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Power Cables' UV Flashes Apparently Frighten Animals

ACluk90 DC transmission lines? (183 comments)

I was wondering whether there UV flash also exist for DC transmission lines. Is there any expert around who knows that?

This is of interest as it is very difficult to build new power lines all over Europe, usually resulting in around 20 years of legal battle for a mere 30 km of power lines far away from any densely populated area. This is just slightly reduced for buried transmission lines with all their disadvantages. Thus a current idea/discussion is to hang DC power lines on existing poles for long distance transmission.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

ACluk90 oh no.... (555 comments)

Oh no.... they' re DOOMed!

about 8 months ago

Germany Produces Record-Breaking 5.1 Terawatt Hours of Solar Energy In One Month

ACluk90 Re:wait, what? (687 comments)

Well, you misunderstood. They produced 5TWh of energy in July, the month of July has 744 hours, so the average power from photovoltaics was 6.72GW. This is comparable to about 15 nuclear reactors. When you look at presentation linked in the article, you see that this drops 0.35TWh in January, i.e., an average power of 0.47GW. In Germany the price for electricity is about 3 times that of the U.S., at least partially due to the subsidies of renewables.

1 year,2 days

Talking On the Phone While Driving Not So Dangerous After All

ACluk90 Re:Quite a lot of problems with the paper (418 comments)

A major mistake in my eyes is that they only ensure that these people were in a moving vehicle, not that they were actually driving it. Think about busses or your kids talking on the phone while you're driving. Considering this and that only few people make calls while driving, it is very likely that only a small percentage of the measured data were actually people driving a car.

1 year,14 days

Ubuntu Edge Smartphone Funding Trends Low

ACluk90 Re:Shuttleworth (251 comments)

You cannot buy one, the only way to get such a phone is to take part in the crowd funding. Or get one later, when someone sells his on eBay.

1 year,23 days

Study Questions H-1B Policies

ACluk90 Simple solution? (361 comments)

Solution: Issue H1-B visas only if there is a contract with a wage of at least 80kUSD/a. (the value of this limit is just politics...)

1 year,28 days

Study Finds Fracking Chemicals Didn't Pollute Water

ACluk90 not the chemicals themselves, but.. (237 comments)

I honestly believe them. However, what they investigated is not relevant. All they claim is that it is not the stuff they pump in that comes back out and contaminates the water. The study does NOT claim that the pollution is not an effect of the whole process, which it very possibly is.

about a year ago

Boston Marathon Bomber Charged With Using 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

ACluk90 Oh the irony (533 comments)

So according to the government's own definition the U.S. military not only owns, but uses weapons of mass destruction, probably on a daily basis? I thought they raided Iraq, because the just owned such weapons. This definition is ridiculous!

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosting Git Repositories?

ACluk90 Re:If you don't want people to see the source... (165 comments)

The advantage of using any free software package is, that it can be installed on your own machine, only accessible from your local network or VPN.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Portable High-Resolution External Displays?

ACluk90 How about... a second notebook? (141 comments)

How about a second notebook? It could have very low specs, just wlan and a good screen resolution. Of course it is a little less portable, but still cheap and a comfortable solution.... Maybe you even have one at home, or you could easily get one on ebay.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Portable High-Resolution External Displays?

ACluk90 Re:Depends. (141 comments)

The thing is... he is not looking for an USB powered adapter, but actually for an entire USB powered display.

As he seems to be looking for a replacement of his iPad as an external monitor, I suspect that he is looking at something like 1080p and somewhat larger, maybe the size of his macbook pro.

The only thing that comes to mind for me is the old, ridiculous ThinkPad W700ds with the built-in second screen.

about a year ago

Medical Firm Sues IRS For 4th Amendment Violation In Records Seizure

ACluk90 Re:New IRS dress code (365 comments)

First off, that would be $24987.50 per affected American. Second, this whole thing is ridiculous as the results is quite simple: The US taxpayers pay the IRS and the IRS pays the affected US taxpayers. Not only do the IRS probably not really care as they don't really have to pay anything (they will just get it again from you), but it is also a ridiculous money transfer from the people who were not affected to those who were (a random set of people).

about a year ago

FBI Considers CALEA II: Mandatory Wiretapping On Every Device

ACluk90 Re:What problem with FOSS? (318 comments)

No, but I guess any development team with non-US members will have a strong problem with that. Or to put it more simply: how should this whole thing even be enforced? Non-US developers do not have to comply with US law and will not contribute to this surveillance - the only option is to make using such software illegal in the US (something else that cannot really be enforced). Additionally, this will push people away from software written in the US as it would violate the requirements of any company not willing to expose their entire internal information to the US economic espionage.

about a year ago

Harvard Grid Computing Project Discovers 20k Organic Photovoltaic Molecules

ACluk90 Re:Misleading statement in TFA (125 comments)

It is much simpler. While having a lower conversion rate, they are just so incredibly cheap that you can easily get 10 times as many.
  To the point of pollution: they are really awesome. In fact around here (Switzerland) it is a quite common high school chemistry project to create such organic solar cells from TiO2 coated glass and tea leaves - quite a fun project.

about a year ago

Judge Denies Class Action Status In Tech Workers' Lawsuit

ACluk90 Re:Don't forgot (103 comments)

Oh well... they were unrelated before. But who cares about what was before, it is important what is after the trial.

about a year ago

How Scientists Know An Idea Is a Good One

ACluk90 Re:For certain values of "good" (140 comments)

In Switzerland at ETH Zurich a PhD usually takes approx. 5 years. Starting a PhD program here requires a Master's degree which is usually obtained after 5 years of studying (master and bachelor together).

about a year and a half ago

Mega Vulnerability Reward Program Starts Payouts: 7 Bugs Fixed In First Week

ACluk90 Re:New way to get software made cheap (41 comments)

At least the bugs are fixed.

And frankly, if this is the way yielding the best product for your money: Why not?

about a year and a half ago

Surface Pro Sold Out; Was It Just Understocked?

ACluk90 Re:Geeks, get to work. (413 comments)

Windows 8 is actually great for tablets. Have you tried it? And I seriously do not get why you hate the device's performance - get the RT version if you want long battery life and low specs. Or just any other table.

Of course I would still like to see linux running on it.

about a year and a half ago

Surface Pro Sold Out; Was It Just Understocked?

ACluk90 i would like one (413 comments)

I would absolutely buy one if I had not recently bought a high-end notebook. In fact I am thinking about buying it anyways and selling the notebook.
  I do not think that this was intentional, this is really a great product. Maybe they were surprised themselves because the RT version did not sell all that well.

about a year and a half ago



Dark Galaxies spotted for the first time

ACluk90 ACluk90 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ACluk90 (2618091) writes "An international research team in collaboration with scientists from ETHZ, UCLA and UCSB have spotted dark galaxies for the first time. Using the "Very Large Telescope" they managed to observe them glowing as they were illuminated by a quasar. Until today researchers failed to confirm the existence of these elusive galaxies in the early Universe.

Link to Original Source

Higgs Boson Probabliy Found at CERN

ACluk90 ACluk90 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ACluk90 (2618091) writes "Today experimental data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland has been presented. The data shows the existence of a new particle around 126 GeV — within in the range in which theorists suspect the mass of the Higgs Boson."
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