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New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

bobbied Re:Not a cargo ship (114 comments)

If you don't make your money back in 5 years, there are better investments out there.

Low interest rates have been pushing timelines out. At 10%, 5 years makes sense. At under 5%, 10 years makes more sense.

Hadn't thought of that, but what you say is correct, lower interest rates do mean longer ROI is possible. Personally, I think we are at the very end of low interest rates right now. Russia's latest rate hike is going to bite. Low energy prices will spur economic activity in pretty short order. All this will conspire so the Fed will be tightening the money supply.

I'd stay out of a 10 year ROI unless I can get bond rates under 2.5%. About the best a corporation can get is just under 4% for a 20 year, 10 year is about 3%. This means you will need to have MINIMUM annual returns of 8% for 20 year break even on principle and interest and 13% on 10 years.

Of course if you have 20 Billion in the bank, the numbers are that much lower..

3 days ago
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New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

bobbied Re:Not a cargo ship (114 comments)

It's called "sound business practice" and a few rules of thumb.

1. ROI must be break even in less than 5 years. So if you don't break even in that amount of time, you are wasting your investment dollars. If you are paying cash (not borrowing) to fund the project, you can possibly go longer, but you still need to show an annual return of better than 10% to make money over 10 years.

2. Manufacturing usually charges double the production cost for the product. Add up, labor, materials, energy, maintenance and all other production costs and that should be half the sales price. Out of the 50% you take your infrastructure costs, money costs and such to arrive at profit.

Of course all "rules of thumb" are just how the average works. There are exceptions to these rules.

3 days ago
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New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

bobbied Re:Not a cargo ship (114 comments)

1.75 Billion a year, BEFORE cost of operation.

Once again, when not using made up numbers, Green energies are the same.

Thanks for the information.

I'd like to point out though, I made no secret of the fact that I was guessing based on sound business practice. If you don't make your money back in 5 years, there are better investments out there. Big Energy companies may be able to stretch this out to 10 years if they have enough cash flow, but if your numbers are correct, they are going to loose their shirts.

3 days ago
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Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

bobbied Re:Army? (176 comments)

Isn't the army supposed to protect us from foreign threats? This seems like a job for domestic law enforcement.

System testing perhaps? I'm sure the Army is well aware of the domestic nature of the data they are collecting and the fact that the Army is NOT allowed to do law enforcement work.

So, my guess is that they are doing systems testing and validation work. Which happens all the time within our borders.

3 days ago
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Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

bobbied Re:10000 feet (176 comments)

How convenient, right at flight level of commercial jets.

This is the very bottom of the airspace used by commercial jets so it's not a problem. Below 10,000 feet you have possible uncontrolled aircraft operating VFR without communications equipment to talk to ATC. Above 10,000, you have to have a minimum set of equipment and be talking to ATC.

Commercial jets won't be bothered at all. Civil aviation likely won't either, except that there will be a new bit of restricted airspace they will now need to avoid or fly around, from the ground to 10,000 feet. Likely this airspace is already restricted as a MOA, so it won't be anything new.

3 days ago
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Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

bobbied Re:Sorry, but how? (176 comments)

How is the army allowed to do this on american soil...?

System test perhaps? One has to test these things someplace.

3 days ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

bobbied Re:The US Internet Shutdown Switch (386 comments)

And then we no longer have an internet (international network) we have a regional one which would royally suck.

The internet would/could still be connected. Name resolution would be a problem, but you *could* still get where you wanted to go.

3 days ago
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New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

bobbied Re:Not a cargo ship (114 comments)

That's a lot of solar panels, insulation, wind mills and hell, even a nuclear plant or two.....

But, if they are thinking $20 billion is worth it, you can be it is going to process a LOT more than that number in gas. My guess is they are looking at around $10 Billion/year return from their investment which gives them a 5 year payoff with operational costs. This beast will likely produce $250 Billion in revenue with about half that being profit.

No "green energy" installation of the same price would come close to this kind of profit.

3 days ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

bobbied Re:BitDNS? (386 comments)

DNS already *is* distributed. Don't you really mean something that's not hierarchal?

