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Comment: Multiple service entrances are not allowed (Score 3, Informative) 124

into the same structure per the National Electrical Code. Only exception is for different voltages, etc.

Every building has some electrical switchgear that constitutes a "single point of failure", and it is mandated to do so by code. Simplifies cutting off power by first responders in an emergency, etc.

Buss duct is generally not stocked by local distributors, and may have been custom made to order (angle/offsets/termination sections anyway) so depending on what exactly burned up, they could be a while sourcing replacement parts.

Comment: Meth cooks will love this technology.... (Score 1) 380

by Ellis D. Tripp (#47327867) Attached to: New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

Kinda puts the DEA behind the 8-ball when they have spent years and pissed away millions of tax dollars tightening regulations on anhydrous ammonia (used as a fertilizer), and now this comes along and promises to make the stuff available at every local gas station!

Comment: What? No mention of the SLAM or Project Pluto? (Score 3, Informative) 133

From the Stranger-than Strangelove dept:

Essentially a flying, unshielded nuclear reactor that flies around pissing out fission products, and crapping hydrogen warheads.

All to defend freedom and democracy,. of course...

Comment: The shuttle's failings were largely (Score 3, Insightful) 155

the fault of the USAF!

The USAF demanded the ability to launch, retrieve/deploy a payload, and return to earth in a single orbit. They also wanted the ability to get into a polar orbit, which required a huge cross-range capability not in the original design.

After forcing all this crap into the design (and sinking billions on a shuttle launch/landing facility at Vandenberg AFB), they gave up on the project entirely, leaving NASA stuck with a vehicle that was no longer optimized for what NASA wanted to do with it.

Comment: Re:remote doesn't equal secure (Score 3, Insightful) 213

by Ellis D. Tripp (#47074399) Attached to: Dump World's Nuclear Waste In Australia, Says Ex-PM Hawke

Also keep in mind, the size of the seismic activity needed to harm the facility in any way would have to be so large that any hazardous waste leak that resulted from it would be more of an afterthought compared to the destruction from the quake itself.

Destruction of what? The whole idea is to site a nuclear waste dump in the middle of nowhere. What would a local earthquake damage? Some mountains in the middle of a remote desert?

Possible leakage of stored waste would seem to be far more of a potential problem than toppling cactus and shifting rocks around.

Comment: That was a key plot point of the 1st season... (Score 3, Informative) 118

Once Walt and Jesse moved beyond making a few ounces at a time, they couldn't get enough OTC pseudoephedrine pills through their small network of "smurfs".

They had already committed to providing 4 pounds of product to a rather psychotic distributor, so Walt decided to use a different synthetic route (P2P from phenylacetic acid via high temperature catalyst, then reductive amination with methylamine and aluminum amalgam), rather than the standard pseudoephedrine reduction using red phosphorus and iodine that they started out with.

"Just the facts, Ma'am" -- Joe Friday