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Comment: Re:Completely useless for me. (Score 1) 155

by sillybilly (#47444259) Attached to: Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster
Immersion heaters are mostly high voltage, and it's not safe, unless the insulation stays intact. Let it glow red hot in open air when you forget to stick it into the water, and watch the insulation get damaged, and the whole pot of water become hazardous high voltage. I was talking about a 2 V immersion heater. It's not that complicated, and 2 V is safe, but the 2500 Volts in the microwave arc youtube video up there, that is not safe.

As far as cooking dogs goes, I'm halfass vegetarian, I haven't prepared meat for home consumption since like 2009, and then too it was like boloni sandwiches. I did buy chinese takeout chicken twice this year, and ate it at home, and maybe some pepperoni pizza I ate at home, but I haven't made anything out of meat ingredients at home. I eat a lot of eggs though, in fact 15 minutes ago I just ate an egg salad I made from 7 boiled eggs, half a stick of butter, half an onion, and spices.

Comment: Re:It's not a bundt pan (Score 1) 155

by sillybilly (#47444153) Attached to: Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster
You must have a large family, or you save up a lot of dishes to justify using a dishwasher. Dishwashers make sense in a restaurant, or at a public gathering, to save time and mass-process things, but for yourself at home, come on, the few dishes that you use you can hand clean just fine.

Comment: Re:Improving cooking is not easy. (Score 1) 155

by sillybilly (#47444131) Attached to: Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster
The low melting point of aluminum is why I stay away from aluminum kitchenware. Also acids can attack aluminum, and solubilized aluminum, staying at low pH in the stomach and in solution, has been linked to some Alzheimer type things, weakly, in a highly statistically uncertain way. Aluminum is everywhere, in pottery, dirt, but it does not dissolve at biological pH's, and once it's dissolved, even if it's precipitated back into a fine flocc, it will redissolve much easier in that fine, uncrystallized/amorphous, high energy state, than in its original, low energy stable state. If the flocc has time to age and crystallize - say weeks or months, then it's safer again. By the way pay attention to Dill Pickle jar list of ingredients, as some have "alum" in it (usually the non-kosher ones), and alum, or KAl(SO4)2, potassium aluminum sulfate, is a form of dissolved aluminum. Alum is good for neutral pH water treatment where it floccs out and carries particulates and hangs up on a filter, leather tanning, and even as an after shave stone to close shaving cuts, but it's not a good idea to ingest it. Aluminum is extremely insoluble at pH 7, neutral, but becomes soluble at acidic pH 5 or lower, or caustic pH 9-10 or higher.

I use stainless steel as my favorite for everything, but cast iron is ok for certain things, such as skillets, the heavy gauge maintains uniform slow frying temperature, next enameled regular iron, next copper pots (that hopefully don't have too much green patina on them, but they are too expensive, otherwise they'd e more favorite.)

Comment: Re:Pressure Cookers are faster and the most effici (Score 1) 155

by sillybilly (#47444059) Attached to: Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster
A pressure cooker cooks faster by boiling slower. If water boils at 90C instead of 100C, (say 190F instead of 212F) it boils faster, but keeps whatever you're trying to cook at a lower temperature, and because of that, the cooking time lengthens. This is an issue at high altitudes where air pressure is low, say 700 mmHg instead of 760 mmHg (or 12 psi instead of 14 psi at sea level) and the boiling bubbling equalizing pressure is reached at 90C instead of 100C at sea level. A pressure cooker is like taking a pot up high on the mountain, and carrying it deeper to sea level, or even below: it increases the boiling temperature by increasing the pressure inside the pot. The end result is 110C (230 F) boiling water, and in the higher temperature everything cooks faster, including eggs, pasta, veggies, etc. That is how a pressure cooker is more efficient in cooking, not by better heat transfer, but by creating a higher temperature, faster cooking environment inside itself. That's a lot of energy savings. However, ever since the Boston marathon bombing manhunt, the authorities don't like people buying pressure cookers.

