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Comment Re:Geothermal is better (Score 1) 867

Don't worry, absolutely nothing can go wrong.
I lived close by the place and went to see it, most of the old houses have cracks from top to bottom, and seen by the dated marks on the walls the cracks were still getting bigger. According to the building engineers there is no risk of collapsing yet, but it just doesn't look all too safe. And the drills made here were just small-sized testing drills.

Comment Re:Have become more difficult to overcome? (Score 2, Insightful) 173

Hi feepness!

Thanks! You've given the best description of science I've ever read. Disclaimer: I am a scientist.

Seriously. A lot of the fancy topics are interesting because they are like a foggy mountain top, you know that there must be a mountain top, but you don't know the way, and you don't know what you will find up there, and which equipment you need to take along. This makes science different from engineering, where you at least would have a map of the mountain roads and altitudes etc.

As far as funding issues goes: what did the giant banking bailout of 2009 brought us for the future? That has cost us a multi-multitude of the ITER project and that money just disappeared into oblivion. With the ITER, even if it wouldn't work out eventually, we'd still end up with the new technologies and materials that were developed to build it.

Comment Re:Building a website takes time (Score 1) 120

The guy behind http://www.netbooknews.de/ seems to be making a living from his blog, if I remember correctly. He was one of the first to write about them, he goes to all the product introductions, and by writing in good quality he could also convince manufacturers to send him pre-production samples, etc. I tried to look up some info, apparently before he worked on a linux OS specialized for the Via EPIA line. That also means that he was probably used to not earn a lot :)

Comment Re:Just as a point of reference to Japan (Score 1) 232

Hmmm, in Germany I pay 20 euro for a 10 GB HDSPA connection. After 10 GB you will get isdn speeds until the next month. Granted, this is with a dedicated usb stick, not for tethering, but basically, it's the same sim-card anyway. I am thinking of getting an Android phone and use it as both a modem and a smartphone.

Comment Re:Carriers != Manufacturers (Score 1) 234

Actually, it's going even better outside the US. The more fancy phones have been first available in Asia with full functionality for a long time now. And it also works the other way, I can buy for 40 euro or smth an unlocked phone with no fancy options, but that I can use to ... phone! Cool for the consumer, but I guess most US providers are not into the "make your customers happy"-business.

Comment Re:Networking won't solve this (Score 1) 838

"Networking won't solve this". Imagine a second Katrina, you're in the middle of the floods, you still have electricity but mobile phone communication isn't working. You ask for technical help, and the answer you get is "Networking won't solve this. You need to build better dams instead".

As others pointed out, there are technical ways to create ad-hoc wifi networks, I guess similar to the idea of the OLPC networking mode.

Comment Re:My work has similiar concerns... (Score 1) 228

There are probably even laws that state that websites from public institutions have to be accessible. But the sad thing is that in many cases "Accessibility" is implemented by adding a button somewhere on the site to make the font larger. I saw this at my former university. At the same time their webpage was so cluttered with frames (even after frames were fashionable) that the site would be very hard to browse with a text-only browser, so converting to braille would be hard. Really, websites with public information should STILL be tested with lynx or w3m just for this reason.

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