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Oil Billionaire Building World's Largest Wind Farm

Radon360 Re:Nameplate? Or actual? (661 comments)

Working the numbers, 1.65MW multiplied by 600 turbines equals 990MW, which is the first phase (~1000MW), so the numbers being tossed around are likely to be the maximum generating capacity, not the averaged production.

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Online Book Purchase Records Kept Private

Radon360 Radon360 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Radon360 (951529) writes "Online retailer Amazon recently requested to have a ruling made by U.S. Magistrate unsealed. The ruling concerned involved the denial of a grand jury supoena requesting that Amazon turn over customer records that were related to a particular seller being investigated. Amazon stood their ground and the federal court agreed at an all-out disclosure was not necessary and would create a "chilling effect on expressive e-commerce (that) would frost keyboards across America". Although Amazon did not hand over customer information, some of it was obtained from the defendant's computer while other contacts were made with buyers through blind letters sent on behalf of the prosecutors by Amazon, asking them to contact the prosecution."
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Hunting via the Internet idea DOA

Radon360 Radon360 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Radon360 (951529) writes "The fairly recent concept of hunting animals via the internet has been met with swift legislation to prevent the idea from becoming a reality in many states. According to this Wall Street Journal article 33 states have already enacted bans and a federal ban is in the works. One of the cited reasons for the expediency is that there is no real opposition to enacting such a prohibition. Most notably, the NRA also supports these bans, though for different reasons than animal rights groups. While sportsman groups have generally come out in favor of such legislation, they are keeping a watchful eye out for the potential of broadly written laws that might impact conventional hunting methods. Just in case you might have been thinking about starting up a site to allow others to go sport-fishing over the internet, California has already banned this practice as well."
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Radon360 Radon360 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Radon360 (951529) writes "With U.S. government regulations on carbon dioxide emissions looming, the largest producers of carbon dioxide emissions are looking to get the biggest bang for their buck when it comes to purchasing carbon credits. American Electric Power, one of the largest emitters of carbon dioxide in the U.S. is looking to capture and burn off methane from farm manure lagoons as a means of purchasing cheap carbon credits from farmers. Initial plans call for simply burning off methane gas (without any power extraction). Methane gas is roughly 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, and the idea is that by burning it will mitigate its impact on global warming."
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Radon360 Radon360 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Radon360 (951529) writes "As the ever-increasing amount of information available online becomes indexed and searchable, more and more people find themselves potentially at risk of having unwanted personal information revealed or their names incorrectly associated with inflammatory topics. The are several firms that now sell their services of trying to remove or bury such information that their client deems offensive or troublesome. Companies, such as ReputationDefender and DefendMyName will, for a fee, do the legwork to find content that negatively impacts your reputation and have it removed or buried deeper in search rankings. However, some of these efforts can backfire, as the act to get it taken down can sometimes draw more attention than the offending content in the first place."
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Radon360 Radon360 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Radon360 (951529) writes "According to a recent study performed by a 17-year-old high school student in conjunction with the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Institute at Michigan State University, iPods can cause pacemakers to malfunction. In a study of 100 patients, iPods interfered with the pacemaker's ability to monitor the patient's heart rhythm, up to 18 inches away in some cases. Although the results may be alarming, the senior author adds that their findings require more study."
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Radon360 Radon360 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Radon360 (951529) writes "Within hours of the Virginia Tech shooting rampage, dozens of domain names that reflected this tragedy were snapped up by those looking to profit from the later auction and sale of these names. Cybersquatting on popular word combinations after a big news event is not uncommon. However, at what point does making money from other people's misfortunes cross the line? When the names of the victims were released, domains such as jarrettlane.com were also claimed."
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Radon360 Radon360 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Radon360 (951529) writes "Kodak has decided to attempt to buck the trend set by HP by offering low cost printers and exorbitantly priced ink cartridges. According to this WSJ review, three of their new printers start at $149, with ink cartridges costing $9.99 for a black cartridge and $14.99 for a five color cartridge. To counter, HP has announced a release of lower-priced cartridges, though with less ink and they are still more expensive than Kodak's. It will be a matter of time to see whether Kodak can upset the practice of ink cartridge extortion."
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Radon360 Radon360 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Radon360 (951529) writes "For a few seconds on Thursday, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking expects to feel the exhilaration of escaping his paralysis and floating free in zero gravity. Zero Gravity Corporation is planning to take Hawking onboard one of their specialized airplanes designed to simulate zero gravity for periods of 25 seconds at a time. Hawking's flight will mark the first person with a disability to experience the Zero Gravity Corp. flight."
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Radon360 Radon360 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Radon360 (951529) writes "For the first time astronomers have discovered a planet outside our solar system that is potentially habitable, with Earth-like temperatures, a find researchers described Tuesday as a big step in the search for "life in the universe."

