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Bill Gates May Build Small Nuclear Reactor

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the more-power-grunt-grunt-grunt dept.

Power 347

Hugh Pickens writes "TerraPower, an energy start-up backed by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, is in discussions with Toshiba Corp. to develop a small-scale nuclear reactor that would represent a long-term bet to make nuclear power safer and cheaper. Toshiba confirmed it is in preliminary discussions with TerraPower, a unit of Intellectual Ventures, a patent-holding concern partially funded by Gates. Toshiba spokesman Keisuke Ohmori says the two sides are talking about how they could collaborate on nuclear technology, although discussions are still in early stages and that nothing has been decided on investment or development. TerraPower has publicly said its Traveling Wave Reactor could run for decades on depleted uranium without refueling (PDF) or removing spent fuel from the device. The reactor, the company has said, could be safer, cheaper and more socially acceptable than today's reactors. Gates's recent focus on nuclear power has been fueled by an interest in developing new power systems for developing countries where he says that new energy solutions are needed to combat climate change. Terrapower faces a lengthy, multi-year process to get its "traveling wave" reactor concept reviewed by regulators but if TerraPower succeeds in advancing its plans, it could provide an alternative blueprint for the nuclear industry at a time when new reactors may be coming online."

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FTFS (0, Flamebait)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 3 years ago | (#31583784)

Toshiba confirmed it is in preliminary discussions with TerraPower, a unit of Intellectual Ventures, a patent-holding concern partially funded by Gates and Toshiba spokesman Keisuke Ohmori says the two sides are talking about how they could collaborate on nuclear technology although discussions are still in early stages and that nothing has been decided on investment or development.

Run-on sentence much?

Re:FTFS (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 3 years ago | (#31583916)

Toshiba confirmed it is in preliminary discussions with TerraPower, a unit of Intellectual Ventures, a patent-holding concern partially funded by Gates and Toshiba. Spokesman Keisuke Ohmori says the two sides are talking about how they could collaborate on nuclear technology, although discussions are still in early stages. Also, he says that nothing has been decided on investment or development.

There, fixed that for them. Alas, it's still not all that readable.

Oh man (-1, Flamebait)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 3 years ago | (#31583790)

I just hope this thing never bluescreens

Re:Oh man (3, Funny)

binarylarry (1338699) | more than 3 years ago | (#31583870)

The bad part is it'll be like japan where his neighbors all have "An error has been detected with your computer and it has been shutdown for your safety...." burned into their skin.

Yes, but does it run... (-1, Redundant)

kirill.s (1604911) | more than 3 years ago | (#31583792)

Windows?

Re:Yes, but does it run... (2, Insightful)

pgmrdlm (1642279) | more than 3 years ago | (#31583902)

Naaa, Bill G. is a closet OpenBSD fan for all his personal use. He would never trust something as slipshod as windows to support anything he is personally involved in.

Preemptive military strike (0, Troll)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 3 years ago | (#31583800)

He's building a bomb, I tell you! A bomb! Send in the troops right now to stop him.

Re:Preemptive military strike (4, Funny)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584446)

He's building a bomb, I tell you! A bomb! Send in the troops right now to stop him.

Running a pirated copy of windows has suddenly become a lot more dangerous.

Re:Preemptive military strike (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31584514)

I'm sure that's not true. And the fact that he's about to announce his research projects into large aquatic carnivores and "laser" technology from within the Gates Foundation Secret Volcano HQ... I mean head office is also mere coincidence.

The blue screen of death... (5, Funny)

gzipped_tar (1151931) | more than 3 years ago | (#31583812)

...finally.

Cherenkov radiation (5, Funny)

mdsolar (1045926) | more than 3 years ago | (#31583920)

The blue glow of death.... Who better than Bill to distribute it?

