Ferret Oxide wrote:Tidal power has interesting possibilities but is unlikely to provide the sort of output to make it worthwhile. Consider this, the population of the country is heading towards 70 million. We haven't built any new nuclear power stations for a few decades, and the fossil fuel ones we've built have been small. We're predicted to face an energy shortage in the next few years as demand is creeping above supply and instead of doing something significant about it, we're faffing around with overly expensive windmills and technology that is probably decades away from being commercially viable.
sscott wrote:I fuck1n love the fuck1n Internet and all its fuckin fu(kball opinions. I fuck1n like this fuk(her, I don't fuccckin like this fuckeeer. It's not out yet, that isn't gonna gonna stop me! No sir! and so onnnnnnnnnn........
Megamixer wrote: One of the professors also claimed that he was imprisoned for a short time and his inventions were taken away by the government.
The Angry Jock wrote:You give "people" far too much credit.
Ferret Oxide wrote: the laws of physics dictate that energy cannot be created. You can change energy from one type to another (kinetic to heat, for example) but not create it.
Mire Mare wrote:I read the first post, scanned a few responses and, well, I can't be bothered reading any more.
Mire Mare wrote:ignore friction in a system, any system, at your peril!
sscott wrote:Absolute bullsh1t I'm afraid.
ReplayRetro wrote:Mire Mare wrote:I read the first post, scanned a few responses and, well, I can't be bothered reading any more.
Perhaps responding without fully understanding the conversation is ill thought out?Mire Mare wrote:ignore friction in a system, any system, at your peril!
totally agree with you, every time this is done it always leads to problems, although if this was aimed at me (think i'm the only one who has really mentioned friction so far) i never said ignoring it was possible, even magnetic friction does exist (although im not sure if it does when suspended in a vacuum?)
ReplayRetro wrote:Personally i've always thought that theoretical science is important both the standard side and the interesting but often misguided "what if" side.
The what if side is based on working out different possibilities based on simple changes to established knowledge, so for example they might look at something from the point of view of something basic in the principles of physics being wrong and how that might affect other things and allow possibilities that would otherwise not be feasible to known science. Occasionally these people stumble across something which can actually be applied to reality because their methods are so out of the box and sometimes its that fresh look that makes all the difference
ReplayRetro wrote:-One of the biggest impacts on the economy at the moment is the soaring cost of energy/fuel as this limits what the public can spend on goods and services, so cheaper energy = more spending money to put into the economy = more jobs = more people with spending money = more VAT contributions = reduced goverment debt
che_don_john wrote:no-one is panicking about the fuels running out, which leads me to suspect two things: either we have discovered sufficiently more fossil fuels which we can use; or we have an alternative lined up already.
CIH wrote:The whole issue regarding fuel is the perfect example of where politicans would make a genuine improvement but they don't. They like to talk about "leadership" and making "tough decisions" well this is the perfect example where a decision needs to be made and leadership enacted but instead everyone dithers and pulls in different directions because no one is quite sure whether we'll do x, y or z.
joefish wrote:The biggest problems with 'alternative' fuels is they cost a massive amount to get going. It may seem obvious that wind and waves are free, but fan blades and turbines are anything but. The cost of constructing and maintaining them doesn't come anywhere near the costs that can be recouped from the energy they do generate.
ReplayRetro wrote:But the cost of getting everyone in prison to run on a giant wheel generating electricity? yeah now we're moving forward, who's with me??? no? nobody? ok then
speedlolita wrote:Yeah but I don't want one that someone has pissed on.
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