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Peru To Provide Free Solar Power To Its Poorest Citizens

crazybit Re:Something wrong with this picture! (175 comments)

Peru is using photovoltaics to provide small amounts of electricity without the infrastructure cost, which makes perfect sense.

That is EXACTLY why I consider this is an AWESOME idea. I have visited some of those locations, and the geography around them is extremely harsh. Many of these families live above 2500m altitude (some even above 3500m - 4000m), get their water from rivers, wells or old aqueducts (some of them made during the Inka's empire), and live mainly from farming and livestock. Giving them electricity from PV so they can use basic things, like led lights and small radios, will improve their quality of life A LOT. Bringing them electricity from the regular grid would be cost-prohibitive.

about a year ago
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Be Back As the Terminator

crazybit Re:Conan (245 comments)

From the article:

Schwarzenegger also told TheArnoldFans, "We start shooting in January and I'm also going to do 'King Conan'. To play that role and also to do another 'Twins' movie. I feel very proud of that. I feel very happy and I'm looking forward to doing those films."

I guess he will be doing Conan AND a sequel for "Twins".

about a year ago
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New Attack Tool Exploits SSL Renegotiation Bug

crazybit Facebook API now requires SSL/TLS (47 comments)

Considering Facebook API now requires SSL/TLS for Facebook Apps, many servers had to turn on HTTPS just for this. It's just a matter of time until we see this widely exploited.

more than 2 years ago
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Paid Developers Power the Linux Kernel

crazybit Re:Not the way forward. (191 comments)

(...) a world in which most commercial software is open source and the developers are paid for their efforts is very much in keeping with our dreams of an open source utopia.

Indeed. The most paid F/OSS developers there are, the best for everyone. If there is demand, F/OSS developers salaries will raise, which will make more people interested in working in the field. The result will be better software for everyone.

I guess we all can dream...

more than 3 years ago
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What Scientists Really Think About Religion

crazybit Re:The surest path to atheism (1123 comments)

The method used by the Communists to reduce the power and influence of religions was to change the school curriculum to teach all religions equally, side-by-side, instead of just Christianity.

Once the students can't tell the difference between one creation myth and another, and everything starts to blend into an ever more ridiculous set of children's stories, very few are left that can still take their "own" religion seriously any more.

Do you have any link or book that explains the method of education that you are describing? This is one interesting subject I would like to investiagte more about.

more than 4 years ago
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What Game Devs Should Learn From EVE

crazybit finally a company realizes (270 comments)

that the easiest and cheapest way of finding new ways of pleasing their customers is listening to their opinions. The only difference between this and a traditional focus group is the size of the population sample.

more than 4 years ago
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What the Mobile Patent Fight Is All About

crazybit how are these touch interfaces new? (222 comments)

I remember using touch interfaces at Epcot Center in 1985. The difference here is the size of the device and he applications I can run (not only browse info about pictures), but other than that I see no difference.

more than 4 years ago
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Car Hits Utility Pole, Takes Out EC2 Datacenter

crazybit Re:An untested DR plan is a worthless DR plan (250 comments)

What on earth leads you to suggest they don't have working disaster recovery?

The fact that their service was partially cut due to a power failure. We know accidents DO happen and power failures DO happen, like the explosion in The Planet's power control room [1]. The guy's at Amazon cloud should be prepared for predictable problems like a power outage, specially when one of their selling arguments is service continuity.

[1]

more than 4 years ago
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Cub Scouts To Offer Merit Pin For Video Gaming

crazybit I thinks it's a smart move (366 comments)

Scouts can earn their pins by spending an hour a day playing games, teaching others how to play better, and researching the best price for games they'd like to buy.

One hour per day seems perfectly normal for any teenager, teaching others will train their social & verbal skills and the gaming market research will teach them how to get the most out of their buck.

