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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

tjansen Re:Uncompetitive? (312 comments)

That's a translation problem. This law allows companies to sue when competitors violate existing laws and regulations. Something like 'unfair competition' would be a better translation.

about a month and a half ago

Thanks For Reading: 15 Years of News For Nerds

tjansen Re:dayummm (229 comments)

Can't speak for others, obviously, but I mostly only ready Slashdot on Google Reader these days. I just don't have the time for writing comments any more, and, frankly, I guess I am too old for flamewars and trolling by now :) Congratulations, Slashdot!

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?

tjansen DE = Browser Border (818 comments)

Should I really care which system is drawing the borders around my Firefox or Chrome windows? Only when I need special software, like Photoshop or Gimp or a Java IDE or a game, the OS or desktop environment still matters. Unfortunately KDE apps are not in most people's 'special software' lists.

more than 2 years ago

Paris To Test Banning SUVs In the City

tjansen Re:Ban drive thru restaurants while you're at it (509 comments)

Actually many newer european cars have a start-stop-automatic (as soon as your car stops, the engine turns off; if you press the gas-pedal it turns on automatically), so there does not have to be any idling. IIRC this is not popular in the US because its savings would not be included in the official MPG ratings, but some manufacturer (can't remember which) is going to introduce it in the US soon.

more than 3 years ago

JBI's Plastic To Oil Gets Operating Permit

tjansen Re:Given how much oil it takes to make plastic.... (223 comments)

Hmm.. but in that case, the bottle would be made of less valuable components. Which would mean that the demand for the components required for a plastic bottle is lower than the demand for the other components, and thus plastic bottle are merely a by-product. So I wonder, would reducing the number of plastic bottle have any impact on the general oil consumption?

After all, even if there wouldn't be any plastic bottles anymore, the oil would still be needed because of the other components.

more than 3 years ago

JBI's Plastic To Oil Gets Operating Permit

tjansen Re:Given how much oil it takes to make plastic.... (223 comments)

"So your average plastic water bottle requires about 1/4 a litre of refined oil products to be produced."

I have no idea of plastic production, but it looks wrong to me: if oil costs about $40 per barrel (159l), 1/4 litre is about $0.05. I can't imaging a plastic bottle costing that much - I can buy a bottle of water in a supermarket for not much more than 5 cent. Am I missing something?

more than 3 years ago



Panasonic 'Home Batteries' Power Houses for a Week

tjansen tjansen writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tjansen (2845) writes "Panasonic has announced plans to create 'home batteries'. They are lithium-ion batteries large enough to power a house for a week, making energy sources such as solar and wind power more feasible. Also, you can buy energy when it is cheapest, and don't need to worry about power outages anymore."
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