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by scareduck
Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:32 am
Forum: News
Topic: Tri-Alpha Rumor
Replies: 119
Views: 37112

It would be much simpler and cheaper to just breed the thorium into U233 in the reactor you are burning the U233 in. No need to bother with a fusion reactor. Uh huh, and where do you get the neutrons from? Yes you can breed fissile material in a fusion reactor, but it doesn't make any economic sens...
by scareduck
Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:38 am
Forum: News
Topic: Tri-Alpha Rumor
Replies: 119
Views: 37112

There is no point to a fusion/fission hybrid process. The only advantages of Fusion over Fission power generation are that it avoids the problems (mostly) of radioactive waste disposal and nuclear weapons proliferation. Soon as you start radiating fertile isotopes with the neutron flux you've negat...
by scareduck
Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:27 am
Forum: News
Topic: Polywell's current patent application.
Replies: 48
Views: 13065

scareduck wrote:Not. Helpful. Please give more details.
Actually, never mind. I figured it out.
by scareduck
Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Polywell's current patent application.
Replies: 48
Views: 13065

Aero wrote:Or it might be that they have learned enough new stuff to realize that the patent as applied for does not protect the important stuff well enough to be worth pursuing.
Then they could modify the application! But to abandon it?
by scareduck
Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:45 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Polywell's current patent application.
Replies: 48
Views: 13065

chrismb wrote:uspto.gov

It's all there, just work through the links...
Not. Helpful. Please give more details.
by scareduck
Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:50 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Polywell's current patent application.
Replies: 48
Views: 13065

Incidentally, chrismb, where specifically (URL and instructions because the USPTO website seems to have a lot of POST forms) were you looking when you made this discovery?
by scareduck
Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:36 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Polywell's current patent application.
Replies: 48
Views: 13065

MSimon wrote:[Dude. The key patent has expired. They are not called temporary monopolies for nothing.
It was a patent application. You can drag those things out forever. Patent trolls do exactly that.
by scareduck
Wed Nov 11, 2009 2:46 am
Forum: News
Topic: Polywell's current patent application.
Replies: 48
Views: 13065

The bid may include rights to a percentage share of wealth gained for the originating party. So the Navy may keep some funds, and if the contract is written for it, Nebel and co. may get a share as well. At least, that's how it works in acadamia, the sector of the public I'm in. I assume the Navy h...
by scareduck
Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:36 am
Forum: News
Topic: Polywell's current patent application.
Replies: 48
Views: 13065

It doesn't need venture funding. It has the US Navy. If it works the Navy will send out a quarter ton of specification and GE and Westinghouse and a consortium of subcontractors will bid on it. The Navy will pay for a five to twenty unit a year production line and the winner(s) of the bid will star...
by scareduck
Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:42 am
Forum: News
Topic: Polywell's current patent application.
Replies: 48
Views: 13065

One other thing: no private investor would touch the Polywell without some minimal patents filed. Unless there are more patents forthcoming, this represents the end of venture funding for the Polywell.
by scareduck
Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:40 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Polywell's current patent application.
Replies: 48
Views: 13065

Update: ... or maybe Nebel doesn't want a patent in somebody else's name. So many alternate explanations. But I'm very skeptical that Polywell is an answer to anything now. The assignee (the entity to whom the patent rights are [/would have been] granted) was EMC2. Yes, but from my dim memory of ho...
by scareduck
Tue Nov 10, 2009 9:54 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Polywell's current patent application.
Replies: 48
Views: 13065

I've just been on the USPTO portal: "NOTICE OF ABANDONMENT: Application 11/905,183, Applicant BUSSARD ET AL. "Office of Applicant's Representative confirmed upon telephonic request by examiner on 10/30/2009 that according to file information the application has been abandoned." Wow. If there's a mo...
by scareduck
Thu Nov 05, 2009 4:21 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Zero point energy, hu?
Replies: 83
Views: 23632

Anybody selling ZPE machines is a science crank, a fraudster, or both. I find it frankly disappointing that this subject keeps coming up here, and attracting so much interest. You need to read more, no one said anything about selling ZPE machines, just some theoretical work being done that's all. Y...
by scareduck
Wed Nov 04, 2009 9:00 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Zero point energy, hu?
Replies: 83
Views: 23632

Anybody selling ZPE machines is a science crank, a fraudster, or both.

I find it frankly disappointing that this subject keeps coming up here, and attracting so much interest.
by scareduck
Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:11 am
Forum: News
Topic: Rick Has A Word or two for sceptics.
Replies: 128
Views: 35663

Re: Rick Has A Word or two for sceptics.

Expensive paths to cheap energy? Example: sunlight is free and universally available. If the capital costs of installing solar to cover some sufficiently large area for a required energy level is too high, it's pointless to pursue solar energy;.... I may be misreading him, but I think Betruger's "E...