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(London Times)   80-ton wave generator works briefly as advertised when it falls into the ocean   (timesonline.co.uk) divider line 86
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2009-09-21 08:28:43 PM
I was ready to applaud your find, submitter, but the device doesn't generate waves; it uses the force of passing waves to generate electricity.
 
2009-09-21 09:44:00 PM
EverWatcher: I was ready to applaud your find, submitter, but the device doesn't generate waves; it uses the force of passing waves to generate electricity.

Thank you, Ted, that was the joke.
 
2009-09-21 09:52:20 PM
Oopsy-Daisy
 
2009-09-21 09:58:59 PM
EverWatcher: I was ready to applaud your find, submitter, but the device doesn't generate waves; it uses the force of passing waves to generate electricity.

The whole "play on words" thingy never worked for you, did it.
 
2009-09-21 09:59:56 PM
puffy999: EverWatcher: I was ready to applaud your find, submitter, but the device doesn't generate waves; it uses the force of passing waves to generate electricity.

Thank you, Ted, that was the joke.


LIKE A BISEXUAL
 
2009-09-21 10:00:26 PM
puffy999: EverWatcher: I was ready to applaud your find, submitter, but the device doesn't generate waves; it uses the force of passing waves to generate electricity.

Thank you, Ted, that was the joke.


If that was the joke, it was poorly thought out and not funny.

/not ironic
 
2009-09-21 10:03:19 PM
Baryogenesis: puffy999: EverWatcher: I was ready to applaud your find, submitter, but the device doesn't generate waves; it uses the force of passing waves to generate electricity.

Thank you, Ted, that was the joke.

If that was the joke, it was poorly thought out and not funny.

/not ironic


But was it shallow and pedantic?
 
2009-09-21 10:04:36 PM
5 posts before the irony police chime in...

Not bad.
 
2009-09-21 10:06:09 PM
akula: Baryogenesis: puffy999: EverWatcher: I was ready to applaud your find, submitter, but the device doesn't generate waves; it uses the force of passing waves to generate electricity.

Thank you, Ted, that was the joke.

If that was the joke, it was poorly thought out and not funny.

/not ironic

But was it shallow and pedantic?


I suppose it depends on how far off shore the generator was when it fell in the water.

/got nothin'
 
2009-09-21 10:06:13 PM
It would've been ironic had it actually been a device designed specifically not to fall into the ocean, but it is rather amusing regardless, and I applaud the pun.

/still bummed I didn't patent the idea behind this device when I first had it...
 
2009-09-21 10:06:16 PM
I laughed. Why do people have to piss all over the fun?
 
2009-09-21 10:06:30 PM
As an ocean wave modeler and a fan of humorous headlines, I'm not getting much of a kick out of these replies.
 
2009-09-21 10:06:33 PM
OOBE Juan Kenobi: 5 posts before the irony police chime in...

Not bad.


Yeah, they haven't been on their game as much lately.
 
2009-09-21 10:07:02 PM
Not funny. But the fark defender force is.
 
2009-09-21 10:09:25 PM
glench.com

/icy hot
 
2009-09-21 10:09:33 PM
A wave generator will never work for energy, so why even attempt it when we know it won't work, so why even try it?! You say it would help prevent global warming if we produced energy this way, but even if it did, which it doesn't, it would be God's intention for us to implement the tools to destroy the earth and bring back Jesus'TM return much quicker! Oil and Coal and Nuclear are God's solutions to create a Christian future for this world.

/just wanted to get the Wharrgarbl out of the way and so we start the discussions about this accident
 
2009-09-21 10:12:48 PM
I laughed.
 
2009-09-21 10:13:58 PM
DarkSoulNoHope: A wave generator will never work for energy, so why even attempt it when we know it won't work, so why even try it?! You say it would help prevent global warming if we produced energy this way, but even if it did, which it doesn't, it would be God's intention for us to implement the tools to destroy the earth and bring back Jesus'TM return much quicker! Oil and Coal and Nuclear are God's solutions to create a Christian future for this world.

/just wanted to get the Wharrgarbl out of the way and so we start the discussions about this accident


I didn't realize there were wave energy generator wharrgarblists out there. Besides, everyone knows the best way to create a Christian future and ensure energy independence is to burn the non-believers.
 
