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Comment third race in progress (Score 2) 99

There is a third race starting. It's moving very slowly but there has been investment in it. The race to mine asteroids. It will be a long while before we see any results and I expect a couple of failures. Perhaps spectacular ones. It'll be fun to watch anyway.

Comment Needed (Score 4, Informative) 148

They need this. Dominion has a significant number of older (built in late '50's and early '60's) coal fired plants, which are all being shut down over the next couple of years because they cannot be brought up to a high enough standard to meet the new EPA requirements. They are also shutting down an 800 MWe oil fired unit built in the 1970s, because of the new EPA requirements and because it's not very economical to operate any more (it was only being used for peaking and to supply base load if one of the nuclear plants was shut down for service). We already depend on those nuclear plants for base load and we will be leaning on them more in the future

Dominion submitted an application to add a third reactor to the North Anna site in 2007. It's been in review since then. As I understand it, the plan is to put in a third generation ESBWR that will nearly double the North Anna site's output. The reactor design was finally approved late 2014. Hopefully they'll get site approval to start construction soon.

Comment Re:OS/2 is dead, get over it. (Score 1) 262

The rumor is, the rights for OS/2 are partially owned by Microsoft, and they won't agree to make it open source. Unless something changes, projects like this one make no sense.

That's not really a rumor. It was originally a joint project, until there was a disagreement and a splitting of ways. IBM continued on with a release as OS/2 and Microsoft released the "New Technology" NT kernel. There's likely joint ownership on a lot of the original kernel code.

Comment Re:This is why you call your bank before tourism (Score 1) 345

I call Amex before I travel. It's just a good idea to let them know in advance. Same is true for my Capital One card, I call them before I travel. That way I'm not standing in an airport, on the phone, trying to convince them that, yes, it really is me, when I'm trying to pay my bar tab.

Comment Re:My ancient i7-2700 (Score 2) 98

Ancient? I've got a Pentium D 805 running as a general family use machine and a Pentium III running as a file server. I just got rid of a bunch of Pentium (as in the original) boards year. I have an 8080 I pulled from an old board, framed, hanging in my workshop. Now get off my lawn.

Comment better than using a PIN (Score 1) 141

My children have to enter a PIN when they buy there lunch. Extra charges are always showing up on our account because other kids can't remember their pin or mis-type it and there's no check. This way, with the biometrics, the charges (OK, the article is talking about free lunches...) would end up on the correct account.

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