@Jed: last word on the HTS samples. Your guy is wrong. I was heavily involved in the business at the time and lots of us made our own samples with no fancy toys. I did it myself on many occasions using nothing fancy. And most of us had zero expertise in ceramic fabrication, which is what it was. We were experts in totally unrelated disciplines. That sort of thing lasted for no more than months before all the serious research shifted to far more sophisticated (and expensive) fabrication techniques. The little ceramic pellets were of minimal value for anything more than show-and-tell, but there was a lot of show-and-tell going on for a couple of years. So your friend had a nice little business going. I'm sure his little pellets were better than the home-brew ones, but we digress with all this.
As for the plasma fusion discussion, you chose to focus on the mistreatment of cold fusion scientists by plasma researchers rather than the comparative statements about the technologies. I am not interested in defending plasma physicists. It is true that I am not versed in the detailed history of their interaction, so I have no bone to pick with you about it. Heck, I will stipulate that they are a bunch of bastards. Ok? But that still does not lend a lick of credence to your contention that cold fusion is more promising than plasma fusion. I don't know what basis you could possibly have for saying that, but arguing that plasma physicists are evil people does not address the issue.