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Comment Re:a nice start, but... (Score 3, Interesting) 102

Not that they wouldn't have thought about it, but wouldn't it have been better in that case to make it 50:50 PV:Solar Thermal or so?
The PV provides the electricity for the day time use, while Solar Thermal just stores the energy in molten salt. In the night, electricity is taken from the molten salt.
Isn't the price difference per watt is so high that it makes sense to have PV along with it?

Comment Re: No description (Score 1) 174

Superb work, Danielreiterhorn . Amazing work, and amazing, providing it as open source.

Would you mind if I ask for the motivation to put it as open source?
When it provides 10-20% compression, it would be worth a bit of money, right. In such a case why are you keeping it under BSD licence?
I am in awe of people who do great things without expecting anything in return. Because try as I may, I can never be truly altruistic. So, I try to pick the brains of the ones who are to really understand their motivations.

Are there any hidden selfish motivations, or is it purely altruistic? If I can understand, I will be able to understand a bit more about people. And not me alone, many others in the forum too. Will you be able to help, Danielreiterhorn?

Comment Re:Police have legal immunity (Score 1) 455

More than that - this will bring every aspect of citizen behavior under the purview of law - which is quite dangerous.
The way the laws are structured, everyone breaks multiple laws daily - most of the policemen turns a blind eye to them - since from a human point of view they know that these are not important.
With camera following them all the time, they will have to leave their humanity aside and will start following the rules mechanically - which I think is more dangerous.
I voted for - not required - since I value a lenient law as more valuable than human excesses which can happen in any job.

Comment Re:Why the exodus ? (Score 0) 124

I do see a lot of bigoted comments in the whole chain.
Do understand that all the things mentioned here are part and parcel of developing countries where concept of equality etc takes time to manifest.
Since we are going the anecdotal way, amongst my friend circle it is quite different. None of us bar one stayed in America and not because manual work is beneath them. Everyone wants to stay in India now, due to myraid reasons ranging from bigger opportunities, parents a,d relations etc.
Similar to Japan being made,fun of and then later respected, I believe similar path will follow for all the developing countries china, India and Nigeria included.
Please consider that just 3 years back this same forum used to make fun of code quality etc, which nowadays I don't see. Consider first that humans are equal other than,in the opportunity that they get, then all these things wil be secondary.

Comment Re: Call it... (Score 1) 263

Or binary hadron collider?
Is it possible to have two circles of say same circumference each and then redirect the electron/protons to a junction between them where it can collide? With such a contraption, we can keep on revolving the protons until it reaches the required speed.
Obviously this would have been amongst the first ideas to be checked and rejected, but what are the negatives in this idea?


Google Pledges Not To Sue Any Open Source Projects Using Their Patents 153

sfcrazy writes "Google has announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge. In the pledge Google says that they will not sue any user, distributor, or developer of Open Source software on specified patents, unless first attacked. Under this pledge, Google is starting off with 10 patents relating to MapReduce, a computing model for processing large data sets first developed at Google. Google says that over time they intend to expand the set of Google's patents covered by the pledge to other technologies." This is in addition to the Open Invention Network, and their general work toward reforming the patent system. The patents covered in the OPN will be free to use in Free/Open Source software for the life of the patent, even if Google should transfer ownership to another party. Read the text of the pledge. It appears that interaction with non-copyleft licenses (MIT/BSD/Apache) is a bit weird: if you create a non-free fork it appears you are no longer covered under the pledge.

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