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Comment Re:Smalltalk (Score 1) 414

but not widely used for real-world applications.

True, although I've recently seen an exception. A large European insurance corporation has an application running in all the insurer's office, continent-wide; the software computes insurance premiums as well as agent's commissions, has a pretty decent GUI and - communicating with the insurer's headquarters - does a lot sophisticated network I/O. It is written in Smalltalk.

Submission + - NASA, NOAA Analyses Reveal Record-Shattering Global Warm Temperatures in 2015 2

vikingpower writes: Earth’s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Globally-averaged temperatures in 2015 shattered the previous mark set in 2014 by 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit (0.13 Celsius). Only once before, in 1998, has the new record been greater than the old record by this much.

The British Met office also reports on the same phenomenon, even forecasting that global temperatures are very soon going to reach the one-degree-celsius marker.

According to Stephen Belcher, Director of the Met Office Hadley Centre, ""We've had similar natural events in the past, yet this is the first time we're set to reach the 1 C marker and it's clear that it is human influence driving our modern climate into uncharted territory."

Submission + - Scientists find evidence for a new ninth (or tenth) planet (

MarkWhittington writes: The science journal Nature reported that two scientists at CalTech have uncovered indications that the solar system has a new ninth planet (or the tenth planet should Pluto ever be restored from its current dwarf planet status.) Thus far, the new planet has not been imaged by a telescope. Rather its existence has been determined mathematically, through computer models of how certain Kuiper Belt objects are behaving. To put it briefly, an object ten times the mass of Earth is orbiting the sun in an elliptical orbit that takes 10,000 to 20,000 years to complete. Planet X does not get any closer to the sun than 200 times the distance of the Earth to the sun or, as astronomers put it, 200 astronomical units.

Comment 3 eurocents per kWh (Score 1) 103

is dirt-cheap. Here in Austria, I pay around 18 cents per kWh for power that comes for 80% from wind and water plants. I guess this part of the country would have a potential comparable to that of Switzerland, due to comparable geography: a rather flat basin (of the Danube) with the Alps close.

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