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+ - Roundcube Leaping Ahead, Launches Crowd Participation & Funding->

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An anonymous reader writes: Roundcube was first featured on Slashdot in 2005. Over half a million installations later, it will continue to be incrementally improved. But now Thomas Brüderli, the founder of Roundcube, wants more: A full web application, responsive and elegant, for any device, as Open Source. To this goal he launched a crowd funding and engagement campaign last night.
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Comment: Re:Price won't come down (Score 2) 304

by Michael Woodhams (#49608721) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

So I'm looking at the lithium price and I see that for $64M I can make a plant/mine which will give me $8M/year profit, and ROI of 12.5%. This looks pretty good. Then I consider than some bright spark might come up with an aluminium based battery technology which would make lithium ion batteries obsolete and could be in production 4 years from now. If this were to happen, in four years I've made back just $32M and now have a worthless mine. Therefore I decide not to invest in lithium production until I can get ROI of 20% because of the risk.

It seems to me that lithium is bound to be either overproduced (if new technology comes along) or underproduced (if new technology does not, but investors are wary of building facilities for fear it might.)

Comment: He was also the second Governor of New Zealand (Score 4, Interesting) 33

by Michael Woodhams (#49599863) Attached to: The Pioneer Who Invented the Weather Forecast

He quickly became very unpopular with settlers due to trying to be fair to the Maori. In one notable occasion some colonists invaded Maori land in an attempt to seize it and got massacred. (They were a poorly armed militia and on the other side was Te Rauparaha, who was so scary that to this day his haka is used by the All Blacks to intimidate their opposition.) After an investigation, Fitzroy sided with the Maori.

Comment: Re:This again? (Score 1) 471

by Bruce Perens (#49598949) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive

OK, I will try to restate in my baby talk since I don't remember this correctly.

Given that you are accelerating, the appearance to you is that you are doing so linearly, and time dilation is happening to you. It could appear to you that you reach your destination in a very short time, much shorter than light would allow. To the outside observer, however, time passes at a different rate and you never achieve light speed.

Comment: Where we need to get to call this real (Score 1) 471

by Bruce Perens (#49596461) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive

Before we call this real, we need to put one on some object in orbit, leave it in continuous operation, and use it to raise the orbit by a measurable amount large enough that there would not be argument regarding where it came from. The Space Station would be just fine. It has power for experiments that is probably sufficient and it has a continuing problem of needing to raise its orbit.

And believe me, if this raises the orbit of the Space Station they aren't going to want to disconnect it after the experiment. We spend a tremendous amount of money to get additional Delta-V to that thing, and it comes down if we don't.

Comment: Re:Does it matter if you are a sceptic or not? (Score 1) 700

by Citizen of Earth (#49589931) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

If climate change is catastrophically serious, we need to reduce the CO2 in the atmosphere and immediately switch from coal to nuclear

Even if we did that, it would still take several decades for it to have an impact. And we won't do that. If climate change is catastrophically serious, then geo-engineering would be the only effective solution. On the plus side, it is only 1/1000th as expensive as CO2-emission elimination.

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