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(Exploding Cigar)   New York wants giant ray gun to evaporate garbage   ( divider line
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4095 clicks; posted to Main » on 20 Oct 2002 at 6:09 PM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-10-20 06:11:59 PM  
Are you sure they arent going to use it to destroy planes or something?
2002-10-20 06:12:43 PM  
now all we need is a giant ray gun to evaporate new yorkers
2002-10-20 06:13:07 PM  
No, they just want to blow up the Sears Tower so that they can have the tallest building again.
2002-10-20 06:13:54 PM  
I think they could find better uses for this death ray.
2002-10-20 06:17:17 PM  
"produces more electricity than it consumes"

Excuse me?
2002-10-20 06:17:46 PM  
Mental405:now all we need is a giant ray gun to evaporate new yorkers

And somewhere John Rocker is laughing,yet still unemployed
2002-10-20 06:22:48 PM  
and why doesnt our military have one of these?
2002-10-20 06:25:45 PM  
John Rocker is an asshat
2002-10-20 06:27:24 PM  
On a side note.....A giant "laser"?,whoever is behind this may decide to hold the world ransom for one MILLION dollars...Muhahaha...I hope the at least put them on sharks heads too
2002-10-20 06:27:50 PM  
just send it to New Jersey -- its a dump anyways
2002-10-20 06:28:09 PM  
John Rocker is the king of all asshats
2002-10-20 06:32:27 PM  
Nick15: If they wanted the tallest tower again, they'd have to blow more than the Sears Tower. They'd have to blow up all of the following buildings:

Union Square (u/c) in Hong Kong
Taipei Financial Center (u/c) in Taipei
Sears Tower in Chicago
2 International Financial Center (u/c) in Hong Kong
Petronas Tower 1 in Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Tower 2 in Kuala Lumpur
Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai
2002-10-20 06:33:11 PM  
This sounds like a job for Tesla...
2002-10-20 06:35:36 PM  
CB: My guess is that they have it generate electricity through the vents for the superheated gas to escape. (Kinda like an electric motor, only in reverse.)

Now if you start saying that there's no way, just think about where all the energy in those molecular bonds went.
2002-10-20 06:36:13 PM  
OOOOOOOOOOOOOO....! I want one!!!!
2002-10-20 06:38:01 PM  
2002-10-20 06:40:26 PM  
as opposed to just plain big asses NSFW
2002-10-20 06:41:16 PM  
John Rocker is the Emperor of the Asshat Empire flying around the universe in the DeathCock, an armored battle penis with the ability to piss off entire planets with racial slurs
2002-10-20 06:50:37 PM  
uh, wouldn't that violate the laws of thernodynamics?

and if you say "laws are meant to be broken," expect a prompt digital punch in the face.
2002-10-20 06:51:52 PM  
You know, I was just thinking, laws are meant to be broken.
2002-10-20 06:55:26 PM  
...because BREATHING garbage is so much better.
2002-10-20 06:59:08 PM  
Maybe they should use the ray gun on Osama Bin Laden after we capture him :)
2002-10-20 07:04:15 PM  
Oxyd: It's not breaking the laws of thermodynamics, it was just written badly. The garbage itself is also energy (molecular bonds, as I mentioned above). It's just that the person who wrote the article was an idiot and didn't consider that to be energy along with the electricity pumped into that device.
2002-10-20 07:25:22 PM  
One question: Where can I get one of these? Seriously, It sounds awsome.
2002-10-20 07:26:18 PM  
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I hope its not an Illudiom PU-36 Explosive Space modulator
2002-10-20 07:28:57 PM  
"That's no moon, it's New Jersey".
2002-10-20 07:34:01 PM  
Tesla would be rolling in his grave if he were alive now.
2002-10-20 07:43:43 PM  
People who are alive don't roll in their graves, they just roll.
2002-10-20 07:46:43 PM  
Unless their Gothic
2002-10-20 07:47:16 PM  
This is reminding me of an episode of Futurama. 'cept they used a rocket.
2002-10-20 07:57:46 PM  
It's not a laser, it's an electrical arc. It converts the garbage to plasma (not gas) by knocking electrons off the atoms. What you get is an electric current and a huge cloud of positively-charged gunk floating off and electrolysing the atmosphere. All that matter has to go somewhere. If you process a lot of iron, you'll end up with a rain of rust somewhere downwind.
2002-10-20 08:07:24 PM  
Chemistry is fun

On A different note, I want to see those Tesla coils from Command and Conquer: Red Alert put into production. 30 foot tall ball of metal evaporating human flesh and melting tanks. That was a fun game. Im gonna actually do some working at work now.
2002-10-20 08:39:43 PM  
I thought they were going to gather all the garbage into a giant ball and launch it into space...

Damn you Fox, Damn you! Don't you know how much we miss that show?
2002-10-20 09:15:17 PM  
Well, you know something's fishy about this article... If everything it says about garbage vaporizers is true, then why doesn't every city have one? Hell, why don't I have one in my back yard?
2002-10-20 09:42:47 PM  
"Do not point Amazin' Laser at law enforcement"
2002-10-20 10:36:34 PM  
Nothing's fishy about it. I've read about them in Popular Science, too, and they're for real. I think there's a few reasons every city doesn't have one.
1) We already have the dumping equipment, and this is a new expense.
2) I believe that the trash needs to be sorted somewhat (not everything can be burned).
3) It takes a freaking big machine to handle a city's worth of trash. They were saying it would cost $12 million for a machine that would burn 1/800th of their trash! I'm sure the cost isn't proportional, but it's certainly going to cost more.
2002-10-20 11:33:27 PM  
two things about it:
1) what retard didn't just link to the article
2) that is photoshop opportunity if i ever saw one
2002-10-21 04:54:51 AM  
Cant we just fire it off into the sun?
2002-10-21 06:07:28 PM  
Plasma incinerators, as these things have also been called, don't generate electricity. They also don't look or act anything like "ray guns". They look like big incinerators, usually a train car-sized metal box with a slow-moving conveyor that goes in and a smokestack that comes out. They 'burn' waste by converting it to plasma (very hot electrically-charged gas) with a huge honkin' electric arc. They use up far more electricity than they generate.

On the other hand, they're good for destroying lots of kinds of dangerous waste (but not radioactive waste). The atoms in the plasma usually recombine into simple and non-toxic stuff, like water, carbon dioxide, and miscellaneous crap. Less dangerous, if not completely safe, than the stuff it's cost-effective to run through the beast. They're not non-polluting, but they're cleaner than most other waste-destroying systems.

With current power sources, no city will ever be able to afford to burn their landfill garbage this way. Plasma incinerators have been around for decades. If you could make more energy than you use that way, everyone would be doing it.

Making energy from trash through "gassification" means letting organic wastes ferment and burning the resulting sewer gas. Completely different process.

Moral: Don't get your news from the New York Post.
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