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Comment: Re:Legacy Systems. (Score 1) 129

Or maybe never heard of the F35?

That's a non sequitur. Even if Lockheed was being paid to make a viable fighter jet - rather than the reality that they were paid whether or not they made a viable fighter jet - it's not the same as being paid a large pile of money to do an IT project.

Comment: Re:Does it have Cold resistance level 2 (Score 1) 160

by khallow (#47525673) Attached to: Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

Unfortunately the schools ahd hospitals were destroyed by the rebels in the recent civil way. The rebels were a bunch of drug-crazed gangsters using child soldiers to.steal the gold and diamond mines.(The entire mines, not just the produce). It was American money that funded the rebels, and the Europeans that insisted the government "negotiate" with the rebels as if they were a legitimate democratic opposition. This is the equivalent of asking the Italian government to negotiate with the Mafia. Only worse: The rebels knew they would go to hell for crimes against humanity if caught, so they were prepared to go to any extreme to avoid being caught - chopping random limbs off men women and children without mercy in drug-fueled rampages was only a part of it.

In other words, a relatively nasty government. So what are you going to do about it? And why treat them any differently than say Zimbabwe or North Korea?

Comment: Re:a question.... (Score 1) 63

by khallow (#47518211) Attached to: Oso Disaster Had Its Roots In Earlier Landslides

Trees suck up water that otherwise causes slides.

Unless it rains a lot. You can increase the threshold a bit before a slide occurs, but big, unstable areas will slide sooner or later.

There's really only two ways to deal with landslide issues this big - disposable land use or get rid of the hillside.

Comment: Re:Make-work Project? (Score 1) 212

by iserlohn (#47515839) Attached to: China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

It's what they have always done. The candidates you get to chose however are all from the same party, or officially blessed.

Haven't you heard of all that stuff going on in Hong Kong, how Beijing previously promised direct elections for the Chief Exec via Universal Sufferage in 2017, and just recently then they announced that all candidates have to be vetted by the 1200-person "Election Committee" stacked with pro-Beijing representatives? That caused ~500k people to take the streets and protest in Hong Kong.

Comment: Re:Make-work Project? (Score 1) 212

by khallow (#47515465) Attached to: China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

A true Democracy would be a terrible system indeed, with the rich even more firmly in control. People give away their password for chocolate bars (70%) or even nothing (34%!), so voting for some obscure law, probably a chocolate bar would do just fine, or at least a threat of getting fired.

Things change when you toss in the second or the third rich person. They will need to offer more than a candy bar.

Comment: Re:Cost Seems Low (Score 2) 212

by khallow (#47515373) Attached to: China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

The tunnel's gonna need a whole lot of concrete, steel, etc. - global commodities whose cost doesn't vary that much by geography.

And don't actually cost that much.

The LHC is packed to the gills with custom components: everything from the the superconducting magnets to the RF generators to the detectors to the massive computing systems to sift through all the subatomic debris. Even assuming China has the technical expertise to create that custom componentry (a question I can't answer - I simply don't know)...

I doubt they do. And I doubt that lack of technical expertise is actually an obstacle. After all, prior to constructing the LHC, Europe didn't have that expertise either and yet all those devices got built just the same.

does it pass even casual scrutiny to think that China can make a collider of twice the size at one-third the cost?

I bet the EU could do that too. But it'd require changing how they build such things.

Comment: Re:a question.... (Score 1) 63

by khallow (#47515285) Attached to: Oso Disaster Had Its Roots In Earlier Landslides
Also, I think any sort of root system would become less effective as the size of the anchored volume increases. For example, doubling the spatial scale of the volume to be anchored means that you have have four times the surface area to anchor to bedrock, but eight times the mass that needs to be anchored.

Suppose your landslipe was exactly a twentieth the mass and volume of the Oso one. Then your slide area would have about 2.7 less mass per surface area for roots to anchor. Get a large enough unstable area and nothing can anchor it. That's why Earth is an oblate spheroid in the first place.

Comment: Re:Unions are not a big problem in Michigan anymor (Score 1) 171

by khallow (#47511263) Attached to: California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

You would be very wrong to believe that. What you are saying is as absurd as saying it would be cheaper to move the workforce for IT out of Silicon Valley. You clearly have no idea what life is actually like in Michigan.

Something which incidentally isn't that hard to do and actually happened. The IT workforce has been moving out of Silicon Valley for decades, just as it has for auto workers in Michigan. The difference is that someone has been moving back to California to replace those who left.

Technology is dominated by those who manage what they do not understand.