|Rob Pike| >> |Google Engineer|
For sufficiently negative values of Google Engineer, I do not think that expression means what you think it means. In fact, for any non-zero value of Google Engineer, you only make Rob Pike shift right!
No special software or programming experience are needed—XONG has been packaged up so that you can just download the game and edit the graphics/code/music/sounds in place, and re-start the game to see your changes. Plus, it is available for Windows, Mac OSX, and GNU/Linux, so you can remix it on whichever OS you use, using whatever programs you like.
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This device differs from the others in that it works with natural forces rather than trying to counteract them. The machine, called Focus Fusion-1, uses natural plasma instabilities to focus the discharge of a bank of capacitors into a tiny, intensely hot point, called a plasmoid. This device has already achieved 1 MegAmp currents at 30KV with temperatures of up to 600 million degrees, and regularly fuses Deuterium fuel. The other, better known projects have yet to achieve this level of reliable performance.
Since first operation on October 15, 2009, this DPF machine has being refined and is being brought up to full power at 45KV, and when this is achieved, its next important hurdle will be the aneutronic fusion of Boron 11 and Hydrogen. This reaction promises the generation of electricity by direct means with negligible radioactivity in the process, fuel, or byproducts, unlike competing designs.
Whether or not this method can lead to cheap and safe fusion power should be demonstrated within a year or two. The output of of pB11 fusion, a flash of X-rays and a stream of high velocity Helium nuclei can both be harvested to generate electricity, and theory again points to a surplus above that needed to operate the device.
Although theory can be quenched in the cold bath of results, the Lerner team has been rather successful to date at validating their theories. Despite the sparse funding and lack of official attention, this project could turn into the little engine that could.
The sequel’s been 12 years coming, and expectations are understandably high, with analysts predicting several million units will be sold this year alone – comfortably padding Activision‘s wallet.
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