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Comment: Re:Majority leaders home district (Score 3, Insightful) 173

The problem is that the storage of nuclear waste isn't passive, it requires active processes to keep the genie in the bottle.

This is only true for the first 5-10 years after the fuel is removed from the core for the last time. There are dry fuel storage sites all around the country where used nuclear fuel sits in steel casks in concrete bunkers, and is completely cooled by the ambient air and natural convection. This fuel, incidentally, is supposed to be in Yucca mountain.

Comment: Re:Hire new staff? (Score 1) 173

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.

and more here:

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) 521

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) 521

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) 86

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:Tax (Score 1) 521

by magarity (#48923935) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Let's see; every time a customer buys one of their products, the government gets a cut for sales tax. Before that customer could buy it, the government got a cut for personal income tax. The US based portion of the income will pay US corporate taxes and a lot other national governments will get their local corporate share. When whatever portion of the profits get paid out to shareholders, each shareholder will pay income tax. Just how much more tax do you want?

Comment: No. (Score 5, Insightful) 227

by eldavojohn (#48923389) Attached to: Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

To be fair to Zuckerberg and Facebook, the company must obey the law of any country in which it operates.

No. He came out in support of a universal maxim and then went back to his board who showed him X dollars of income they get by operating in Turkey. Just like the revenue lost when Google left mainland China. Instead of sacrificing that revenue to some other social network in Turkey run by cowards, he became a coward himself in the name of money. It is an affront to the deaths and memory of the Charlie Hebdo editors. His refusal could have worked as leverage for social change in Turkey but now it will not.

So no, your statement isn't fair to Zuckerberg and his company and the platinum backscratcher he gets to keep with "TURKEY" inscribed on it. Fuck that greedy bastard and his petty meaningless lip service.

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