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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

FlyHelicopters Re:You sound awfully concerned about (340 comments)

Guess that's the fundamental difference here

No, it isn't...

The difference is, we can't destroy the world... only humans... and only most of them, I don't think we could kill everyone if we really tried... not yet anyway :)

7 hours ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

FlyHelicopters Re:Should we? (258 comments)

Yes, perhaps we could... but I don't see us doing that...

What is so sad is that the plan in 1990 was to be on Mars in 10 years, spending $450 Billion to get there (probably $1 Trillion by the time it was done).

That sounded REALLY expensive in 1990, but considering the war in Iraq cost $1 Trillion over 10 years, I think I'd rather have gone to Mars.

Congress laughed at that plan in 1990, shame, because we'd have been there already had we committed to doing it.

yesterday
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

FlyHelicopters Re:Bring your kids to Mars?! (258 comments)

Of course they didn't, I think you missed my point, or read it backwards... or perhaps I wasn't clear. :)

The thing is, people came to the new world and life was harsh, many people died, including children...

But we're all better off for them having done it. If they had waited to explore the Americas until the 747 was developed... well, it wouldn't have had a place to land! :)

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Some people here talk about the foolishness of taking a family to Mars in the same way they perhaps would say it would be foolish to travel to the new world 500 years ago.

Maybe it was, but what an adventure!

2 days ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

FlyHelicopters Re:Bring your kids to Mars?! (258 comments)

Why not? What is wrong with Mars?

Assuming we have a proper base on the ground, hydroponics to provide food, water, and air... it isn't any worse than a lot of really bad places on Earth...

2 days ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

FlyHelicopters Re:Should we? (258 comments)

You lost me...

Putting stuff in orbit of Earth to stop asteroids is pointless, you'd need technology far, far, far beyond ours to make it work...

It would be easier to put colonies on Mars than it would be to stop such a rock from hitting Earth...

Moving deep underground wouldn't help, the surface would not be useful for a long time, hundreds of years, perhaps a few thousand...

2 days ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

FlyHelicopters Re:Should we? (258 comments)

There isn't anything we could put into orbit that will stop an object of that mass.

Do some math on the energy of a 6 mile long rock made of iron traveling at 30,000+ miles per hour.

Then do some math on what it takes to even move its course one tenth of one percent.

2 days ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

FlyHelicopters Re:Should we? (258 comments)

I disagree. Powerful computing may lead to finding plenty of things of interest here on Earth.

Disagree all you like... why don't we ask the dinosaurs their opinion...

Oh, right...

We can't...

If we found a 6 mile long rock headed for Earth and had a year's notice, I doubt we could do anything about it, other than try to survive it (all the fantasies about stopping it aside, we likely couldn't).

3 days ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

FlyHelicopters Re:Bring your kids to Mars?! (258 comments)

Your opinion of what a good parent is, isn't the end all, be all, of parenting...

Parents brought their kids to America on ships a long time ago, ever heard of the Mayflower?

Many died...

Those who didn't, experienced something well beyond the "comfort and safety" of Europe...

3 days ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

FlyHelicopters Re:Should we? (258 comments)

I would have well, prior to having kids... I have to be there for them...

Now, if the ship was large enough to take them? I'd consider it...

It isn't for everyone, but we need to be doing it...

Frankly, I'm of the mindset that if no one is dying, then we aren't trying hard enough...

3 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

FlyHelicopters Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (595 comments)

There are many reasons California has water issues, it isn't so simple to blame farming and fracking, even if those are two of the many causes.

In any case, I don't live anywhere near there, so those issues aren't my concern.

Where I live, we are doing just fine, our price of water is low so we average about 30,000 gallons of water a month, give or take, and the water bill is under $50 a month.

Cutting my usage by half would save me about $10 a month due to the way water is billed here.

3 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

FlyHelicopters Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (595 comments)

You are taking a very simple view.

Maybe it might save money, depending on the local price for water and its source.

Filters and plumbing cost money as well and have a time to recoup.

It may well make sense for some, no sense for others.

It isn't waste if it is in oversupply.

3 days ago
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Fukushima Radiation Still Poisoning Insects

FlyHelicopters Re:SO, (115 comments)

Normally ACs are the retards, but in your case, you're completely correct. :)

Yea, the long term damage caused by coal is easier to ignore... sad really...

about a week ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

FlyHelicopters Re:You sound awfully concerned about (340 comments)

You my friend, are another person making comments based on some vague assumptions without actually knowing the history of nuclear weapons.

That doesn't make you bad, after all, most people do it at some time or another, and many people do it all the time! :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N...

Worth reading to really understand the history...

