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Comment: Re:Palladium foil with just the right parameters (Score 1) 180

by DrJimbo (#48678345) Attached to: Bill Gates Sponsoring Palladium-Based LENR Technology

why can't the electrons get between two nuclei and cancel their repulsion (rather like muons can do)?

The problem is that the conduction electrons are spread out so they can't clump together in the space between the nuclei. This is due to the low mass of the electron. A muon is very much like an electron but is over 3,000 times more massive; this means it is 3,000 times "smaller" and thus can fit into the small space between the nuclei just fine.

The problem is not that the electron wave function can't get close to the nuclei. The problem is that the electron wave function can't get clumped together into a large enough peak to counteract the Coulomb repulsion of the nuclei. One way to see this is with the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. Since a muon is 3,000 times more massive than an electron, it has 3,000 times more momentum for the same motion. This extra momentum allows it to be more localized without violating Heisenberg.

One of the best physicist of the 20th century, Julian Schwinger, investigated cold fusion and felt that the physics community as a whole was closed minded about it. I *think* his idea was there was some sort of collective phenomenon (getting the palladium just right) that accounts for cold fusion. It can't be as simple as simple screening by conduction electrons. TBH, I think Schwinger was past his prime and was grasping for things he could apply his formidable intellect to that would be useful for humanity.

I believe the reason most physicists have a problem with cold fusion is the lack compelling experimental evidence combined with the lack of any satisfactory theoretical explanation. Remember that almost all of the interest in cold fusion was sparked by the totally discredit experiments by Pons and Fleischmann. The experiments could not be replicated and in new experiments there was no indication of nuclear activity.

Comment: Re:Palladium foil with just the right parameters (Score 2) 180

by DrJimbo (#48677095) Attached to: Bill Gates Sponsoring Palladium-Based LENR Technology

There's no reason to think this [cold fusion] couldn't happen with palladium foil given sufficient resources.

There is at least one overwhelming reason to think this could not happen regardless of how you prepare the palladium: basic physics.

The Coulomb repulsion of the deuterons keeps them so far apart that the likelihood of fusion is exponentially small. You can muck about with the palladium until the cows come home but unless do something like replace the electrons with muons, it is unlikely you are going to induce a significant amount of cold fusion.

It is like saying that by applying sufficient resources to painting and body-work, I can fix the engine of my car.

Comment: Sounds great! (Score 5, Insightful) 514

by Anon-Admin (#48676915) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

I love the Idea, we are looking for the top 5%. We need the elite of the programming world to immigrate to the US and help us keep the US are the top of our game.

Seeing as we agree on that, then I am sure you will agree that the best way to get exceptional programmers, is to offer them exceptional wages. So lets work together to change the H1B's requirement and to require that all H1B's are paid in the top 1% of the pay scale.

Comment: Re:Under an NIH grant? (Score 0) 33

by rs79 (#48661525) Attached to: Meet the Doctor Trying To Use the Blood of Ebola Survivors To Create a Cure

It was discovered in 95 by an African doctor who just guessed and saved 7 out of 8 people;

something wasn't right about this though.

the who was skeptical and it's only been in the last few months when it's been approved, when it was used out of desperation that the protocol has gained any traction. there are billions at stake with an EBOV vaccine, just as there was in 1948 with the polio vaccine.

"Klenner's paper (Klenner FR. The treatment of poliomyelitis and other virus diseases with vitamin C. J. South. Med. and Surg., 111:210-214, 1949.) on curing 60 cases of polio in the epidemic of 1948 should have changed the way infectious diseases were treated but it did not." - Robert Cathcart

Now look at these three:

There's a reason there's no HIV vaccine and it's the same reason there never will nor can be an EBOV vaccine - Coxsackie viruses are different and if you ignore their RNA encoding and subsequent biochemical expression you're gonna have a really bad day. The second paper above explains why they cannot work, see Keshen's disease in Wikipedia, it's the Coxsackie virus disease we figured this out from.

There's no need to mess around with blood, honest and antibodies are not the reason it works - what do antibodies need to do their job - think!. Look at recent work in the field, Google (scholar) "selenium" with words like "hiv", "ebola", "cancer" and pay attention to the work of the last 4-5 years and especially THAT 1995 Zaire paper - the only time Pauling ever posted to the net. Thanks for the warning Linus, you clever clever boy. Now there was a Doctor.


Comment: Re:Lots of Interview but no job... yet (Score 3, Interesting) 45

by Foofoobar (#48656701) Attached to: Using Your Open-Source Contributions To Land a Full-Time Job
Not really. They interview me BECAUSE of my tools and development. They see what I am developing and thats the main reason they want to interview me. I remember Apples excuse was that they didn't even fully support REST yet. Amazon interviewed me 3 different times, were completely confused and in the end , rejected because I don't have a degree... regardless of the fact I'm a founding team member. PayPal just couldn't find a team to put me on. As the saying goes, it would be a comedy it it wasn't a tragedy :)

Comment: Lots of Interview but no job... yet (Score 5, Interesting) 45

by Foofoobar (#48656223) Attached to: Using Your Open-Source Contributions To Land a Full-Time Job
I created API I/O Abstraction, APIObject and API Chaining, show them working in Grails API Toolkit, am developing them out in spring-boot and have been interviewed by Amazon, Apple, Paypal, Netflix, Comcast... literally everyone but Google. But have yet to land a job. Mainly because from what I am told, my work is great but too cutting edge, just what they need but would require a rewrite, fantastic but not in the tools they want, etc etc. I'm finding you can create tools that will change the world but even if everyone agrees that they would and that they need them, they may not be ready.

Comment: Re:if there is no evidence presented in how they.. (Score 2) 51

And how many times has the traffic stop been bogus?

Your tail light is out... (It was not out and I had the wiring checked)

You were swerving in your lane... (Louisiana used this one while the state had forfeiture laws. That was until they pulled over a reporter from a Dallas TV station)

I have been stopped for doing 56 in a 55. Think about that, speedometers are not even that accurate.

I friend of mine that is a cop once told me that he could pull anyone over at any time. Why? Because there are 1000's of traffic laws and you are breaking one every time you drive. When I asked which one I was breaking as we were driving down the street he responded "You are not preceded by a man caring a red flag." Seems the law was and may still be on the books from the early 1900's.

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