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Comment: Steorn and Voodoo Science (Score 1) 828

by 1336 (#37875584) Attached to: 1 MW Cold Fusion Plant Supposedly To Come Online

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 2) 937

by 1336 (#37073100) Attached to: 8 Grams of Thorium Could Replace Gasoline In Cars
From the Wikipedia article quoted: "Sylvania was experimenting with large-scale production of thorium metal from thorium dioxide. Part of the process of shutting down this experiment was the reprocessing and burning of thorium metal powder sludges that went unprocessed during the experiment. It was during the incineration of this material that the explosion occurred."

Emphasis on "large-scale" and "burning". Chemical combustion of 8g of thorium is NOT going to get your car very far.

As has been mentioned more than a few times already, this is either a scam or delusion. See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steorn

Comment: Re:Where we should have been years ago already (Score 1) 387

by 1336 (#35077604) Attached to: China Starts Molten Salt Nuclear Reactor Project

This almost makes me cry:

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2009/12/ff_new_nukes/all/1

"Weinberg and his men proved the efficacy of thorium reactors in hundreds of tests at Oak Ridge from the â(TM)50s through the early â(TM)70s. But thorium hit a dead end. Locked in a struggle with a nuclear- armed Soviet Union, the US government in the â(TM)60s chose to build uranium-fueled reactors â" in part because they produce plutonium that can be refined into weapons-grade material. The course of the nuclear industry was set for the next four decades, and thorium power became one of the great what-if technologies of the 20th century."

Comment: Re:Aero (Score 1) 514

by 1336 (#34013080) Attached to: Ubuntu Moves Away From GNOME

>> what more do you want?

> Amiga OS. I miss it. Or if I can't have that, a clone of the Windows OS so I'm no longer locked into the Microsoft Monopoly when running MS software. Something like Wine but bigger.

Aside from the fact that it is still in alpha 12 years after it was started, what you're describing is ReactOS: http://www.reactos.org/

But FYI, so long as you need to run apps designed for "the Microsoft Monopoly", you will always be locked into it in.

Comment: Re:blah (Score 1) 615

by 1336 (#33156692) Attached to: Churchill Accused of Sealing UFO Files, Fearing Public Panic

Please see

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance#Addition_of_the_words_.22under_God.22
and
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elk_Grove_Unified_School_District_v._Newdow#Quotations_and_legal_detail

Quotations and legal detail From the 9th circuit hearing:

        * Decided - the 1954 insertion of "under God" was made "to recognize a Supreme Being" and advance religion at a time "when the government was publicly inveighing against atheistic communism"--a fact which (according to the court) the federal government did not dispute. The court also noted that when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the act which added the phrase "under God," he also announced "From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural schoolhouse, the dedication of our Nation and our people to the Almighty."

        * Judge Alfred Goodwin from the 9th Circuit remarked: "A profession that we are a nation 'under God' is identical, for Establishment Clause purposes, to a profession that we are a nation 'under Jesus,' a nation 'under Vishnu,' a nation 'under Zeus,' or a nation 'under no god,' because none of these professions can be neutral with respect to religion."

Comment: Re:How secure (Score 1) 491

by 1336 (#32871972) Attached to: Bitcoin Releases Version 0.3

They can be washed...

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/bizarre/7095561.html

"Low-denomination U.S bank notes change hands until they fall apart here in Africa, and the bills are routinely carried in underwear and shoes through crime-ridden slums. Some have become almost too smelly to handle, so Zimbabweans have taken to putting their $1 bills through the spin cycle and hanging them up to dry with clothes pins alongside their sheets and clothes."

Comment: Re:Inertial Dampeners??? (Score 1) 405

by 1336 (#32575382) Attached to: Inertial Mass Separate From Gravitational Mass?

Forget "cosmic dust"; at near-light speeds, even the occasional hydrogen atom becomes a menace. An excerpt from http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02/17/star_trek_scuppered/

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Professor William Edelstein of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine explained to New Scientist that while interstellar space has just a couple of hydrogen atoms per cubic centimetre, as the crew of the Enterprise hit the gas pedal, a compression effect would greatly increase the number of atoms hitting the spacecraft.

As the spaceship reached 99.999998 per cent of the speed of light, "hydrogen atoms would seem to reach a staggering 7 teraelectron volts", which for the crew "would be like standing in front of the Large Hadron Collider beam".

This is a very bad thing, because humans in the path of this ray would receive a dose of ionising radiation of 10,000 sieverts, and as Bones McCoy would doubtless confirm, the lethal dose is 6 sieverts.

The result? Death in one second.
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Comment: Collapse (Score 1) 452

by 1336 (#30259402) Attached to: Modeling the Economy As a Physics Problem

The ghost of Christmas future?
http://www.collapsemovie.com/

So if "Energy conservation or efficiency doesn't really save energy, but instead spurs economic growth and accelerated energy consumption." then the trick would be to create conservation/efficiency without spurring economic growth... so compensate with a tax at the same time?

e.g. mandate more fuel efficient cars and increase the tax on gasoline at the same time to make the average cost of driving cost/km the same in the future as it does now...

Comment: Its ok if you have a prostate... (Score 2, Informative) 18

by 1336 (#28568183) Attached to: Pornography Outlawed In Ukraine, Unless It's "Medicinal"

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn3942-masturbating-may-protect-against-prostate-cancer.html

"A team in Australia led by Graham Giles of The Cancer Council Victoria in Melbourne asked 1079 men with prostate cancer to fill in a questionnaire detailing their sexual habits, and compared their responses with those of 1259 healthy men of the same age. The team concludes that the more men ejaculate between the ages of 20 and 50, the less likely they are to develop prostate cancer."

Comment: Re:Oh noes! (Score 1) 311

by 1336 (#27969495) Attached to: Secret EU Open Source Migration Study Leaked

As the dad of a four year old who uses flash in Ubuntu Linux, I have to ask, what distro/version are you running?

In 9.04 (and for the last few releases as I recall), when Ubuntu encounters a flash file in Firefox for the first time, it *offers* to install Flash.

When you set up the system, you could install the flashplugin-installer package which downloads and installs it for you. If you enabled the Canonical Partner repository when you set it up, you can install adobe-flashplugin and then its all done.

Xvid would require a codec download; similar to the flash plugin, Ubuntu will offer to do that when you try to run an Xvid-encoded video file without the codec installed; alternately just installing a big batch of gstreamer plugins when you first set up the system will ensure you don't have to install codecs later (I would recommend: gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg, gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad, gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse, gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly, gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse).

DVDs are almost all encrypted and its a little more work; you need to add a suitable repository (Medibuntu) and install the libdvdcss2 package.

Now, if you can't be bothered to act as the OEM for your sons or invest a couple minutes figuring out how to help them, that's one thing, but this isn't 1999; Linux in general, and Ubuntu specifically, is easy to use and there's quite a lot of help available, e.g. http://ubuntuforums.org/

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