There's still a lot that is unknown about the new planet, which could be deemed inhospitable to life once more is known about it. And it's worth noting that scientists' requirements for habitability count Mars in that category: a size relatively similar to Earth's with temperatures that would permit liquid water. However, this is the first outside our solar system that meets those standards."
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Radon360 Radon360 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Radon360 (951529) writes "From the WSJ Article:

On a Friday morning last November, Justen Deal, a Kaiser Permanente employee, blasted an email throughout the giant health maintenance organization. His message charged that HealthConnect — the company's ambitious $4 billion project to convert paper files into electronic medical records — was a mess.

Mr. Deal signed the email. Before sending it, he says, he printed out a copy and handed it to his boss. Soon afterward, his office phone was ringing off the hook. IT staffers later arrived to seize his computers, and Mr. Deal was placed on paid leave from his $56,000-a-year job.

Despite Kaiser's efforts to squelch and downplay the incident, the email episode shows that, in the digital age, flicking away whistle-blowers isn't as easy as it once was."
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Radon360 Radon360 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Radon360 (951529) writes "The race to send tourists into space is heating up with billionaires funding their own companies to build and launch spaceships for nonastronauts. Meanwhile, earlier this month, a Russian rocket carried another billionaire, former Microsoft Corp. programmer Charles Simonyi, to the International Space Station. The ride was brokered by Space Adventures Ltd., a company that has announced plans to build spaceports in Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.

But how safe is the space tourism business? The subject is discussed in a WSJ interview with Patricia Smith, who heads the Federal Aviation Administration office responsible for overseeing the nascent industry, and space entrepreneur Peter Diamandis, a co-founder of Space Adventures and chairman of the X Prize Foundation, which awarded a $10 million prize to Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne in 2004."
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Radon360 Radon360 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Radon360 (951529) writes "Six students at the Milwaukee School of Engineering spent the last year figuring out how to generate power for colonies on the moon. The students have designed a device that would sit atop a tower some 300 feet above the moon's south pole, collecting energy from the sun to drive a turbine, while sending the excess energy out into cold space. If NASA does pursue lunar colonies, one of the challenges the agency will face is the very problem the Milwaukee students tackled — generating power on the moon."
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Radon360 Radon360 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Radon360 (951529) writes "A Wall Street Journal article reports that China's fastest-rising currency isn't the yuan. It's the QQ coin — online play money created by marketers to sell such things as virtual flowers for instant-message buddies, cellphone ringtones and magical swords for online games.

In recent weeks, the QQ coin's real-world value has risen as much as 70%.

It's the most extreme case of a so-called virtual currency blurring the boundaries between the online and real worlds — and challenging legal limits. A Chinese Internet company called Tencent Holdings Ltd. designed the payment system in 2002 to allow its 233 million regular registered users to shop for treats in its virtual world. Virtual currencies are in use in many countries — but nowhere have they taken root more deeply than in China."
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Radon360 Radon360 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Radon360 (951529) writes "PARIS (AFP) — France became the first country to open its files on UFOs Thursday when the national space agency unveiled a website documenting more than 1,600 sightings spanning five decades. The online archives, which will be updated as new cases are reported, catalogues in minute detail cases ranging from the easily dismissed to a handful that continue to perplex even hard-nosed scientists. Known as OVNIs in French, UFOs have always generated intense interest along with countless conspiracy theories about secretive government cover-ups of findings deemed too sensitive or alarming for public consumption."
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Radon360 Radon360 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Radon360 (951529) writes "There are countless patents that are promising but sitting idle, stowed in the corporate fileroom. In fact, about 90 percent to 95 percent of all patents are idle. Countless patents sit unused when companies decide not to develop them into products. Now, not-for-profit groups and state governments are asking companies to donate dormant patents so they can be passed to local entrepreneurs who try to build businesses out of them.



Could such a measure lead to more innovation or just another means for companies to receive a tax break by unloading useless patents?"
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Radon360 Radon360 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Radon360 (951529) writes "The Tennessee Center for Policy Research has checked into Al Gore's carbon footprint with the Nashville Electric Service, and the results were not very promising. It turns out, according to their records, Gore's mansion and guest house consumed twice as much energy in one month than the average American household consumes in a year. Energy use at the Gore homestead has also risen markedly after the release of the movie "An Inconvenient Truth". While electrical consumption was more than 20 times average, natural gas consumption is well above average as well.

It appears that Al Gore has an inconvenient truth of his own."
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Radon360 Radon360 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Radon360 (951529) writes "After the breakdown of Lisa Nowak, it became apparent that some type of contingency plan might be necessary if an astronaut were to start acting mentally unstable during a mission. It turns out, NASA has a procedure in place for such an occurance. Read more in the article."
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Radon360 Radon360 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Radon360 (951529) writes "From the WSJ:

For blind people, crossing the street is becoming even more of a challenge. Michael Osborn, a blind marketing consultant from Laguna Beach, Calif., and his guide dog, Hastings, were in the middle of an intersection one morning last April when the yellow Lab stopped short. Mr. Osborn took the cue and halted — just in time to feel the breeze from a car passing right in front of them. "Half an inch and it would have hit us ... it wasn't making any noise," says Mr. Osborn, 50, who has been blind for 12 years. Witnesses say the car was a Toyota Prius, a hybrid vehicle.
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