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Python Essential Reference 4th Ed.

rrwood Re:Ordered this the other day (94 comments)

I snagged an illicit copy and was so impressed that I bought the real thing and wrote Beazley a letter telling how much I liked the book....

more than 4 years ago
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Wal-Mart, Amazon Battle For Online Retail's Future

rrwood Re: Products (272 comments)

I was under the impression that Canadians liked paying taxes.

Well played, my American friend. :-)

Signed, A Canadian, eh

about 5 years ago
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Synchronize Data Between Linux, OS X, and Windows?

rrwood Re:dropbox? (305 comments)

Dropbox is fantastic! It's definitely not a subversion respository, though it does support versions of files if you're willing to pay for that feature.

I finally ponied up the money for a paying account yesterday after having used it daily for about a year now....

more than 5 years ago
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Bootstrapping a New Technology?

rrwood "Bunny" Huang (360 comments)

Talk to Bunny:

http://www.bunniestudios.com/

Bunny is the guy who did the incredible XBox reverse engineering way back when. Since then, he's gone on to work for the Chumby guys. He loves open source, is brilliant, has huge experience getting hardware built, and is a pretty cool guy.

Take a look at his blog and read about his experience in China, lining up manufacturers for the Chumby. Also, his discussion of the Shenzhen hardware/software wizards is mind-bending....

more than 5 years ago
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How Hollywood Tie-Ins Saved Lego

rrwood Lego Movie? (193 comments)

Hey-- why hasn't there been a Lego movie? Given the brand appeal and the richness of the settings possible, a Lego movie would kick brick-ass....

more than 5 years ago
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District 9 Rises From the Ashes of Halo

rrwood Re:Moon (207 comments)

Fantastic? Meh. It was a rehash of a lot of ideas we've seen done in films and books over the past 20-30 years, with nothing particularly new added. Go re-watch 2001, Bladerunner and re-read some early John Varley instead.

If, on the other hand, this is the first time you've seen these ideas explored in film or fiction, I could see this being a very interesting movie.

more than 5 years ago
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Vinod Khosla Talks Ethanol

rrwood Nice rebuttal at The Ergosphere (430 comments)

The "poet engineer" over at The Ergosphere does his usual amazing job of responding to this.

For those not familiar with it, The Ergosphere is an excellent blog that tackles energy related issues from an analytical/scientific/empirical point of view, neatly cutting through any associated hype. Definitely recommended for anyone with an enviro-geek mindset. :-)

As a teaser, here's the conclusion to the article, after a lengthy analysis, complete with verifiable stats:

In my less than humble opinion, the powers-that-be are promoting ethanol because it serves up subsidies to various interests while not threatening the status quo (oil companies). If you can make an end-run around those interests, you could improve the environment, the economy and the prospects of the average American while making a huge pile of money. Isn't that better than just being a shill for GM, the corn farmers and ADM?

more than 8 years ago

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Pay-as-you-go electrical meters and conservation

rrwood rrwood writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rrwood (27261) writes "This article details how the pay-as-you-go electrical meters that the Woodstock Ontario public utilities company has made available have resulted in a 15% reduction in power consumption on the part of the program participants. The original purpose of the program was to allow customers to pay in advance and avoid costly and annoying disconnection/reconnection charges, and the power company says that they did not expect that a reduction in power usage would result. The Oil Drum article neatly ties together some interesting ideas on interface design, human psychology, energy conservation, and more."
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rrwood rrwood writes  |  about 8 years ago

rrwood (27261) writes "Unless you've been living under a rock in a cave for the past few years, you're aware that our species and its civilization is facing serious energy problems. Regrettably, there is a lot of politics and rhetoric and posturing on the subject in the mainstream media, but precious little cold, hard analysis. If you find this lack of scientific scrutiny frustrating, take a look at what the Engineer-Poet over at the Ergosphere has to say on the subject of Sustainability, energy independence and agricultural policy.

From the conclusion to the posting: Our current fossil-based energy system is problematic; perhaps fortunately for us, it is very inefficient and leaves a great deal of low-hanging fruit. Its inefficiency allows the complete replacement of the fuel used for transportation and electric generation by various direct and indirect biomass products. The cost savings could amount to the better part of a thousand dollars per person per year, and the environmental savings would be immense. Best of all, the public wouldn't have to endure any wrenching changes to make it happen. "

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