Collecting Cretin Cream (AKA bullshit) in the wild is easy.
Then, sit back and let the comments section fill up with BS, and scrape off the “cream” that floats to the top.
A commenter said:
I understand the power and light levels we are talking about are vanishingly low. Is there a chance that this technology can be scaled up to more useful, everyday levels, like generating the equivalent light of a 60 watt incandescent bulb,say? If it could be scaled up, my first thought was coupling these LED’s with solar cells to generate more electricity to power more of these lights, potentially creating a heat-fed perpetual-motion machine, but I realize that solar cells would never be efficient enough to make that work.
Yeah, actually uttered and put out there on the internet where it will live forever.
That’s exactly what some of my friends were thinking. Say you’ve got a 1 W electricity source (thus a 2.3 W light output). You only actually need a photocell that is 1/2.3 = ~43.5% efficient in order to have perpetual, self-fed light. Any efficiency above that will effectively be an engine that converts heat into electricity.Note the significant difference here between this engine and normal engines. The normal conception of entropy is based on the assumption that you need a heat DIFFERENCE in order to convert head energy to any other form of energy (ie, you need a reason for heat to flow). However, this new engine would actually break that principle, because no matter how cold the LED is, powering it electrically would induce an endothermic process that would absorb what little heat was available and convert it to light. Suffice it to say, though I’m sure I’m missing some subtlety, it seems that this discovery disproves our classical conception of entropy. With enough of these, one could literally prevent the heat death of the universe. [emphasis mine – LK]
Wow. Saving the universe 30pW at a time. Ingenious.
No, seriously. The idea that this device violates the first and second laws of thermodynamics has every physics weirdo short-stroking it all over the place but there is no free lunch. It either works or it doesn’t but don’t for a second run around thinking that thermodynamics is going to get turned on it’s ear.
Go smoke another bowl, dudes, and stay away from science. Zero-point energy, crystals, and blue babies – that’s where it’s really at.
Our “classical conception” of entropy is safe.
Ok, I’m done now.
New word definition from Dr. Lemur:
Planic Attack – n. – The frenzied planning/fear response of management when finally recognizing the project-threatening technical issues extensively documented by engineering at all stages of the project. Usage: Management finally realized that they were selling the customer on what is essentially a perpetual motion device and had a planic attack and tried to formulate some sort of damage control.
If you can make a neater/tighter definition and example, I’d love to hear it, because mine is clunky.
I had the most irritating mother-in-law experience on Memorial Day. For fear of disruption of harmony under our roof I will not relay the exact details other than to say that my parting words on the matter to my MiL were “Apology accepted, I understand your feelings, but in communicating them, your delivery sucked.”
Let’s just say that the situation would have tested anyone’s patience unless they were in a vegetative state or were recently lobotomized with a rusty icepick.
This is last week’s news but I can’t help fixate on the incongruencies…
On the OTHER hand, could it be, just perhaps… put it in the background… could it be that Obama sucks as a president and people have every right to not like him and vote against him without being called racist?
I may add more to this later…