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Comment Re:Already there, but ... (Score 1) 323

It can already be done (Teller etc), it's just scaling it down to a manageable scale that's the problem.

You're referencing a thermonuclear device. Ok, but containing the reaction and getting adequate temperatures are the problems we have today. Scale at this point is moot. See ITER.

Comment Re: the real question (Score 1) 323

Every element in the universe was created through fusion. It just starts with hydrogen and works its way up. I think hydrogen is also the easiest to get to fuse, but I'm not sure on that one.

Every element besides hydrogen and a large amount of helium were formed through fusion reactions in stars. Here's some info on fusion and the binding energies of atomic elements.

Comment Re:the real question (Score 2) 323

FAIL!!! I think you've been huffing paint or living in an alternate reality. Hydrogen gas is easy to make through electrolysis, but the most commercially used way is through a process called steam reforming from hydrocarbons. Once produced it is easily separated from other byproducts.

Comment Re:Mission accomplished (Score 3, Informative) 323

There are also proposals to put a large solar array several square kilometers in area in the Sahara Desert that could generate power for the entire planet. Then there's the Gobi Desert where it could also be done, the Mojave already has some solar concentrator sites with more planned (if they can fix the bird frying problem). So, there are ways for us to generate the electricity that we will need for a long time from renewable sources. I don't discard or disparage nuclear fusion research because it is also important going forward, but we do have other practical ways of generating electricity from natural phenomena, wind and tidal being two others that are coming along a lot faster than better fission and currently non-existent fusion reactors.

Comment Re:Why no test (Score 2) 422

Careful. In one NIH study they did find one woman that was sensitive to the power cycling of EMF devices. She couldn't sense the device when it was already on and brought into the room, but could sense when it was turned on or off.

Comment Re:A simple test is in order (Score 1) 422

Better idea. Just put one in your pocket on vibrate and see if she notices. I'll bet her whole settlement she doesn't even notice you have the thing on in your pocket. Or, just do a double-blind test on her. It wouldn't take much money and only about a half day of time. The lawyer fees were most likely higher than the test to prove she's full of duck butter.

Comment Re:Loopholes in the experiments not the theory (Score 1) 201

I'm not an quantum physicist, but the loopholes appear to be in the experiments intended to demonstrate the "spookiness" of quantum theory, not the theory itself:

The first Bell test was carried out in 1981, by Alain Aspect’s team at the Institute of Optics in Palaiseau, France. Many more have been performed since, always coming down on the side of spookiness — but each of those experiments has had loopholes that meant that physicists have never been able to fully close the door on Einstein’s view.

I'm gonna argue with you on this new info not closing loopholes in the theory. Until there is proof (demonstrable and repeatable) to back a theory there are loopholes or gaps in the theory. Once the gaps and loopholes have been closed through experimentation the theory comes closer to being fact and not theory. The loopholes existed in the quantum entanglement experiments because of less than ideal methodology, testing conditions, apparatus, etc. in trying to apply the theory to reality.

Comment Re:In other words. (Score 1) 271

One issue of course would be that the voting registry (which is public already and contains who voted and is time stamped, so also in what order) could very easily be used to guesstimate matching up specific people with specific votes, as the roll is going to be in chronological order as well. I'm not totally familiar with Kansas law, but there's a good chance they're legally supposed to have a secret ballot.

Secret ballots are primarily supposed to be secret from the government.

No, they are supposed to be secret to anonymize who voted for what/whom to prevent reprisal or intimidation. I am not sure what history books you're reading or where you get your definitions, but they certainly aren't from factual sources. Try reading this:

Comment Re:In other words. (Score 1) 271

Just because I voted in a polling place between 7:00 and 8:00 AM doesn't mean they can locate MY vote from the dozen voting machines that were in that polling place. There were 11 other people voting along with me and they were supplanted by others during that same window of time I was voting, i.e., people came and went during my time. Sure, you could say these people voted during that period of time in that polling place (after the fact), but that still doesn't give me personal information about those people, nor does it tell me which vote during that time period is theirs. It could give you a ratio of votes for or against something, but it still doesn't tell you who voted which way.

Comment Re:In other words. (Score 2) 271

The demographic info yes, but the researcher is looking at statistical anomalies in voting trends among those demographics, within their respective geolocations to find discrepancies that would possibly indicate voter fraud. Since the Republican party is so worried about voter fraud I don't see why a Republican SoS would NOT want to support research into possible voter fraud in his/her state. Seems more than a little hypocritical if not down right fishy.

Comment Re:What exactly is his role here? (Score 1) 87

Unless we know what his role in this startup is, it's hard to give really good advice. I'm pretty sure that he wasn't hired for his coding skills though, so any approach that spends a lot of time learning to program probably isn't a good use of his time. The question is, exactly what knowledge does he need to do his job? Maybe reading about some concepts like the "Mythical man-month" would be more useful than trying to grok introductory computer science?

This is where I was going with my comment. I don't think this accountant friend is the right person for the startup. I don't care what his role is, if he's interacting and directing programmers with no prior knowledge he's out of his depths. I don't care if this web platform he's working on was his idea or not, he's the wrong person for the role and needs to realize that before he wastes a lot of money and time.

I've been involved with several startup companies over the last 25 years and can say without hesitation that if you don't have the right people in the right roles you're doomed to fail. Fix that problem and you've got a fighting chance.

Comment Mixed study results (Score 1) 586

Here's what the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health have to say. There was a single female individual in the NIH study that could honestly detect the initiation and termination of a field (power cycling of a device), but when one was already on (or not) she could detect nothing. Other than that, everyone seems to agree that it's mostly psychosomatic in nature and without extensive, double-blind testing the kid has very little chance of winning a diagnosis let alone the suit. I would go with something in the environment other than EMF radiation as a cause, if the little bugger is actually ill at all.

God doesn't play dice. -- Albert Einstein