Re:Cherenkov radiation (2, Funny)

gzipped_tar (1151931) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584024)

Steve Jobs? Rumor says that his RDF has a faintly glowing, aura-like appearance hardly visible to the eyes of us unwashed, barbarian, infidel freetards... ;)

Re:Cherenkov radiation (4, Funny)

jittles (1613415) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584068)

Steve Jobs? Rumor says that his RDF has a faintly glowing, aura-like appearance hardly visible to the eyes of us unwashed, barbarian, infidel freetards... ;)

I believe that glow comes from his halo, you infidel!

Re:Cherenkov radiation (1)

MadKeithV (102058) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584508)

I thought that said "Infidell" for a second.
Which somehow seemed strangely appropriate in the context.

Re:The blue screen of death... (5, Funny)

sharkey (16670) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584160)

Control-Alt-Delete [wordpress.com]

Re:The blue screen of death... (1)

Seth Kriticos (1227934) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584406)

Wouldn't "Blue mushroom of death" be more appropriate?

Re:The blue screen of death... (1)

gzipped_tar (1151931) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584512)

Toxic mushrooms do *not* need Windows to kill you.

"ZOMG FUNGUS!!!!!11"

Live Demonstration coming soon (2, Funny)

Blaskowicz (634489) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584660)

It's plugged in!
It's gonna say, hey I think I got a new device.
It's gonna load the appropriate driver.
You now expect this nuke react.. Wooww!!

scary (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31583828)

"Just ship the reactors out now, we'll patch them on tuesday!"

Re:scary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31583940)

Botnet + arms race = bad

Non story (5, Insightful)

Nuskrad (740518) | more than 3 years ago | (#31583852)

Bill Gates invests in a company. He's not personally building a reactor like some kind of comic book super villain.

Re:Non story (5, Funny)

Leraika (1749124) | more than 3 years ago | (#31583972)

Awwwww.

Re:Non story (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31583974)

... or is he?

Tune in next week for the continuation of this exciting episode!

Re:Non story (1)

c_sd_m (995261) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584742)

The same thing we do every night - try to take over the world.

Re:Non story (5, Funny)

balbord (447248) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584010)

That's just something a loyal minion would say to cover his/her/its boss evil doings.
I'm stockpiling twinkies.

Re:Non story (-1, Troll)

operagost (62405) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584056)

However, he has advocated sterilizing the population through "vaccines" [vanshardware.com] like a super comic book villain. Or maybe just a 20th-century eugenicist.

Re:Non story (2, Informative)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584404)

Just incase someone didn't get it parent is trolling. Bill Gates meant to lower birth-rate by improving quality of life/health. A fairly well understood causation, as quality of life improves and health improves, people have less children. Less children = sustainable populations.

Re:Non story (1)

Stiletto (12066) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584432)

I'm not sure how one can take anything an article says seriously when it starts out with:

"At a time when anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is becoming broadly recognized as a politically driven, pseudo-scientific power-grab,"

LOL

Re:Non story (4, Insightful)

Idarubicin (579475) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584474)

Troll much?

Gates' actual quote:

“if we do a really great job on vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that [his initial 2050 global population projection of 9-billion] by perhaps about 10 to 15 percent.”

Sure, I suppose that could mean that he advocates surreptitiously sterilizing Third-World women under the guise of providing health services.

But what it probably means is that he believes societies with better access to health care have a greater fraction of children survive to adulthood and see far, far, far fewer of their women die in childbirth. Access to birth control permits women to space out their children more, with benefits to the health of mother and child. Those societies (like, say, the villianous dystopias of Canada and Switzerland) tend to have lower overall birth rates and stable populations.

Re:Non story (4, Funny)

eclectro (227083) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584090)

He's not personally building a reactor like some kind of comic book super villain.

No. That's what the underlings are for. Steve Balmer goes nuclear quite often.

Re:Non story (5, Funny)

NonUniqueNickname (1459477) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584134)

Of course he's not going to build it personally. He's going to take someone else's work, put a few 8.3mm screws into it, and say he built it himself.

