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Submission + - What stopped the nuclear industry? Not TMI. (

mdsolar writes: "The nuclear industry faced big challenges even before TMI: of all reactors canceled, 40% of were abandoned before 1979. The interlinked issues of declining demand growth, high interest rates, nuclear industry structural problems, changing public perceptions, and the rise of alternative means of acquiring utility resources all had powerful effects on the viability of the nuclear enterprise. It is therefore not correct to conclude that the Three Mile Island accident was the sole or even the most important factor leading to the difficulties the US industry has faced. The accident clearly had some effect on reactors then under construction, but we are convinced that the other factors we list above were in the aggregate more important than TMI in their effect on the likelihood of new nuclear orders in the post-TMI period.

–Jonathan Koomey and Nate Hultman"

Comment Offline is a lot worse than off grid (Score 1) 328

The problem with blackout is that the web drops. When web drops, everything else is 95% useless, no matter the batteries.

Even for work in SketchUp you have to be connected, else you can't get models from the web. Emails? Forget it.

On the rare occasion when that nightmare happens I get my fix from mobile browser which has it's own battery, to keep up with Gmail and to tell everyone I am back in stone age with old farts.

If there is a real (and expensive) need for web & pc, I use bluetooth and laptop to use mobile phone as a modem. It is slow but it works. Means a lot if you work in the cloud and program over the console.

Comment Just use more small vehicles (Score 1) 688

You have an 8 lane crowded highway and you want to transfer a ton of small packets over it. Why use a big convoy of trucks and wait like 98% of idiots out there? Didn't you notice something strange... those motorists that are laughing at your face and passing you by all the time? Why not use them as the means of transport? Maybe because they are expensive in real world, but in digital that's not the case...

I use them. I use software like ReGet that doesn't put out one connection for a truckload of data. It creates in my case by default minimal of 32 (or in serious congestions even 64 and 100+) connections and downloads them all at the same time. It's like a ton of motorists transferring your data around slow moving trucks. I never get less than 100% of my 2Mbit downlink downloading this way.

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