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Comment: "Bunny" Huang (Score 2, Interesting) 360

by rrwood (#29350681) Attached to: Bootstrapping a New Technology?

Talk to Bunny:

http://www.bunniestudios.com/

Bunny is the guy who did the incredible XBox reverse engineering way back when. Since then, he's gone on to work for the Chumby guys. He loves open source, is brilliant, has huge experience getting hardware built, and is a pretty cool guy.

Take a look at his blog and read about his experience in China, lining up manufacturers for the Chumby. Also, his discussion of the Shenzhen hardware/software wizards is mind-bending....

Comment: Re:Moon (Score 1) 207

by rrwood (#28836017) Attached to: District 9 Rises From the Ashes of Halo

Fantastic? Meh. It was a rehash of a lot of ideas we've seen done in films and books over the past 20-30 years, with nothing particularly new added. Go re-watch 2001, Bladerunner and re-read some early John Varley instead.

If, on the other hand, this is the first time you've seen these ideas explored in film or fiction, I could see this being a very interesting movie.

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+ - Pay-as-you-go electrical meters and conservation->

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rrwood (27261) writes "This article details how the pay-as-you-go electrical meters that the Woodstock Ontario public utilities company has made available have resulted in a 15% reduction in power consumption on the part of the program participants. The original purpose of the program was to allow customers to pay in advance and avoid costly and annoying disconnection/reconnection charges, and the power company says that they did not expect that a reduction in power usage would result. The Oil Drum article neatly ties together some interesting ideas on interface design, human psychology, energy conservation, and more."
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