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Monday, January 30, 2006

i know of a better group

Vandals put new trains to test

Teenage hooligans are being invited by Dutch transport chiefs to put their new underground trains to the test.

The youths will be given free reign to tear up seats and pull apart fittings in the new trains to see which parts are vulnerable to violence and need improving.

Amsterdam city councillor Mark van der Horst said: "We want to make sure our new trains for the city's underground are completely idiot-proof, and will see if the prototype can withstand vandalism before producing more of them.

"Nowhere in the world is as bad as here for vandals."

this is from an article at Ananova.

anyone that has spent time with nuke submarine sailors knows there is NOTHING nuke proof. you want a real test of the survivability of equipment on a train? put two bored 20 to 24 year old nuke qualified submariners on board, and leave them alone for 5 minutes. it has been my experience (28 years on the boats between being stationed on one and working on many as a test engineer) that given two bored sailors and a 248 pound chunk of cast iron, they will figure a way to dissassemble the solid mass of metal. without tools. in under 5 minutes. just to see what is inside.

someone should tell the dutch.

as an aside, but related. i used to keep a 3 way main steam stop bypass valve on my desk at work. i could always tell who was truly a nuke or not within seconds. if you came to my desk, saw the valve, and DIDN'T pick it up, take it apart, and put it back together while standing there talking to me, you probably weren't a nuke.
there just seems to be a natural curiosity in the breed. most of them would ignore the wooden puzzle box, but were unable to leave the valve alone


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