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Comment When there is financial incentive (Score 2) 84

People get creative. In this case, the sale of the drugs provides the incentive and the network throughout a non-cellular covered area is the resulting creativity. WE (the technically oriented community) should be doing this as well with 802.11 networks. I imagine a day where everywhere you go, you can stay connected for general (non-secure) data transfer / searches, etc.
Businesses

Submission + - SPAM: Solar-Powered Airplane Completes First Ever Flight

liqs8143 writes: "Solar Impulse, a fully solar-powered airplane has completed the world's first international solar-powered flight. After a flight lasting 12 hours 59 minutes at an altitude of 12,400 feet, using no fuel and propelled by solar energy alone, Solar Impulse HB-SIA landed safely in Brussels, Switzerland.

After the landing, plane's co-founder Bertrand Piccard said:

Our goal is to create a revolution in the minds of the people . . . to promote solar energies — not necessarily a revolution in aviation.

Compared with 2003, energy efficiency has increased from 16 to 22 percent. And the cells are now half as thick.

The project has a total cost of $88 million which is funded by mostly-Swiss partners and public donations."

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Technology

Submission + - The World's Largest Water Pump in New Orleans (everythingnew.net)

hasanabbas1987 writes: "When nature strikes, man always look for alternatives to fight back, failing on most occasions though. This time when nature showed its anger in the Mississippi River, man again decided to act, this time they have decided to build the world’s largest water pump in New Orleans. This monster pump is powered by a 5,000 horsepower diesel engine which moves a giant four blade propeller 150 times in a minute. As a result 150,000 gallons of water is moved every second (15 Olympic size swimming pools every minute)."
Space

Submission + - Europe Defends 'Stupid' Galileo Satellite (yahoo.com)

mvar writes: Following the dismissal of OHB-System's CEO Berry Smutny who, according to a Wikileaks cable, had stated that "Galileo is a stupid idea that primarily serves French interests" , Antonio Tajani Vice President of the European Commission has stated once again that "The Galileo project is going ahead, the commission has decided on this" and that "[Galileo] will improve the lives of citizens in sectors such as transport, agriculture, energy and combatting illegal immigration". Tajani also dismissed the Wikileaks report saying that he had met Smutny before the leak and that he had stated that he believed in Galileo.
Open Source

Submission + - Interesting Twist in the openSUSE Board Elections (ostatic.com)

An anonymous reader writes: OpenSUSE packager Nelson Marques invokes Nietzsche, Stallman, and Gandhi in defense of Sirko Kemter , the member who was expelled from the community by the board earlier.
Sony

Submission + - Portal 2 For PS3 To Include Cross-Platform Support (thinq.co.uk)

Blacklaw writes: Valve has confirmed plans to resurrect something which hasn't been attempted for quite some time in a mainstream game: cross-platform multiplayer gaming, due to hit the PlayStation 3 and PC in the company's first-person puzzle title Portal 2.
In even better news, those who buy Portal 2 for the PS3 — which Valve's Gabe Newell claims will "be the best console version of the product" — will be able to link their PlayStation Network accounts with their Steam accounts and unlock a free, full copy of the game for PC or Mac.

The Internet

Submission + - What happens when mom unplugs teens for 6 months? (yahoo.com)

suraj.sun writes: Susan Maushart lived out every parent's fantasy: She unplugged her teenagers. For six months, she took away the Internet, TV, iPods, cell phones and video games. The result of what she grandly calls "The Experiment" was more OMG than LOL — and nothing less than an immersion in RL (real life).

As Maushart explains in a book released in the U.S. this week called "The Winter of Our Disconnect", she and her kids rediscovered small pleasures — like board games, books, lazy Sundays, old photos, family meals and listening to music together instead of everyone plugging into their own iPods.

