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Comment: Re:Unemployment rate (Score 2) 651

by Rovaani (#36447616) Attached to: Obama: 'We Don't Have Enough Engineers'
So engineers are roughly half as unemployed as compared to the whole country. Sounds like you need more of them. Unemployment rate 4.5% is also approaching the viable minimum rate. It's just not possible to have a 0 percent unemployment rate since there are always people moving to different parts of country or somesuch. It's called frictional unemployment. So yeah, you need more.

Comment: Re:Why hasn't it been done before? (Score 1) 572

by Rovaani (#34683604) Attached to: Ford To Offer Fuel-Saving 'Start-Stop' System
He was, and he wasn't. If you specify a stop-start system when ordering a new car you also get a beefier battery automatically. The systems also monitor engine temperature and current running time and do not stop the engine if the engine hasn't been running continuously for at least 10 minutes after the start of the drive, or the engine temperature isn't high enough.

+ - Nokia N900 Linux smartphone running OS X 10.3->

Submitted by Rovaani
Rovaani writes: (via The Nokia Blog). Here is a video of a Nokia N900 smartphone running the full desktop Mac OS X 10.3 From the author, Tomi Nikkanen: "I believe this makes the N900 the first smartphone EVER to run the full version of Mac OS X (at any speed, slow or otherwise). As you can see from the heavily edited video, it took almost 2 hours to reach the "About my Mac..." window. Keep your eye on the time display as that will give you an impression of just how uselessly slow it is. "
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+ - Roman Army Knife predates Swiss by 1800 years-> 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The Daily Mail describes an "intricately designed Roman implement, which dates back to 200AD... made from silver but has an iron blade. It features a spoon, fork as well as a retractable spike, spatula and small tooth-pick. Experts believe the spike may have been used by the Romans to extract meat from snails." But is it a Roman Army Knife, or an Army Knife of Rome?
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Modern Warfare 2 Surpasses $1 Billion Mark; Dedicated Servers What? 258

Posted by Soulskill
from the our-bark-is-worse-than-our-boycott dept.
The Opposable Thumbs blog is running an interesting article contrasting everything Activision did "wrong" in creating and marketing Modern Warfare 2 with the game's unqualified success. Despite price hikes, somewhat shady review practices, exploit frustrations, and the dedicated server fiasco, the game has raked in over a billion dollars in sales. "There was only one way to review Modern Warfare 2: on the Xbox 360, in Santa Barbara, under the watchful eye of Activision. Accepting the paid trip, along with room and board, was the only way you were going to get a review before launch. Joystiq noted that this broke their ethics policy, but they went anyway. Who can say no to a review destined to bring in traffic? Shacknews refused to call their coverage a 'review' because of the ethical issues inherent in the situation, but that stance was unique. The vast majority of news outlets didn't disclose how the review was conducted, or added a disclaimer after the nature of the review was made public. This proved to Activision that if you're big enough, you can dictate the exact terms of any review, and no ethics policy will make news outlets turn you down."

Mediterranean Might Have Filled In Months 224

Posted by kdawson
from the white-water-to-die-for dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A new model suggests that the Mediterranean Sea was filled in a gigantic flood some 5.3 million years ago. According to Daniel Garcia-Castellanos' paper in Nature, the sill at the Straight of Gibraltar gave way rather suddenly, with 40 cm of rock eroding and the water level rising by 10 m per day at its peak. They imagine a shallow, fast-moving stream of water (around 100 km/hr) several kilometers wide pouring into the basin with a flow greater than a thousand Amazon rivers — that's about 100,000,000 cubic meters per second." The flood would have dropped worldwide sea levels by 9.5 meters, probably triggering climate changes. In this model the Mediterranean filled in anywhere from a few months to two years at the outside.

EU Wants To Redefine "Closed" As "Nearly Open" 239

Posted by kdawson
from the double-plus-ungood dept.
Glyn Moody writes "A leaked copy (PDF) of Version 2 of the European Interoperability Framework replaces a requirement in Version 1 for carefully-defined open standards by one for a more general 'openness': 'the willingness of persons, organizations or other members of a community of interest to share knowledge and to stimulate debate within that community of interest.' It also defines an 'openness continuum' that includes 'non-documented, proprietary specifications, proprietary software and the reluctance or resistance to reuse solutions, i.e. the "not invented here" syndrome.' Looks like 'closed' is the new 'open' in the EU."

EU Fusion Experiment's Financial Woes Get More Concrete 173

Posted by timothy
from the next-year-in-a-fusion-reactor dept.
fiannaFailMan writes "An international plan to build a nuclear fusion reactor is being threatened by rising costs, delays and technical challenges. 'Emails leaked to the BBC indicate that construction costs for the experimental fusion project called Iter have more than doubled. Some scientists also believe that the technical hurdles to fusion have become more difficult to overcome and that the development of fusion as a commercial power source is still at least 100 years away. At a meeting in Japan on Wednesday, members of the governing Iter council will review the plans and may agree to scale back the project.' Iter will be a Tokamak device, a successor to the Joint European Torus (JET) in England. Meanwhile, an experiment in fusion by laser doesn't seem to be running into the same high profile funding problems just yet."

French Fusion Experiment Delayed Until 2025 or Beyond 272

Posted by timothy
from the time-travel-will-patch-things-up dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The old joke is that fusion is the power of the future and always will be. But it's not looking so funny for ITER, an EU10 billion fusion experiment in France. According to Nature News, ITER will not conduct energy-producing experiments until at least 2025 — five years later than what had been previously agreed to. The article adds that the reactor will cost even more than the seven parties in the project first thought:'...Construction costs are likely to double from the 5-billion (US$7-billion) estimate provided by the project in 2006, as a result of rises in the price of raw materials, gaps in the original design, and an unanticipated increase in staffing to manage procurement. The cost of ITER's operations phase, another 5 billion over 20 years, may also rise.'"

Comment: Re:scaling DOWN (Score 1) 204

by Rovaani (#27608959) Attached to: New Data Center Will Heat Homes In London
The obvious solution to this is to separate the distribution to a separate company, as in district heating. The power grid company already deals with hundreds of residencies and maintains the grid.

And if you are doing the infrastructure from scratch you can do trigeneration relatively cheaply for district cooling.

Comment: Scaling up to combined heat and power (Score 4, Informative) 204

by Rovaani (#27594757) Attached to: New Data Center Will Heat Homes In London
Cogeneration (or combined heat and power) can increase the efficiency of fossil fuel plants by a factor of 2 (from 50% to 93% efficiency mention in this Times article). The downside is that the the piping infrastructure investment needed is huge. Maybe this data center powered heating scheme can give it a leg up.

Obama Significantly Revises Technology Positions 940

Posted by timothy
from the platitude-adjustment dept.
method9455 writes "Barack Obama has edited his official website on many issues, including a huge revision on the technology page. Strangely it seems net neutrality is no longer as important as it was a few months ago, and the swaths of detail have been removed and replaced with fairly vague rhetoric. Many technologists were alarmed with the choice of Joe Biden before, and now it appears their fears might have been well founded." Update: 09/22 18:07 GMT by T : Julian Sanchez of Ars Technica passed on a statement from an Obama campaign representative who points out that the changes in wording highlighted by Versionista aren't the whole story, and that more Obama tech-plan details are now available in a PDF, saying "there is absolutely no substantive change to our policy - folks who want more information can click to get our full plan."

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