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Dubai Is Building a Refrigerated Beach 249

Posted by samzenpus
from the building-ice-castles dept.
dataxtream writes "The world's first refrigerated beach is to be built at a luxury hotel in Dubai, located along the southern coast of the Persian Gulf. The beach will include heat-absorbing pipes under the sand along with large wind blowers, which will keep tourists cool and guard their feet against the hot sand. Half of me says these guys need a reality check, the other half wants to go there." I believe I've just thought of a way we could solve this whole global warming thing I've been hearing about.

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Dubai Is Building a Refrigerated Beach

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  • by trybywrench (584843) on Friday December 19, 2008 @06:58PM (#26178859)
    I lived in Daytona until i was 12 and remember the beach landscape constantly changing. Wouldn't they have to keep moving the pipes? Like bury them deeper at times and shallower at others based on what the beach is doing that day.
  • Re:Patent Pending (Score:5, Interesting)

    by donscarletti (569232) on Friday December 19, 2008 @07:08PM (#26178985)

    The world is in a global economic depression and they are rigging up their beach with AC. Give me a break.

    The world is in a global economic depression because everyone's too worried about the global economic depression to spend enough money to pick the economy back up. If you've got the money to spend on something that takes an enormous amount of labour it will be a great thing for the economy as the extra cash circulating will boost everyone's confidence to spend their own. Plus, if you ever wanted to have something like this built, now is the time.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 19, 2008 @07:14PM (#26179051)

    Run massive copper pipes into the ocean, and let it cool it from scorching to walk-able.

  • Re:Idle this shit (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 19, 2008 @07:22PM (#26179125)
    Idle won't go away, and it won't become less important. The owners of Slashdot are "aggressively pursuing [their] plans" [bizjournals.com] for the site, and a few dissatisfied comments won't override that; all that will matter are page views and ad dollars.
  • by maxfresh (1435479) on Friday December 19, 2008 @07:44PM (#26179295)
    What they are proposing is just to extract the solar thermal energy from the beach sand. The solar energy doesn't have to be wasted. If they were to take the solar heat laden coolant, and pass it through a heat exchanger, and into a Stirling engine, they could use it to generate electricity to power desalination equipment, for example. Using the cooler ocean water as the heat sink wouldn't produce very high efficiency, but it would still be a net gain. It wouldn't cost very much more than just throwing the heat away. They could get coolor sand, and generate solar power at the same time. Just a thought...
  • by Kagura (843695) on Friday December 19, 2008 @08:20PM (#26179689)

    I don't care what the media says, I doubt we'll ever know the true motivations of the scumbags who committed mass murder in India recently

    What? Do people just decide to organize a dozen people for months or years with detailed plans just for no reason, on a whim?

  • Re:Patent Pending (Score:2, Interesting)

    by causality (777677) on Friday December 19, 2008 @09:45PM (#26180353)
    My point was that you have a broken system and oddly enough, you are getting bad results from this broken system. Much of what I did not go into depth about but did imply is that I believe that much of this current crisis is either engineered to begin with or at least leveraged in the classic Problem-Reaction-Solution pattern so frequently seen in modern governments. You did not address my core point which is that so long as you have a system like the Fed, you will always have more debt than dollars in circulation and no amount of tinkering will change that. The system is destined to collapse one way or another, for many of the same reasons why Ponzi schemes must eventually fail. The items you mention, like the bursting of the housing bubble, only impact when this system fails. I never claimed that you can't have a depression without a fractional reserve system, only that this built-in debt that no one in the mainstream media ever talks about (except in vague aggregate terms like "national debt") is a huge factor in the current depression.

