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Comment: Re:Hoax (Score 1) 984

if it works, they should have no problem just selling off energy?

how much energy should there be released from the transformation process to the end product? what they claim or not?

Only works if the magic ingredients are cheaper than the resulting power. If if this is on the up&up, they dumped $50 of power into it and got $100 heat back out. Can you turn that heat into $50 of electricity? Did it consume more than $50 of ingredients, manhours, and reactor materials?

Comment: Re:He tried patenting it... (Score 1) 984

The sample was tested before being put in. Ash was pulled from the reaction and tested afterwards. That ash very likely contained stuff from the reactor casing. That they were not allowed to dissect and analyze the casing makes me wonder it it was actually constructed as described - an alumina casing with embedded inconel resistance heat wires. It wouldn't be the first time an experiment was tainted, either accidentally or intentional.

Comment: Re:He tried patenting it... (Score 1) 984

Have another look at that diagram. It looks fine to me. The SW is the power disconnect. They are measuring the 3-phase power into the control system and measuring what's being fed to the resistors. There are no doubled cables being measured. If the control system was somehow trying to sneak power using high frequency that the power meter couldn't sense, it would surely be noticed on the input side measurement but I didn't see any data that compared controller input power to output power..

I was more troubled by their method of estimating the radiating and conducting heat loss by using a thermal imaging camera and using "literature" to derive the crucial variables needed to use this method. There are much more scientific methods of measuring heat.

The real test will be if someone else can reproduce the results.

Comment: Re:Is Drupal 6.x Affected? (Score 2) 54

by fluffy99 (#48155149) Attached to: Drupal Fixes Highly Critical SQL Injection Flaw

I've seen no mention of whether or not Drupal 6.x is vulnerable; are they?

No, it won't be affected, as the API involved was introduced in Drupal 7.

No, but it's certainly an indicator of the quality of code. Don't be surprised if other vulnerabilities are discovered as everyone shifts their attention and starts scrutinizing the rest of the code. The code diff is below. It's a pretty amateurish mistake, and had someone reviewed or tested the original code, they'd have seen it didn't do what it was supposed to. The comments even give you a big hint what the next vulnerability is going could be.

diff --git a/includes/database/ b/includes/database/
index f78098b..01b6385 100644
--- a/includes/database/
+++ b/includes/database/
@@ -736,7 +736,7 @@ abstract class DatabaseConnection extends PDO { // to expand it out into a comma-delimited set of placeholders.
          foreach (array_filter($args, 'is_array') as $key => $data) {
              $new_keys = array();
- foreach ($data as $i => $value) {
+ foreach (array_values($data) as $i => $value) { // This assumes that there are no other placeholders that use the same // name. For example, if the array placeholder is defined as :example // and there is already an :example_2 placeholder, this will generate

Comment: Re:No mention on capacity though (Score 1) 395

In 2012 the US used 360 million gallons per day.
(360 million gal gas) x (33.4KWh) = about 12,000 GWh = 500 Gigawatts averaged over 24 hours.

Lets assume 25% of the vehicles convert to electric only, and they are 4x as efficient (your 25 mpg versus 100 mpge), thats 31 gigawatts

For comparison, the current US electric power production capacity is around 1100 Gigawatts with current average consumption around 500 Gigawatts. Realistically, you never have more than 80% of capacity online, and that last 10% is expensive gas turbines versus cheap coal.

So after some significant hand waiving, and napkin doodling - I estimate that converting 25% of the cars to electric only will consume somewhere around 10% of the excess generation capacity in the US.

Comment: Re:No mention on capacity though (Score 1) 395

Going by, an average gas station pumps 3000 gallons of gas. Or 4400 in CA

3000 Gallons of gas = about 110 MW*H. Averaged over 24 hours = 4.6 Megawatts.
4400 Gallons of gas = about 161 MW*H. Averaged over 24 hours = 6.7 Megawatts.

Buffering would have to be pretty big, considering surges of customers.

Comment: Re:Not me... (Score 1) 261

by fluffy99 (#48133985) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

I don't have a Gmail account, but Google blocks all e-mail from my server to its accounts...

Than your email server is not configured correctly.

Agreed. Often the reverse DNS lookup isn't setup correctly, or you've sent too many emails that were flagged as spam.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 261

by fluffy99 (#48133929) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

Almost all the mails I find in Google's spam filters are false positives, including Fidelity mailings and many legitimate mailings such as e-newsletters. My gmail accounts get virtually no "real" spam, but Google seems to program its filters to catch something. Mostly it's press releases, some of which do look spammy, but as a journalist I need to receive some of them. But it could be any mailing that meets Google's spam criteria, including a series of rapid-fire emails back and forth or routine administrivia like dental appointment reminders. (Interestingly, it has never flagged LinkedIn notices as spam.)

If you're missing something important, check your Gmail spam folder. You may be surprised.

Or disable the filtering.....

Comment: Caller ID Anyone? (Score 1) 742

by fluffy99 (#48133897) Attached to: Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

He might not have had to name his company, if he called from his office. Caller ID would have revealed that. His employer could fire him for conducting personal affairs using company resources, which might also include using company privileged info to find out Comcasts Controllers office phone number.

Comment: Re:And what's the problem ? (Score 1) 742

by fluffy99 (#48133811) Attached to: Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

It was more than name dropping. There was a suggestion that he worked at company that could initiate an investigation by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), which could be interpreted as a threat. More than likely Comcast reached out to his employer to figure out if the threat was serious, and his employer got pissed.

If I mentioned I worked for the Police and that i could arrest them for theft, when I called to complain about a billing problem, would you have a problem with that?

Comment: Re:what happens when a cell phone battery explodes (Score 4, Informative) 97

by fluffy99 (#48133521) Attached to: Smart Battery Tells You When It's About To Explode

User was installing a new battery that failed due to shorting when installed.

Another story of it happening and photo of the aftermath

Different incident. User dropped the phone and the physical damage caused the battery short.

The typical failure mode from dendrite formation is the battery slowly drains itself from the high resistance connection between the cathode and anode that forms, and not a thermal runaway but it can happen. This is a common failure mode for NiCad batteries, but Lithium batteries are much more heat sensitive and the electrolyte when heated too much can release oxygen to fuel a runaway reaction. Battery failures in portable electronics are typically due to physical damage or poor quality chinese made batteries, especially when they omit the protection circuits.

Comment: Re:How badly coded are Windows applications? (Score 4, Insightful) 349

by fluffy99 (#48060869) Attached to: Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

I am an electronics technician and have been one since 1964 and I've never heard of that nomenclature.

It's 2.2 K, and 1.5 M.


But I'm America-centric which often bites me in the butt. :)

I'm very surprised you haven't seen this, or the similar notation on ceramic caps. It's used simply because a decimal is easy to miss when printing on small components.

It's time to boot, do your boot ROMs know where your disk controllers are?