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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

ToddInSF I haven't read anything here that convinces me (345 comments)

either way.

Given how little posters here seem to be aware of the history of technological development and science in general though, I'm leaning towards the E-Cat being legitimate.

It certainly wouldn't be the first time a major technological breakthrough in the material sciences left academics and technicians who are wanna be researchers and experimenters befuddled and expressing frustration at their own relative lack of success and impotence.

3 days ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

ToddInSF Re:He tried patenting it... (975 comments)

No, you're wrong.

A recent example I recall would be the Japanese company that had a special capacitor electrolyte formula, which they kept as a trade secret. A competitor stole it, not aware that their internal documentation included intentional errors in that documentation.

When a competitor stole the documentation and produced millions of caps based on it, that had a high failure rate, we ended up with motherboards loaded with bad caps for years.

Patent protection doesn't make people rich beyond imagination - that's an idiotic assertion that only a fool would make. Patent protection works well for organization that have a fortune to spend on armies of lawyers. The lone inventor and most corporations have trade secrets to protect their investments in their research.

To claim trade secrets are akin to fraud is to be entirely unaware of reality.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

ToddInSF Well, there you have it... (975 comments)

A mystery that "science" is thus far incapable of grasping, and reluctant to properly investigate. It's been YEARS now and this has been outright dismissed by "science".

"Establishment gonna fall down and go boom."

Dr Ruth Leavitt - The Andromeda Strain (1971)

about a week ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

ToddInSF Auernheimer belongs in prison. (716 comments)

Along with everybody that also too part in criminal activities with him.

It's really just that simple.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

ToddInSF The kind of assholes that can pass an FBI exam (578 comments)

...are exactly the kind of people that should never, under any circumstances, have any authority over the public whatsoever.

about two weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

ToddInSF The premise is false (652 comments)

"It's highly unlikely that the world can safely produce almost five times as much electricity by 2035 as it does nowâ"which is what it would take to provide everyone with a circa-2010 American standard of living, according to a calculation by University of Colorado environmental studies professor Roger Pielke Jr. "

about two weeks ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

ToddInSF The problem is the US grid... (488 comments)

We need a national grid that does load shifting across time zones, so that peak usage is just a matter of shifting power where it's not needed, to where it is.

about three weeks ago
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Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

ToddInSF I'm all for this, but... (197 comments)

Is the moon even large enough to put Russia on ?

about a month ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

ToddInSF Re:Terrific counter to Monsanto's herbicide messag (308 comments)

Short-term, sure, so long as you have cheap petro-chemical derivatives and a massive distribution system for it to dump into the soil chemical fertilizers.

But what happens when you destroy the microbial diversity of the soil, and what happens when you manage to loose the topsoil over time ? And what happens as the petrochemical derivatives become increasingly prohibitively inevitably expensive ?

You're seriously going to compare industrial-scale agriculture with automation and technologies with our ancestors using manual labor and animals ?

That's a classic fallacy for sure.

about a month ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

ToddInSF Re:False Flag against 4chan???? (590 comments)

To be fair, that's how you'd get the most jail-time !

about a month ago
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The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job

ToddInSF Re:How is that supposed to work? (131 comments)

I think most people noted that you Misquoted entirely out of context.

No wonder you're AC !

about a month ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

ToddInSF Re:Mark Zuckerberg is a liar. (261 comments)

For an "immigrant worker" you certainly write just like a typical American troll.

Not buying it, AC.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Alternate Software For Use On Smartboards?

ToddInSF I havn't been in a classroom in a loooong time... (96 comments)

How nice to see that teachers aren't skilled enough to do on their own what their students do every day -

Figure out how to use new software by going on-line to the appropriate sites and using search engines to answer questions.

This doesn't surprise me; most of the teachers I've had just plain sucked.

about a month ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

ToddInSF Re: No surprise (224 comments)

By making it compulsory ?

By "rescuing" people to an extent that it thwarts their own ability to be somewhat self-sufficient and resourceful ?

Seriously, do you really lack imagination to such an extent that you can't come up with exceptions to a rule on your own, much less find the obvious examples of those exceptions in the world around you ?

Challenging ones own assumptions is pretty basic stuff.

about a month ago
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

ToddInSF Re:perhaps pessimism goes in cycles? (191 comments)

To be fair, it was the Cold War and the very real threat of global annihilation loomed over our heads.

The burden of warning people about the future has always fallen more on Science Fiction than any other form.

The spirit of the age was a depressing one.

That having been said, dystopian stories are always about a glass half empty sort of deal. In that regard, the dystopian story has always been more grounded in reality than it has been given credit. The point being, something is always lost when something big and heralded as awesome is gained. You're supposed to think about the cost of the new, and recognize that it's not all kittens and puppies, that's what dystopian stories are for.

about a month ago

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ToddInSF ToddInSF writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Particularly when they're popular with people that really should know better.

If you have data to discuss, present it, and talk about it.

If all you have is your faith and your conformity, I fart in your general direction.

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My First Journal Entry

ToddInSF ToddInSF writes  |  more than 10 years ago So this is my first SlashDot journal entry... Yay ! Ok, I know, but better late then never, alright...

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