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Safe Nuclear power is coming soon.

Let’s talk about nuclear power.  We all know that uranium is mined from the earth  and  used to make either nuclear power plants or military weapons, such as nuclear bombs.
In the periodic table uranium is at the high end with a number of  U-238 is the desirable form of uranium.  At in the other end of the table we find light elements of hydrogen, helium and lithium. They also can be used to make powerful weapons, with the help of uranium.

Now let’s talk about something you may not have heard about.  Among the elements there is one called Thorium

On the periodic table of elements Thorium is na single isotopic form ,  Th-232 ,and has  the remarkable property of also being able to produce nuclear power yet without the risk of explosion.  And not only that, the by products of Thorium are much safer than the byproducts of uranium.

So is this a new discovery?  Not at all.  The research on Thorium was done along, long time ago.  As to why Thorium was never widely used for peaceful nuclear power, you judge that for yourself.

For more information just go to your favorite search engine such as Yahoo or Google and enter  the keywords ‘power from Thorium.’

Comments? Guess why I capitalized Thorium.

One of many articles: http://world-nuclear.org/info/inf62.html

“Peace on earth, goodwill to men” – What does it mean?

While searching this idea,  I found  the following post:
“Peace on earth, goodwill to men”? The Latin has it, `et in terra pax hominibus, bonae voluntatis”. Note the Latin genetive case in the words `bonae voltuntatis’.
The phrase properly rendered is,
“Peace on earth to men of good will”.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1538481/posts

That makes sense. The news was not given to a crowd in the village, but to a group of humble men watching over sheep. It was not an unconditional promise of peace for everybody.
The point here is that peace is not available to those that do not want it. Here we are over 2000 years later and there remain so many who hate peace. Hopefully, that will change soon.

For more information, just search the phrase “peace on earth good will toward men” and find many interesting articles.

 

Should you try Linux again?

A few years ago there was an effort to draw computer users away from the Windows Desktop software. The alternative would be to use a new free software called Linux. The movement did well in getting the support of both individuals, like myself, and even some big companies. Linux did probe itself to be good software for some kinds of work. But it did not make the owner of Windows , Microsoft Corporation, lose a lot money.

Eve now they are many who think Wine, a software tool, no the tasty liquid,  will merge Microsoft Windows 7 and Linux together. It will not happen. A waste of time. It was tried before and did not work well. There were both technical and legal reasons.  Those reasons still exist. Let me illustrate.

Suppose somebody wanted to adapt old Ford automobiles to use Honda engines. It may be possible with a lot of hard work. But a simple do-it-yourself kit is never going to appear on the market. And if it even stated to become a reality – Honda would not want to sell its engines without selling the rest of the automobile. It is a simple as that..

Any comments?

Why stop online piracy

Last week we posted some information about the basic rules of copyright. Having copyright law helps both individuals and commercial organizations.  And it goes beyond that, it also protects the higher quality of life in other areas.
But what about on line piracy? What does it mean when they saying we should stop online piracy?  This really goes beyond using copyright laws.  It is a new attempt to prevent intentional or even accidental violation of copyright law over the Internet.
You know about  Netflix and YouTube. The Netflix plays online movies for a modest fee paid once a month for as many movies and who wish to watch.  On the other hand, the YouTube web site offers all wide variety of videos for free.  Most are very short.  Some of these are possibly violation of copyright law. But Netflix has a contract with the movie producers to show movies online with their permission.
The issue is about  web sites that show videos or even full  movies without the permission of the authors of such material.  If there is sufficient evidence that any web site is allowing this to happen, authorities would have the power to turn off the web site to prevent any more copyright violations.
But wait, here’s the devil in the details, shutting off a web site because of a number of copyright violations would also shut down all the legitimate material available on that side.  And you can imagine, this has become a very controversial issue.
To learn more about this very hot topic you can enter some of these keywords into your favorite search engine, such as Yahoo or Bing. The principal keywords are “stop online piracy“, or the letters SOPA,  an abbreviation for the legislation now in the United States Congress.

Copyright Basics. What Is Copyright?

