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+ - Tesla releases electric car patents to the public->

mknewman writes: Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.

Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.

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Comment: Re:Server closets? (Score 2) 48 48

According to the testimony by the General Services Administration's director, a data center is

now defined as “a closet, room, floor or building for the storage, management, and dissemination of data and information. Such a repository houses computer systems and associated components, such as database, application, and storage systems and data stores. A data center generally includes redundant or backup power supplies, redundant data communications connections, environmental controls (air conditioning, fire suppression) and special security devices housed in leased (including by cloud providers), owned, collocated, or stand-alone facilities.

Comment: I don't see how this changes a whole lot. (Score 1) 48 48

"The number started at 432 in 1999, but soon began to rise as agencies found more facilities, and exploded once the Obama administration decided to include server closets as well as dedicated data centers. The latest estimate is more than double the 3,300 facilities the government thought it had last year." So basically by redefining what they consider a data center, there was an "explosion" in the statistics. Except they were already paying for all 7000 data centers. If anything, this should make closing and consolidating easier since the departments now have a better idea of the equipment that's out there.

+ - Why the MIT Blackjack Team Became Entrepreneurs->

An anonymous reader writes: The MIT Blackjack Team, made famous by the book “Bringing Down the House” and the movie “21,” learned important lessons about running a business when they were beating casinos in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Key members of the team went on to start influential tech companies like SolidWorks and Stanza and invest in startups. Why did they do that instead of becoming, say, hedge fund managers? MIT entrepreneurship leader Bill Aulet moderated a team reunion panel in Boston, and he writes that the themes that carry over from blackjack to startups include staying disciplined, playing for the long term, and not taking unnecessary risks. And, of course, disrupting the powers that be.
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Comment: Re:Snowden is fucked (Score 1) 583 583

They can't "change the law" when that law happens to be in the Constitution. The Fourth Amendment protects us against unreasonable searches, so unless the NSA somehow got secret approval from 67% of the states, the government has acted wrongly. Think about what you just wrote for a second.

Comment: Re:I can attest to this. (Score 1) 189 189

I understand, but why do I pay an extra premium for "up to" 20Mbits, when I'm getting a (very small) fraction of the 10Mbit service? And you're right, choices are very little in Lexington as well. In Louisville I've heard UVerse is a decent service but that's pure word-of-mouth, I have no experience with it myself.

Comment: I can attest to this. (Score 3, Informative) 189 189

I'm an Insight Communications subscriber in central Kentucky. I noticed a month or so ago that during a period of higher-than-average internet usage, my connection speed was being slowed. I pay for 20Mbits. At the worst, with a wired connection I was only getting around 1.5Mbits. This was after moving ~10GB in ten days or so. Hardly excessive usage by most standards.

Comment: Re:Wow, just write an 'F' on their forehead (Score 2) 406 406

Some states offer an incentive very similar to this. I went to high school in Kentucky, which has a program called KEES that rewards kids that get good grades with scholarship money. A student that gets straight A's and a 28 or higher on their ACT would have $2500/year for college. The caveat is that it can only be used in Kentucky schools, but for those who were going to go in-state anyway it provides a little extra incentive for doing well in high school.

At these prices, I lose money -- but I make it up in volume. -- Peter G. Alaquon

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