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Comment Re: Not as big as... (Score 1) 135

It reminds me of the R3Y which the US made in the 1950s. The airframe worked well but the engines let it down so less than 20 where built. And no it was not an amphibian but like the PBY if the engines had worked an amphibian version might have been made.
Also take a look at the birdcage of struts on the tip floats. Those look like they would produce a ton of drag and look rather flimsy. They look a lot like the mounting for the PBM vs the much cleaner mountings on the P5M.
The US doesn't build amphibians for SAR or ASW any longer because frankly they are a pain. Let's take a multi million dollar aircraft and dunk it in salt water. We use land based aircraft for search part of SAR and helicopters for the rescue part. A flying boat can only land to pick up people in calm seas anyway.
Until they actually enter service you never know. The question is will it be worth it for China? Do they have a lot of forest fires? Do they have areas with many lakes where building airfields is too expensive like Russia and Canada does in the tundra? Do they need this big and expensive of a water bomber and SAR aircraft?

Comment What about Cats and Dogs? (Score 1) 2

I see them talking about rats but Cats and Dogs are not native to New Zealand but are predators. I do not thing that will go over very well with the population IMHO.
Sure get ride of the rats. Every nation on earth would like to get ride of their non-native rats including all of North and South America but we want our pets.

Comment Re:Who gives a fuck? (Score 1) 134

Actually the Tesla line of cards are for data mining and neural network research.
Nvidia has 3 PC lines of cards
Geforce Gaming
Quadro CAD/CAM and professional graphics.
Tesla for GPU compute. AI, data mining and other GPU compute functions.
The Titan is part of the GForce line and is a bit of an odd duck. It is a gaming card but like every other gaming card it can be used for AI, data mining, CAD, and even professional graphics but it is a gaming card. A very high end expensive gaming card.

Comment Re: In his Mother's basement (Score 1) 161

Why is it really dumb?
Is it any dumber than spending $50 going to a bar with friends?
He is no different than a guy that collects cars, art, comic books, airplanes, or old computers. Most of the cost seems to be the collection.

And this is the original post.
"I don't have a recreated $1.5m Star Trek bridge-themed home theater, so I'd say even in a one bedroom efficiency eating ramen I'm still better off in life."
Nope he is a snob.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 70

"Verizon has been buying up internet and advertising technology companies, including AOL, and presenting itself as the best bet to take on Google and Facebook Inc. in mobile advertising."
So they will have AOL and Yahoo...

Comment Re:Hater's Gonna Hate... (Score 1) 161

"had to work to earn the money he took?"
If he is running his companies really well he is providing them with jobs and keeping them from getting laid off.
At at the same time you and your boss told someone with two laptops that he should not give one to a person that can not afford one for college?
"However, I will ask how many starving people he could have fed or provided clothes to school children"
Well do you have cable TV? How much do you pay?
It takes $10 to feed a child for a week. How many kids are you letting go hungry every time you go to a movie, Starbucks, Pay for HBO, go out to eat, or have drinks with a friend?
Until you forgo all your luxuries and donate every cent to charity why do expect someone else to do that same. Also for all you know he does feed lots of children.
The answer is simple. People want to have some fun. It makes life worth living.

Comment Re:In his Mother's basement (Score 1) 161

So you feel that you have the right to judge the value of someone's life as inferior to your because he has more money than you and spent it to create something he wanted?
"Bell is managing partner of Marc Bell Capital and chairman of Terran Orbital, a company that manufactures satellite components for NASA, and was also a producer of Broadway’s Jersey Boys and Rock of Ages, among other shows."
It seems the majority of the money is in collection of Star Trek memorabilia. Just how is this any different than some one that has a car collection, aircraft collection, or an art collection? Really over all at this point you just seem to be trying to make yourself feel better about your life.
You are looking down on someone because they do not live the same way you do. That makes you a snob. It is just that you are a poor snob and not a rich snob.

Comment No it will not. (Score 2) 72

'Of course, such accumulations would have to be quite significant to make hydrogen gas produced by serpentinization a viable fuel source.'

If it is on the mid atlantic ridge it will be very difficult to drill for most of the ridge is really deep far deeper than the continental shelf. Now if the Hydrogen is near one of the Islands on the mid atlantic ridge then it could be reachable.
Then you have the problem of transport. You can liquify it but it is will still have a very low energy density plus people will tend to freak out over giant tankers filled with Hydrogen. Then you have hydrogen embrittlement to deal with and that makes hydrogen transportation a real pain. Over all if it is not at an island it will be too deep to use.

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