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by JohnSmith
Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Post-Scarcity Economics
Replies: 142
Views: 14210

...if we have a reason.
Just like Alaska!

I wish there more fab labs around, and we could work on finding the minimum equipment set.
by JohnSmith
Mon Dec 07, 2009 4:20 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Polywell In Europe Raising Funds
Replies: 143
Views: 18103

@D Tibbets
Just a note about toroidal/spherical confinement. A sphere cannot confine plasma without leaks.
by JohnSmith
Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Some thoughts on obama's jobs summit and the economy
Replies: 102
Views: 12438

Simon, are you serious? What one person cares about is not necessarily what another will care about. And besides, all politicians lie about campaign issues. Why pay attention to the lies? Jccarlton, you're asking why we should use your money to build something that doesn't help you, yes? Same logic ...
by JohnSmith
Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Is it fair for moderators to be promoting politics here?
Replies: 106
Views: 12204

He's got a Life of Brian quote, so I'd say tongue in cheek.
by JohnSmith
Sat Nov 28, 2009 12:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: Is it fair for moderators to be promoting politics here?
Replies: 106
Views: 12204

You're right, your response is just a No true Scottsman. How -you- define a conservative really doesn't matter. Unless you don't mind me saying, "hey, all those stupid things liberals do? That just means they're not liberal." Great. Argument ended. I guess we can go home now? Hmm, but I guess there'...
by JohnSmith
Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Is it fair for moderators to be promoting politics here?
Replies: 106
Views: 12204

Conservatives believe in Free Markets. Conservatives want to make money so that they can take care of themselves and their family and so they can aspire to have good things in their life. Conservatives undertake this task by using the free market system (capitalism) to create and grow businesses. A...
by JohnSmith
Fri Nov 27, 2009 4:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Is it fair for moderators to be promoting politics here?
Replies: 106
Views: 12204

Disagree with you on a lot of points there. Conservatives don't enter the government in self defense, they enter it for power and to 'stop the decay of society.' There are liberal libertarians as much as there are conservative libertarians. Liberal libertarians say big government bad, but keep the s...
by JohnSmith
Fri Nov 27, 2009 2:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Is it fair for moderators to be promoting politics here?
Replies: 106
Views: 12204

Ah, politics. I really hate politics, you know? And the labels confuse me. Are conservatives people who want religion, guns and big government? Or are they small government, pro science gun owners. Are liberals big government, social science hippies? or are they freedom for all, pro personal rights ...
by JohnSmith
Thu Nov 26, 2009 3:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Intel wants a chip implant in your brain
Replies: 23
Views: 3271

I'd be more interested in nerve taps along the spine - there's evidence to support a lot of processing related to motion and reflex is done outside of the brain. I guess I'd also need taps on the optic nerve and such... But attaching directly to my grey matter is probably out. I agree with kunk, it'...
by JohnSmith
Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: Mercury fillings
Replies: 15
Views: 2866

Maybe the mercury is what makes you constantly double post, Simon. It's generally considered bad form to reply to yourself. While I have no fact-based opinion on mercury fillings, I've seen plenty of products that were considered 'safe' for a long period turn out to be terrible for you. Pewter comes...
by JohnSmith
Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:12 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Windpower dying
Replies: 22
Views: 4331

Maybe I'm just confused, but isn't it reasonable to think that global warming could be responsible? I thought you guys were only disputing the cause of that warming.

And where did the solar minimum stuff come from? It certainly wasn't in the article.
by JohnSmith
Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What the Obots think of anybody who disagrees with them
Replies: 113
Views: 33319

Love the title of this thread, and the content. Because, you know, as of yet I have seen a hundred threads Obama bashing, and very few in support. I've never seen an 'obot' attacking anybody over anything. Maybe I just hang around the wrong parts of the internet? As of yet, I haven't seen him do any...
by JohnSmith
Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:43 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Space-based power
Replies: 74
Views: 11502

Simon, my solution was just a proof of concept. I'm 99% sure that there's a hundred better ways to implement it. I have seen a semiconductor fail explosively; In a class of 100 electrical engineers, you always end up with someone crosswiring things, usually to the highest power rail available. I jus...
by JohnSmith
Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:39 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Space-based power
Replies: 74
Views: 11502

No paper, but I'm not sure I see the problem. Just design a package with redundant diodes, and a circuit that cuts the whole package out of the bridge if a diode fails. The chances of two or more diodes failing simultaneously is pretty small. Even if somehow all of them do go, and all of them fail s...
by JohnSmith
Mon Apr 20, 2009 1:40 am
Forum: News
Topic: Space-based power
Replies: 74
Views: 11502

If that's the biggest problem, I'd say we're pretty much golden. It would be almost trivial to design a mass production diode that is guaranteed to fail open. And not insanely difficult to produce locating beacons on failed rectennas. There's some company trying to build 'smart dust' sensors for bor...