Oil May Be Finite, But U.S. Production Is Ramping Up
After reading TFA, I say this: "Not surprisingly, Hamm considers some of the current administration's loans and subsidies for alternative energy ventures to be misplaced." is a pretty disingenuous statement. He seemed not to be against the new energy subsidies so much as pissed they were harrassing his company over a minor bird kill... and if the situation is as de describes I agree with him. Anyways, we should be able to do both... help kick start new energy sources and allow the market to continue to develop traditional ones.
Is Off-Shoring a National Security Threat?
after the last 30 years here in this country (US) let me be the first to say... Doh!
If it were mine to decide ...
As long as they keep putting that cute girl in the taffeta dress on my computer, I don't care!
Appropriations Bill Threatens Future Space Science Missions
Yep. It's like at some point we just sort made a collective decision in this country to just suck. Seems like we're giving up on big science and engineering altogether.
Russian Supply Vehicle To ISS Burns
Hooray! The ISS has finally been named! For Mr. Burns!
Massive Solar Tower Planned For Arizona
Think of the advertising and sponsorship possibilities!
I am Larry Ellison, and my Oracle giant green energy penis is 30ft taller than Steve Jobs's Apple giant green energy penis! NO! I'm Zuckerburg, and even tho I don't have much geek cred, MY facebook green energy penis is 30ft taller than Larry Ellison's Oracle giant green energy penis! Really, with all the corporate cash on hand right now in some of the techs, investing in a giant green energy penis size war might make some sense.
I get most of my books...
My wife buys me space-operish sci-fi at Goodwill.. 1.99 for a paperback.
Zynga Seeks $1 Billion In IPO
From the Wall Street Journal last two lines of the article: "In February, Zynga reportedly raised around $500 million from a group of investors at a valuation as high as $10 billion. The company is expected to go public with a valuation of up to $20 billion."
Zynga Seeks $1 Billion In IPO
I'm not going to try to understand the whole prospectus, but if they're "raising" 1B, their total valuation will be over that unless the current stockholders want absolutely nothing for their shares. Somehow I doubt that's going to happen.
Does anybody know what the estimated market cap will be?
I'm sad that there's so much valuation in this virtual crap as opposed to investment in solid manufacturing or infrastructure, like solar and LED companies, probably becuase that's what I'm in. But some folks obviously think the relentless march to Idiocracy (buying shit in the real world to better play games with your friends in the virtual world???) in this country will be quite profitable, and they may be right.
What's Your Favorite Renewable Energy
not if you got you your radioactive hamsters!
New Heat Pump Will Last 10,000 Years
AFAIK, freon and many other of the refrigerants are no more toxic than water... you CAN drown in them, and that is a hazard in enclosed spaces. And some of the refrigerants were ozone depleters, but the new stuff isn't.
Bizarre Porn Raid Underscores Wi-Fi Privacy Risks
Yes, and just think if they'd (someone in a police agency) wanted to screw with this guy for other reasons, say, political views. He'd be in jail right now. How many people have the technical skills to prove that they weren't the ones browsing the child porn logged to their IP? Is it even possible?
HP To Put WebOS On PCs In 2012
Only 10 years after Apple put Unix on consumer desktops!
Huge Amounts of Oil Found On Gulf of Mexico Floor
Under 1000ft, seawater is usually under 4C. All the processes and critters that break down the oil work much slower in the cold. A lot of that area will probably remain dead until more silt falls over it and its recolonized from scratch.
This is sad, but I doubt it was unexpected by anyone who knew anything.
Stanford, UCD Researchers Say 100% Renewable Energy Possible By 2050
I skimmed the articles too, the authors glossed over a lot, but where the heck are you getting your numbers? By way of example, a 3kW rooftop PV rooftop system TODAY would cost you around 3.50 / W for the modules (10.5k) and $2000 for the inverter, for only around 12500 in materials. (solarbuzz) You think there will be no more progress downward in PV module costs?
Apple May Remove the Home Button On the Next IPad
how about it just goes to a home screen if it senses it's been whacked on something hard?
Mathematics As the Most Misunderstood Subject
Funny you mention trig functions, I was just thinking this morning about the "black-boxishness" of trig functions.
I've wondered if maybe we'd be better of NOT teaching sin/cos immediately, and instead giving children Euler's identity first
Sadly, I've got to say, I never use Euler's, always the trig functions to solve real problems (I'm an electrical engineer.)
I've got a 3yrs old and a 2 years old and would love to see them have a better time with and a deeper understanding of math than I did.
Math was (and sometimes still is) a real pain for me, and I've never really understood why, becuase the rules are all very simple.
What's the Oracle Trial Against SAP Really About?
Ellison is an asshole, and Apothecker/HP are sissies.
What I really don't understand is if you're running a a database company, do you really want to trumpet how lousy your internal security is in federal court?
Hiding Backdoors In Hardware
Always terrifies me at the bank.. bunch of Lenovo Peecees, running windows.
But when I think about it, what could China steal from us that we haven't been just throwing at them anyways?
How Google Avoided Paying $60 Billion In Taxes
Not just pay folks who know how to exploit, no, they can pay folks who actually write the tax code! (congress) Look at the tax code, there's all sorts of crap like "15% deduction for drilling oil wells between 1003 and 1047 feet, in fartknock county, oblivia..." The tax code actually fills several rooms.
Can Vegemite go bad?
Picked up a jar of Vegemite here in the local grocery.. this is not a common product in the States, and it was past it's "best by" date. After some looking on the web I figured I wouldn't die, and I haven't yet. Does it eventually go bad?