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Comment These is what should be used. (Score 1) 136

Waterproof, The Coast Guard definition is found in 46 CFR 110.15-1(b)19, which states that a "Waterproof machine means a totally enclosed machine so constructed that a stream of water from a hose with a nozzle one inch in diameter that delivers at least 65 gallons per minute can be played on the machine from any direction from a distance of about 10 feet for a period of not less than 5 minutes without leakage..."

Comment Not quite the correct question (Score 1) 179

Some work in jobs where getting laid off is a seasonal occurrence. Mariners on the great lakes, construction, mining, farming and tourist related jobs are just some of many where there are regular lay-offs. And I have worked a few of those that had scheduled lay-offs. They are not bad, if you plan and save for the lay-off. Knowing when and how long the lay-off will be helps.

Comment energy needed (Score 2) 167

All the laser has to do is slow the junk down, just shining the object with the laser will impart a force which will cause a slowing of momentum. Once momentum of the object has slowed below orbital speed, it should fall towards earth and burn up in the atmosphere. Tracking should not be that hard as radar aimed weapons have been around for many years. How much energy and for how long to illuminate is up to the designers.

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