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The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

imikem Re:Not Surprising (160 comments)

I believe there were many benefits, well justifying the cost. You apparently disagree, fine. Your arguments are unlikely to persuade me, and vice versa. Good day sir.

about two weeks ago
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The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

imikem Re:Not Surprising (160 comments)

Really? This article concerns NASA, which pioneered the exploration of space. Are you saying that was unjustifiable? Which private sector entities were clamoring to throw money at it in 1961?

about two weeks ago
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TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

imikem Re:and the real bad news is... (255 comments)

Those noted nuclear apologists at the World Health Organization state that "up to 4000" people could die due to exposure to radionuclides released by the Soviets' stupidity at Chernobyl. But hey, everyone alive in 1986 will eventually die, so maybe we should just count everyone, right?

Meanwhile coal (like that sweet lignite that Germany is digging up now) goes on killing at least HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE EVERY YEAR*, yet people seem only to care about teh ebil raydeeayshun. Maybe the coal casualties aren't as dead or something.

It is way past time to grow up and stop pissing and moaning about nuclear.

* According to Forbes, the figure is about 300000/yr in China alone.

about three weeks ago
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

imikem Re:He got what was coming to him (183 comments)

Granted on the (very large) technicality. However, TSR sent me a letter afterward basically saying, "Haha, sucks to be you. We got the company, but we are going to do nothing at all for the S&T magazine subscribers, despite continuing to publish it. You want it, pay up again."

Well, gee, thanks but, go to hell TSR.

about a month ago
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

imikem He got what was coming to him (183 comments)

Gygax, and TSR in general, got what they deserved in my opinion, following their "acquisition" of board wargame publisher SPI. Screwed thousands of longtime gamers such as myself (I played both RPGs and wargames extensively), who then like myself voted against them with our wallets, never spending another dime on that company. What goes around, comes around.

about a month ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

imikem Re:The study focuses soley on Japan (552 comments)

The subject line that the data covers only Japan is disproved. I didn't call you an idiot. Just pointed out that the assertion is wrong and trivially verifiably so.

about a month and a half ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

imikem Re:I have bad news for you (552 comments)

So the minnows apparently haven't benefited greatly to the detriment of the poor oppressed corporate farms?

about a month and a half ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

imikem Re:I have bad news for you (552 comments)

So where did that water go, genius? Reservoir levels, Stream flow. Most of those numbers look well below long term median/average to me. So if the water isn't in the reservoirs or flowing in the rivers, where exactly is it?

Maybe there's a lot of room in certain people's posterior orifices that isn't accounted for here.

about a month and a half ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

imikem Re:Big fat LIE (552 comments)

And your weather anecdote constitutes global data somehow. I am suitably impressed.

about a month and a half ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

imikem Re:The study focuses soley on Japan (552 comments)

This looks like a temperature map of the WHOLE EARTH to me, found on the source site after about 10 seconds of terribly difficult clicking on a couple of buttons.

about a month and a half ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

imikem Re:Check those numbers, submitter (552 comments)

Umm, actually the air temps at Yellowstone were below average when I drove through the park one day before the Firehole Road melt happened. That is pretty much entirely due to upwelling heat from the subsurface magma chamber – otherwise why would only a very specific part of road be melting? Repeatedly so, though only every couple of years as I understand it. A few degrees' delta of air temps will not significantly alter the heat dissipation here. If the air temps get past 160F I'm pretty sure we have a major problem planet wide.

about a month and a half ago
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China Builds Artificial Islands In South China Sea

imikem Re:All wars ... (192 comments)

It was a "Police action".

