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Biogas To Power Experimental Microsoft Data Center 55

Posted by timothy
from the wholly-excrement dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes "Microsoft, FuelCell Energy and a collection of local Cheyenne, Wyoming companies are collaborating on a project to supply one of Microsoft's local data centers with biogas, in a bid to determine if what we poop can be turned into power. FuelCell and Microsoft will test a small 200-kilowatt data center with a fuel cell that can produce up to 300 kilowatts in a carbon-neutral manner. Microsoft estimates the total carbon savings at about 1,833 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) per megawatt-hour, compared to a typical fossil fuel plant. Although other data centers rely on biogas as a power source, Microsoft claims this is the first time a biogas source — specifically, a wastewater treatment facility — will be integrated directly with a data center."

Comment: Re:Mel Brooks Comes to Mind (Score 3, Funny) 73

by jsse (#41447223) Attached to: Robot Snakes To Fight Cancer Via Natural Orifice Surgery
Relax, it's fine. Last time I have my doctor inserted that high-tech medical probe, which I have no idea what it was for, via my orifice and the whole process went very smoothly. He put his right hand on my right shoulder, and then put his left hand on my left shoulder, then inserted that snakey, slimy probe into my....

HEY WAIT A MINUTE!

Comment: Re:No first-hand accounts (Score 2) 456

by jsse (#41433477) Attached to: Riot Breaks Out At Foxconn

Something is going on at Foxconn. Do any Slashdotters know of a good source for news about Chinese labor disputes?

Drat! If only there was someone on the scene with a smartphone with a really good camera and fast data connection!

Actually the first batch of video footages are taken by civilians with their smartphones, rather than news reporters coming to the scenes promptly with their flashy video camera. That is the only real trusty news source nowaday in China. Sad, very sad.

Comment: The truth is (Score 4, Interesting) 456

by jsse (#41433407) Attached to: Riot Breaks Out At Foxconn
"a fight among workers from different production lines,"

From the local news "" Translation: Foxconn security started the fight, which triggered riots in Shandong and Henan.

How could this become "a fight among workers" in international news I wondered.

The only thing international news coverage is correctly accounted for is that the root cause is still a mystery, but we would imagine it should be more along the line of suppression under high working pressure.
Linux

+ - Linus' Fuck You Brought NVIDIA Optimus Support To Linux ->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Good news for Linux users, NVIDIA is finally working on a new vesion of its' non-free drivers for Linux which will bring support for its infamous Optimus technology. NVIDIA's plans to support Linux was revealed in an email by Aaron Plattner who has managed to get a proof of concept working."
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+ - AntiSec Hacks FBI Laptop, Leaks Over a Million iOS Device UDIDs->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Anonymous affiliated hacking collective Antisec has leaked more than a million records of Apple iOS Unique Identifies (UDIDs) that were present on an FBI laptop. The hackers have posted their message on a Pastebin whereby they have explained their motive behind the hack and how did they get hold of these records. Giving a reference to July 2012 NSA's General Keith Alexander speech at DefCon, whereby he urged hackers to help out the government in securing the Internet. The hacking collective said, “We decided we'd help out Internet security by auditing FBI first.”"
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+ - Porting linux to device 3

Submitted by aust.petrol
aust.petrol (2721953) writes "Hello — I'm getting an old Symbol PDT 8146, and I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to reverse engineer Linux for it?

I've tried looking for premade distributions, and nobody has done it. I've been programming for years, some C, no Kernel coding though.

Does anyone have any experience with this? What are the major hurdles? How does one test the builds on the device?

The version of Pocket PC that comes with them is too old for my purposes, but it's basically a little PC with a barcode scanner and wifi, which is exactly what I'm after for my project!

Thanks!"

Comment: Re:Can they come to Hong Kong? (Score 1) 96

by jsse (#41104821) Attached to: Sea Chair Project Harvests Plastic From the Oceans To Create Furniture
This is just a political show. You can see from the pictures, those picking up plastics are civilians, not any government official. WSJ is like millions other media wanting to please local governments with mild reporting, but this is the best English source I could find. Local news has much better insight on that.

