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Comment: Re:Alberta Winter (Score 1) 274

by kirillart (#44666021) Attached to: Workers at Chile's ALMA Telescope Strike Over Working Conditions
You totally forget about 5000m altitude. I would rather live in place with -53C in Alberta with normal atmospheric pressure than anywhere higher than 4km. Human beings have serious issues with adapting to such altitudes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altitude_sickness http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronic_mountain_sickness http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypoxemia In addition to that you also have much higher frostbites risk even from not-so-low temperatures.

Comment: Re:Olde News? (Score 1) 336

by kirillart (#29116939) Attached to: Fatal Explosion At Russian Hydroelectric Dam
here are more photos/videos of the plant before and after the accident - http://forums.drom.ru/hakasiya/t1151240353.html There is also a lengthy discussion of accident on the local forum (many plant workers participate and deliver "first hand" news there) - http://forums.drom.ru/hakasiya/t1151239745-p104.html Transformers look ok, there were no smoke nor traces of fire damage. Hydraulic surge in generator #2 looks like most likely reason of the accident (the reasons of surge are not that clear still though, people talk about destruction of turbine or generator failure).

Comment: False alarm. (Score 2, Informative) 155

by kirillart (#23141126) Attached to: Russia To Require Registration For Wi-Fi Use
Here google translation of response from Rossvyazokhrankultura website: http://www.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rsoc.ru%2Fmain%2Fabout%2F858%2F887.shtml%3Fid_news%3D628&langpair=ru%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF8 In short: 1. You have to register only if you provide internet access for money. . 2. End-user Wi-fi equipment is excluded from list of telecommunication equipment required to register.

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