I'm not following you on the crypto currency framework thing. Can you elaborate?

3 days ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

bobbied Re:*yawn* (772 comments)

Democrats got briefed, yes. Did they get briefed truthfully? Truth in briefing doesn't seem to be in the NSA playbook.

This was NOT the NSA and Yes the Democrats got EXACTLY what the president got and then some. The President's Daily Brief is not just for his eyes, both the house and senate intelligence committees get copies.

As for the rest of your post, because you don't understand even the basic facts and procedures all that well and I don't have time to waste trying to educate you on how the intelligence system of the USA actually works, I'm just going to dismiss it. You obviously don't understand the difference between NSA and CIA or how all this took place, not to mention that you either are *really* young and didn't watch the news during the Iraq war, or your memory is pretty short. In any case, go back and read some about 9/11 and the Iraq war, specifically about what the democrats where saying about it back then. They knew full well what was going on.

Go learn something about what you are making confident assertions about. The rest of your post is useless and I don't have time to spend educating you on where you obviously don't understand how things really work.

about a week ago
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Computer Error Grounds Flights In the UK

bobbied Re:not likely (68 comments)

Or they're idiots and didn't have a backup pen and paper solution that was used for decades before computers and all staff should have been trained on.

I'm betting on that one. We've become dependent on computers for air traffic control and I'll bet the manual system hasn't been trained in years.

about a week ago
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Facebook Offers Solution To End Drunken Posts

bobbied Here's a crazy idea.... (134 comments)

How about we just mandate that Facebook (or any other website that keeps personal information) be required to DELETE any and ALL history over a specific age. I figure that anything more than a year old is worthless to just about everybody anyway, but make it something like 7 years. That way, your unfortunate college posts won't haunt you all your life.

about two weeks ago
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Feds Plan For 35 Agencies To Collect, Share, Use Health Records of Americans

bobbied Re:No bother in commenting... (209 comments)

The ACA remains and it will not be removed.

I'm not so sure about that. It may take a few more years and a republican president, but I think there is a lot of pressure to repeal. At the very least, the ACA will be fundamentally modified. IMHO, it will be repealed in total, with the more popular parts re-implemented piecemeal.

However, we are stuck with it for the next two years at least, unless the democrat party goes into full revolt and enables a veto proof senate vote and override the presidential veto.

about two weeks ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

bobbied Re:ive been through the new check (France, CDG air (184 comments)

The TSA is about appearances so don't sweat it.

IF they where actually about security, you can bet stuff like this would be not only common, but UNIVERSAL. This and MORE. But it is really complaints like this that turned TSA into a paper tiger. All the stories of cavity searching little girls and naked X-Ray machines has systematically taken ANY pretense of actually being able to provide security away from the TSA and why? For Political Correctness.... Oh no, you can't PROFILE! Oh no, You cannot do secondary pat downs on anybody, epically young girls, good looking women, or Grandma in the wheel chair. Don't get me started about the "naked X-Ray" scanner bit.

No the TSA has been reduced to a joke, somewhere above the level of a mall-cop who looks all official with the badge, but about all he can really do is call the police while they sit on you.

about two weeks ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

bobbied Re:device boot up won't stop terrorists (184 comments)

so no this doesn't make airplanes safer.

Neither does the TSA. They really only provide the appearance of security.

REAL security is something they simply cannot do. Partly because we won't let them for political correctness reasons and partly because they do stupid stuff like this.

about two weeks ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

bobbied Re:Nope! (184 comments)

Are any TSA screenings necessary?

Only in so far as they keep up the appearance of doing something about security.

The real question is "Are any TSA screenings making us safer?"

But the answer doesn't change..

about two weeks ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

bobbied Re:Redundant Question (184 comments)

"Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?"

Reformat the question: "Is TSA Necessary?"

Why yes they ARE necessary. How else will we manage to keep the appearance of security on airplanes?

about two weeks ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

bobbied Re:TSA is unnecessary (184 comments)

Sure TSA is necessary...

