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Subject: Re: A heretical thought
Date: Mar 15, 10:04 pm
Poster: Tom Ligon

On Mar 15, 10:04 pm, Tom Ligon wrote:

Might I add that the big cost in IEC efforts is labor. Also that the labor tends to largely be done by grad students who move on to careers (not in IEC) in a year or two, when they are barely starting to "get it."

The "high cost" is relative -- nothing on a Fusor need cost more than a few tens of thousands of dollars even for a deluxe, high-tech device. Thousands of dollars is more like it, or hundreds, or dollars, or even cents (for something like a new grid shape). These ain't 12-billion $$$ tokamaks, just underfunded.

A determined and clever amateur, particularly a good scrounge like Richard, could pursue ideas such as this, possibly to good end, at a fairly modest cost. Ideas for enhancing star mode, packet timing, etc, have barely been explored.

Which is why we're cheering you guys on.