From my point of view these are all useful skills.

more than 4 years ago
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Data Centers Push Back On US Efficiency Rules

crazybit probably pushing external agenda (134 comments)

So they can pull out a law forcing data centers to use the latest iCooling device from brand XYZ.

more than 4 years ago
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New Chip Offers Virtual Windows Desktops, On TVs

crazybit Re:Forget TVs (99 comments)

I think there's a market for a tablet that acts as a portable display (+touchscreen) for a bigger machine nearby.

Bookmark you post in case we need prior-art later.

more than 4 years ago
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Carbon-14 Dating Reveals 5% of Vintage Wines May Be Frauds

crazybit Re:Let me take a pro-expensive wine position (336 comments)

At Peru you can get a 2 lt. bottle of a fine Rose for about US$ 50, from one of our award winning companies. They are cheap because in this area of South America the climate and soil are exceptionally productive and abundant. One of them, Santiago Queirolo, has a 100 km2 Vineyard, in which they produce: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Trebiano Bianco, Quebranta, Torontel. They produce wine since 1880.
You can see pictures here.

As Argentina, we sell great quality wines for a good price, it's the middlemen the ones who raise the price to the skies.

more than 4 years ago
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Piezo Crystals Harness Sound To Generate Hydrogen

crazybit Re:Whats the real efficiency... (187 comments)

In this discovery they use sound waves to get hydrogen (which you can later use to make electricity or move cars). Sound waves are being generated all over nature as a natural left over of different processes. On the other hand electrolysis requires electricity, which has a cost in our modern economy.

You should measure not only the efficiency, but the total cost of energy generation.

more than 4 years ago
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Study Finds That Video Games Hinder Learning In Young Boys

crazybit this study is completely biased (278 comments)

If they want to see the REAL consequences, they should get a group of 1000 straight A students and see how many of them had video games for the last four years. I am sure the results will be the other day. I am sure many people HERE have been great students and did have a NES or some other console during their school years.

As the article says, these consoles where given to kids that where anxious to have them (they did't have it before but played them at their friends houses). Get a man that haven't had sex in 6 years and give him a girlfriend and analize what happens. Anyone has considered that those consequences might have happened because (1) those kids didn't have a console BEFORE (the novelty factor) and (2) those kids wanted to get the most out of the console because of subconscious fear that it might be taken away from them later.

more than 4 years ago
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Simpler "Hello World" Demonstrated In C

crazybit Re:11k Is Too Big? (582 comments)

Not only more maintainable, but filesystems should use 4k per sector, specially on raid's for performance stuff discussed on this post. This means that in a decently configured modern system, anything under 4k will still occupy 4k on disk.

more than 4 years ago
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OpenBSD 4.7 Preorders Are Up

crazybit Re:Is ugrading OpenBSD still kind of a mess? (191 comments)

You never found such OS? You should try CentOS, the whole upgrade guide is just 'yum -y update'. It rarely fails, specially if you never did something dumb like installing libraries from sources or such.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Are Digital Hearing Aids So Expensive?

crazybit Re:Medical... (727 comments)

Kids should listen to your story (specially the "now and insurance nor social security does not cover these costs") so they remember it the day one of those "join the army! it's the best!" guys approaches them.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Are Digital Hearing Aids So Expensive?

crazybit Re:Medical... (727 comments)

So, if I never get sick and die of natural death, they will return all that unused prepaid money to my siblings?. My grandma died at age 100 from natural death btw

more than 4 years ago
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Some Newegg Customers Received Fake Intel Core i7s

crazybit no way newegg's fault (447 comments)

They won't shoot themselves on their foot like this. As someone said, problem must be in some other part of the distribution chain.

Newegg's reputation is a critical part of their business, people buy on newegg because they expect that - on these type of situations - newegg won't screw the customer.

more than 4 years ago
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"Patent Markings" Lawsuits Could Run Into the Trillions

crazybit all this patent chaos (193 comments)

Let's hope all this patents chaos in the US (and the US trying to push their patents in other countries) doesn't end up in war in some years. I'll like to see US enforcing their patents this way on Russia / China / etc.

more than 4 years ago

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