Do not drive with radiation a few feet in front of you
Do not drive with radiation a few feet in front of you
Also… Do not drive with radiation a few feet in front of you.
This has been a PSA
If you checked the source for information you’d know the radiation it gives off is incredibly weak. It can be stopped with a single sheet of aluminum foil. So unless the engine’s in the passenger seat, you’ll be fine.
Radiation is bad for you in large doses. A lot of things give off small amounts of radiation that won’t hurt you such as phones, TVs, microwaves, computers, etc.
people not understanding radiation and insisting that all radiation ever is unnatural and bad makes me sad. please do your research.
Man oh man do I love Tumblr.
Alright, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover with this one. Go get some coffee.
One of the Critical Life Skills on the internet is the ability to estimate the reputability of a source at a glance. You need to be able to quickly sum up something and decide if it’s nonsensical garbage.
For instance, here’s the header of the “source” that nowyoukno cites:
“Then, by passing the Act of 1871, Congress formed a corporation known as THE UNITED STATES. This corporation, owned by foreign interests, shoved the organic version of the Constitution aside by changing the word ‘for’ to ‘of’ in the title. Let me explain: the original Constitution drafted by the Founding Fathers read: ‘The Constitution for the united states of America.’ [note that neither the words ‘united’ nor ‘states’ began with capital letters] But the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’ is a corporate constitution, which is absolutely NOT the same document you think it is. First of all, it ended all our rights of sovereignty [Sui Juris]. So you now have the HOW, how the international bankers got their hands on THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.”
"International bankers" is the standard dogwhistle phrasing for “jews”, by the way. And look, he’s also discovered the secret behind 9/11! Wow! Is nowyoukno going to do a post about how the Rothschilds did WTC, now, too?
But enough beating on an internet psycho, he’s certainly got enough problems already. I put scare quotes around source up there because this is just a plagiarized copy of a mashable.com article from 2013. It doesn’t have any more information, and doesn’t make any more sense, since mashable is garbage. No, we’ve got to go to the real source: laserpowersystems.com. And what a site it is!
I was having fun writing this post, right up until I started trying to read laserpowersystems.com.
I’ll tell ya, this guy really sincerely believes in his idea, which may or may not be nonsense. I can’t actually tell you what it is though, because he’s apparently terrified to put it down in print, just in case the Rothschilds steal it. It’s got something to with firing a beam of electrons using a laser wakefield accelerator into a block of thorium, and then… power is produced somehow? Which won’t happen, of course, since that’ll just coat the inside of your vacuum chamber with a film of thorium due to sputtering, and induce some fierce bremsstrahlung x-ray emission, (which certainly won’t be stopped by a sheet of aluminum foil!) but induce no actual fission events…
The mockup graphics all over the site look a lot like RTGs, which:
Can’t put out enough power to run a car (~100W)
Can’t be fueled by thorium
Are super expensive
Depending on the design, have a useful lifetime of only 10-30 years.
Pretty inefficient in their use of fissile materials, much worse than a conventional fission reactor.
This guy is kinda piggybacking on the proposed thorium fuel cycle, a real actual idea which laserpowersystems.com smears by mere association. But, oh well.
As for the people defending radiation in the reblogs above..
Let’s make sure we’re all on the same page:
Radiation is electromagnetic radiation, photons. The farther up the spectrum you go, the more of a punch each individual photon has. When you stand in the sunlight, you’re soaking up thousands of watts of radiation from the giant uncontrolled nuclear reactor our planet orbits. ELF photos are harmless, gamma ray photons are unambiguously dangerous, and kill you. Gamma rays are bad because they’re ionizing radiation: they’re so hot that they smash molecules apart when they smack into them. Ultraviolet light isn’t ionizing radiation, but it still has enough energy to cause photochemical reactions in your skin, and most importantly, your DNA, thus the popularity of skin cancer among baby boomers.
(I doubt that cell phone radiation is going to do much of anything that the internal black-body radiation of a warm body isn’t going to do. If our brain proteins are so fragile that they can’t handle 10^11Hz photons, then our own 10^12Hz photons would have cooked them long since.)
So saying that “radiation isn’t bad for you in small doses” is excluding rather a lot of context, isn’t it.
The 7438 is a quad 2-input NAND buffer with open-collector outputs. That means the die should look symmetrical to a degree.
To take it apart, I used a rotary tool to carve out the encapsulation material on the top and the bottom, and then picked at it with side cutters until the chip fell out. Sadly I cracked off a corner of the die including one bond pad, but it’s still possible to figure out how it works.
I was also an adherent of the propaganda/garbage dichotomy but then after reading tor.com/stories… I realized it had been written by Doctorow and I was hella baffled
Huh, that’s not bad. I’m getting the feeling that Cory got halfway through it before realizing that he was going to have to write an ending, though.