It's not that they provide much security but we got to keep up appearances you know.. Makes rubes/sheep (I mean people) feel sooo much safer when they fly.

about two weeks ago

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Why we will never run out of Oil

bobbied bobbied writes  |  about two weeks ago

bobbied (2522392) writes "

Nearly every warning about an impending energy crisis over the past 30 to 40 years has turned out to be wrong. And none of them are more wrong than the idea that we’re running out of oil.

The natural rise and fall of energy prices is responsible for the wax and wane cycle of energy production technology. Over the last decade, in the face of ever rising energy prices, the resulting advancement in technology has boosted production and encouraged efficiency. Now we are faced with a huge surplus of oil and natural gas as a result of things like "fracking" and related technologies.

We will never really run out of oil, not that the supply isn't finite, but as prices rise and technology improves there will be more supply that can economically developed. Rising prices will also drive innovation in efficiency, reducing demand. For now, the development of technology has been finding new reserves faster than the depletion of known reserves."

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Former NSA Chief says "Isis are using Snowden leaks to evade intellegence"

bobbied bobbied writes  |  about 3 months ago

bobbied (2522392) writes "Former NSA Deputy Chief Chris Ingles claims that the information that Snowden leaked is being used by ISIS to evade intelligence gathering by the NSA. He also said "militants in Iraq and Syria are 'clearly' harder to track down since the rogue agent made freely available a wealth of top-secret information about how the U.S. government hunts its enemies online."

The Ex NSA Deputy Chief is claiming that what was leaked by Snowden goes way beyond what was necessary to expose Snowden's privacy concerns and has severely damaged the NSA's ability to collect intelligence by exposing their methods so they can be evaded."

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NASA to perform reformat of Mars Rover Opportunity flash storage

bobbied bobbied writes  |  about 4 months ago

bobbied (2522392) writes "After a ten years of survival on the Martian surface, Opportunity continues to show that it is getting older. Recently the computer has been resetting itself more and more often. Controllers believe that the flash memory where the rover stores it's variable instructions has a number of bad cells which have simply worn out and stopped working. Doing a reformat operation will find these cells and remove them from use, hopefully eliminating the problematic reboots.

So, "Have you tried to re flash the firmware and power cycle it?" really IS rocket science."

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Edward Snowden is not alone!

bobbied bobbied writes  |  about 4 months ago

bobbied (2522392) writes "Apparently Edward Snowden is not alone. CNN is reporting http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/05/... that recent leaked documents published by "the Intercept" (a website that has been publishing Snowden's leaked documents) could not have been leaked by Snowden because they didn't exist prior to his fleeing the USA and he couldn't possibly have accessed them. Authorities are said to be looking for a new leaker."
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Earthquake warning issued for central Oklahoma

bobbied bobbied writes  |  about 7 months ago

bobbied (2522392) writes "A rare warning has been issued by the US Geological survey today, warning of an increased risk of a damaging earthquake (magnitude 5.0 or greater) in central Oklahoma. There have been more earthquakes in Oklahoma (per mile) than California this year, prompting the USGS to issue their warning today (May 5, 2014).

This warning is the FIRST such warning to be issued for a state east of the Rockies."

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DHS destroyed computers, keyboards, mice over malware

bobbied bobbied writes  |  about a year and a half ago

bobbied (2522392) writes "Irrational fear and lack of understanding leads to the destruction of HHS computing equipment which had been possibly infected with malware. "The agency spent $1.06 million on “building a temporary infrastructure, pending long-term IT solution;” $823,000 on hiring the cybersecurity contractor; $688,000 on “contractor assistance for a long-term recovery solution;" and $4,300 to destroy $170,000 worth of tech equipment." They destroyed computers, TVs, keyboards, mice, printers and cameras to rid themselves of dreaded malware. Seems it worked.

In true government fashion, seems they just spent a boat load of taxpayer money on nothing. Next time just reload the operating system if push comes to shove (or you simply have to be 100% sure it is gone).

Which one of you slashdot readers cashed that $823,000 check? Well done sir or madam.. Well done!

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/10/us-agency-destroys-computers/"

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