Comment: Re:Completely useless for me. (Score 1) 155

by sillybilly (#47443597) Attached to: Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster
It's me again, the other idea to avoid overheating is just to use two microwave transformers each with their own heating coil going at half rated capacity, or hook them up parallel to the same heating coil, but then one might go unbalanced from the other, sharing, say 40%/60% of the amp load, instead of 50/50.

Comment: Re:Completely useless for me. (Score 1) 155

by sillybilly (#47443467) Attached to: Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

By the way the above video is not for 2 V modding, but using the microwave transformer as is, in its high voltage state. However it highlights a major issue, that is the transformer itself overheating, and the fan in the microwave cools both the transformer and the microwave generating magnetron. So at the very least you'd have to have a fan blowing on your transformer connected to some metal heatsink, or, better, have a bulkier, more heavy duty transformer that's rated up by, say a safety factor of 5, to 10,000 watts and use that at the low 1800 W.

Comment: Re:Completely useless for me. (Score 1) 155

by sillybilly (#47443389) Attached to: Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster
I live in the US and open flame cooking is not allowed where I live, in fact some are trying to say that no cooking is allowed to make me go out and blow all my dough on restaurants, but I use electric cooking.

I use a microwave for potatoes, a hotplate for frying then cooking rice, and for eggs either a microwave to make omelets in like 2.5 minutes babysitting it, or I have a Crofton egg-cooker that cooks slowly while I eat and makes a batch of 7 boiled eggs I keep in the fridge for next time. I bought mine for a lot less on sale a few years back. The nice thing is that an alarm goes off when it's done, so you don't have to babysit it like the microwave or hotplate, which, if you go on the internet and leave them running, will fill your place with smoke and set off the smoke alarms. Never ever leave the hotplate, unplug the hotplate when done. The microwave at least has a timer that cuts off even if it turns on by accident, plus it makes a lot of noise and the lights are on, but a hotplate can be very stealthy and sly, so keep it unplugged as soon as you're done.

I was trying to boil some city tap water the other day in this 5 gallon pot, to see if it can be made drinkable - btw George Carlin says that he's amused how everywhere he goes, people don't trust their public utility supply water for drinking. It took forever to get it to boil, and I assume it was mostly due thermal conduction resistance and contact between the hotplate and the pot. The hotplate sounds like it keeps self-regulating the temperature, and it cuts off if the heating elements overheat, then turns back on, then cuts off, etc., you can hear it click as it rubs under the pot as it suddenly thermally expands and gets glowing red hot, then it cools back to black, then goes red again. So against this on/off bullshit I was thinking about doctoring a microwave transformer like it shows on this page, and just dipping the about to melt red-hot copper wire directly inside the pot - that should get a lot of heat transfer. The transformer is kind of an impedance-matching device between the 2V / 800A heating section and the 110V / 16A wall socket. 2 volts on a #2 AWG gauge copper wire is kind of safe against electric shocks, just be careful what you touch it against, not to melt it or instantly vaporize it. In fact 0.25 volts and really fat copper or silver bars might be even better. Unfortunately boiling coffee and soup might be difficult with this, as the suspended solid stuff might cake and char onto the heating element if dipped directly into the soup, so you'd need some kind of large fin setup that covers the whole volume of the pot with fins for large surface area direct heat transfer, and an incandescent bulb light dimmer variable resistor on the wall socket side of the transformer to regulate power input slowed down to whatever still works. But for clean water going with 2V and 800 Amps through a #2 gauge of #0 or #00 copper wire coil is probably as fast as you can get that 1800 watts of power into the water at full wattage, instead of cutting on and off. By the way 1800 watts is your maximum allowed energy out of the wall socket, the transformer doesn't magically change that, it only makes the heat transfer more efficient by lowering the voltage to 2 volts or less and direct conduit contact with the water. You can't really stick a 110 V heating element into the water, because the pot will shock you, plus the electricity will bypass the high resistance heating element and go directly through the water, causing a short and blowing your fuse on the whole house or more like throwing your circuit breakers that need to be reset.

