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MIT's 'Artificial Leaf' Makes Fuel From Sunlight

worldsayshi Photosynthesis has a bit head start (158 comments)

Not to be a technology pessimist but how is this better than natural photosynthesis? Can we realistically hope to achieve better efficiency in storing energy in carbon based structures than with the technique that nature provides us? Well, maybe in a reeealy long perspective. We will probably have synthesised life a couple of times in different forms before then.

about 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs Lashes Out At Android

worldsayshi OpenWindows (864 comments)

"The first thing most of us think about when we hear the word ‘open’ is Windows" - Jobs /// Yup, the first thing that came to my mind.

more than 3 years ago
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Cub Scouts To Offer Merit Pin For Video Gaming

worldsayshi Pins for IT achievements instead (366 comments)

Playing games can hardly be seen as an achievement. It would be interesting to see pins for achievements in information tech though. Maybe for helping out setting up webservices for the local group or learning a programming language. But perhaps that would be to much to ask from a cub scout?

more than 4 years ago
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Anti-Technology Themes in James Cameron's Avatar

worldsayshi Re:I got something different from that movie. (870 comments)

It might have made an interesting plot if the Navi's actually had engineered the grid themselves, or at least understood it on a more profound level, but the movie seems to suggest that something else made it, evolution probably. I personally find the suggestion on evolution having created it most interesting.

more than 4 years ago

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Will Google keep their hands of the waves?

worldsayshi worldsayshi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

worldsayshi (1660435) writes "Through my eyes, Google wave as a service has tremendous potential. I can already count a heap of project ideas lying around in the collective mindset of me and my friends heads waiting to be lifted into some structured and collaborative space. Also, the amount of interest for the service seems to be much wider among my friends than I expected. Although the hype has been around for a while I did only expect "techheads" to be enthusiastic about an invite. From what I can tell Google will have no problem in building a critical mass of users.

But. One great problem regarding the waves ability to fully extend to its potential as a collaborative idea-tool is the question that the title spells out. I know that I am not alone in worries of what will happen to potentially valuable ideas once they are spelled out in (private sessions in) the wave. If the wave succeeds in maintaining an aura of trust in the regard of letting people have their ideas to themselves, it has a potential of attracting some of the greatest ideas and thinkers of the world. If so, would Google be able to keep themselves from taking a peak on that which the user groups would rather have for themselves?

In any case, it is what they would be able to do and what people expect them to be doing that would matter in this regard. If you are unable to trust google with your ideas, you will not use google wave to it's fullest potential. The problem might not be solved by creating an alternative wave server/service. The problem might run deeper than that. There is always someone in the center of things, hosting the service. Can you trust them with that information? If I would be the CEO in a large company, I wouldn't. I would set up my own, internal service. If I would be an entrepreneur filled with ideas in need of development, but with no capital. Probably I would weigh the risk of having someone reading my stuff (and my trusted friends stuff) over my shoulder. Maybe I would take that risk, maybe not."

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