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Comment Re:Oh boy... Nuclear! (Score 1) 121

That's because every change to a nuclear plant requires an act of congress. I'm serious.

In 2011-2012, ASME re-defined SA105 rolled steel. Arbitrarily, and the change was nonsensical. Millions of dollars worth of steel being used in in construction of Vogtle was suddenly no longer useable, and the design requirements for aspects of the plant required SA105 steel that was no longer possible to forge.

Vendors requested deviation to a superior steel to meet the delivery requirements, but WEC had to get congressional approval, since it deviated from the design plan.

Every ASME change, every NRC change, every shift in political tides that changes anything in the nuclear world in turn causes massive ripples, extraordinary costs, and delays. Nuclear doesn't work because the NRC, ASME, EPA, and D.C. make sure it's too expensive, over-regulated, and shift requirements throughout construction and operation.

Comment Summary and Article: Poor Trolling (Score 4, Insightful) 258

An article and summary using buzzwords and hashtag activism to suggest people should stop using buzzwords and hashtag activism about nuclear issues - just to make the OP feel like they did something more than using buzzwords and hashtag activism.

P.S. Hashtag activism.

Comment Re:Three main types of bad jobs. (Score 1) 474

A peer and I once made the same comparison. We called ourselves digital maintenance men, because by and large that's what it is.

I've never worked for a company that had a significant manufacturing component, but I kind of wonder how the blue/white collar split works there for the people who setup, maintain and manage seriously complicated factory systems. I think they might have been called millwrights at one time.

Definition Disclaimer:
Blue Collar: Hourly / Manual
White Collar: Salaried / Office

I do work for a company that has a significant manufacturing component. Craftsmen, Millwrights, Machinists, Welders, Operators (CNC/Lasers), report to Cell Leaders responsible for their area of the shop. That's the blue collar line. Cell leaders report to their operations manager, who reports to the plant manager. In parallel, materials management/inventory, engineering all report to the plant manager, with the lowest levels of those functions being blue collar (except engineering).

Comment Re:$92 billion in cash parked offshore (Score 2) 64

You have the mentality of a peasant, now let me tell you as insultingly and snarkily as I can why my shit doesn't smell bad...

I see - you don't have a CPA or a tax professional minimize your tax exposure. You donate extra funds to the IRS in your generosity. You want big businesses to replicate your attitude. Good for you!

Personally, I don't like giving up what I've earned to a government that has proven at every turn to be terribly incompetent, corrupt, and incapable of financial responsibility. I hold no ill feelings towards other people (include boards of directors) who feel the same.

You keep riding your high horse though, and prance about. Or go back to your Occutard bullshit.

Comment Re:$92 billion in cash parked offshore (Score 1) 64

Nice little tax dodge we give away to them, huh? Eh, whatever, I guess we're all okay with it. It's not like this would ever be an election issue or anything. Certainly not in this cycle

You can mod this offtopic if you want, but it was at the top of the summary, so I figure somebody is interested in the abyss where our money disappears

It's not a tax dodge if it's legal. Also, MS and all the other companies doing it are being good corporate stewards. I want that money back into the U.S. as much as anyone else. I bet it could do tremendous things for our economy. But as it stands under current tax code:
-MS brings $92 billion back to the U.S.
-IRS taxes $32 billion of it away from the in corporate tax incoming to the U.S.
-MS pays the remaining $60 billion into their stock buyback / dividends / debt program.
-IRS taxes $12 billion of it as capital gains tax from the people who receive it.
-The remaining $48 billion get spent by MS Shareholders.
-Sales Tax, Income Tax, etc eat the money on the other side.

I sympathize. With the U.S. government double and triple taxing the same money, taxing it forward and backwards, taxing it every time it changes hands - I'd leave my earnings overseas too.

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.