16 posts • joined 17 Aug 2011
Here, here for the ionosphere
As a poster has previously stated, to be effective as an EMP weapon, a nuke must be detonated in the ionopshere. The result will be a shower of high-energy electrons that will destroy any unshielded electronics. As for "not EMPing the bomber," that's not a problem because a nuclear warhead isn't usually detonated until it is a couple thousand feet (or less) off the ground.
Not buying it...
I'm not convinced. I need to see the evidence to make up my mind for sure.
try the military budget
There's enough in there to end world hunger AND build a nuclear rocket to Mars.
The ability to accept being wrong
Four pages worth of comments... very entertaining to read. Most of my points have been made already.
I think part of what makes a truly intelligent person is the ability to perceive when a mistake is made. It's all well and good to have great ideas, but if you're not able to discern when those great ideas aren't working out then intelligent you are not. I'll add to my description of intelligence the ability to accept ideas from other people and to recognize when those ideas are superior to your own.
There are extremists on both sides who are deeply entrenched and unwilling to consider different points of view, let alone compromise. You'll recognize them because right from go any argument turns personal. Anybody who disagrees with their points of view are immediately branded an enemy and not worthy of basic human decency and respect. These are the truly stupid people and the ones who represent a real danger to humanity. You can find them on the extreme right and left. No side has a monopoly.
"NASA boffins said that RXTE would re-enter the Earth's atmosphere and burn up somewhere “between 2014 and 2023" -- yeah, but does it contain 7.5 tons of highly toxic fuel? Can it fly backwards and totally ignore commands from Earth? Fat chance. There's only one Phobos-Grunt!
I'll start taking bets...
... about when we'll see the first story about one of these used as a chamber pot.
nothing new here...
Anybody try to download any Adobe products lately? They bundle their software with the Google toolbar and make you opt out to avoid installing it... trick is the checkbox doesn't show up immediately upon getting to the download page. It can sometimes take 5-10 seconds for the opt out checkbox to load up, during which time many of the site's more impatient visitors have already clicked "accept" and moved on (thereby installing the piece of crap software). I doubt very much that's by accident. VERY SNEAKY!
If computers are so damn smart...
Then maybe we should just let them drive and busy ourselves by getting falling down drunk in the back seat!
Ah... to be a fly on the wall at the University of Michigan College Engineering department!
Just face the facts
I think the Russians are in denial. It's been weeks, they still haven't heard a peep from the damn thing and here they are wasting time on all these alternate plans when - in reality - they should only be worried about one thing: when/where is this bad boy going to come down?
Even the moon is ambitious at this point...
Kudos for trying to make lemonade from your lemons, Ivan, but maybe you should concentrate on just getting in touch with the thing first before making any long term plans. On the positive side, yonder probe could be in Moscow by Christmas!
What about the poles?
Instead of trying to hit a spot on the Earth rotating at over a thousand miles-per-hour with a high-energy beam of microwaves, would it be possible to place the collector (s) at the poles so that the target doesn't move so much? From the poles we could build a distribution grid to carry the power down to the lower latitudes. Less of a chance of zapping someone by mistake that way.
Somebody hide the football
Can you imagine this man being in charge of the nukes? Might as well just hand it over to Skynet and get it over with...
From the darkest corner of the Amazon...
I hope they don't plan on trying to peddle these for the Kindle reader on Amazon.com. I've got a book for sale on there (http://www.amazon.com/Outage-ebook/dp/B0056VBYZS) and it never sees the light of day because of the millions of others just like me that are clogging up the works. And didn't I read a story here not long ago about how some people are making a quick buck by pasting in random text from the internet and peddling the e-books to unsuspecting readers? Sad thing is they still sell more copies than I do. Depressing.
hey, interested in a little class-action?
Big Pharma is also a boon for lawyers. I've noticed that many of the drugs being pushed on TV 4-5 years ago (I'm from Canada and get most of my TV from the US) are now being recalled for serious side-effects. I can think of a few big ones: Lipitor, Celexa (and a whole host of other anti-depressants) and Propecia. All of these have been pulled from the market and are involved with class-action lawsuits.
It makes one wonder if the idea is to sicken people on purpose to sell them more drugs later on.
Don't eat it!
*ignores NASA information totally* Looks like we're going to be covered in snow here soon. I'm from Canada, so it's no biggie for me. But I'd just like to remind those of us who aren't as familiar with this form of precipitation to avoid eating the yellow snow.
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