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Comment: Re:It's almost like the Concord verses the 747 aga (Score 2) 133

by DerekLyons (#49154295) Attached to: Hyperloop Testing Starts Next Year

And in this case, the US$9.95 billion California High-Speed Rail is a huge example on how much money you can make on transportation.

The usual way to determine if a project is making money is to subtract operating costs and the amortized portion of construction costs from operating revenue - and to date the unbuilt California High-Speed Rail system has precisely zero operating revenue. It's projected to make money (according to it's backers), but projections aren't revenue.

Comment: Re:You get used to it. (Score 2) 131

by DerekLyons (#49149607) Attached to: Adjusting To a Martian Day More Difficult Than Expected

When you deploy on a submarine you go months at a time on an 18 hour day set to GMT.

No you don't. Your watch rotates on an 18 hour cycle, but the boats 'day' (and overall schedule) remains on the standard 24 hour cycle. On top of that, you make the swap from Lima (local time) to Zulu (GMT) once when you leave port and again when you enter port (days, weeks, or months apart) - but someone on Mars time has to deal with the adjustment every day.

(USS Henry L Stimson, SSBN-655 '83-'87.)

Comment: Re:So how about the core Russian module? (Score 1) 100

by DerekLyons (#49105799) Attached to: ISS Crew Install Cables For 2017 Arrival of Commercial Capsules

They made a formal announcement that they'll be disconnecting from the US half of the ISS at the end of 2013 after approximately 10 years of talking about it.

So this "formal announcement" joins the last dozen or so "formal announcements"?
Seriously, how can anyone watch the Russian space program over any span of time and remain credulous enough to take their "formal announcements" at face value? They haven't even been able to build and launch 90% of the ISS modules they've "formally announced".

Comment: Re:What does the military think it is doing? (Score 1) 68

some of these plans actually seem to involve enlisted geeks wearing hilariously incongruous camo in front of banks of monitors and 'cyber warrior'-ing. How is selling that going to work?

What, other than hilariously narrowminded stereotyping of geeks, makes you think it wouldn't work? Not all geeks are the anti-authoritarian pseduo-libertarian stereotype so beloved of Slashdot. (My service, the USN Submarine Service, had and has more geeks than you can shake a stick at.)

Comment: Are you really that stupid? (Score 1) 311

by DerekLyons (#49071941) Attached to: Nuclear Plant Taken Down In Anticipation of Snowstorm

Against Xenon that is piling up when you power down a reactor: you can't do anything at all.

I never claimed otherwise. Are you really so fucking stupid that you think I am making that claim?

The steady production of Xenon does not matter.
It is compensated by enough neutron production. Hence it only accumulates till a balance of Xenon versus neutrons is reached.

This is so fucked up and backwards I don't even know where to begin...

I'm done replying to you as you very obviously have no reading comprehension and no clue what you're talking about.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. -- John Muir