re learning all the time, and the rate at which we’re learning is rising exponentially. It makes Moore’s law look silly. Exciting times.

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      in reply to: Now, for a change, let's talk about nuclear power. #2241927
      tonyl
      AskWoody Lounger

      Nuclear fusion has, surprisingly, only been mentioned once here, and then only in passing. But the old joke (fusion power is only twenty years away, and always will be) isn’t being bandied about any more.

      I once had a contact at JET here in the UK (I was involved in supplying their hydrogen, and visited the site many times), and I’ve kept up my fascination in the industry. Development is continuing at pace, and I wouldn’t be too eager to dismiss it out of hand. I’m quite convinced that our children will think fusion power is the norm. We’re getting there.

      in reply to: Hyperlinks, new tab or same tab? #2224018
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      AskWoody Lounger

      Long ago I got into the habit of middle-clicking. That way, you always know what it’s going to do.

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      tonyl
      AskWoody Lounger

      I was first introduced to the work of the brilliant Nick Park by a series of TV ads for the electric companies. (We have a long history of excellent ads here in the UK; shame they keep getting interrupted by programmes.) This led me to discover Creature Comforts.

      After that, Wallace & Gromit was a done deal. With Shaun the Sheep, I was lucky; I was working strange hours at the time, I happened across some Children’s TV (as you do) and I was immediately hooked.

      One of the things I like about Park’s work is the attention to detail; there’s a lot going on in the background, especially in the later stuff. You can see it developing as his work progresses; little at first, then lots later. It’s all blink-and-you-miss-it stuff, and you can watch it all again and see more each time.

      Shame everyone thinks it’s for kids…

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      in reply to: Macrium Partition on WINXP Pro-Gone! #2154140
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      AskWoody Lounger

      What a mess. If you can boot with the WinXP CD, why not use that to copy your data onto other media? I’m assuming that the HD is readable, of course. Then format the HD to see if it eliminates any errors, and reinstall.

      That seems simpler to me, unless I’ve misread the situation.

      in reply to: Remedies for common password pains #2110727
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      AskWoody Lounger

      Keepass can create passwords for you. In fact, you never need know what they are yourself,  even; I like that.

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      in reply to: Remedies for common password pains #2110638
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      What’s the point? According to every movie I’ve seen, all you have to do is type *override password* and you’re in…

      in reply to: Closing the book on Windows 7 #2087634
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      AskWoody Lounger

      Hear, hear. We had all this malarkey with the demise of Windows XP, and here I am, still using it on two machines. I’ve had no malware, my computers haven’t exploded, and no boxing glove has come out of my screen and punched me on the nose.

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      in reply to: Essential tools for a computer technician #2042144
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      12″ wooden ruler.

      Perfect for rapping the knuckles of people who don’t back up their computers.

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      in reply to: ISP will not allow Windows7 after EOL question #2041065
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      AskWoody Lounger

      There’s no way I’d put up with that from an ISP. I think a change to another one is in order.

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      in reply to: Music Artist Picture Quiz #2040131
      tonyl
      AskWoody Lounger

      Manic Street Preachers

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      in reply to: Music Artist Picture Quiz #2040130
      tonyl
      AskWoody Lounger

      I can’t see it either. Did you find Green Day and The Doors? Once you see ’em, you can’t unsee ’em lol

      in reply to: Music Artist Picture Quiz #2040000
      tonyl
      AskWoody Lounger

      OK, forget Dollar; it was 50 cent. I’m not too clever on American money…

      And I can definitely see some Deep Purple. There’s also a rooster; with better resolution I could probably tell if it’s atomic or not.

      ETA The Mountains And The Trees (Canadian folk band)

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      in reply to: Quick games to waste time playing #2023019
      tonyl
      AskWoody Lounger

      Not quick and not a waste of time, but here it is anyway:

      http://continuitygame.com/playcontinuity.html

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