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  • If we see a full moon tonight, will there be a full moon on the other side of the worldt?

    10/24/2010 6:00:24 PM PDT · 53 of 53
    IonImplantGuru to RegulatorCountry
    You should take a gander at the swarm of ellipses present in a geocentric system a la Ptolemy. Even more fun is the wild, Etch-A-Sketch in the sky traced by the Moon and planets when viewed over time from a geostationary perspective.

    LOL! I have taken the gander, and seen why the Ptolemaic system lies defunct on the far side Occam's razor from the surviving Galilean Model.

  • If we see a full moon tonight, will there be a full moon on the other side of the worldt?

    10/24/2010 12:11:11 AM PDT · 51 of 53
    IonImplantGuru to RegulatorCountry
    There is no dark side of the moon really. As a matter of fact it's all dark.

    The Earth doesn't revolve around the moon, either. Hence, the sarc tag.

    To be astronomically correct,the earth-moon system revolves around their common center of gravity (aka center of mass). The center of mass of the earth-moon system lies at a point beneath the earth's surface about 2900km from the earth's center; that's about 75% of earth's radius.

    For the above reason, the earth's orbit around the sun isn't a perfect ellipse - it has a wobble with a period of 28 days.

    Lord, I love useless trivia!

  • Something is Happening in Top Kill Process [LIVE THREAD]

    05/27/2010 12:01:28 AM PDT · 227 of 313
    IonImplantGuru to mojitojoe
    Surface oil accounts for only 5% of the total oil that has gushed out so far, so if we ALREADY have seen/measured the surface oil in the gulf to be around 12,000 square miles, how many square miles do you think that the oil would cover if all of it were to surface?
    Divide .05% into 12,000 and you get 2,400,000 square miles and the closest country that I can get to that 2.4 square miles is Russia at a bit over 2 mil square miles.

    Let's try that again:
    12,000 = 5% of x ... where x = surfaced area of total spill.

    Therefore x = 12,000 / 0.05 = 240,000 sq mi ... so you were only off by a factor of 10.

    Unfortunately the media is, for the most case, 10x worse than you on their math and who knows what kind of fudge factors BP et al are using. If your numbers have any validity, this puts the potential surfaced oil (as of right now) at somewhere between the area of California (163,696 sq mi) and Texas (268,581 sq mi

  • Superior Swedish Sub Sinks American Nuclear Subs & Aircraft Carrier, USS Reagan (Video)

    02/13/2010 5:53:30 PM PST · 239 of 261
    IonImplantGuru to jveritas
    The Vikings control the seas (extreme sarcasm). Get real. It is a totally insignificant war game. This sub will be long gone if it goes in a real fight with the US Navy.

    What are your credentials, JV, to enable you to make such cavalier statements? I doubt you have any background or real knowledge of either submarine or anti-submarine operations, based on your statements so far.

    I am a US Navy submarine vet, and keep up on developments in both areas. Trust me, the USN wouldn't have spent the money to bring the Swedish boat over to San Diego if they felt we were so damn invincible. Facts are that diesel-electric and AIP (air-independent propulsion) boats are harder to detect than other nuke boats and carry a weapons suite just as deadly. Yeah, they don't have the top speed and legs that our boats have ... but if they're around where and when we go into harm's way, it could be dicey for our side indeed.

  • 25 Microchips That Shook the World

    05/03/2009 11:23:04 PM PDT · 32 of 38
    IonImplantGuru to blam; Bloody Sam Roberts
    "OMG. I havent heard that name since the days when I used to program EPROMS so many eons ago. Signetics...what a blast from the past." Me too. I was at Signetics between 1971-73.

    Likewise, FRiends! I climbed aboard the Semiconductor roller coaster at Signetics (Sunnyvale) in early 74 (when Corning Glass owned it) and worked there in various aspects of manufacturing for 17 years (through the Philips acquisition). Started out as a electronics tech supporting several fabs, gravitated into ion implantation because of my nuclear physics background, and left as a Sr Process Engr in 1991.

    Moved to Silicon Systems in Santa Cruz in 91 when they were owned by TDK (yeah, the Nipponese tape company) and went through their acquisition by TI. Made Sr Principal engr and was elected to TI group Technical Staff.

    To me, Shockley, Fairchild, and Signetics acted as incubator and 'university' for most of the key players in the integrated circuit industry - at least from the manufacturing end. A lot of 'graduates' from those three companies went on to form their own companies and make millions. (Sadly, I'm not one of them.)

  • A Whiff of Fascism from Obama's White House

    03/29/2009 11:00:46 PM PDT · 43 of 79
    IonImplantGuru to jackmercer
    GM went to the government, not vice versa. Bailout funds can come with strings just like any other investor that saves a company, they get to call some shots to affect the investment. Bush did the same with AIG CEO Robert Willumstad last September. GM has lost over $80 billion in the last three years and 95 percent of its total value since CEO Wagoner took the reins in 2000. Do you honestly think firing this guy as a condition of taking OUR money is a facist move? I don’t think so, I think like Bush’s firing of AIG’s Willumstad, it isn’t facist, it’s prudent.

