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The Light Bulb That Can Change the World

1ione1 Mercury hazard: Keep CFLs out of your trash (1137 comments)

Each CFL contains a small amount of mercury. According to the EPA reference below, 4mg per tube. Increasing numbers of spent CFLs going to incinerators and landfills put mercury back into the environment. While these lamps are still an overall environmental benefit in areas where electricity is generated from coal (which poisons the environment with lots of mercury), it is a net pollutant when the energy is coming from cleaner sources.


The important thing to remember is that CFLs need to be disposed of properly. Here are some links to help you out before you discard your next CFL:



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Z Machine Advances Fusion Race

1ione1 1ione1 writes  |  more than 7 years ago Sandia Labs has announced, and Energy Daily is reporting encouraging results by adding Russian-developed Linear Transformer Driver (LTD) technology to their Z Machine to solve one of the biggest obstacles to practical fusion reactors. Getting the current needed to "spark" a burst of fusion is do-able. Getting a constant series of "sparks" going to create a continuous chain of fusion bursts has never been achieved. The LTD makes it suddenly look achievable.

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.mac syncing ... sunk?

1ione1 1ione1 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Over two full days, and Apple's .mac online synchronization is still down. Calendars, contacts, keychains and ... bookmarks are all growing more out-of-sync by the hour, no word from Apple of what the problem is or an ETA for getting it fixed, and the natives are becoming restless:

http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=434262

When it finally comes back, Apple's sync conflict detection and resolution is going to be put to one massive test!

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Who's Who in IBM's "Prodigy" Ad Campaign for Linux/OSS

1ione1 1ione1 writes  |  more than 11 years ago IBM's web site for their "Prodigy" ad campaign for Linux/OSS includes a copy of the transcript of the television commercial. From the transcript, you'll see they've got a great bunch of cameos. Here's a who's who of the people named in the transcript. Let me know if you can identify the people behind other characters, and whether they're real or actors.

Coach Wooden: A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, that's teamwork.

That is John R. Wooden, legendary coach emeritus of UCLA's college basketball program.

Mr. Gates: Collecting data is only the first step toward wisdom. But sharing data is the first step toward community.

The man delivering the line to the boy in the commercial is humanities Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The opening quote of his bio page is:

I've always thought of myself as both a literary historian and a literary critic, someone who loves archives and someone who is dedicated to resurrecting texts that have dropped out of sight."

I find that sentiment especially appropriate for the Open Source Software movement. As software maintainers get burned out or lose interest, others who value the work are able to pick it up and carry it forward.

Ms. Nasar: One little thing can solve an incredibly complex problem.

That is the economist and author of "A Beautiful Mind", Sylvia Naser.

Ms. Marshall:Everything's about timing kid.

That is the comic genius Penny Marshall.

And finally,

Ali:Speak your mind. Don't back down.

Muhammad Ali, the legend himself.

I predict this ad will win many awards.

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