Re:Non story (2)

JDmetro (1745882) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584172)

The comic book super villan also does not build the reactor with his own bare hands.
He has henchmen do it for him.

Off course not (4, Funny)

Errol backfiring (1280012) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584238)

He's too busy building the organ while stroking the white cat.

Re:Non story (3)

drachenfyre (550754) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584234)

Why do they always have to be villains? Tony Stark wasn't a villain.

Re:Non story (4, Insightful)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584312)

No, but you think Slashdot is going to portray Gates as the hero?

Re:Non story (1)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584590)

Tony Stark is the non whiny version of Batman with a way better suit :P

Oblig Windows Ref (-1, Offtopic)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 3 years ago | (#31583858)

And this reactor will be controled by Windows? I'm not looking forward to a literal blue screen of death.

Re:Oblig Windows Ref (2, Funny)

gzipped_tar (1151931) | more than 3 years ago | (#31583986)

Well, that's what the ALL-CAPS DISCLAIMER texts are for.

Re:Oblig Windows Ref (2, Funny)

Vectormatic (1759674) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584072)

isnt there some clause in the windows EULA that specificly prohibites using it in nuclear installation?

and damn, the MS-shills are out in force today, not a single post with a BSOD joke above the -1 level...

Re:Oblig Windows Ref (4, Insightful)

Mindcontrolled (1388007) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584624)

To be fair - this is a hard day for the poor average slashbot. Should he praise nukular power or damn Bill Gates to hell? Decisions, decisions...

And so it begins (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31583872)

I have been waiting for years for Bill Gates to start using his money for something in the mad scientist realm we all knew it was coming. . .

Nuclear-powered Bill Gates? (5, Funny)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 3 years ago | (#31583884)

If there was ever a more appropriate time for the Bill Gates as Borg graphic, I don't know when that would be. If a nuclear-powered Bill Gates is ever developed, then resistance will be fissile! (sorry, resisting that joke was futile)

Re:Nuclear-powered Bill Gates? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31584372)

What I don't get is why he doesn't invest in an American company, like Westinghouse, or B&W, or GE...

Re:Nuclear-powered Bill Gates? (1)

wavemancali (998656) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584748)

Bring Snoop Dog into the project loop just for the fissile my nizzile?

Lesson (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 3 years ago | (#31583944)

Pride goeth before the meltdown.

Preparing for standoff with Axis of Evil (3, Funny)

Orga (1720130) | more than 3 years ago | (#31583962)

Perhaps he's hoping to get Bing into the Iranian and North Korean search engine markets by threatening them with nukes.

Re:Preparing for standoff with Axis of Evil (1)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584486)

Perhaps he's hoping to get Bing into the Iranian and North Korean search engine markets by threatening them with nukes.

Or free nukes in exchange for search engine monopoly.

Re:Preparing for standoff with Axis of Evil (5, Funny)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584672)

He'd have more luck keeping nukes from Iran and North Korea by threatening them with Bing.

Seems very comic book (3, Funny)

91degrees (207121) | more than 3 years ago | (#31583980)

Next he'll shave his head and then try to defeat Superman.

I Don't Know Man (4, Funny)

crymeph0 (682581) | more than 3 years ago | (#31583982)

In the movies, whenever a billionaire builds a nuclear reactor, James Bond usually has to save the world from his evil schemes.

Re:I Don't Know Man (2)

MartinSchou (1360093) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584026)

Tony Stark would whup Bond's ass and not even break a sweat.

Then he'd take all the Bond babes home - including Moneypenny, leaving Bond wondering just how the hell he's going to get laid in that movie.

Re:I Don't Know Man (1)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584064)

Tony Stark would whup Bond's ass and not even break a sweat.

Sure, with his Iron Man suit and gadgets and whatsits...put Stark and Bond in a straight up fistfight though? I think Bond would be the winner there.

Re:I Don't Know Man (3, Informative)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584374)

Stark vs Bond fistfight? Winner: SHATNER. Always SHATNER.

