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Comment Re:Most of the above (Score 1) 131

"And preferably with the waste heat being put to productive use"

How about extracting CO2 from the atmosphere. It doesn't have to be cost efficient if it's part of the cooling design.

The biggest pain in the ass about nuclear is turning it up and turning it down. Not only does it take hours and days, it can't be at peak efficiency both ways. If your reaction is optimized for a certain heat, rate, fuel consumption; whatever; and you 'turn that down'; something is getting more radioactive absorbing those neutrons, and you're making radioactive waste. The best reactor is the one that can operate for 20 years without touching it. Unless something goes wrong, in which case it can still be turned down, and then off.

What if the whole power of the reactor went towards atmospheric CO2 extraction? I would say convert it to gasoline and industrial oxygen (by using local water), but anything made out of carbon and oxygen is on the table. There is as little waste heat as possible here, as it is stored in the output that is trucked away. You will never make money on this scheme, rather; your intermediate waste products are valuable items that society will happily absorb, and they'll even tip you for it. That's a good place for a nuclear plant operator to be, but the real money, obviously, is in selling electricity to utilities.

Now, if you want some heat for your electric generator turbines, you simply turn down that CO2 process, and leave the reactor alone, and you've got excess heat.

Seems like an easy sell to me.

Comment Re:I remember some of Able Archer (Score 2) 198

And I remember all of Reagan's years, and Carter's too. I remember that after he had been president for 4 years, he won by the biggest landslide in history.

So apparently most of the voters disagreed with your characterizations. That's historical fact, no opinion required.

If I throw my opinion into it, I'd have to say we valued intangibles like human rights, economic opportunity, peace, ... far more than you apparently do today.

Comment Re:He gets stuff done, making others look bad (Score 1) 103

He is at least slightly visionary. I figure I'm averagely visionary, and here's what I come up with:

Screw that throw away flimsy ass lander vehicle thing. For what, red dirt on boots? Where's the profit in that?

Think big man. A real space ship. A real ship that lasts 100 years. It rotates for gravity and surrounded by water for radiation. Stay as long as you like. It's really big.

Impossible you say?

That's where the cheap ass subsidized reusable rocket comes in handy. It's a game changer in the right hands. Offices, dorms, laboratories, small scale manufacturing, a couple of rental condos, a little park; what would that rent for? Real geosynchronous orbit with Moon trips twice a year. What would countries pay to rent a suite on that? What deposits would they put down?

And then, o hay, we're goin' to Mars. It's no biggie really - a little extra food, extra fuel, we're going to be away awhile.

I go where I want and stay as long as I want, 'cause I'm Elon. Think about it man. I guess his next step is landing his shit on the barge while getting paid. You need to hurry up Elon.

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 0) 583

Yep, finally somebody else sees this.

It was time to end NATO right after the USSR fell. When Clinton was buying drinks for Yeltsin in Ukraine, he should have been signing the end of NATO instead of agreeing to substitute our nukes for theirs.

That would have been a nice legacy for a pacifist Democrat, and things would be a lot easier for us today in a number of places.

Comment Re:What do you do (Score 0) 364

Hard to believe your false argument gets modded like that. I guess people are angry. Also, evil drug company. They really are.

But no you don't go to 5% after 10%. That's down to the point of not worth it. Which is the whole point of low corporate taxes. Hell, at 10%, it's hardly worth paying a gaggle of accountants to get out of everything. Pay it and be done with it. But half of the exorbitant 25% that they are paying; millions and millions of dollars (most not even earned in the US), is totally worth it. But no, we wouldn't even have to match Ireland's hypothetical 10%.

You're right about one thing; no pandering to Pfizer. There should be a reasonable tax rate that everybody pays, and nobody gets out of. A 35% corporate rate ain't even close to reasonable.

Comment Re:Novel Idea (Score 1) 364

Yeah that counts Obama's subsidiary, GM, paying 0%. And Warren Buffet's trains, paying very little, while they build America, carrying that oil that will never be on the Keystone pipeline. And other guys like them, making the majority of the money that 12% is a percent of.

On the other side of that 12%, you have your Mom & Pop, trying to do their own taxes on paper, paying closer to 35%. And Pfizer, who, per the article, could apparently do no better than 25%.

25% on all profits, worldwide. That's after they already paid whatever tax in each country. They are moving for 12%. They would have stayed at 15%.

Comment Did intel actually complain? (Score 2) 389

One guy: "‘When it comes to terrorist attacks, one of the big worries is that you could take down forums and cost someone their lives,’ a GhostSec spokesman known only as Digital Shadow told..." And it is the really the article author that is telling us, even Mr. Shadow simply said it was a worry.

I didn't think Anon was all that good before, something like the medicine is as bad as the disease. You could say they were close to terrorists themselves, as their releases hurt lots of good people, no matter how worthy their cause was.

This is of course, a good cause. The best. If there was ever a way for Anon to redeem themselves, not just to me, but to the intel hawks in Washington that hate them; this is it. I don't think Intel is complaining, and If they are smart, they can use this to enrich, verify, and prune the intelligence they have now. If they are watching people that get Anon-rolled, then they will see results and reactions, or the lack thereof; all of which is good intel.

MSDOS is not dead, it just smells that way. -- Henry Spencer