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A New Class of Nuclear Reactors 560 560

prunedude tips this quote from a post at Freakonomics about Japan's nuclear crisis: "The folks over at IV Insights, the blog associated with Nathan Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures, point out that it was the complete loss of power that disabled the cooling systems protecting the plant's reactors. Which raises the question: Is there nuclear technology that could withstand such a catastrophe? Possibly. TerraPower, an Intellectual Ventures spin-off that also boasts Bill Gates as an investor, is working on a new reactor design called a traveling wave reactor that uses fast reactor technology, rather than the light water technology used at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. The two biggest advantages of the fast reactor design is that it requires no spent fuel pools and uses cooling systems that require no power to function, meaning the loss of power from the tsunami might not have crippled a fast reactor plant so severely."

Comment: Re:On US 101? Irresponsible (Score 1) 293 293

So you are saying that driving instructors are also just as irresponsible as they are taking out 16 year olds who have never driven before? Endangering the other drivers! Some of those cars they use don't even have a brake on the instructor's side, let alone a steering wheel. So much more irresponsible compared to Google's car it seems.

Comment: Pretty sure this can't happen to my phone. (Score 1) 279 279

To be infected you have to go into settings and approve non-market installation, browse to a Chinese site, download their market installer, install it, find the Steamy Windows app, say okay to the permission window where it says it can send text messages that may cost you money, and then open it? I'd say Android is still pretty safe.

Comment: Re:IE still lives on your PC (Score 1) 134 134

Windoze, M$... Though you may have some good points, writing it that way invalidates any relevance you may have in my eyes. All I see is an overweight balding linux lover in his basement, taking his anger out on Microsoft. Why do you say IE, when you could be saying I€?

Comment: Re:It's funny (Score 1) 550 550

You should look into sending your phone back in for warranty or something. But if the manual states it should be rebooted, they may not consider it a flaw. :( My phone has an uptime of about 4 months now. No issues at all. Stock Android. It's the Motorola hardware and software that is horrible.

Comment: Re:Why? WHY??? (Score 2, Informative) 122 122

The software they used was had a log of the traffic data. They did not know about it, they didn't plan to collect it. And the moment they found out about it they told everyone. If they had just silently deleted it no one would have known. But Google felt it was best to be open about their mistake.

Comment: Re:And whose fault is it, really? (Score 1) 157 157

They knew exactly what was in it, and when they found out they immediately released a statement and told everyone. They said they already fixed the problem and wouldn't capture that data anymore, and that they were deleting everything already collected. Then suddenly governments everywhere were saying, don't you dare delete it, we need that as evidence to sue you and further our political careers!

I never cheated an honest man, only rascals. They wanted something for nothing. I gave them nothing for something. -- Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil