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Comment That's a good idea, actually (Score 1) 78

Regulating IoT devices is a GOOD idea. Right now they are an example of a market failure - the huge cloud of insecure devices is created by the same market forces as a huge clouds of polluted air. Securing devices requires vendors to spend money so that vendors who don't care about security can undercut them.

And the solution is the same - impose regulation to make IoT vendors responsible for their security. For example, IoT vendors can create a standardized and replaceable "control module" that only needs to be certified once.

Comment Re:Bush's fault! (Score 2, Insightful) 118

The DEA was formed back in 1973, so Bush - and Clinton, and Bush 41, and Reagan, and Carter, and Ford - all inherited the DEA. But I'm waiting for this to be claimed as #FakeNews because it's damaging to the Obama Administration, and it seems like anything they don't like is rebranded as either Russian (which this cannot be - it is the US DEA) or #FakeNews...

Comment Re:To be clear for those not familiar with concept (Score 1) 334

Do you mean thermal efficiency? I pegged it at somewhat less than 50%, like most power plants:

$ units
You have: 1g / (7 g/mol / avogadro ) * 17.5 MeV
You want: kWh
        * 67003.703

Since a typical household electricity use is about 9000 kWh/year, at 35% efficiency, that would be several years worth.

If you mean transmutation efficiency, it doesn't matter. You keep recycling the lithium until it converts. As I pointed out, the overall cost of that process could be high, but the cost of the raw lithium is insignificant.

Comment Re:To be clear for those not familiar with concept (Score 1) 334

By my calculation, the ~1g of lithium in a common phone, if converted to tritium, could generate enough electricity to power a typical household for several years. So the cost of the lithium itself is negligible.

The costs involved with gathering and handling the tritium would be a different story.

Comment Re:President Obama should heed his own words (Score 1) 496

They are actual convictions. And it is not exhaustive but just a sampling of documented, proven (in a court of law) cases of voter fraud. You can go and read up about each conviction if you dig - and you'll find they are actual events, actual voter fraud incidents, and all Democrat. Your move.

Comment Re:modern journalism (Score 1) 334

ITER is not a prototype of a commercial fusion reactor. It's more of a plasma physics lab, specifically designed to support various experiments and advance engineering required to build a real reactor.

Lots of ITER advances are as important for stellerators or other approaches as they are for tokamaks: neutral beam injectors (essential for open plasma trap systems), RF plasma heating (essential for stellerators), all the material science required to deal with tremendous heat flow with high neutron fluxes, remote robotic manipulators required to handle stuff within highly radioactive reactor, etc.

A tokamak was chosen for ITER because we know that it scales, it's a nice conservative choice. Lots of the ITER's complexity is actually due to its conservatism. For example, low-temperature superconductors are used for pretty much everything with high-Tc superconductors reserved only for interconnections with non-superconductive power systems. It's pretty clear that commercial reactors will have to use high-Tc systems.

/me follows all ITER news and press-releases.

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