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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

tsa Re:Getting there. (118 comments)

Your truck weighs one ton? My god that's light. My cabrio weighs 1430 kg with me in it.

12 hours ago
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Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

tsa Re:My company... (92 comments)

I'm so happy with that. I don't like blue light and many of those LEDs were far too bright.

3 days ago
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Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

tsa Re:Duh (92 comments)

Electrical energy is also free, apparently.

3 days ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

tsa Re:user error (708 comments)

And nitrous oxides. They are the worst.

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

tsa Re:user error (708 comments)

So? I live in the Netherlands and I also don't have a dryer. I put my wet clothes on a rack in the study to dry. Works fine and saves a LOT of electricity.

about two weeks ago
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The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

tsa Euros (309 comments)

We don't have pennies in Europe. Just eurocents.

about two weeks ago
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Sand-Based Anode Triples Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

tsa Re:Cost? (60 comments)

It looks like a very cheap process...

about two weeks ago
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Sand-Based Anode Triples Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

tsa Re:Structure preserving? (60 comments)

I don't think it suggests that at all. It says the Mg is used to make porous silicon out of sand (neat trick), but nothing about how to prevent the porous silicon from reacting with oxygen from the air. So I take it you have to use the porous Si in an oxygen free environment. That shouldn't be too hard to make in a battery though.

about two weeks ago
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New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

tsa Manager (204 comments)

Ha, a real manager!

But seriously, hopefully Microsoft will benefit from him and become a bit more popular amongst nerds.

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

tsa Bang (443 comments)

Out with a bang, not with a whisper.

about two weeks ago
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How Apple Can Take Its Headphones To the Next Level

tsa Re:how about we stick to making the basics better (196 comments)

That's not only in America. Here in the Netherlands there was a program on TV not long ago about how manufacturers design their products to break down after a few years. There are several ways to do this; the chips in printer cartridges being the most well-known one. But they also told us that Samsung designed the plastics in their washing machines so that they degrade when in contact with the detergent you use to clean your laundry. And many manufacturers build in 'time bombs' in the software of their products, so that they stop working after a certain period.

about a month ago
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How Apple Can Take Its Headphones To the Next Level

tsa Re:Body sensors are THE FUTURE. (196 comments)

Luckily I have the impression that 3D TV is on the way out already...

about a month ago
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Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

tsa Over the border (365 comments)

I live in the Netherlands at 5 km distance from the border. The Netherlands and Germany are both members of the EU, where there is free travel of people and goods across all borders. So why can't I get my electricity from Germany?

about a month ago
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Why The Korean Government Could Go Open Source By 2020

tsa Re:You Go Girl (64 comments)

Here in the Netherlands we do that all the time. It costs us billions of euros in useless infrastructure and failed ICT projects. Especially with big ICT projects our government has a failure rate of nearly 100%.

about a month ago
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Why The Korean Government Could Go Open Source By 2020

tsa Probably not (64 comments)

2020 is a long way away. Politicians usually only have long term vision when they don't want to make decisions about something. So MS will most probably still be strong in Korea by 2020.

about a month ago
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Air Pollution Can Disrupt Pollinating Insects By Concealing the Scent of Flowers

tsa Pity (67 comments)

That's a pity for the insects, but we live on this planet too, you know. We can't undo all of our pollution.

about a month ago
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Great White Sharks Making Comeback Off Atlantic Coast

tsa Re:Food chain (107 comments)

I agree with all you say. So much so even that I'm beginning to wonder if you meant to reply to me or the person I replied to.
Instinctive fear is of course not in itself irrational, but some people have their instinctive fear tuned up so high, so to speak, that they can't be in the same room with a harmless spider. That is irrational even when it's not yet a fobia.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

tsa Re:Pretty much the same experience (365 comments)

My mum has an HP from that time which still works like it is new. And indeed, its battery is utter rubbish. You have to recharge it after 45 minutes, and that is when the battery is new.

