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Comment Huntsville, AL (Score 2) 464

Huntsville is a great town -- an island of technology in what would otherwise be a very... rural... state. Our tech sector has a lot of military but there are commercial opportunities as well. Cost of living is very reasonable, commutes are short, and there are a wide variety of housing options. The heat and humidity take a year to get used to, but once you do, you'll never want to leave!

Comment Not Our Fault (Score 5, Insightful) 397

I've been in the tech industry (software, circuit board design, chip design, and then back to software) for 24 years. I've worked with engineers with heritage from India, China, Korea, various eastern European countries, and probably a couple other countries in Asia. I've never had a black or latino co-worker. In all those years, I've only ever seen us interview a single black candidate, and he so inadequate that he got sent home after speaking with a single interviewer.

Hiring is not the problem. A lack of black and latino candidates worth hiring is.

Comment Where's the downside? (Score 5, Insightful) 176

So, we could hook up the CO2 exhaust from a coal-fired plant, use that to grow algae, and then turn algae into fuel? And as a "dreadful" side-effect, we get clean water from sea water?

Greenhouse gas reduction, renewable fuel, and fresh water...

Why aren't we focusing everything we have on such a process? It sounds too good to be true.

Handhelds

Submission + - Dinosaurs Could Hold Basketballs, but not dribble (kyoht.com)

Gre7g writes: "Long before the invention of the photocopier, mud was the ideal way to preserve an image of your butt.

"We got lucky with this one [sitting] on a slope," which brought its hands closer to the ground, said study author Andrew Milner of the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm.

Full disclosure: My wife did the artistic reconstruction."

United States

Submission + - Baking soda could help save planet (kyoht.com)

Gre7g writes: Today, a company called Skyonic announced a novel new system, Skymine, which uses the carbon dioxide emitted from smokestacks to make baking soda. According to Skyonic CEO Joe David Jones, the system will be powered by waste heat from factories, and will produce food-grade baking soda.
Biotech

Submission + - Researchers Create Robotic Pied Piper Roaches 2

Gre7g writes: "To do that, they would need a rogue roach to infiltrate the herd. "One way to get them," Halloy says, "would be to create mutants somehow, with abnormal behavior. But we don't have a genetic institute for cockroaches." Instead, the researchers recruited some engineers to build them roach robots that would slip into the crowd and manipulate it from within."

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