2009-09-21 10:14:35 PM
DarkSoulNoHope: A wave generator will never work for energy, so why even attempt it when we know it won't work, so why even try it?! You say it would help prevent global warming if we produced energy this way, but even if it did, which it doesn't, it would be God's intention for us to implement the tools to destroy the earth and bring back Jesus'TM return much quicker! Oil and Coal and Nuclear are God's solutions to create a Christian future for this world.

/just wanted to get the Wharrgarbl out of the way and so we start the discussions about this accident


It wasn't an accident. Exxon knows.
 
2009-09-21 10:14:37 PM
DarkSoulNoHope:

/just wanted to get the Wharrgarbl out of the way and so we start the discussions about this accident


that is some impressive whargarble sir. I applaud you.
 
2009-09-21 10:19:22 PM
DarkSoulNoHope: A wave generator will never work for energy, so why even attempt it when we know it won't work, so why even try it?! You say it would help prevent global warming if we produced energy this way, but even if it did, which it doesn't, it would be God's intention...

I got to that far before realizing you were being facetious. That's the sad state of things lately.
 
2009-09-21 10:19:36 PM
Towed to Dunwich Bay? Oh the Horror!!!!
 
2009-09-21 10:20:35 PM
Man On Fire: DarkSoulNoHope:

/just wanted to get the Wharrgarbl out of the way and so we start the discussions about this accident

that is some impressive whargarble sir. I applaud you.


-Do that for Health Care Reform and he might end up on Fox News
 
2009-09-21 10:22:45 PM
DarkSoulNoHope: "A wave generator will never work for energy, so why even attempt it when we know it won't work, so why even try it?! You say it would help prevent global warming if we produced energy this way, but even if it did, which it doesn't, it would be God's intention for us to implement the tools to destroy the earth and bring back Jesus'TM return much quicker! Oil and Coal and Nuclear are God's solutions to create a Christian future for this world."

I was laughing right up until I saw that you put nuclear in there as well. Don't tell me you're a NIMBY?

Renewables are fantastic. But only in regions suited to each type. We cannot transition to renewable-only energy in any reasonable amount of time. New nuclear plants will be an absolute necessity, and in fact they're one of the best options as far as emissions go.
 
2009-09-21 10:23:04 PM
A generator that runs on waves becomes a wave generator.
 
2009-09-21 10:25:09 PM
omgreds.com
 
2009-09-21 10:28:27 PM
F4N0r: Towed to Dunwich Bay? Oh the Horror!!!!

www.filmdope.com
Sees what you did there.
 
2009-09-21 10:32:06 PM
Zamboro: New nuclear plants will be an absolute necessity, and in fact they're one of the best options as far as emissions go.

Do we really want to pattern ourselves after the French?

/maybe we could call them "freedom reactors"
 
2009-09-21 10:38:04 PM
images2.wikia.nocookie.net

Amateurs.
 
2009-09-21 10:43:42 PM
scrumpox: Yog-Sothoth! Yog-Sothoth!

/came in for Dean Stockwell; left a happy man
 
2009-09-21 10:44:34 PM
Day-um, that Colloidal silver is a hellava drug....
 
2009-09-21 10:46:04 PM
That would put me in a state of fear.

/please tell me you got that
//awww, forget it!
 
2009-09-21 10:50:09 PM
DarkSoulNoHope

A wave generator will never work for energy, so why even attempt it when we know it won't work, so why even try it?! You say it would help prevent global warming if we produced energy this way, but even if it did, which it doesn't, it would be God's intention for us to implement the tools to destroy the earth and bring back Jesus'TM return much quicker! Oil and Coal and Nuclear are God's solutions to create a Christian future for this world.

/just wanted to get the Wharrgarbl out of the way and so we start the discussions about this accident


img269.imageshack.us
 
2009-09-21 10:56:39 PM
PresentCompanyExcluded: That would put me in a state of fear.

/please tell me you got that
//awww, forget it!


Did the Antarctic ice sheet plan fail?
 
2009-09-21 10:58:45 PM
And we were laughin at ourselves, while our feet clung tight to the ground... So pleased with ourselves, for using so many verbs and nouns... But we all were just

Dumb
Dumb
Dumber than the Dirt
Dirt
Dirt
On the ground

/Circlin' round...
 
