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Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

sciencewatcher Re:OPEC to subsidize its demise? (385 comments)

Well, Egypt is not an oil exporter, but it did cut subsidies on oil. Prices at the pump were raised this weekend by 78%. The only reason why this can be done is Egypt just had a year of 'Muslim Brotherhood' rule, a revolution to overturn their rule, and a population that is willing to accept everything as long as the government will keep the MB at bay. So the speech president Obama held in the beginning of his first term in Cairo in which he told Mubarak his time was up and the MB would be the new representatives of the peoples may have had at least one good side effect.

about 5 months ago
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European Health Levels Suddenly Collapsed After 2003 and Nobody Is Sure Why

sciencewatcher Take 6 minutes to read the article (304 comments)

And conclude that the article has very little science value at all, and does not warrant any conclusion.

1 year,18 hours
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Utility Box Exposed As Spy Cabinet In the Netherlands

sciencewatcher police observation, not espionage (179 comments)

This looks much more like a police operation. A couple of years ago a small nondescript trailer was parked in Amsterdam to observe a meeting between two criminals. One of those started a shooting spree and the police officers inside the trailer were lucky not to be hit. They couldn't get out of the trailer from the inside quick enough to chase them. There probably is a notorious criminal living within sight there. The Ziggo employees were irresponsible in publicizing this. Ziggo is a cable company.

about a year and a half ago
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Free Wi-Fi: the Movement To Give Away Your Internet For the Good of Humanity

sciencewatcher test in The Netherlands (505 comments)

In the city of Groningen (pop. 200.000) in The Netherlands the cable company has split each wifi access point of almost all subscribers into two different wifi access points. The subscriber uses one frequency, the other can be used by all subscribers in the country, using their own username and password. It works very well, even if you walk or cycle on the street, your smartphone or tablet will keep the connection as you move from one subscriber to the next. The phone company meanwhile is busy upgrading most of the country to glass fibre.

about 2 years ago
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Cities' Heat Can Affect Temperatures 1000+ Miles Away

sciencewatcher Glider pilots already knew this (263 comments)

Serious, first thing to look for a thermal is the local town, absent mountains or hills. A large parking lot already does do fine. I know of a military airport which has a cemetary nearby, the dense black marble is sufficient.

about 2 years ago
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Startup Launches Open Wi-Fi, Challenging ISPs

sciencewatcher Re:Open Wi-Fi in The Netherlands (65 comments)

Absolutely, it is just an attempt by the cable company to keep it's customers from going to the competition for commercial reasons. The cable company does not have a cellular phone network and in this way tries to add functionality to compensate for that. It might become an interesting development.

about 2 years ago
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Startup Launches Open Wi-Fi, Challenging ISPs

sciencewatcher Open Wi-Fi in The Netherlands (65 comments)

In the city of Groningen, The Netherlands, population 180,000, the cable company has converted the wireless routers of most of the subscribers into dual private and open Wi-Fi access points. Almost all subscribers agreed to participate. In return the subscribers can use each others access points using their own username and password. As you walk or cycle down the street the connection stays permanent as you move from one access point to the next. Both the cable company and the wireless phone operators are in fierce competition with asymmetrical infrastructure. This move by the cable company seems to be designed to undercut the need for 3G/4G access for tablets and smartphones. There are plans to roll out this new type of usage throughout the country.

about 2 years ago
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What Will NASA Do With Its Gifted Spy 'Scopes?

sciencewatcher Better invest in Atlas Telescope (129 comments)

The Hubble Telescope has done great science. It's successor in time is the James Webb Telescope but the Webb is designed to scan the sky in a very different part of the spectrum. The Atlas Telescope is supposed to be it's successor in functionality. The design goal for the Atlas Telescope is more than three orders of magnitude better than Hubble. We better spend our money on such a telescope than on a Hubble v 1.1.

about 2 years ago
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Do Recreational Drugs Help Programmers?

sciencewatcher Observation (878 comments)

OK, this guy was widely respected as one of the top hackers of the world. Smoked a lot of pot for some time but later abstained and he remained on top of the game. But he died at the age of 54 because of a haemorrhage of the stomach. To counter the effects of previous marijuana use he had to take quite some prescription drugs that in turn damaged his stomach. A good coder gets his kicks of writing good code I believe.

about 2 years ago
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I believe humanity will first achieve ...

sciencewatcher World Peace actually close (637 comments)