    Thanks for the sanity! You've saved me the trouble of pointing out the same things I would have. Both guys deserve to fall on their swords. AIG was smoke and mirrors accounting; GM is a dinosaur that has refused to evolve in response to global competition.

    Now that we're out of power, a lot of Freepers are taking us to the level of DU creeps.

  • Volcanic Ash Fall - Anchorage

    03/29/2009 2:54:30 PM PDT · 85 of 107
    IonImplantGuru to mentor2k
    Unfortunately, within the next few years as our solar system crosses the galactic plane of Milky Way, some scientists say the gravitational effects of such alignment could cause even more widespread tectonic activity.

    Horse-pucky! The gravitational impact of the galaxy on the solar system, and on Earth in particular, are sub-microscopic in comparison to the gravitational impact of the sun and to a lesser degree the moon. And those influences have been with us since before life started on this planet.

    Your 'some scientists' wouldn't be astrologers or or 2012 Apocalypso-nuts, would they? There's no 'Science' in a statement like that.

  • Arizona Game and Fish Biologists Begin Monitoring Collared Jaguar

    03/04/2009 5:32:43 PM PST · 13 of 25
    IonImplantGuru to Flycatcher; jazusamo
    Did you hear, Jaz, that this cat (Macho B) is/was probably the same jaguar first sighted in the Peloncillo Mountains in 1996 by a hunting guide.
    It's hard to imagine such a striking animal going 12-13 years without being seen, but such is the wild backcountry of southeast Arizona.

    Depends on how one defines 'sighting'! Macho B has been caught by motion-sensing cameras a number of times - that's how they were able to identify him so quickly when he was trapped in February. They know his spot patterns; I found it amusing that Macho B's defining spots were called 'Betty Boop' and 'Pinnochio', LOL.

    Jaguars just can't get any respect anymore ... at least since Ford bought the company, heh heh.

  • Armless pilot's goal is to inspire others

    02/15/2009 11:11:25 PM PST · 12 of 12
    IonImplantGuru to Doohickey
    More power to her, but I’m inspired to ride in a different airplane.

    Wuss! I'm ok with flying with her ... but on the other hand, I have a private pilot's ticket, so in extremis I'd like to believe 4 limbs wins over 2.

  • Explosion Reports May Be From Satellite Collision

    02/15/2009 4:53:03 PM PST · 41 of 99
    IonImplantGuru to chuck_the_tv_out
    “two satellites that collided in space Tuesday”
    the russians kamakaze’d a US satellite?

    Two satellites collide in orbit. Indeed! A defunct Russkie Cosmos bird rammed into a US commercial Iridium bird about 5oo miles up.

    Apparently one of the larger chunks of debris was knocked out of orbital velocity, and it took until today for its orbit to to decay and finally the chunk (maybe a mostly intact satellite) enter the atmosphere at thousands of mile per hour over the lower mid-west US, creating a sonic boom and the chunk broke up raining down debris.

  • Armless pilot's goal is to inspire others

    02/15/2009 4:33:44 PM PST · 2 of 12
    IonImplantGuru to IonImplantGuru

    More photos available at the linked article.

  • Armless pilot's goal is to inspire others

    02/15/2009 4:32:15 PM PST · 1 of 12
    No limits! There is nothing that can't be done with enough determination.

    Jessica Cox, who was born without arms, recently earned her sport pilot license at Ray Blair Airport in San Manuel. She flies this Ercoupe plane the way she does most other things in her life — with her feet. She also has started her own motivational-services company.

  • Blinded by his own ball, golfer sues

    02/07/2009 11:36:50 PM PST · 51 of 52
    IonImplantGuru to Cletus.D.Yokel
    We’ve all been there, bro! Drive (Square Sumo, Titleist ProV1x ball): Duck-hook topper, 125 yards Second (4 iron): 160-yard bannana while attempting to fly the leftside fairway bunker. The miraculously changed-to Pinnacle Gold ball lands behind the yardage marker, 158 left. Lie is scruffed up with the blade of the iron. Third (7 iron): Low screamer that hits the yardage marker square - A come-backer! That will leave a mark.


  • North Korea scrapping all accords with the South and on the brink of war

    01/30/2009 11:53:57 PM PST · 30 of 68
    IonImplantGuru to gondramB; lefty-lie-spy
    oesn’t a story like this appear at least every six months somewhere? Where’s the mandatory “not this shit again” picture?<< Do you know that guy died last week... very sad. His name escapes me but everybody on the net knew his face.

    I know I do!

    My old URL for the pic is defunct but it survives; Google "not this sh*t again".

