Posts by linger

  • Hard News: Public Address founder…, in reply to WH,

    Let’s just see what happens

    I don’t advise anyone to hold their breath: we’ve heard all of this before. Here’s Mills in 2002.

    "We’re almost completely done with the core science. We’re getting to the point where we’re not going to need a lot of money,” he explains. “Our focus is on scaling up for commercial applications."

    Followed by that Phase I report ... asking for more money.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1489 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address founder…, in reply to John Farrell,

    Certainly that was Bob Park’s verdict in 2008 (when, familiarly enough, BLP was promising delivery of a working product “within 12-18 months”).

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1489 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address founder…,

    And as if on cue, here's a new BBC Radio 4 series, Nothing But The Truth, on the "post-truth" world.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1489 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address founder…,

    Mills himself has a “doctorate level qualification”. It’s not in physics.
    Nor did any of the observers emerging with any enthusiasm for the company have relevant qualifications in quantum mechanics.
    Amongst other organisations, NASA looked into it, concluding the evidence was “not compelling” (which Park 2002 notes is admin-speak for not wanting to admit you wasted your research budget).
    Meanwhile, Mills' spectroscopic findings have been adequately explained as the product of already known processes; and no separate band has ever been observed in the hydrogen emission spectrum corresponding to Mills' claimed lower-energy "hydrino" state.

    … Ah. I see what you did here.
    Dammit, I’d managed to forget that post-truth was the winner.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1489 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address founder…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Possibly move to the Tale of Two Iceblocks thread? – where WH has already posted a reference to the same emergent technology/scam (cross out whichever doesn’t apply, but until details of the proposed mechanism are supplied, the latter seems more likely: the report as cited implies catalysts can magically create energy, which -- if that is the actual claim -- is risible).

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1489 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…, in reply to John Farrell,

    Note also the headline’s victim-blaming femme fatale reference
    (“crash” should presumably have been added).

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1489 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: From Zero: Weed, in reply to Steve Withers,

    Hey, what do Labour really have to lose at this point -- could they possibly make themselves more unpopular with the public? The bigger problem for them is that it would expose party disunity: their current MP roster includes some social conservatives who would be vocally against any such policy.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1489 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music! That one album, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    ... even less in Wellington
    (not due to windchill, but because the central city area is so small)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1489 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music! That one album, in reply to mark taslov,

    Hey, credit where it’s due: you want under-the-radar stealth, try listening for the keyboards in that mix! (Admittedly, YouTube over computer speakers is probably doing me few favours in that search.)

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  • Hard News: Music! That one album, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    Looking at the relevant sentence in Wikipedia, anonymity probably isn’t entirely the point: FG has chosen an accurate function-based label.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1489 posts Report Reply

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