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+ - Mobile operators are coming for your Wi-Fi->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It’s taken some time for the strategy to become clear, but the world’s mobile network behemoths are well on the way to smothering technology competitors, undermining regulatory alternatives and carving up the wireless world to milk it until the end of time."
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Comment: Re:Wouldnt NiFe be a better battery chemistry here (Score 1) 184

They will constantly be replaceing because of the number of packs in a large system and the fact the packs are on the downside of their cycle life, and thus why they were removed from cars. NiFe doesn't really have a cycle life like LiOn does. These will be cycling daily for night discharge; this will be an issue. Why not install a low maintenance system to start with rather than be replacing battery packs constantly, or at least several times, throughout the 30 year( 10,000cycle) life of the system?

+ - Komodo IDE 9 released – programming becoming "more polyglot"->

Submitted by codetricity
codetricity (4051143) writes "Komodo IDE released a major new version today. The tools celebrates it's 15th anniversary. The open source counterpart Komodo Edit 9 is also available. As programmers move to the cloud with back-end and front-end code pieces, the polyglot strategy of supporting multiple languages is getting more popular, from Perl, PHP, Python, Javascript, HTML, and components like Angular.js. The new version also supports Google's Go language. The new IDE is worth a look."
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Comment: Wouldnt NiFe be a better battery chemistry here? (Score 3, Interesting) 184

They're going to be constantly replacing LiOn packs on any appreciable sized system. Why not go with a NiFe battery system that will last for fifty years? The price won't be much different, especially over the life of the system, or is the system life that short? Its not like you need to keep weight and size down in a building. Also who wants the fire risk that LiOn's pose in their business or home?

+ - FEMA targets climate change skeptic governors, could withhold funding->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "The Obama administration has issued new guidelines that could make it harder for governors who deny climate change to obtain federal disaster-preparedness funds.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s new rules could put some Republican governors in a bind. The rules say that states’ risk assessments must include “consideration of changing environmental or climate conditions that may affect and influence the long-term vulnerability from hazards in the state.”

The policy, which goes into effect in March 2016, doesn’t affect federal money for relief after a hurricane, flood, or other natural disaster. But states seeking disaster preparedness money from Washington will be required to assess how climate change threatens their communities, a requirement that wasn’t included in FEMA’s 2008 guidelines."

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Comment: Re:Did Tesla out engineer GM? (Score 1) 229

The reason it changes is with the sequential system the MPG when running gasoline was very disappointing with the engines that would allow full electric power. Going to the parallel allowed for better fuel economy when in that mode, and note people still complained about that economy.

Comment: Idea for an option. (Score 2) 229

I like the way the volt fixes range anxiety by allowing serial hybrid/generation. That makes it the only electric vehicle for sale that can easily be taken on long travel. I wonder if some people don't get into one because the electric only range is a bit longer than their commute. So the question is: Could GM have an option for the volt to add battery storage in the trunk to boost electric range? Then the owner could remove it for long trips but it would boost the range for normal commute and driving. You could possibly get the same range as a Tesla like this, but the advantage is that when traveling you could remove it and use the trunk space for suitcases and rely on the gas engine for the travel, whereas the Tesla would have to add a motor and generator to get similar travel performance, and that would limit its space/weight.

+ - Behind the White House's claim of 545,000 unfilled IT jobs->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "The data comes from Burning Glass Technologies, which analyzes help-wanted ads.

This means that the administration's 545,000 unfilled IT jobs figure is based on the Burning Glass analysis. It arrived at this by counting the number of jobs over a 90-day period leading up to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Jan. 20, according to Dan Restuccia, chief analytics officer at Burning Glass.

Burning Glass's approach draws concerns from Hal Salzman, a professor of planning and public policy at Rutgers University, who studies the science and engineering workforce. "They claim they deduplicate, but they don't publish their methodology; there is no external verification," he said."

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Comment: The Apple Watch is not aimed at men. (Score 2) 389

There is one thing missing in this thread. The Swiss Watch industry's main purchasers are men. Men buy the expensive high end, and mostly the mid range as well. Women do not tend to buy expensive watches; they spend on other jewelry instead.
The Apple Watch will be mostly purchased by women and not men. Apple knows this. Look at the modeling of the watch on their site and its almost all women wearing it. They had a women on stage during the announce of it. If its sucessful it will be a female market.
Women shoppers follow fashion and have no problem spending large amounts of money on an expensive status symbol that falls out of style rather rapidly and loses all its value and is replaced. Think expensive purses and shoes here. They do this to display status to each other. This is where apple will sell the watch, if it sells. But it won't hurt the Swiss makers much, if at all. They're really trying to open a new market here, but fashion is fickle, and it may boom for a year or three and then die rapidly, or not take off at all.

Comment: Re:$30 Timex (Score 1) 389

I suggest you take a look at some of the Russian Vostok watches, especially the Amphibia, to add to your collection. You can get a quality sapphire jewel automatic mechanical movement, water resistant, even to 200m for well under $100. These are also very easy to maintain. For your $30 you can get a Comanderski manual wind, also a sapphire jewel movement, but not automatic.

Comment: Re: Over 90% of Child Gun Accidents are Criminal h (Score 0) 498

by random coward (#49228355) Attached to: Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide
The original article is wrong. This has been studied before and noted that Canada decreased its gun suicide rate but the overall rate didn't change. Instead the rate of jumping suicides increased. It may be that suicides decrease as guns increase for some cultures; however it is very likely that will not be the case in USA. It is also true that somewhere between 1million and 3million crimes are prevented by privately owned firearms every year in the USA. So is it worth and extra couple millions crimes to shift the suicide methods of men?

Truth is this is simply a tool for gun control. In other countries they just use other means more, but same demographic. Note too that even this article isn't "how to help prevent men from becoming victims of suicides" but rather "lets get rid of a method of suicide" as if the method and the path were intertwined.

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.