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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

haruchai Re:Hey Verizon, can you hear us NOW! (135 comments)

Good point about the content regulation. I suspect some of the "think of the children" crowd will push for that.

1 hour ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

haruchai Re:the plan (135 comments)

True that it won't be the 1st time something like that has happened but at least the damn thing will get built and there's a chance that clauses on the sale can be used to make sure that whichever company ends up owning it must provide minimum levels of service, periodic upgrades, etc or it reverts to the public for a set price.

10 hours ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

haruchai Re:Hey Verizon, can you hear us NOW! (135 comments)

Hmm, well sometimes you need a little socialism to keep the capitalists in line.

12 hours ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

haruchai Hey Verizon, can you hear us NOW! (135 comments)

Nice to see cities stepping up to build better network infrastructure
And if we can hold onto Net Neutrality, even better.

13 hours ago
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Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

haruchai Re:Would sooner have a Dislike button than this (129 comments)

And I certainly hope that no one is using them as a "like" button but I very frequently find comments modded up that are a headscratcher.

2 days ago
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Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

haruchai Re:Would sooner have a Dislike button than this (129 comments)

Slashdot has 10 options you can moderate a comment, if you have points.
What sites do you consider "major news sites" - I suspect we may not agree on what those are.

3 days ago
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Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

haruchai Re:Would sooner have a Dislike button than this (129 comments)

That's the privilege of being an AC or someone who just doesn't have a nice IDpeen.
Those who can, do and those who can't, lurk.

3 days ago
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Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

haruchai Re:Would sooner have a Dislike button than this (129 comments)

You've got it backwards. With this low an ID, I get to post whatever I feel like. Otherwise, what's the point?

3 days ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

haruchai Re:Lead (407 comments)

Damned bleeding-heart environmentalists screwing up good old traditions!!

3 days ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

haruchai Re:It is serious but also concerning (564 comments)

I'm not so sure that what they've got is very skimpy - this was revealed at a "Solve for X" talk in Feb 2013 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
Lockheed Martin doesn't need a public announcement to get partners; they have more trouble keeping things under wraps and have channels to labs, big corporations and governments that we can scarcely conceive.

4 days ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

haruchai Re:Ahem. (407 comments)

Look at that table again - the most significant declines for most categories of crime was between 1992 and 2001. It even more dramatic when you consider the growth in population.
So the cops have to explain why they're now equipped like they're tank battalions.

4 days ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

haruchai Re:they could have, didn't (236 comments)

Did you discuss it with these chaps?

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/...

http://www.renewableenergyworl...

http://news.stanford.edu/pr/20...

It does take up more land to do this - about 2.5 times as much if you use the Japanese system and crop spacing.
But you're not killing farmland, you're having a fairly minor impact on crop yield if the land is healthy and current FiTs provide a much better income for most farmers than they'll get from crops alone.

5 days ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

haruchai Re:Too bad... (608 comments)

I imagine that you've seen or even been in a Passivhaus - a concept that was born in Canada & America but never took hold despite extremes of temperature that are very unusual or even unheard of in Central or Northern Europe. North America has had so many great efficiency ideas that they simply abandoned because they thought cheap oil is a right, not a privilege.

Solar thermal panels aka solar hot water, something that goes back to the late 19th century, enjoyed, pardon the pun, a brief moment in the sun after the Arab Oil Embargo and when President Carter installed some on the White House.
But because some were low quality, some were poorly installed or some customers were fleeced, they fell out of favor and only in the past few years have seen a significant deployment in the USA.
Meanwhile, since the early '80s, China, Japan, Israel, TURKEY, some parts of South America have all installed huge numbers with China breaking the 100 GWh installed base and where some complete systems can be had for just a few hundred dollars.
But because of the addition to cheap oil, petrol & electricity and the stubborn refusal to take the long view, America has wasted hundreds of billions of gallons and an unimaginable amount of coal with many deleterious & persistent effects.

And the trillions that went into the pockets of OPEC countries earned the USA almost ZERO goodwill and has cost trillions more on the military industrial complex that has helped to keep the cheap crude flowing.

Had energy efficiency, insulation, conservation been pursued as relentlessly as the chase after more horsepower or cheap electronics, North America & the world would be a much different, certainly much better place.

5 days ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

haruchai Re:Too bad... (608 comments)

I think you mean "Der Speigel" ( The Mirror ). They're relatively sane by USA RightWingNut standards but they're still pretty far right of center.
That's not to say they don't unearth some fantastic scandals.
German electricity has been expensive for a long time; long before the Engergiewende was enacted or had achieved significant momentum.
And most of that is due to taxes.
Also, let's not forget that German homes are wonderfully efficient compared to the average US one - almost 4x as much. But not large enough to comfortably house a unicorn, unlike many (abandoned) ones in the Home of the Brave.

5 days ago

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High-Energy Rechargeable Molten-Air batteries developed at George Washington U

haruchai haruchai writes  |  1 year,7 days

haruchai (17472) writes "Researchers have demonstrated what's considered a new class of battery, using either iron, carbon or vanadium-boride as the anode.
Energy densities are from 10%-70% that of gasoline by weight, or 100%-250% by volume and the batteries have an operating temp of ~700 C

Phys.org story: http://phys.org/news/2013-09-molten-air-battery-storage-capacity-highest.html
Arxiv.org paper: http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1307/1307.1305.pdf"
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Hans Reiser sued by own kids for $15 million

haruchai haruchai writes  |  more than 2 years ago

haruchai (17472) writes "The Reiser kids, now aged 12 and 11 have had a lawsuit filed against the former Linux developer, inventor of ReiserFS and convicted murderer of the mother of his children, to the tune of $15 million.
It's believed he may have hidden assets and a judgment is sought so a search for these can be conducted."

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haruchai haruchai writes  |  more than 7 years ago

haruchai (17472) writes "http://www.gizmag.com/go/6416/ A team of highly creative Volkswagen designers based in California have unveiled their own unique take on the future of modern transportation. The result is the Volkswagen Nanospyder. Futuristic nanotechnology supported by hydrogen fuel cells, solar power, wheel-mounted electric motors and inflatable organic body panels combine to form the unusual shape of the two-seater concept. http://www.businessweek.com/autos/content/nov2006/ bw20061106_548484.htm?campaign_id=rss_daily For other VW concept cars, see here: http://www.vw.com/models_overview/conceptcars.html "

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