Maushart wrote that her kids "awoke slowly from the state of cognitus interruptus that had characterized many of their waking hours to become more focused logical thinkers." Maushart decided to unplug the family because the kids — ages 14, 15 and 18 when she started The Experiment — didn't just "use media," as she put it. They "inhabited" media. "They don't remember a time before e-mail, or instant messaging, or Google," she wrote

Yahoo News: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_fea_parenting_teens_unplugged

Science

Submission + - New camera adds a zoom to the "human eye" (pcauthority.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have created a camera that mimics the human eye, but has the added feature of zooming . The "eyeball camera" — more officially dubbed a curvilinear camera — was created by scientists from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois in the US. One version is the size of a coin and cheap to make, but takes crisp images at up to 3.5x optical zoom. Other variations could allow for an even greater zoom, the researchers said.
Mars

Scientist Says NASA Must Study Space Sex 389

Velcroman1 writes "NASA has always been tight lipped on the subject of sex in space — which makes people all the more curious. How would it work? Has anyone done it before? Can a child be conceived in zero-G? With few animal tests (and virtually no human testing), there's been next to no scientific analysis of the issue. Until now. The Journal of Cosmology has published a special issue detailing the mission to Mars, which touches all the bases. In a chapter titled Sex on Mars, Dr. Rhawn Joseph from the Brain Research Laboratory in California discusses everything from the social conditions that would push astronauts to have sex to the possibility of the first child being born on another planet. Such an infant would be the first real Martian — at least by nationality, the researcher pointed out. 'On Mars, the light's going to be different, the gravity will be different, it's a completely different atmosphere,' he said. 'So if you put an infant on Mars, they would adapt to varying degrees of the new environment. And after several generations, you'd have a new species,' he said."

Comment Re:Loan from government? (Score 2, Informative) 392

When a utiltiy builds a nuclear power plant, they are not only funding the cost of the plant itself, they are also funding 100% of your fuel cost up front plus containment and future disposal costs. See http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/inf02.html for the basis for some realistic cost estimates.

While it is cheaper for the consumer in the long run to run nuclear, there is a huge up front cost associated. Most banks will not accept the risks without an expensive reward. Governments can finance these types of needed infrastructure loans at a much better rate and reap the rewards (cheaper energy for the masses). If given the choice for the utilities to use an expensive bank loan or a cheap government loan, I am going to hope they choose cheap government loan. All of the costs of producing power are passed on to the customer in the rates paid by the customer. Utilities are regulated entities, and as such, are entitled to recoup the cost of providing service to the customer in the rate charged.
Bug

Submission + - Security Firms Scramble for SCADA Talent (threatpost.com) 1

Trailrunner7 writes: Three months after the world first learned of the sophisticated Stuxnet worm, insiders say that there's a scramble to find and hire engineers with knowledge of both security and the industrial control systems that were Stuxnet's intended target.

Anti virus companies admit their research teams were ill prepared for Stuxnet and are still coming up to speed on the functioning of Siemens industrial control systems and programmable logic controllers that Stuxnet infected. At the same time, the companies are searching high and low for technical talent with knowledge of the kinds of systems that run power plants, factories and industrial machinery — preparing for a future in which malicious hackers increasingly put critical infrastructure and an Internet of things in the cross hairs.

"We realize we need new knowledge, but not new skills," Symantec's Liam O' Murchu said. "Its not like Stuxnet changes how AV researchers work, but new fields of expertise are needed. This is an area we're not well equipped for."

Hardware

Submission + - Squeezing More Bandwidth out of Fiber (nytimes.com)

EigenHombre writes: The New York Times reports on efforts underway to squeeze more bandwidth out of the fiber optic connections which form the backbone of the Internet. With traffic doubling every two years, the limits of current networks are getting close to saturating. The new technology from Lucent-Alcatel uses the polarization and phase of light (in addition to intensity) to double or quadruple current speeds. Which begs the question, What are we going to do in just a few more years when the backbone connections upgraded by this new technology saturate?

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