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by CaptainBeowulf
Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: Hollywood caves in to China
Replies: 18
Views: 4654

Well, frankly the original Red Dawn was pretty silly as well. At no point was the Soviet Union capable of air dropping an entire army into the American midwest, nor was the U.S. capable of air dropping an entire army into Siberia or the Moscow area. Invasions across the Bering Strait, into Alaska or...
by CaptainBeowulf
Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: UFOs
Replies: 1
Views: 568

UFOs

Please discuss UFOs, aliens, bigfoot and Elvis Presley sightings here, don't drag Talk Polywell's last remaining on-topic active thread off-topic (the M-E thread over in News). I'm sure that somehow the war on drugs, gay marriage and climate change will turn out to be connected to UFOs and bigfoot t...
by CaptainBeowulf
Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:33 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2691
Views: 876432

I think it's his extrapolation that "such a device, tethered to a rotating wheel, can at some tangential velocity produce mechanical power in excess of the energy fed to it" which concerns him. At that point, the device could basically suck energy/increase entropy in the rest of the universe in orde...
by CaptainBeowulf
Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:08 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2691
Views: 876432

The alien civilizations using M-E = dark energy/entropic death of the universe also reminds me of the Star Trek episode, late in the TNG series IIRC, that warp drive was damaging the fabric of space-time, threatening to rip holes in reality or something.
by CaptainBeowulf
Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:28 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Can proton share its charge with neutron?
Replies: 2
Views: 7428

MSimon, I think you're forgetting about your caretaking duties... (above post is some sort of French language spambot - as far as I can tell at least some of what it says is gibberish, the main point it seems to return to repeatedly is about women's shoes)
by CaptainBeowulf
Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:24 am
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2691
Views: 876432

I'm pretty certain that we made the accelerating expansion joke within the last year or two... it's probably between 10 to 20 pages back in this same thread...
by CaptainBeowulf
Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:19 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2691
Views: 876432

By the universe not allowing the transistor to stay "on," I mean something analogous Hawking's chronological protection conjecture: although it's mathematically possible to make the device function like a source of free energy locally, just as it's possible to mathematically create closed timelike c...
by CaptainBeowulf
Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:06 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2691
Views: 876432

Tom, in terms of the entropy argument Jurek Dędor on the other forum said that: It does not create energy. It imports it. Pretty much like a heat pump that "makes" more heat than electricity going in it would account for. Although the act of importing it does reduce entropy locally, it is probably c...
by CaptainBeowulf
Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:39 am
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2691
Views: 876432

Overall, I would say that what is described in the paper is a refreshingly interesting and rigorous continuation of study of the Mach effect which may well lead to experimental confirmation of ideas about inertia and further our understanding of physics. I'm glad to see this proceeding nicely as gen...
by CaptainBeowulf
Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:48 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Fusion: The quest to recreate the Sun’s power on Earth
Replies: 1
Views: 2085

Say what you will about the Europeans or the wisdom of spending $$$ on tokamak research, but I do like their style in the way they bury huge physics experiments in the bedrock of France and Switzerland :D
by CaptainBeowulf
Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:59 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Army UFO
Replies: 24
Views: 6328

Yes, after all, we never used observation balloons before, did we? And I guess that the Brits didn't build plywood tanks to fool the Germans in the desert in 1942, and that the Allies didn't create a fake army under Patton in the spring of 1944 to make the Germans think that the Normandy landing was...
by CaptainBeowulf
Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:08 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX's Dragon capsule captured by ISS
Replies: 249
Views: 48564

At least I know that accuission of ground targets is quite difficult tasks. If that would be easy, US would destroy all moving targets before they will not touch US ground forces with the help of Air Forces and artillery. For what you have tanks, anti-tank missiles. etc. I have not any intend to go...
by CaptainBeowulf
Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:26 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX's Dragon capsule captured by ISS
Replies: 249
Views: 48564

Testing new materials and gaining data about the airframe's flight characteristics is a very useful thing for X37 to be doing right now. Also, I think the Air Force is reasonably proud of it - it's not just that they can't hide Atlas launches - since they can't hide them, they go ahead and issue pre...
by CaptainBeowulf
Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:05 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX's Dragon capsule captured by ISS
Replies: 249
Views: 48564

Next-gen shuttle already exists. It's called X-37. The airframe design scales. The first test articles were the X-40. Reportedly the X-37 is 120% the size of the X-40. Supposedly the X-37C will be around 160 to 180% the size of the original, and mount atop an Atlas V. It could conceivably go bigger....
by CaptainBeowulf
Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: Low-Effort Thought Promotes Political Conservatism
Replies: 23
Views: 4567

We finally know why Diogenes is fine with liquor but against other recreational drugs - booze makes people conservative!!!! :twisted: Actually, I tend to agree with Diogenes... in my purely subjective experience, many people these days seem actually too scared of being shunned to express strongly ri...