2009-09-21 11:03:59 PM
What's with the media and the "enough power to light X number of homes" crap? can't they just give us the actual numbers in Kilo/Megawatts?

Hell, is there even a standard "home" and a conversion between the two?
 
2009-09-21 11:10:17 PM
To be fair, it seems to float just as well upside down as the right way up. Good pontoons, just not far enough apart.
 
2009-09-21 11:14:47 PM
Zamboro: New nuclear plants will be an absolute necessity, and in fact they're one of the best options as far as emissions go.

Only if we change the law so we can reprocess the spent fuel into more energy production. As it is now, the spent nuclear fuel has to go somewhere and storing radioactive waste into a single area increases the chances of an unforeseen accident or incident occurring. Also, other than reprocessing spent fuel, we should be focusing our efforts into developing smaller, less expensive, and safer reactors (the pebble bed reactor being one of them), that would reassure the public that they won't hear a loud alarm from the nuclear plant telling them that they have to leave now, but will be able to return to their homes... in about 50 years.

/still takes a lot of public money to create a PRIVATE nuclear plant
 
2009-09-21 11:18:35 PM
 
2009-09-21 11:26:00 PM
How much do waves normally weigh if you don't have an apparatus like this to make them heavier?
 
2009-09-21 11:29:05 PM
EverWatcher: I was ready to applaud your find, submitter, but the device doesn't generate waves; it uses the force of passing waves to generate electricity.

Actually, although the story calls it a wave power generator the original headline calls it a wave generator. Subby win.
 
2009-09-21 11:32:58 PM
D_Evans45: And we were laughin at ourselves, while our feet clung tight to the ground... So pleased with ourselves, for using so many verbs and nouns... But we all were just

Dumb
Dumb
Dumber than the Dirt
Dirt
Dirt
On the ground

/Circlin' round...


That's nice and all, but can't we just be

Done
Done
Done with all the farkfarkfarking around?

And get into a serious national discussion about energy?

/great song, btw
 
2009-09-21 11:39:13 PM
DarkSoulNoHope: A wave generator will never work for energy, so why even attempt it when we know it won't work, so why even try it?! You say it would help prevent global warming if we produced energy this way, but even if it did, which it doesn't, it would be God's intention for us to implement the tools to destroy the earth and bring back Jesus'TM return much quicker! Oil and Coal and Nuclear are God's solutions to create a Christian future for this world.

/just wanted to get the Wharrgarbl out of the way and so we start the discussions about this accident


take this as a sine that coming hertz will increase in frequencies, we're only in the valley, and soon to climb to the peak of this sort of thing.
 
2009-09-21 11:55:13 PM
Zamboro: DarkSoulNoHope: "A wave generator will never work for energy, so why even attempt it when we know it won't work, so why even try it?! You say it would help prevent global warming if we produced energy this way, but even if it did, which it doesn't, it would be God's intention for us to implement the tools to destroy the earth and bring back Jesus'TM return much quicker! Oil and Coal and Nuclear are God's solutions to create a Christian future for this world."

I was laughing right up until I saw that you put nuclear in there as well. Don't tell me you're a NIMBY?

Renewables are fantastic. But only in regions suited to each type. We cannot transition to renewable-only energy in any reasonable amount of time. New nuclear plants will be an absolute necessity, and in fact they're one of the best options as far as emissions go.


________________________


I'm going to have to disagree with you about them being one of the best options Zamboro. With the potential for Chernoble-esk melt downs/China syndromes (I know, I know - we build MUCH safer ones than Chernoble, but the potential is still there) and there is the ever present problem of waste disposal and storage (who knew the Nevadans could sustain the cry "Not In My Backyard for nearly two decades.)

I am also going to argue their necessity.

With about 92 square miles of these:
www.sciam.com


we could power the entire U.S.

Before you get into their downsides, allow me to defuse those arguments.

1. cloud cover/rain.
If we distribute them across the entire South West from California to Texas & have a couple of extra towers for redundancy, this will not be a problem

2. Night
With the new liquid sodium towers, the liquid salt stores heat so well that its residual heat can be used to run steam turbines all night until the sun comes up the following morning.

3. Power transfer inefficiency
Yeah, moving this quantity of power is a daunting task, one that would require revamping a lot of the nation's backbone lines and would require a "smart grid," but they are already going to build this even without 92 square miles of solar energy requiring transfer.

