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US Cell Phone Plans Among World's Most Expensive

berend botje Re:Stupid prices (827 comments)

That would be $0.07 a minute. If they can't afford it I'd rather they don't call me at all.

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Gardeners Told to Give Exhausted Bees an Energy Drink

berend botje Re:Even better idea (200 comments)

A) Trading 1/3 of the human population for a healthy bee population seems fair to me. Most of you lot it scum anyway.

B) Why use pesticides at all? With that superfluous 1/3 gone you wouldn't need as much food anyway.

C) Ok, maybe using pesticides that target said parasites might be a good thing.

D) There are loads of issues with genetically modified crops. Besides, I wouldn't mind seeing Monsanto go belly up. Now that's an immoral set of creeps!

E) First get rid of 1/3 of the human population, plant more flowers and let's see if the bees can get their act together themselves. I think they can.

more than 5 years ago
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Gardeners Told to Give Exhausted Bees an Energy Drink

berend botje Re:What could possible go wrong? (200 comments)

I'm guessing, that with the bee population as it is, if we don't help them a little bit, soon there will be no bees left to pollinate the flowers.

more than 5 years ago
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US Cell Phone Plans Among World's Most Expensive

berend botje Re:Stupid prices (827 comments)

I pay 4.99 euro (about $7) for 500 minutes a month. For SMS I pay 2.50 euro ($3.50) per 1000 messages (send only, receive is free). And I'm sure I could find a cheaper plan if I cared enough to invest the time.

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Open Source Languages Rumble At OSCON

berend botje Re:what does open mean? (197 comments)

Perl took the best from C, shell scripting, awk and grep and extended it even further. It allows 20 million ways to get results. The number one reason to use perl is that it gets the job done. There is a cubic ass-ton of high quality modules available, for free. The way the language incorporates useful datastructures, regular expressions, ties, closures and a host of other contructs make it a very pleasant high level language

Head of the Perl Lovers club

You can't have it even if you pry it from my cold dead fingers

more than 5 years ago
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Amazon Pulls Purchased E-Book Copies of 1984 and Animal Farm

berend botje Re:Whatever The Party says (645 comments)

Copyright is about making copies. Not about importing items. Importing a book is not copying a book. You can import every book on the planet and not worry about copyright.

However, this _is_ about electrons. It was easy for Amazon to cancel the book on the Kindle, therefore they did.

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NASA Plans To De-Orbit ISS In 2016

berend botje Re:It'll never happen (554 comments)

You make it sound like the USA doesn't have its own agenda and ample proof it doesn't care about the welfare of anyone else. Don't start about recognizing laws when you unlawfully invaded a sovereign country and executed their democratically elected head of state.

That said, I'm all for deorbiting the ISS and using the budget for real science. Or perhaps pay the Russians to build fifty new MIR spacecraft and have change to spare.

more than 5 years ago
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Is the Kindle DX Worth the Money?

berend botje Re:Why not a laptop? (263 comments)

I know you're right. I'm not ready (or willing) to get rid of all my real books but would be very happy if I could reclaim some space by going digital.

Perhaps I could start by thinning the herd, so to speak, and get rid of the old, outdated technical books. Who needs a reference guide for PHP 1.0 anymore?

I have to give it some more thought.

more than 5 years ago
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Is the Kindle DX Worth the Money?

berend botje Re:Why not a laptop? (263 comments)

I'm not saying that I don't see the use of having a small device containing every book you own. I even understand that you have to start sometime to build a useful collection of e-books.

Say I get the Kindle and get twenty books to start of my collection. That's useful in itself. But it has no hope of competing with my 2000+ book collection on old dead tree.

The first publisher that solves this conundrum gets my money. I'd love to have my collection portable, it just isn't feasible yet.

more than 5 years ago
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Is the Kindle DX Worth the Money?

berend botje Re:Why not a laptop? (263 comments)

For those of us that have large libraries of tech books, the KindleDX allows us to store our entire bookshelf on a single device that takes up less room and weighs significantly less than a single book.

