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Comment: Re:Hire new staff? (Score 1) 124

Since 1986, more and more fuel storage pools have approached their maximum holding capacity (Figure 4). By 2017, all but one site (which was constructed with sufficient pool storage capacity to accommodate all of the spent fuel produced during the reactor’s lifetime) will be at capacity, necessitating the greater use of dry storage.

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On site storage is not a viable or better long term solution. We are only now hitting a point where reactors are starting to be retired. Do you think that the utility companies running them will have the same committment to the storage 10, 50, 250 years later? The same can be said about security. Even regionalizing above ground storage poses risks and certainly increases the political drama

As another poster notes, some of it could be reprocessed for further use but ultimately there is waste to deal with. And it is true that MOX does not itself pose any terrorist type risk, the risk comes from having too many reprocessing locations where materials can be "lost". Done properly reprocessing could buy some time to deal with the longer term needs.

Comment: Re:18B on 75B (Score 1) 519

Yeah, they've only outgrown the rest of the PC market for almost all quarters during the last couple of years. Total failure.

For a decade now we have heard that iPod this, iPhone that was going to enable Apple to win the PC industry. All it did was move their share from the low end of the historical range to just above to top end (again, depending what metric you use and who calculates it).

You are confusing the margins on the devices that Blackberry sells with the fact that they sell far to little to make a profit. Apple has those high margins because they sell so many. As for Microsoft, they sure as hell sell hardware, but either at low or negative margins.

No, it is you who are confused. The original poster was attempting to claim that others had higher gross margins, including Blackberry. In FY2012, Blackberry had gross margins of 35.7%. I guess it was too much trouble for you to do the math? As to MSFT - of 86B in revenues in 2014, only 11.6B was from hardware.

Comment: Re:18B on 75B (Score 1) 519

by Lawrence_Bird (#48931343) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Er... huh? "Apple's Gross Margin is 39.9% - Samsung's is 39.87." Both sell a lot of hardware, and in Samsung's case a lot of other random stuff.

As to the others, I refer you to:

  Those margins are not anything close to that stated in the original post. Microsoft is primarily a software comapny and has margins in line for that industry. As to Samsung, their margins are actually at the upper end of recent years.

As to Apple and software sales, what is the margin on Final Cut Pro (and think what it was when it cost more than $299) Logic Pro X @ 199? But in the end, those do not matter as without iPhone Apple is at best a third or fourth place computer maker with marketshare in the 5 to 10% range (historically).

Comment: you like my new necklace? (Score 2) 82

by Lawrence_Bird (#48931237) Attached to: Georgia Institute of Technology Researchers Bridge the Airgap

Somehow I don't think a secure location is going to be too worried about this type of attack unless someone can show it working with an extremely small receiver which is also able to log the data for later use. Also note that even at the slow rate she was typing it still missed characters.

So while academically interesting, this seems to be something of very limited concern. Of course, if you see an antenna like that in the coffeeshop you might want to leave.

Comment: Re:stop already (Score 1) 335

by Lawrence_Bird (#48850985) Attached to: Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics

Why thank you for putting me in the tech industry after twenty in finance. But it is true, before I was in finance I was in "IT" for three years. And now I dabble in app development.

As to women plumbers - virtually any plumber is freakin rich. Have you hired one to do work (most often on the 'omfg get here an hour ago!' basis)? The point was that there are many career tracks available to women which can pay extremely well.

Unfortunately, people seem hell bent on seeing discrimination and other boogie men around every corner. Just as an FYI, when I was in IT, in that Arpanet only age, every boss I had was ... gasp... a woman! And I know this might really throw you for a loop. The next level up (VP that is) were also women.

Comment: Re:But CERT Also Allows Variances (Score 1) 263

by Lawrence_Bird (#48841927) Attached to: Google Releases More Windows Bugs

You really woke up on the wrong side of the bed today. Crime? There is no obligation by any of these companies to you to repair or replace any of the flaws. You license (or buy outright) the software AS IS. That you may also buy some type of "service contract" that provides for periodic ugrades, updates and fixes does not in any way oblige the software producer to fix any one specific flaw.

You may not like that system and you can certainly chose to go open source... where btw, who is guilty of the "crime" when a flaw is not fixed for months or years?

Comment: stop already (Score 1) 335

by Lawrence_Bird (#48841763) Attached to: Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics

you know what? most stylists are women or gay men. Oh no, I'm being discriminated against! And women plumbers are totally under represented (though the ones who are doing it are freakin rich).

Perhaps its time to consider whether anyone has asked the question: do women really really want to work in IT? Or do they prefer other professions? Accounting? Sales? Something else?

From Sharp minds come... pointed heads. -- Bryan Sparrowhawk