Ser Scot A Ellison

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About Ser Scot A Ellison

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    My children's daddy and Social Justice Warrior!
  • Birthday 04/11/1971

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  1. The Fusion Reactor Is (kinda) Born - new baby steps

    HobbsTuna, Have you read my other posts?  I don't "object" to steam turbines it just strikes me as odd that the most efficent use of nuclear fission or fusion for power generation is heating water to power turbines.  It seems so... indirect.  I know it works.  I simply can't help but wonder if there isn't something we are missing that could be more efficient.
  2. US Politics: We're serving Flint water mmmmm.

    Lokisnow, When did attorneys become a "caste" and where do you ge the idea that attorneys have "no contact with lower [your word] castes"?
  3. U.S. Election - Onward to New Hampshire

    Tell that to my friend who died at 69 two months ago having retired a whole month before he passed.  Predetermining retirement ages based on profession seems, to me, to be a prima facia violation of the equal protection clauses.
  4. The Fusion Reactor Is (kinda) Born - new baby steps

    Maarsen, I know.  My point is not that it is bad.  It is that it seems weird, to me, that we can split or fuse the atom and we are using that vast energy to boil water.  It seems, again to me, that there ought to be a more direct way to convert that energy into usable electical energy.
  5. U.S. Election - Onward to New Hampshire

    Interesting, and what does that subjective standard do to with the equal protection clauses of the 5th and 14th amendments?   What if the attorney and accountant Tracker mentions have spent their whole carerres doing pro-bono work for the less fortunate but had the potential to make big money?  Should they be pushed to late retirement like other professionals because they had the potential to make big money or should they be judged on their actual incomes?
  6. The Fusion Reactor Is (kinda) Born - new baby steps

    Karaddin, I dislike eReaders.  I'm not "dead set against them".  If someone else wants to read with them go for it.    My daughter has a kindel.  I don't care for them but that's my asthetic preference. My wife thought of an interesting analogy that sums up my point it's as though we have amazing supercomputers but use them to manage "Pony Express" delivers.  One technology seems out if sink with the other.  
  7. The Fusion Reactor Is (kinda) Born - new baby steps

    Leap, I don't "object" to boilers.  They work and that's wonderful.  It just seems odd to me that we can tap nuclear power and we are using it to merely boil water.
  8. The Fusion Reactor Is (kinda) Born - new baby steps

    PG, Boilers are 18th century tech. You'd think we could do better in going on 3 centuries.  That's what bothers me.
  9. The Fusion Reactor Is (kinda) Born - new baby steps

    FN, Photovoltaic is very inefficient.  At a max only 10-20% of the photons are converted into electricity.  The rest is waste heat.  Steam turbines are much more efficient.  That's what bothers me. It's as though we can do something but don't know enough about what we're doing to do something interesting with what we are doing.
  10. The Fusion Reactor Is (kinda) Born - new baby steps

    Correct me if I'm wrong but wouldn't we be using fusion to boil water to spin steam turbines if it "worked"?  Does it bother anyone else that boilers are still the most efficient way to generate electical power?  We can harness the power of the atom and its subatomic constituant parts... to boil water. I keep thinking that in more than a century we'd have come up with a better way to power our civilization.
  11. U.S. Election - Onward to New Hampshire

    Tracker, None of the major party candidates really excite me.  But Rubio is light-years ahead of Trump.
  12. U.S. Election - Onward to New Hampshire

    LoB, My point is not that SC is do or die but that Sanders is unlikely to win much in the South.  I'm wondering if he can compensate in the NE and NW?
  13. U.S. Election - Onward to New Hampshire

    I had a nice chat with some political insiders at a bar near the SC state house.  They said Clinton is a slam dunk here.  That said, what happens if Bernie hangs on and does well in the NE and NW.  Could he compete at the convention?
  14. U.S. Election - Onward to New Hampshire

    Fez, If it can't be audited it should probably not be used as a method of election.
  15. AMMR, Dublin's got a good shot in 2019. I will probably not be able to come.