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Comment Re:Sorry, but you are wrong... (Score 4, Informative) 187

There are now approx' 200,000 bald eagles.

"Only nine bald eagle collisions with turbine blades have been recorded nationally" Ever?

So, what is your point?

"Of 1,428 individuals from across the range necropsied by National Wildlife Health Center from 1963 to 1984, 329 (23%) eagles died from trauma, primarily impact with wires and vehicles; 309 (22%) died from gunshot; 158 (11%) died from poisoning; 130 (9%) died from electrocution; 68 (5%) died from trapping; 110 (8%) from emaciation; and 31 (2%) from disease; cause of death was undetermined in 293 (20%) of cases."

Windmills are the least of their problems.

Man-made structure/technology Associated bird deaths per year (U.S.) :-
Feral and domestic cats : Hundreds of millions [source: AWEA]
Power lines : 130 million -- 174 million [source: AWEA]
Windows (residential and commercial) : 100 million -- 1 billion [source: TreeHugger]
Pesticides : 70 million [source: AWEA]
Automobiles : 60 million -- 80 million [source: AWEA]
Lighted communication towers : 40 million -- 50 million [source: AWEA]
Wind turbines : 10,000 -- 40,000 [source: ABC]

Submission + - World's Most Efficient Solar Cell Unveiled by French-German Team (

oritonic1 writes: In the increasingly fast-paced race to create the most efficient solar cell possible, a team comprised of French and German companies has created a unique design that yields 44.7% efficiency, beating the previous record set by Sharp just three months ago. The multi-junction cell, created for use in concentrator photovoltaics, was developed in a little over three years, and its creators hope to reach 50% efficiency by 2015.

Comment They wouldn't. (Score 1) 147

This just makes it too easy, too easy to turn off AdID or install a plugin which truly muddies the waters by giving back a random AdID every time it is requested.

It's much harder to turn cookies off because of all the functionality they provide. AdIDs on the other hand - no functionality for us.

Comment Re:God of the Gaps (Score 1) 1293

"God can't tolerate your presence."

God sounds rather weak to me if it can't tolerate someones presence and needs their subservience to be able to put up with them. Why would anyone want to follow such a complete arsehole? And if it's so powerful then why doesn't it deal with the devil?

And what kind of a stupid being expects to be believed in when it has shown no proof that it even exists, does it want only idiots as followers?

Seriously, how can you believe in a god when there is absolutely no proof that it exists.

And god is very poorly defined, how are you supposed to believe in something without definition?

Submission + - Client SSD Annual Failure Rates Around 1.5%, HDDs about 5% (

Lucas123 writes: On the news that Linus Trovalds's SSD went belly up while he was coding the 3.12 kernel, Computerworld took a closer look at SSDs and their failure rates. While Torvalds didn't specify the SSD manufacturer in his blog, he did write in a 2008 blog that he'd purchased an 80GB Intel SSD — likely the X25, which has become something of an industry standard for SSD reliability. While they may have no mechanical parts, making them preferable for mobile use, there are many factors that go into an SSD being reliable. For example, a NAND die, the SSD controller, capacitors, or other passive components can — and do — slowly wear out or fail entirely. As an investigation into SSD reliability performed by Tom's Hardware noted: "We know that SSDs still fail.... All it takes is 10 minutes of flipping through customer reviews on Newegg's listings." Yet, according to IHS, client SSD annual failure rates under warranty tend to be around 1.5%, while HDDs are near 5%. So an SSDs not only outperforms, but on average outlast spinning disk.

Submission + - What Do the Latest NSA Leaks Mean for Bitcoin? ( 1

Daniel_Stuckey writes: Last week, we learned that the National Security Agency has led an aggressive effort to “break widely used Internet encryption technologies.” The Office of the Director of National Intelligence claims it “would not be doing its job” if it didn't try to counter the encryption used by terrorists and cyber-criminals. There is speculation that many protocols or crypto implementations have been compromised, deliberately weakened, or have had backdoors inserted. In doing so, the NSA has made the Internet less safe for us all, perhaps including those that wish to take advantage of Bitcoin's privacy benefits.

Bitcoin is an open source cryptocurrency; a peer-to-peer (decentralized) electronic cash system. It's also the most powerful distributed computing project in the world. Those two factors have already brought it under government scrutiny.

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