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1) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Skunkworks breakthrough (Message 1588209)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
We are going to laugh and ridicule every new fusion concept right up to the one that works.

The laughter is an earnest requirement; ideally it should be loud enough that it is heard by bamboozled politicians about to throw more money their way.

I'm all for fusion research, but when groups start making the kinds of pronouncements I quoted, it sounds as though they are fleecing a public desperate for an alternative energy source to preserve its future. Or perhaps they just need a better press agent. :^p
2) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Skunkworks breakthrough (Message 1588049)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor

This is yet another of a similar series of announcements this year from the 'secretive' 'Skunkworks'...

My suspicions are similarly suspicious for such grand claims with nothing of substance to believe...

All a game of funding?...

And there is this similarly dubious recent release which contained this absolute doozy:

Researchers ... say they have detected significant numbers of neutrons—byproducts of fusion reactions—coming from the experiment. This, they say, demonstrates the viability of their approach and marks progress toward the ultimate goal of producing more energy than the fusion device takes in.

Any bright middle-schooler can tell you this is utter twaddle... hundred-dollar tabletop Farnsworth fusors (including home-made) do fusion and produce neutrons, and have for seventy(?) years, and none of them have even approached an order of magnitude of closeness to breaking even. And theoretically, they couldn't no matter how they are designed.
3) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Skunkworks breakthrough (Message 1587808)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
I get the feeling that Tullio has a very low opinion of the work being done by the engineers and scientists under the employ of Lockheed/Martin in their quest for a working fusion reactor.

Tullio is skeptical and rightly so. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Let's see a dozen independent analyses confirm that this device produces more energy via nuclear fusion than it consumes, and then we can break out the champagne and thank Lockheed Martin's scientists and engineers for saving humanity's future.

Until then, as you noted, it's yet another in a long line of failed attempts.
4) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : NASA confirms ‘impossible’ thruster actually works, could revolutionize space travel (Message 1582329)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
This is either the most amazing discovery in physics since, well, ever, which will force the rewriting of kinematics and other branches... or it's "Cold Propulsion." More confirmation and testing required. But definitely thanks for the heads-up. :^)

Due to relativity's mass/energy equivalence, emission of EM has "kickback" and a photon drive would work in under our current understanding of physcics, but to the tune of 150 megawatts per Newton of force (as a minimum; twice that if not reflected.) The Chinese team claimed 720 millinewtons which should require 108 megawatts of power. I rather doubt it was that high!
5) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : This message board (Message 1577765)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Can I redeem these at my local store?

Only for one product:

6) Questions and Answers : Web site : FORUM_QA_MERGED_MODE (Message 1577069)
Posted 24 Sep 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
I'm seeing this too but only from the SETI@home Message boards panel.
7) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Time Travel (Message 1568730)
Posted 7 Sep 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
I think that the best argument against travel backwards in time ever being invented is the lack of time travelers from some unforeseen future turning up now at important events. Perhaps they are just good at hiding. :^)

Of course, there are the paradoxes as well. Once a time machine is invented, at at any time after that someone who didn't like time machines could prevent this from happening by going back in time and murdering the inventor(s).
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What does being GREENmean to you? (Message 1568465)
Posted 7 Sep 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Not a good idea for a septic tank system

Correct, but a great one for a building with wide pipes that won't clog.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Fundraising time again..... (Message 1568110)
Posted 6 Sep 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
I love a theme!!!

Your donation was far more generous than mine, so it deserves a raccoon trying to be Jean-Michel Jarre:

10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Fundraising time again..... (Message 1567990)
Posted 6 Sep 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Edited: never mind... got an answer and it was a misunderstanding. Let's return to fundraising.

Thank you for your gift of $10.00 via Visa on 09/05/2014.
Your gift will benefit the following area:

SETI@home - $10.00

Your confirmation number is: 136706

Not much, I know, but >$0.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What does being GREENmean to you? (Message 1567845)
Posted 5 Sep 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
I do have a compost bin!

I have a compost bin... in a way. I was given a green one by the city, which was too small, stunk, was a pain to empty (and was probably being landfilled by our building anways) and required a big diesel-burning truck to move the collected organic waste around.

Then I realized I had a much better one already: It's powered by gravity, it's great at hiding the smells, and everything that goes into it gets returned to the earth or turned into mulch. Just about everyone else has one too.

It's called a "toilet" in case you were still wondering. :^) So I chop up the waste until it's small enough and down it goes. And I don't do a special flush for it either.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Fundraising time again..... (Message 1567812)
Posted 5 Sep 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
"The fundraisers you host interfere with the staff-supported fundraising schedule."

