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Comment: Re:Young kids these days (Score 1) 232

That's why at the start of the war... If they survived 25 missions, they got to go home. Statistically they were unlikely to live that long. Many re-upped though, just because they couldn't walk away and leave everyone else behind to continue fighting without them.

Comment: Young kids these days (Score 5, Funny) 232

Bah. You kids these days...

Back in my day, we didn't complain about the cold and lack of oxygen. We rode in unpressurized planes with open gun ports. Sure, it was cold -- we wore fur lined jackets and liked it. Our oxygen masks smelled like engine exhaust and we were grateful. You didn't here us whine about 'being crushed by landing gear' or 'being thrown from the plane'. We were being shot at. Hell, we were lucky to have landing gear at all when we got back.

So, stop your bitching and get off my damn lawn.

Written for my grandfather who manned a gun in a WWII bomber.

Comment: Re:Texas needs water, not oil (Score 1) 199

by confused one (#46799065) Attached to: Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again
California and Texas need to learn two words: De-Salination. yes, it's expensive. You got choices... Thirst and dead crops or spend money on desalination plants. Well, there are two more options... (1) Invent a method to alter weather patterns and steal someone else's rain. or. (2) declare independence and go to war with the U.S., annex neighboring states and pipeline water from the Mississippi directly to Texas.

Comment: Re:Build refineries in ND (Score 3, Informative) 199

by confused one (#46799039) Attached to: Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again
This. It would talk longer to build the refinery than it would to build a transcontinental pipeline. In addition, if you think they're having problems trying to build a pipe from Canada to Texas to flow crude oil, wait till they try to build a large refinery in ND and then build the pipeline to carry the processed output across country. You'll have people pulling the NIMBY card for the refinery. The same people trying to stop the crude pipeline, trying to stop the gasoline pipeline. And lots of others complaining about the increased truck and train traffic carrying the hazardous chemical secondary production outputs and byproducts.

Comment: science fiction... (Score 3, Insightful) 70

Most science fiction says it happens this way:

After the asteroid impact... Humanity pulled itself from the breach of collapse and rebuilt. Once they could regain a foothold on space, they made it a priority to put in place the necessary resources to make sure it would never happen again.

OK, so, while it is fiction, sometimes literature provides insight into the human psyche. Frankly, I doubt you'll be able to convince the world governments to put any real money into an asteroid defense venture... that is until an impact happens and does sufficient damage to wake up all the people in power up. Most think that it will never happen. Most also believe they have more important issues to deal with in their local district and can't concern themselves with global issues.

Comment: TMI (Score 1) 217

by confused one (#46785505) Attached to: MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor
Who told you that lie? Several reactors have suffered a melt down / loss of primary containment event where fuel slumped to the bottom of the pressure vessel and burned through. TMI is an example of such an event. This was always a possibility in Generation II PWR and BWR designs. It's one of the reasons we need to be building Generation III+ replacements.

Comment: Re:Couple problems (Score 1) 217

by confused one (#46785483) Attached to: MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor
There was a drawing visible in the video for about 10-15 seconds. Mind you, it's not a lot to go on... The reactor itself was shown below the water level. The design appeared to be similar to designs I've seen which use passive convection cooling. In addition to that, the outer containment was labeled as "flooded with sea water" or something to that effect. To your other point, the shape of the outer containment was a cylinder. The appearance was similar to some Generation III+ designs that flood the building and rely on passive convection cooling to keep a reactor nominally within safe limits, should something serious go wrong with the primary and secondary systems. Again, that's based on a 10 second glimpse at a sketch in a video... so not to be taken seriously.

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