Re:I Don't Know Man (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584418)

Regarding this story, there should be only one (anti?)hero to reference.

Dr. Jonathan Osterman. [wordpress.com] - Now with Cherenkov radiation effect!

Re:I Don't Know Man (3, Funny)

Anonymous Monkey (795756) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584608)

Um, without the power armor this is how it would go down.

Stark - "Have a drink?"

Bond - "Thank you, Martini sh..."

Stark - "...Shaken but not stirred, I know, Q and I are old friends. By the way, next time you see him, tell him I built something he might like. But for now.." Pours two very large martinis.

Four hours later Bond has his own suit of power armor that looks like a tux and Stark is off chasing skirts.

Re:I Don't Know Man (1)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584740)

With a little mechanical arm holding a collapsible cocktail shaker that pops out the front to shake Bond's drinks!

Re:I Don't Know Man (3, Interesting)

ciaohound (118419) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584178)

Yes, you know the Windows monopoly is finally threatened with real competition when Bill Gates begins development of a new means of holding the world ransom, for one billion dollars.

Mud Bucket Brigade (1)

psbrogna (611644) | more than 3 years ago | (#31583988)

Insert MSlam/Reactor safety quip <here>

Re:Mud Bucket Brigade (1)

u-235-sentinel (594077) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584278)

Insert MSlam/Reactor safety quip <here>

Actually no comment is really needed. Everyone know the blue screen is to protect you from damage. Blue screen's are good ;-)

Not what we need (1, Informative)

erroneus (253617) | more than 3 years ago | (#31583992)

We need "Mr. Fusion." All this nuclear fission based energy is so last-century. We need to get back to the future and use nuclear fusion technologies.

Re:Not what we need (4, Informative)

Wonko the Sane (25252) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584074)

There's still huge potential [youtube.com] for fission power. It's just that civilian reactor technology is basically stuck in the 1970s.

Re:Not what we need (1)

Rising Ape (1620461) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584676)

Having a load of intensely radioactive fission products just sloshing around rather than sealed in a solid fuel element doesn't seem like the best idea. All the mess of a reprocessing facility without the benefit of a cooldown period to dramatically reduce the activity of the fuel.

Re:Not what we need (4, Insightful)

Vectormatic (1759674) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584144)

I'm right on it, just give me oh... say.. 20 years?

anyway, old school 1960s fission isnt all that interessting, these newer reactors which burn spent fuel from the old school reactors, is very very interesting. It reduces the amount of radioactive waste we have to store, and extracts energy in the process. Fusion, is off course the ultimate goal in nuclear technology, but optimising fission to the point where waste is kept to a minimum, and fuel cycles/reactor designs are far more efficient and safe is definitely a good thing

Re:Not what we need (4, Insightful)

Talderas (1212466) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584258)

I still be the greens will oppose this tech under the grounds that it doesn't reduce waste ENOUGH.

It will encourage growth, the very last thing the greens want. Expect to see opposition to it.

Re:Not what we need (4, Funny)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584458)

I have a working to this problem. During the winter, I heat my house by burning hippies.

Re:Not what we need (3, Insightful)

delinear (991444) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584726)

The irony is that burning oil and coal for the last 25 years has probably left the environment much worse off than if everyone had thrown up nuclear reactors in the 80's. Sure, the greens would object to burning coal and oil too, but sometimes you have to compromise and accept the lesser of two evils.

Re:Not what we need (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31584208)

Then maybe it needs funding instead of hand-waving.

*IF* there was concerted effort around getting fusion working, it would be around now. But as soon as it was realized that fusion would not result in another bomb or weapon platform, funding started to dry up.

As for TWR, it's better than nothing. Fission is there until we can get fusion working. Anyway, retarded policy makers are already moving to immobilize current reactor "waste" making it much more difficult if not impossible to use in these cleaner types of breeder reactors. Good luck to Gates' new initiative. I wish him luck.

