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Comment: Re:Overbudget? (Score 1) 94

by khallow (#49353587) Attached to: GAO Denied Access To Webb Telescope Workers By Northrop Grumman

Sorry but the OP states it's over budget and overdue. Well if you look at the original budget & deadline yes this is correct, however, subsequently the scope of the project has been massively increased which consequently increased the budget and time scale. Its not due to fly until 2018 and has still cost less than the Hubble.

There are several things to note here. First, the cost of Hubble included six Space Shuttle launches and 24 years of operation. Second, The JWST (James Webb Space Telescope) is eight years behind schedule. Third, massive increase in scope of a federal project is a common ploy for siphoning more funds. Maybe nothing untoward happened with the changing of JWST's scope, but it's an easy thing for a bribe to arrange. And the project went on for five more years as a result of this changing of scope.

Comment: Re:Ugly Solution (Score 1) 188

by khallow (#49353101) Attached to: Japan To Build 250-Mile-Long, Four Storey-High Wall To Stop Tsunamis

It's not just the *use*, it's also the production of the concrete itself which tends to get lumped in with the end product in environmental impact calculations.

I know. That's why I posted. It's just not that much CO2 being produced by that much concrete.

Production of concrete is responsible for approximately 5% of ALL mankind's CO2 emissions of which about half comes from the chemical process itself and almost as much from the fuel burnt to provide power for process, with the bulk of the contribution coming from the cement use which produces approx 850-900kg of CO2 per 1000kg of cement.

Notice that you could offset about half of that emissions just by putting out all coal fires. Concrete is generally a very high value product for the amount of carbon dioxide produced and this case appears no different. I don't see the point of the complaint.

Comment: Re:Ugly Solution (Score 1) 188

by khallow (#49344271) Attached to: Japan To Build 250-Mile-Long, Four Storey-High Wall To Stop Tsunamis

That the proposal is just bare concrete seems completely inexplicable to me; not only is concrete ugly as sin, it's also hugely unfriendly to the environment in terms of CO2 production.

I don't buy your claim of "hugely". The problem here is that while it's a substantial pile of concrete and while that concrete will generate a lot of CO2 as it solidifies, there is a vast amount of atmosphere. It's just not significant even if you do buy fully into catastrophic AGW.

Now, consider also the pollution from an unprotected coastline getting hit by a tsunami. Even if you ignore the various chemicals and debris washed into the ocean by the tsunami, there is a considerable amount of CO2 generated in rebuilding what was washed away. And how many tons of CO2 pollution is a human life worth? I think inhibiting a large tsunami or two would more than pay for the project in terms of CO2 emissions.

Comment: Re:OMFG (Score 1) 282

by khallow (#49343523) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk

It's centuries of contrary vs millennia of confirming history.

No, it's not. First, jythie was speaking of modern history and just getting that wrong. Second, why expect a return to so-called "empire building" (which incidentally, didn't affect most people)?

Before the few centuries of the modern age, empire building has been the norm for thousands of years. Any "leap forward" did only benefit almost exclusively the few elites.

This is just another variation of "but this time is different". What makes it different from the last few centuries?

Comment: Re:That's all well and good... (Score 1) 112

by khallow (#49333219) Attached to: How To Make Moonshots

I work at a pretty representative tech company. I plan and control the budget for these types of activities. I think I would know.

And in the following sentence you indicate you don't

We're not talking about you hacking away in your mom's garage...

The "moonshot" is not just a thing that "pretty representative tech companies", that happen to be in the developed world, do.

Comment: Re:OMFG (Score 1) 282

by khallow (#49333211) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk

That's what's important to you? Not having a country of happy people, healthy people, educated people, or good opportunity for all classes?

The odd thing here is that all of the examples given by AC were of countries with increasingly wealthier, happier, and better educated people. Maybe this issue isn't as important to you as you claim.

Comment: Re:OMFG (Score 1) 282

by khallow (#49333181) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk

Each leap forward has generally resulted in more medium income jobs being replaced by low income ones than high income ones. Each wave has resulted in a increased standard of living for a smaller and smaller percentage of the population.

I really get annoyed with how many slashdotters there are complaining about this without even a rudimentary acknowledgement of the centuries of contrary history. You could at least claim that somehow it'll be different this time.

Comment: Re:Yet another makes the same mistake. (Score 1) 78

by khallow (#49332591) Attached to: Better Disaster Shelters than FEMA Trailers (Video)

They are cutting themselves out of market reach by excluding consumers. Their success or failure depends entirely upon whether organizations, wealthy individuals, or municipalities will order large lots. People with deep pockets don't spend on impulse, and they're just as likely to create their own solution as invest in this one.

I don't know whether these guys are cutting themselves off from the market. But I do know that the deepest pockets, the Feds do buy on impulse. There's vast sums of money available for disaster recovery and piddling amounts available for disaster preparation (aside from terrorism, which does seem to consume an inordinate amount of disaster preparedness money). If these guys can store a large number of these units and ship them for a large scale disaster, then they could get a piece of that action, which might generate a profit.

But how often do Katrina scale disasters happen in the wealthier parts of the world? I'm not really seeing the need here.

Comment: Re:Your government at work (Score 1) 332

100 years is relatively recent.

Last month is genuinely recent. That's when ISIS burned around 45 people. Then they stuck it on YouTube. They've also are in the process of committing genocide and allegedly selling human organs on the black market.

No where in the world is a bastion of righteousness.

What was the point of making that observation? I find it interesting how people are more concerned about a light case of hypocrisy in the US than a vile organization like ISIS. It's a pretty remarkable case of moral blindness.

After Goliath's defeat, giants ceased to command respect. - Freeman Dyson