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Comment: Re:Doesn't Gravity Affect Angle of Repose? (Score 1) 51

by Toad-san (#46780041) Attached to: Astronomers Solve Puzzle of the Mountains That Fell From Space

The article I read. The references I read, but didn't look up (since I don't subscribe to the Journal of Geophysical Research). If they were using reduced gravity data, they should've said so in the body of the article. They didn't. That's my point: we don't know WHAT they took into account.

Comment: Doesn't Gravity Affect Angle of Repose? (Score 1, Interesting) 51

by Toad-san (#46769947) Attached to: Astronomers Solve Puzzle of the Mountains That Fell From Space

Iapetus has only a fraction of Earth's gravity (Iapetus radius 735 KM, Earth radius 6371 KM, you do the math, after figuring out the relative density for yourself). Wouldn't a hugely smaller gravity significantly affect the angle of repose they carry on about in that referenced scientific paper? I doubt you can compare the angle of repose of rounded particles (or snow and hail) on Earth with that of a very small _and airless!_ moon.

But I'll leave that to the astrophysicists to work out.

Comment: Re:Is something being casually elided here? (Score 1) 431

by Toad-san (#46748423) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

I watched part of "12 Years A Slave" last night.

The difference between the vocabulary and grammar of the uneducated slaves and that of the character Solomon Northup was striking.

Neither grammar nor spelling will be "picked up by exposure." Both are a discipline, and a discipline takes work.

Sorry, "teachers", we aren't giving you a slide on this one. Do your job, make the kids do their job. Teach, learn.

Comment: Re:That *is* funny! (Score 1) 314

Agreed, kind of funny. Looking at the videos at the link, it's obvious to me though: that large metal screw that pops out is a critical weak link in the entire vehicle. Why, armadillos could DIE if they were hit by a screw being ejected like that!

I wonder if film of a Tesla running over an antitank mine is next.

Comment: Re:Fucking NIMBYs (Score 2) 154

by Toad-san (#46568021) Attached to: What Fire and Leakage At WIPP Means For Nuclear Waste Disposal

Depends on what you consider damage. I submit that the tank and vehicle tracks left in desert areas during WW II exercises 70 bloody years ago might still be visible .. but I hardly consider them damage. You'll have to prove the value of "desert pavement" to me first. And your claim that deserts are "extremely valuable to the planet" is questionable too. I submit that the Gobi Desert was a lot more useful to the dinosaurs fossilized there when it was green and lovely than it's been for the past dozens of millions of years.

Comment: You Pay For What You Use (Score 1) 466

by Toad-san (#46567821) Attached to: AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

They're all missing the main point, the bottom line, the simple solution:

The customer (that's you, the Internet user) pays for what he uses. Bandwidth, total gigabytes, whatever. You wanna watch Netflix? No problem, Bunky: pay for it. ALL of it, including the bandwidth you gobble while viewing.

Your subscription to Netflix pays them for their procurement, storage and upload costs. Your subscription to AT&T (or whoever your ISP is) pays for your download bandwidth.

Simple. I don't know why they're making this so hard.

Comment: Re:Don't forget Duke Energy (Score 1) 290

Maybe not. The complaints and hugely embarrassing (too obvious?) political fixes have finally drawn in a Federal grand jury .. for what that's worth.

I'm in Nawth Ca'lina; hope something works out. I wonder if anyone has a clue as to how to clean a river once it's been polluted by sludge like this? Vacuum the bottom?

Comment: Re:The answer? (Score 1) 108

by Toad-san (#46456381) Attached to: How Engineers Are Building a Power Station At the South Pole

An RTG wouldn't produce any waste, being completely self-contained. The Soviets used them for years to power lighthouses and other remote sites, as did the USAF.

The objection might be price, since I have no idea how much a 100W or 200W RTG would cost. But you'd save all the manpower costs and risks of having to build something, they're quite tough and immune to most meteorological conditions, and easily replaced at the end of their life cycles (10 years in the case of the most common Soviet ones).

As I understand it, no one says you can't have a nuclear power plant (especially an RTG) in Antarctica. McMurdo had one for a decade (albeit with problems).

So these RTG's should do just fine .. if they can afford it.

Comment: The Japanese Invasion? Better Do Your Homework (Score 2, Interesting) 77

by Toad-san (#46456065) Attached to: Japan Marks 3rd Anniversary of Tsunami Disaster

Study what you know nothing about.

"Nearly 500,000 Purple Heart medals were manufactured in anticipation of the casualties resulting from the invasion of Japan; the number exceeded that of all American military casualties of the 65 years following the end of World War II, including the Korean and Vietnam Wars. In 2003, there were still 120,000 of these Purple Heart medals in stock."

That's right: we're STILL awarding Purple Heart medals manufactured for that invasion.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. -- John Muir