    Also, I gave a figurative illustration for the sake of simplifying the explanation. Yes, there was money in circulation before the Federal Reserve was set up. It also took a while before the gold-backed and silver-backed currencies were phased out because you don't just change your entire monetary system overnight, it's not quite so simple. None of these implementation details had much to do with my overall point, so I omitted them. It was an obvious omission and it was intended to be an obvious omission. Pointing this out is supposed to accomplish what, exactly? Do I really need to disclaim every analogy and every simplified explanation so that someone doesn't come along and say "ah-HAH!" and sincerely believe he's really nailed me this time? Because I've tried that and found that the people who want an easy "victory" that badly will ignore any disclaimers or clarifications I give. Well, I say "victory" but what they really seem to want is to dismiss you without actually addressing the points you raise. The primary motivation is not that they have reasons for disagreeing and would like to see if a consensus can be reached but because they dislike what you say. I suppose at this point I should sigh and, just for you, add something like "of course, having a primary motivation of disliking what a guy says and having actual reasons to disagree are not mutually exclusive". Generally, people don't seem very interested in truth; what they seem to want is palatable truth that makes them feel better. This is one of those things (a character weakness, actually) that I consider to be "not my problem" and I generally refuse to accommodate it.

    Assuming you are sincerely interested in this, you may find it interesting to research Andrew Jackson, his stated reasons for opposing the central bank of his time, and in particular what he says about said bank's control of government and his warning to future generations. The current situation is yet another example of failure to learn from history. I'm pretty tired of these to be honest with you; I'm wondering when we'll finally make some novel mistakes.
  • by Grishnakh (216268) on Saturday December 20, 2008 @07:08PM (#26187029)

    Interpretation? It's written in black-and-white in those holy books. I don't know how much clearer it could get.

    Here's some select quotes from the Bible, for instance:

    "If a man lies with a male as with a women, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives." (Leviticus 20:13 NAB) - apparently the Bible condones murdering homosexuals, even though they were created that way by God. Many Christians now still believe this, or at least believe in treating them badly.

    "If a man commits adultery with another man's wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death." (Leviticus 20:10 NLT)

    "Whoever sacrifices to any god, except the Lord alone, shall be doomed." (Exodus 22:19 NAB) - worshiping other religions is punishable by death.

    "But if this charge is true, and evidence of the girls virginity is not found, they shall bring the girl to the entrance of her fathers house and there her townsman shall stone her to death, because she committed a crime against Israel by her unchasteness in her father's house. Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst." (Deuteronomy 22:20-21 NAB) - women who aren't virgins when they marry must be murdered.

    "If your own full brother, or your son or daughter, or your beloved wife, or you intimate friend, entices you secretly to serve other gods, whom you and your fathers have not known, gods of any other nations, near at hand or far away, from one end of the earth to the other: do not yield to him or listen to him, nor look with pity upon him, to spare or shield him, but kill him. Your hand shall be the first raised to slay him; the rest of the people shall join in with you. You shall stone him to death, because he sought to lead you astray from the Lord, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. And all Israel, hearing of this, shall fear and never do such evil as this in your midst." (Deuteronomy 13:7-12 NAB) - followers of other religions must be murdered.

    And you want to tell me that I'm misinterpreting these passages? That's ridiculous.

  • Re:Idle this shit (Score:3, Interesting)

    by ConceptJunkie (24823) on Tuesday December 23, 2008 @10:24PM (#26218987) Homepage Journal

    A kneejerk defense of a theme park for the richest 1% of the world is not a reasonable perspective.

    I never said anything about the beach thing. Perhaps your reading comprehension needs some work.

    Oh, you're a dedicated science denialist, that makes much more sense

    Oh, so you're saying all the data showing a cooling trend in the last decade is wrong? And all the politically and financially motivated "findings" are all correct? Or did the killer bees really sweep the county and reduce cows to mere skeletons? Or maybe the new Ice Age occurred and I missed it? Or perhaps I missed the pandemic of skin cancer caused by the ozone hole? Last I checked the Earth's atmosphere was something shy of 6 quadrillion tons. Assuming we could affect something that huge over a century and a half so radically, what idiot thinks we could possibly fix it in 10 years (or die according to Envirofraud Al Gore) without doing some serious Maui Wowie?

    If you know so much about science, tell me where I'm wrong.

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