Besides, you wouldn't build this and leave it at that. Ideally you would also give low-interest government loans to home owners to install photovoltaic panels on their houses just like the Germans do (As I understand it, the Germans have had great success with their photovoltaic loan program and they are limited to latitudes that are less than ideal, while we would have the entire south as well as those latitudes.) Giving us a distributed power grid.

4. Massive Cost
These towers are a lot less expensive than nuclear. You could build 100 + of them for what it takes to build 1 nuclear plant.

Just think if we had taken all the TARP money and built these instead of rescuing the money lenders. We would have done more good with the money by getting it into the hands of people that would have spent it and kept the economy going, and we would not be rewarding the banker's bad behavior, and smaller banks run by smarter CEOs would have gotten the opportunity to take over the business from the idiots who ran our economy into the ground. On top of all that, we would be a lot less dependent on oil and coal. This combined with the Chevy Volt they keep promising us or something like it, we would be able to make due with domestic supplies and what we get from Canada and get the Fark out of the Middle East.

5. 92 square miles!?! That is a freaking huge amount of land, where are you going to find 92 square miles.

The answer to that is: "Have you seen just how much empty desert there is out here? You could stake out the entire 92 square miles of desert in the area around Phoenix Arizona and the locals wouldn't even notice (as a bonus, it would finally give this town a valid reason for existing.)

/Gotta watch it when riding my hobby horse, the little sucker bucks like he is a rodeo horse who just had his testes crimped with a rope. I'll just be getting off now; I think I made it the full 8 seconds.
 
2009-09-21 11:59:49 PM
EverWatcher: I was ready to applaud your find, submitter, but the device doesn't generate waves; it uses the force of passing waves to generate electricity.

i224.photobucket.com

WAVE GENERATORS DO NOT WORK THAT WAY!!
 
2009-09-22 12:00:54 AM
just curious when it comes to making nuclear power whats so bad about using the depleted fuel rods uraniam to make armour and armour peircing devices? Maybe I'm confused but the nuetron poisoner materials from spent fuel rods aren't really pleasent but shouldn't really be that bad. If you keep on feeding them excited particles they should eventually reach a stable state. Alpha particles are simply 2 protrons and 2 nuetrons, neither protrons or nuetrons are inherently dangerous so whats the problem? Isn't there a perfectly good place to put these called Bikini? I mean I can see how shipping it isn't huge amounts of fun but really whats the problem?
 
2009-09-22 12:05:43 AM
GeorgeBurns: I laughed. Why do people have to piss all over the fun?

Because people don't pay homage to Francis, the patron saint of lightening up.
 
2009-09-22 12:06:32 AM
images.icanhascheezburger.com
 
2009-09-22 12:07:02 AM
Baryogenesis: puffy999: EverWatcher: I was ready to applaud your find, submitter, but the device doesn't generate waves; it uses the force of passing waves to generate electricity.

Thank you, Ted, that was the joke.

If that was the joke, it was poorly thought out and not funny.

/not ironic


you see it's a generator that works from waves, a wave generator, that ended up generating waves.

/hello there
/waves
 
2009-09-22 12:12:03 AM
just2quixotic: I'm going to have to disagree with you about them being one of the best options Zamboro. With the potential for Chernoble-esk melt downs/China syndromes (I know, I know - we build MUCH safer ones than Chernoble, but the potential is still there) and there is the ever present problem of waste disposal and storage (who knew the Nevadans could sustain the cry "Not In My Backyard for nearly two decades.)

I am also going to argue their necessity.

With about 92 square miles of these:


First off, please tell me you're not serious about China Syndromes. Next, what about during the winter? Even in desert areas there will still be fewer hours of sunlight.

I think your 3rd point is the most problematic. I haven't heard any plans to rebuild the ENTIRE electric infrastructure backbone. Also, the major lines don't cover much of the Southwest at all, especially Western Texas. Even with the my limited knowledge of this topic I know you've glossed over some major issues regarding the transfer of power from those sparsely populated areas to where the demand is at.

Number 4 is also a problem because solar cells are expensive, but I imagine those costs will decrease dramatically as the technology evolves.

I'm pro solar, but it's not going to solve the problem on its own. No single source of energy can do that.
 
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