I have a large library of tech books, how can I store them on the Kindle? By buying them again? No way. I'm not paying a hefty sum for an empty device and then buy my library again. Not gonna happen.

more than 5 years ago
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New Lithium-Air Battery Delivers 10 Times the Energy Density

berend botje Re:Same old story... (281 comments)

To clarify: I don't want to make it $0.40 per kilowatt, is currently is $0.40 per kilowatt. And the prices are rising fairly rapidly.

more than 5 years ago
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Harvard Study Says Weak Copyright Benefits Society

berend botje Re:So what? (326 comments)

I'm guessing he won't be touring anytime soon. But that also means he won't be enjoying any of your money. So why enrich the money grabbing publishers?

Jimi isn't going to be bothered if you download his albums. So why buy? What have the labels done for you lately? They locked down the content with DRM, that's what they done.

more than 5 years ago
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New Lithium-Air Battery Delivers 10 Times the Energy Density

berend botje Re:Same old story... (281 comments)

I stand corrected. You and OP used a perfectly normal word. You are right in your assertion I should have looked it up before posting.

Thanks for expanding my vocabulary.

more than 5 years ago
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New Lithium-Air Battery Delivers 10 Times the Energy Density

berend botje Re:Same old story... (281 comments)

Well, that depends on the price of a kWh of electricity. In Europe prices are generally a lot higher than in the USA. I'm looking at a price of around $0.40 per kWh. That alone makes solar cells a viable alternative.

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New Lithium-Air Battery Delivers 10 Times the Energy Density

berend botje Re:Same old story... (281 comments)

functionalizing? I'm not a native speaker, but even I think you are making up words....

more than 5 years ago
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New Lithium-Air Battery Delivers 10 Times the Energy Density

berend botje Re:Double edged sword (281 comments)

I'm fully aware that there are dangerous things around the house. But most of them are well known by Joe User.

A slightly broken laptop battery burning down the house isn't.

It isn't statistically likely your laptop will catch fire. But considering the number of laptops out there, it's just a matter of time. Having ten times the energy density just means the difference between a scorched desktop and a burned down house.

Just to make clear that progress isn't always beneficial.

more than 5 years ago
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New Lithium-Air Battery Delivers 10 Times the Energy Density

berend botje Re:Same old story... (281 comments)

Solar panel efficiency is progressing slowly but steadily. Evolution instead of revolution. Todays panels are way better than panels made a few years ago.

Todays panels aren't ultra efficient, but they get the job done. Price isn't an issue anymore, the break even point is just a few years.

more than 5 years ago
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New Lithium-Air Battery Delivers 10 Times the Energy Density

berend botje Double edged sword (281 comments)

Energy density is a double edged sword. Yes, I would love to have ten times the runtime of my laptop. But there are inherent dangers. The current Lithium-Ion batteries are pretty dangerous when they are mistreated. Having ten times the energy stored in a battery? I'm not sure that is a blessing or a curse. Burning down your house isn't worth having a longer lasting laptop;

more than 5 years ago
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Harvard Study Says Weak Copyright Benefits Society

berend botje Re:So what? (326 comments)

The record labels aren't interested in increasing the band's revenue stream. They care only about their own revenue.

more than 5 years ago
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Harvard Study Says Weak Copyright Benefits Society

berend botje Re:So what? (326 comments)

I buy the CD because I like to support the artists I'm buying from,

Go to a concert. They make a whole lot more money that way. The percentage they get from CD sales is minimal.

For some of us, the CD is still the preferred method of buying music. It's tangible, you can play it on the trip home from the store (or in your hotel room since I bought a lot of my music when traveling), and if something happens to the 'puter, you can re-rip the tracks.

For me, downloading the mp3 file is the preferred method of getting music. It doesn't take up physical space, you can play it directly without having to go to a store with a minimal selection and you can get it wherever you have internet access (i.e. everywhere nowadays). And if something happens to the 'puter, you can easily redownload.

more than 5 years ago

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