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Submission + - First New US Nuclear Reactor In 20 Years Goes Live (

An anonymous reader writes: The Tennessee Valley Authority is celebrating an event 43 years in the making: the completion of the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant. In 1973, the TVA, one of the nation's largest public power providers, began building two reactors that combined promised to generate enough power to light up 1.3 million homes. The first reactor, delayed by design flaws, eventually went live in 1996. Now, after billions of dollars in budget overruns, the second reactor has finally started sending power to homes and businesses. Standing in front of both reactors Wednesday, TVA President Bill Johnson said Watts Bar 2, the first US reactor to enter commercial operation in 20 years, would offer clean, cheap and reliable energy to residents of several southern states for at least another generation. Before Watts Bar 2, the last time an American reactor had fired up was in 1996. It was Watts Bar 1--and according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it cost $6.8 billion, far greater than the original price tag at $370 million. In the 2000s, some American power companies, faced with growing environmental regulations, eyed nuclear power again as a top alternative to fossil fuels such as coal and oil. A handful of companies, taking advantage of federal loan guarantees from the Bush administration, revived nuclear reactor proposals in a period now known as the so-called "nuclear renaissance." Eventually, nuclear regulators started to green light new reactors, including ones in Georgia and South Carolina. In 2007, the TVA resumed construction on Watts Bar 2, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. The TVA originally said it would take five years to complete. The TVA, which today serves seven different southern states, relies on nuclear power to light up approximately 4.5 million homes. Watts Bar 2, the company's seventh operating reactor, reaffirms its commitment to nukes for at least four more decades, Johnson said Wednesday. In the end, TVA required more than five years to build the project. The final cost, far exceeding its initial budget, stood at $4.7 billion.

Comment Re:So it appears . . . (Score 1) 172

OK, but you won't like it. That will mean the software doesn't release until the lead programmer says so. No ifs ands or buts. If management presses too hard on that issue, THEY go to jail. Expect prices to get a lot higher and development time to multiply. Provide a high quality hardware platform or no go. No substituting hardware later or you invalidate the sign-off. Expect to have a computer dedicated to that application and that application only. Be sure to get any thing added to the LAN approved...

Submission + - DNA testing for jobs may be on its way, warns Gartner (

dcblogs writes: It is illegal today to use DNA testing for employment, but as science advances its understanding of genes that correlate to certain desirable traits — such as leadership and intelligence — business may want this information. People seeking leadership roles in business, or even those in search of funding for a start-up, may volunteer their DNA test results to demonstrate that they have the right aptitude, leadership capabilities and intelligence for the job. This may sound farfetched, but it's possible based on the direction of the science, according to Gartner analysts David Furlonger and Stephen Smith, who presented their research Wednesday at the firm's Symposium IT/xpo in Orlando. This research is called "maverick" in Gartner parlance, meaning it has a somewhat low probability and is still years out, but its potential is nonetheless worrisome to the authors. It isn't as radical as it seems. Job selection on the basis of certain desirable genetic characteristics is already common in the military and sports. Even without testing, businesses, governments and others may use this understanding about how some characteristics are genetically determined to develop new interview methodologies and testing to help identify candidates predisposed to the traits they desire.

Submission + - Just 2 weeks in the mountains can change your blood for months (

schwit1 writes: The human body begins adapting to high-elevation environments as quickly as overnight, and these biological changes can last for months — even after the person has returned to lower elevations.

For the first time ever, scientists comparing the blood of mountain hikers have observed how multiple changes affect the red blood cells' ability to retain oxygen in low-oxygen environments — and it happens within hours.

The find contradicts an assumption that’s lasted for half a century suggesting that humans in high-altitude environments start producing new red blood cells that are more capable of supplying oxygen to their muscles and organs than the average human’s blood.

Comment Re:GAS stations show the full price why can't comc (Score 1) 79

In that case, they are charging you extra for something that actually costs them extra. The credit card companies actually do take a percentage of what you pay for themselves, they just hide the umbrella by charging it to the merchant rather than the cardholder.

The real problem fees are the ones like Comcast hides that you will never not be charged.

Comment Re: Hilarious (Score 4, Informative) 185

If you have good connectivity and the right software. Also if you're used to using a computer with a touchscreen. The latter is probably a bit of an issue for many coaches. Given a concerted effort, I'm sure they'd get it but they are supposed to be paying attention to the game, not the technology.

For the most part, they're a solution looking for a problem as far as the coaches are concerned. What they were using before was working for them.

Comment Re:Assumptions (Score 2) 880

The question at hand is "is it OK for people to receive value without doing anything". You and cayenne8 seem to be saying "only if they're fabulously wealthy". rather than the more consistant "No, put the rich parasites to work too" or "Yes, that's fine".

As for the rest, yes small scale automation is a good thing. So is large scale automation. The automation isn't the problem, it is a failure to adjust our social and economic policies to the new reality that is snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Comment Re:Niggers ... (Score 1) 880

Most small business owners who started the business without that small million dollar loan from dad do not own machines that crank out value while they watch. Most end up being owner/operators. They would probably benefit greatly from the basic income. They need for enough local people to have enough money to spend to keep them in business.

Comment Re:working to offset expansion of the money supply (Score 1) 401

Yeah, just starve those retired fuckers in the streets. That'll make things better. No way they'll take up rifles and fix their situations.

We'll just get us some government death panels to decide who has to go.

We could get a long way by terminating our endless war in the middle east and billing the chickenhawks and their friends for the odious debt they ran up for personal benefit.

Comment Re:Holy flamebait batman! (Score 1) 880

In many cases, that's true. Unfortunately, the million dollar CEOs who claim that superior skills make them worth that much can't seem to work that out for themselves.

However, I'm talking about jobs such as assembly. Foxcom is replacing 45,000 workers this year with machines.

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