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Comment: Re:Their software cost an arm and both legs yet... (Score 3, Informative) 35

by nava68 (#49521023) Attached to: OSGeo Foundation Up In Arms Over ESRI LAS Lock-In Plans
No, but as soon as the Market leader does propagate a new data exchange format, the actual creators of the data (commercial companies as well as state agencies) will follow. ESRIs market share is dominating and unfortunately many GIS users are not interested in open tools. So if a more efficient and comfortable format will be available then the GIS community will willingly accept it - without even considering the problems of a further lock in. In addition to that, the Open Source Geo community is already providing the LASzip format for the same functionality and that format is far superior to the classic one and probably as efficient as the one ESRI is developing - plus it is open, documented and all, albeit so far not subjected to the process of standardization.

Comment: Re:Risk Management (Score 3, Informative) 737

by nava68 (#49343973) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident
That is not entirely true; the procedure takes the following steps - The door is normally pre-locked and can only be opened from inside - Crew trying to enter from outside have first to contact the cockpit via intercom and then press a code on a pad. The cockpit gets a visual and aural signal and has a time period to confirm the entry. - When the crew finds that the cockpit is not responding to a request they (mostly the Purser) can enter a security code on the pad which will unlock the door after a time period - but the cockpit can still override the opening request within 20 seconds. So whenever a pilot or crew is not able to enter a cockpit for an extended period, then somebody in the cockpit is denying them the entry by an action (flipping a switch). That is why some airlines allow a cockpit member to leave the cockpit only while two crew members are in the cockpit for that time (4 eyes principle).

Comment: Re:The tomb of Geryon! (Score 4, Informative) 164

by nava68 (#47669427) Attached to: Giant Greek Tomb Discovered
Since Roxana (Alexanders wife) and his son Alexander IV were killed in Amphipolis by one of the Diadochen it could be either one of them or the Diadochen (Cassandos) who was buried in that tomb. Btw the excavation is running now for more than one year - hardly news except that Samaras went there for a visit and archeologist plan to enter within the next few months...

Comment: Great plan for "businessmen" (Score 3, Insightful) 518

by nava68 (#46005159) Attached to: Nobel Prize Winning Economist: Legalize Sale of Human Organs
Oh yes and this would give rise to a new species of business plan: Groom the favelas and ghettos of this planet for the illiterate and hopeless, get them to sign a binding agreement, harvest the organs and then export them to the U.S.. If not legal in the country of origin, just fly them to whatever clinics they may have a contract with, harvest there and dump the human trash back where it belongs. This would solve the organ donor problem for just a nominal fee - and give all those valuable business students a great way to earn money... On the other hand those entities could promote organ donor-ship and try not to mess it up like in Germany (where hospitals manipulated the lists to get their patients/the highest bidder to the top of waiting lists and where organ donations have now dropped to an all-time low as a consequence of the scandal).

Comment: Re:day base price consumer price (Score 1) 226

by nava68 (#45933849) Attached to: Record Wind Power Levels Trigger Energy Price Fall Across Europe
The prices are not inflated for all industries - some companies (at the moment app. 1700, until the end of 2014 another 1000 - all of them industries with high energy input) are exempt from some fees AND are able to procure energy directly at the electricity trading exchange. The strange situation at the moment is, that german companies with high energy intake (>40 GWh/a) pay less than the european average and that future prices for 2015 or 2016 are well below lets say dutch or french prices (36€/MW for D, 42 €/MW for F, 44€/MW for NL). German utilities do love wind power, but only as far as small and medium customers with no access to EEX or PHELIX are concerned...

Comment: day base price consumer price (Score 4, Informative) 226

by nava68 (#45928709) Attached to: Record Wind Power Levels Trigger Energy Price Fall Across Europe
Please note that those prices are day to day EPEX spot prices and have as much in common with the rate you get charged as a consumer/business. Even less than brent spot prices influence fuel prices at your gas station, since most electricity consumers have a yearly price agreement. The huge variation is due to the over-capacities of German networks during high wind/ sun times. This overload has to be sold to other meta consumers if necessary at a negative price. This is one of the reasons why a lot of companies here in central europe are investing in transportation (high voltage DC networks) and means to store the overproduction (water/salt/batteries).

Comment: Re:Germany sells nuclear tech to Iran (Score 5, Informative) 280

by nava68 (#45252063) Attached to: German Report: Obama Aware of Merkel Spying Since 2010

Just remember Seimens (a German company) has sold nuclear tech to Iran.

The Iranian nuclear program was actually started by the US "Atoms for Peace" program, Siemens (actually KWU which was part of Siemens at that time) was a major supplier for the Busher programme which was cancelled - ironically - by Khomeini who thought all weapons of mass destruction as un-islamic. The contracts were terminated with the islamic revolution in 79 and the Russian government (via Rosatom) helped build that reactor and other nuclear facilities. A lot of western companies did supply parts for that, not only Germans but also american companies since many contracts went through Rosatom puppets.

I have no problem with what Bush and then Obama did.

And if Seimens were to sell to North Korea, I say we start bombing.

The French supplied Pakistan with the technology (CEA), the US helped the Indian program (notably with Uranium and Thorium delivered by the Bush administration), so go and bomb France and your hometown...

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