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Comment: Re:Regulation is the enemy of free markets. (Score 1) 53

You needn't continue, you should listen.

Government regulations are the opposite of free markets, free means free of government regulations. Free markets do not go haywire due to lack of government regulations, market did go haywire due to government regulations. Housing market, equity market, now bond market and money markets are all haywire and they are all haywire due to government regulations.

Governments regulate interest rates by ensuring that the so called 'reserve banks' (which have no reserves but only debt actually) control interest rates and create fake money, which is what destroys actual free market.

Fake, government regulated fiat and interest rates destroy free market operations and cause them to go haywire, which is what has been happening for over 100 years now, the Great Depression was due to the Feds creating fake money, the 1971 stagflation was government destroying the very principle of reserve and going full fledged retard with money being nothing at all but paper.

The entire USA and most of the rest of Western economy is a rude facade, there is no production behind it and only inflation creating one bubble after another, each new one having to be ever bigger than the previous one to continue the pretence that there is an actual economy, while the reality is that without production there is no economy and without real money there is no production and the real money is outlawed by the government.

The actual people responsible for the 2008, for the late 1990s, for 1970s, for 1930s and all the crap in between are in power, they are dictating the rules, the so called 'professors' propaganda pushers like Krugman are doing what they are trained and paid to do to help the government to stay in power and the useful idiots like the masses who buy into this crap are the ones who eventually pay with destruction of their economies and standards of living.

FDIC shouldn't exist. FDA shouldn't exist. Federal reserve bank shouldn't exist or at the minimum should HAVE RESERVES and should NOT be allowed to print paper money and manipulate interest rates.

Government should not be allowed to meddle with money or with business and specifically with individual rights of people and you are talking about 'free market going haywire'! Ha!

Comment: Re:My B.S. Detector is Going Off (Score 2) 76

by Bruce Perens (#49515639) Attached to: Old Marconi Patent Inspires Tiny New Gigahertz Antenna

If the end of the coil that is hanging is grounded (earthed), it becomes an autotransformer. As it's shown, it's a variable inductor and the disconnected end is irrelevant and has no meaningful physical effect at the frequency a spark transmitter could have reached.

This comment seems to get closer to what they actually mean in their scientific paper. But the article about it is garble and the paper might suffer from second-language issues, and a lack of familiarity with the terms used in RF engineering.

Comment: Re:Hmm, I guess I invented this as well... (Score 1) 76

by Bruce Perens (#49513567) Attached to: Old Marconi Patent Inspires Tiny New Gigahertz Antenna

Damn, I wish I would have patented that and all its quantum magic...

I noticed that my vertical transmitting antenna often works better if I connect a horizontal wire about the same length as the antenna to ground at its base! The wire isn't connected to the transmitting side of the circuit at all! And how well it works varies depending on the length! Obviously there is some deus ex machina at work here...

Comment: Re:My B.S. Detector is Going Off (Score 1) 76

by Bruce Perens (#49513517) Attached to: Old Marconi Patent Inspires Tiny New Gigahertz Antenna

Clearly you missed the bit where they invoked quantum mechanics, surely that explains away all the inaccuracies, like the fact you can already buy chip scale dielectric antennas

The thing that I really hate about Innovation Stories is that the reporter invariably doesn't understand what's going on, and invariably is easily convinced that The Obviiously Very Technical People have some very valuable invention.

Comment: Re:vs. a Falcon 9 (Score 1) 75

by Bruce Perens (#49501071) Attached to: Rocket Lab Unveils "Electric" Rocket Engine

They can carry about 110kg to LEO, compared to the Falcon 9's 13150kg. That's 0.84% of the payload capacity. A launch is estimated to cost $4 900 000, compared to the Falcon 9's $61 200 000. That's 8.01%. That means cost per mass to orbit is nearly an order of magnitude worse.

Yes, this is a really small rocket. If you are a government or some other entity that needs to put something small in orbit right away, the USD$5 Million price might not deter you, even though you could potentially launch a lot of small satellites on a Falcon 9 for less.

And it's a missile affordable by most small countries, if your payload can handle the re-entry on its own. Uh-oh. :-)

The best way to accelerate a Macintoy is at 9.8 meters per second per second.