Re:Not what we need (1)

pete_norm (150498) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584710)

Then maybe it needs funding instead of hand-waving.

No problem! I got this sports almanach here...

Well let me figure this out... (1)

Capt James McCarthy (860294) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584020)

Business see that the Government is now ready to invest in nuclear power and come up with some long term research project that will probably end up getting funded by said government. Yes, $Bill has thrown in his few coins, but I'm sure none of the investors will do it with out any potential for a return in 5 years. Smart business.

Shhh don't say anything negative... (0, Troll)

JDmetro (1745882) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584054)

about Bill Gates or MS the MS fans are lurking waiting to mod their enemies into oblivion.
And the blue screen comments are not allowed, poking fun of some serious flaws in an OS is not allowed here. How would you feel if someone pointed out some of your flaws?
On a more serious note why are these douchebags even allowed to moderate based on their OS preference? There should be full accountability for moderators why are moderators allowed to hide behind their blue cloak of A/C. Speaking of A/C why are high karma people allowed to check the A/C box. If they are too ashamed of what they are saying they should not say it.

It's official (2, Interesting)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584082)

The world has it's first true supervillain.

So who is our superhero? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Obamaman? Anyone?

Remember: no capes!

This being Slashdot... (1)

jwietelmann (1220240) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584376)

Stall-Man (Richard Stallman, not Larry Craig)

Re:It's official (1)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584462)

So who is our superhero? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Obamaman? Anyone?
Remember: no capes!

Well, that leaves out Doctorow. Dang. Lessig?

Gives new meaning to... (2, Insightful)

RogueWarrior65 (678876) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584100)

Blue screen of HOLY MOTHER OF...

Seriously though, this is a good idea. And these should power water-treatment and desalination plants.

Gates (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31584120)

Nobody likes a poor thief.

Obvious concern... (2, Funny)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584124)

Will the reactor be running Vista?

Re:Obvious concern... (4, Funny)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584308)

Yes, briefly.

Re:Obvious concern... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31584428)

Will it run Linux?

hmm.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31584156)

Was anyone else sorely disappointed to find that the PDF (Linked in the article), was only a page long? I was hoping for this long and complicated PDF file that I could sit and read for a while :(

I hope it does not run Windows... (1)

sageres (561626) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584228)

Having survived Chernobyl it gives me a great fear if such reactor runs Windows. We will all be glowing in a dark after that blue screen....

Uncle! (1)

Comatose51 (687974) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584262)

Alright, alright! I'll say "uncle!". You win uncle Bill. I'll go back to using IE. No need to go nuclear on us.

Missing tag (1)

JaneTheIgnorantSlut (1265300) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584272)

Where is the "whatcouldpossiblygowrong" tag?

Gates tries to make amends, but... (5, Funny)

Angst Badger (8636) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584292)

If one of Bill Gates' projects leads to clean and plentiful energy and saves the world from global warming, it still won't make up for IE6.

Maybe nothing will come of it. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31584302)

Intellectual Ventures, eh? If you believe all those article in Techdirt (here [techdirt.com] ,
here [techdirt.com] and
here [techdirt.com] ), it is not so much a patent-holding concern as a patent-scam concern. Maybe Gates is getting ready to milk the nuclear power industry in the same way it is milking the IT and communications industries. If that is so, Gates just might save us from the perils of nuclear power, as the industry would be too busy defending itself in court to build any new plants.

Emerging Market Countries (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584314)

Selling many small nuclear reactors and fuel to "emerging market countries"? Hopefully there is some review process for who can buy these and a tracking process to guarantee the materials stay with the original purchasers. Is Yemen an "emerging market country"?

Toshiba makes sense (4, Informative)

confused one (671304) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584316)

Notwithstanding Mr. Gates ownership of TerraPower... It makes sense for Toshiba to work with them given (a) Their ownership of the Westinghouse legacy (b) Their experience building large nuclear power reactors (c) Their experience designing small, self contained, fail-safe nuclear reactors in the 100kW to 10MW size range.

