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Comment: Re:Thought that was obvious... ? (Score 1) 140

by 50000BTU_barbecue (#47774499) Attached to: Underground Experiment Confirms Fusion Powers the Sun

Fine, but it's still not a very high power density.

wiki:

"At the center of the Sun, theoretical models estimate it to be approximately 276.5 watts/m3,[55] a power production density that more nearly approximates reptile metabolism than a thermonuclear bomb"

I think this offends geeks because it shows that we will have to surpass those conditions to get fusion power to work on earth unless we can build cubic kilometer buildings to get a measly gigawatt of electricity.

Comment: Hope their IT got better (Score 1) 62

by 50000BTU_barbecue (#47729337) Attached to: UPS: We've Been Hacked

I worked for them about 20 years ago in customer service. My workstation was a PC running a terminal connected to an AS/400. I had to press ESC to do certain things. If I pressed ESC twice I went to the AS/400's menu where I could send broadcast messages and reset terminals.

They had to send someone from UPS in New Jersey as they refused to believe someone could access their holy system from a simple customer service terminal.

The rest of the stupidity I saw at that company fit with that experience.

Comment: Re:Good for China, goods for us (Score 1) 233

Well, another corrosive idea is that we keep being told how productive we are and how powerful our technology is, but we see very little benefit except for the top layer of society.

I just wonder how we were able to reduce our work week back in the 19th century with steam engines, but now we can't reduce the workweek again?

Comment: Good for China, goods for us (Score 1) 233

The socially corrosive mentality that one class of jobs, usually technical and electrical engineering, can be mercilessly outsourced needs to stop.
Lower-value service jobs like accounting, lawyers and notaries are immune to this phenomenon.
It's also good that more Chinese can earn better wages and hopefully benefit from the technology they are actually building.

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