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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2014, 12:55:45 am »
Well he certainly likes caps lock...
 

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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2014, 12:58:11 am »
And according to his Facebook account, he likes "World's Dumbest Criminal" and cat videos.
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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2014, 01:04:30 am »
Note his location (Sedona, Arizona).  Home of the "Energy Vortexes" (sic)
http://gosw.about.com/od/sedonaarizona/a/sedonavortex.htm
I think this a spoof that shows how clueless Kickstarter is.
 

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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2014, 01:09:41 am »
Sounds like a great deal.  I always like investing with entrepreneurs who tell me they are letting me have a piece of a trillion dollar business for only $10-100 million.

I mean, who entrepreneur doesn't leave 99.999% of the money on the table?  Those are the guys I like to invest in!
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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2014, 01:36:31 am »
Looks like a good illustration of Poe's law.
 

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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2014, 02:05:06 am »
Of course its real Didn't you look at the pictures? They're so colourfull
 

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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2014, 02:39:40 am »
The video is hilarious!
 

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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2014, 02:40:46 am »
I think this a spoof that shows how clueless Kickstarter is.

If it is, then  :clap:
But I wouldn't like to stick my neck out and say he's not for real  :o
 

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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2014, 08:42:37 am »
At the moment there is 1 backer for $1.00, but in the list of pledges nobody has backed on the (10000 limited) batch of $1.00 pledges.
Whaat? Does he also have a over-unity pledge counter?  :-DD
 

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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2014, 09:23:55 am »
At the moment there is 1 backer for $1.00, but in the list of pledges nobody has backed on the (10000 limited) batch of $1.00 pledges.
Whaat? Does he also have a over-unity pledge counter?  :-DD
It is possible to pledge money to a KS project without selecting a reward.
The video won't play for me for some reason.
 

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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2014, 10:14:31 am »
So here's my dilemma:

If I pledge 1$, it's not FREE ENERGY for me any more.
If I don't pledge, I'm not entitled to get some of that FREE ENERGY.

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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2014, 04:07:46 pm »
Must be one of those people who haven't been slapped in the face by reality yet.
I mean, his goal is stupid, why make a whole KS campaign if all you need is 100 bucks.
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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2014, 04:39:55 pm »
I mean, his goal is stupid, why make a whole KS campaign if all you need is 100 bucks.
Which is exactly why I think it is a spoof.  He is sitting back laughing at all of us.
 

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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2014, 05:57:28 pm »
$5000 pledge gets you kit to build 10 generators that can power 20W continuously.
$250/Watt makes solar look "free".
 

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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #15 on: September 03, 2014, 06:30:20 pm »
$5000 pledge gets you kit to build 10 generators that can power 20W continuously.
$250/Watt makes solar look "free".

You may want to re-check the numbers you have presented. Or put a set of new batteries in your calculator...

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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #16 on: September 03, 2014, 07:58:34 pm »
$5000 pledge gets you kit to build 10 generators that can power 20W continuously.
$250/Watt makes solar look "free".

You may want to re-check the numbers you have presented. Or put a set of new batteries in your calculator...

Greetings,

Chris

The description seems to suggest that the combined power generated by the 10 generators is 20W, not individually.  :-//
 

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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #17 on: September 04, 2014, 04:05:56 pm »
The description seems to suggest that the combined power generated by the 10 generators is 20W, not individually.  :-//

Oh, OK, sorry then. I was under the impression that you meant 20W per "generator". Didn't get far in reading the description, all-caps makes me stop reading after a line or two...

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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #18 on: September 04, 2014, 08:37:14 pm »
The video is hilarious!
What video?

He's a real estate agent. That automatically qualifies him to invent a perpetual motion device:

http://www.reachfactor.com/real-estate-agents/nicholas-calvano-sedona-arizona-13704

Same "project" on Kicktraq, which I've never heard of before:

http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/1673957641/free-energy/

No takers there, either.

 

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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #19 on: September 06, 2014, 03:51:12 am »
Same "project" on Kicktraq, which I've never heard of before:

http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/1673957641/free-energy/

No takers there, either.
Kicktraq is just an analytics frontend for Kickstarter, not a separate crowdfunding platform. You can view any KS project on Kicktraq. It literally is the same project.
 

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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #20 on: October 04, 2014, 07:16:53 pm »
Only 20 days to go. But he has FOUR "backers" and has raised a total of $32! (of a goal of $100)   :-DD
 

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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #21 on: October 07, 2014, 12:11:57 am »
Copied from the KickStarter's FAQ:
-Have you ever heard of entropy or the first law of thermodynamics?
-Yes, I am familiar with entropy and the laws of thermodynamics, however as my invention is a continuous motion machine it produces very little heat.


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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #22 on: October 09, 2014, 01:55:36 pm »
And what if at the end it turned out that this thing does actually work ?





( it won't )
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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #23 on: October 09, 2014, 03:11:29 pm »
And what if at the end it turned out that this thing does actually work ?

So, when was the last time an unskilled, dilletente experimenter broke major laws of physics and upstaged big business and big government reasearchers with practically unlimited budgets to invent something like this?  I can't remember any.
 

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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #24 on: October 10, 2014, 01:41:57 pm »
I know one guy, wait what was his name.......Bruce Wayne or something similar .......

Ps: i think it was that iron man guy.
« Last Edit: October 17, 2014, 04:49:10 pm by Refrigerator »
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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #25 on: October 10, 2014, 03:16:59 pm »
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1673957641/free-energy

There's an old saying about poker games. If you look around the table and can't tell who the "mark" is, then you are the "mark" :)
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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #26 on: November 10, 2014, 01:26:46 am »
The campaign ended with Mr. Calvano raising $33 of his $100 goal(!) from 5 backers.
Zero updates, and two frivolous comments.  Just another stupid Kickstarter joke from all appearances.

Can anyone cite a successful Kickstarter project that actually violated fundamental principles of physics?
By "successful", I mean a project where they actually shipped product that worked as advertised.

Do people get excited about these things because they actually think some random bloke without scientific knowledge can perform miracles?
Or are they willing to throw some insignificant sum of $$ at one of thse in the same way they buy lottery tickets?
 

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Re: I can't tell if this guy is for real or joking...
« Reply #27 on: November 10, 2014, 01:48:22 am »
Do people get excited about these things because they actually think some random bloke without scientific knowledge can perform miracles?
Or are they willing to throw some insignificant sum of $$ at one of thse in the same way they buy lottery tickets?

For me it is neither of those reasons.

1. Cheap entertainment - watching doomed projects fail trying to make funding
1. Cheap entertainment - watching doomed projects make funding and then fail to deliver
3. Cheap entertainment - seeing if technically achievable projects can make funding and then deliver (these are the most interesting!)
4. My own amusement - I enjoy getting bespoke trinkets that I don't really need, to play with and experiment on
5. My own education - having a tiny bit of skin in the game makes it more interesting to watch projects in case I ever want to run one
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