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Comment: Perfect way to transport clean energy (Score 1) 363

by perbu (#47171493) Attached to: Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

The really compelling part is that electricity stored in aluminium can be transported without any energy loss. Alumina can be found in most of the world, so if you have local access to cheap power you can create aluminium there, be it in Iceland or the Saharan desert. Then you can fill up a freighter with it and go nice and slow across the atlantic ocean and deliver it in the US or China.

I met these people last year and they talked about filling up a supertanker with Aluminium in Norway or Iceland and then having it connect to the US power grid and deliver electricity.

Comment: Re:Some Middle Ground (Score 2) 566

by perbu (#41500219) Attached to: A Suicide Goes Viral On the Internet
According to an episode of This American Life suicides often inspire other suicides except in situation where it has somehow gone wrong and has led to a gruesome death or mutilated corpse or something similar. In Norway, where I live, there is a policy of not commenting on suicides if it can be avoided. So, whenever a random 18 year old boy or girl kills him/herself it goes without notice in the media. If a minister kills himself it is of course reported upon. I think the media in your town has gotten it right.
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+ - WURFL founders fire off DMCA takedown against the ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "ScientiaMobile, the company formed behind the open source library WURFL, an API used to do mobile device detection for web applications, has issued a DMCA takedown notice against the OpenDDR project on Github. ScientiaMobile claims that OpenDDR is "ripping them off" by forking their database, which used to licensed under a liberal licence. Newer versions of the device database are licensed under restrictive licenses which does not allow any modification or redistribution. Can ScientiaMobile retroactively alter the distribution terms for the older versions of their database?"
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Comment: Who uses app engine? (Score 1) 66

by perbu (#37642110) Attached to: Google Apps Engine Gets SQL
I think this is a good thing, but I'm still baffled by people actually using it. AFAIK there is no escape hatch, no way of getting a little special component to run. Say, your app suddenly needs Stunnel, Varnish or HA-Proxy, what do you do? I'm guessing you don't want to tie the app down across two data centers. Anyone ever used App Engine that might supply us with some actual experience?

Comment: Re:Lots of reasons (Score 1) 336

by perbu (#34002794) Attached to: In the Face of Android, Why Should Nokia Stick With MeeGo?

The rest of the world gets Android code when Google feels like releasing it.

The open source world has TONS of excellent APIs, no sense in not using them.

What sort of APIs are your talking about? Much of what existed pre Android was software built primarily for desktop use, disregarding things like battery and memory usage and implementing a feature set far greater then what is needed on a phone - like the X window system. Nokia tried porting a true GNU system to a phone with Maemo, but it looks like it wasn't much of a success.

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Morphing Metals 121

Posted by samzenpus
from the forge-ahead dept.
aarondubrow writes "Imagine a metal that 'remembers' its original, cold-forged shape, and can return to that shape when exposed to heat or a magnetic pulse. Like magic out of a Harry Potter novel, such a metal could contract on command, or swing back and forth like a pendulum. Believe it or not, such metals already exist. First discovered in 1931, they belong to a class of materials called 'shape memory alloys (SMA),' whose unique atomic make-up allows them to return to their initial form, or alternate between forms through a phase change."

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