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Comment: Re:Corporate tax... not sure. (Score 1) 626

It paid for the education of Rovio founders and employees. Education in Finland is free up to and including university level.

Oh well, the country doesn't fall from a few leeches showing their true colours.

The purpose of tax is to provide "free" services?

Why do people become "leeches" for using this "free" service without paying anything back? Is the service not really "free"?

Or is the problem that someone else pays for this "free" service? Aren't the taxes supposed to work like that?


+ - PC Fans With Noise Cancellation Coming

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Noise reduction specialist RotoSub and renowned quiet cooling fan manufacturer Noctua announced Tuesday a strategic partnership agreement for the development and commercialisation of PC fans with integrated active noise cancellation. Lars Strömbäck and Mårten Oretorp from RotoSub have invented a system that allows a fan to emit the sound signal that cancels out the original sound of the fan and thereby greatly reduces the overall noise emission. 'There is still a lot of fine-tuning to be done, both in structural design and as far as the algorithms that compute the anti-noise signal are concerned, but we're working hard to achieve this goal within the next 12 to 18 months', says Oretorp. Building on the original NF-F12, a first prototype of a Noctua fan with integrated RotoSub ANC technology will be shown at Computex Taipei next week."

+ - Assange Loses Extradition Hearing - Appeals Still Possible->

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judgecorp writes "Wikileaks' Julian Assange lost his Appeal in the UK's Supreme Court today, against extradition to Sewden, Even after two and a half years, he still has avenues of appeal against his extradition. He can ask the Supreme Court to retry the case, He can also apply to the European Court."
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Comment: Re:Not the last chance in our lifetime (Score 1) 143

by value (#39880597) Attached to: Venus To Transit the Sun In June, Not Again Until 2117
There are a lot of possibilities once LEO can be reached reliably. I think SpaceX has a good chance to do it.

Once LEO access is cheap enough, someone could build a nuclear powered space-only vehicle, that would never land on Earth and would stay in space all the time (to make the environmentalists happy).
At first it could be powered with RTG-s (the tech already exists today). Later it could be upgraded to use actual nuke reactors.
Something like that could escape the Earth's gravity very easily.

Comment: Re:The Republican 9 Step Global Warming Denial Pla (Score 1) 963

by value (#39874059) Attached to: Last Bastion For Climate Dissenters Crumbling

Politicians look at it and say ... "Those climate change kooks are trying to kill our economy!"

Politicians don't own the economy, it's not theirs.

Also technology tends to advance and prices tend to go down. What costs 50 trillion today may cost only 1 billion tomorrow. It's better to wait.

Comment: Not the last chance in our lifetime (Score 1) 143

by value (#39867643) Attached to: Venus To Transit the Sun In June, Not Again Until 2117
This may be the last chance to see it from Earth in the next 100 years, but Venus transits can be seen all the time from an orbit around the Sun. With the development of space travel in the near future, it is very likely that many people will get another chance to see a Venus transit from space, within their lifetime.

I can imagine space tourism companies offering "Venus Transit" tours in the not so distant future. (Maybe 10 - 15 years?)

+ - Various Keys To Getting The Maximum From Your Web Hosting->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Before you sign up for any web hosting companys services, make sure that their web security features are solid. This will help guarantee their services are protected from common hackers and general bugs that could have possible access to private information or processes. A good hosting site will be constantly backing up their servers.

Its key to know this information when signing up for the service. Pretty much every web host will offer something different in terms of packages and prices. Before jumping into any package deal, make sure you know exactly what is included. That way youll be confident that youve got everything you need at your disposal.

Get a web host with many hosting awards. This will help you easily get a feel for the support and service that you can expect. It is true that a company could fraudulently claim to hold such an award, but this is a rare occurrence. Most companies that claim such accolades do indeed have high numbers of satisfied customers. Hosts that have several of these awards are probably companies with whom it is worth doing business.

Check the hots youre looking at for money-back guarantees. If you find you do not like the service in the first 30 days, you ought to have the option to cancel and receive a refund. Not every web host is as good as advertised.

Shortly put, web hosting gives people use of a companys servers so that they can create a website and have a place to store all the files. We wish you success in your efforts to find a hosting provider that works for you."

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+ - Deploy your own "cloud" with Debian "Wheezy", XCP & OpenStack->

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An anonymous reader writes "Debian encourages its users to deploy their own clouds, as the ultimate way to retain all the freedoms that Debian stands for. To help Debian users with these tasks, Debian is proud to announce the availability of several new technologies that would ease the deployment of Debian-based clouds. Starting with the forthcoming release of Debian 7.0 "Wheezy", users will find ready-to-use packages for OpenStack® and Xen Cloud Platform (XCP)."
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