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Rapport newspaper article on perpetual motion / free energy.

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« on: April 20, 2008, 14:38:58 PM »

Rapport finally hit rock bottom today, with an article on the front page of their Gauteng Rapport. You can read more at http://vood00.wordpress.com/.
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2008, 01:39:38 AM »

Thanks to Inside the monkeysphere for this latest Free energy scam reported as the truth by Rapport.
Add Marthinus Koekemoer en André de Beer to the long list of people promoting pseudoscience. Making money off of people's ignorance is easy if you ignore your conscience it seems.

This is not to be confused with pumped-storage hydroelectricity like the Palmiet Pumped Storage Scheme we have here in South Africa. The Palmiet Scheme uses excess electricity from the grid that is generated elsewhere in the country to pump back water to a higher level. André de Beer claims to use electricity generated from his "generator" to power the pump, making it a impossible perpetual motion machine.

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“Die aanvanklike koste is hoog, maar daarna is die elektrisiteit wat opgewek word heeltemal gratis,” sê De Beer. “Ander opwekkers verbruik gewoonlik brandstof en maak boonop ’n geraas ook.”
Hy hoop om binnekort ook ’n toestel te ontwerp wat krag vanaf ’n huis se krane opwek. Dit behoort genoeg krag te kan lewer vir kleiner huishoudelike toestelle.
Vir meer inligting bel De Beer by 082-824-3318 of 072-199 1738.
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2008, 07:36:10 AM »

Also posted here.  As suggested in the linked article in that post, after speaking to the inventor the blogger is sure that this is not a scam but rather the inventor's ignorance of science which has lead to his belief that this will work.  The inventor has promised not to sell a single one until he has a working prototype in a month or so.  Of course, if in a month's time he is selling this device we can all stand-up and shout "SCAM!"

What concerns me is that the failure will not be covered by the Media, it's just not sexy stuff, and there is no date when failure can be measured because every month the inventor can come out and claim that he is making minor adjustments until he perfects it for the market (a la Danie Krugel).  So this news will linger in the minds of the populous and they will one day wonder what ever happend to the promising South African "scientist" who invented free energy - perhaps he was silenced by Big Oil?
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2008, 08:29:17 AM »

Oops Embarrassed
Missed that post somehow. Indeed, it is possible that the guy is not trying to scam anyone, and reading the article again I was probably too hasty in my conclusion of it being a scam. Still bad reporting though. Some journalists still haven't learned to google Wink
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2008, 10:01:54 AM »

Still bad reporting though. Some journalists still haven't learned to google Wink
That, to my mind, is actually the more harmful and far-reaching crime here.  The reporter simply took de Beer’s word for it without bothering to cross-check against a reliable source, e.g. Wikipedia or a physicist or an engineer at a university.  (I am also quite suspicious of de Beer’s being labelled an “engineer,” rather than a “technician,” which former term should only be applied to university graduates.)  On the other hand, as AAH suggests, it is extremely unlikely that an article will appear that will describe the inevitable and utter failure to meet expectations of de Beer’s woo-woo device.  Thus, it is similarly unlikely, I think, that the original article would have been published at all without the wow!-factor (as in, “Hey, free energy for all!” and SA’s current situation in that regard) if the reporter and editor had, in fact, done their rather easy research homework properly.  Who’d want to read an article titled, “Kragkrisis lank nog met ons – nes die natuurwette!”  Actually, who wouldn’t?

This issue is also peripherally relevant to this thread.

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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2008, 18:45:45 PM »

A modicum of remedial sanity.  Would that more reporters and editors paid due attention.

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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2008, 19:02:32 PM »

When I read an article about this in last Sunday's Rapport, which included a photograph, I simply couldn't believe why the editor of a newspaper hadn't made it the feature article on his front page.
In fact, I would've devoted the entire paper to this unique achievement by a young South African.

Even if it actually worked, it won't be on the front page unless it involved an Idols finalist or Steve Hofmeyer. Grin
Trader Vic phoned De Beer and obtained the following good news:

    * The perpetual motion generator is no myth. It works. It's currently in the workshop undergoing a few minor changes.
    * The machine will be available early in May this year, and orders will be taken then.

Don't know when this info was obtained, but hopefully it was before the phone call from the blog post linked above. Otherwise it would make André de Beer a liar, wouldn't it?
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2008, 22:22:34 PM »

Just received this recording of a report on RSG today. It seems the date for it to be ready is already moved back to June. Funny how these perpetual motion schemes all follow the same MO.
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« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2008, 09:48:20 AM »

Funny how these perpetual motion schemes all follow the same MO.
Ah, yes, emitting a constant droning whine from the eternally forward-moving deadline.  So that’s why they’re called “perpetual motion” machines!

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