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Old 04-08-2017, 05:28 PM   #23356
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 In the random news, here is the terminator as seen by the Meteor M2 satellite just now.
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Will he be back?
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Old 04-12-2017, 12:35 PM   #23357
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Dangit!!! A quite good IMHO April fools story that went unnoticed.

http://www.farming-simulator.com/new...=us&news_id=56
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Old 04-13-2017, 05:23 PM   #23358
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Old 04-14-2017, 07:12 AM   #23359
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Setting this as a background can also have fun results:
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Old 04-19-2017, 07:24 AM   #23360
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It just occured to me that "sesquipedalian" is a bloody sesquipedalian word to use...
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Old 04-19-2017, 07:52 AM   #23361
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 It just occured to me that "sesquipedalian" is a bloody sesquipedalian word to use...
Why? It is a nice short word for a German....
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:04 AM   #23362
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 My desktop: (warning, swear words)
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(not my desktop, but still funny)
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Old 04-19-2017, 06:39 PM   #23363
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Got to climb around one of the reactor coolant pumps today. Installing temperature elements and vibration probes. Kind of a crappy job (dirty and messy) but the dose rate wasn't nearly as bad as I expected. 4 millirem in 2 hours, but I'll have to go back in if the scaffold guys can build me a place to stand to replace some other hardware.

Still in mode 5, but there are no restrictions from our shop in the way of mode 4.

Mode 4 to 3? Different story
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Old 04-19-2017, 07:27 PM   #23364
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 the dose rate wasn't nearly as bad as I expected.
Hm, why would there be any extra radiation at the coolant pump?
I would expect the coolant to be isolated from the radioactive material.
Or is it something to do with neutron activation or with proximity to the core?
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Old 04-19-2017, 07:41 PM   #23365
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 Hm, why would there be any extra radiation at the coolant pump?
I would expect the coolant to be isolated from the radioactive material.
Or is it something to do with neutron activation or with proximity to the core?
Actually, the primary coolant absorbs radioactive products, especially gases. You can't seal them off perfectly without ruining the primary purpose of the reactor - producing power by fission.

That is why there are two coolant loops at least, one primary with radioactive contaminations and another, really isolated secondary loop, that does not get in contact with radioactive elements.
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Old 04-19-2017, 09:52 PM   #23366
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The reactor coolant pumps do have a thermal barrier (water) that helps isolate the "clean" from the dirty (we call it 'crapped up') side. But like mentioned, it's still not perfect.

I picked up another 5 millirem. I'm going to have to remind these people that I'm a turbine guy...



Did anyone watch the short lived Terminator TV show? Summer Glau was a terminator sent to hang out with a young John Conner... Anyway, there was an epiosode that took place at a nuke plant. One of the managers told Sarah Conner something like "It looks like you got crapped up". So it's not just here that uses it.

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Old 04-20-2017, 12:10 PM   #23367
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Old 04-21-2017, 12:51 PM   #23368
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You know, that you should spend more time sleeping and less time studying Operations Research, when you start comparing the Viable System Model of Stafford Beer to the descriptions of the planned economy used by the Clans in BattleTech and realize that again the number five is dominant...

There are five inhabited star systems in the Pentagon cluster, which had been the first five world colonized after the first Exodus of the Star League Defense Force, there are five castes in the Clans, a star has five points, a Bloodname initially had 25 (5) Bloodrights.... and the VSM defines five systems and applies well to a need-oriented economy with strong focus on survival and limited resources like described in the novels. And its as recursive as described...

(But I doubt any author in the Battletech franchise did even know that VSM existed)

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Old 04-21-2017, 09:13 PM   #23369
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And a cluster consists of 5 stars, and a galaxy 5 clusters.

Also, a point of elementals consists of 5 soldiers in powered armor...

I really miss playing BattleTech sometimes. Used to be a blast at game conventions back in the 90s. Still have my stuff in a closet.

Also wondering why nobody has ever made a good B-tech movie. Some of the novels were really good, especially the Aidan Pryde trilogy and follow-ons. Horse and Joanna were my favorite characters in that universe.
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Old 04-25-2017, 05:59 PM   #23370
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If there's one major criticism I have for Netflix, then it's that they're doing an awful job at letting you know about newly available stuff.
I was randomly browsing through the list today, and saw... Cowboy Bebop! How long has it been sitting there without me noticing? This is AWESOME!
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