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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    That is what the steam does, turns electrical turbines...I dunno how they make electricity directly from a nuclear reactor, that is why I asked....
    Funny that in 2016 we are still using steam to run things.
    We're not as advanced as we think we are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Seems like it would be vulnerable to an emp weapon.
    Critical electronics now do get shielded. Assuming an EMP attack involves a NUKE...there's still a LOT to be concerned over. ANY use of Nukes is a big deal.

    There's reasons NO Nuke has been used since Nagasaki. Whatever... EMP, "Tactical "(small) Nuke, it's a major threshold and then... ANYTHING can happen.

    I guess we'd do "next Gen " carrier at some point. I worry that big ticket stuff takes a LOT of whatever budget and the basics get short changed. Our last few wars.. the other side really had no Navy and not much airforce.

    What's next? Expect more "asymetrical"... enemies that are elusive foot soldiers,but motivated,not playing by any rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    Funny that in 2016 we are still using steam to run things.
    We're not as advanced as we think we are.
    There's a lot of classic tech that's still very important.

    Steam,Hydraulics, gears and pullies..that's all been around a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwood View Post
    There's a lot of classic tech that's still very important.

    Steam,Hydraulics, gears and pullies..that's all been around a long time.
    The key is not to power them by burning coal.

    edit: or wood, or oil, or gas....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    Funny that in 2016 we are still using steam to run things.
    We're not as advanced as we think we are.
    Yeah, bloody laws of thermodynamics.
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    If we develop fusion power, will we it use to generate steam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    Funny that in 2016 we are still using steam to run things.
    We're not as advanced as we think we are.
    Steam will always be in use. Easy to make and very powerful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Seems like it would be vulnerable to an emp weapon.
    What modern warship or plane would not?

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