I agree that is weird... is the money going to go stale and have to be thrown out? Didn't realize that this project was so well-off as to refuse donations or any efforts to raise them. Hrm.

Hope that next time there's a major server failure it occurs during the staff-supported fundraising schedule. :^p
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What does being GREENmean to you? (Message 1567626)
Posted 5 Sep 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
I only eat meat because I believe my body needs the proteins. We evolved from hunters and still need the protein.

Some complete protein sources from plants:

Soy ferments (miso, tofu, etc.)
Quinoa (is pricey though but needs to be eaten only occasionally to get anything missing.)
Mixed beans and rice (yes, that is enough. Rice should be brown of course!)
GABA/GBR (germinated brown rice): Simply soak brown rice for 1-2 days in near-body-temperature water and then cook normally.

You only need these if your diet is otherwise monotonic. If you're eating a variety of vegetables, grains, legumes and fruits you don't have to worry about protein.

The bigger concern is lack of vitamins D and B12. You can get D from shiitake mushrooms but B12 is only from animal sources (milk and eggs are good non-meat sources) or chemically synthesized supplements.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What does being GREENmean to you? (Message 1567574)
Posted 5 Sep 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
No vehicle; moved to an optimally public-transit-accessible locale to allow this.
No children of my own; raised two though.
Live in an apartment instead of a house.
Recycle whatever I can; this includes diverting any recyclables I find in our building in the trash to the right place.
Eat little meat, and no mammals (exception occasionally only at restaurants.)
Try to save energy by minimizing use of AC/heat, shorter showers with a low-flow showerhead, non-incandescent lighting, etc. Major exception: SETI@Home obviously. :^)

...none of us is being totally green because we burn excess carbon cycles searching for ET.

Nuclear here.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Actor-Director Richard Attenborough Dies at 90 (Message 1561743)
Posted 24 Aug 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
The linked BBC article doesn't mention the role of his which was my favourite, but this one does:

The role he found the most personally disturbing was that of murderer John Christie in 10 Rillington Place.

Important movie very accurately based on a true story... must-see. R.I.P. Lord Attenborough.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : We all haz badges! (Message 1558707)
Posted 18 Aug 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
I don't have a badge.

If you want one, you'll need a higher RAC than my cell. phone's. ;^)
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : We all haz badges! (Message 1557313)
Posted 15 Aug 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Well as I cannot remove my "badge"...

I would also like the idea one can disable it...

The badges are easy to remove with the browser plugin AdBlock Plus (available for FireFox and Chrome... unsure of others.) I don't mind them but I'm too used to the look of the site as it was and found they cluttered it so I removed them. Did I mention AdBlock will also remove 99%+ of all web advertising everywhere as well and it's the first essential plugin I grab on a new install? But I digress...

With the plugin installed just right-click on a badge image, choose AdBlock Plus: Block image from the context menu. Do not accept the default selection of what to block on the window that appears, or all images on this site will disappear; instead choose the one just above. The three images are:

Once you've added them, refresh the page and they will disappear. Note that this will also remove the badge from your own profile page, but I imagine you probably know your standing there already. :^)
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cats (Message 1546581)
Posted 24 Jul 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww :) I think it is Mr Kevvy - thank you! :)

You're welcome. :^) One of our cats was found as a stray kitten in the winter under a highway overpass. When we brought her home we wondered if the adult male would accept her. Soon we found them curled up in the pet bed cleaning each other like this. They are certainly endearing beasties, aren't they?
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cats (Message 1546575)
Posted 24 Jul 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
I came across a really cute clip recently. Sadly it was of a lonely Lynx in a zoo but it had been befriended by a stray domestic cat...

Could this be it?
20) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Jupiter's Red Spot is shrinking. (Message 1544608)
Posted 19 Jul 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
researchers aren't certain of the cause

Chandra: Can you analyse the image on monitor circuit 2?
HAL: Yes. There is a circular object near the equator. It is twenty-two thousand kilometres in diameter. It is comprised of rectangular objects.
Chandra: How many?
HAL: One million, three hundred and fifty five thousand, plus or minus one thousand.
Chandra: And what is the proportion of the objects in question?
HAL: One by four by nine.
Chandra: Do you recognise these objects?
HAL: Yes. They are identical in size and shape to the object you call the monolith. Ten minutes to ignition. All systems nominal.
Chandra: Is the number of monoliths constant?
HAL: No, they are increasing.
Chandra: At what rate?
HAL: Once every two minutes.
Curnow: Look closely. Tell me I'm nuts - are the cloud formations going towards the spot?
Floyd: You're not nuts.
Orlov: Looks like the thing is eating the planet.
Floyd: I think it is.

Arthur C. Clarke was sure of the cause. ;^)

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