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Comment: Norway starts working again (Score 5, Interesting) 131

by juletre (#45492263) Attached to: 22-Year-Old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen Is the New World Chess Champion
Here in Norway everyone has followed the game online instead of doing actual work. DNB, our largest bank, had to block access to the live coverage. Almost everyone streamed the game making their network slow and it made real work difficult.

(Norwegian source: http://e24.no/media/dnb-maatte-stenge-tilgangen-til-sjakk-vm/22641053)

Comment: Re:And the problem (Score 1) 225

by juletre (#35057134) Attached to: Ski Lifts Can Could Help Get Cargo Traffic Off the Road
If you had read the article you would have seen many examples were rope cargo systems are better than trains. These mostly include moving ore and minerals from mines down steep hills to a harbor.

Also, "In 2007, another non-governmental organization built a gravity powered cargo ropeway in India that serves 2,000 families. It costs just 14,000 dollars and transports agricultural produce downhill while taking manure to fertilize the fields uphill".

"One calculation showed that a ropeway only 1 mile (1,630 metres) long with a difference in altitude of 0.4 miles (645 meters), would require a railway of 15 miles (24 km) to reach the same point. Ropeways were also generally half as expensive to operate when compared to cartage by mules, horses, and oxen."

The article does not state rope ways should replace all trains and trucks.

Comment: Re:problem (Score 1) 225

by juletre (#35055356) Attached to: Ski Lifts Can Could Help Get Cargo Traffic Off the Road
From TFA:
"In 2007, another non-governmental organization built a gravity powered cargo ropeway in India that serves 2,000 families. It costs just 14,000 dollars and transports agricultural produce downhill while taking manure to fertilize the fields uphill." More at http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=48170

The farmer’s federation charges Rs 5 (about 0.10 dollar) per carton from the farmers. This money is used for giving honorarium to the two persons who are engaged in operating the ropeway and for its maintenance, observes Kunwar.

Comment: Re:How far does it work? (Score 1) 225

by juletre (#35055066) Attached to: Ski Lifts Can Could Help Get Cargo Traffic Off the Road
You know, all of these questions were answered in TFA. TFA was actually a very enjoyable A IMHO.

Examples:
  • "In 2007, another non-governmental organization built a gravity powered cargo ropeway in India that serves 2,000 families. It costs just 14,000 dollars and transports agricultural produce downhill while taking manure to fertilize the fields uphill". More: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=48170
  • The RopeCon system in Jamaica saves 1,200 truck journeys per day and generates 1,300 kWh of braking energy per day, which is fed back into the power network.
  • A temporary RopeCon installation was set up for the construction of a tunnel in Austria, where it was used for the transport of rock excavation material. Conveying capacity was 600 tonnes per hour, while engine output was very modest at 30 kW. The line was 270 metres long, with a vertical rise of 23 metres. It eliminated 115,000 truck journeys.

Comment: Re:Two articles from Financial Times (Score 2, Informative) 299

As far as I have understood it (being a norwegian and following the case very loosely) , Timber Hill never filed suit. It was the Oslo Stock Exchange who discovered it and sent a report to the ( Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway ) who read it and sent the report on to the Ministry of Finance. Said ministry sent it to The National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime in Norway who then sent it to the police asking for an indictment.

The courts then found them guilty.

Comment: No windows? (Score 1) 367

by juletre (#33354032) Attached to: Los Angeles Unveils $578 Million Public School

I certainly don't have any windows on my cubicle.

In Norway it is mandatory for all offices to have a natural source of light (e.g. windows) within a certain distance. If you work somewhere this is not possible, say a factory floor, there are strict rules about the quality of the light. Intensity, colors etc.

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