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Really? I thought it was a 50 megaton chemical bomb.
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Tsar Bomba (Russian: Царь-бомба) is the nickname for the AN602 hydrogen bomb, the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated. Also known as Kuz`kina Mat` (Russian: Кузькина мать, Kuzma's mother).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsar_Bomba
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarcasm
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Ok, sorry. English isn't my mother tongue and reading into sarcasm over a forum is hard enough. Or any kind of chat for that matter.

EDIT: The point is, if you'd use a nuke you'd end up having a nuclear meteor shower, LOVELY...
Edited by Xenthos - 2/12/11 at 12:27am
post #74 of 144
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Ok, sorry. English isn't my mother tongue and reading into sarcasm over a forum is hard enough. Or any kind of chat for that matter.

EDIT: The point is, if you'd use a nuke you'd end up having a nuclear meteor shower, LOVELY...
I think his point was that a nuke is a form of a bomb, and it seemed that you were correcting him. The word bomb doesn't necessarily denote 'conventional weapon'.

It is pretty hopeless to try and convey sarcasm on a forum

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The important question is, will Bruce Willis still be alive in 2036 to take this puppy out...
Don't worry, Ben Affleck will save us if Bruce Willis is gone.
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lets nuke it!
I like your thinking. DO IT.
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I think his point was that a nuke is a form of a bomb, and it seemed that you were correcting him. The word bomb doesn't necessarily denote 'conventional weapon'.

It is pretty hopeless to try and convey sarcasm on a forum
I see.

And yes it is.
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Greetz

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Hmmmm ....
Let's see... a 50 Megaton blast far enough away to "merely push it out of the way" would be extremely fortunate to impart 5% of it's power to pushing the asteroid since there is presently, and for the long foreseeable future, no way to focus a nuclear explosion particularly of this size into anything remotely like a beam. The effect could be likened to throwing a handful of sand at a charging Rhinoceros. You really wouldn't want to be in it's path.

This sort of of irresponsible suggestion that we already have both sufficient knowledge and technology (the bigger hammer fallacy) is exactly the kind of business-as-usual "thinking" (and I use that term loosely) that may well cost hundreds of thousands if not millions of lives just so we can ignore scientific inquiry unless it is also useful at destroying those we prefer to not tolerate. Neanderthal at best would be a good description or perhaps you prefer...
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glib (comparative glibber, superlative glibbest)

Having a ready flow of words but lacking accuracy or understanding; superficial; shallow.
Smooth or slippery.
Please learn the difference between "crisis management" and "risk management". Apparently Xenthos and others are already aware of the inherent uncertainty as recently typified in the BP disaster "cleanup" and you and others like you need to check your premises, that is, whenever you get a break from "disregarding females".
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1 in 250,000 of Apophis hitting Earth in 2036

lol if people are worried about this then they shouldn't leave their home. it's more likely they'll get hit by lightning lol
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Greetz


Hmmmm ....
Let's see... a 50 Megaton blast far enough away to "merely push it out of the way" would be extremely fortunate to impart 5% of it's power to pushing the asteroid since there is presently, and for the long foreseeable future, no way to focus a nuclear explosion particularly of this size into anything remotely like a beam. The effect could be likened to throwing a handful of sand at a charging Rhinoceros. You really wouldn't want to be in it's path.

This sort of of irresponsible suggestion that we already have both sufficient knowledge and technology (the bigger hammer fallacy) is exactly the kind of business-as-usual "thinking" (and I use that term loosely) that may well cost hundreds of thousands if not millions of lives just so we can ignore scientific inquiry unless it is also useful at destroying those we prefer to not tolerate. Neanderthal at best would be a good description or perhaps you prefer...


Please learn the difference between "crisis management" and "risk management". Apparently Xenthos and others are already aware of the inherent uncertainty as recently typified in the BP disaster "cleanup" and you and others like you need to check your premises, that is, whenever you get a break from "disregarding females".
check my premises? Herp? I love how you crap on my theory without producing any evidence of your own. A 250 metre asteroid at rest on earth would be blown away by a nuke. AFAIK, the effect would be even greater in space, although it is at a certain velocity.
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check my premises? Herp? I love how you crap on my theory without producing any evidence of your own. A 250 metre asteroid at rest on earth would be blown away by a nuke. AFAIK, the effect would be even greater in space, although it is at a certain velocity.
I think we would need to know more about the composition of the asteroid in order to make any sort of plan to alter it's path. That would greatly affect its mass, and in the long run that's what matters.

Who knows what sort of weapons technology will be available by then. Maybe we will have a much greater understanding of mass and gravity by then, and we will have some sort of way to produce a strong gravitational field.
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