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Comment: Re:The Best Investment (Score 2) 45

by The Grim Reefer (#49545519) Attached to: Hubble Turns 25

Other fields, particle accelerators, neutrino research etc... that people hardly understand, may not gather the same amount of enthusiasm.

While I agree that people hardly understand other fields, sometimes it's not a bad thing that they're not enthusiastic.

There was plenty of enthusiasm against the LHC. My memory isn't what it used to be, but I don't recall another scientific project of that scale that faced as much public, and even government, concern in my lifetime. Some of those people sounded like they were on the verge of getting out the pitchforks and torches.

Cassini having plutonium fuel was about as close as I can recall, but even that was a blip by comparison to the LHC.

Comment: Re:An airliner water landing... (Score 1) 36

Indeed that was pretty amazing. But he ditched the aircraft. Even the citation for the award in the excerpt below from your link states as such.

The entire crew of Flight 1549 was awarded the Master's Medal of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators. The award citation read, "This emergency ditching and evacuation, with the loss of no lives, is a heroic and unique aviation achievement.

Comment: Re:Progressive Fix 101 (Score 1) 621

by The Grim Reefer (#49530273) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

Also to sell vettes and other crap.

A ton of research goes into Vettes that goes toward lighter materials, aerodynamics, and overall performance. Much of it ends up improving mileage and such in other cars years later. With eco mode, the current Corvette gets 29 mpg on the highway. The current Honda Accord gets 36 MPG.

Additionally, there are a very small number of Vettes sold, and a very small percentage of those see much road time as it is. And most are kept in excellent running condition. You average ecnobox is going to go through more fuel per year than most any Corvette out there.

Disclaimer, I do own a Corvette which I probably average going through less than 200 gallons of gas per year in. Which is quite a bit more than most Vette owners I know go through.

Comment: An airliner water landing... (Score 1) 36

This always makes me laugh. There's no such thing as a "water landing" in a commercial airliner. It's a crash. At least that's what every commercial airline pilot I've spoken to says. But I guess that even saying the work "crash" during any announcement freaks some people out.

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 2) 649

by The Grim Reefer (#49515219) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

Actually, it doesn't. You just have to know how. All it takes is the skill to pull it off, and the cojones to laugh at the EULA/Warranty warnings.

That's exactly why I use iTunes to develop all of my WMD projects.

From the iTunes EULA: "You also agree that you will not use these products for any purposes prohibited by United States law, including, without limitation, the development, design, manufacture or production of nuclear, missiles, or chemical or biological weapons."

Comment: Debate? (Score 1) 134

two roommates in Tulsa, OklahomaÂstabbed each other with broken beer bottles in a debateÂ

I wasn't on the debate team in school, but I'm pretty sure once you start using whatever is within arms reach as a weapon to physically attack your opponent, it's no longer a "debate". Or perhaps this is some new definition of the word.

Comment: Re:Think walls of steel... (Score 1) 193

I don't know. Do you happen to know what type of radioactive material is in those barrels? Once the steel and concrete are gone, don't you think ocean currents could move it around? It's 30 miles from half moon bay. What's to keep it from washing ashore at some point in the future? Look at all the crap that washed ashore from Japan after the tsunami at Fukushima.

Comment: Re:photo too blurry (Score 1) 78

by The Grim Reefer (#49486107) Attached to: New Horizons Captures First Color Image of Pluto and Charon

People don't just watch that show because of that. They can go to their own IT department to witness it on any given day. 20-30 years ago that show wouldn't have been green lighted, and rightly so. It would have bombed because most people would have been afraid of being caught watching it.

Clowns are creepy has hell. No one would want to hang out with them.

"Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago." -- Bernard Berenson