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Comment San Francisco's Transbay Tube (Score 2) 51

San Francisco's Transbay Tube does this. It's a bunch of segments bolted together, and then it was weighted down with thousands of pounds of granite fill/gravel and they pumped all the water out of it. The bottom of the San Francisco bay is pretty flat and muddy compared to Norway, I suspect, so they just let it sit on the bottom, rather than precariously suspend it in the water(?!?)

Comment Re:Fuck you Motorola/Lenovo (Score 1) 111

They finally pushed out a... June? 2016 security patch to my Moto X. I think this fixed the bug where the radio would get woken up from sleep mode, but not return to sleep when done, which ate up my battery like crazy. The Moto X was my first Non-Nexus phone in years... now I'm back with a Nexus 5x, at least Google patches their shit.


Chinese State Company Unveils World's Largest Seaplane (theguardian.com) 151

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: China has completed production of the world's largest amphibious aircraft, state media has said, the latest effort in the country's program to wean itself off dependence on foreign aviation firms. The state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) unveiled the first of the new planes, dubbed the AG600, Saturday in the southern port city of Zhuhai, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The aircraft, which has a maximum range of 4,500 km (2,800 miles), is intended for fighting forest fires and performing marine rescues, it said. At around the size of a Boeing 737, it is far larger than any other plane built for marine take off and landing, Xinhua quoted AVIC's deputy general manager Geng Ruguang as saying. The AG600 could potentially extend the Asian giant's ability to conduct a variety of operations in the South China Sea, where it has built a series of artificial islands featuring air strips, among other infrastructure with the potential for either civilian or military use.

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