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Comment: Re:It never combusted. (Score 1) 62

by Sardaukar86 (#49155407) Attached to: Mysterious Siberian Crater Is Just One of Many

It never combusted. The permafrost melted and it all just went in the atmosphere and the loss of mass caused a sinkhole. The summary is bad. There was never a explosion besides the dust settling.

You're right, the summary could have been better, however I can say in its defence that the summary as you read it now is an awful lot better than the one I submitted.

It's quite a reasonable assumption that combustion is involved when coming across a discussion about a methane explosion, however in this situation there was no actual combustion. Despite this, the event was still quite accurately described as a methane exploding. Is there a common method of differentiating the two other than affixing a disclaimer about a "pressure explosion" versus a "combustion pressure explosion"?

+ - First Evidence of Clathrate Gun Opening Salvo->

Submitted by Sardaukar86
Sardaukar86 (850333) writes "The Siberian crater saga is more widespread — and scarier — than anyone thought.
In the middle of last summer came news of a bizarre occurrence no one could explain. Seemingly out of nowhere, a massive crater appeared in one of the planet’s most inhospitable lands. Early estimates said the crater, nestled in a land called “the ends of the Earth” where temperatures can sink far below zero, yawned nearly 100 feet in diameter.
The saga deepened. The Siberian crater wasn’t alone. There were two more, ratcheting up the tension in a drama that hit its climax as a probable explanation surfaced. Global warming had thawed the permafrost, which had caused methane trapped inside the icy ground to explode. “Gas pressure increased until it was high enough to push away the overlaying layers in a powerful injection, forming the crater,” one German scientist said at the time."

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Comment: Re:#1 slashdot article submitters (Score 1) 254

by Sardaukar86 (#49143659) Attached to: 5 White Collar Jobs Robots Already Have Taken

Last time I checked I get to vote for the people who run the government. I don't get to vote for the CEO of the company that polluted the ground water supply that I need to get drinking water from.

Some might argue that the effectiveness of one person boycotting a company is reasonably comparable to the effectiveness of one person casting their vote.

Comment: Two options (Score 4, Insightful) 444

by nhtshot (#49143377) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

The first option would be a PCMCIA ethernet card. Since you have 3.11, if you install a PCMCIA nic that has windows 3.11 drivers, you can simply use windows file sharing to copy everything. There's plenty of old nics on ebay.

Second option is to use pkzip to zip up everything you want. Buy a null modem cable and transfer the zip files using x/y/zmodem. Windows 3.11 had a terminal program and the windows XP laptop will have hyper-terminal.

The second option is much slower, but null modems are easier to find than pcmcia network cards with windows 3.11 drivers.

Comment: Re:Dyson Vs. "Climatologist" (Score 1) 382

by Sardaukar86 (#49141529) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

Dyson: "theoretical physicist" who understands the movement of air well enough to make a portable cyclone you can move about your house.

Reading this I find myself wondering how well-researched are your other arguments, because it looks to me like you've conflated Freeman Dyson with a the British inventor of a vacuum-cleaner. :)

Not trying to be rude but this is something of a glaring error, unless I'm missing something myself?

Comment: Re:Fad Ahead? (Score 1) 128

by Sardaukar86 (#49132683) Attached to: Inventors Revolutionize Beekeeping

My dog lived on the street for >1 year before we adopted her. She seemed to do ok.

Yeah, exactly, dogs are scavengers. They may have hit the evolutionary jackpot by befriending Humans but they're not going to be disastrously affected by a diet more in common with how their ancestors got by.

Cats I know less about but I suspect they'd be OK as well. They do seem to hunt small prey pretty effectively even when well-fed.

BTW good on you for giving that stray a home.

Comment: Re:Nothing important. (Score 1) 201

by Sardaukar86 (#49131577) Attached to: What Happens When Betelgeuse Explodes?

Betelgeuse would become so bright that it'll outshine the full moon at night....for a few month.

Not according to TFA:

Based on the distance to Betelgeuse, we can work out that the apparent magnitude of the peak of the explosion would be -10

...where a full moon is about -13, and:

The brightness of Betelgeuse’s supernova is about the same as the quarter moon.

Apparently it'll be pretty bright for a few days then fade out slowly over several weeks, not months.

Comment: Re:Please tell me this is satire (Score 1) 318

by ChromeAeonium (#49131219) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

I usually just point to the widespread European opposition to genetically engineered crops for that one. At least our creationists aren't opposing lifesaving technology and actively destroying scientific research. As a plant scientist, I have to say I view Europe as a fairly hostile place for science. Europeans have absolutely no room to act as if Americans are the only ones with the problem of opposition to science when that sort of attitude is so prevalent in their own backyard.

Time to take stock. Go home with some office supplies.

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