Europe Launches Flood-Predicting Satellite and Test Probe
Predict floods and droughts, eh? Maybe it'll predict our climate a bit better than IPCC can..
Behind the 4GB Memory Limit In 32-Bit Windows
In other words, there are drivers commonly in use that are incompatible with Enterprise / DataCenter 32-bit editions of Windows Server 2000 and 2003 using PAE.
The Great Ethanol Scam
On journeys of 100km, cycling isn't feasible as it's too slow.
The journeys that are more feasible tend to be:
- short, where overheads of starting a car engine from cold significantly sway the economics
- short but slow, where traffic congestion is an issue - also hitting on a motorcar's economy
Ride a bike! CO2 is taken care of naturally, and apart from eu-de-sweaty-human, there aren't other toxic emissions to worry about.
Or ride a bike with an outboard motor; just don't put ethanol in its plastic tank.
The Great Ethanol Scam
Some good points, but most of the cited evidence of damage relates to either:
- concentrations of ethanol greater than they were supposed to be
- putting ethanol-blended fuel into something that wasn't designed for it
That's not a good argument against all use of ethanol blends, but does go against mandating all octane-ish fuel be blended.
Why Your Pop-Up Blocker Doesn't Work Anymore
I haven't tested this, but I'd say 2LD is a bit short-sighted. What about somedomain.com.au, and every other country that is assumed not to own the internet?
New Law Will Require Camera Phones To "Click"
Yes, and webcams.
They should all go "whirrrrrrrrrrrrrrr" and "ttttttttttttttttttttttttttt", and occasionally "flapflapflapflapflapflap".
Microsoft Brings Back DRM
Maybe you'll be sick of those songs by then, and just get new ones for your new phone..
Maybe people will come to think that replacing your phone every 18 months is ridiculous..
Maybe I don't care as I still buy music on CDs, ie unencrypted on physical media.. for the small qty of music I could be bothered obtaining.
Ubuntu Download Speeds Beat Windows XP's
XP's TCP/IP stack is much the same as NT has been using for quite a while. It takes ages to ramp up the TCP window size. It makes for terrible results on "speed tests" unless the test is quite a long download.
Vista is much more aggressive in increasing the receive window.
Run a throughput monitor of some sort while performing the test - preferably one that graphs throughput against time.
The Environmental Impact of Google Searches
Quick, cover the oceans!
Oregon Governor Proposes Vehicle Mileage Tax
Add a few more players to the game, and you get:
- A national system of tollways, with microcharging so it's useable on roads of any size
- A billing system for parking stations, event parking, or even roadside parking at all in city zones
- Ability to charge more for certain roads during peak periods (like a congestion tax)
- A speed tax?
Australia Says No to Internet Censorship
I missed news reports, but going off the story here and comments I'm disappointed in the focus.
I don't want the pollies to think this is only an issue for civil-liberarian fringe groups, greens, and porn consumers.
No, I wasn't there; I live 600km from the nearest held rally.
Battle Over Minimum Pricing Heating Up
I've been a consumer of ameteur music & sound equipment for a while, in Australia. I've been appalled at the way such things are priced here. US web prices are less than half the local "discount" and online prices, let alone in-store small-retailer prices. Even paying international air freight on individual items, it's a huge difference.
I spoke with a retailer about it, and it comes down to there being only one distributor who fixes the minimum prices locally, with the threat of shutting off access to ALL brands if a retailer attempts parallel imports or breaches the specified price. I can empathise with a low-turnover retailer, but not with a sole importer holding a captive market.
Australian law explicitly allows parallel or grey imports, but cannot force a distributor to deal with a retailer. Further, international web sellers are often prevented from selling internationally by their own supplier contracts.
I'm most appreciative of Behringer's policy on international pricing, which stops me being ripped off by a monopoly importer.
Solar Cycle 24 May Have Finally Begun
It means significant bursts of solar radiation, but reductions in other extraterrestrial radiation as it gets "blown" away by the solar surges.
IPv6 and the Business-Case Skeptics
The frequent keepalives required to keep NAT functional for UDP-based applications (e.g. Skype, VPNs) mean a 3G device won't get put into idle state when it should; consuming battery and wasting cell resources. With IPv6, no NAT required, keepalives not required every 30s, idle connections could be managed properly.
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