The HK Government responded AFTER a month of media coverages and civilians' volunteering activities. When reporters questioned the number collected, the officials immediate revised the number to "collected some of the plastic pellets that has been spilled", and explained that the revision is due to including sands into the calculation of weight (if that is not intentional deceiving I don't know what is). Nevertheless, reporters' request to check the pellets collected were denied because they have already been "disposed of".

Well none that anybody would concern anymore but I just wish you to know.

Comment: Can they come to Hong Kong? (Score 3, Informative) 96

by jsse (#41090639) Attached to: Sea Chair Project Harvests Plastic From the Oceans To Create Furniture
After a cargo accident, millions of tiny white plastic pellets have been washing up on the Hong Kong's shores. No authority, no government cares. Civilians voluntarily organize cleaning up activities every weekend and the situation is still catastrophic. Uncountable fishes have their stomachs stuffed with plastic pellets, but Hong Kong Government still insists that those fishes are harmless and safe to eat. Those fishes are dying of staving because they couldn't take any more real food, and the Government only cares about whether it is safe to eat them.

Sadly, environmental disasters effect everyone in the same planet but they would hardly raise mass concern.

Comment: I'm heading for similar path so my advise is (Score 1) 260

by jsse (#40994325) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Worth Going For a Graduate Degree In the Middle of Your Career?
First reference: One Professor taught you long time ago. He definitely not remembers you but you may visit him and invite him to lunch for a brief chat. He would be gratefully referring you if you told him your research plan. You may even get valuable opinions from them.

Alternatively, if all professors taught or supervised you were retired or dead, as in my situation, you may ask around if you happened to have any friends that attended higher level of academic with honors, and ask them to help.

It would be nice to find two profs for your reference. Failing that you could find one friend, or your previous boss, who is doing good in your field of research as your second reference. Unless otherwise specified, they may not expect second reference to be very academic.

Regardless of what other respondents said, a PhD is very useful title anywhere in the world: you could devote yourself into research if you happened to discover a good topic of your interest, or you could at least find a teaching job in a college. Most important, it would increase your chance of getting venture capital for your future startup if one of the founders has a PhD.

Comment: I would be getting into trouble explosing but (Score 4, Interesting) 345

by jsse (#40839407) Attached to: Should Developers Support Windows Phone 8?
One of my clients whose company is a Android/iPhone developer was approached by Microsoft, asking them to port their applications to Windows Phone 7. They got like 2 grands for each app ported, even fart apps. This company still own the apps ported, and get all the money they receive from selling these apps, if any. Microsoft aren't buy these app, they just purely reward them for porting.

So if you asked me whether developers should support Windows Phone 8....Sure, with a fee.
Apple

+ - Samsung: Apple wouldn't have sold a single iPhone without stealing our tech->

Submitted by
jsse
jsse writes "The two consumer electronics companies, Apple and Samsung, are preparing to do battle in San Jose, California next week, and now-public court documents shed light on the positions each firm is taking. As highlighted by The Wall Street Journal, Samsung’s trial brief pulls no punches in telling the court exactly where it stands regarding Apple’s repeated patent-related accusations. In short, Apple is the thief here, not Samsung. More on BGR."
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Comment: They researched on the wrong head (Score 0) 85

by jsse (#40695591) Attached to: Small, Big-Brained Animals Dodge Extinction
Small animals survived last five mass extinctions because they have relatively large penis, not the brains. Human dominates over other species simply because we have biggest penis, relatively to our size. Bigger penis is always been an advantage over bigger brain, in any given time of history, or party.

So you should be proud of your species dominance for having a bigger penis, no matter how small in absolute term it is; chances that it's already bigger than an average chimpanzee, in relative term.

You can bring any calculator you like to the midterm, as long as it doesn't dim the lights when you turn it on. -- Hepler, Systems Design 182

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