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2013-03-21 11:55:55 AM
'Tis many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip, but interesting nonetheless.
 
2013-03-21 12:29:13 PM
It's about time. I need one for my cell phone.
 
2013-03-21 12:55:31 PM
yeah... I really need a nuclear radiation source sitting next to my balls when I put my phone in my pocket.  give it a couple of generations and we won't have to worry about most of the global warming/how to feed 7 million people/bee extinction issues anymore...
 
2013-03-21 12:57:43 PM
And it still won't power an Android tablet running flash for more than an hour!
 
2013-03-21 12:58:43 PM

Grapple: yeah... I really need a nuclear radiation source sitting next to my balls when I put my phone in my pocket.  give it a couple of generations and we won't have to worry about most of the global warming/how to feed 7 million people/bee extinction issues anymore...


What.
 
2013-03-21 01:03:59 PM
Unfortunately this won't go anywhere as long as it has that scary nuclear word in it.
 
2013-03-21 01:04:24 PM
Good. I need a portable force-shield. Not a huge, lumbering powerhouse that will protect a city, or even a ship,
 
2013-03-21 01:12:05 PM
Insert car battery sized nuclear battery in home, put up a few solar panels for fun.

Cut off power company.
 
2013-03-21 01:20:31 PM

mrlewish: Insert car battery sized nuclear battery in home, put up a few solar panels for fun.

Cut off power company.


A "Shipstone" as described by Heinlein in Citizen of the Galaxy and Friday. One in every home, car, boat, plane, space ship, office, bicycle, etc.
 
2013-03-21 01:34:27 PM
Would this solve the distance problems in electric cars?

/also, would the cars blow up Fallout style?
 
2013-03-21 01:35:46 PM
Tom Swift nods approvingly.
 
2013-03-21 01:48:54 PM

Emposter: Would this solve the distance problems in electric cars?

/also, would the cars blow up Fallout style?


That was one of my favorite parts of that game ... killing bad guys by starting mini nuke explosions in the cars.

Also, what could go wrong with nuclear power?

static.guim.co.uk
 
2013-03-21 01:54:04 PM

zarberg: Emposter: Would this solve the distance problems in electric cars?

/also, would the cars blow up Fallout style?

That was one of my favorite parts of that game ... killing bad guys by starting mini nuke explosions in the cars.

Also, what could go wrong with nuclear power?

[static.guim.co.uk image 460x276]


Ask V'Ger.
 
2013-03-21 01:54:13 PM
Time to start saving up my bottlecaps.
 
2013-03-21 01:54:28 PM

inglixthemad: And it still won't power an Android tablet running flash for more than an hour!


Eh?  I haven't experienced this.  I watch movies and hockey games on my GTab all the time, and never have any issues.
 
2013-03-21 01:54:37 PM

zarberg: Emposter: Would this solve the distance problems in electric cars?

/also, would the cars blow up Fallout style?

That was one of my favorite parts of that game ... killing bad guys by starting mini nuke explosions in the cars.

Also, what could go wrong with nuclear power?


I've played 3 and new vegas, probably 200 plus hours, and have never blown up a car. I feel inadequate now
 
2013-03-21 01:58:13 PM

Branniganslaw: zarberg: Emposter: Would this solve the distance problems in electric cars?

/also, would the cars blow up Fallout style?

That was one of my favorite parts of that game ... killing bad guys by starting mini nuke explosions in the cars.

Also, what could go wrong with nuclear power?

I've played 3 and new vegas, probably 200 plus hours, and have never blown up a car. I feel inadequate now


That's actually kind of impressive.  I'm shocked you haven't at least blown one up by accident.
 
2013-03-21 02:00:50 PM
Where's my ZPM?
 
2013-03-21 02:02:40 PM
Didn't Hari Seldon predict this?
 
2013-03-21 02:04:02 PM

dittybopper: zarberg: Emposter: Would this solve the distance problems in electric cars?

/also, would the cars blow up Fallout style?

That was one of my favorite parts of that game ... killing bad guys by starting mini nuke explosions in the cars.

Also, what could go wrong with nuclear power?

[static.guim.co.uk image 460x276]

Ask V'Ger.


I'm by no means knowledgeable on this sort of thing, but aren't RTGs rather different than nuclear reactors (and even what's being proposed in the article)?
 
2013-03-21 02:24:46 PM

zarberg: dittybopper: zarberg: Emposter: Would this solve the distance problems in electric cars?

/also, would the cars blow up Fallout style?

That was one of my favorite parts of that game ... killing bad guys by starting mini nuke explosions in the cars.

Also, what could go wrong with nuclear power?

[static.guim.co.uk image 460x276]

Ask V'Ger.

I'm by no means knowledgeable on this sort of thing, but aren't RTGs rather different than nuclear reactors (and even what's being proposed in the article)?


