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Comment: Sorry about that Cheif (Score 1) 178

The "people here who do not understand a topic" is aimed at the poster up above - "Richard_at_work" who got things so stupidly wrong that he suggested it would cost "billions".
For some reason I didn't catch that he was not the one that replied to my comment on his comment.

Comment: Re:Just staggering... (Score 1) 178

PCB's ... and no doubt lead and mercury are also present.

So? People do work with dangerous materials you know.

in India and Bangladesh

That's right, the places that are now training engineers about as good as anywhere else. You've also given a link to an example of how dirt cheap it is.

my understanding is that the steel often gets rolled into rebar

The scrap gets melted first. Say goodbye to anything that's a gas at around 1500C - so no lead, no PCBs, no mercury - they go somewhere but not where the steel goes.

There's an informative show out there

I really do not get why people here who do not understand a topic take it upon themselves to "educate" people with real-world experience in a topic.

Comment: Re:Copyrighting History (Score 1) 163

by dbIII (#49503241) Attached to: Joseph Goebbels' Estate Sues Publisher Over Diary Excerpt Royalties

have works that have been in the public domain, sometimes for decades, and all of a sudden are protected under copyright again

There's a flute player in Australia who committed suicide due to the legal fallout from using a riff from a 1932 song with unenforced copyright owned by the Girl Guides (Girl Scouts). The copyright was bought by a record company who took legal action in 2009 against the song with that flute riff recorded in 1981.
IP laws are well named - it's about pissing all over everything.

Comment: That way lies barbarism (Score 1) 163

by dbIII (#49503217) Attached to: Joseph Goebbels' Estate Sues Publisher Over Diary Excerpt Royalties
"No man is above the law and no man is below it".
It's convenient to label some people we don't like as complete outlaws but it's a sign of barbarism that just leads to things like rounding up and killing minorities which is the sort of thing we fought a war against people such as Goebbels to stop.

Comment: Re:So (Score 1) 178

In the past Silicon Valley thrived due to people coming from all over the world to get funding for their designs that ignorant over-conservative people people would not fund in other places.
Even going back a bit more "the dread spirit of innovation" was complained about in the Austria-Hungarian empire so Tesla came to the USA to build his alternating current motors.
Now? Doesn't look quote so good. We've turned into the Austria-Hungarian empire that Mark Twain reported on as being stagnant instead of the vibrant Roman empire we say we are the heirs to.

It's not about getting funding for way out ideas like Horvath's hydrogen car scam, it's about progression instead of just sitting on assets.
As for the bridge, a third year civil engineering or mechanical engineering student can show it can work using mathematics that was taught to such students early in the 20th century. Solid mechanics is difficult but the heavy lifting was done in the 19th century, since then we've mostly just added various tricks to take advantage of computers to get good, fast approximations and handle huge matrices. Something so big as that bridge was never going to be easy to get the workers and materials but there was never any doubt that a suspension bridge would scale that far. It's no space elevator where no material matches the requirement of the maths yet.

Comment: No need to be a genius (Score 1) 292

by Loki_1929 (#49500303) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

Even being above average means you're surrounded by (relative) idiots. Hell, just stay informed about world events, history, literature, and then stand there in disgust as all people can talk about is the latest episode of "Naked and Afraid". This is by no means a recent thing either; every generation throughout history has repeated the same sorry story.

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