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Earth

DIY Solar Resources? 311

Posted by kdawson
from the bright-idea dept.
TihSon writes "I'm building a large shed out back and I want to power the lighting using a surplus solar panel. In searching for information on how to go about this, I have found a lot of rough DIY guides for various projects that are close to my goal. But none seem to explain the reasoning and theory behind using solar panels, so hacking their project to suit my own needs could be pretty much hit-and-miss. I don't want to do a hacked-up job, and future solar projects are not out of the question, so something a bit more in-depth is required. Do you have suggestions for books or Web sites you have used to learn the ins and outs of using solar panels? Something that starts with basic theory and ends with the ability to wire a house would be perfect."
Security

+ - BlackHats paying for infections

Submitted by CodeMaster
CodeMaster (28069) writes "A great article at computerworld covering the business side of the malicious code we see everywhere now on the net. All those crappy iframes seem to be "sponsored" pretty badly by groups that will pay the webmaster who added them by the infection, on a weekly basis (beat that!). Pretty eye opening..."
Announcements

+ - Intelligent Design-Your-Own Darwin Fish Contest

Submitted by
Matthew Bettelheim
Matthew Bettelheim writes "Inkling Magazine is having a competition to see who can come up with the next best Darwin fish design. So long as it cleverly incorporates that telltale fish profile, all ideas are game. Send us doodles, polished Illustrator files, graffiti art, whatever. We don't care as long as it's got an almond-shaped body, a tail and a certain wittiness.

http://www.inklingmagazine.com/articles/intelligen t-design-your-own-darwin-fish/"
Biotech

+ - Coke and Pepsi Cook Your Liver?

Submitted by beartenor1
beartenor1 (737149) writes "Science Daily is reporting that a team from the University of Barcelona (UB) has recently published a study in the journal Hepatology which provides clues to the molecular mechanism through which the fructose in beverages may alter lipid energy metabolism and cause fatty liver and metabolic syndrome. Is it time to ban high-fructose corn syrup?"
Wireless Networking

+ - Rice bill would make R.I. first state to go WIFI

Submitted by
roscoetoon
roscoetoon writes "http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/News/pr1.asp?prid=389 1

"(public) access to the Internet, particularly broadband internet access, has become a necessity in today's world," said Representative Rice (D-Dist. 72, Portsmouth, Middletown, Newport),"The ultimate goal of this legislation is to make Rhode Island the first state to utilize a complete Wi-Fi network. The Electronic Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Act would open the door to a very promising and exciting opportunity for our state, and through this measure, I hope that Rhode Island will become a national leader in information technology.", but, it still seems a ways off,"the innovation center must issue a public report on its study by July 1, 2008"."

Don't sweat it -- it's only ones and zeros. -- P. Skelly

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