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Comment Re: Hmm (Score 1) 842

And of course those test bombs were detonated above cities where millions of pounds of wood, steel, concrete, glass and drywall were incinerated and pumped into the upper atmosphere. Oh no they weren't, they were detonated in places with nothing so the test could be monitored and the detonations were spread out over decades at a time rather than 100 occurring in the space of minutes.

The military did the first research on this and it's been a known problem with nuclear weapons since the 80's. Average bomb yield in national inventories is around 500kt, read the wiki article I linked rather than making shit up, it's long and full of well researched data that's been getting better since the first report in the 80's.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 842

I wasn't talking about radiation. It's called Nuclear winter and even 100 bombs of the size in use in national arsenals is enough to drop temperatures 36F for a decade or more. Nothing survives the starvation that follows because no one has food storage that's 20 years long. It's not the radiation of a nuclear war you have to worry about its the starvation that follows it.

Comment Re:Laying cable (Score 1) 187

Any utility plan requires locating. You simply don't know where you can even put it without the locating. Depending on the utility there are other utilities they can't be next to, Comunication can't be next to power, sewer can't be next to water, gas can't be near power or Communication, etc... Installing utilities is a VERY involved process.

Even with all the safeguard people routinely dig up and cut utilities that they didn't know were there because it wasn't marked right or no one knew it was there. I've stood over holes with half a dozen people looking at a broken utility that no one can identify (turned out to be a pressure air line that was being used to pressurize the telephone lines so water couldn't infiltrate the casing and short the connection).

I know a contractor that made a decision that time was a factor and just started digging a utility in without the engineering, they stopped pretty quick afterwards because they nearly killed someone in the resulting gas explosion.

Comment Re:Laying cable (Score 1) 187

Gas service lines are plastic, they can be cut and "welded" in seconds. Even high pressure gas lines they weld them with the gas flowing, they just get a heat shield to keep the welder safe from the heat wave. High Pressure gas is difficult and expensive to relocate but low pressure gas service lines are dirt cheap.

Digging in any infrastructure is costly because until you dig the hole you don't know whats underneath. As a lay person you might think everyone knows where their utilities are but the reality is the utility company sometimes can't even tell you what side of the road they are on without digging holes to find it. Digging in utilities is super costly, cutting pavement is super costly (roads cost about 2.5million per lane miles of pavement these days). Engineering all this is costly, you have to locate all the utilities (including digging holes to find them) then you have to design a plan to work around the utilities that are there and then you get to build it with the understanding that there is a 100% chance there is something out there buried that no one even knows about. Things like running into cemeteries people don't even know are there or railroad tracks that everyone thought was removed but was in fact just buried.

Comment Re:Tzar Bomba (Score 1) 842

No modern military deploys Bombs in the Megaton range. They expend too much destructive force in too small of an area when for the same payload you can load 6 MIRV warheads with a 500kt yield and deployed in a pattern around the target magnifying the destructive boundary 10 fold. The US doesn't have bombs in it's inventory capable of megaton yields and AFAIK neither does Russia or any other nation. The weight to destructive power just isn't there.

Comment Re: Hmm (Score 2) 842

The scientific consensus is that the detonation of 100+ airburst nuclear bombs over large cities with a blast size similar to those in the Russian and US nuclear force would push enough debris into the stratosphere to create a nuclear winter that would last somewhere between a decade to 100 years with average summer temperature drops of 36F (20C). A temperature drop of this magnitude would virtually eliminate all human food production worldwide, kill the majority of plants and kill almost all animals bigger than insects. This is just 100 moderately sized bombs, consider the effects if even HALF of the Russian, US, UK, French, Chinese, Indian, Pakistanian and North Korean Nukes go off.

No one wins a nuclear exchange, all there are is losers and the probable extinction of Humanity via starvation.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 842

It's called wagging the dog and it's a time honored tradition to distract a populous. He's got Russians building atomic bunkers as if anyone could win a nuclear war. Frankly if there ever is a nuclear war I don't want to survive it because it's the people that survive the initial blasts that are really going to suffer as a nuclear winter and starvation kills probably all of humanity and 99% of all life bigger than a cockroach.

Comment Re:Was Obvious from the Start (Score 2) 325

As another poster already pointed out that "zillion-jewel-fiddly-mechanical-movement" watch isn't just cool, it's likely appreciated in value. Those luxury watches are all very valuable decades down the line even though they are used.

You aren't going to get that with an Apple or Android watch, it's going to be abandoned by the manufacturer in less than 5 years and the battery probably won't last 2 and most of them have batteries that are near impossible to replace, to the point where it's cheaper to buy a new one than replace the battery. In such a scenario why would anyone spend money on a watch that satisfies the Jewelry aspect if it's worthless in 2 years? The reality is, that other than early adopters you don't get those other purchasers and the market levels off and dies.

Comment Re:Was Obvious from the Start (Score 1) 325

Yes, you're in a similar market as me but I also like the Jewelry aspect as well. My primary watch is a Citizen EcoDrive that never needs a battery change and has a perpetual calendar. My last one was still going strong after 10 years when I replaced it due to scratches. I've also got a watch that doesn't scream cheap that satisfies the jewelry aspect (though cheaply).

Although I said it poorly watch wearers fall into two categories, those that just want the time and those that want the Jewelry. Smart watches try to create a third category that want additional functionality but ignores those first two categories. It's created sales but has very limited market pull because it completely ignores the other two categories of watch wearers. Smart watches have a future, but the current versions aren't worth it and as long as the OEM's don't abandon the market their functionality and battery life should grow and the jewelry vendors will bring out versions that satisfy that crowd.

Comment Was Obvious from the Start (Score 4, Insightful) 325

Anyone that knows anything about watches could have saw this coming. There is a potential here if they can get a watch that does what a watch does now with additional functionality but they've got to get something else right and that's battery life. Watches are JEWELRY first and time pieces second. Most people who don't care for the time keeping abilities don't even wear one anymore because cell phones have clocks now. Apple tried really hard to get the Jewelry side right but IMO failed miserably. This is a fit and finish game with high end precious metals comprising the composition, often with gemstones.

None of the smartwatches satisfy the Jewelry aspect of time pieces. Taking that into consideration and the fact they have atrocious battery life, offer almost no convenience that their phone doesn't already provide and you've got a product that will sell a few as a status thing and rapidly implode as the main market avoids it. There is a future for these things but it's going to be a niche market until they solve the serious limitations in both functionality and battery life.

Comment Re:how about 4A (Score 3, Interesting) 428

They couldn't force you with out the lead pipes and rubber hoses, fortunately those aren't allowed in the US yet. What you do in a situation like this is refuse to comply, force them to arrest you and spend the night in jail so you can call the ACLU and get the warrant tossed.

See they get away with it because no one refused to comply. Once everyone in the building complies there is no effective way to sue them and set a precedent that will stop this happening again. When they arrest you they move the warrant to the next stage and you now have grounds to sue them over the warrant that you don't have if you comply.

Sometimes standing up to illegal orders is hard, including being arrested hard. Know your rights and refuse illegal orders like this (yes I recognize the warrant was technically legal because it hadn't been challenged). Then use the arrest to go after them and make sure it never happens again.

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