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Comment: I work in the energy sector (Score 1) 712

It takes around 9 billion to build a replacement Nuke for a Coal plant. Solar, yeah right -- no base load on solar! There are hundreds of coal plants. Even if you switched to natural gas it would cost around 1-2 billion apiece! 50 BILLION is enough to fund the closing of maybe 5% of the coal plants in the country without human factors.

Comment: Re:Cheap architecture + short cuts = DOOM (Score 5, Interesting) 250

by y86 (#45943325) Attached to: Target Confirms Point-of-Sale Malware Was Used In Attack

I'm sure it all looked great, until this happened, then they get 200% more wise.

Seems everywhere I go these cheap systems are in place and the malware may already be chugging along for years without detection.

I worked for a MAJOR retailer that was involved with a credit card crisis. The only reason the registers didn't get raped was the fact they ran linux. The actual POS servers ran Windows 2000 so that is what got cracked. Management was working hard to get away from these solid state linux computers for the "cost savings" in administration of the Windows platform. I can tell you that a multipurpose platform is not appropriate for a specialized task.

Comment: Most Americans will never travel (Score 1) 523

by y86 (#40953781) Attached to: Poll Finds Americans Think the TSA Is 'Doing a Good Job'

To have an opinion of the TSA one must actually travel. As Walmart pays 7.75 an hour and the average American wage is 35k, MANY people seldom travel and may never travel. People with 0 TSA experience have no reason to not like the TSA.

Not liking the TSA is more of an "elite" issue.

Comment: Haters Gonna Hate (Score 1) 172

by y86 (#40693641) Attached to: Windows 8 Release Date: October 26th

Windows 8 looks cool to me. Decreased memory footprint, UI options.... Microsoft Surface. Not sure what you guys are complaining about. Microsoft is offering Windows 7 users an upgrade for $15!!!!!!!!!! I don't recall Apples last Major OS Revision being free.

I understand people here hate Microsoft, but the hate for Windows 8 on this forum is just over the top. It's an OS, it runs software, the price is good for Windows 7 users. If you run XP then you got the 10 years out of your license key.

Comment: The first step... (Score 1) 230

by y86 (#40693587) Attached to: Could Google Fiber Save Network Neutrality?

Really the first step it to just buy a cellphone company and build out the 4g and use that. Google could buy a lame wireless company like Sprint and totally use the spectrum for good. A quick cash infusion for a low end wireless provider could result in a major tower build out that would beat verizon.

Fiber is SOOOO expensive, I don't see how build a terrestrial fiber network could ever have the impact of wireless anchored by fiber (as far as reaching customers.)

Comment: Re:Correct (Score 1) 328

by y86 (#39597563) Attached to: World Is Ignoring Most Important Lesson From Fukushima

In a PWR the rods are held out by electric magnets. When the system loses power the rods drop. When the rods drop and pressure begins to rise the RPS and the ATWS system will engage to start EFIC (emergency feed water). This is for a 30 year old B&W Plants like Oconee or Crystal River.

The RPS(reactor protection system) system has multiple trains, so there are literally 2 backups for each backup.

An AP1000 plant has modernized versions of this.


Comment: Re:Insane (Score 1) 215

by y86 (#38361596) Attached to: Russia Set To Extend Life of Nuclear Reactors Past Engineered Life Span

3) There's no way radiation levels can be large enough to cause significant irradiation in several minutes. Absolutely none at all - primary cooling water is radioactive, but not that much (it's continuously monitored).

This is mostly true. Spent fuel pools can be pretty hot near new and old fuel. Also, the resin in demineralizers can be very raidioactive.

Comment: Re:Well, (Score 3, Informative) 215

by y86 (#38361400) Attached to: Russia Set To Extend Life of Nuclear Reactors Past Engineered Life Span

Most metals become brittle when irradiated.

Someone will be along with more details then I can recall offhand.

I would just design the plant to run with brittle metals from day one. Nothing that can't be solved with thicker walls (in many cases anyhow).

Modern reactors use a neutron shield that goes with the fuel basket. It can be replaced and greatly decreases vessel embrittlement by becoming the sacrificial element to first absorb/slow the errant neutrons.

The problem is with shutdown and startup. This needs to be done with control as things become harder and have less flex.

Comment: Re:Sounds like there will be a baby boom in 9 mont (Score 1) 286

by y86 (#35476106) Attached to: Electricity Rationing Starting Monday In Tokyo

News Flash: Those generations paid into the fund huge sums of money, many of whom like my grandparents didn't even live long enough to collect a single penny.

It maybe interesting for you to know that most people they collect well beyond what they pay in. After 8-10 years people collect everything they've paid in. This is ONLY a count of retires, not including slugs who collect because they have phantom back pain or are "disabled" by an alcohol problem.

The argument isn't "right wing" as so much as facts. Please use facts.

Comment: NVIDIA Chipsets are Looking good to intel now (Score 1) 203

by y86 (#35138936) Attached to: Intel Resumes Shipping of Faulty Sandy Bridge Chip

This makes me laugh. I'm sure the INTEL shareholders sure wish NVIDIA and VIA were making chipsets now, but since INTEL is the ONLY chipset maker for their CPUs they can't sell any CPUs right now. Intel is a CPU company that can't sell CPUs.

Hey INTEL, I went to a business school.... you now know about the risks of vertical integration. If you control all of your requirements and channels you better do a damn good job or you can hang yourself. This is a wonderful cautionary tale for all businesses.

Is your job running? You'd better go catch it!