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Japan's Nuclear Crisis - Statistically Safer than Air Travel

I was watching The 7PM Project on Channel Ten and the topic was the safety of Nuclear power in the light of the Japan Nuclear disaster.

Japan's Nuclear Power Plant explosions are considered to be arguably the worst nuclear power disasters ever - even if nothing else went wrong from this point onwards (noting that at the time I'm writing this events are still unfolding).

One of the 7PM Project's panelists, Andrew Bolt,  from a pro-nuclear power support position came up with the statement that '...even if you take the Chernobyl Nuclear meltdown only 65 people have ever died from that accident'. So that makes nuclear power safe then?

Fortunately his co-panelist, Charlie Pickering, pointed out that this figure did not take into account all the people who got sick from that melt down but, as it was the end of the show, didn't have time to mention the environmental impact as well.

However, how many times have you heard the often quoted phrase 'If this saves just o…

iPad 2, Steve Jobs - Easy Targets

It's easy to be cynical about the recent launch of the iPad 2. Maybe the original iPad had a rounded back and space for a camera deliberately so the back could be flattened and a camera added when the iPad 2 was released without Apple having to redesign anything?

In other words maybe original iPad could have been 33% thinner and include a camera right from the get go? Only Steve and the boffins at Apple really know for sure. I suspect the camera was left off as a cost cutting measure until Apple were sure they had a market for the iPad. Despite the buzz surrounding the originals launch you can never be 100% sure if a product is going to tank or not.

Apple has become a lot like Google these days. Both used to be the cool companies that everyone would work for (and we could collectively curse the sins of Microsoft with) but both are fast following in the original evil corporate giants footsteps. A company people either love to love or love to hate for no logical or rational reason…

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