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Comment: Re:An enormous natural disaster waiting to happen (Score 1) 86

by ColdWetDog (#48618337) Attached to: New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

Tasman sea (where it is going first) still has 'cyclones' I believe.

It's supposed to be able to deal with a 100+ year storm (185 km / hr winds IIRC). Not that I want to sitting on untold tons of explosives and and things that spark when they break in a hurricane / cyclone, but that's just me.

Comment: Re:Not a cargo ship (Score 1) 86

by ColdWetDog (#48618293) Attached to: New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

And the difference between a ship and a barge is a bit pedantic here. It's going to fit under the category of 'restricted mobility vessel' which means that , if you are captaining another ship, you have to give this monster right of way.

Of course, you would be perfectly insane to try to play chicken with it, no matter what you are piloting.

Comment: Re:Not a cargo ship (Score 3, Interesting) 85

by ColdWetDog (#48618251) Attached to: New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

Well,technically it's a ship, I think. A quick search did not answer the question as to whether it is self powered. If it is, it's a ship (certainly not a 'cargo' ship). If it isn't it is a barge according to maritime right-of-way rules.

It's friggin large whatever you want to call it.

Funny, Shell is going to spent $20 BILLION or so on this thing for a 25 year lifespan (and perhaps another 25 with a whole lot of refurb). That's a lot of solar panels, insulation, wind mills and hell, even a nuclear plant or two.....

Comment: Re:Compression and cooling (Score 1) 86

by ColdWetDog (#48618077) Attached to: New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

What I wonder is how long it will be before some mega rich person(s) decides to build a semi-permanent offshore city, not so much a rig, more a case of a huge boat that is actually anchored to the ground and you take boats TO it.
There'd be loads of technical hurdles, but given the sheer size of such a construction, the issues of waves would be lesser, more so if it is designed properly to deal with them. (not to mention the use of large-scale wave guides similar in design to metamaterials, which is being tested on some oil rigs last I remember)

Somebody even wrote up a technical manual about this.

+ - Mars Rover finds evidence of Taco Bell?->

Submitted by ColdWetDog
ColdWetDog (752185) writes "Most methane on earth has a biological origin — microbes, cows, burritos. It has been long observed that there is a very low level of methane production on Mars. It's specific origin is unclear. Certainly one answer would be some sort of biologic process. The Mars Rover, Curiosity has been sampling methane levels on a regular basis and has noted several small spikes.

A BBC article discusses the data further and offers some clues and further areas of research. Unfortunately it is a bit premature to postulate that the Martian Counsel can order takeout."

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