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by rjaypeters
Sat Apr 25, 2015 11:44 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2283
Views: 486222

Re: SpaceX News

Better to use the massive dampers currently employed at the top of skyscrapers. Much higher density than sea water (concrete or metals if you like) and no messy plumbing other than the hydraulics.
by rjaypeters
Sat Apr 11, 2015 1:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: Police Brutality Statistics
Replies: 163
Views: 27651

Re: Police Brutality Statistics

@GIThruster:

I had forgotten about Steadicams, but I don't want to carry all of that gear around with me in casual situations. By shoulder mounted, I should have specified sitting on my shoulder like a bird, but without the danger of poop.

I also understand Steadicam use is a difficult art.
by rjaypeters
Fri Apr 10, 2015 2:02 am
Forum: General
Topic: Police Brutality Statistics
Replies: 163
Views: 27651

Re: Police Brutality Statistics

I've seen apps which can automatically upload video to the cloud. Good plan when the police officers want to confiscate your phone, illegally, and delete the video you have lawfully recorded. I have read on-line efforts encouraging citizens to record police interactions which are going badly. Since ...
by rjaypeters
Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:58 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Something Funny About Elemental Boron - Disorder
Replies: 0
Views: 3111

Something Funny About Elemental Boron - Disorder

Chemist Discovers New Information About Elemental Boron "Boron's stable structure has disorder, and that was surprising to learn. Nature likes things more orderly," explains White, a professor with Dalhousie's Faculty of Science. "It is especially surprising that the disordered form r...
by rjaypeters
Sun Jan 25, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: News
Topic: EMC2 Polywell On the Ropes?
Replies: 38
Views: 18391

Re: EMC2 Polywell On the Ropes?

FWIW, EMC2 made it onto Yahoo this morning via NBF:

EMC2 Chief Scientist presents A Path to Electrostatic Nuclear Fusion

http://nextbigfuture.com/2015/01/emc2-c ... th-to.html

No new information I can see, though.
by rjaypeters
Thu Nov 20, 2014 3:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail?
Replies: 134
Views: 34647

Re: Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail?

From an old article: "Why Only One Top Banker Went to Jail for the Financial Crisis" - NY Times 30 April 2014 A summary from topic sentences: "American financial history has generally unfolded as a series of booms followed by busts followed by crackdowns." "The credit crisis...
by rjaypeters
Sat May 17, 2014 10:02 am
Forum: General
Topic: European Energy Independence from Russia
Replies: 17
Views: 1973

Re: European Energy Independence from Russia

Perhaps not such a big problem after all. Still, losing Russia's contribution in the middle of winter would be a problem... "The EU has diversified its sources of gas considerably since the 1990s. More than 80 per cent of the growth in imports now comes from countries other than Russia - especi...
by rjaypeters
Sun May 11, 2014 1:22 pm
Forum: News
Topic: LPP is crowdfunding fusion
Replies: 17
Views: 5974

Re: LPP is crowdfunding fusion

I gave $100.
by rjaypeters
Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: European Energy Independence from Russia
Replies: 17
Views: 1973

European Energy Independence from Russia

Is anyone in Europe talking about it seriously?

Since Russia supplies a lot of Europe's natural gas and oil, any organized resistance by the Western Europeans to Vladimir Putin's protection of the russophones in Ukraine is endangered by needing not to make the Russians too angry.
by rjaypeters
Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail?
Replies: 134
Views: 34647

Re: Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail?

I really don't want the guilty dead. Hit them where it hurts the most! JPMorgan Whistleblower Gets $63.9 Million in Mortgage Fraud Deal "(Reuters) - A whistleblower will be paid $63.9 million for providing tips that led to JPMorgan Chase & Co's agreement to pay $614 million and tighten over...
by rjaypeters
Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: Skynet is coming.
Replies: 798
Views: 173066

Re: Skynet is coming.

No, but neither are babies. These are first- or second-generation efforts at bio-mimicry of the aeronautical sort. The later generations may end up indistinguishable from their biological antecedents, at least from a distance. Ubiquitous surveillance, anyone? Imagine the possibilities! Drug wars won...
by rjaypeters
Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Skynet is coming.
Replies: 798
Views: 173066

Re: Skynet is coming.

Another autonomous insect drone: Dutch Scientists Flap to the Future with "Insect" Drone "This is the DelFLy Explorer, the world's smallest drone with flapping wings that's able to fly around by itself and avoid obstacles," its proud developer Guido de Croon of the Delft Technica...
by rjaypeters
Sat Feb 22, 2014 3:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: Skynet is coming.
Replies: 798
Views: 173066

Re: Skynet is coming.

Oh...shit.

Not one, but two guided bullets:

One from the clever boys and girls at Sandia National Lab and the other from DARPA:

http://www.guns.com/2012/07/26/exacto-d ... ed-bullet/

Never mind about not posting here, it is too late...
by rjaypeters
Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail?
Replies: 134
Views: 34647

Re: Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail?

Too big to fail =>Too big to jail. "But I am concerned that the size of some of these institutions becomes so large that it does become difficult for us to prosecute them when we are hit with indications that if we do prosecute — if we do bring a criminal charge — it will have a negative impact...
by rjaypeters
Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Skynet is coming.
Replies: 798
Views: 173066

Re: Skynet is coming.

It's past time to stop posting on this subject! With Diogenes last find, Skynet will have the penultimate technology needed to create Terminators. The remaining, of course, is energy storage with sufficient energy and power density... Let's hope we don't provide that also. In another vein, the USN i...

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