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Comment: Fighting forest fires should be stopped. (Score 1) 100

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#47932395) Attached to: A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires
We have been putting out forest fires for so long, there is so much of fuel accumulated in the brush. It is extremely expensive to fly in water to fight these fires.

It is high time the Government declares regions of the country where people live at their own risk. Why should the general tax payer at large should bear the burden of saving the tails of all these people who insist on living areas unfit for human occupation. You want to live there, create your own underground fire proof chambers, may build a few public underground fire shelters scattered around these parts. After that no more fighting wild fires. Same thing goes with flood prone areas.

Just like in tornadoes, government will provide warnings, predictions and rescue/recovery afterwards. There is no onus on us to protect their property.

Comment: Re: they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 733

by Required Snark (#47931355) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
So you think this is different then the Christian Republican right trying to suppress the teaching of evolution? Or pretty much the entire Republican party denying climate change? Or all the science illiterate parents who decided that their precious baby isn't going to risk those evil vaccines?

So before you go around using a goat herd as a representative of all Arabs, take a look around. We are actively supporting a lot of extremely stupid thinking right here in the US, much of it under the guise of religious freedom or free speech.

Do we have more to fear from ISIL (note: ISIS does not stand for any organization; it's the stupid press pandering to the stupid public), or are we more at risk from the Koch family deliberately interfering with addressing global warming? ISIL can do a lot of bad things, including attacking in Europe or the US, but they can't really do anything to destroy the West. The Koch brothers/Republican Party and global climate change; that is a real concern, and it could conceivably end western civilization.

Comment: Re:What good is aid going to do (Score 2) 155

by Charliemopps (#47931015) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Because you're clearly using it in a disparagingly. They're as learned as can be expected given their situation. Medical staff need to take that into account and deal with them appropriately. If my dentist told me to fix tooth he was going to drill a hole in my head, then tried to strap me to a chair forcibly, punching him in the face would not be an over reaction. If I had a medical degree, you could argue, I'd have know that what he said was an appropriate remedy, but that doesn't negate his responsibly as a doctor to communicate with me in an appropriate manner that didn't lead to me reacting violently. It's part of a medical professionals job.

Comment: Re:Worse than it seems. (Score 3, Interesting) 155

by Charliemopps (#47930905) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Don't fall for the media frenzy. Keep in mind they are making a lot of money off of all your panicked clicks.

This is certainly a tragedy for Africa. Just like the last 5 Ebola outbreaks were. This one's bigger but that mostly appears to be due to changes in culture and population than any change in the disease. But, by and large, Ebola is hard to transmit. It's prevalent in Africa because of poor sanitation. I've been to Africa (not this region, but others) The sanitation there is awful and even I, being careful, pretty much caught everything under the sun. There is no clean water to wash with. I bought bottled water and washed with that... didn't matter. The food is handled by dozens of people before you get it and there's no way to wash that either. The people that handled it clearly couldn't wash up properly either.

In regards to the medical facilities... they are woefully understaffed, under trained and short on equipment. The biggest difference the United States could make is to send over more of all of these. If the troops were sending are of this nature, it will certainly do a lot of good.

As far as a threat to us in the west though? No... short of it going airborne which, despite the soulless talking heads on TV are saying, is extremely unlikely. And if it were already airborne, we'd all already have it. Luckily, ultra deadly diseases like this burn out very quickly. It's hard to be virulent and deadly at the same time. The dead aren't that great at walking around and infecting people.

Comment: Re:What good is aid going to do (Score 4, Informative) 155

by Charliemopps (#47930763) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

When the populace actively attack medical workers, violently disrupt quarantines, and engage in ebola spreading funerary customs? 3000 soldiers seems hardly enough to combat that level of ignorance of how disease transmission works.

When medical workers take your relatives away, lock them into camps where the litteraly die from either the disease or starvation, then refuse to let you burrie your relatives... you might react rather violently when they came for you as well.

Logically we in the west can think about this and say that all of those things were required to control the outbreak. But now think of it from the perspective of a villager that has never set foot in a school and the only news they get is via word of mouth and text message.

Comment: Re:Lots of problems with it (Score 2) 150

by Charliemopps (#47930231) Attached to: Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

It'd be the equivalent of mounting a windmill to a blimp.

That's more feasible than you think

That's hilarious... but it could work if its tethered.

I don't think it'll work with an oil platform. The waves are too strong and the steel is too weak. Platforms get destroyed in storms already... now imagine if it had big wave capturing devices attached to it. Perhaps in an emergency it could cut the wave device loose?

Comment: The real action will be elsewhere. (Score 1) 283

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#47930227) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?
If the gigafactory pans out and the battery price actually falls low enough to support mid-luxury sedan (BMW 3 class, Lexus 3xx) at 35K, the real action will be elsewhere. All his patents have been made public domain, gigafactory proves the ability to make battery cost that low. There will be shortage of investors for more giga factories. Nissan Leaf would go from 25K to 18K. That is the price point where that segment becomes a very very serious threat to gas car market. Till we hit Peak Lithium of course.

Comment: Re:sorry (Score 1) 150

by Charliemopps (#47930043) Attached to: Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

Ships can be taken out of the water.
Propellers are not moving parts. They are fixed, to a shaft that enters the dry part of the boat through a series of bushings. The "Mechanism" is inside the boat.

These wave capture devices are complex folding structures that are entirely under water. Even something as simple as a hing is going to fail in short order under water. Ever had a fish tank? Even freshwater tanks have to have their pumps constantly cleaned and maintained. It's fact. Moving parts in salt water is a terrible idea.

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