1,054 nuclear weapons have been tested by the United States alone, these include 904 within the USA itself, 106 in the Pacific, and a few elsewhere.

The Soviet Union set off 715, the UK 45, France 210, China 45, etc...

More than 2,000 total have been detonated over the years.

A worthwhile quote: "From the first nuclear test in 1945 until tests by Pakistan in 1998, there was never a period of more than 22 months with no nuclear testing. June 1998 to October 2006 was the longest period since 1945 with no acknowledged nuclear tests."

The highest year was 1961, with about 140 being tested... 1959 actually had none, a weird year...

The largest weapon tested by the US was Castle Bravo, which went for 3 times the expected yield and was a mess.

Tsar Bomba was the largest ever test at 57 megatons, but was actually one of the cleanest weapons ever set off due to missing the booster jacket.

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Your idea of "nukes from WWII look like blips also misses the point. Castle Bravo was 15 megatons and was set off in 1954, less than 10 years after WWII

Nuclear anything has been turned into "oh noes, the nuclears!" by the media and the public has become terrified by anything with the word nuclear in it, without actually understanding anything.

Nuclear weapons are indeed powerful and can indeed destroy a city. But the truth is, our cities cover a very, very small percentage of the Earth. You could destroy every one and life would go on.

Would that be horrible? Yes, from the point of view of most humans, but if you take the long view, meh, it is minor in the grand scheme of things.

The trick is to get out of your own self importance and see the world for what it really is, without you in the center of it.

about a week ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

FlyHelicopters Re:You sound awfully concerned about (340 comments)

Never heard of "The Road", is that a book?

Anyway, I was replying to the comment about the "world being destroyed several times over".

My point, that everyone seems to be missing, is that we don't have that ability. Even if we simply wanted to kill every human on Earth, that would be quite hard to do, even with nuclear weapons. They are powerful, but not quite that powerful and Earth is quite large by comparison.

And we sure couldn't end all life on Earth, not even close...

about a week ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

FlyHelicopters Re:You sound awfully concerned about (340 comments)

If you did that, you'd probably kill a billion people...

Perhaps 3 or 4 billion if you do it just right...

But that won't "destroy the world several times over"...

Or did you miss what I replied to?

Life would go on. It wouldn't go on for all of us, it would change in many ways, but go on it would...

about a week ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

FlyHelicopters Re:You sound awfully concerned about (340 comments)

No, they weren't...

I'm also not under the mistaken impression that the survival of Earth requires that every last human live...

90% of our species might be wiped out, but I doubt we'd go extinct...

It would set us back, to be sure... In a million years (a small time period to Earth), the planet wouldn't never notice...

The comment was in regard to "destroy the world many times over".

Yea, we can't do that.

about a week ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

FlyHelicopters Re:You sound awfully concerned about (340 comments)

So did the 6 mile rock that killed the dinosaurs... Earth survived that, 16k nuclear weapons (most of which are tactical, not strategic), won't do as much.

about a week ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

FlyHelicopters Re:You sound awfully concerned about (340 comments)

We were never able to destroy the world several times over...

Over 1,000 nuclear weapons have been detonated on Earth in the past 50+ years...

We're all still here...

It would take more than we've got to kill everyone, much less do any real lasting harm to the planet...

about a week ago
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The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You

FlyHelicopters $60 for an iPhone case sounds high, but it isn't. (144 comments)

Actually, $60 for a iPhone case sounds expensive today, and perhaps it is compared to mass manufactured cases, but for a 3D printed case from a retail store, that sounds quite cheap to me.

The price will come down over time, this has to get out there and people try it out, when more stores get it, the price will of course come down with volume (look how cheap printers have become, compared to 20 years ago).

The big one will be Walmart. I've heard that Walmart has considered putting in a large 3D printer in the back of their stores to be able to provide custom products and expand their offerings, without having to actually carry more stuff.

Not just for 1-off 3D items that people design, because frankly most people will suck at that. Just like having a printer doesn't make you an author, having a 3D printer doesn't make you a designer.

But what if they had a catalog you could browse with 100,000 items in 100 different categories, and you could then put your personal touch on them by picking color, or a logo, etc...

It won't happen in a year, but I'll be in 20 years we'll take this for granted.

about a week ago
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NVIDIA Launches Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPUs

FlyHelicopters Re: Faster using less power! (125 comments)

I consider a mid range PC to be north of $550, so I have to disagree with you there. :)

You continue to miss the point... Heat, noise, and source of power are all concerns, none of which have to do with the price of power.

As it stands, my power is 11 cents per kwh, so it matters less to me, but my power comes from coal, I don't like heat and noise, I have to air condition my home, and the airflow in my son's computer case isn't great.

So yea, I do like that these use less power.

about two weeks ago

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