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Comment Re:Lockouts have you heard of them? (Score 1) 150

Some OSHA regulations

Not one OSHA regulation applies. this isn't America. We have standards which I- having worked with a number of American safety-responsible personnel - think are generally tighter. Those standards are designed by the Health And Safety Executuve and are enforced with the power of the criminal law. Directors of companies do get jailed for breaches on occasion, and HSE inspectors who achieve that are very happy to have achieved it.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 1) 948

In context, with Trump denying the DNC hack was Russia trying to help Trump out, yes, this one can be seen as a very obvious joke. Just because he frequently makes horrific statements doesn't mean he doesn't occasionally also make jokes.

I don't think he's ever claimed that the wall comment was a joke. I don't think he ever will.


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Comment Re:Why not? (Score 0) 948

He was making a f---ing joke. He has brushed off the notion that Russia was doing the hacking in the first place. He made the comment at a press conference intending to ridicule the concept, not via a semi-secret text message to Vladimir Putin.

I'm no Trumpist, I mean, I'm going to vote for Hillary Clinton in November and you have NO IDEA how little I want to do that, but I'm in Florida, so my vote may make a difference between Trump or Clinton, and Trump really is THAT BAD. But, in this one instance, the collective left and political establishment has lost their minds, and apparently their sense of humor.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 2) 584

I'm not so sure that a simple software fix can fix it. Some key notes:

About 4:40 p.m. eastern daylight time on Saturday, May 7, 2016, a 2015 Tesla Model S, traveling eastbound on US Highway 27A (US-27A), west of Williston, Florida, struck and passed beneath a 2014 Freightliner Cascadia truck-tractor in combination with a 53-foot semitrailer. At the time of the collision, the combination vehicle was making a left turn from westbound US-27A across the two eastbound travel lanes onto NE 140th Court, a local paved road. As a result of the initial impact, the battery disengaged from the electric motors powering the car. After exiting from underneath the semitrailer, the car coasted at a shallow angle off the right side of the roadway, traveled approximately 297 feet, and then collided with a utility pole. The car broke the pole and traveled an additional 50 feet, during which it rotated counterclockwise and came to rest perpendicular to the highway in the front yard of a private residence. The 40-year-old male driver and sole occupant of the Tesla died as a result of the crash.

US-27A is a four-lane highway with a posted speed limit of 65 mph. A 75-foot-wide median separates the two eastbound lanes from the two westbound lanes. Additionally, at the uncontrolled intersection with NE 140th Court, both eastbound and westbound lanes incorporate left turn lanes, allowing for a median opening of about 132 feet. At the time of the crash, it was daylight with clear and dry weather conditions.

Eastbound. Afternoon. May. Aka, the sun was right behind him. Clear and bright outside. This is a perfect recipe for light-colored objects ahead to be overexposed, against other overexposed objects, potentially including the road and the sky. If you have a big block of RGB(255,255,255), how do you determine the boundaries? The best you can do is recognize that it's a threat and disable autopilot, while warning the driver.

A more appropriate solution, if this was indeed the case, would be a hardware fix: read the *raw* data from the camera. A potential alternative, if the frame exposure time can be adjusted, would be to read out alternating short and long exposure frames and combine them.

Comment Now it makes sense... (Score 1) 155

I can see now why Nintendo has been so far hesitant to allow their franchises (old games specifically) to be ported to iOS or Android. There is a lot of money on the table and I think they know this. So I think we will see this portable NX feature a fair amount of retro gaming. This, in addition to the mini-Nintendo they are about to release. Except I can't imagine anyone carrying one around around in addition to their smartphone.

Comment Re:You've got to appreciate the irony... (Score 2) 80

In other parts of the world evidence is always

Let me guess - you're an American?

It's the way that you think there is a single place called "the rest of the world", and that it is a homogeneous, uniform place defined by it's not being America. Hint: there is human variation outside your experience of your home country. (Actually, there is probably more variation in your home country than you are aware. How many of your country's native languages can you at least read?)

Comment Re:No it will not. (Score 1) 79

Now if the Hydrogen is near one of the Islands on the mid atlantic ridge then it could be reachable.

Volcanic islands are above sea-level ("Doh!"), but are built up in layers by eruptions from a more-or less central vent. Try working out a way to do that which doesn't have, on average, beds of contrasting ages inclined to the vertical. The geometry doesn't allow for it.

So you're going to have a really severe problem accumulating large amounts of hydrogen in one place.

Finding a good natural example of a common rock type that is impervious to hydrogen on a time scale of a few tens or hundreds of thousands of years would be a necessary novelty too. Hydrogen is damned good at finding leaks in machined products, let alone natural products.

Regardless of the ultimate origin of the fluids, unless you've got an incredibly prolific point source, you also need the correct interplay of vertical (pressure-driven) and horizontal transport of your fluid into a trapping structure in order to get a commercially viable fuel reservoir. You also need the fuel generation, transport, deposition of the trapping formation and formation of the trap to happen in the correct time relationship. Which is why many seismic ("echo-sounding") structures which are identified from the surface turn out to be barren of fuel accumulations, though they may have evidence (bitumen, hydrocarbon trapped in fluid inclusions in authigenic mineral overgrowths) of having had fuels pass through them in the past ... and dissipate.

Comment Re:How Much? (Score 1) 79

Nobody with a financial clue spends today's private money exploring for stuff they won't be digging up and selling for decades.

Unless of course, your discovery/ appraisal/ construction/ exploitation cycle is decades long. Which inlcudes, for example, deepwater (*) hydrocarbon deposits in remote (**) regions. In which case, I've been watching around $800 million be spent before the oil industry's current tanking.

(*) 1.5km water depth and deeper

(**) no refining/ processing facilities within 750 km or 2 national boundaries.

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