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Comment Re:Boats that can fly (Score 1) 157

Anything lightweight enough to fly is much too flimsy to navigate the open ocean. A Boeing 747 has a skin gauge of 1.8-2.2 mm, and is lightweight aluminum. The hull plating of the Titanic was 18.75 mm of solid steel.

And the speed and range on water would only be a tiny fraction of the speed and range in the air, anyway. That said, flying boats do have the ability to float around for extended periods if they have to (like if they break down), and they can taxi clumsily on the surface. A Catalina landed on the water to aid survivors of the USS Indianapolis. It picked up too many men to be able to take off again, so it floated with the survivors until surface vessels could be summoned to complete the rescue.

Comment Much more impressive flight in 1929 (Score 1) 44

The Graf Zeppelin flew around the world in 4 hops in 1929, racking up a total flying time of 12d12h13m and a total elapsed start-to-finish time of 21d5h31m. The longest leg was Friedrichshafen, Germany to Kasumigaura, Japan; 11,743 km in 101h49m. The Pacific leg was 9634 km in 79h54m.

This was less than a year after completing the zeppelin, which was the first intercontinental commercial airship in the world. There were no breakdowns during the entire operation, and no unexpected stops or layovers. There was a full load of paying passengers and commemorative mail. Passengers slept comfortably in cabins, ate meals in a dining room, and viewed the spectacular scenery through large windows (which could be opened) from an altitude of only around 300 meters.

Contrast that with a cluster foxtrot lasting 2 years, taking 17 hops, and a total of 22 days flying time.

Comment Re:Well.... (Score 2, Informative) 140

There are residents in the Chernobyl exclusion zone who have lived there largely undisturbed and unhurt since right after the accident.

In the 'exclusion zone': yes. Close to the original site: no.

Reactor #2 at the Chernobyl power plant continued operations from the day of the accident with reactor #4 until 1991. Reactor #1 operated until 1996. Reactor #3 operated until 2000. The people operating those reactors weren't just working in the "exclusion zone", nor even NEAR the site. They were ON the site. And no harm came to them.

Comment Re:Who? (Score 1) 153

$32 Billion is a lot, even for a company the size of Apple.

Apple dwarfs SoftBank. In the Forbes Global 2000 list, SoftBank is #69, with total assets of $179 billion, a market value of $67 billion, and an annual profit of $4.3 billion. ARM holdings will cost SoftBank 7.4 years of profits.

Apple is #8, with total assets of $293 billion, a market value of $586 billion, and an annual profit of $54 billion. I don't see any other company on that list coming anywhere near Apple's annual profits. #1, ICBC, is only $44 billion. Acquiring ARM Holdings would only cost Apple 0.6 years of profits.

It would have made a lot of sense for Apple to make the acquisition. By far the greatest part of Apple's profits come from products built around ARM chips: iPhones and iPads, plus, of lesser value, iPods, Apple Watches, and Apple TVs. Macs don't even come close. Apple makes its own ARM chips and is phasing out those bought from Samsung. What would make more sense than eliminating licensing fees for those chips?

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