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Comment: Re:Poor choice of example (Score 1) 340

by iggymanz (#49157073) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

Wrong. You are the one trying to rewrite history. Japan did NOT want a war with the USA, instead believing that U.S. people had little resolve for war, and that knocking out Perl Harbor would remove U.S. presence and influence from South Pacific, so Japan could continue its colonization plan in Asia.

They made a few blunders there, else Japan's plan WOULD HAVE WORKED:
1. carriers weren't there, oops, those carriers would later prove to be a major part of defeating Japan

2. Japan didn't destroy the fuel storage tanks in Oahu. Those would have taken year to resupply, but left intact that fueled the war against Japan.

3. Didn't destroy ship repair shops

Of course, the U.S. people came up with plenty of rage to make "resolve", Japan really miscalculated that

Comment: Re:proposed hyperloop goes to proposed city (Score 3, Insightful) 157

by iggymanz (#49155379) Attached to: Hyperloop Testing Starts Next Year

"The Hyperloop infrastructure needs to support about 1/10th the weight per meter as traditional rail, therefore it can be done with 1/10th the materials." No, doesn't work that way. The supports would need to anchor something that can't even be allowed to move a millimeter lest the passengers be jarred to death.

Vacuum tubes of miles in length, smooth to extremely high tolerances, will be far more expensive than oil pipes.

Comment: no, SAME image perceived two different ways (Score 1) 412

by iggymanz (#49155293) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?

Group of people looking at the SAME picture have one of two different views of the color. Half the people in my family saw white and gold (myself included), half blue-black. In fact, if I have that image in corner of my vision it is black-purple, but goes to white - gold after only moving head twenty degrees toward image.

It's very much how human brain perceives color based on (simulated in this case) ambient lighting; this picture is on the dividing line so to speak

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 412

by iggymanz (#49155279) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?

no, the "white" I see as defintely of a bluish hue, but of the kind I expect on a white shirt in shadow. So I say "gold white" looking at the dress, but looking at it in corner of my eye while looking away from it I see black / purple! My family is half/half divided on what the colors are, which is funny

Comment: stop the pseudo-scientific bullshit (Score 1, Interesting) 88

by iggymanz (#49155053) Attached to: Mysterious Siberian Crater Is Just One of Many

1. This land is geologically YOUNG, it is less than ten thousand years old

2. The earth itself is warming the underside of the permafrost, even if there is contribution from global warming

Thus there is no reason to wail about some imagined harbinger of doom because of these sinkholes.

Comment: Re:proposed hyperloop goes to proposed city (Score 2) 157

by iggymanz (#49155005) Attached to: Hyperloop Testing Starts Next Year

No, putting track on pylons even for normal trains is quite expensive. That alone will cost tens of billions of dollars using existing elevated rails in California as comparison. Then there is cost of this magic piple, oil pipelines cost $5M to 6M per mile and they are MUCH narrower than hyperloops. So real cost will be over $100 billion, Musk is off by more than order of magnitude.

Ya'll hear about the geometer who went to the beach to catch some rays and became a tangent ?