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Comment If you don't like it, change (Score 1) 379 379

A lot of folks are looking at the details instead of asking the bigger question: where's the open source alternative? Supported by the indie community and users, who provide server capacity. As long as we're talking proprietary business models, companies will try to take every advantage they can. That's the reality of competition.

Comment Re:That doesn't mean it wasnt jammed (Score 1) 211 211

I was in the pre and post-Katrina aftermath for quite a bit and can assure you that cell networks will instantly fail for voice calls in a widespread emergency. SMS, OTOH, will get through surprisingly often and usually with reasonable speed.

Comment ...and it could be from a natural seep (Score 1) 98 98

The floor of the Gulf of Mexico has numerous chemosynthetic communities that live off methate hydrates, oil seeps, and even pockets of salt saturated water where salt domes are exposed. Oil seeps are prevalent throughout the region. Likely the only reason people noticed this one is they were out there doing research.

Comment Re:Do you want computer science, or engineering? (Score 3, Interesting) 583 583

I'm a Mechanical Engineer with 30 years experience and for a BSME from a fully accredited major school, my math requirements were only Calculus 1-3 and ODEs (loads of application, of course). In my career I've only used the calculus a few times (e.g. passing the EIT exam). I did do some graphics programming, FEM, etc. in school, but at the end of the day, what maths you needed really depended on the direction of your career. What few bits of software I've written that get used needed just bitwise operations and logic. You don't need much math for that.

Comment Re:Biofuels are bad mmmkay (Score 1) 183 183

Good link and I don't at all disagree, but that's current algae technology vs the bioengineering that is the subject of the OP. And of course the link didn't take into account the energy needed to produce the cells and the algae pipe in the first place. I think if you look at that, there's a heck of a lot of initial energy in making a big PV cell. But if the CalTech cell can be mass produced, with over 80% efficiency, it will be a game changer.

Comment Oil companies not always the bad guy... (Score 2) 183 183

Energy is a hugely capital intensive sector, and investors rightly expect return on investment. Exxon and Shell spent more money developing natural gas reserves on Sakhalin island than the US spent developing the space shuttle. If BP is expected to pump billions into developing advanced biofuels, I would expect them to protect their patents. Don't forget that BP was the oil company that helped support the radical new solar cells announced last year at CalTech. Protecting a properly granted patent is not technology suppression. And no, I don't work for BP.
Open Source

Linux 2.6.37 Released 135 135

diegocg writes "Version 2.6.37 of the Linux kernel has been released. This version includes SMP scalability improvements for Ext4 and XFS, the removal of the Big Kernel Lock, support for per-cgroup IO throttling, a networking block device based on top of the Ceph clustered filesystem, several Btrfs improvements, more efficient static probes, perf support to probe modules, LZO compression in the hibernation image, PPP over IPv4 support, several networking microoptimizations and many other small changes, improvements and new drivers for devices like the Brocade BNA 10GB ethernet, Topcliff PCH gigabit, Atheros CARL9170, Atheros AR6003 and RealTek RTL8712U. The fanotify API has also been enabled. See the full changelog for more details."

Comment They will be uncommonly used (Score 1) 606 606

because they are too inefficient, in energy and materials, for mass use. Multi-person public or private transportation systems will be used and individually owned and operated vehicles bigger than a bicycle will be a thing of the past. At the current rate of population growth, minimal footprint will be rule number 1.
Idle

Paleontologists Discover World's Horniest Dinosaur 109 109

Ponca City, We love you writes "The Guardian reports that paleontologists have uncovered the remains of an ancient beast called Kosmoceratops richardsoni that stood 16 feet tall with a 6-foot skull equipped with 15 horns and lived 76 million years ago in the warm, wet swamps of what is now southern Utah. 'These animals are basically over-sized rhinos with a whole lot more horns on their heads. They had huge heads relative to their body size,' says Scott Sampson, a researcher at the Utah Museum of Natural History."

Comment Re:How did we survive back then (Score 3, Insightful) 135 135

What you describe is the difference between leadership and management. You can teach people to manage projects, meet regulations, take care of HR housekeeping, etc., but it's hard to teach leadership (building a shared vision, developing people, personal effectiveness, etc.) unless the student already has the capacity and the drive.

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