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b4k4-chan
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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There are very few completely safe places to live on this planet--and they're probably boring. Rolling Eyes

As long as our dykes (heh) don't break, we in The Netherlands are really darn safe. And jus' 'cause it's all flat dun mean it's boring, ya hear! =P
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

b4k4-chan wrote:
MrPasserby wrote:
There are very few completely safe places to live on this planet--and they're probably boring. Rolling Eyes

As long as our dykes (heh) don't break, we in The Netherlands are really darn safe. And jus' 'cause it's all flat dun mean it's boring, ya hear! =P


Haha, no offense intended! I wasn't thinking of anywhere in particular. (But isn't that the way it always is? "As long as X doesn't Y, we're safe!")

Oh, by the way, there's a common story told to kids in the US about a little Dutch boy who saw that the dike was leaking during a storm, and stuck his finger in the leak to save the town. I'm pretty sure it's supposed to have some sort of moral, but darned if I can figure out what it is. I've always wondered--do you have the same story over there?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MrPasserby wrote:
Dutch boy who saw that the dike was leaking during a storm, and stuck his finger in the leak to save the town.
Any port in a storm?

okay, I'll shut up now
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MrPasserby wrote:
Oh, by the way, there's a common story told to kids in the US about a little Dutch boy who saw that the dike was leaking during a storm, and stuck his finger in the leak to save the town. I'm pretty sure it's supposed to have some sort of moral, but darned if I can figure out what it is. I've always wondered--do you have the same story over there?

We do! =D I can't believe that you know that way over there, that's pretty damn awesome XD

As for the moral...I either forgot it, or there are a few... Oh well, not that important =P
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

b4k4-chan wrote:
MrPasserby wrote:
Oh, by the way, there's a common story told to kids in the US about a little Dutch boy who saw that the dike was leaking during a storm, and stuck his finger in the leak to save the town. I'm pretty sure it's supposed to have some sort of moral, but darned if I can figure out what it is. I've always wondered--do you have the same story over there?

We do! =D I can't believe that you know that way over there, that's pretty damn awesome XD

As for the moral...I either forgot it, or there are a few... Oh well, not that important =P

I'm tempted to look it up, but somehow I don't think I'd like the results of googling "Boy sticks finger in dike"... ...I'm so sorry

Back on topic for a moment, have you heard any news stories about Japan using robots for rescue work, or working on the nuclear plants? I haven't personally, and I thought it kind of odd since Japan is considered one of the world leaders in robotics technology.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

see317 wrote:
I'm tempted to look it up, but somehow I don't think I'd like the results of googling "Boy sticks finger in dike"... ...I'm so sorry


So true! Shocked For non-Internet-scariness reasons, too--in flood-fighting training I learned that plugging a leak like that is the second best way to cause a breach! (The best is to just leave the leak alone.) That story has bothered me ever since.

see317 wrote:
Back on topic for a moment, have you heard any news stories about Japan using robots for rescue work, or working on the nuclear plants? I haven't personally, and I thought it kind of odd since Japan is considered one of the world leaders in robotics technology.


Thanks for bringing that up! A quick Google search revealed dozens of articles on that very subject. The most informative article was on the IEEE Spectrum blog.

The quick answer is: Japan doesn't have the kind of robots required for this type of situation. France is the only country in the world with a fleet of robots designed for such work, and has already sent at least one plane-load to Fukushima where the robots are now at work.

The long answer is read the article. It's fascinating, easy to understand, and well worth your time.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh noes: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/29/japan-lost-race-save-nuclear-reactor

Updates from IAEA: http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/tsunamiupdate01.html

So reactor 2 may have a containment breach? It's not very clear give the info available and no other place is reporting on this.
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