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Submission + - Study finds evidence for ancient icebergs off Miami (

sciencehabit writes: As the last ice age waned and climate warmed, immense lakes of glacial meltwater that accumulated behind natural ice dams occasionally burst forth from the mouth of Canada’s Hudson Bay and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. When those iceberg-laden outburst floods—some of them carrying more than 1 million cubic meters of water per second and lasting several months—reached the open sea, they took a right turn and flowed south along the coast as far as the Florida Keys, a new study suggests. The torrent-driven icebergs, some of them hundreds of meters thick, plowed troughs in the sea floor all along the continental shelf . Sea levels have risen more than 100 meters since most of these troughs were formed, which has helped preserve them from surface waves that could roil and smooth seafloor sediments. Some of the iceberg scours off Miami Beach, probably created by icebergs the size of those setting sail from Greenland today, lie less than 12 kilometers offshore.

Submission + - Tesla's Starting A Certified Preowned Program

cartechboy writes: Name a luxury automaker that doesn't have a Certified Previously Owned (CPO) program. Go ahead, I'll wait. That's right, you can't really name one can you. Tesla isn't like a normal luxury automakers, in fact, it's not really like any automaker out there. It doesn't have franchises and it sells its own vehicles through its network of galleries. It seems the Silicon Valley start-up sees the light, or rather, the profit potential, as it plans to create its own CPO program. It seems there's a great deal of Model S sedans out there currently under lease contracts. When those cars are ready to come back, Tesla has guaranteed that it will purchase them for a figure that falls somewhere between 43 and 50 percent of the original purchase price. This is exactly how Tesla's going to create its CPO fleet. Tesla seems to do everything in an unconventional manner, so we'll have to see if its CPO program is like every other automakers, or if it blazes its own path in this area as well.

Comment PROGRESS! (Score 5, Funny) 261

From convex, to flat, to concave TVs, all in the last 50 years! Progress is a sweet thing, my friends.

You know what? I predict that, by 2050, we will all be using donut-shaped screens, to better utilize our ear-vision for maximum possible immersion.

Comment Re:I'm all for it (Score 3, Insightful) 187

I hope they do decide against the F-35 contract. It's ridiculously overpriced for our military, especially given that the F-35s aren't even all that well designed for frozen-weather operations.

Personally, I think Boeing's Super Hornets are a much better offer. Half the projected price, bigger control surfaces for easier landings on ice and better agility in the air, and two engines so that if one stalls in the cold the other can keep the plane going.

Comment Greetings from the Frozen North. (Score 1) 187

I have mod points, but dangit, I just have to say this:

I live in Canada, and I LOVE our government's goofy dedication to making sure we retain military capabilities in the frozen north. (bit less happy with everything else the gov does, but ehhhh, politics)

Stealth snowmobile? FUND IT! More Icebreakers? FUND IT! New ice-base in the Arctic Circle? DO YOU EVEN NEED TO ASK?!

Honestly, it beats the heck out of invading Iraq.

The story is a bit misleading, by the way. $640,000 is the cost of the development contract, not the price per machine (which will be significantly lower, obviously).

Comment Re:Not Just Hateb by the Left (Score 1) 1425

And while we're on that topic, why is always considered a bad thing when wealth redistribution benefits the lower-middle income, but it's a good thing when it benefits the upper 2% (e.g. tax breaks for the wealthy)?

Because some wealthy people own the TV channels that tell us whether or not the tax breaks for wealthy people are awesome?

Comment Fleet of tiny warships (Score 1) 323

I know they say they'll be making an island, but that could just be the cover story. If they turn it all into fibreglass/plastic boats, pretty soon they'll have a fleet of little yachts large enough to conquer the seven seas. It's quite insidious, if you stop to think about it.

Really though, I'm sure a bunch of Dutch Architects would never do such a thing. Or would they?! Dun dun dunnnnn...

Comment Svedeesh Cheff (Score 5, Funny) 63

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Comment Re:LOL (Score 3, Insightful) 553

These guys take themselves waaay too seriously.


The XKCD fans who create a wikipedia page about a word that didn't exist until yesterday?

Or the Wikipedia admins who delete a page about a word that didn't exist until yesterday?

To be honest, I think both groups take themselves a bit too seriously. See that talk page in the summary? Yikes.

Comment No end in sight? (Score 1) 114


Since today is April 1st, doesn't this mean France has just banned tomorrow?! It's the second and way more stable version of today!

Now how will the madness end!? April 3rd? THERE IS NO APRIL THIRD!

You don't have to know how the computer works, just how to work the computer.