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Comment: Build refineries in ND (Score 5, Interesting) 155

by rossdee (#46798909) Attached to: Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

What they need to do is build refineries in North Dakota, where there is plenty of oil, and also natural gas to power them.
We don't want all the refining capacity of the nation to be in the Gulf where it could be all shut down by a hurricane. (stronger and more frequent due to climate change)

Comment: Those also sink (Score 1) 216

by rossdee (#46785859) Attached to: MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Subs are designed to sink.

Its part of their mission.

There was a british nuclear sub involved in the search for MH370
I don't know if its still on the case, given that no more pings have been heard, and they expect the batteries of the black boxes to have run out by now. A nuclear attack sub has good passive sonar, great for detecting other sound, but not useful at looking at the ocean bottom for wreakage.

Comment: Iapetus (Score 1) 51

by rossdee (#46770349) Attached to: Astronomers Solve Puzzle of the Mountains That Fell From Space

"Iapetus, Saturn's third largest moon, was first photographed by the Cassini spacecraft on 31 December 2004."

Really? First photographed in 2004? Didn't any of the earlier probes like Voyager take pictures of it?

I seem to remember something about strange light and dark patterns on that moon from a book i read many years ago.
I think it was written by a "distinguished but elderly scientist"

Comment: Re:It was a "joke" back then (Score 1) 275

You can't even (afforadably) get computer monitors with more than 1080p resolution, and bigger than 27 inches, but about 5 years ago I got a 1920x1200 28 inch monitor for $250

But I have a tablet with 2560x1440 or so on a less than 9 inch screen.

Maybe you don't need 4kx3k sreen or higher, but it would be nice to have higher resolution so you can pick the size that you want. In the days of analogue displays you could have less than the full resolution but you can't do that witht a digital display unless you go to 1/2 or 1/3 of the maximum res.

"But this one goes to eleven." -- Nigel Tufnel