The main obstacle to world peace is the fight for control over scarce resources. We've had quite a few of such resources, the main one we're still fighting over now is energy. Human ingenuity will overcome that and more efficient transportation systems will do the rest. Actually, world peace is achievable by 2070 or so.

more than 2 years ago
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French Elections Could Affect HADOPI, ACTA

sciencewatcher Re:Right to be left.. (153 comments)

The sole reason Europe has not gone down the drain is the good stewardship and cooperation of Merkel in Germany and Sarkozy in France. Freaky Wilders in The Netherlands just wiped himself out of politics the day before you made your comment. If Hollande wins the elections in France it will no longer be Paris and Berlin helping Athens and Rome out of their problems but just Berlin having to provide for the three other governments and Madrid. I doubt the Germans are willing to do that and I am sure they cannot do that. Lots of troubles ahead of Europe.

more than 2 years ago
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The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon

sciencewatcher Re:$5? that's nothing (1205 comments)

There are many countries in Europe with pretty different standards of living. There are differences between standards of living between US states as well. Most European countries are on par with a US state in standard of living, population size and/or geographical size. Each country in Europe is able to obtain the same standard of living as a US state using 30% less oil. European economies are optimized for energy efficiency. The US would do itself a great service, and the rest of the world a favour if it would shift it's taxes from income taxes to higher taxes on gas. I have no problems to pay $10 a gallon. If I fill up my car it costs about $100 (10-11 gallons). I still consider it cheap. I just wished more of that money paid would go to my own government rather than foreign oil exporters like Iran and Saudi-Arabia.

more than 2 years ago
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Lunar Base Foe Romney Endorsed By Lunar Base Supporters

sciencewatcher No space enthusiast wil support Newt. (318 comments)

When Kennedy launched the moon program he multiplied the space budget by a substantial number. Newt does not propose to increase the budget. This moon base thing has little science value compared to projects like the ATLAS space telescope. Such projects will be the first to be axed to make room for this low value show off that his moon base program is.

more than 2 years ago
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No Higgs Just Yet

sciencewatcher There is no Higgs Boson (190 comments)

The models that we are using today to describe the universe are hopelessly inadequate. In my view there is no Higgs boson. A whole lot of stuff that we consider fundamental today in reality should be derived from underlying properties. Mass and gravity as most noticeable examples. There is no Higgs, but keep looking so that everyone else can be convinced it does not exist.

more than 3 years ago
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Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US

sciencewatcher Roundabouts in The Netherlands... (1173 comments)

Roundabouts replacing crossings in The Netherlands are claimed to have been the major contributing factor behind the reduction of traffic casualties, going from the lowest in the world to by far the lowest in the world, when measured against traffic volume. There are now about 800 fatal casualties per year on a population of 16 million people. The amount of fatal casualties is about 8 people per 1 billion kilometers. (= 12 people per billion miles)

more than 3 years ago
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UK Sticks With Nuclear Power

sciencewatcher Japan, The Netherlands and Germany (334 comments)

Japan and The Netherlands also stick to building new reactors. They at least learned the right lesson, we need to build reactors that are more inherently safe. Only Germany doesn't stay the course. That is primarily the result of cultural fights in the eighties in Germany that defined some generations. When Three Miles Island went down, there was no significant release of radiation, but the public reaction was based on it's fears, rather than on the reports. That is a natural thing happening in other areas as well. When Chernobyl happened, that was much worse than a reactor melt down, the reactor was designed as an enormous dirty bomb. Fukushima is the first real nuclear full scale disaster. And look, hardly any casualties, just an enormous financial burden. Even if a Fukushima incident happens every year it would be roughly on par with coal burning power plants running steady.

more than 3 years ago
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RMS Cancels Lectures In Israel

sciencewatcher When drawn into a boycott... (609 comments)

Since RMS consequently rejects any piece of software that restricts his rights or movements, the only right thing to do would be to reject the Arab invitation to visit the former British mandate of Palestine. Of course the Israeli invitees then should pick up the tab to pay for his travel expenses to Israel. The Israelis did not restrict RMS's whereabouts and should be lauded for their policy of sticking to freedom for all, including the Arabs.

more than 3 years ago
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New Gasoline Engine Prototype Claims 3X Current Engine Efficiency

sciencewatcher Re:Get ready to read another.... (377 comments)

