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by clonan
Mon Nov 30, 2009 5:37 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Black Hole Starship
Replies: 11
Views: 4027

Skipjack wrote:Yeah, I dont know... You know maneuvering a black hole into position is not that easy a tast, I would assume.

So build the engine around it once it is formed...
by clonan
Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:35 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Turning heat to electricity... efficiently
Replies: 16
Views: 5718

I believe for an IC engine 1/3 of the energy is power out. 1/3 goes into the cooling water. 1/3 out the exhaust. Roughly. But isn't the "cooling water" third there just to remove excess heat from the engine? Why cant we use these systems as a way to extract heat directly from the engine or at the v...
by clonan
Sat Nov 14, 2009 12:57 am
Forum: Implications
Topic: Rocket thrust
Replies: 98
Views: 55658

MSimon wrote:
The shielding doesn't have to be a full 360 degree shield. Only passengers need to be shielded.
Unless you are trying to do a SSTO ship, powered by the polywell at launch...

The people on the ground might disagree with you...
by clonan
Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:59 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Rocket thrust
Replies: 98
Views: 55658

Mindblast,

Would you really want all that spattering on your grids?
by clonan
Thu Nov 05, 2009 4:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Space Elevator Games with Prizes - $2Mil
Replies: 18
Views: 5910

Hypersonic sky hooks never made any sense to me, how do you keep a rotation body up there if you're using up some of it's momentum to take additional space ships up? I've been following space elevators for nearly a decade and the physics for how that's a sustainable system has always been straight ...
by clonan
Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:59 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Polywell and the grid
Replies: 22
Views: 15024

Clonan, I have read both your long missives but don't find anything to counter my contention that a clean, non-varying source, like Polywell is hoped to be, will eliminate the need for a "Smart" grid. Might one still be developed? Sure, SG has become political, so logic doesn't pertain. But all the...
by clonan
Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:21 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Polywell and the grid
Replies: 22
Views: 15024

MSimon, Very interesting! I can definitely see New power plants being PB11 but we still will have a lot of legacy plants. Especially as the technology improves and higher B-Fields are easier to reach. As far as the water jacket, I have seen some designs that direct that water into the turbines to re...
by clonan
Thu Oct 22, 2009 3:42 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Polywell and the grid
Replies: 22
Views: 15024

clonan, Could you elaborate on: Quote: In addition, most BFRs will probably be D-D fusion with a thermal cycle rather than PB11 with direct conversion. PB11 due to scaling requirements will need to be large plants 1+ GW to be economical. I have been studying this for a while and never came across a...
by clonan
Thu Oct 22, 2009 2:47 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Polywell and the grid
Replies: 22
Views: 15024

Even under a subscription service a smart grid may still be necessary. I don't think it is likely that a subscription power plan will develop. The major reason is that half the cost of power is delivery. Even if BFR's reduced the cost of generating the power to almost nothing, the overall cost would...
by clonan
Mon May 04, 2009 9:17 pm
Forum: Design
Topic: Why Not Just Build The Darn Thing
Replies: 82
Views: 40043

Y'see, I reckon that what'll happen is that you'll get a thermalised plasma and out of those cusps will pop some high energy ions. So they'll beam into the sidewalls, embed themselves, then promptly have the next ion ram them up the ass, with which it will fuse. So I'm expecting to see fast-station...
by clonan
Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: Minimum Wage - From another topic
Replies: 43
Views: 8880

Yeah. Americans are less civilized. It is part of our charm. We prize individual liberty. A lot of folks find that attractive. Of course liberty is not for every one. Even a lot of Americans don't like it. Pity. I disagree...I think Americans are MORE civilized. I am an American and proud of it. I ...
by clonan
Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: Minimum Wage - From another topic
Replies: 43
Views: 8880

Not according to the figures I found. I found them hard to believe and double checked them. The please provide a link to your figures. I would be VERY interested in seeing them. Every reference I have seen over the last 25 years suggest that finance spends on conservative candidates at 2-4 times th...
by clonan
Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: Minimum Wage - From another topic
Replies: 43
Views: 8880

Let me see: they colluded with government to eliminate competition. They were not competing interests. Review your recent history. In almost every case Bush cut funding for regulation and transitioned to "self" monitoring. While Bush did add thousand of pages of regs, most of those were to provide ...
by clonan
Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: Minimum Wage - From another topic
Replies: 43
Views: 8880

Look at the results and tell me who is crazy. Yes lets... We are a superpower because we were the only industrialized nation NOT decimated by two world wars. We then manufactured the reconstruction for the world. We are not a superpower because of some inherent feature of American society. Lets loo...
by clonan
Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Minimum Wage - From another topic
Replies: 43
Views: 8880

The money backed Barack Obama during the election. AIG was one of his top contributors as were the majority of the banks. And donated an average of 3:1 to McCain over Obama. Of course AIG and bankers are going to be some of the largest single investors. When you have a wealth distribution like we d...