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  1. Fusion could take us into the far future... but...

    Fusion could take us into the far future... but will the moderators let us continue?
  2. Nuclear fusion based on helium-3 mined from the...

    Nuclear fusion based on helium-3 mined from the moon seems a distinct possibility.
  3. It's a cool digression, but I don't want to get...

    It's a cool digression, but I don't want to get into an argument. However



    it could be argued that last few percent may not save much but could lead to supplies that need no fan.
  4. Absolutely, and heat trapped by greenhouse gasses...

    Absolutely, and heat trapped by greenhouse gasses is the dominant factor.
  5. True, the power station is as much a heat engine...

    True, the power station is as much a heat engine as a car engine, but it has the advantage of being an external combustion engine and so much more flexible on fuel.

    The ICE still costs about 4...
  6. Interestingly ball bearings tend to be nosier...

    Interestingly ball bearings tend to be nosier than sleeve bearings so it may have been just fine; but I would also have replaced it.
  7. http://insideenergy.org/2015/11/06/lost-in-transmi...

    http://insideenergy.org/2015/11/06/lost-in-transmission-how-much-electricity-disappears-between-a-power-plant-and-your-plug/

    Claims much lower losses in transmission



    No, for two reason;...
  8. Efficiency Stability Resilience are all...

    Efficiency
    Stability
    Resilience


    are all very important, but for me



    Longevity
  9. One must be careful with efficiency; one can...

    One must be careful with efficiency; one can extract energy from the 25C temperature difference between the surface of the ocean and 300m deep, with a theoretical maximum efficiency of 7% (so much...
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    I'm the other way around, I'd hate to risk...

    I'm the other way around, I'd hate to risk shorting stuff with conducting grease; bulb grease is actually a dielectric (silicone grease).
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    They save a few pennies and take a big risk. For...

    They save a few pennies and take a big risk. For now I have tightened the connectors and added a little silicone oil to discourage further oxidation.
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    Electrical connections

    When will someone figure out a good electrical connection, not just for power supplies but in general. My microwave is full of burnt spade connectors and it comes back to life if I tighten them so...
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    I hope the future is not one of overwhelming...

    I hope the future is not one of overwhelming spam.

    Even so, it did make me think of a way to redesign connectors... with internal equalizer plates.
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    Isn't a better solution to join the pins inside...

    Isn't a better solution to join the pins inside the 6 pin connector; then one can still have just 4 wires if one wants but all 6 pins will share the load. This might also help if the wires are...
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    Maybe by mining the moon for helium-3 to run...

    Maybe by mining the moon for helium-3 to run nuclear fusion reactors.

    But we have drifted a little off topic here...
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    I strangely don't like high resolution movies ...

    I strangely don't like high resolution movies

    * DVD: Things look more perfect than the real world

    * HD: I can see the imperfections and the actors look like adults playacting

    I like my...
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    You are right, my bad I should have written...

    You are right, my bad

    I should have written "Maximum amps for chassis wiring"
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    https://www.powerstream.com/Wire_Size.htm see...

    https://www.powerstream.com/Wire_Size.htm

    see "Maximum amps for power transmission"

    I think PC power supplies run a lot higher.
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    My concern is GPUs; I see them going in the...

    My concern is GPUs; I see them going in the opposite direction.

    One thing that gets to me is all the energy expended on mining; makes my 2W wasted seem trivial.
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    The future may be one of very low power CPU...

    The future may be one of very low power CPU chips; one can run Windows 10 on an 8GB Raspberry Pi 4
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    All it takes is one error and you turn it off...

    All it takes is one error and you turn it off before the computer is finished shutting down and I tend to use the computer at all sorts of times so don't want to be booting it over and over. I also...
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    If I really wanted to save I would need to...

    If I really wanted to save I would need to replace my WiFi units (which consume way more than 2W) with ethernet cables and also unplug the monitor.

    One thing I used to use was a master switch...
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    I must confess that with the Almond 3 units I was...

    I must confess that with the Almond 3 units I was looking at the wrong capacitors, and the company pointed me in the right direction; I would not have been able to figure out that one myself.

    The...
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    I have some Almond 3 Wi-Fi units, they were...

    I have some Almond 3 Wi-Fi units, they were dropping like flies; turned out to be a tiny capacitor at fault costing only pennies. Once replaced the units are robust and should last a good long time....
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    I keep a stock of lead solder for all my repairs,...

    I keep a stock of lead solder for all my repairs, the lower temperature alone makes work easier. I believe that the medical and aerospace industry is allowed to keep using leaded solder; part of the...
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