Your grandfather did not. This claim has been made over and over again. This claim is only made by people who do not understand the basics of economics and people who have never introduced a product to the market or maintained a market presence against a competition. The reality is that a continuous stream of inventions and technological advancements hit the market and make engines more efficient. Some of that gain is used up by adding more luxury items to cars like air conditioning etc. Every car company that good get hold of a much improved engine will use it in new car models.

more than 3 years ago
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The World's Largest Touchscreen

sciencewatcher Re:Awesome (53 comments)

There is no reason to assume a closer tie between English and Dutch than any of the other languages spoken in Western Europe. But the small country that has always thrived on international business has a strong orientation on foreign languages. Most high school students have to learn four modern languages (Dutch, English, German and French or Spanish) and optionally two ancient languages (Latin and Greek). With a foreign language you also get a deeper insight in other cultures, giving you a better perspective on business deals.

more than 3 years ago

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Dutch cold case murder solved after 90% of 8000 people gave their DNA.

sciencewatcher sciencewatcher writes  |  about 2 years ago

sciencewatcher (1699186) writes "A 1999 cold case rape and murder in The Netherlands has been solved. Dutch police asked 8000+ men living within 5 kilometers of the crime scene to volunteer their DNA so that the murderer could be traced through (close or distant) family members sharing part of this DNA. As it turned out, the man now in custody turned in his own DNA, resulting in a 100% match. The request of the police was discussed here on Slashdot in September. The percentage of people participating was closing in on 90%, in the midsize town of the victim it was 96%."
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Dutch police asks 8000+ citizens to provide their DNA

sciencewatcher sciencewatcher writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sciencewatcher (1699186) writes "In an attempt to solve a rape and murder of a 16 year old girl the Dutch police has asked 8080 man to provide their DNA. All these people lived 5 km. or less from the crime scene at the time of the murder. This reopened cold case is the first large scale attempt not to hunt the raper and killer but to locate his close or distant male relatives. All data gathered will be destroyed after the match with this particular murder. There seems to be great public support for this attempt."
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Bredolab botnet taken down

sciencewatcher sciencewatcher writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sciencewatcher (1699186) writes "The High Tech Crime Team (THTC) of the Dutch Crime Squad today announced the takedown of a dangerous botnet. The botnet had infected at least 30 million computers worldwide. The botnet was part of the Bredolab network, used by cybercriminals to distribute malware to unsuspecting users’ computers. Users of computers with viruses from this network will receive a notice of at the time of next login with information on the degree of infection. They will receive helpful advice on removing the viruses from their system."
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Stuxnet worm claimed to be devastating in Iran.

sciencewatcher sciencewatcher writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sciencewatcher (1699186) writes "At debka.com, a website associated with intelligence communities focusing on the Middle East, the claim is made that Tehran this week secretly appealed to a number of computer security experts in West and East Europe with offers of handsome fees for consultations on ways to exorcize the Stuxnet worm spreading havoc through the computer networks and administrative software of its most important industrial complexes and military command centers."
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Gravity explained as not a force.

sciencewatcher sciencewatcher writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sciencewatcher (1699186) writes "(resubmission, link is now to the full article) The Dutch theoretical physicist Erik Verlinde proposed a remarkable simple theory which explains gravity as a statistical phenomenon resulting from different concentrations of information in empty spaces between masses. If it holds the magnitude of this new theory is of the same order as Einstein's introduction of the relativity theory and would result in a rewrite of all secondary education physics books. 'Gravity is not a fundamental force. It emergences from a deeper microscopic reality' he stated in a newspaper article (Dutch, Google translated). Simple Newtonian laws like the law of motion (F=m*a) can be easily derived from the new theory. So far his colleagues have stated to be intrigued rather than sceptic. The implications for other theories such as the unification theory are enormous."
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Gravity explained as not a force.

sciencewatcher sciencewatcher writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sciencewatcher (1699186) writes "The Dutch theoretical physicist Erik Verlinde proposed a remarkable simple theory which explains gravity as a statistical phenomenon resulting from different concentrations of information in empty spaces between masses. If it holds the magnitude of this new theory is of the same order as Einstein's introduction of the relativity theory and would result in a rewrite of all secondary education physics books. 'Gravity is not a fundamental force. It emergences from a deeper microscopic reality' he stated in a newspaper article (Dutch, Google translated). Simple Newtonian laws like the law of motion (F=m*a) can be easily derived from the new theory. So far his colleagues have stated to be intrigued rather than sceptic. The implications for other theories such as the unification theory are enormous."
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