Of course - in these threads though people are often a) joking  b)being deliberately obtuse or c) having a highly technical discussion at the graduate college level (group "c" has not shown up in this thread)

You average person hears the word nuclear and immediately mentally hears "atomic bomb".  No amount of factual information or scientific explaination will convince them that they arent about to be immediatly incinerated or, at best, given cancer when they hear "nuclear".
 
2013-03-21 02:28:04 PM

awalkingecho: Grapple: yeah... I really need a nuclear radiation source sitting next to my balls when I put my phone in my pocket.  give it a couple of generations and we won't have to worry about most of the global warming/how to feed 7 million people/bee extinction issues anymore...

What.


Sorry, I was running low on B's and didn't think anyone would notice...
 
2013-03-21 02:31:52 PM

Emposter: Branniganslaw: zarberg: Emposter: Would this solve the distance problems in electric cars?

/also, would the cars blow up Fallout style?

That was one of my favorite parts of that game ... killing bad guys by starting mini nuke explosions in the cars.

Also, what could go wrong with nuclear power?

I've played 3 and new vegas, probably 200 plus hours, and have never blown up a car. I feel inadequate now

That's actually kind of impressive.  I'm shocked you haven't at least blown one up by accident.


Same....I never realized you could...Looks like I'm firing up the old 3 when I get home.
 
2013-03-21 02:48:08 PM
Was the guy's lab in a cave full of boxes of scrap?
 
2013-03-21 03:19:07 PM

Fizpez: zarberg: dittybopper: zarberg: Emposter: Would this solve the distance problems in electric cars?

/also, would the cars blow up Fallout style?

That was one of my favorite parts of that game ... killing bad guys by starting mini nuke explosions in the cars.

Also, what could go wrong with nuclear power?

[static.guim.co.uk image 460x276]

Ask V'Ger.

I'm by no means knowledgeable on this sort of thing, but aren't RTGs rather different than nuclear reactors (and even what's being proposed in the article)?

Of course - in these threads though people are often a) joking  b)being deliberately obtuse or c) having a highly technical discussion at the graduate college level (group "c" has not shown up in this thread)

You average person hears the word nuclear and immediately mentally hears "atomic bomb".  No amount of factual information or scientific explaination will convince them that they arent about to be immediatly incinerated or, at best, given cancer when they hear "nuclear".


Yeah. I know people in real life who think their microwave is radioactivizing and spewing "bad stuff"(tm).
 
2013-03-21 03:32:32 PM

woolvy: Emposter: Branniganslaw: zarberg: Emposter: Would this solve the distance problems in electric cars?

/also, would the cars blow up Fallout style?

That was one of my favorite parts of that game ... killing bad guys by starting mini nuke explosions in the cars.

Also, what could go wrong with nuclear power?

I've played 3 and new vegas, probably 200 plus hours, and have never blown up a car. I feel inadequate now

That's actually kind of impressive.  I'm shocked you haven't at least blown one up by accident.

Same....I never realized you could...Looks like I'm firing up the old 3 when I get home.


head for an old drive-in or park or the DC ruins.
it's (literally) a farkin' blast.
 
2013-03-21 03:42:06 PM
The real question is whether or not we general public folk will be allowed to own them in devices or whatnot.
 
2013-03-21 03:44:50 PM

Branniganslaw: zarberg: Emposter: Would this solve the distance problems in electric cars?

/also, would the cars blow up Fallout style?

That was one of my favorite parts of that game ... killing bad guys by starting mini nuke explosions in the cars.

Also, what could go wrong with nuclear power?

I've played 3 and new vegas, probably 200 plus hours, and have never blown up a car. I feel inadequate now


I bet you never even once used the Mojave Express drop boxes either? ;)
 
2013-03-21 03:48:01 PM

neongoats: Fizpez: zarberg: dittybopper: zarberg: Emposter: Would this solve the distance problems in electric cars?

/also, would the cars blow up Fallout style?

That was one of my favorite parts of that game ... killing bad guys by starting mini nuke explosions in the cars.

Also, what could go wrong with nuclear power?

[static.guim.co.uk image 460x276]

Ask V'Ger.

I'm by no means knowledgeable on this sort of thing, but aren't RTGs rather different than nuclear reactors (and even what's being proposed in the article)?

Of course - in these threads though people are often a) joking  b)being deliberately obtuse or c) having a highly technical discussion at the graduate college level (group "c" has not shown up in this thread)

You average person hears the word nuclear and immediately mentally hears "atomic bomb".  No amount of factual information or scientific explaination will convince them that they arent about to be immediatly incinerated or, at best, given cancer when they hear "nuclear".

Yeah. I know people in real life who think their microwave is radioactivizing and spewing "bad stuff"(tm).


