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by Billy Catringer
Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: Minimum Wage - From another topic
Replies: 43
Views: 6755

The please provide a link to your figures. I would be VERY interested in seeing them. In truth, I should have demanded that you supply the source for your figures. You are the one making the unfounded assertions. However, since you asked, this is one of the sites I consulted. I'll let you dig aroun...
by Billy Catringer
Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:51 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Meteoric debris found in Nubian Desert
Replies: 0
Views: 1100

Meteoric debris found in Nubian Desert

http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2009 ... orite.html

I hate this kind of article. There is just enough information in it to make you grind your teeth in frustration.
by Billy Catringer
Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Minimum Wage - From another topic
Replies: 43
Views: 6755

And donated an average of 3:1 to McCain over Obama. Not according to the figures I found. I found them hard to believe and double checked them. Another popular myth that I believed true melted before my very eyes. The truth is, the ratio was about 3 times as much was donated to President Obama's ca...
by Billy Catringer
Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Minimum Wage - From another topic
Replies: 43
Views: 6755

Most of the name I heard about were dyed in the wool republicans. I am not saying that only GOP supporters are crooks. Greed knows no political party. But I am saying that the majority of people in the position of being ABLE to commit fraud are right leaning (very well proven). The firms these peop...
by Billy Catringer
Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:53 pm
Forum: Design
Topic: Toroids with Wing-Like Internal Structure.
Replies: 51
Views: 20223

Thanks, Keith. You may well have just saved me a bunch of time spent digging.
by Billy Catringer
Mon Mar 23, 2009 5:19 am
Forum: Design
Topic: Learning Blender
Replies: 12
Views: 4599

Old, and not directly related to Blender, but invaluable for those working in 3D with any and all software:

http://books.google.com/books/download/ ... xba6bhwjUg
by Billy Catringer
Sun Mar 22, 2009 4:36 pm
Forum: Design
Topic: Toroids with Wing-Like Internal Structure.
Replies: 51
Views: 20223

I revised the ribs on this thing yesterday and finally made meshes with as many holes as possible to render properly. I am going to revise it all again today because now I am convinced that Aluminum 5083-O will work in this location, but I will have to make the internal members thicker. They have to...
by Billy Catringer
Sun Mar 22, 2009 4:24 pm
Forum: Design
Topic: Here lies the critical path!
Replies: 15
Views: 5871

The question is important. It ought to be studied. It is not currently on the critical path. Look at it this way: if an operating prototype has a real Q of 2 then a 3X to 5X improvement is a big deal. If the Operating Q is 10 or above a Q improvement of 3X to 5X does not gain you much. OTOH reactor...
by Billy Catringer
Sun Mar 22, 2009 4:42 am
Forum: Design
Topic: Here lies the critical path!
Replies: 15
Views: 5871

Okay, Chief. I thought it over and decided I was wrong. I'm not far wrong, but I'm wrong. Nuff said.
by Billy Catringer
Sun Mar 22, 2009 4:38 am
Forum: Design
Topic: Dodec Magnetic field?
Replies: 77
Views: 19342

Not sure what you're getting at here, (motor shop in India?). I was just answering Aero's "other question" about the minimum size of an SC coil. Didn't mention a dodec, but the same process I would use to wind my bowed cubocto could be used to wind a bowed icosadodec. Either way, the size...
by Billy Catringer
Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:47 pm
Forum: Design
Topic: Dodec Magnetic field?
Replies: 77
Views: 19342

Just remember that you have to hold it in place without it wobbling around and that you have to pump coolant through it in the face of 3000+C. Winding the coil, whatever shape you choose, is the easy part. So true, but if you can't build it, you can't cool it. I don't doubt that a coil for a dodeca...
by Billy Catringer
Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:43 pm
Forum: Fund-Raising
Topic: Shovel ready?...
Replies: 26
Views: 27870

Re: Holy grail vs Raising Sail.

I'm still waiting for the Navy to be required to "raise sail" on Nimitz class Carriers occasionally, to use wind as "part of the mix" because "there are no silver bullets" when it comes to energy. Given the materials we have today, we probably could build a square rigg...
by Billy Catringer
Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:33 pm
Forum: Design
Topic: Dodec Magnetic field?
Replies: 77
Views: 19342

That does bring up another question, though. I read somewhere (I think on this site) that there is a minimum size (radius) for superconducting coils. That is, a vendor was quoted as saying that the coils would be very hard to make if the radius of the coil was less than, IIRC, one meter. Is that st...
by Billy Catringer
Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:25 pm
Forum: Design
Topic: Here lies the critical path!
Replies: 15
Views: 5871

Re: Here lies the critical path!

Doesn't it look grand, on a piece of paper?! Too grand by two orders of magnitude. So, just a couple of initial questions, a) isn't this presuming the dimensions of the paper, viz. 2-D? How do you take a 3D emission of particles and get them all streaming out in a plane? b) how do you get them stre...
by Billy Catringer
Sat Mar 21, 2009 4:56 am
Forum: Design
Topic: Toroids with Wing-Like Internal Structure.
Replies: 51
Views: 20223

Same thing with the parts spread out a bit and with the SC Core and the electrical insulation removed.

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