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+ - Cost Skyrockets for United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "ITER, the international fusion experiment under construction in Cadarache, France, aims to prove that nuclear fusion is a viable power source by creating a "burning plasma" that produces more energy than the machine itself consumes. Although that goal is at least 20 years away, ITER is already burning through money at a prodigious pace. The United States is only a minor partner in the project, which began construction in 2008. But the U.S. contribution to ITER will total $3.9 billion—roughly four times as much as originally estimated—according to a new cost estimate released yesterday. That is about $1.4 billion higher than a 2011 cost estimate, and the numbers are likely to intensify doubts among some members of Congress about continuing the U.S. involvement in the project."
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+ - "The Expert" is Lauris Beinerts viral comedy sketch about engineering->

Submitted by Maurits van der Schee
Maurits van der Schee (2943109) writes "“The Expert” is the title of the short comedy sketch Lauris Beinarts (Google+) posted a last week on his Youtube account. It went viral and is heading for half a million views in under 7 days. It is about a “Funny business meeting illustrating how hard it is for an engineer to fit into the corporate world.” The video is starring: Orion Lee, James Marlowe, Abdiel LeRoy, Ewa Wojcik, Tatjana Sendzimir and is written & directed by Lauris Beinerts. It is based on a short story by Alexey Berezin titled “The Meeting” (in Russian) or translated by Google."
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Comment: Re:I went back to corporate America because Obamac (Score 1) 578

by pijokela (#46473389) Attached to: White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

How on earth will a doctor find a tumor in my ear for $50? With that money, they could at most spend 20 minutes with me and probably only about 10 with the rest for reporting the findings to a computer. With so much to cover in a human, they could only find the tumor if a said that I think there is something in my ear... and if I was suspecting something then I would go see a doctor anyway?

Now, I agree with the point you were making: yearly check-ups are worth it. But I find the example pretty hard to swallow.

Comment: Re:Teenagers will do stupid things? (Score 4, Insightful) 387

by pijokela (#46382551) Attached to: Girl's Facebook Post Costs Her Dad $80,000

Then they screwed up already by signing the agreement. I don't think it's realistic to have this kind of stuff happening in your family and then not telling you teenage kid the end result. I mean, after a year of mom and dad being nervous and stressed about the thing you will - not say a word to your kid? WTF kind of parenting is that? So they should not have taken an agreement that had that kind of a clause in the first place.

Comment: Re:Another mobile operating system (Score 2) 75

by pijokela (#46304465) Attached to: Jolla Announces Sailfish OS 1.0

It's company of about 100 people. They said already last year that they only need to sell hundreds of thousands of phones to make it a feasible business. They don't need to replace anyone.

And besides, I've been using the Jolla phone for three months now and I love it! So clearly, for me and the other customers, they make a difference.

Comment: Re:Tyranny (Score 5, Informative) 252

Well, the point is that you fill an application and get the permit to raise funds. All kinds of non-profit organizations get them all the time. If wikipedia had done that the Finnish police would be quite happy. The problem is that Wikimedia is registered in California and they obviously do not care about Finnish law and I have no idea of how the police think they can force a US organization to comply with the rules if all the servers and staff are outside Finland.

The issue with the kickstarted texkbook was different because it was not a non-profit organisation. In Finland you need to crowdsourcing very carefully so that it is clear that you are selling a product and not raising money. Jolla did it with their phone so it can be done, but just using kickstarter as it is is illegal, because it is too much like charity for funding a regular company.

+ - How to fix Slashdot Beta? 17

Submitted by Forbo
Forbo (3035827) writes "Since the migration to Slashdot Beta was announced, it seems all meaningful discussion has been completely disrupted with calls to boycott and protest. Rather than pull an Occupy, what can be done to focus and organize the action? What is the end goal: To revert entirely to the previous site, or to address the problems with the new site?"

Comment: Nobel peace prize has little to do with safety of (Score -1) 343

by pijokela (#46101273) Attached to: Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

It doesn't matter if people in the US feel less safe now. I, as a non-USian, feel a lot more empowered and at peace with the world now. I definately believe that his actions did help world peace overall even if they did hurt US interests. Hypocrisy was running too rampant and it is a good thing that it was slapped down a bit.

Comment: Re:If you can live without keyboard, get a Jolla (Score 4, Informative) 303

by pijokela (#46074907) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?

So? The Nexus 5 has nothing to do with what made n900 great. Jolla has a pretty similar OS, community and development environment. Neither phone has a hardware keyboard. Either you are willing to pay for the better OS or you are not... I agree that Android hardware is the most cost effective hardware on the planet.

(Part of the Jolla price is 24% sales tax to Finland - it would be nice if they had a separate export price for people outside EU without the tax. Hopefully soon.)

Comment: If you can live without keyboard, get a Jolla (Score 5, Insightful) 303

by pijokela (#46074719) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?

I got one from preordering and I really like it a lot. If the thing you like in n900 is the community and the hackability, you will like Jolla too. Most importantly, I'm able to use it as my work phone already, so it's not just a plaything. So far there has been a steady stream of updates and apps. If you are in US, getting one is probably not very easy, but maybe you can get one from ebay or something? (Check the frequencies etc. first.)

"There is no distinctly American criminal class except Congress." -- Mark Twain