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Chess and Rock'n roll (25/11/13 22:28:31) Reply
    So Carlsen won and was received as a rock'n roll star. Well deserved - and a wakeup to his home country where skiing has been the national sport. Suddenly lots of nerds popped up, and slow TV in several media showed the matches in real time.

    Chesswise Carlsen had one single person to help him; his team were there to shield him and entertain him and take away all chores. Opening (literally) all doors for him.

    Jon Ludvig Hammer (Grand master, but only grand master) stayed at home with the chess server and did the analysis work via Skype and file transfers (probably not via Skype for security reasons).

    Carlsen would not have the big experts to give him advice - he wanted, and got, a childhood friend to serve him ideas and caveats. It seems to explain why he broke off with Kasparov, who, by necessity would act like a father figure - the old-fashioned type.

So - the in-fight for the interested nerdies (25/11/13 22:35:17) Reply

First triumphs to the Kings and Queens, then danger and sweat to the pawns (29/11/13 18:48:13) Reply
    "The FDHS pumps agents such as sarin or mustard gas into an 8330-litre titanium tank, where they are mixed with water, sodium hydroxide and bleach and heated to just under boiling point. This triggers hydrolysis, in which large molecules split into smaller fragments through a chemical reaction with water.

    The US developed the hydrolysis method to destroy its own CW stockpile, as required under the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention. But previously, it has only been used in large, static plants.

    The FDHS takes 3 hours to destroy 99.9 per cent of the toxic agent in a single given load, and can process 5 to 25 tonnes of CW per day, depending on the agent. It creates a large amount of effluent up to 14 times the volume of CW that went in but unlike CW, this can be disposed of at commercial hazardous-waste facilities. Agents such as sarin are too dangerous to destroy in normal commercial incinerators. No facilities to destroy it safely are known to exist in Syria. "

    "The system has redundant components, such as additional generators, for safety. It also includes equipment to decontaminate not only the air outflow, but also any staff that might get contaminated. A separate laboratory section has gas chromatographs and mass spectrometers to identify the incoming CW, and to confirm that the treated effluent meets safety requirements.

    The system, which comes packed in a few shipping containers, can be up and running within 10 days of arrival. It is run by a staff of 15.

    The FDHS is designed to tackle CW that is stored in bulk containers. Syria is thought to have hundreds of tonnes of mustard gas and sarin. It is unknown how much has been loaded into munitions, which are harder to destroy: it is hazardous to extract the highly toxic CW from rockets or shells, which also contain explosives. Japan has developed a portable unit that destroys CW-filled munitions, but very slowly, one at a time."


    Huh-huh: They said GC-MS.
    I like that.

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