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by clonan
Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: Down side of electric cars?
Replies: 11
Views: 4099

Since the Electric vs ICE only covers the power train, all the labor associated with the frame and interior environment will stay the same.


I doubt there will be a huge decrease in labor costs for vehicles.
by clonan
Thu Nov 06, 2008 6:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Election results
Replies: 106
Views: 23713

Hasn't anyone seen the giant elephant in the room yet? I think it very likely that the Obama Administration will severely curtail defense spending. This happened under Clinton after the end of the 1st Gulf War, and now Obama is in a similar position. If you look at his proposals, almost all of the ...
by clonan
Sat Oct 18, 2008 7:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: and some more eestor news
Replies: 65
Views: 19462

Yes, and they tend to tip over more too. The original question was just whether they were safer in a collision with a smaller vehicle. Actually, the original question was are larger vehicles safer than smaller vehicles. The ability to avoid accidents certainly falls into that category. For instance...
by clonan
Fri Oct 17, 2008 7:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: and some more eestor news
Replies: 65
Views: 19462

Shrug. You can do all that in a large vehicle too -- and you can only mitigate so much risk from delta-v. All else being equal, it's better to be in the heavier vehicle. However larger vehicles are less manuverable. This means that you are more likley to actually be involved in an accident. Smaller...
by clonan
Fri Oct 17, 2008 5:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Thermodynamics of Economics
Replies: 19
Views: 6001

Re: The Thermodynamics of Economics

I'm really not refering to "Super Rich". I am refering to "Differential" hot spots. You have basically said the same thing i'm tring to say, but my essential point is that Economics cannot exist without some differentials. As you have mentioned, people have to want something to be induced to work f...
by clonan
Fri Oct 17, 2008 1:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Thermodynamics of Economics
Replies: 19
Views: 6001

So who can afford to buy a nuclear power plant? Or a coal fired one for that matter? Almost no one, even the super rich can't typically free up a billion dollars to spend without getting a return in 5+ years. HOWEVER I am personally fairly well off, about 100K family income and increasing. I can in...
by clonan
Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: and some more eestor news
Replies: 65
Views: 19462

Bouncing is not good for the stuff inside, which wants to keep moving in the original direction and has to somehow absorb some very nasty and sudden delta-v. I mean, it's better than being crushed obviously, but it's also better to be the bouncer than the bouncee. Which was danger number one in my ...
by clonan
Thu Oct 16, 2008 5:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: and some more eestor news
Replies: 65
Views: 19462

Yes, but everyone else is driving something of a certain mass, and we could average that. Above that average, you are generally safer, below it you are less safe. If I drive an M1A1 Abrams to work I am not likely to encounter anything else nearly as heavy. Not really. There are two primary dangers ...
by clonan
Thu Oct 09, 2008 2:48 pm
Forum: Design
Topic: Carbon Nanotube Fusor
Replies: 19
Views: 7006

hanelyp wrote:my figures might have indicated a merely huge scale, rather than HUGE.
So what is HUGE?
by clonan
Mon Oct 06, 2008 5:11 pm
Forum: Design
Topic: Carbon Nanotube Fusor
Replies: 19
Views: 7006

Spool to spool

What if we used a several thousand KM length of nano tube and simple spooled it through the chamber. As the thread heats up we simply move a new section into the chamber and cool the superheated portion outside the chamber. You could either do a spool to spool arrangement or do a closed loop. Since ...
by clonan
Fri Sep 26, 2008 3:07 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Fusors and p-B11
Replies: 22
Views: 7944

Roger wrote:
clonan wrote:
What electron would hit the grid?
The electrons that make up the potential well.

This is a Fusor design...there is no potential well...no wiffleball effect...

All electrons are confined to the conductor which is coated in B11
by clonan
Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:54 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Fusors and p-B11
Replies: 22
Views: 7944

It would melt from the electrons hitting the grid long before the well reached the necessary conditions for significant p-b11 fusion. Even 1% is way too high, and iirc they usually operate around 5% loss. What electron would hit the grid? If you meant protons then we don't have to inject any proton...
by clonan
Fri Sep 26, 2008 2:59 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Fusors and p-B11
Replies: 22
Views: 7944

Fusors and p-B11

I would like to pose a question to the page.... Could a Fusor type system reach p-B11 potential? I am thinking we could coat the grid with B11. Then when the injected protons hit the grid they can/will fuse with the boron. Am I missing something? This system seems like it would solve many of the Fus...
by clonan
Tue Aug 26, 2008 1:07 am
Forum: News
Topic: Any official news as of late July 2008?
Replies: 154
Views: 62095

I think October 6th will be the day...

It occured to me that if there was real success than Dr. Nebel may hold off reporting anything until the first anniversary of Dr. Bussards death.

Just a thought...
by clonan
Sat Aug 16, 2008 5:10 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: How do the great powers react if this works?
Replies: 34
Views: 16096

Can they stop it? Nonproliferation can't happen

Assuming the BFR works, I really don't see how anyone with reasonable manufacturing capabilities can be prevented from making these things. The BFR doesn't sound like it will [u]require[/u] special materials. Copper wiring for the magnets, aluminum/steel for the vacuum chamber, simple computers for ...