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by hanelyp
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: Skynet is coming.
Replies: 799
Views: 208971

Re: Skynet is coming.

Presuming the laser gun does work, mirrors. Retro-reflector corner cubes even. Or for improvised protection, aluminum foil, shiny side out.
by hanelyp
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: Anarchy?!?!?
Replies: 4
Views: 8487

Re: Anarchy?!?!?

Local self government.
by hanelyp
Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: News
Topic: Forbes Article on Fusion
Replies: 4
Views: 7116

Re: Forbes Article on Fusion

I don't think there's room for my opinion of the USPTO to drop any further. What moron would approve that patent?
by hanelyp
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Forbes Article on Fusion
Replies: 4
Views: 7116

Re: Forbes Article on Fusion

AGNI focuses a beam of ions, which is half of the fuel, onto a solid target which is the other half of the fuel. As far as I can make out this is beam-target fusion, not beam driven inertial confinement. Everything I've seen about that approach is not favorable to net fusion gain. And the described...
by hanelyp
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2285
Views: 583286

Re: SpaceX News

ladajo wrote:Next up is a block V I think. I believe NASA wants SpaceX to launch 10 of them prior to authorizing manned certification.
Contrast with the SLS, "designed for manned flight", but unlikely to even have half that many launches, if it flies at all.
by hanelyp
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: Skynet is coming.
Replies: 799
Views: 208971

Re: Skynet is coming.

Sounds like Eliza with voice recognition.
by hanelyp
Tue May 29, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: News
Topic: The list of duds
Replies: 17
Views: 18378

Re: The list of duds

Can you unpack what you mean with "short term" beyond "5 seconds". Also, "high capacity storage"? I recall articles from the late 1970s, early 1980s, when it was hoped that advanced flywheels could match batteries for energy capacity, and hold it for hours or even days. Anticipated applications inc...
by hanelyp
Tue May 29, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: News
Topic: The list of duds
Replies: 17
Views: 18378

Re: The list of duds

Flywheels have applications. They do great for surge delivery of mechanical energy. The high energy density flywheels intended to replace large batteries haven't delivered the combination of attributes to compete for that purpose. Battery tech having advanced at the same time the flywheels were rese...
by hanelyp
Wed May 23, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2285
Views: 583286

Re: SpaceX News

The falcon 9 or heavy do not fulfill the mars/ moonraker 8) roll that NASA has envisioned. I will take the support of a government to have a new colony on mars and I feel the BFR is the only way NASA will get on board with the program. Once NASA figures out they can launch probes using the BFR they...
by hanelyp
Wed May 23, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: News
Topic: Tokamak Energy news
Replies: 107
Views: 107872

Re: Tokamak Energy news

crowberry wrote:... as long as tokamaks are the best performing devices around. ...
Tokamaks are also the largest and most expensive devices around, by large margin.
by hanelyp
Fri May 11, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2285
Views: 583286

Re: SpaceX News

If a second stage is recoverable, return to launch site about a day after liftoff isn't difficult. Just wait in orbit until the launch site again approaches the orbital ground-path. Return to launch site after a single orbit is harder, especially from high inclination orbits. Recovering a second sta...
by hanelyp
Mon May 07, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Molten-Salt Reactor Experiment - video
Replies: 1
Views: 7687

The Molten-Salt Reactor Experiment - video

This film was produced in 1969 by Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the United States Atomic Energy Commission to inform the public regarding the history, technology, and milestones of the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment (MSRE). Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Molten Salt Reactor Experiment was desi...
by hanelyp
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Design
Topic: some options in plasma simulation
Replies: 1
Views: 7322

some options in plasma simulation

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Particle-in-cell#Electromagnetic_particle-in-cell_computational_applications A mix of codes, under various licenses. Seems to be an emphasis on laser / plasma interaction in the listed codes. Documentation isn't entirely clear for setting up simulations for some of the...
by hanelyp
Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Administration
Topic: possible legislative threat
Replies: 3
Views: 22270

possible legislative threat

Are the server or administrators of this site in California? https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB1424 This bill would require any person who operates a social media, as defined, Internet Web site with a physical presence in California to develop a strateg...
by hanelyp
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!
Replies: 981
Views: 209243

Re: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!

Diogenes wrote:This man speaks for me.

https://youtu.be/6dZn0D_9VY8
BRAVO!