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BP Robot Seriously Hampers Oil Spill Containment

willow Re:Nuke it (264 comments)

Unfortunately, that's sort of like using a hand grenade to patch a leak in the roof.

Or not. Since a roof leak drips down only when it rains, not at a continuous 2K psi. And a roof is in the air, not 1 mile underwater. etc. etc. Maybe I'm missing it but this analogy seems to weak to support your argument.

While I agree BP will probably go to almost any lengths to preserve access to this field, the big problem with using explosives to attempt to cap this blowout is the roof of the chamber seems very brittle. Any explosion large enough to cap the well could fracture the roof of the chamber to the extent it would start leaking over a wide area of sea floor, which could then never be stopped, or a large section of the roof would collapse entirely, resulting in a catastrophic release of oil and gas.

I'd like to see a source for the "very brittle" comment, as well as data on how thick the chamber roof actually is as I just don't know. The wikipedia article on the spill states BP rejected conventional explosive use and that no one has ever considered a nuclear option, because of treaty issues and environmental impact (like there's none now). I think the whole "blow it up" meme has traction simply because of BP's inability to fix their mess and the US government's ineffectiveness in getting anything done about it.

more than 4 years ago

"Mythical Man-Month" Supposedly Busted By MIT Startup

willow Can it really be true? (231 comments)

You mean hiring awesome staff to work on independent projects designed in advance breaks Brooks Law?

Genius! Pat yourself on the back some more. /sarcasm

more than 4 years ago

Cory Doctorow Draws the Line On Net Neutrality

willow Re:Statist abuse (381 comments)

So your problem is with the man and not his argument? Sorry, you lose, automatically.

more than 5 years ago

Feds Demand Prison For Guns N' Roses Uploader

willow Pirates and Bankers (590 comments)

Good news. He can rot in jail along with all the bankers the feds arrested for stealing hundreds of billions via fraud. Oh wait...

more than 5 years ago

Oklahoma, Vatican Take Opposite Tacks On Evolution

willow Re:please make stupidity illegal (1161 comments)

I firmly support others right to believe they're "chosen" and their "supreme being" dictates how they should live.

They just don't get to have a say in any public policy decisions since they're unable to differentiate physical evidence from make-believe friends. In addition, their inability to reason out a sound argument disqualifies them from telling any else what to do or how to behave.

I.E., You're free to delude yourself to whatever extent you can tolerate but you don't get to tell me or my kids how to live.

more than 5 years ago

SoHo NAS With Good Network Throughput?

willow Re:dedicated PC (517 comments)

Amend to:

"They're saying their sister is loose but you're going to lose your head if you go there."

more than 4 years ago

SoHo NAS With Good Network Throughput?

willow Re:dedicated PC (517 comments)

Is this OK?

"They're saying their sister is loose but you're going to lose if you go there."

more than 4 years ago

$700 Billion Bailout Signed Into Law

willow Re:Meyer Mishkin... (857 comments)

I agree with you that the banks that need help are the deposit banks who didn't engage in poor behavior. So why are you advocating helping the investment banks who caused the mess? Because that's who's holding the junk Paulson's going to buy.

BTW, my 401K tanked just like everyone else's. We're going into a recession with or without a bailout plan. So why back a bailout that's not targeting the actual problem?

more than 5 years ago

$700 Billion Bailout Signed Into Law

willow Re:Seriously it is quite an achievement (857 comments)

There were plenty of alternatives proposed that were less intrusive, safer, and better targeted to unfreeze liquidity to buy us time to fix the real problem of reckless, unregulated trading in fraudulently valued housing derivatives.

All were all rounded rejected by Paulson and taken off the table without further debate. If you doubt this, do some research. The rush to pass this via fear-mongering is typical administration bullying at its worst.

The Paulson plan is a naked power grab. Stop trying to sugar-coat it. It's a last ditch effort to save investment bank cronies from getting crushed from the upcoming recession by buying their junk at prices way above market value.

more than 5 years ago

$700 Billion Bailout Signed Into Law

willow Re:Of course (857 comments)

I repeatedly emailed, faxed, and phoned both my House and Senate reps about my vehement opposition and that I'd vote them out if they supported the Paulson plan. Their staff dutifully took down my position and both of them approved the bailout, voting against the 100-to-1 opposition of their constituents to the plan.

They've both been notified that I'll be spending my time and money to remove them from office as soon as possible by any means necessary.

Vote them out of office. Every single Congressional member who supported this bailout bill should be voted out of office as soon as possible.

more than 5 years ago


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