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Comment: Re:yes (Score 1) 208

by rahvin112 (#49618585) Attached to: No, NASA Did Not Accidentally Invent Warp Drive

Unlike cold fusion this has been duplicated at least 3 times. And NASA even tried to break the system deliberately and it still worked meaning they really have no idea how it works. I'd say with 3 successful independent tests by some very smart people and we've got something interesting even if it turns out to be worthless as a propulsion device. They are going to be writing papers about this for years trying to understand the effect and it's nuances. They might have discovered some new aspect of the universe we didn't understand, or they could have simply discovered that taking measurements on a device like this is problematic.

Just goes to show there are so many areas we've just barely scratched the surface in. Even if this isn't some amazing new propulsion device it's possibly going to reveal something about EM radiation we didn't fully understand. Either way it's pretty cool IMO. It's not often you run into these situations where you can basically stump some very smart people with something that shouldn't exist. Cold fusion might have ended up being nothing but a chemical reaction but out of the gate that was pretty obvious as no one could duplicate the results. This has independent confirmation to at least some degree.

Comment: Re:Price won't come down (Score 1) 290

by rahvin112 (#49613145) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

The only problem is that the entire battery industry is being driven by products that demand weight be a consideration. So your aluminum battery doesn't just need to be cheaper for the same KWhr it also needs to be able to keep up with the research progression on lithium. Lithium might not be the best battery system but it's here to stay because there are so many of them being produced. It's just like lead-acid batteries, they are ancient technology with poor design characteristics. The problem is they are almost impossible to displace because they are so entrenched at this point. The Nissan leaf even has a lead acid battery for various minor energy use tasks.

The better technology doesn't always win, much of the time being first to the party is all that's needed to become entrenched.

Comment: Re:Simply not true. (Score 1) 290

by rahvin112 (#49613063) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

That's actually a pretty good analogy. Though the digital photography business went quicker than solar has solar has hit the point where mass production is now dramatically lowering prices at a geometric rate. In 10 years the amount of coal being mined will probably be 50% of what it is today and the production rates will drop 50% 5years later and at an ever increasing rate it will slowly evaporate as a resource down to the bare minimum extraction rate where coal is used for non power generating reasons.

And the world will be far better off. Coal is a devastatingly bad energy source. It's full of concentrated pollution that took millions of years for ancient life to scrub out and bury. And we've conveniently dug it up and been diligently burning the stuff to pump all that pollution back into the air. The end of the carbon energy age is nigh and it's not soon enough.

Comment: Re:Sanders amazes me (Score 5, Informative) 386

by rahvin112 (#49604289) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

Nearly half the people in the country pay no income taxes at all

This is an outright lie. You probably don't even realize it's a lie because you've bought into the propaganda. Every person who hold a job pays taxes including those on income. Social security and medicare taxes are NOT exempt-able and they ARE income taxes. The only way to not pay social security and medicare/medicaid taxes is to not have income, something the wealthy are remarkably good at not paying for. On top of this they pay their state taxes, including income, cigarette, alcohol, gas, sales and property along with all the other miscellaneous taxes and fees. In fact as a percentage of their income the poorest among us pay the highest proportion of their income in taxes than anyone else.

The nugget of truth that makes your lie so insidious is that the poorest among us don't pay FEDERAL income tax but they still pay taxes and they still pay income taxes. This little lie and deception allows you to paint entire segments of our society as non-contributing freeloaders and it's NOT TRUE.

All your bullshit numbers are based solely on federal income tax. They disregard all the other taxes entirely as if they don't exist and it's complete and utter horseshit. The most important fact, the one you completely ignore is that the poorest among us pay something like 50% of their income in various federal, state and local taxes. As a percentage of income they are the highest taxed individuals in this country.

Personally I'm a big believer that those people who have benefited the most from the system and have the means to support it should be the ones that have the highest burden in paying for it. That is NOT asking a lot.

Comment: Re:Connection? (Score 4, Interesting) 19

by rahvin112 (#49599041) Attached to: Seafloor Sensors Record Possible Eruption of Underwater Volcano

Before engaging in such speculation maybe you should calculate the volume of water you are talking about and the amount of energy it would require to raise that volume of water the temperature difference and compare that amount of energy to the known heat output of volcano's assuming every bit of energy is converted to heat.

Once you've done that calculation then you can come back and speculate knowing that there is no way in hell a volcano could actively heat that volume of water and hold that temperature fairly constant for several years unless it was the largest super volcano the planet has ever seen. It takes a LOT of heat to raise the temperature of even small volumes of water and the volume of water you are talking about is NOT small.

No volcano's aren't raising the temperature of the ocean in anything but the smallest of areas directly adjacent to the eruption, nor are they the source of climate change. If what you suggest was possible all the water around the island of Hawaii would be near boiling because of all the lava entering the ocean there.

Comment: Re:this is science, so you have to ask... (Score 1) 299

If you think that everyone that has a hand in reviewing or providing comments at the request of the author on a paper should be listed as sources or authors you don't know anything about how scientific papers work.

Conversely if you think the only people involved in a scientific paper are either authors or sources you don't know anything about scientific papers or the process.

Almost NO ONE is going to submit a paper for publishing without having everyone they can convince to help them read it and provide comments. It just doesn't happen. None of those people are sources, authors or included in the bibliography. That would just be plain stupid. If they did that stupid idea the bibliography would be 20 pages of people that read the paper and provided comments or editing help making it utterly worthless.

