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Comment: Ocean platforms are so last century. (Score 1) 205

by RevWaldo (#46786787) Attached to: MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor
It's all about blimps nowadays. Both Google and SpaceX are racing to complete their prototypes

"My atomic zeppelins high above in the mesosphere, beyond the reach of storms and artillery, will beam both free energy and internet connectivity directly into the homes of a grateful populace below. And once the masses has abandoned their carbon fuels and cable service, greedily suckling at our teat for both knowledge and energy, they will be completely under our domination, and then nothing - nothing - will stand in our way!" - Sergey Brin interview, The Economist, 18 Jan 2014, p. 42


Comment: Re:And if they break the law, then what? (Score 1) 477

by RevWaldo (#46724007) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails
Tell that to UPS and Fedex in NYC, who are constantly ticketed for double parking and other traffic violations. They just pay up.

Recently heard this tidbit, redacted to protect the guilty. Execs from the Fortune 500 company would take the corporate helicopter from the helipad on their HQ in the city to their offices in the suburban office park. Basically it's five minutes by helicopter, thirty minutes by limo. It's against the town ordinances to actually land a helicopter in the office park, so they were fined $4000 every time they did it, which was apparently about once a week. They paid it.


Machines that have broken down will work perfectly when the repairman arrives.