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by BenTC
Sat Oct 16, 2010 2:00 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Polywell being discussed afar!
Replies: 42
Views: 8889

The smarter Arabs will be contemplating the day when their oil reserves run low. That will entail their economy being wrecked anyway. If they can jump on a new technology and develop it while they still have huge amounts of money, they can avoid that... everyone will have their own reasons for tryi...
by BenTC
Sat Oct 16, 2010 1:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Matter-light mixture in a diamond 'hole'
Replies: 11
Views: 2641

you have a FTL communication device... ...although presumably vehicles (automated or with people in them) will still be limited to sub-light speed... But once you have communication, that might be coupled with a "Surrogate" like robot drone for effective telepresence. Or couple it with th...
by BenTC
Fri Oct 15, 2010 11:55 am
Forum: News
Topic: BLP news
Replies: 657
Views: 166329

All reference to the "BlackLight Brainchild" has been removed from the public forum. There's no way to know whether this early experiment based upon Mills physics, to create a self-aware computer; was successful or not, because even mention of it has been sanitized from the web . I only k...
by BenTC
Thu Oct 14, 2010 11:11 am
Forum: News
Topic: Recovery.Gov Project Tracker
Replies: 1822
Views: 858396

JoeStrout wrote:being pulled in two directions — being told in no uncertain terms that he must NOT report, by one set of masters, while the Recovery Act bureaucrats insist that he do.
Sounds feasible. That would not be fun.
by BenTC
Thu Oct 07, 2010 2:22 pm
Forum: News
Topic: More about EEStor
Replies: 24
Views: 6406

Damon Hill wrote:Never mistake motion for actual work.

That's why you carry a clipboard and look purposeful.
by BenTC
Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:19 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Tokamaks now proven SUCCESSFUL!
Replies: 70
Views: 11656

GIThruster wrote:Despite this, my twin brother the lawyer and chemist at J&J is a "research scientist".

Sometimes it seems everyone wants to be an engineer.
Just today I saw a job title Cost Engineer.
Now what the hell is that?
by BenTC
Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:16 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Tokamaks now proven SUCCESSFUL!
Replies: 70
Views: 11656

Theres only 10 kinds of people in the world.
by BenTC
Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Are we taking supercomputing code seriously?
Replies: 27
Views: 3357

As much as scientific results are put up for peer review, ideally any code used to process experimental data being equally subject to peer review. Unfortunately than may expose more intellectual property than a paper would. One of the big issues not mentioned in the article is understanding the doma...
by BenTC
Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:25 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Simple (?) Theoretical Question - Current
Replies: 15
Views: 4309

Just thinking out loud... How is the hole left in the source by emission filled ? Otherwise a positive charge will build up at the source and any emmitted electron will be drawn back to the source. How is the plate on the other side maintained at the same potential as the source? They must be electr...
by BenTC
Wed Sep 22, 2010 4:29 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Peak oil conspiracy spreads to compromised military
Replies: 30
Views: 9092

icarus wrote:academic naval gazing.

Double entendre?
by BenTC
Wed Sep 22, 2010 4:17 pm
Forum: Awareness
Topic: a guy in my limo
Replies: 8
Views: 8044

Stoney3K wrote:Even if the Navy project gets completely scrubbed (which I sincerely question), there will always be another party who gives it a shot. Whether it be a private company, hobbyist or research project.


Don't forget China - apparently building a power station a week.
by BenTC
Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:01 pm
Forum: Design
Topic: Storage of Experimental Data
Replies: 2
Views: 4157

That looks interesting. My work involves going to client sites a lot for commissioning support callouts. I've been considering having a doc-control system where each laptop has a local copy of client history and programs, so that you have everything you could possibly need when the heat is on. I lik...
by BenTC
Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:56 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Site that tracks website changes. Link to EMCs changes
Replies: 7
Views: 2167

+ Phase 3 being "in-design" for "full scale 100MW" - which I guess finalises previous discussions regarding 100MW versus 100mW. I never understood why anyone thought they would build a net-milliwatt-output machine. You'd have a hard time even measuring that against the necessary...
by BenTC
Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:54 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Is Mankind ready for "cheap and clean" energy?
Replies: 9
Views: 9853

Transmission costs are largely a 'fixed' cost, that is, you can deliver more electricity without the actual costs of maintaining the infrastructure going up much (well, maybe not completely - I'm sure there's some 'upper limit' on how much electricity the existing infrasctructure can deliver, and i...
by BenTC
Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:20 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Tax-payer funded basic research.
Replies: 125
Views: 15328

Who is to say that the Tang inventors couldn't have produced their drink with private funds? A similar product may well have been produced by private funds - but where was the incentive? And what is the ultimate benefit to the taxpayer if they have to pay to develop the technology and then pay agai...

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