about a month ago

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Commercial Mars mission planned

tsa tsa writes  |  about 2 years ago

tsa writes "The Dutch entrepeneur Lars Benschop has started Mars-One. From his website:
"Mars One will take humanity to Mars in 2023, to establish the foundation of a permanent settlement from which we will prosper, learn, and grow. Before the first crew lands, Mars One will have established a habitable, sustainable settlement designed to receive new astronauts every two years. To accomplish this, Mars One has developed a precise, realistic plan based entirely upon existing technologies. It is both economically and logistically feasible, in motion through the integration of existing suppliers and experts in space exploration."
The idea is to form several groups of four space explorers, make a TV channel that follows them 24/7 while they prepare for the launch, and let the public choose the order in which the teams leave Earth."

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State of the climate: warming, no sign of waning

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tsa (15680) writes "Ars Technica has a nice and concise piece about the annual report of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The 2009 report reveals that global average surface temperatures have risen 0.2C above the 1990s average and 0.3C above the 1980s average. Those values are large given the short time span, but seem mild considering that the report estimates 90 percent of the warming over the past 50 years has been absorbed by the oceans. I was also pretty shocked to hear on the news yesterday that the amount of plankton in the seas has almost halved in the last 60 years."
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Interview with Steve Ballmer on Dutch TV

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tsa (15680) writes "Yesterday there was an interesting and very funny interview with Steve Ballmer on our national TV. The audience were 600 students of our Erasmus University, who were allowed to ask questions. There is a small part that is in Dutch because Steve happened to have a Belgian teacher for a while. She tells us what kind of a kid he was when he was 8 years old. During the interview Steve gets some tough questions that he answeres like a pro. Despite the fact that they don't ask him about the chair, it's worth watching!"
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Google CEO to discuss his future as an Apple direc

tsa tsa writes  |  about 5 years ago

tsa writes "AppleInsider tells us that Google chief executive Eric Schmidt's position at Apple's board of directors gets more and more precarious now that Andoid, Google Chrome, and Chrome OS are on, or coming to, the market. From the article: "Even before Google announced plans for the new Chrome OS based off its nine-month-old web browser, the Federal Trade Commission began looking into the whether the companies were in violation of the Section 8 provision of The Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914, which forbids "interlocking directorates." In addition to Schmidt, Genentech chief executive Arthur Levinson also sits on the board of both companies.""
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Heilein's house is for sale

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tsa writes "The house Robert A Heinlein had built for himself and his wife in Colorado Springs is up for sale for a mere $650,000. Features "private wooded lot w/three cascading ponds." See here for details."
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Lego loses its unique right to make lego blocks

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tsa writes "The European Department of Justice has decided that the Danish company Lego does not have exclusive rights to the lego building block anymore (sorry, it's in Dutch). Lego went to court after a Canadian firm had made blocks that were so like lego blocks that they even fitted the real blocks made by Lego. The European judge decided that the design of the lego blocks is not protected by European trade marks and so anyone can make the blocks."
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Telco appeals city's fiber-optic win

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tsa writes "In a predictable move, TDS Telecom filed an appeal after its complaint against Monticello, Minnesota's new fiber network was tossed by a county judge in early October. As you may remember, the city decided to build its own fibre optic network after the telco made it clear they wouldn't build it because it wouldn't be economically feasible for them. TDS Telecom then changed its mind and sued the city for unfair competition."
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Dutch court punishes theft of virtual property

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tsa writes "Last week, the Dutch court subjected two kids of ages 15 and 14 to 160 hours of unpaid work or 80 days in jail, because they stole virtual property from a 13 year old boy. The boy was kicked and beaten and threatened with a knife while forced to log into Runescape and giving his assets to the two perpetrators. This ruling is the first of its kind for the Netherlands. Ars Technica has som more background information."
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Judge tosses telco suit over city-owned network

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tsa writes "The city of Monticello, Minnesota, was sued by their local telco Bridgewater Telephone Company because the city chose to build a fibre optics network of their own. The judge dismissed their complaint of competition by a governmental organization. From the article: The judge's ruling is noteworthy for two things: (1) the judge's complete dismissal of Bridgewater Telephone Company's complaint and (2) his obvious anger at the underfunding of Minnesota's state courts. Indeed, the longest footnote in the opinion is an extended jeremiad about how much work judges are under and why it took so long to decide this case."
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Norwegian standards body members resign over OOXML

