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Submitted by Amtrak
Amtrak (2430376) writes "MIT has created designs for a nuclear plant that would avoid the downfall of the Fukushima Daiichi plant. The new design calls for the nuclear plant to be placed on a floating platform modeled after the platforms used for offshore oil drilling.

A floating platform several miles offshore, moored in about 100 meters of water, would be unaffected by the motions of a tsunami; earthquakes would have no direct effect at all. Meanwhile, the biggest issue that faces most nuclear plants under emergency conditions — overheating and potential meltdown, as happened at Fukushima, Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island — would be virtually impossible at sea."

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Comment: Re:SORM (Score 2) 370

by Amtrak (#46780651) Attached to: Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

Yes but if you read Putin's words...

"First of all, our intelligence efforts are strictly regulated by our law," Putin said. "So how special forces can use this kind of special equipment as they intercept phone calls or follow someone online, you have to get court permission to stalk a particular person. We don't have a mass system of such interception. "

He never says that they don't collect blanket data explicitly just that they don't do it illegally and that they cannot match the abilities of the NSA.

To add to this the Wiki article on SORM states that the equipment was mandated by Law. So technically the surveillance is legal and transparent.

The only diffrence I'm seeing here is that 1. The Russians aren't as good as surveillance as the NSA. 2. They are totally open about the fact that everything you do on he internet or over a telephone is tracked. Color me shocked...

Comment: Re:Business/First class is absurd (Score 1) 144

by Amtrak (#46758537) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

This is exactly it. My brother who is 6' 10" and built like a tank always pays to upgrade when he has to fly a long distance like to Europe. I however don't care I'm 5' 11" and pretty normally wide. (It's funny being normal sized in a big family BTW. I grew up thinking I was short.) I can suffer through coach just fine thank you very much. Though I have been known to jump on getting an exit row if the occupant doesn't want to/can't open the door.

Not being huge has other advantages as well. For example I have no problem driving a Mazda 3 with manual transmission. My brother has trouble getting his knee to fit under the dash while bringing his foot up to hit the clutch. Also in my sister's Chevy Cruz his head hits the ceiling every time you hit a bump. As a result he drives an Impala which he knows gets terrible gas millage compared to my Mazda but at least he's comfortable.

Comment: Re:Talk is cheap (Score 1) 312

by Amtrak (#46750211) Attached to: Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base
This is one of the few times I think that there might actually be a justification for a national security classification. Just because I don't think we should give what is arguably one of the longest range missiles ever proven to work to every country that can hire an engineer who can read English. I mean do you really want to give Iran the the ability to nuke the moon.

Comment: Re:Russia (Score 1) 312

by Amtrak (#46750113) Attached to: Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base
It's pretty ambitious when the country you are taking territory from has specifically signed a treaty with you in the past where you agreed to respect it's boarders if they disarmed all their nuclear weapons. Then to top it off the only other large nuclear power signed on the treaty backing the move. Yeah that's pretty ballsy. Source I don't think any other country will be dumb enough to give up there nukes any time soon.

Comment: Re:H3 Baby! (Score 1) 312

by Amtrak (#46750059) Attached to: Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base
They didn't beat the US. The US got a sample back first with a maned mission. However, they would have beat the US had the first Luna probe they send not crashed. Like a lot of things with the space race it was all pretty close. Also, the USSR could have beat the US to the moon had the N1 not failed it's first test launch. They were ahead of the Apollo program in terms of the command module and lunar lander testing. But without a rocket to get to the moon it didn't matter.

Comment: Re:Not the first time this has happened (Score 2) 639

Yeah the guy who backed those films is a nut job. I read a few of his "papers" from his website and he is totally off the wall. He was using Jews as an excuse for NASA covering up the "truth".

Another one of his "articles" was arguing that the Catholic church is in league with the Atheist's and Jews because they came out at said that there is no conflict between the Catholic faith and evolution. He just seems fixated on one issue. I stopped reading once I had a clear picture that the guy was crazy and more inclined to present personal attacks then actual science.

This man should be ignored.

Comment: Re:space requirements and fire rate (Score 1) 630

by Amtrak (#46706645) Attached to: Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7
Since the navy already runs nuclear reactors on ships I don't think they are that worried about them. However, the capacitor bank exploding could be interesting. I guess they would have to put it somewhere armored on the ship. I would also think that they might have trouble providing cooling for all the electrical equipment as well.

Comment: Re:Windows Media Center (Score 1) 130

by Amtrak (#46698197) Attached to: Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

I'm just sad that M$ has basically made it clear that they are giving Windows Media Center the shaft. I mean how hard would it be for them to update the WMC so that HDCP works over DisplayPort. (If you didn't know it only supports HDCP over HDMI and DVI-D)

I personally love my HTPC and the cable company can pry it from my cold dead hands. It has WMC, Plex, Netflix, Amazon Prime On-Demand, and Hulu. I can watch cable and even HBO/Showtime or other Premium channels on it through my HD HomeRun Prime (With Free Cable Card). I have all of the DVR features and through some folder mounted drive magic a ridiculous amount of hard drive space to record on. (6TB if you are wondering. 3x3TB WD Red's in RAID 5 in a server in my basement.)

The best part is that with a few plugin's I've added to my computer once a show that isn't marked "Record-Once" is downloaded it has it's commercials ripped off, and is then transcoded from WMC's format to H.264 in an mkv container and added to my plex server. I don't have to do anything but open my HTPC and schedule a recording and I have the show forever.

This is the kind of utility that the cable companies and other media providers will never let us have easily. I'm not doing anything illegal. This level of convinced is just a service they don't want to provide and that's what's really sad.

Comment: Re:18 pages, really?? (Score 2) 146

by Amtrak (#46693587) Attached to: AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500
To be fair most of the review is graphs and to answer your question sometimes. I'm just hoping some 3rd party vendor will release this card with standard attachments for hose barbs so I can just drop this card into my already watercooled computer. I don't want another fan/pump/rad assembly when I can just add this card into my current loop.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"