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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Many, many base camps for NIF

https://lasers.llnl.gov/news/experimental-highlights

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Talk about "lowering the bar". The article is pure narcissism. The subject gets to define his own importance and the significance of his achievements. Classical narcissistic personality disorder. I bet they tried to publish this in a magazine and it was rejected.

The NNSA really needs to get rid of this garbage. In tens years we will have spent $5 billion to get stuck at base camp. Get your shovel ready. No bathrooms at base camp.

Anonymous said...


I though base camp got wiped out by an avalanche.

Anonymous said...

It wiped out by a hurricane.

Anonymous said...

more like flatulence

Anonymous said...

NIF... to Mount Everest, the planets and beyond! Leading the way to a cure for cancer, the meaning of life and interstellar travel. Just a few more billion and all the kinks will soon be worked out.

Anonymous said...

You know... that Nobel prize is just around the corner for NIF...

Anonymous said...

NIF... to Mount Everest, the planets and beyond! Leading the way to a cure for cancer, the meaning of life and interstellar travel. Just a few more billion and all the kinks will soon be worked out.

May 14, 2015 at 7:34 PM

is that you Ed Moses. Give up the sinking ship bro! Actually, I knew you already did.

Anonymous said...

NIF - Never Ignited Fusion.

Anonymous said...

The cult of the Omar thing is getting tedious. Someone should really tell the WCI AD that this is only going to get them ridiculed in the physics community. It works inside the lab where everybody cowers to those in positional power and accepts whatever they are told. In open society, not so much.

Anonymous said...

All your base are belong to us.

Anonymous said...

NIF is never going to ignite by staying at "base camp" and doing perturbations around the high-foot design. Good political strategy to keep the $350 million per year flowing. It's flawed thinking to believe that you can get the codes to agree with a mediocre experiment and then use that as the basis to achieve incredible results.

Anonymous said...

Uh? Except that's the way the entire modern U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile was designed.

Anonymous said...

No, that's a myth. The stockpile was created by miniaturizing big, robust designs that worked. Not much computing power in the late 50's when the first Livermore designs appeared in the stockpile. Also, you can't put tens of thousands of warheads in the stockpile and be stuck at base camp.

Anonymous said...

Laser people like to make these favorable comparisons to the weapons program. Comparing a failure (ICF) to a success (nuclear weapons) seems to prop up their questionable enterprise.

Anonymous said...

Basecamp equates to political "Safecamp". Personally getting tired of all the LLNL NIF strategic ploys. "If it smells and looks like a turd, it might be a turd". Call it turd guys!

Anonymous said...

Article was put out as a press release. It is mentioned at the end of this article:

http://phys.org/wire-news/193129944/scientist-omar-hurricane-discusses-llnl-fusion-program.html

Only picked up by phys.org. Sorry Omar, your 15 minutes have expired. No one cares.

Anonymous said...

Actually good article. Will print to PDF and read it in more detail later. Nice detail on the target.

“The NIC implosion was the most difficult implosion you could do.”

Well yes it was ! But then again given the strict time crunch for the ignition campaign, you could say once again "GO BIG or GO HOME"

Didn't we see that at Regal Cinema ?

Ed used the "basecamp" to Everest idea many times in his program wide pep talks.

No Program Leader is worth a c...p if they don't push hard and GO BIG. Thanks Ed for giving it a go and giving us with 30+ years in ICF a fighting chance !

Anonymous said...

I think some of this effort is to rewrite history, taking credit away from the NIC people like Lindl and giving it all to Hurricane.

Anonymous said...

No Program Leader is worth a c...p if they don't push hard and GO BIG. Thanks Ed for giving it a go and giving us with 30+ years in ICF a fighting chance !

May 31, 2015 at 5:50 PM

Yeah, thanks Ed for leading us down the path of no where only to bail out. For ensuring no one takes your seat at the table. And lastly, for those hateful stare downs when you didn't get your way.

Anonymous said...

Goin' to cross off Livermore Valley wines. The grapes are way too sour down there.

Anonymous said...

I'd forget about Moses and focus on what Omar Hurricane is telling you. That's your future.

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