  • Top Hamas figure killed in Israeli airstrike (IDF says, "Happy New Year, Hamas!")

    01/03/2009 7:36:27 AM PST · 112 of 117
    IonImplantGuru to dpwiener
    It's interesting to read the comments on this thread, because the word "assassinated" had no negative connotations for me. Assassination of enemy leaders is an excellent thing, far preferable to killing grunt soldiers who are often just following orders. The ideal war would consist of "cutting off the enemy's head" while leaving everyone else unharmed. True, that makes your own leaders prime targets for the enemy in response, but that should be part of the risk and price of achieving leadership of a nation at war.

    Stop making sense! ... was the title of a 1984 Talking Heads movie and album. But it was the phrase that sprang to my mind when I read your very cogent comments.

  • Submarine's crew was 20 seconds from death

    12/28/2008 5:29:20 PM PST · 48 of 51
    IonImplantGuru to relee; Oatka
    ... It's my understanding that, on nuclear boats, even when all ballast tanks are blown they still need engine power to get to the surface ...

    Perhaps that is true on the newer boats but it is not true on the older SSNs & SSBNs I sailed on.

    Not true for any manned submarine in the USN or other navies. They all have XX% (I can't recall the minimum required) reserve buoyancy with ballast tanks empty (completely blown).

    There are several factors which can make achieving that positive buoyancy dicey:

    a.) if you're leaking into the people tube (interior of the boat), every ton of seawater taken in = a ton of reserve buoyancy lost;

    b.) when you blow ballast tanks at test depth, you're not instantly ridding yourself of all the seawater in the ballast tanks ... you're simply putting a bubble of high-pressure air in the tanks to make a change from the normal submerged neutral buoyancy to a positive buoyancy. As the boat begins to rise the bubble expands, pushing more seawater out of the ballast tanks, giving even more positive buoyancy and so on ... until you finally reach then surface and the ballast tanks are finally empty.
    However keep in mind factor 'a' above ... enough water in the people tube and you lose positive buoyancy, and you kiss your ass goodbye. WW II fleet boats were designed with enough positive reserve buoyancy to be able to survive 1 completely flooded compartment, but modern boats have fewer compartments - though I can't speak for RAN Collins class boats, US nukes can't survive a fully flooded compartment. ;

    c.) Your rate of rise towards the surface CAN be enhanced by increasing speed and putting 'Rise' on the control planes.

    As an aside, the Thresher NEARLY made it to the surface (within a couple hundred feet!) before they lost speed and became negatively buoyant and began back down to 10,000 feet, imploding and breaking up on the way down ... God rest your souls, my brothers of the 'Phins!

    - A Cold War submarine vet (SSN-588, SSBN-629B, SSN-669 plank-owner)

  • Missing Pages of History Restored: The Obama-Blago Story That Disappeared

    12/10/2008 10:44:48 PM PST · 138 of 201
    IonImplantGuru to JennysCool
    The ad on that page [the Oba-Blago meet] is painfully ironic.

    Indeed! particularly when one notes the ad is sponsored by ... The Dep't of Justice.

    Anyone else feel like you're trapped in a Costa-Brava movie? (Google it)

  • Dawood sitting pretty in Karachi, Pakistan

    12/03/2008 2:42:39 PM PST · 4 of 6
    IonImplantGuru to MyTwoCopperCoins
    Dawood sitting pretty in Karachi, Pakistan

    Why is it that, when I get this guy's name flashed at me in a headline, I get a mental image of a big multi-layered sandwich being built in a dark kitchen, illuminated only by an open fridge door, by a guy in PJs with a weird-looking hairdo?

  • GOTTA SEE THIS-WarEndur.Freedom 11/28/08 - Mumbai

    11/29/2008 5:29:24 PM PST · 102 of 117
    IonImplantGuru to 82ndABNOfficer
    India should do the world a favor and unleash all its nuke arsenal on pakistan before pakistan knows it even exisists anymore... then israel should take out iran with a massive fury of hell raining down on the islamic empires.

    Actually tis would be a good time of year to execute that plan. December wind patterns in that region of the globe are generally South Westerly, so any fallout would head for Somalia ... kinda like a twofer. During monsoon. prevailing winds a North easterly, so fallout would rain down on China and the Northern 'Stans' states. Probably not a good idea to piss off the Russians and Chinese.

    Spring and Fall not much wind at all, so the target areas would stew in their own juices.

  • Russian navy: 20 dead from poison in sub accident

    11/09/2008 4:13:02 PM PST · 90 of 113
    IonImplantGuru to Doohickey
    Even the range hood used only PKP charged with CO2.

    Wasn't that 'PPK' (vice ), aka 'Purple K'? Of course my mind (what's left of it, that is; CRS and all that) has to go back 40 years to my last boat. Stuff may have changed since then.