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Comment Re:From the article (Score 1) 329

No - even one more step removed. The water in the cooling loop never goes near the turbines or they corrode quickly.
It's not steam, it's water, not even a lot hotter than a bath at that. The water in the cooling loop never becomes steam - the steam is on the other side of tubes in the condensor.

I would think just having one loop for the primary and power production would contaminate the entire area.

Steam some of the driest you'll come across is what drives the turbines, after that a method is required to recapture the water to send it back to cool the primary loop.

It's a different age, we didn't use the Columbia river for our secondary system like they did with the older reactors.

Comment Re:From the article (Score 1) 329

Here's how it work,

  1. the reactor heats pressurized water in the primary loop
  2. the hot pressurized water in the primary loop heats the very pure treated water in the secondary loop and boils it,
  3. the cooler primary loop water returns to the reactor for reheating
  4. the high pressure steam in the secondary loop propels the turbine to make the alternator turn,
  5. the turbine exhaust consisting of steam is piped into the condensers inside the cooling tower,
  6. external water is sprayed on the hot condenser pipe creating steam, which is lighter than air,
  7. the rising steam creates a slight vacuum inside the cooling tower that draws in large amounts of air to further cool the condensers.
  8. the secondary loop water is returned to be reheated

So anything you can see has 3 degrees of separation from the reactor

Sigh I guess it came across wrong, I was getting at how worried people are over radiation.

I'm well aware of how it works, I operated a 4000Mw reactor for many years, we didn't use cooling towers, our mission was to produce Plutonium our steam went to dump conditioners (imagine large radiators who's coils carried cold water) when the steam hit those they condensed into water, and back through the cycle to cool down the primary loop.

Just now I was out playing with the dog when I noticed the only clouds in the sky were from those freaking cooling towers. Some ~15 miles away.

Comment Re:From the article (Score 1) 329

We have a reactor who's steam can be seen for many miles being emitted from the cooling towers that caused a lot of concern over the contamination it was spreading from many people, for the first few years.

So much ignorance. smh.

Care to explain how cooling tower emission would be contaminated?

It would be the primary mixing with the secondary loop which is where the emissions come from, but there are safe guards in place, there is no contamination just worried people.

Comment Re:From the article (Score 2) 329

However the steam coming out of the cooling towers should never have been in contact with radioactive material. And: plenty of coal plants have cooling towers, too.

It never was just a lot of people with a misconception.

That steam is from the secondary loop and should never come in contact with the primary water which is contaminated, there are safeguards in place.

Comment Good for them, we had to bit the bullet (Score 4, Informative) 329

In this area we had 5 reactors being built, one day they just called a halt to them. I had a friend who was studying to be a reactor operator who was told to go home, you haven't a job anymore, just one of the thousands told the same thing.

In January 1982, the WPPSS board stopped construction on Plants 4 and 5 when total cost for all the plants was projected to exceed $24 billion. Because these plants generated no power and brought in no money, the system was forced to default on $2.25 billion in bonds. This meant that the member utilities, and ultimately the rate payers, were obligated to pay back the borrowed money. In some small towns where unemployment due to the recession was already high, this amounted to more than $12,000 per customer.

At the time the largest default in the U.S.

Comment Re:This is dumb (Score 1) 197

It's dumb for another reason.

Talking to your TV to control it is already covered in the Samsung TOS, they keep everything said, typed, channels watched and this is for your benefit as it helps speech recognition and the TV to better know what your saying or wish to do; and it hasn't turned out well.

Samsung Warns Customers To Think Twice About What They Say Near Smart TVs:

Samsung SmartTV Customers Warned Personal Conversations May Be Recorded:

Samsung Says Their TVs Aren't Really Spying On You:

Comment Re:It doesn't matter if you're violating the law (Score 1) 77

According to the copyright mafia, if you make it easy to violate their copyright then it's your fault.

The case is well prepared, on page 6 of the motion are previous cases (past practice, normally called Precedence ) that back their claim

Comment Re:Windows 10 is possibly the worst spyware ever m (Score 1) 284

Network World
Windows 10 is possibly the worst spyware ever made. Quote: "Buried in the service
agreement is permission to poke through everything on your PC."

I was (am?) a "Windows Insider", I was able to download Win10 6 months before it's release, I read the ToS which said the same thing, they would have control over hard drives, Web Cams and if it wasn't covered by name the " and anything attached to the computer" clause covered it.

I refused to install Win10 under those conditions, and it sat until it disappeared - making no claims, just I don't delete anything I've downloaded; they become outdated and worthless but keep them I do.

Comment Re:All those guys writing Malware couldn't agree m (Score 1) 284

That's why its so easy to infect a Windows system. Open holes every where you look! ;-)

April 4th 2015 a Microsoft update installed GWX which then recorded 24 hours of a persons computer usage then sent it off to a third party all within 26 hours of being installed. It took all the AV programs cooperation to allow it out (my guess, as one should of stopped a strange file from a strange program, the only exception is Windows Firewall).

I caught it, and while reported it to any that would listen, it was too late, yet there were three more config.cnf files (actions) still left.
Apparently I'm the only person in the world with the file that was to of been sent, and a hard sell - my hosts file blocked it from leaving.

That was the point I quit Windows and am now running Linux Mint, and it's a fine system, no regrets.

I still have Win7 installed but I don't allow it to call out, I go as far as pulling the network cable when booting into it. Playing games will require a different strategy.

Comment Re:Lawyers (Score 2) 42

Samsung are already taking a massive financial hit over the failure of the Note 7, so there's no punitive sense in bringing this suit.

Reading the summery this lawsuit it's far from frivolous, it has real merit.

There are many different payment plans, some rather spendy -while many of them involved paying off the S7 included in the monthly charges.

Unlike the PS3 rebate, it's very easy for these people to prove they did indeed own a S7 and length of time they suffered.

Comment Re:Not worth my time (Score 1) 85

If you didn't use PSN, why did you apply the update that removed OtherOS?

One couldn't access the the PS3, it was locked down (while PSN was blocked, it was always connected to the Internet). There was one person pleading to the rest of us that he could hack the update and all future updates maintaining the PS3's Linux ability, and he did just that yet 2 months after the update in question was required. He continued for a few updates but the few people who waited for him or in my case found it out too late - whatever, quit hacking the ROM after the third update.

It was a HOSTS file block, another site can pop up and one not be aware of it until it causes problems. wasn't available at the time (it might of helped).

Your aware that an installed Linux hacked the PS3, they just couldn't have that. Taking the update seriously, while still promoting PS3's Linux ability.

Comment Re:He was never really honored the first time arou (Score 1) 90

Given that his death was overshadowed in the public by the passing of Steve Jobs just a week earlier, I think he deserves a second death.

One thing many would want is to be remembered long after their death, Google gave Dennis Ritchie not only that honor but brought back Dennis Ritchie as a person of great importance.

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