Re:Toshiba makes sense (1)

milonssecretsn (1392667) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584736)

It makes sense for Toshiba to work with them given (a) Their ownership of the Westinghouse legacy (b) Their experience building large nuclear power reactors (c) Their experience designing small, self contained, fail-safe nuclear reactors in the 100kW to 10MW size range.

I agree. It makes a lot more sense to pass the work to toshiba. Do you guys really want the same company that made your 9 dead Xbox 360s to be producing nuclear reactors themselves?

While Iran Is Touted By Billary Clinton (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31584320)

as a world threat! LOL

Dear Hillary: Please return to your sandbox with
Kim Jong iL [youtube.com] .

Yours In Astrakhan,
Kilgore Trout

Dennis Miller said it best... (0)

ThePlague (30616) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584322)

"Bill Gates is a monocle and a Persian Cat away from being the villain in a James Bond". Building a personal nuclear reactor certainly keeps him on track. It would be better if he built it in a volcano with a bust of his head chiseled into the living rock, but you can't have everything.

Anti-Trust (1)

Kaldesh (1363017) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584330)

The Blue Screen of Death will now cause the green cloud of radioactive fallout! Gate's is simply looking to create a rainbow of diversity for the ways that he can cause pain and destruction. Though... I'm not sure leaping from electronic to biological desolation? Might their be some anti-trust issues here (again)? Billy when oh when will you learn?

. . . and the obligatory: (4, Funny)

jafac (1449) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584334)

"640 volts ought to be enough for anybody. . . "

Scorpio, you're mad! (2, Insightful)

605dave (722736) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584336)

Scorpio!
He'll sting you with his dreams of power and wealth.
Beware of Scorpio!
His twisted twin obsessions are his plot to rule the world
And his employees' health.
He'll welcome you into his lair,
Like the nobleman welcomes his guest.
With free dental care and a stock plan that helps you invest!
But beware of his generous pensions,
Plus three weeks paid vacation each year,
And on Fridays the lunchroom serves hot dogs and burgers and beer!
He loves German beer!

Blue Mushroom Cloud of Death??? (1)

Maltheus (248271) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584368)

Probably has a more complicated activation process than a real reactor too.

Sane environmentalists, rejoice! (3, Interesting)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584370)

I, for one, am glad to see the words "nuclear power" and "combat climate change" in the same sentence (which is not also another Slashdot comment).

Hopefully, something does come out of this in the end.

nya nya (1)

uncanny (954868) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584416)

Microsoft as a nuclear power, I bet Iran is jelous

Microsoft Nuclear Reactor 1.0 (1)

FrozenGeek (1219968) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584516)

I just have this horrible vision of the technicians upgrading the control system and having to reboot the system. Homer Simpson as the celebrity sales rep? "It's pronounced nuke-you-lar"

New Name (1)

Cytlid (95255) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584558)

Do we have to start calling him Mr Burns, and will he have an assistant named Smithers?

A nuclear reactor and Bill Gates (1)

solid_liq (720160) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584708)

I don't know about you, but I don't want to be anywhere a nuclear reactor that Bill Gates had any part in designing. It's bad enough that computers running software he had a hand in creating have orders of magnitude more problems than software from any other source. Put Bill Gates into the nuclear reactor business, and... well, I shudder to think of the sheer magnitude of the potential for disaster there.

The sick part on this .... (1)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 3 years ago | (#31584754)

is that nearly all of the core tech that is used in plants today was developed in America. Likewise, even this one was mostly developed here back in the 60's. Terrapower is simply an update of an old oak ridge idea. Yet, this work will go Toshiba, rather than General Atomics, B&W, or other American companies. Gates, have GA develop it. Or B&W who has been developing reactors since the 60's (they do all of the reactors for the Navy).
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