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#52 Mar 16 2011 at 4:43 PM Rating: Good
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But who am I to argue about this...we will see what's going to happen...


That's the kind of thinking I can get behind.

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Take care...I'll be back in a week to tell everybody "I told you so"...


I'll be sure to come back and give you your due credit if the island becomes an uninhabitable wasteland.

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TEPCO is obviously the secret organization of space aliens who want to start their colony in Japan, and move out from there.


I bet no one would have seen that coming.
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#53 Mar 16 2011 at 5:24 PM Rating: Good
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It's pretty bad, but they have it under control.


I hope so. I keep looking for updates online, from as many sources as I can.


Yes. Same here.

If I understand correctly, right now they are manually pumping sea water in to cool down the rods where the backup cooling systems have failed. The new power line will be finished soon, allowing them to activate electric pumps to do the same.

Pumper trucks have also been called in to help supply water. Recently, military helicopters found too much radiation in the atmosphere to conduct safe arial dumps.

I hope very much that the sea water will be sufficient until a constant and automatic cooling water supply can be put in place.
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#55 Mar 16 2011 at 6:10 PM Rating: Good
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Officials have said that if there is a meltdown, the situation won't be as bad as Chernobyl. Far from it, in fact.

Man the doom and gloom and GRIMDARK and what not. Someone needs to read less Warhammer 40k fluff.

From a news source I've seen with some very helpful diagrams it appeared that there was in fact THREE cooling systems: one main and two backups. Apparently all three failed one after another as the disaster strikes. I seriously hope they'll get it under control and not let a catastrophe happen.

Interesting titbit about the nuclear workers being hailed as heroes and that they know what they're up against. Imagine you work at the powerplant, this happens, and you're briefed about (or already know about) radioactive poisoning which includes increased risk of cancer and infertility. Not to mention if a meltdown occurs, well, you're pretty much screwed. If that's not heroic, I don't know what is.
#56 Mar 16 2011 at 6:28 PM Rating: Decent
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Wow that link says its japans fault the powerplants are having trouble... I despise maximizing profit by minimizing space, its so walmart... and if you've ever been in a walmart in LA county you'll know what im talking about.
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#57 Mar 16 2011 at 7:03 PM Rating: Default
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It would not surprise me if they find it difficult justifying turning the FFXIV servers back on. To date, they have made $0.00 (equals 0 yen too) with online fees and now they are helping the country by conserving power. At the time they could turn the lights on, it still may be viewed as appropriate or even charitable for large organizations to continue conserving power. I’m no expert in Japanese business, but if their government would award large organizations who continue to conserve power in this time of need tax benefits, it is more profitable to keep the servers down, indefinitely (?)
#58 Mar 16 2011 at 7:10 PM Rating: Good
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It would not surprise me if they find it difficult justifying turning the FFXIV servers back on. To date, they have made $0.00 (equals 0 yen too) with online fees and now they are helping the country by conserving power. At the time they could turn the lights on, it still may be viewed as appropriate or even charitable for large organizations to continue conserving power. I’m no expert in Japanese business, but if their government would award large organizations who continue to conserve power in this time of need tax benefits, it is more profitable to keep the servers down, indefinitely (?)


Dammit, how dare you make sense in a way that suggests FFXIV will die!?! Don't make me play WoW man... Please!
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#59 Mar 16 2011 at 7:13 PM Rating: Decent
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sideways wrote:
It would not surprise me if they find it difficult justifying turning the FFXIV servers back on. To date, they have made $0.00 (equals 0 yen too) with online fees and now they are helping the country by conserving power. At the time they could turn the lights on, it still may be viewed as appropriate or even charitable for large organizations to continue conserving power. I’m no expert in Japanese business, but if their government would award large organizations who continue to conserve power in this time of need tax benefits, it is more profitable to keep the servers down, indefinitely (?)


I dont know how insurance policies for this kinda stuff works BUt since I would think most people didnt actually cancel their subs yet since we dont get charged yet maybe there would be a benifit to SE if they left the servers off long term and people actually did cancel. I mean anyone who cancels after the servers went down could maybe written off as a loss due to the natural disaster. I dont really know but maybe there is a formula that kind of tells how long the average SE MMO player keeps his account and pays a subscription. Maybe SE could make an insurance claim and get paid some of that money for everyone who cancels "due to the natural disaster". Who knows it might actually pay for SE to run some of us off.
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#60 Mar 16 2011 at 7:16 PM Rating: Good
Are you telling me I might actually have to get a hobby?
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#61 Mar 16 2011 at 7:23 PM Rating: Decent
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#62 Mar 16 2011 at 7:29 PM Rating: Excellent
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[quote] Due to this, the concerns of the nuclear plants, and the ongoing aftershocks, we are not at our best.




How's that for understated?

It's good to hear that no one at SE is hurt.
Getting back to work as soon as possible helps a lot in times of trouble. It gives a sense of stability, routine and responsibility. Gives you something to focus on, away from the chaos.

I hope they take as long as they need, but guess they will be back as soon as possible. All we can do is wait and have the good grace to give them all the time they need.
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#63 Mar 16 2011 at 8:26 PM Rating: Good
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Man the doom and gloom and GRIMDARK and what not. Someone needs to read less Warhammer 40k fluff.


Radiation is the least source of mutation in WH40k D: and obviously Humanity doesn't give a **** about it. The Warp on the other hand...
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#64 Mar 16 2011 at 9:58 PM Rating: Excellent
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No I don't trust those ministers or TEPCO executives on TV either, but I do trust those people who devote themself on site.

The working ethic, we say "Shokuninn Tamasii" (Spirit of Craftsman) push us to peform our best even in the worst situation.

