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Comment: Re:Fiction? (Score 1) 363

by matt_wilts (#34418198) Attached to: Sahara Solar To Power Half the World By 2050

>First thing I thought of when I heard of this was the problem of distribution.

Electrolyse water to hydrogen & oxygen and then just ship the hydrogen.

And before anyone says "there's no water in the desert" - run a canal from the Med for the ships you will be carrying the hydrogen in, or a pipeline (water one way, hydrogen the other).

+ - Affordable IP-based phones for family use? 1

Submitted by
matt_wilts writes "Has anyone found an affordable IP-based phone for family use? My father asked me what could be done to reduce his landline costs — apparently a large amount of the bill is caused by my mother calling my sister. As both have broadband connections — but don't have their PCs switched on all the time — is there an IP-based phone we could use to let them talk ad-hoc? I have seen the Skype phone but here in the UK it's a bit expensive (the Belkin model is ~£120), are there any other options?"

Comment: Peter Jones has the right idea.. (Score 1) 1

by matt_wilts (#33635404) Attached to: I will not leave $53B fortune to kids, says Bill G

In the UK, Peter Jones (a UK entrepeneur known mostly for his appearance on Dragon's Den) has the right idea. Although his wealth is estimated at about £220 million, he has stated that he won't give it to his children, instead he has offered to match what they earn (so, if they earned £30k then he'd give them £30k).

'My children won't get large chunks of cash, no. I've set up an arrangement which gives them something called match-funding. When they finish full-time education and start to work, whatever they earn, they will get the same again. Every year for the rest of their lives the trust will double their income.'

  And, if they are performing what he considers to be a "worthy" occupation (I seem to recall he gave doctor or nurse as examples) then he would double that gift.

Comment: It's because they're so big they don't like it. (Score 5, Insightful) 107

by matt_wilts (#32848764) Attached to: Major ISPs Challenge UK's Digital Economy Act

Chect TFA - they are not opposing this because they think the *concept* is wrong. It's because the law would only apply to ISPs with more than 400,000 subscribers. They are worried that people will shift to other smaller ISP who don't do the monitoring. They're just worried about their bottom line.


Facebook Leads To Increase In STDs in Britain 270

Posted by samzenpus
from the friends-and-really-good-friends dept.
ectotherm writes "According to Professor Peter Kelly, a director of Public Health in Great Britain: 'There has been a four-fold increase in the number of syphilis cases detected, with more young women being affected.' Why the increase? People meeting up for casual sex through Facebook. According to the article, 'Social networking sites are making it easier for people to meet up for casual sex. There is a rise in syphilis because people are having more sexual partners than 20 years ago and often do not use condoms.'"

Child Receives Trachea Grown From Own Stem Cells 103

Posted by samzenpus
from the just-add-oxygen dept.
kkleiner writes "Doctors at the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) along with colleagues at the University College London, the Royal Free Hospital, and Careggi University Hospital in Florence have successfully transplanted a trachea into a 10 year old boy using his own stem cells. A donor trachea was taken, stripped of its cells into a collagen-like scaffold, and then infused with the boy's stem cells. The trachea was surgically placed into the boy and allowed to develop in place. Because his own cells were used, there was little to no risk of rejection. This was the first time a child had received such a stem cell augmented transplant and the first time that a complete trachea had been used."

Tax-Free IT Repairs Proposed For the UK 102

Posted by timothy
from the financial-lubrication dept.
judgecorp writes "Removing tax from computer repairs could have a real impact on the IT industry's carbon footprint, according to a petition of the UK government. Old computer equipment often ends up in landfill, or in toxic illegal re-cycling centers in developing countries, because users think it is not cost-effective to repair it. Making repairs tax free could be a simple bit of financial engineering to encourage skilled jobs and keep electronics out of the waste stream, says the author of the campaign."

Comment: Full list of all these bunkers (Score 2, Informative) 7

by matt_wilts (#31538202) Attached to: Nuclear Bunkers For Sale On eBay

They were operated by the Royal Observer Corps and originally existed in WW2 to report the flight paths of enemy plans back to HQ. During the Cold War the focus changed and more posts were added and the bunker network was created - approximately 1600 were built across the UK.

A superb website exists here:


Comment: Re:and here in USA... (Score 1) 86

by matt_wilts (#29823987) Attached to: CSIRO Reinvests Patent Earnings

>So the only place for the profits to go is to bonuses or shareholder profits

Not strictly true - if you're a mutual organisation (e.g. building society in the UK) then you could always reinvest the profits towards lower interest rates for your borrowers. Unfortunately most of these mutuals are converting into banks here in the UK.

If it's not in the computer, it doesn't exist.