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Bill Gates getting into the nuclear power business (independent.co.uk)
submitted 8 years ago by oliverdaniel
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[–][deleted] 10 points11 points12 points 8 years ago (0 children)
Check out his TED Talk... He lays out his plans in detail.
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[–]shiftylonghorn 1 point2 points3 points 8 years ago (0 children)
Shit just got real
[–]redspex 1 point2 points3 points 8 years ago (0 children)
I can already hear steve jobs warming up his podium to declare death to nuclear and the birth of the solar age. Either that or something new for the iPad...
[–]Equality72521 1 point2 points3 points 8 years ago (2 children)
Anyone know why they went with depleted uranium instead of thorium?
[–]xenofon 0 points1 point2 points 8 years ago (0 children)
well, from a quick reading, I see a few reasons:
I'm not against thorium at all, specially molten salt thorium designs. I think it's great though, to not rely on a single technology hoping it will work out. Multiple approaches mean that even if one fails, you still have a chance.
[–]DrWhoMetaCrysis 0 points1 point2 points 8 years ago (0 children)
This is a guess, but we (the US) are way more experienced with uranium. Sure we could switch to one of the more exotic new technologies down the line, but lets just get something started.
[–]cn45 3 points4 points5 points 8 years ago (0 children)
This doesn't really come as a surprise. There are probably five people in the world with the capitol to do with this that are not completely backed by the government.
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[–]cadmium 5 points6 points7 points 8 years ago (1 child)
There were already a dozen such comments when I saw this in r/technology. Thank you for the intellectual discourse, Reddit.
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[–]Aegean 0 points1 point2 points 8 years ago (0 children)
Since there will undoubtedly be protests - how much clean energy has been prevented by people / protesters who mean well but miss the big picture?
I'm willing to bet that meaning well but missing key intelligence amounts to plenty of waste and false starts.
In my area alone; at least 6 billion dollars worth of clean energy was wasted. But we're still paying for a fully built but non-operational reactor in our electric bills AND burning more fossil fuels.
People could say - "who knew?"
looks towards Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant
[–]StabsWithBricks 0 points1 point2 points 8 years ago (1 child)
Im learning about nuclear energy now in school. It is reckoned no nuclear power plant in the western world could explode like chernobyl, they lower carbon rods which slows the neutrinos and inhibits the reaction.
Anyways, we should look into fusion more since it almost has an unlimited amount of fuel(sea water), safe(the plasma just cools down if it touches any surface, reaction stops) and gives around 100x more energy. Don't take my shitty word for it, look it up yourselves it's fun stuff :D
[–]aaaargh 2 points3 points4 points 8 years ago (0 children)
I hope your school doesn't think they drive reactors by controlling the neutrinos. And that they know the difference between slowing and absorbing neutrons - which one makes the power go up and which makes it go down. And what are these carbon rods?
[–]geekville -3 points-2 points-1 points 8 years ago (0 children)
A nuclear reactor running Windows?!
[–]drew3000 -2 points-1 points0 points 8 years ago (0 children)
Download patch for nuclear meltdown exploit coming soon.
[–]Aegean -1 points0 points1 point 8 years ago (2 children)
Where are they now?
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[–]TheDude069 -1 points0 points1 point 8 years ago (0 children)
well think about it, if there is no electricity no one can use his computers...
[+]Shredder13 comment score below threshold-6 points-5 points-4 points 8 years ago (0 children)
Bill, leave this stuff to Google and go back to making several version of the same operating system.
Can you imagine? "Nuclear Professional", "Nuclear Office", "Nuclear Ultimate".
[–]DriftingJesus -3 points-2 points-1 points 8 years ago (0 children)
Bill Gates or future Overlord?
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