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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

y86 I work in the energy sector (712 comments)

It takes around 9 billion to build a replacement Nuke for a Coal plant. Solar, yeah right -- no base load on solar! There are hundreds of coal plants. Even if you switched to natural gas it would cost around 1-2 billion apiece! 50 BILLION is enough to fund the closing of maybe 5% of the coal plants in the country without human factors.

about 6 months ago

Target Confirms Point-of-Sale Malware Was Used In Attack

y86 Re:Cheap architecture + short cuts = DOOM (250 comments)

I'm sure it all looked great, until this happened, then they get 200% more wise.

Seems everywhere I go these cheap systems are in place and the malware may already be chugging along for years without detection.

I worked for a MAJOR retailer that was involved with a credit card crisis. The only reason the registers didn't get raped was the fact they ran linux. The actual POS servers ran Windows 2000 so that is what got cracked. Management was working hard to get away from these solid state linux computers for the "cost savings" in administration of the Windows platform. I can tell you that a multipurpose platform is not appropriate for a specialized task.

about 8 months ago

Poll Finds Americans Think the TSA Is 'Doing a Good Job'

y86 Most Americans will never travel (523 comments)

To have an opinion of the TSA one must actually travel. As Walmart pays 7.75 an hour and the average American wage is 35k, MANY people seldom travel and may never travel. People with 0 TSA experience have no reason to not like the TSA.

Not liking the TSA is more of an "elite" issue.

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 Release Date: October 26th

y86 Haters Gonna Hate (172 comments)

Windows 8 looks cool to me. Decreased memory footprint, UI options.... Microsoft Surface. Not sure what you guys are complaining about. Microsoft is offering Windows 7 users an upgrade for $15!!!!!!!!!! I don't recall Apples last Major OS Revision being free.

I understand people here hate Microsoft, but the hate for Windows 8 on this forum is just over the top. It's an OS, it runs software, the price is good for Windows 7 users. If you run XP then you got the 10 years out of your license key.

more than 2 years ago

Could Google Fiber Save Network Neutrality?

y86 The first step... (230 comments)

Really the first step it to just buy a cellphone company and build out the 4g and use that. Google could buy a lame wireless company like Sprint and totally use the spectrum for good. A quick cash infusion for a low end wireless provider could result in a major tower build out that would beat verizon.

Fiber is SOOOO expensive, I don't see how build a terrestrial fiber network could ever have the impact of wireless anchored by fiber (as far as reaching customers.)

more than 2 years ago

World Is Ignoring Most Important Lesson From Fukushima

y86 Re:Correct (328 comments)

In a PWR the rods are held out by electric magnets. When the system loses power the rods drop. When the rods drop and pressure begins to rise the RPS and the ATWS system will engage to start EFIC (emergency feed water). This is for a 30 year old B&W Plants like Oconee or Crystal River.

The RPS(reactor protection system) system has multiple trains, so there are literally 2 backups for each backup.

An AP1000 plant has modernized versions of this.


more than 2 years ago

Russia Set To Extend Life of Nuclear Reactors Past Engineered Life Span

y86 Re:Insane (215 comments)

3) There's no way radiation levels can be large enough to cause significant irradiation in several minutes. Absolutely none at all - primary cooling water is radioactive, but not that much (it's continuously monitored).

This is mostly true. Spent fuel pools can be pretty hot near new and old fuel. Also, the resin in demineralizers can be very raidioactive.

more than 2 years ago

Russia Set To Extend Life of Nuclear Reactors Past Engineered Life Span

y86 Re:Well, (215 comments)

Most metals become brittle when irradiated.

Someone will be along with more details then I can recall offhand.

I would just design the plant to run with brittle metals from day one. Nothing that can't be solved with thicker walls (in many cases anyhow).

Modern reactors use a neutron shield that goes with the fuel basket. It can be replaced and greatly decreases vessel embrittlement by becoming the sacrificial element to first absorb/slow the errant neutrons.

The problem is with shutdown and startup. This needs to be done with control as things become harder and have less flex.

more than 2 years ago

Bill Gates To Help China Build Traveling Wave Nuclear Reactor

y86 Re:Too bad (467 comments)

I work at a nuclear plant, we use NT4 for our Plant Process Computer. Service pack 5 btw.

more than 2 years ago

Calling BS On Unpaid Internships

y86 Re:Why is some random guy's blog on Slashdot? (427 comments)

We have a minimum wage law in the USA, it should be used for all labor. Internships should have the same rules as any other temporary job.

more than 3 years ago

Electricity Rationing Starting Monday In Tokyo

y86 Re:Sounds like there will be a baby boom in 9 mont (286 comments)

News Flash: Those generations paid into the fund huge sums of money, many of whom like my grandparents didn't even live long enough to collect a single penny.

It maybe interesting for you to know that most people they collect well beyond what they pay in. After 8-10 years people collect everything they've paid in. This is ONLY a count of retires, not including slugs who collect because they have phantom back pain or are "disabled" by an alcohol problem.

The argument isn't "right wing" as so much as facts. Please use facts.

more than 3 years ago

The Decline and Fall of System Administration

y86 Re:Sad but smart (500 comments)

Re-imaging is completely rational from a business perspective.

So is treating cancer vs curing it.

more than 3 years ago

Intel Resumes Shipping of Faulty Sandy Bridge Chip

y86 NVIDIA Chipsets are Looking good to intel now (203 comments)

This makes me laugh. I'm sure the INTEL shareholders sure wish NVIDIA and VIA were making chipsets now, but since INTEL is the ONLY chipset maker for their CPUs they can't sell any CPUs right now. Intel is a CPU company that can't sell CPUs.

Hey INTEL, I went to a business school.... you now know about the risks of vertical integration. If you control all of your requirements and channels you better do a damn good job or you can hang yourself. This is a wonderful cautionary tale for all businesses.

more than 3 years ago

Firewalls Make DDoS Attacks Worse

y86 Poorly Designed Things Cause Problems (217 comments)

Wow, POORLY designed system have issues under pressure. I can't believe it?!

This guy must be a highly paid consultant.

more than 3 years ago

Terrorists Bomb Moscow Airport

y86 Re:Joke Time (640 comments)

OK before you like something you should know the content. This was NOT a suicide bombing. The argument was that almost all suicide bombers are muslims. You helped prove that point.

more than 3 years ago

Terrorists Bomb Moscow Airport

y86 Re:Joke Time (640 comments)

I just started!

more than 3 years ago

Terrorists Bomb Moscow Airport

y86 Re:Nice to see... (640 comments)

I agree Richy.

more than 3 years ago

Terrorists Bomb Moscow Airport

y86 Joke Time (640 comments)

Religion of peace? Or religion of PIECES.

I find the latter appears to be true more often than not. They enjoy being pieces.

more than 3 years ago

What security policy will the TSA adopt next?

y86 Re:Flying naked (554 comments)

As long as we get plastic seat covers.

more than 3 years ago



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