Comment: Re:This again? (Score 2) 462

by rahvin112 (#49597807) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive

The more reproductions without someone figuring out what's wrong with the test the more likely it is that it's not the test that's wrong.

This engine is interesting on many fronts, the most important of which is it appears to violate what we know about conservation of momentum and IF it does it's going to actually point to some fundamental constant or principle of the universe that we've missed as long as it's not an experimental error. This is a big hurdle to take so it's going to take a LOT of evidence there is no mistakes with the test or engine.

Could be pretty cool if it turns out real. We won't need to ever worry about fuel for satellites and all you would need to travel to mars or even Pluto or even another star would be an energy source that would last the length of the journey. I wouldn't be surprised to see the DOD put one of these into space ASAP to find out if the work, it would revolutionize spy satellites if they don't have to worry about propulsion fuel.

Comment: Re:Fair (Score 3, Informative) 126

by rahvin112 (#49597753) Attached to: Judge Tosses United Airlines Lawsuit Over 'Hidden City' Tickets

Then they shouldn't land the plane and make you switch planes. As soon as they land the plane and make you disembark whether you board the second flight is up to you. Otherwise that other plane better not take off without you, you think they would hold the second plane for you?

These fairs are cheaper with layovers are games the airlines play with fairs to maximize revenue. No one should be under any obligation to play along if they don't want to. Suing someone that facilitates exploiting this loophole in their system is nothing more than attacking free speech.

Comment: Re:Minor inconvenience for United (Score 4, Insightful) 126

by rahvin112 (#49597713) Attached to: Judge Tosses United Airlines Lawsuit Over 'Hidden City' Tickets

Other than they were jurisdiction shopping in a venue that would be more likely to win because they are headquartered there and the juror pool would be likely to be influenced by that?

The judge didn't rule on venue without it being challenged by the defense. United didn't pick this court by accident.

Comment: Re:There's a shock... (Score 1) 172

by rahvin112 (#49590483) Attached to: FBI Slammed On Capitol Hill For "Stupid" Ideas About Encryption

Do you have a source for these problems with DNA analysis? Because I'd like to see it. It's my understanding that the FBI has always been on the cutting edge with DNA and has been pretty cautious in court testimony about it.

The FBI for years used, in court, hair analysis, handwriting and audio experts that couldn't prove anything. They've all been proven to be pseudo sciences with no actual ability to prove anything with an accuracy better than random guessing. There are a LOT of people in jail based entirely on evidence the FBI submitted using these pseudo sciences. This shouldn't really surprise anyone as the FBI is one of the biggest supporters of "lie detectors". Which is the pseudo science that makes all the other pseudo sciences look reasonable.

Comment: Re:Founding Fathers read Orwell? (Score 1) 172

by rahvin112 (#49590469) Attached to: FBI Slammed On Capitol Hill For "Stupid" Ideas About Encryption

The FBI doesn't care if they break the entire purpose of Crypto. They would like the world without crypto at least in their day job. You do something foolish in assuming they don't understand that it would break the entire purpose of crypto. They likely understand that all too well.

Comment: Re:Regulatory Capture (Score 1) 351

If you think that's how science or EPA policy and rule making takes place you are a moron. You've presented an example that's not feasible, not within the required policy frameworks and not even reasonable. Yet you present it like it's rational. Maybe learn about how the rule making process works, if you understood even 10% of that you would know how stupid your example is.

This bill has one intent, to gut environmental science and the EPA's rule making authority and do so covertly rather than just abolishing the EPA that Congress created. But they are to chickenshit to actually try to abolish the EPA because they know the bad press would kill them. Just like no matter how many times they say they want to abolish medicare when the chips are down they won't propose or vote on a single bill to do so because the electorate would kill them. If they weren't so chickenshit they would try to change the law they wrote to alter the NEPA law so it can't be used for CO2. Good luck getting them to not be chickenshit.

Comment: Re:EPA has exceeded safe limits, needs curbing (Score 1) 351

Another example, though not as heavily environmental is the Colorado River Compact. Its a federally negotiated water sharing agreement. Arizona and California nearly went to war over the Colorado river water, the president was forced to nationalize the Arizona national guard to prevent it. It is completely within the authority of the federal government to prevent the states from going to war by imposing consistent and reasonable standards on all of them.

I'd also note it's not just the general welfare clause. Pollution clearly falls under the commercial clause as well because the pollution is invariably related to interstate commerce either directly through energy exports or indirectly through manufacturing.

Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 1) 700

by rahvin112 (#49579925) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

We buy most of our oil, from ourselves. The vast majority of the rest is bought from Mexico and Canada. The largest of the insignificant provider nations is Venezuela. The amount of oil we buy from countries that, "Do not like us", is insignificant.

Nearly 15% of the oil purchased by the USA is from Saudi Arabia (hundreds of millions of dollars a month), arguably one of the countries most hostile to the American way of life. The recent decline in oil prices was precisely because the Saudi's were not willing to lose that 15% market share to tight oil.

Our interest in Middle Eastern oil is due to the lack of oil reserves in western Europe. Even without any US demand on Middle Eastern oil, the US will have a continued interest in the region until Western Europe transitions off of crude.

Which is exactly what the OP implied, generally moving away from fossil fuels by the west. Doing so will nearly eliminate western concerns in the middle east. The US is forced to maintain free market access to those oil supplies because any disruptions affects american prices.

The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives. -- Admiral William Leahy, U.S. Atomic Bomb Project