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Comment Re:Pressure on the BBC today for example (Score 1) 504

The denial of the ubiquitous examples - as you very well know.
There's not much point reading the rest of your post since you stated that way. What is it with you political freaks - now one as an apologist to genocidal fascists FFS. The Jewish people of the 1940s would look in horror at the people running Israel today.

Comment Re:6 launches isn't complex (Score 1) 211

Nuclear is not relevant in the west since nobody wants to put up the capital.
There's no point whining about it, just pay attention to the actual progress that is happening with nuclear in China, Russia and India, pay attention to fusion if you wish and hope for the future instead of putting up a suggestion that is not going to be taken seriously.

Comment I should have put it this way (Score 1) 196

Mostly getting something new into production is a hell of a lot more work than a promising prototype so the new technologies falter at that step instead of being actively stopped by anyone.

Another thing to add is a lot of stuff actually works but is not considered worth putting into production to compete against current oil and coal prices. When the oil price doubles or more again you'll see a few interesting things coming into production a few years after that jump.

Comment Re:Sakura Battery (Score 1) 196

Plausible? Well sometimes it happens, sometimes even for very benign reasons (eg. the Shell Oil alternative energy stuff) but the competence and focus required for it to happen on the massive conspiracy level is not there. Mostly getting something new into production is a hell of a lot more work than a promising prototype.

You can be sure of one thing though, they certainly would buy technology that carries a risk of doing so and leave that one on the shelf.

That requires noticing the technology and understanding it's implications. Also they have limited influence globally - political donors could get solar manufacturing killed off in the USA but that just resulted in the Chinese making a fortune from selling US developed technology to US citizens. The third thing, which I think you dealt with above, is only the sort of oil company run by creationists (yes, selling fossil fuels - weird isn't it) would turn up their nose at making money out of something else. A company near me that started off with coal and natural gas power generation is now making a killing with their windmills. As seen with the extreme of Enron, they are not really in the oil business, they are in the money business and if they can get plenty of money another way they will do it.

Comment Pressure on the BBC today for example (Score 1) 504

It was the equivalent of saying if I have any examples of water being wet please tell you elsewhere - and you know it - deliberate belittling insult pretending reality is not real just to push your agenda. A newspaper will give you plenty of examples where the current Israeli government has used propaganda and has applied pressure to media outlets to force their view. For example today it's the BBC being given a hard time for perceived bais.
You denial of something so blatant, obvious and ongoing for years of course inspired deep disgust as does your efforts to mislead people here. This is not a political site so such disgusting games are especially annoying.

Comment Re:Sakura Battery (Score 2) 196

Mercedes built one - it worked, for a carefully crafted single prototype. One underlying problem is the cost of machining to tolerances tight enough to use as an engine was very high. Another is that although "tough" ceramics are used the size of acceptable flaws is very low or the components crack - so quality control and a large number of rejects becomes an issue. It looked like around a million dollars per engine would be the cost if mass produced.
The commercial outcome was ceramic cylinder liners for some truck engines. The entire point, apart from a stupid boast of it being all ceramic, is to run at higher temperatures so the cylinder liners accomplished some of that without being a brittle all ceramic engine made out of a great big insulator. Little bits of insulator do the job just as well inside a nice big conductive metal block where it's easy to cast or forge water channels.

I've put "tough" in quotes because it's relative to other ceramics and not to a typical alloy used in engine parts. With ceramics you can't get away with a dent.

Comment It's dug out of salt lakes (Score 2) 196

Take a look at the mining operation halfway down the page:

And also where the hell did you get your numbers for cost? I found $9.50/0.1kg or $95/kg if buying bulk, and in smaller amounts it's $270/kg

Why are you shifting the goalposts to a price that a battery manufacturer buying by the tonne would never pay? Maybe you could just do a google search like this:

Comment Re:Sakura Battery (Score 2) 196

In the late 1990s a famous artist brought his "revolutionary fuel saving" device to the university mechanical engineering department I worked at for independent testing. It turns out he was tuning for idling. So his car engine used very little fuel while sitting at the lights doing nothing and produced crap performance and crap fuel economy while actually moving the vehicle. There was a lot of that going on.
However there have been a small number of real advances from non-experts, I think it was sometime in the 1950s that somebody thought of running a fuel pump in the opposite direction to the normal gravity fed tradition and it made a difference. Normally it's someone who improves one thing and doesn't understand that it doesn't help the entire system at all.

A classic that wasn't actually from the layman was the all-ceramic engine. The idea was that you could run it really hot and get more out if the fuel. Fantastic performance on a testbed, but the extra mass of the more involved cooling meant that one you tried to move it around it performed worse than what it was supposed to replace. Whoops. They only thought of a part and not the implications to how it was actually going to be used, just like that artist who was paranoid about his "invention" being suppressed.

Comment Re:6 launches isn't complex (Score 3, Interesting) 211

Yes, last time it kicked off the shale oil/gas boom with some pretty stupid cowboy goldrush antics that are starting to have a bit of fallout now. Meanwhile solar/wind/etc are quietly progressing worldwide to compete with the much lower price.
Rusted on Republicans take note - the Chinese are making an absolute fortune selling those solar panels developed in the USA but forced offshore to keep some donors happy. America could be making a killing from that American technology if a few loud Texan oil executives had not put their interest ahead of the country. Those six million manufacturing jobs lost recently could be doing that and spinoffs instead of that many or more doing it in China.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long