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Comment: Re:Because Texas is much better (Score 1) 275

by smyle (#28853435) Attached to: DHS Pathogen Lab To Be Built In "Tornado Alley"
I am also a Manhattan-area resident. (Work in Manhattan, commute due to cheap housing with a short drive.) I did some IT work for BRI (which, as you pointed out later, is a BSL-3, and can be made into a BSL-4 with some minor, but expensive, modifications). I got to go on a tour before it went live. If I'm anywhere near that building when a tornado warning hits, that's where I'm heading. It's is as close to impervious as anywhere I've ever seen.

Comment: Re:here's probably what happened (Score 1) 275

by smyle (#28852101) Attached to: DHS Pathogen Lab To Be Built In "Tornado Alley"
I've done some IT work for the Biosecurity Research Institute - the BSL-3 "little brother" to this proposed lab in Manhattan KS, and a large reason why the committee decided to put the lab here. I guarantee you that if a tornado is heading toward this area, that's where I'm heading - it will be the safest place to be for miles around, including underground.

Comment: Re:Reminds me of F22 Raptor program (Score 1) 275

by smyle (#28851977) Attached to: DHS Pathogen Lab To Be Built In "Tornado Alley"

In this case, having the lab in Kansas probably hurts (or at least has the potential for hurting) the members of whatever House district this thing is supposed to be located in more than NOT having it would.

Yeah, having approx. 300 full-time research jobs at $100,000+/year is *really* going to hurt the district.

Comment: Re:You need to get out more... (Score 1) 675

by smyle (#27000959) Attached to: How To Handle Corporate Blackmail?

... but they are so accustomed to the gravy train that ...

I think you've got something backwards here. My brother is a chiro, and he does accept lower prices for cash. Why? Because he doesn't have to deal with the [censored] insurance company. Dealing with cash is painless, but dealing with insurance takes almost all of his staff's time.

Comment: Re:Rules? (Score 1) 315

by smyle (#26433593) Attached to: Flying Car Ready To Take Off

upgrading a ground car to flight costs US$40,000

You're off by a few orders of magnitude - $39,999,999. (or maybe the last 9 was a 5). I remember first watching and hearing the 39,999 and thinking "wow, inflation" followed a split second later by "but I really guess that's not SO bad", and then he gave the extra '999' and I about choked.

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.

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