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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Mozilla revenue climbs 5% in final year of Google search deal - Computerworld (google.com)


Mozilla revenue climbs 5% in final year of Google search deal
Mozilla last week reported that revenue for 2014 was up 5%, with the bulk of its earnings coming, as always, from the search deals struck for the open-source developer's Firefox browser. The uptick, small though it was, was an improvement over 2013 ...
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Submission + - New type of 'flow battery' can store 10 times the energy of the next best device (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Industrial-scale batteries, known as flow batteries, could one day usher in widespread use of renewable energy—but only if the devices can store large amounts of energy cheaply and feed it to the grid when the sun isn’t shining and the winds are calm. That’s something conventional flow batteries can’t do. Now, researchers report that they’ve created a novel type of flow battery that uses lithium ion technology—the sort used to power laptops—to store about 10 times as much energy as the most common flow batteries on the market. With a few improvements, the new batteries could make a major impact on the way we store and deliver energy

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Mozilla Says It No Longer Needs Google's Money to Flourish - Times Gazette (google.com)

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Mozilla Says It No Longer Needs Google's Money to Flourish
Times Gazette
“Our agreement came up for renewal and we took this as an opportunity to review our competitive strategy and explore our options”, said Mozilla CEO Chris Beard at the time. It would appear that Mozilla will be fine, thank you even without the millions ...
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Comment Re:Unbelievable (Score 1) 593

If you watch the interview, you'll hear that the reporter mumbles the question (in a loud room) about "a database to track the Muslims in this country", and when he later asks "how would it work", Trump responds "it would stop people from coming to this country illegally". That doesn't sound like they are talking about the same thing.


Comment Re:Justifying snake oil (Score 1) 287

That's a naive view. In complex systems you can't really say out of context that something just "works" -- instead, an agent sets off a nearly infinite cascade of events, some of which may be favorable to you, and others not. There are cases of ailments where "spending money on nonsense" that for some reason stimulates your body's self-repairing response ("placebo") gives you a more favorable outcomes, and there are cases where the unknown side effects potentially far outweigh the assumed benefits. It's a risk management question.

The most reasonable heuristic I've heard is that if something is potent, in that it works at a deep level, and is statistically speaking "unnatural", use it only when you judge there is more to be lost by not getting its intended effects than by allowing its unintended side effects. E.g. if an old person or some with a weak immune systems gets a flu they could die from, you give them antibiotics, if they are young and/or have a less compromised immune system, have them wait it out, monitoring the state along the way. This seems like common sense, but I've seen doctors prescribing antibiotics for flu to everyone.

Comment Re:Separate issues (Score 2) 287

There's a difference between using antibiotics when we have a bacterial infection in general and using antibiotics when we have a bacterial infection that the body likely won't handle well, from best we can tell. For a "minor" infection like with a cold or flu, depending how you define minor, if the person has a relatively good immune system and so on, waiting it out may be a better strategy than using antibiotics. As well as staying home and recovering instead of going to work, drinking lots of fluid and avoiding food that slows down recovery and so on.

Comment Re:Justifying snake oil (Score 1) 287

That is not a credible argument to start promoting homeopathy as a treatment for anything.

I didn't say promote it, I'm saying it leave it alone and see what comes out of it, as it first, does no harm, and second, it's not a big money by any measure. Though I wouldn't support paying for it from public funds.

If some people are willing to take it for minor problems and pay for it on their own and are happy with it, I don't see what the problem is.

Comment Re:Separate issues (Score 2) 287

No, it is an argument against the position that we have a tight intellectual grip on the process of what goes on in the human body. It's also an argument against naive interventionism, eg. using antibiotics in less critical cases instead of waiting it out.

Though by that measure, it may become an argument in favor of homeopathy, for noncritical cases: homeopathy has no known (or conceivable, by the standards of the model we are using) side effects, and it appears to work as well as a "good" placebo. (I believe it essentially *is* placebo, possibly aided by the practitioner who spends more time with you than an average doctor and in a more relaxed environment -- with the caveat that we don't have a model for the placebo effect.)

So if you were to take two groups of people with cold/flu with viral and/or mild bacterial infections, it seems quite possible that those given homeopathic treatment (placebo) would fare better than those taking antibiotics (placebo plus gut flora disruption), which by the way used to be common for a number of people I know. It's possible even that gut flora disruption would impede recovery from illness.

And to make matters more complicated, by what measure would you know those people's health and how soon would you know it? Previous study of antibiotics on infections caused by flu probably didn't measure gut flora health for a year. And a person with a bad gut flora health for a year could be making other decisions in the course of the year that would affect their well-being differently than if they didn't have it. And so on. We know so little, and I don't think we can afford to be arrogant.

Comment Re:And then we know ... what exactly? (Score 1) 134

I really like this explanation, as a general motivation for about learning about constraints. I think it can be applied to all of technology -- e.g. 'by realizing things are only allowed to make certain transitions under certain conditions, you can "cheat" and build up high-energy states that are far more stable than they really should be' might well be said for GMO, for example.

Comment $100k/year (Score 1) 842

Set up an account that transfers to you $100K, adjusted for inflation, every year, for 40 years, and which you cannot change afterwards. That's $4M. You may live longer than that but you'll need to save. Form a research/charity/whatever organization of your liking -- say, to finance teleportation research -- where you are on the board with 25% of the vote and transfer the rest of the money to this organization. Announce that to everyone, so your life is back to normal, you'll still find incentive to work, and you may contribute to something exciting.