Spoilers: Vs jr jrer fhccbfrq gb oryvrir gung Yrba, nqiregvfvat nppbhag rkrphgvir, jnf nyfb n cunezprhgvpny purzvfg jub znantrq gb trg n cflpuvngevp zrqvpngvba nyy gur jnl vagb pyvavpny gevnyf, gura znantr gb xvyy gur qeht fb rssrpgviryl gung yvgrenyyl abobql ryfr va gur jbeyq rira unq n pbcl bs gur zbyrphyne fgehpgher; gura ur ernyyl arrqrq gb fcraq zber gvzr frggvat gung hc rneyvre va gur fgbel, engure guna fcevatvat vg ba hf ng gur raq.
So, now that I have a smartphone, I’ve been buying and reading ebooks. Thus,
Equoid, The Rhesus Chart, Neptune’s Brood by Charles Stross. (2011, 2013, 2014)
I wonder if I’m too familiar with Stross to actually enjoy his books anymore. I subscribe to his blog, so I tend to see ideas for his books being workshopped and ironed out. By the time the book is actually published I’m real, real familiar with the ideas and themes in it. That means the books have to make it based on the merit of the plot, execution and dialogue, areas where Stross has historically been weak, and actively seems to be getting weaker as time passes.
Equoid was okay, but The Rhesus Chart fumbled the climax badly, and Neptune’s Brood suffered from just being Boring As Shit.
The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon. (2007)
I couldn’t figure out why the average score on this book was so low, until I read the ending, at which point I was enlightened.
Spoilers: Gur Funqbj Zra ner fubja gb or nyy-cbjreshy, pna bcrengr bhgfvqr bs gvzr, naq ernyyl ernyyl ungr uhznaf. Vs gurl’er fb onqnff, gura ubj vf vg gung Jbat xrrcf xvpxvat gurve nff?
Nyfb, va gur svefg unys bs gur obbx Jbat zragvbaf ercrngrqyl gung gur anzr bs gur pvgl, “Haqvfpybfrq”, vf haqvfpybfrq orpnhfr vg’f n fuvgubyr shyy bs qrzbaf, naq lbh qba’g jnag gb tb gurer naljurer. Ohg gur frpbaq unys vf nobhg n mbzovr bhgoernx gung xvyyf gubhfnaqf, naq vf rkcyvpvgyl fnvq gb or yrnqvat arjf ba PAA sbe jrrxf. Pnyyvat gur gbja “Haqvfpybfrq” vf yvxr qbvat n obbx nobhg 9/11 naq ershfvat gb zragvba Arj Lbex ol anzr.
Homeland by Cory Doctorow. (2013)
You can divide all of Cory’s works into two groups: Garbage (Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, and Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town) and EFF Propaganda. (Eastern Standard Tribe, Little Brother, For The Win, Makers, etc etc) Homeland is among the latter.
Cory managed to publish a book about Snowden a couple months before Snowden actually leaked anything, which was amazing timing.
The most interesting thing about the book is the juxtaposition of these two passages.
If Cory wants us to take him seriously as an arbiter of coolness, then he needs to pull his mouth off Wil Wheaton’s dick for two seconds.
Screencheat is a two to four player first-person shooter where everyone is invisible and the only way to eliminate your enemy or win the match is by screen cheating - as in looking at your enemies side of the screen to know where they are and hunting them down.
Screencheat is certainly a unique FPS in today’s gaming world where every shooter is almost of the same concept but with a different theme to them. Taking inspirations from classic competitive FPS games like Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, and Halo, it’s looking to be an extremely fun and competitive game with a big (invisible) twist.
When a nanolaser casts a shadow, the grad student gets 6 more weeks of fabrication.
The pillar in the middle is one of the nanolasers our lab makes. It’s supposed to be a single column all by itself, roughly cylindrical with a bit of a funky coke bottle shape, about 1/100 the height of a sheet of printer paper. We etch out the column from a solid block of layered semiconductor, using a bombardment of high-energy plasma from the top. So, how did the nanolaser end up carving its shadow into solid semiconductor?
It seems that when we use the scanning electron microscope (SEM) to look at our nanolasers after various steps in our fabrication process, the microscope’s electron beam changes the properties of the semiconductor it hits, making it more resistant to our etching plasma. Since we’re usually imaging our lasers from the side, the electron beam hits each nanolaser pillar at an angle, and the area hidden behind the nanolaser gets shielded from the beam.
What this means, unfortunately, is that the more we use SEM to look at our fabrication progress, the less predictable the fabrication process becomes. A watched laser never lases.
Zazzle is great place to spot generative bots in action. The online marketplace has an API that allows scripts to upload designs, which has been exploited by those who seek to gain the trickle earnings of the Long-tail demand economy. By generating millions of variants of t-shirts and other products, the bots increase their chances of niche demand sales. To see a bot in action simply sort the items by Newest and refresh every now and again to find more items added to the market. Eventually you’ll spot patterns in the way products are generated, often the bot is going through words from A to Z. Above are some T-shirts generated when it passed through words beginning with ‘Ex’.