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Comment: Re:central storage or n^x security guard costs / s (Score 1) 143

by AmiMoJo (#47773011) Attached to: New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste

at least until somebody perfects a cheap, reliable and long-lived utility scale battery.

Like sodium sulphur batteries? Japan has been using 50MWh utility scale sodium sulphur batteries for a few years to smooth the output of wind farms. They are cheap and pretty safe, and easy to recycle.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous (Score 1) 143

by AmiMoJo (#47772943) Attached to: New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste

Even if they stored the waste in a big open pit above ground, it still wouldn't affect anyone.

We actually tried that in the UK, at places like Sellafield, and it didn't work out very well. Stuff started to grow in the ponds, rain water mixed in, birds picked it up and flew off with it, it evaporated into rainwater...

Comment: Re:central storage or n^x security guard costs / s (Score 1) 143

by AmiMoJo (#47772477) Attached to: New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste

The US isn't the only country with nuclear power. Some like China and India have been pushing it hard and investing vast amounts of money in developing it, yet have still failed to deal with this problem.

Also, nit-picking perhaps but "several decades" implies nuclear was being blocked back in the 50s, which clearly it wasn't.

Comment: Re:What else can they do? (Score 1) 143

by AmiMoJo (#47772441) Attached to: New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste

It's pretty pathetic that the pro-nuclear crowd have to blame unnamed eco-hippies for all their woes. A bunch of apparently quite dumb, reactionary and fearful people somehow dictate policy for multi billion dollar industry with armies of lawyers and wads of cash to throw at lobbying.

The simple reality is that all this wonderful new technology just isn't economically viable. The cost of development and the risk that after spending tens of billions it won't work or make any money is just too high. There are too many unknowns and uncertainties, and a general reluctance to invest in a technology that takes decades to pay off when alternatives are growing so rapidly.

Just look at how hard energy companies are fighting the future to preserve their current revenue streams. Considering how scared they are of what seems inevitable, would you want want to give them money?

Comment: Re:Seagate failures (Score 4, Informative) 311

by AmiMoJo (#47763743) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

The drives used in external enclosures are sub-standard. Since the whole package only comes with a minimal one or two year warranty and they can easily point to any slight mark on the case as signs of abuse they put the weakest, borderline drives in them.

Many people don't realized that drives are binned that way at the factory. All drives have a certain number of bad blocks from new. Those that have very few become server grade drives, the majority become standard internal consumer drives and those with very many surface errors get turned into external drives. The number of errors the drive starts out with affects the number of available spare blocks and the time before it develops further errors.

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