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Comment Re:Most rich people's houses aren't in very... (Score 1) 143

Well, what you really want is a the starship Enterprise...

Obviously a nuclear powered submarine would be impossible even for Paul Allen money.

But even if Elon Musk designed a submarine, a submarine is simply too complex of a marine system to realistically manage (outside of the short-duration tethered submersibles used for finding wrecks).

A sub-surface habitat is an interesting idea, but I think the systems involved with air production and circulation would be too complex and the entire thing would be too dependent on energy.

A surface vessel has the advantages of access to wind and solar and it's not hard to imagine a system of fold-out solar panels and fold-up wind turbines to keep a large battery array charged for long-endurance anchorages. Diesel power would only be used to move the vessel to avoid serious storms or seek different anchorages.

Comment Re:Most rich people's houses aren't in very... (Score 1) 143

The problem with a conventional yacht is they're fuel pigs. I'd wager Allen's yacht runs a high powered generator continuously to maintain the internal electrical systems, ventilation, and so forth even when docked unless docked at a location where you could get an industrial grade shore power feed.

What I'm thinking of is more along the lines of a more purpose-built boat that would require much less continuous electrical power and what it needed could be taken from wind, solar or even wave generation from deployed buoys. Tesla-type Li battery storage for nights or periods of poor weather, although in a marine environment with wind turbines some kind of power could always be generated.

I could see a solar panel system that would fold out from the sides when at anchor, as well as wind turbines that could be folded down along with fixed panels for supplemental power when the boat was in motion. The folding stuff would be folded in poor weather or in transit and deployed as weather conditions allowed. With enough solar panels, you might even be able to provide air conditioning for smaller interior spaces during sunlight hours.

The idea would be the ability to have long-duration self-sustaining electric power at anchor. Firing the engines would be done only when you needed to move and the engines sized for minimal fuel consumption -- there's a lot of recreation trawlers with top speeds of 9-10 knots off single engines capable of a few thousand mile ranges on full fuel tanks.

Comment Re:Most rich people's houses aren't in very... (Score 3, Interesting) 143

I would think a superior solution to a fixed bunker would be some kind of specialized boat designed for long endurance. Wind turbines, fold out solar panels for electric power. Water could be supplied by marine water makers. Food supplies could be supplemented by fishing.

Simply being out on the water gets you away from the most common threats. Maybe there are mobile pirates you have to worry about, but there will always be fewer of them than roving mobs of people with cutting torches.

If you were super rich, why not look into retrofitting an oil drilling platform into a sea bunker?

Comment Re:Fear is a good thing for business (Score 4, Interesting) 143

Whether Obama has been merely thoughtful and cautious or actually indecisive and passive is something that can be debated, but whatever it is it has created something of an impression that he lacks an appearance of decisiveness and strong leadership.

I kind of wish he had made some bold moves, even if they weren't necessarily the most ideal moves, simply to demonstrate he was moving forward and not settling for a status quo ante.

Comment Re:If you are into that (Score 1) 463

I assume by 'Thrive' you mean accidentally not die while doing demonstrably stupid things? Because that seems to be what your story mainly consists of.
Yes, there are people who are willing to take large personal risks for the furtherment of themselves or others.

This does not sound like one of them, it sounds like someone who watched too many Rambo movies (yes, I know they cam out later) and wasnt smart enough to know that doesnt actually achieve much in the real world.

Lets hope that if anyone DOES go to mars, they are are a little better at critical thought.

But no, you just keep with your 'war hero' story, because thats what we need - after all, hollywood films!!

Comment Re:Clinton is above the law (Score 2) 396

No, Willfully means you were not forced, it does not mean you did it with intent.

They are two very VERY different things.

However, the US has become the land of the childish, so I do not excect that to be understood, sadly.

Pathetic, when word games are allowed to defend a person holding nearly the most important job
in the country from such things.

Comment Re:Read the TOS - it scans your email for advertis (Score 3, Informative) 40

The only way you will be able to trust any kind of AI for sorting personal information will be if the software is something you buy and own.

But any AI development will be built around monetizing your information, so they will always be "free" and untrustable.

Comment Re:Middle ages warmer (Score 1) 193

20% says that in extreme conditions your claim might be close to reality. I'm still not impressed.

I provided a citation that explicitly proves my statement and disproves yours, but that isn't good enough because I linked other stuff, too (and because you misread it on the first go-around)? Okay, I guess that makes sense... to someone... probably.

Don't worry. I can assure I don't have the slightest concern about your opinion on this or any other subject.

Comment Re:Homeopathy? (Score 1) 396

We're not talking about the real issues because the possible solutions are all impossibly complex or entirely unpalatable and come with huge costs. It's like the light switch wall plate in my bedroom. It needs to be replaced, but it'll come off and I'll realize the switch needs to be replaced. I'll find I can't do that because the box is hosed and the wire is too short. So now I have to rip the wall open to fish in a new run to another power source (and remove the old one to stay code compliant about not burying the old one). And while I've got my wall open, I might as well insulate and then god know what else I might find...

Middle East? No possible solution that achieves any of our geopolitical goals. Do nothing? Russia/Assad victory, continued purges and bloodlettings by Assad secret police. Bombings of ISIS and other minor players? Status Quo. Strategic bombing campaign against Assad? Probably not enough, risks war with Russia. Same for any ground deployment -- needs to be more like total warfare and occupation.

Migrations? See fixing the Middle East.

Economy? There are no winners here, nearly everything will involve significant structural changes which undermine the prosperity of either whole populations or threaten the economic hegemony of powerful people.

Comment Re:Cost of Infrastructure? (Score 1) 232

Most of the UPS step vans are custom made for them, although I have noticed an uptick in what look like standard "Eurovans" lately. I think their over the road trailers are also custom made for them.

I could see Amazon partnering with a major vehicle company to come up with an electric delivery van.

I could also see them picking up a few retired airliners to manage moving bulk quantities between distribution centers to balance inventories.

Comment Re:Middle ages warmer (Score 1) 193

Alaska, Sweden, Russia, win in a warmer climate.

If the thermohaline cycle stops, Europe turns into Canada, and Sweden and Russia will be in serious danger of turning into Greenland. Not a "win".

Similarly, if the California Current slows or stops, Alaska and B.C. Canada will get far colder, while Washington, Oregon and Northern California warms up.

It's an open question whether California will get less or more rainfall from warming.

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