Comment: Re:Moby Dick ain't got no Porta Potty (Score 1) 222

by sillybilly (#47443015) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water
By the way no -40 F rated sleeping bag from Walmart is gonna keep you comfortable even at +30 F, that rating is all just bullshit. However, if you can get XXL size ones, and you can fit two -40F rated ones inside each other, that will keep you very comfortable and sleeping like a baby even at +20F. Just remember to cover your head, and have like a foot of narrow air passage, that functions like a Stirling engine copper gauze heat recuperator, just by the walls of the narrow air passage, and the CO2 you exhale goes out more by diffusion than flow, and oxygen the opposite direction, exchanging heat and temperature on their pass by each other and the walls. This way you don't inhale chilling air that, regardless how well insulated and even sweating you are, will still make you sick and frost bite your nostrils and air passages. That's how eskimos chill, naked with their soft women under fur blankets, with their heads covered, and breathing through a small opening. Also, use 3 of these -40F rated sleeping bags stacked inside each other, and you'll be sweating your balls off even in -40F weather.

Comment: Re:Moby Dick ain't got no Porta Potty (Score 1) 222

by sillybilly (#47441887) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water
Who wants to live in a mini-house? Every time you want to turn around to put on your pajama coat, you have to back out the front door, extend your arm, put on pj, then move back inside. That'd be kinda like them NY apartments made for singles, and not for roomates, as roommating is pretty much mandatory in NY, that "only" cost 900/mo, at like 117.35 square feet, where your mini couch doubles as your bed, and the biggest area is taken up by the shower stall and toilet. It's like your own prison cell in the outside world, and you get all the stress out of it, so you'd be better off doing something stupid, like smashing shopwindows in with bricks, and beg the judge to send you to jail - free food (even if crappy), free housing, and a lot less stress than trying to come up with the $900 rent each month for your mouse hole, in this unemployment competition economy.

Comment: Re:Moby Dick ain't got no Porta Potty (Score 1) 222

by sillybilly (#47441861) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water
Or you can get a 14x70 used mobile home (which was the minimum size my land contract specified, before I was forcibly made sick, by getting xrayed, gassed and infected, so I couldn't make payments) that's not completely rotten for like 2000 bux, from someone who has moved out of a mobile home park and doesn't like to keep getting ass raped on the lot rent, so he has to get rid of it somehow, before he can stop paying for lot rent, and nobody wants it, so the price is ultra cheap. Heck, buy 3 of them, at 980 sq ft each, that's 2700 sq ft of living space. At $2000 replacement cost, and $50 property tax each per annum, as the termites and carpenter ants keep chewing them up for you, and the wood eating fungi digest it, it's cheaper to keep buying a new one out of the three you got every 3 years, so in 9 years you'd replace all 3, than invest any effort into any kind of upkeep, other than throw a tarp over it if the roof leaks (and you can only do tarps if the neighbors are not nauseated by it because the trees cover the view). And why is all tarp blue? Can't they make them camouflage color for St. Pete's sake? Also I've seen some shiny travel trailers made out of stainless or nickel plate that's not peeled, but those are small, expensive, and they are meant for more like a desert area to reflect the heat of the Sun.

Comment: Re:Problem traced (Score 1) 92

How about the other way around. I'm not even sure the story is real, and the Chinese aren't just framed by someone infiltrated designing these scanners for them, and they diligently and mindlessly make it, like they make so many other things, and they end up looking like idiots. I got called paranoid above, well, hey, you have no friggin idea how paranoid I can get. In fact Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" says everything you see in reality may be fake. And Rene Descartes came up with one truth that he was certain about, and did not doubt that it might be fake, by just closing his eyes, and thinking hard, and that's "Cogito ergo sum", or "I think therefore I am," which is awesome, but he got stuck there, he couldn't really go much further. Even all of math (that you can supposedly do without opening your eyes or using your senses, just pure closed eyed thought) can be fake, as you can flip any axiom it's based on, and there you go, it's a different math with a different set of rules, but no better or worse than the one based on original axioms. So don't believe everything you read, take everything you read with a grain of salt, and if you wanna fly off on a paranoid tangent, there are various degrees of paranoia and distrust, including total everything in the world is fake and you're just in suspended animation in Alien's spaceship, dreaming everything, and she's just using you to think for her, reading your mind, because the human brain is pretty good at stuff, while she's also growing offsprings in your chest. As external eggs, and in that eggs that don't require an energy packet in them, are much faster and fecund ways to reproduce than the mammalian female taking weeks(bunnies) to months(humans) to pop 1(human) to 20(pigs) offsprings at a time. For instance a good queen bee without a mammalian womb might lay 3000 external eggs individually, into individual hex cells, per day.

