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Comment Nothing todo with Green Energy, but cheap Coal (Score 2) 473 473

I really would have it contributed to Green energy but as far as i got it, it is not due to the fact that they have a surplus of green energy, but that the Coal price is way lower than Gas.
As a result Gas plants are turned off and Coal plants are used to the max.
It just happens that the Netherlands has a lot of Gas plants and Germany Coal plants, hence the exports

Comment Re:Some points (Score 2) 1223 1223

No they just murdered some colonists caravans in the early days, that planned to live in the same region they picked, after been kicked out of some two cities for being to radical.
Some history, they rather like to forget.
I know it has been a long time ago, and likely is not going to happen anytime soon/again.

Businesses

Examining Indie Game Pricing 188 188

As the second Humble Indie Bundle flourishes, having taken in over $1.5 million in pay-what-you-want sales, the Opposable Thumbs blog has taken a look at indie game pricing in general, trying to determine how low price points and frequent sales affect their popularity in an ocean of $60 blockbusters. Quoting: "... in the short term these sales are a good thing. They bring in more sales, more revenue, and expand the reach of games that frequently have very little marketing support behind them, if any. For those games, getting on the front page of Steam is a huge boost, putting it in front of a huge audience of gamers. But what are the long-term effects? If most players are buying these games at a severely reduced price, how does that influence the perception of indie games at large? It's not an easy question to answer, especially considering how relatively new these sales are, making it difficult to judge their long-term effects. But it's clear they're somewhat of a double-edged sword. Exposure is good, but price erosion isn't. 'When it comes to perception, a deep discount gets people playing the game that [they] wouldn't play otherwise, and I think that has both positive and negative effects,' [2D Boy co-founder Ron Carmel] told Ars. 'The negative is that if I'm willing to pay $5 but not $20, I probably don't want to play that game very much, so maybe I'm not as excited about it after I play it and maybe I drive down the average appreciation of the game.'"

Comment Why not make a GreaseMonkey plugin (Score 1) 608 608

For all those that want wikipedia to serve adds instead of begging

Why not make a GreaseMonkey plugin that replaces the beg add for a real add for the page.
and donate the add money directly to wikipedia

Beg add gone and money coming in, all problems fixed.

and adds will only be shown to people who want them, no add block needed.

No time to make it myself, but it should be easy to make.

Comment GreenFoot.org (Score 1) 962 962

I saw last day this great teach tool for kids on google tech talk, it is called greenfoot

see yourself
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tcwx-I6Arwk

It is based on Java, but made very simple for kids age 14+, but a gifted kid could start earlier.

You can even upload and share the programs you make to their website and there is even a coding contest

Role Playing (Games)

Tabula Rasa To Shut Down 244 244

NCSoft announced today that it will be closing down Tabula Rasa on February 28th. The sci-fi shooter-flavored MMO struggled for quite some time, despite recent attempts to draw in new players by announcements of new features, price reductions, and using Richard Garriott's trip into space as a promotion. We discussed Garriott's departure from NCSoft a couple weeks ago. This is NCSoft's second failed MMO, and apparently layoffs are in the works. They seem to be making an effort to make the game's last few months as fun as they can for their remaining players, though. "Before we end the service, we'll make Tabula Rasa servers free to play starting on January 10, 2009. We can assure you that through the next couple of months we'll be doing some really fun things in Tabula Rasa, and we plan to make staying on a little longer worth your while."
Microsoft

Submission + - Brazil paying 20.1% of income to Microsoft-> 2 2

mjasay writes: "Ever wonder why open source is so popular in Brazil and other BRIC nations? As one study suggests, one big reason may well be Microsoft's punitive pricing, which exceeds 20 percent of Gross National Income for businesses in Brazil (and 7.8 percent of consumer GNI). This leads to a second, related reason: At those prices, there's little hope that Brazil can build a home-grown software economy on the foundation of proprietary software. This factor is exacerbated by Brazil's widespread disdain for the United States, which also tends to favor software that is not perceived as American. Of late the free and open-source Brazilian dream may be fading a little but its importance to the long-term growth prospects of the Brazilian economy shouldn't be understated."
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