Maybe that's why police these days are riding around in armored vehicles.

about 2 months ago
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Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

imikem Re:I wonder what their reasoning is...? (340 comments)

Sure, because there are no reputable ballet outfits in the US. And of course there's a Bolshoi in every shitty hamlet in Russia. I admire Russian culture, but this comparison was silly and bogus.

about 2 months ago
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Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

imikem Re:Dangerous (345 comments)

Get it right, man: Potatoe

D. Quayle

about 2 months ago
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How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

imikem Re:Creativity (209 comments)

And would not have happened without Jobs either. As the GP says, "He didn't do it all himself, but then nobody does in business." Thus neatly answering GGP's challenge question.

about 2 months ago
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US Nuclear Plants Expanding Long-Term Waste Storage Facilities

imikem Re:No (187 comments)

My take on your position is that you are irrationally anti-nuclear to the point that you prefer the world continuing to burn hydrocarbons instead. How about we get rid of those first, then worry about the problems with nuclear after, instead of making the transition even harder than it will already be? Proliferation is a fact regardless what the big players do at this point. 70 years on, that genie is long out of the bottle and won't be going back in. When a state as paranoid and unstable as North Korea already has nukes, it seems moot to argue about such risks.

As I posted earlier, using some of the tax funds already collected for Yucca or wherever for research into reprocessing etc. could help. Your mind seems made up that it won't though, fine. Nothing my ignorant self says will make a difference to you.

I'm not a pro, just a citizen interested in having the lights stay on for my children, and not forcing them to live in a world where the ecosystem has been compromised by rapid temperature rise and ocean acidification. Those seem far worse prospects than a hundred Fukushima-style meltdowns.

I don't have time to read your reference now, but I will. Last post beating this dead horse of a thread.

about 3 months ago
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US Nuclear Plants Expanding Long-Term Waste Storage Facilities

imikem Re:No (187 comments)

You are so passionate in decrying the whole nuclear industry that either unintentionally, or by design, you are perpetuating several far worse by virtually any standard. Excepting the "Oh no! Radiation is invisible so it scares me" standard. Show me the numbers proving solar and other RE sources alone can power worldwide demand 24*7, (for bonus points, with technology from the 60s and 70s like you seem to be requiring of nuclear). What is the cost per KWh? Where do all the raw materials come from? What are the environmental costs of that mining, manufacturing, and disposal? How much land is used and what other functions are thereby displaced? What wildlife habitats are disrupted? Show us the math, or shut up. I'll even go first.

about 3 months ago

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It's getting late pretty early on climate change

imikem imikem writes  |  about 3 months ago

imikem (767509) writes "There is a really depressing article by Brad Plumer of the Washington post here. While I support an all of the above except fossil fuel approach to electric generation going forward, I often note the rather smug attitude of certain solar and/or wind advocates, ignoring serious problems with both. This irritates me, as their faith in these useful and necessary technologies often seems to approach that of a religion. Then too we get reflexively anti-nuclear, FUD-filled rants, and denialist members of the myth of the month club. On one hand, I cannot understand how apparently well-intentioned people can think that solar and wind plus efficiency can supply reliable energy to 7-9 billion people indefinitely. On the other are people who appear convinced that burning a hundred million years' worth of fossilized hydrocarbons in the space of a few decades won't drastically affect Earth's climate. I'm starting to lose hope that humankind will do anything meaningful in time to prevent a horrifying collapse of civilization and the global ecosystem within the lifetime of my children. Maybe The Matrix is the real future. Cue up some calm, reasoned debate in three, two, one."
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Fusion Propulsion for Spacecraft Edging Closer

imikem imikem writes  |  about a year ago

imikem (767509) writes "University of Washington researchers and scientists at a Redmond-based space-propulsion company are building components of a fusion-powered rocket aimed to clear many of the hurdles that block deep space travel, including long times in transit, exorbitant costs and health risks.
"Using existing rocket fuels, it's nearly impossible for humans to explore much beyond Earth," said lead researcher John Slough, a UW research associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics. "We are hoping to give us a much more powerful source of energy in space that could eventually lead to making interplanetary travel commonplace."

Maybe this will be powered by fusing all the unsold copies of Windows 8."

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