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Comment: Re:Maybe not extinction... (Score 2) 272

by The Grim Reefer (#46838355) Attached to: Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

Helium is "manufactured" by radioactive decay underground. Also, He is unnecessary for life. You only need it if you want a funny voice, or poor lift from something less flammable than H. Aside from some uses as a coolant, we wouldn't lose much if there was no He left.

Helium has a lot more uses that you seem to understand. Particularly as a superconductor (not a coolant). Without it there would be no high field MRI scanners. As far as I know, there are not permanent magnet MRI scanners above .3T. The standard MRI in hospitals are 1.5T and 3T are becoming very common. These both require He. The 3T magnets use a lot of it. Particle accelerators need He, as do mag-Lev trains, rail-guns, etc. Obviously these aren't things that mankind can't live without. But unless we can find a suitable replacement to use as a superconductor, it will set back a lot of science and other advances.

Comment: Re:Repeat July 2011 (Score 1) 194

by The Grim Reefer (#46814559) Attached to: Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

Then the investors are stupid, because their about to see another exodus due to an unpopular price hike ... and I'll be in the first wave myself.

Did you read anything past the title? You know, like the first sentence of the summary. The way I read it, only new customers will see the rate increase. So unless you aren't currently a customer you won't be affected.

Comment: Re:Not Necessarily A Bad Thing (Score 3, Informative) 194

by The Grim Reefer (#46814501) Attached to: Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

While as a consumer I'll bemoan paying more, the reality is, to deliver quality content they need to find the price sweet spot. It's still way below the cost of cable TV, so I don't think it will hurt them in the long run.

Yes, it seems like it will mainly benefit shareholders, but with the lack of ads and low price, even after the increase, who can really complain?

From TFS, "Netflix Inc said it intends to raise the monthly subscription price for new customers by $1 or $2 a month..."

Unless my reading comprehension is on the blink, as a current customer, you shouldn't see a rate increase. Yet.

Comment: Re:Press strike? (Score 5, Insightful) 182

by The Grim Reefer (#46795063) Attached to: The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

So all the newspapers of the USA were closed and no TV stations were broadcasting news? Certainly today it would make a strong story - after all we're resurrecting it after all these years; I'm dubious that the fact that the newspapers of New York were shut would be a such a barrier then.

Those were much different times. There were no 24 hour news channels, no internet, and radio was somewhat different then. Print was just about the only place this kind of thing would have showed up. And since most papers were more focused on the city they were based in, it's unlikely it would be reported in another cities paper. Remember, TV news was an hour, at best, in the evening. Even if it would have ended up on the evening news, it would probably have been mentioned in a 30 second bit at best. There wouldn't have been a 2 hour "special report" on it.

Comment: Re:Rock From Outer Space (Score 1) 217

by The Grim Reefer (#46785163) Attached to: MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

So what about Tsunamis? What if a giant rock or snowball from outerspace hits it at upwards of 17000 miles per hour?

I believe the tsunamis are why it's to be placed several miles off shore in 100 m of water, or more. At least that's what the summary said. As for the others, A giant rock colliding in the ocean, with or without the reactor, is going to be a pretty big problem. That's how we got the gulf of Mexico along with a possible planetary extinction event. You might as well be worried about the devil himself opening up a giant hole in the ground and swallowing the entire city you live in and bringing forth the apocalypse.

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