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Comment Does it float? (Score 1) 44

This is one very expensive piece of equipment that will be operating over water. (Unless they are looking for "land sharks") The pictures show no floats on it. What happens if there is a catastrophic failure and it crashes? At least if it is floating, they would have a chance of recovering it. The Australian government seems to have a great deal of faith in the reliability of this technology.

Comment Re:California's Lemon Law to the rescue (Score 1) 250

I don't have all of the details, but I understand the each corporation has a agent registered in the state that the summons would be sent to. I guess that Google would be the place to start to see if this is a viable option depending on state law and especially the time elapsed. IANAAL and IANACR (I am not a California Resident) so everything should be checked out if you consider this option. Good luck!

Comment Re: Like the nazi used to say (Score 3, Informative) 431

With regard to: "You can have an open jar of elemental mercury on your desk beside you, the same kind used in switches and it will do nothing to you."
It depends... Mercury does have a vapor pressure. Go ahead and google it using the terms Mercury and Vapor Pressure. One of the articles I found was on the MIT web site: It is possible to ingest mercury by being exposed to metallic mercury for a long period of time. I don't think a one time exposure due to broken CFL is going to harm you. On the other hand, deliberately exposing yourself to mercury just to show it is harmless makes no sense.

Comment Re:not circumnavigation, and not all straight line (Score 1) 496

After you have traveled one mile south you would travel west on a rhumb line course. From Wikipedia, "In navigation, a rhumb line (or loxodrome) is an arc crossing all meridians of longitude at the same angle, i.e. a path with constant bearing as measured relative to true or magnetic north." In this case, you would want to measure relative to true north since the north magnetic isn't close and magnetic compasses don't work well at all at that high of a latitude. Wikipedia reference:

Comment Re:file transfer (Score 1) 466

If I had Mod points, I would give you bonus points for an extraordinary memory. I've done a lot of upgrading and haven't done anything with RLL or MFM drives for 25 to 30 years. The only reason I remember, was that I was upgrading a friend's computer, had selected a hard drive and controller that was either MFM or RLL and a pushy salesperson tried to get me to select the other type (for a considerably higher cost.) This was back when you looked at print ads in computer magazines and called toll free numbers.

Based on the time-frame I would think that the drive is IDE and a IDE/SATA to USB bridge would be the way to go.

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