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tsa writes "Arstechnica tells us that 13 of the 23 members of the technical committee of the Norwegian standards body Standards Norway, the organization that manages technical standards for the Scandinavian country, have resigned because of the way the OOXML standardization was handled. From the article: The standardization process for Microsoft's office format has been plagued with controversy. Critics have challenged the validity of its ISO approval and allege that procedural irregularities and outright misconduct marred the voting process in national standards bodies around the world. Norway has faced particularly close scrutiny because the country reversed its vote against approval despite strong opposition to the format by a majority of the members who participated in the technical committee."
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Apple wants you to use Nike exclusively

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tsa writes "Arstechnica writes about Apple, who apparently wants to tie your shoes to your clothes with DRM. From the fine article: If you're a Nike+iPod Sport Kit fan, you may eventually find yourself being restricted to using it with Nike-branded sportswear, thanks to a recently-published Apple patent. The patent, filed for in March of 2007 and published last week, describes a "Smart Garment" that would allow a gadget to authenticate to a specific garment--whether that garment is shoes, pants, or a jacket. When the garment is authenticated, however, unapproved garments would be blocked from being able to use the device."
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Microsoft's Mojave website is live

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tsa writes "Microsoft's Mojave Experiment website is up. They let people who had never seen Vista 'test their new upcoming OS', and afterwards told them they had been using Vista all along. They don't show what the subjects had to do however. Wtach the site and find out yourself what to think about it!"
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City sued by telco over fibre network

tsa tsa writes  |  about 6 years ago

tsa writes "The small town of Monticello, Minnesota, wants to build its own fibre network. The town held a referendum; 74 percent of voters agreed to fund the $25 million scheme. The city sought the needed municipal bonds, but the day before it closed on them, the local telco, Bridgewater Telephone, filed suit to stop the plan. Its claim: taking out bonds to build a fiber network is illegal."
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Google Earth takes you inside refugee camps

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tsa writes "A beautiful blend of technology and humanitarian aid is described in this article at ArsTechnica. From the article: "Refugee camps almost by definition have limited visibility. Often located in places that are hot, flooded, or at war, such camps go unseen by most of the world except for the occasional crisis segment on the evening news. Now, the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) hopes to give more visibility to the work that it does in such camps around the world, bringing the reality of refugee life into the laptops and living rooms of web surfers thanks to the power of Google mapping tools.""
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Poltergeists explained by quantum physics

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tsa writes "I know it's a bit late but New Scientist has a nice April fools prank about poltergeists being explained by quantum physics. From the article: Children generate poltergeist activity by channelling energy into the quantum mechanical vacuum. These disturbances would be similar in character to the quantum mechanical fluctuations that physicists believe occur in the vacuum, in which "virtual" particle and antiparticle pairs pop up for a fleeting moment, before they annihilate each other and disappear again. The extra fluctuations triggered by the pubescent brain would substantially enhance the presence of the virtual particles surrounding the person. This could slowly increase the pressure of air around them, moving objects and even sending them hurtling across the room."
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Dutch government moves to open standards

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tsa writes "A motion (PDF) to start using open standards (ODF is mentioned in particular) as soon as April 2008 was accepted last Wednesday by a large mayority of the Dutch parliament. Government institutions will have to start using open standards, as well as open source software wherever and whenever possible from then on. Theo Rinsema, director of Microsoft Nederland, said in an interview that he feels Microsoft is discriminated against. The use of open standards as defined in the motion prevents people from using Microsoft's products. Reitsema wants the government to be able to use standards that are controlled by companies, like GSM, MP3 and PDF. In the Netherlands, 177.000 people work for MS, and Reitsema wonders if they will still have a license to operate after April 2008. He was largely ignored during the parliament's discussion."
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