Comment: Re:Moby Dick ain't got no Porta Potty (Score 1) 222

by sillybilly (#47441103) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water
For the cost of a new car you can get a few acres of woodland not too far from here, and that solves the grass mowing problem, plus the "public nuisance" code violation thing, because whatever contraption you got, if the public can't see it because it's covered by trees, they shouldn't be vexed by it. A tent is pretty cheap, but they won't let you build a house from self made sun-dried mud bricks with straws (btw I've seen a house ice cold (free air conditioned like a basement) in summer heat made of 5 foot thick earth walls, walls that have been standing for 400 years), because of building codes probably requiring some stupid compression testing of bricks, plus some professional engineer sign-off. So you cannot use the woodland lot as an official residence, and you have to be officially homeless, but you can camp on your lot. The law should allow that, but if you keep camping on it year round, you may get a visit by an ambulance from the local mental health institution bringing you a straitjacket, and take you away for a few month of therapy, in hopes of rehabilitating you, and reforming your distorted way of seeing reality. Camping out in a nonresidence tent on your lot in the middle of winter to save a few bucks? There is a pill for that too!

Comment: Re: The Moral? (Score 1) 92

No other place on Earth has had a steady congregation of nerds since the 90's, like Slashdot. Those in power who don't like the truth spoken out loud, especially when it goes against their very expensive private media campaign of trying to set a trend and brainwash everyone into something, they will want to demolish slashdot. So the first step in that is divide and conquer, send one off the Stormfront, another one to Soylentnews (what a crappy name that is, almost as bad as a herbivore head with GNU is not Unix.)

Comment: Re:Manager (Score 1) 191

by sillybilly (#47440837) Attached to: New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture
Hey, it's me again..So, one way to prevent such a thing from happening is to exterminate every insect in existence, and every flowering plant. Just fill the whole world up with some insecticide more potent than DDT but not harmful to bird eggshells, and also herbicides that target flowering plants and fruit trees, and we'll go back to having only green grass lawns, pine trees with cones without fruits that need a bug to pollinate, and ferns. Unless you create non-artificial-intelligence flying mini-robots, to replace bugs, they would seek out flowers, and shake shake shake, pick up pollen and pollinate at the same time. Then you could keep flowering trees like apples, pears, peaches, nut trees, etc, while still exterminating all bugs in existence, to make sure they don't surpass us in evolution 3 billion years from now. In fact, why stop there, do it to all other life form species except the ones you eat as food, and you should also exterminate every other human too that's not your family, to make sure they don't surpass and dominate your off springs after millennia from now. How about that wonderful idea? We already did the first steps, by mowing lawns, and spraying insecticides and herbicides everywhere.

Comment: Re:Manager (Score 1) 191

by sillybilly (#47440807) Attached to: New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture
The super intelligent cockroaches are gonna wrap us into a cocoon and lay their eggs into us, kinda like some wasps do it today to cockroaches, then it's gonna be the cockroaches doing it to humans. They are gonna keep humans, or whatever it may become of humans in 3 billion years, as domesticated farm animals. Their only envy is gonna be the lung/blood air transport system of humans and mammals, as the tracheal network of a bug puts a heavy limit on size, and brain size, but as long as their 6 inch brain will be more interconnected than a 60 inch human brain, they'll have no problem outsmarting us, or hunting us down in wolf packs. There is nothing more formidable as a predator against humans than a full wolf pack set on making dinner out of one, not a shark, not a tiger or jaguar, not a polar bear (the smartest of bears). Usually wolf attacks are by single, stray wolves, but if the whole gang unites, good luck. So 3 billion years from now when a gang of 2 ft height, 6 inch brained tracheal cockroaches unite to trap you as prey, good luck to you, my friend.

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