The full text is found in a PDF document at: www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf

Copyright Basics.  What Is Copyright?
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States
(title 17, U.?S.?Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including
literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This
protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Section 106
of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive
right to do and to authorize others to do the following:
•  To reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords;
•  To prepare derivative works based upon the work;
•  To distribute copies or phonorecords of the work to the public by sale or
other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
•  To perform the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and
choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audio?
visual works;
•  To display the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and
choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural
works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audio?
visual work; and
•  In the case of sound recordings,* to perform the work publicly by means of
a digital audio transmission.
In addition, certain authors of works of visual art have the rights of attribu?
tion and integrity as described in section 106A of the 1976 Copyright Act. For
further information, see Circular 40, Copyright?Registration?for?Works?of?the?
Visual?Arts.
It is illegal for anyone to violate any of the rights provided by the copyright
law to the owner of copyright. These rights, however, are not unlimited in
scope. Sections 107 through 121 of the 1976 Copyright Act establish limitations
on these rights. In some cases, these limitations are specified exemptions from
copyright liability. One major limitation is the doctrine of “fair use,” which
is given a statutory basis in section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act. In other
instances, the limitation takes the form of a “compulsory license” under which
certain limited uses of copyrighted works are permitted upon payment of
specified royalties and compliance with statutory conditions.

The full text is found in a PDF document at: www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf

Old software for Old Computers.

If you have an old computer, don’t waste your money to install  software on it.  Just format the hard drive and install the original system. That is the best choice. But there is a catch. You will need some expert help.

Microsoft not longer supports Windows 2000 and support for Windows XP will soon end. Finding all the updates can be a major chore if you decide to install either of these on an older computer. You need to knew about HFSLIP. What is it? Read this:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
HFSLIP was an open source Hotfix and Service Pack slipstreaming utility designed to update Windows 2000, XP, and Server 2003 installation sources. HFSLIP could be considered a command line interface version…
For hotfixes that were non-standard or required a special installation procedure, HFSLIP integrated these instead, placing them as they were in the SVCPACK folder, to be installed automatically near the end of Windows setup.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HFSLIP

More references can be found on the link posted above.

Chocolate is good for us.

Have some chocolate today!. It is good. Here is a recent news story:

a new study from BMJ.com finds that eating chocolate is no sin. In fact, it was associated with a 37% lower risk of developing heart disease.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for more than a quarter of all adult deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
….
It’s not clear why, but some past studies have attributed chocolate’s heart benefits to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which may help blood pressure and improve insulin resistance.

Read more:  Chocolate is good for your heart.

Get Yourself a Job in North Dakota.

You can get a job in North Dakota and make $15 an hour making  tacos. In a small town in North Dakota close to the Canadian border hundreds of people, maybe thousands,really are  moving in to get jobs. And getting them. If you  can walk and want to work, you qualify! If you can’t talk, try anyway. Or even if you don’t walk.

This story has been reported by CNN and appears to be legitimate.  The big oil companies have found there is a huge oil reserves in North Dakota and they are bringing in as many people as they can to exploit this new source of domestic crude oil.
If you are interested, just do a search on the Internet to for jobs in North Dakota. Here are just a few links I found this morning on Bibg.

http://www.career-hound.com/jobs/index.jsp?location=North%20Dakota&SID=5440734
http://money.cnn.com/2011/10/28/pf/America_boomtown_jobs/index.htm
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2016599974_dakotaoil25.html

No joke here. The  links are serious.  And there are many more links like that.

By the way, it’s very cold in North Dakota so bring your flannel underwear.

Why hard drive fail. Part two.

Earlier it was mentioned that excessive heat will  cause hard drive failure.  Closely related to that is dust.  Not simply the presence of dust on the hard drive. Ddust build up inside a laptop computer interferes with airflow.  A laptop computer requires occasional maintenance using a can of compressed air to remove dust build up from the air vents.
It should be obvious that dropping a laptop computer will cause serious harm.  That applies to the hard drive inside a laptop.  Although modern designs have improved, the hard drive can be damaged by severe shock from a fall.  This is where prevention is better than a cure.
Most laptop owners would not remove their hard drive is on regular basis.  But when they do, bad handling could also shortened the life of the hard drive. .  Nevertheless, occasionally a laptop owner of will have to remove the hard drive for  inspected and put it back in.  Just be careful and do not squeeze or push on the top and bottom surfaces of the hard drive assembly.  Instead, holder by the edges.
This discussion has been aimed primarily at hard drives in laptop’s.  With desktop Computers  some other issues would appear to bring on hard drive failure.  Most often this is when the owner it tries to change the hard drive from one computer to another.  More information on this in another post next week.