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by dnavas
Sun Sep 28, 2008 4:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: Article: 60% of oil price is speculation
Replies: 150
Views: 33589

stop blaming "Greed". You might as well blame rainbows. "greed" is responsible a lot like gravity is responsible for the death of someone who took a long walk off a short balcony.... Greed and Fear are the operative forces in the market, so yeah, I admit to a certain glibness th...
by dnavas
Fri Sep 26, 2008 7:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Article: 60% of oil price is speculation
Replies: 150
Views: 33589

That and the elimination of proof-of-income requirements, IIRC, a creation of Phil Gramm's. I really doubt that. Gramm's name comes up mostly in lefty blogs due to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act which partially repealed Glass-Steagall (I mentioned that above). It intersects with CRA in an amusing way, ...
by dnavas
Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Article: 60% of oil price is speculation
Replies: 150
Views: 33589

>>>"I" think the main fault lies with governmental meddelling by the same people who set the bad example of pilling debt on top of debt.

Oh, we can definitely agree on that!

-Dave
by dnavas
Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Article: 60% of oil price is speculation
Replies: 150
Views: 33589

Obviously you are unfamiliar with the hue and cry over redlining and "The Community Redevelopment Act". That would be an incorrect assumption. It's called the Community Reinvestment Act, and it's been on the books since Carter. The hue and cry is clearly political in nature, and the data ...
by dnavas
Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Article: 60% of oil price is speculation
Replies: 150
Views: 33589

dnavas, The government forced banks to issue unsound loans. The federal government did not force banks to accept liar (unstated income) loans. The market did. When all the upstarts are accepting them, then you do as well, or you go out of business. In fact, Freddie and Fannie were prevented by law ...
by dnavas
Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Article: 60% of oil price is speculation
Replies: 150
Views: 33589

That's a completely unfair assesment. My understanding of the current economic crisis is that it is the result of people defaulting on sub prime mortgages. It appears that under pressure from the government, loans were given to people who never should have gotten them, and could not pay them back. ...
by dnavas
Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Article: 60% of oil price is speculation
Replies: 150
Views: 33589

dnavas, The cow thinggie: it is referred to as "The Tragedy of the Commons". What causes it? No one owns the commons. It is not a failure of the market. Awesome! I'll probably forget what it's called in another half dozen days, but I appreciate the pointer. And highly ironic the context I...
by dnavas
Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Article: 60% of oil price is speculation
Replies: 150
Views: 33589

>>> Market forces are driven by people who freely choose to spend their money as they see fit. Sometimes these people do foolish things in excersizing their freedom to wastefully burn fossil fuels, but the market will punish them eventually and Nature will put things right. <<< Ah, if only that were...
by dnavas
Mon Aug 11, 2008 3:38 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New Energy Reports the Latest
Replies: 59
Views: 15509

ravingdave wrote:(sorry about the length. I could go on for hours.)


Folks, is this really a News thread?

-Dave
by dnavas
Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:16 am
Forum: News
Topic: More EEStor news
Replies: 40
Views: 14472

The greater the peak output the more closely they have to be mixed. Agreed. I would restate your original as high w/kg is not conducive to stability. Agreed batteries carry both an oxidizer and a reducer, which makes them marginally less safe than a fueled vehicle (and heavier). The trick is to hav...
by dnavas
Tue Aug 05, 2008 8:10 pm
Forum: News
Topic: More EEStor news
Replies: 40
Views: 14472

Batteries are going to be a problem in accidents since they can release a significant fraction of their energy in under a second. That is explosive. It's all chemical reactions, whether it's gasoline or lithium. Gasoline vaporizes, whereas lithium ... The problem with lithium batteries (at least mo...
by dnavas
Mon Jul 07, 2008 1:09 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Where's the beef?
Replies: 132
Views: 32689

TallDave, maybe only 20 to 50 mill for a 160cm device. Actually proof of scaling can come far cheaper, WB-6 has 30cm coils, build one double the size, 70cm, and we should hope to see 128x the output. I think that might be done for 3-5 million. Easy. Scaling is not the only concern, though, surely? ...
by dnavas
Mon Apr 28, 2008 4:01 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Another KOS Diary On IEC/Bussard
Replies: 50
Views: 21738

However, as far as the plasma is concerned these are steady-state discharges. The 100 microsecond to 1 millisecond discharges are longer than any of the plasma timescales. Consequently, the physics learned should have application to steady-state devices. Hmm, well, ELMs seem to occur at a much slow...
by dnavas
Thu Apr 24, 2008 9:55 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Picture Of WB-7 Fusion Test Reactor Available
Replies: 57
Views: 20536

They look at the Polywell and see an idea that they think they laid to rest a long time ago and now it's threatening to cut off their funding even though they think it has no merit. Sure, though it's hard to see how $2M can be viewed as much of a threat. They may have even been right -- that Polywe...
by dnavas
Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:40 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Picture Of WB-7 Fusion Test Reactor Available
Replies: 57
Views: 20536

rnebel wrote:If it is OK with you, I may chime in from time to time on your blog. However, this is your forum and I don't want to stick my nose in too heavily.


Err. Wanted: rnebel.nose

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