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gadget junkie (618542) writes "Funnily enough, Northern European countries have put the most solar panels in place. in this story on the Daily Telegraph, some of the foreseable problems seem to emerge: grid bottleneck, wide differences between peak output and average output. The suggested solution is mindboggling to an economic analyst like me: install them at an angle which would cause them to generate the most energy in the afternoon (namely: face west, and all will be fine). This adds to the cost obviously, since it is less efficient. Why is it practically impossible to get an unbiased economic study on alternative energy?" Link to Original Source top
gadget junkie writes "Geological fault lines are well known, and Italy has a long story of big and small earthquakes, so predicting where an earthquake il likely to happen is not hard. But here, as elsewhere, predicting "when" has proven impossible....or has it? not accoording to the worthy Italian magistrates who have indicted the whole Big Risks Commission, which is a mixed scientific and administrative board, for wrongful death and injury in relation with the april 2009 L'Aquila earthquake, for not having predicted it." Link to Original Source top
One phrase was rather defensive, tough:"For gamers, the results are pretty much a wash between XP and Windows 7. In any case, power gamers are far more likely to be buying for a new high-end machines and not upgrading an old XP system." Now, I am not a big geek, but I DO play games.My quad core intel runs on XP, and you'll have to pry it from my cold dead fingers; and many other people I know choose hardware sellers on one big service they offer: they do the downgrade from Vista or Win 7 to XP. I do not have the time and resources to buy a win7 machine for inhouse testing, expecially the user experience: what's the score for slashdotters on this one?" Link to Original Source top
gadget junkie writes "Thin clients have waxing and waning for almost a decade now. I've worked for a number of companies in Italy, and seen others, and no meaningful example has come across my path. Now the Wall Street Journal runs a story about the increasing use of virtual desktops in corporations and educational environments. Since the WSJ is not a specialist publications, there are what I reckon some oddities in the article, for example there's a vague suggestion of a link between the debut of Win7 and the increase in use of thin desktop. Is it the start of a glorious revolution, or the PC will remain the mainstay for years to come?" Link to Original Source top
gadget junkie writes "I live in Turin, and this year the World Air Games will be held here. In advance of the games proper, I went to a small event where there were the usual scale models, some industry presentation and air simulators; the most interesting was one by Alenia Aereonautica featuring the Typhoon fighter aircraft, with two 16:9 big screens, one with the outside view, and the other a touchscreen simulating the cockpit layout. At one point, the operator had to restart the program from scratch, and imagine my amazement when the screen flashed the operating system: FEDORA!!!There is hope for games on linux then!!!!
The person operating the system told me that this demo simulator had been shown at the Farnborough air show as well. Do any of you know other instances of simulation/games up to the standard of the windows world?" top
gadget junkie writes "According to a Wall Street Journal article, Microsoft and Tomtom have settled their patent dispute. The article states that Tomtom will pay an "undisclosed amount" for Microsoft patents, while Microsoft will receive "coverage" for four Tomtom patents free of charge. While this might seem unbalanced, I personally am more disturbed by the lack of details of the agreement, but since both companies are listed, eventually [...] we will know more. warning: possible subscription required for the WSJ article." top
Invisibility cloak: the klingons are amongst us!!!
gadget junkie writes "Isaac Asimov, in his "Foundation" book series, postulated that Earth was unique in having a satellite one quarter as big as itself. According to this press release from the Spitzer Space Telescope site, he was reasonably close....big moons are hard to find. At least the ones born out of collisions between big objects, like the nascent Earth and something the size of Mars....But be of good cheer, 5% of Billions of planets is still a lot!!!"
gadget junkie writes | about 10 years ago
I have been involved in some of the discussions about renewable sources and nuclear reactors , and I have been impressed by one difference from the average IT debate on slashdot: the "average" comment is much more similar to the man-on-the-street average than it happens in more tech oriented areas.
One possible reason is that this is further from the expertise area, and so some reversion to the mean should be at work; on the other hand, I suspect that even an open-minded audience like Slashdot is entrapped in the pitfalls described by prospect theory: the way choices are "framed" changes the preferences.
My personal impression is that Joe sixpack will eventually get it right, i.e. if and when the oil price will hurt him too much, he will go for the cheapest alternative. But what does it makes of the so called "experts" and "scientists", if we have to wait for the great unwashed to convince us that New technology is good for us?