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by TallDave
Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:33 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Is the ABSENCE of news, news?
Replies: 56
Views: 9672

Re: Is the ABSENCE of news, news?

Interesting post classicpenny. There’s been enough time, people. The Polywell is not a difficult concept. I have to disagree. PhDs who have worked in the plasma field for decades have a very hard time understanding the nuances of a driven, non-LTE machine. In fact I would go so far as to say virtual...
by TallDave
Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:18 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Some guy at Google likes this
Replies: 11
Views: 2184

Re: Some guy at Google likes this

I can understand their hesitancy, there are some fundamental questions that cannot be answered from the publicly available data. And EMC2 probably prefers to work with the Navy. If the Navy decides to cut EMC2 loose, things might be different. As it stands, we don't really know how WB-8 is faring ex...
by TallDave
Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:34 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2658
Views: 459160

Re: Mach Effect progress

kurt9 -- My understanding of the generally accepted wormhole is that, assuming you could generate and sustain one, you would never be able to "travel back in time" except in a very limited sense. You could never travel to a time before the wormhole was created, and time would continue to p...
by TallDave
Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:12 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Dr. Joel Rogers Founded a company to build a Polywell
Replies: 15
Views: 5417

Re: Dr. Joel Rogers Founded a company to build a Polywell

Having looked at Fig 6, I think some of the criticism might be misguided -- I don't see any metal in the way of field lines. I'm not sure about the reflectors/scrapers, based on the photos I think Bussard's were much closer, which tended to suck ions out. At the very least we should learn some inter...
by TallDave
Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:57 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Dr. Joel Rogers Founded a company to build a Polywell
Replies: 15
Views: 5417

Re: Dr. Joel Rogers Founded a company to build a Polywell

Thanks for the Aussie slides! Interesting that there are so many WB-6 clones now. I agree, too many people seem to not know about Bussard's experience with closed systems, or are disregarding that. It's funny Joel would go that way, iirc his simulations suggested cusp-plugging from cold electrons. M...
by TallDave
Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:50 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: electron density and distribution
Replies: 18
Views: 5400

Re: electron density and distribution

I think Chacon's paper is still the gold standard on such distributions generally (not to say others haven't done some great work). Joel Roger's papers (presented at IEC conferences) are probably the best simulations of Polywells specifically (again, lots of good work by others). As Rick said, Chaco...
by TallDave
Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:21 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Recovery.Gov Project Tracker
Replies: 1822
Views: 789156

Re: Recovery.Gov Project Tracker

Which means IMO that WB is proven. Yes, I think the comments on confinement made that pretty clear as far back as WB-7. As Rick said, they can maybe live without ion focus, but without WB confinement they have nothing worth pursuing here and we should all move on. http://www.talk-polywell.org/bb/vi...
by TallDave
Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:06 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2658
Views: 459160

Re: Mach Effect progress

I don't think it requires any new theory. I haven't followed any of the latest discussion (due to time constraints) but I think the fact Jim has always said to do this math you need to use the tools or relativity is salient here. Way back in 2006, he told Paul and I "you can't do the math that...
by TallDave
Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:45 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Question: How is the electron not getting into the machine?
Replies: 105
Views: 15663

Re: Question: How is the electron not getting into the machi

I dont know what cross field diffusion is, so please explain this to me. My understanding is that reflection isn't 100%, there's a random walk that allows some fraction of electrons to skip all the way to the coils. Rick seemed to think it was hard to predict in Polywells. I don't know how to predi...
by TallDave
Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:00 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Crunching the numbers
Replies: 152
Views: 11441

Re: Crunching the numbers

Haha, NIF. "Now, if we can just figure out a way to set up these tests a billion times faster, we'll have clean energy! Maybe!" I fully realize that Obama could've adversely effected oil production at any time but hasn't Sigh. http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2013/03/03/obamas-war-on-...
by TallDave
Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:47 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2658
Views: 459160

Re: Mach Effect progress

In any case, Woodward's mass fluctuation equation doesn't seem to be dependent on the relative velocity of the "far-off active mass", and the local forcing shouldn't be either, so I don't know where such a dependence would come from... certainly if inertia itself were velocity-dependent, ...
by TallDave
Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:27 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Crunching the numbers
Replies: 152
Views: 11441

I think Acemoglu has it right -- for a few decades the Soviets grew despite their extractive political institutions (a lot of people thought they would surpass the United States by the 1990s) but ultimately extractive institutions create the wrong incentives while the inclusive political institution...
by TallDave
Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:20 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Can Anyone Confirm: Iran has invested 8 million???
Replies: 11
Views: 1918

That gave me a funny thought: Iranian scientist : Great news, Ayatollah! We have perfected the Polywell fusion process -- and it is cheaper than fission! That means our fission plants are now totally superfluous for energy production! Ayatollah : Kill the traitor. Burn his research. Blow up his lab....
by TallDave
Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:16 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Can Anyone Confirm: Iran has invested 8 million???
Replies: 11
Views: 1918

I just hope Mossad knows the difference between fusion and fission. :shock: There are easier ways to get neutrons. I assume this is basically a "look over here!" project to distract attention from their nuclear weapons research and let them say "see, our research is totally peaceful a...
by TallDave
Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:35 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2658
Views: 459160

I understand your point, but the basic point of the singularity idea is that in almost all cases the transition to singularity happens very fast at a certain point, forestalling the K-III stage. So, you might only get K-III civilizations in a few galaxies, and the light from those galaxies still ha...

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