Max Littlemore (1001285) writes "I have been breeding thorium at home using lots of old smoke detectors with a view to generating my own electricity and getting off the grid. The only thing stopping me is a reliable nutron beam. Given that all the equipment I'm using is re-purposed kitchen equipment, concerns about safety mean I'm hesitant to build a uranium reactor to supply nutrons to the thorium one. So I'm putting the question out there, do any slashdotters know of a good way to make a powerful nutron beam out of things I might find around the house?" top
Max Littlemore (1001285) writes "According to an article in The Age, eBay has ignored the ACCC's rejection of eBay's plans to force sellers to use PayPal for its online auctions. eBay appears not to have appealed the ACCC decision and has not yet indicated whether they will.
This week the company sent a note to its users, attempting to strong-arm them into complying with the PayPal-only policy, despite the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission signalling last week its intentions to reject the policy on the grounds it would lessen competition in the online payments market and deny consumers choice.
The original rejection by the ACCC has been covered previously on Slashdot." top
Max Littlemore writes "I've read that Vista requires hardware acceleration to run it's fancy graphics. I've also read that these fancy graphics can't be turned off.
Given the increase in power consumption for running high end GPUs as well as the aircon required to cool PCs and folk working in the office, what are the likely increases in carbon emissions in places where electricity is generated from burning fossil fuels, has Microsoft taken this into account and what impact might the release of Vista have on sea levels?"