Engineers and workers are fixing railwords and highways in very high paces, the left picture was taken 2 hrs just after quake, the right one was taken 4 days later.
http://www.e-nexco.co.jp/pressroom/press_release/kanto/h23/0316f/images/01.jpg

Nuclear plant operators from other sites volunteered to help 1st ********* Plant in order to relay original staff who have been exposed too long under radiation.

In the LS I belong, three members did not login after quake and we were very worry, until yesterday one of them posted on loadstone. Actually they are firefighters from Tokusima, traveled thousands of miles to Miyagi for rescue mission. We all feel honor that we had a chance to hunt some NM with real heroes.

I do have the same faith to Yoshi-P and FFXIV Team.
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#65 Mar 17 2011 at 1:43 AM Rating: Good
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I'm not sure where the conspiracy is stemming from or even what the media is pushing for the most, although obviously more drama = more dollars for reporting agencies. But just looking beyond all that and going with pure science, the core meltdowns can't really effect anything outside of a 50 mile radius at the worst. Please understand this an otherwise controlled nuclear reaction gaining access to ambient airflow. That is a far cry different from the detonation of a nuclear bomb. If you don't understand what a meltdown is, don't just go assuming it is equivalent to an atom bomb for god sakes! Japan will be fine in the long run.
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Officials have said that if there is a meltdown, the situation won't be as bad as Chernobyl. Far from it, in fact.


The Belgian public channel television news said the following: There is an international rating system when it comes to nuclear disasters. With level 7 being the worst. Chernobyl was rated as a 7, Three Mile Island (in 1979) was rated as 5 and this Tuesday, ********* was already rated as a 6.

It's not Chernobyl, but it's pretty **** close.

Edited, Mar 17th 2011 10:05am by RedGalka
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#67 Mar 17 2011 at 4:38 AM Rating: Good
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5 of those reactors are uranium only. The worst case scenario, they will fill the air with radiation, including covering the entire island of Japan and floating on the wind to neighboring territories/countries.

1 of those reactors ( reactor number 3 ) is uranium and plutonium 239.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plutonium

"Plutonium-239 has a multiplication factor (k) larger than one, which means that if the metal is present in sufficient mass and with an appropriate geometry (e.g., a compressed sphere), it can form a critical mass.[19] During fission, a fraction of the binding energy, which holds a nucleus together, is released as a large amount of thermal, electromagnetic and kinetic energy; a kilogram of plutonium-239 can produce an explosion equivalent to 20,000 tons of TNT.[7] It is this energy that makes plutonium-239 useful in nuclear weapons and reactors."

Have a hydrogen explosion at that reactor, and while you may not get the full "mushroom cloud" explosive effect you would get from a purposely configured chunk of plutonium 239, you may very well watch some serious sparks fly for miles.


Edit: As of 5 hours ago: http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4214120/Plutonium--fuel-rod-reactions-stoke-nuclear-tensions

"The stricken reactor No. 3 has experienced at least a partial fuel meltdown, and it contains nearly a quarter of a metric ton of plutonium. They are venting that reactor into the air, to reduce the pressure inside, but that allows particulate matter from the melting rods--including plutonium--to be released into the environment as radioactive gas."

For now, the biggest concern at the No. 3 reactor is the uranium-plutonium fuel, called MOX (for mixed oxides of uranium and plutonium), that was loaded into the reactor last year, Moglen said. Hence, it is likely that spent fuel rods stored outside the reactor’s containment vessel are uranium-only.

"So far, the world has had no major accidents involving release of the plutonium fuel called MOX," said Ira Helfand, a member of the board of Physicians for Social Responsibility. "However, with plutonium inside reactor No. 3, if it melts down or explodes, then even microscopic quantities of particulate will cause lung cancer in anyone who inhales it. The whole area will have to be cordoned off."



Edited, Mar 17th 2011 6:54am by Zorvan
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#68 Mar 17 2011 at 5:13 AM Rating: Excellent
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Thank you for caring about us Yoshi-P, but please take a while to care about yourselves first.


Absolutely agreed!
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#69 Mar 17 2011 at 5:21 AM Rating: Good
First off my thought and prayers go out to the SE Japanese employees who have families in the tsunami stricken areas. I hope that they all reconnect with their loved ones. Second off, a unique issue, SE is not making any money with those servers shut down. They are doing their part to conserve what electricity there is in the grid, but in the end the execs want numbers. I know it might sound cruel and unusual, but SE is a company and must produce products and/or services.

That brings me to my third issue, ****************** and the on going problems there. At this point all they can do is hope and pray that the temporary solutions (sea water, chopper drops, and tanker trucks) are doing the trick to prevent a full on meltdown. The biggest concern I have heard so far is whether or not reactor 2's containment had been fully breached. All we can pray for is it has not been and there has a been a significant release of radiation into the environment through the breach.

I do hope the bring FFXIV back online soon, but I want them to take as much time needed to make sure they have a safe and habitable work place as well.
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#70 Mar 17 2011 at 5:31 AM Rating: Good
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Part of their well being is getting back to work and keeping the economy moving. In the case of the developers, that means taking care of their customers: the players.


This ^^

I feel for the people and I am very saddened by everything that has happened but I hope they recover as soon as possible, not because I want to play games... but because that country needs some stability as soon as they can get it.
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#71 Mar 17 2011 at 1:22 PM Rating: Decent
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I was toying with the idea of playing with the XI server emulators to take the edge off my Final Fantasy withdrawl. I discovered quickly that they are all 'shutdown'.
/sigh
I guess I will have to abide by the Player's Agreement.
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