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Why Aren't Powergrids Underground? 556

jonging asks: "It is common knowledge that an underground power grid is less susceptible to the effect of a large thunderstorm. The American Transmission Company cites numerous reasons why it (and other power companies I assume) do not bury their transmission lines underground (e.g. environmental concerns, cost of installation and repair, etc.). Exactly how detrimental are underground transmission lines to the environment? Wouldn't the time spent without a power outage generate more than enough revenue to offset initial costs? Aren't the need for repairs in cities with successful underground power grids rare?" The linked article goes into extensive detail about the disadvantages in initial costs of putting in underground lines, but doesn't go into any detail about the maintenance costs of either option. With storms getting worse and worse (Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia have weathered torrential downfalls this week), might underground lines prove more resistant to storm-related power outages?

Inside Intel's Next Generation Microarchitecture 116

Overly Critical Guy writes "Arstechnica has the technical scoop on Intel's next-generation Core chips. As other architectures move away from out-of-order execution, the from-scratch Core fully adopts it, optimizing as much code as possible in silicon, and relies on transistor size decreases--Moore's Law--for scalability."

Moderation Ideas 322

So now with the IFRAME/ILAYER stuff mostly removed from Slashdot pages are rendering faster. I still have some SQL glitches, but I also have a few more ideas for the moderation system that I want to throw out to you guys for opinions (and my guess is you'll have a few).

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