“An energy start-up backed by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates is in discussions with Toshiba Corp. on developing a small-scale nuclear reactor that would represent a long-term bet to make nuclear power safer and cheaper,” Robert A. Guth and Daisuke Wakabayashi report for The Wall Street Journal.
“Toshiba said it is in preliminary discussions with TerraPower, a unit of Intellectual Ventures, a patent-holding concern partially funded by Mr. Gates,” Guth and Wakabayashi report. “Intellectual Ventures, based in Bellevue, Wash., is run by a former Microsoft executive, Nathan Myhrvold.”
Guth and Wakabayashi report, “The discussions come as President Barack Obama is trying to spur new investment in nuclear power in the U.S. with over $8 billion in government loan guarantees announced in February.”
“In interviews, Mr. Gates has described the device as being able to run buried deep in the ground without human intervention,” Guth and Wakabayashi report. “The reactor would likely take years to develop and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission doesn’t have a certification process for such reactors.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The guy responsible for the most unstable computer operating system in world history wants to build nuclear reactors? Microsoft Windows Chernobyl 2015®. Use Mac OS X to control the thing, Bill. This isn’t the accounting department down the hall; uptime sounds really important in this case. Swallow your misplaced pride now or we’re all doomed!
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Eric H.” for the heads up.]