Bodhammer writes "Pacific Northwest Nation Labs has developed a new technology that turns algae to crude in an hour. This press release http://www.pnnl.gov/news/release.aspx?id=1029 describes process and the partner they have selected for the pilot plant. The process is efficient and produces crude oil which can be traditionally refined, clean water, gas which can be burned or cleaned to make LNG, and nutrients that can go back into the process. Is this the end of the Peak Oil threat?" top
ask slashdot - Should I conventionally fund (beg, borrow) or use crowd funding?
Bodhammer writes "I'm a hardware tinkerer and have come up with product for home brewing. I would like to commercialize the idea. I could go the conventional route of self-funding, borrowing from friends & family, SBA loan, etc, or go the crowdfunding route. I think I need about $75-100k to get manufacturing, trademarks, circuit boards, and molds made. I would appreciate the opinions of this community on the pro's and con's of the funding options for a startup tech small business." top
Bodhammer writes "Even though a Federal Appeals Court said the FCC did not have the authority to regulate the internet, those clever folks in the Obama Administration have chosen to "reclassify" the internet under rules written for Ma Bell in the 1930's. I'm sure it will be better than health care, autos, and Fannie & Freddie — I mean, what could go wrong? Have a read here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704370704575228152292941636.html" top
Bodhammer writes "I've been feeling the urge to play with tech that is not directly related to computers and electronics. Metalworking has caught my eye after doing some research on Stirling engines. I've been thinking about getting a cheap Chinese milling machine and lathe after reading sites like The Little Machine Shop, Varmint Al's, and Mini-Lathe.
Anyone have some tips on getting into the hobby? Should I take some classes at the local VoTec or just go for it?"