I used to freak those sorts of people out back when wireless house phones still used the 900 mhz frequency.  I would tell them "Look at the wavelength frequency of your microwave, then look at the frequency of your new wireless phone.  Both 900Mhz. That's not something I want near MY head transmitting waves."
 
2013-03-21 04:06:28 PM

zarberg: I'm by no means knowledgeable on this sort of thing, but aren't RTGs rather different than nuclear reactors (and even what's being proposed in the article)?


Yes, but it's still "nuclear power".

Plus, RTGs are a form of "nuclear battery".
 
2013-03-21 04:16:55 PM

Mentalpatient87: Time to start saving up my bottlecaps.


Saving bottle caps...for a fission battery? Waste. Can't even sell them for a good price. They are also heavy...15 pounds I think.

I hated blowing up those cars, especially the trucks. You can pump a few rounds into them, keep sitting behind it for cover. Truck doesn't get hit again but about 30 seconds later it goes nuclear and you are dead.

The Mojave Express drop boxes were a complete waste. Not even worth using them. Just use your companions to carry your shiat.
 
2013-03-21 04:46:18 PM

ActionJoe: Mentalpatient87: Time to start saving up my bottlecaps.

Saving bottle caps...for a fission battery? Waste. Can't even sell them for a good price. They are also heavy...15 pounds I think.

I hated blowing up those cars, especially the trucks. You can pump a few rounds into them, keep sitting behind it for cover. Truck doesn't get hit again but about 30 seconds later it goes nuclear and you are dead.

The Mojave Express drop boxes were a complete waste. Not even worth using them. Just use your companions to carry your shiat.


you can turn Fission Batteries into Vending Machine Tokens if you get with Dead Money,
 
2013-03-21 04:46:41 PM
You can't hug your child with nuclear arms.
 
2013-03-21 05:07:08 PM

m1ke: You can't hug your child with nuclear arms.


What if they are nuclear battery powered bionic arms?
 
2013-03-21 05:36:39 PM

mutterfark: m1ke: You can't hug your child with nuclear arms.

What if they are nuclear battery powered bionic arms?


masturbate furiously *and* effortlessly!

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2013-03-21 06:13:07 PM

Emposter: Branniganslaw: zarberg: Emposter: Would this solve the distance problems in electric cars?

/also, would the cars blow up Fallout style?

That was one of my favorite parts of that game ... killing bad guys by starting mini nuke explosions in the cars.

Also, what could go wrong with nuclear power?

I've played 3 and new vegas, probably 200 plus hours, and have never blown up a car. I feel inadequate now

That's actually kind of impressive.  I'm shocked you haven't at least blown one up by accident.


It's possible in all that game time. Usually when i ran into something I would kite them and use the cars as obstacles at low level, or just blow them away at high level. I was never a great shot in those games, VATS can be a crutch at times
 
2013-03-21 09:36:01 PM

bsharitt: Unfortunately this won't go anywhere as long as it has that scary nuclear word in it.


They could just drop the world 'nuclear' from the name completely like they did with MRIs.  At first they were called "nuclear magnetic resonance imaging", but there were concerns that people would refuse to have any tests done with them because of the word nuclear, so they dropped it.
 
2013-03-21 09:36:41 PM
th00.deviantart.net

Someone is gonna be rich as fark.

/who am I kidding, it will be the same old people.
 
2013-03-21 09:38:30 PM
This will be awesome for my Dollartree Foamboard Drone array.

Skynet here we come.
 
2013-03-21 09:59:59 PM
While this is a neat idea, I'm not positive that this will ultimately be very useful depending of course on how small they can miniturize the battery as well as if it can be recharged or refueled.

One of the interesting things about the entire concept of devices with batteries is that we actually have fairly good ways of transmitting power wirelessly to devices, but haven't invested in the infrastructure to do so. To be blunt about it - electric cars don't REALLY need batteries to function, only power and the reason why we build them with batteries is because our power infrastructure is so old and archaic that we are still transmitting electricity across copper wires.

Eventually (assuming we don't kill ourselves) all of Earth will be covered by easy access to cheap abundant energy, so technology like this, while intellectually interesting, will be regulated to devices that are very niche - ones that can't have their own power plant and fall outside of our energy transmission grid.
 
2013-03-21 10:31:47 PM

scalpod: Branniganslaw: zarberg: Emposter: Would this solve the distance problems in electric cars?

/also, would the cars blow up Fallout style?

That was one of my favorite parts of that game ... killing bad guys by starting mini nuke explosions in the cars.

Also, what could go wrong with nuclear power?

I've played 3 and new vegas, probably 200 plus hours, and have never blown up a car. I feel inadequate now

I bet you never even once used the Mojave Express drop boxes either? ;)


I think there's a real long string of cars somewhere around Paradise Falls specifically spaced by a level designer to provide a chain reaction of carsplosions.
 
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