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by quixote
Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: Lady Margaret Thatcher
Replies: 10
Views: 1416

Re: Lady Margaret Thatcher

I came across an alternative view from a UK libertarian and thought it might make an interesting contrast to the hagiographies we're seeing.
by quixote
Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:41 pm
Forum: News
Topic: John Slough gets NIAC PhaseII award!
Replies: 64
Views: 18629

Re: John Slough gets NIAC PhaseII award!

I thought this part was kind of cool.
The team had a sample of the collapsed, fist-sized aluminum ring resulting from one of those tests on hand for people to see and touch at the recent NASA symposium.
by quixote
Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: What Happens When We Run Out Of People To Tax
Replies: 14
Views: 2880

Re: What Happens When We Run Out Of People To Tax

Potentially Canada as well. Note the key phrase "conversion of certain bank liabilities into regulatory capital." The Government proposes to implement a bail-in regime for systemically important banks. This regime will be designed to ensure that, in the unlikely event that a systemically ...
by quixote
Thu Apr 04, 2013 1:27 am
Forum: News
Topic: Forbes - Fusion Crash Program Required
Replies: 63
Views: 16060

Re: Forbes - Fusion Crash Program Required

Maybe they got their domain suspended for providing false WHOIS info. Registrant ID:CR33058921 Registrant Name:Robert Bussard Registrant Organization:EMC2 Fusion Development Corporation Registrant Street1:PO Box 5943 Registrant Street2: Registrant Street3: Registrant City:Santa Fe Registrant State/P...
by quixote
Thu Apr 04, 2013 1:22 am
Forum: Administration
Topic: Web site becoming unresponsive more often
Replies: 35
Views: 20768

Re: Web site becoming unresponsive more often

I agree that a database issue seems like the most likely culprit, but given that it's been happening since the upgrade, my guess is that it's a difference in how this version of phpbb interacts with the database rather than an issue with the database itself. I run a few dozen sites myself, and I dre...
by quixote
Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:42 am
Forum: News
Topic: Forbes - Fusion Crash Program Required
Replies: 63
Views: 16060

Re: Forbes - Fusion Crash Program Required

chrismb wrote:It's obvious why someone would go after that sort of technology. Beats the crap out of fusion tech, eh?

Certainly, if you base your decisions on likelihood of financial gain.
by quixote
Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:32 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Forbes - Fusion Crash Program Required
Replies: 63
Views: 16060

Re: Forbes - Fusion Crash Program Required

djolds1 wrote:And totally off the grid, with its leading name having moved on. Not promising. :(

Check out this thread, djolds1. It offers some hope for those who took Nebel's leaving as a bad sign.
by quixote
Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:24 pm
Forum: Administration
Topic: Web site becoming unresponsive more often
Replies: 35
Views: 20768

Re: Web site becoming unresponsive more often

Seconded. In fact, I got an Internal Server Error after a 60 second hang when trying to reply to this post. The site's not unusable or anything, but the hangs are definitely annoying.

* edited to fix vague antecedent reference
by quixote
Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Our Current Economic Malady Explained
Replies: 19
Views: 2411

Re: Our Current Economic Malady Explained

It also completely ignores the fact that Europe and Japan's industrial capacity had been almost entirely obliterated and we were busy selling them everything they needed to rebuild it.
by quixote
Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:01 pm
Forum: News
Topic: 10KW LENR demonstrator (new thread)
Replies: 6351
Views: 951766

Re: 10KW LENR demonstrator (new thread)

FLs have been in use for decades. I would have been noticed I should think. Of course. Hopefully no one is taking this too seriously, given which thread we're in. It's just that when reading the article, it occurred to me that I don't know much about fusion with the higher Z elements, so I thought ...
by quixote
Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:29 am
Forum: News
Topic: 10KW LENR demonstrator (new thread)
Replies: 6351
Views: 951766

Re: 10KW LENR demonstrator (new thread)

Umm, how would ordinary fusion change the isotopic ratio of mercury? CFLs work with mercury vapor. If you did in fact get some kind of hot fusion, a natural consequence would be a change in the distribution of mercury isotopes. I haven't had a chance yet, but I thought it'd be interesting to look a...
by quixote
Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:26 pm
Forum: News
Topic: 10KW LENR demonstrator (new thread)
Replies: 6351
Views: 951766

Re: 10KW LENR demonstrator (new thread)

Larsen seems to see LENR everywhere. I suspect that he sees it in his cornflakes in the morning. How about this: http://cen.acs.org/articles/91/web/2013/02/Mercury-Fluorescent-Bulbs-Unique-Isotope.html If the isotopes have changed during usage, what other process could be going on besides LENR? Wha...
by quixote
Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:48 am
Forum: News
Topic: Rick Nebel Discussed DC Transformer Project in Los Alamos
Replies: 34
Views: 17790

Re: Rick Nebel Discussed DC Transformer Project in Los Alamo

Well, I would guess it does suggest that he expects a significantly greater chance the transformer thing will be viable than Polywell. I would suspect a viable Polywell is worth a lot more than $10B/year. I agree with both of these statements. However, there's no reason to think that he won't get a...
by quixote
Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:28 am
Forum: News
Topic: Rick Nebel Discussed DC Transformer Project in Los Alamos
Replies: 34
Views: 17790

Re: Rick Nebel Discussed DC Transformer Project in Los Alamo

Thanks, and good find, DeltaV. This is encouraging to me as it suggests an answer to the question of why Nebel would leave EMC if PolyWell was really viable.
by quixote
Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:17 am
Forum: News
Topic: i superconduct, u superconduct, we all superconduct.
Replies: 6
Views: 1587

Re: i superconduct, u superconduct, we all superconduct.

For the record, I didn't intend to become the spokesman for this thing, but for the sake of discussion I've made an attempt to put the room temperature resistivity of each line on the graph for you. Room temperature copper (per wikipedia): 1.678 × 10^-8 ohm meter Room temperature STO-SL (black bar i...

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