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Submission + - The Koch Brothers Attack on Solar Energy 1

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: The NYT writes in an editorial that for the last few months, the Koch brothers and their conservative allies in state government have been spending heavily to fight incentives for renewable energy, by pushing legislatures to impose a surtax on this increasingly popular practice, hoping to make installing solar panels on houses less attractive. "The coal producers’ motivation is clear: They see solar and wind energy as a long-term threat to their businesses. That might seem distant at the moment, when nearly 40 percent of the nation’s electricity is still generated by coal, and when less than 1 percent of power customers have solar arrays. But given new regulations on power-plant emissions of mercury and other pollutants, and the urgent need to reduce global warming emissions, the future clearly lies with renewable energy." For example, the Arizona Public Service Company, the state’s largest utility, funneled large sums through a Koch operative to a nonprofit group that ran an ad claiming net metering would hurt older people on fixed incomes by raising electric rates. The ad tried to link the requirement to President Obama. Another Koch ad likens the renewable-energy requirement to health care reform, the ultimate insult in that world. “Like Obamacare, it’s another government mandate we can’t afford,” the narrator says. "That line might appeal to Tea Partiers, but it’s deliberately misleading," concludes the editorial. "This campaign is really about the profits of Koch Carbon and the utilities, which to its organizers is much more important than clean air and the consequences of climate change."

Submission + - Scientists Give Praying mantises Tiny 3D glasses

An anonymous reader writes: Scientists at Newcastle University are outfitting praying mantises with tiny 3D glasses in order to study how their vision works. From the article: 'Praying mantises have stereoscopic vision, unlike most invertebrates. This makes them sophisticated hunters, and ideal subjects for a team from Newcastle University led by vision scientist Jenny Read. By putting 3-D glasses on the mantises and faking them out, Reid and her colleagues want to learn how the insect’s vision differs from ours."

Submission + - Critical Infrastructure Initiative panic reaction to Heartbleed: ESR (

Bismillah writes: "They have backers with money, but no plan and no staff. We need to work out a way to either merge or not to step on each other," ESR believes.

ICEI being the Internet Civil Engineering Institute [site locked currently] that Eric S Raymond and others were about to launch soon, but then Heartbleed came along.


China Censors "The Big Bang Theory" and Other Streaming Shows 166

dryriver (1010635) writes in with news that the Chinese government has had enough of the antics of doctor Sheldon Lee Cooper. "Chinese authorities have ordered video streaming websites in the country to stop showing four popular American TV shows, including The Big Bang Theory and The Good Wife, senior staff from two sites said Sunday. The move suggests government attention is intensifying on the online streaming industry, which is freer than state television and China's cinemas to show foreign productions and other content and has stretched the boundaries of what can be seen in the country. A spokeswoman for a leading online video site, Youku, said it had received notification on Saturday not to show sitcom The Big Bang Theory, political and legal drama The Good Wife, crime drama NCIS and legal drama The Practice."

Comment Look into Tom Wooten (Score 1) 218

The Author of Bipolar Advantage. I've seen him talk 2X and he's one of the few that really is onto something useful.

  Tom's bipolar himself and has learned to manage it and continue as an author. He's invented a whole new approach to this stuff. I had to attend 2 of his free lectures, to really "get it". He's not selling a seminar, but truly trying to change the delivery of care.
Basically, the current mental healthcare system to strive for the unrealistic goal that they admit doesn't work! Just medicate people into some kind of "even keel" state and hope they're going to stay that way.

If you can watch a few minutes of this presentation . or read a bit of his books, I never finished one, but got a lot out of a l ittle exposure to this guy. (I've been diagnosed bipolar, btw)
Here's a recent talk by Tom Wooten, a youtube link shortened

here's his website

Comment Re:Sucks (Score 1) 118

It was costing Google money to send every text.
Google aren't a charity.

Sounds logical, but I think it leaves out an important piece of the equation. Namely Google does generate a decent income from their Adwords service. This creates advertisements which will appear on relevant Google search results pages and their network of partner sites.
Therefore, SMS search, one could argue, ALSO makes money for our friendly search engine giant from Mountain View.....right?

Submission + - $225000 Bitcoin mining rig up for sale ( 4

PacoSF writes: What does /. make of this fellas ad?

"I am selling a pre-order for a ButterflyLabs BitForce Mini Rig SC 1500 GH/s ASIC Bitcoin Miner.
The order was placed on March 21 way before bit-coin exploded."

I am located in San Francisco

The reason for selling is to take a nice profit without risking bitcoin crashing.

The current buyer could be making many thousands of dollars per day with this unit.
If the price of bitcoin continues to rise this could be an incredible investment.

I will only accept Bitcoin, Bankc, Cash, Check, or a Bank Wire.

My ebay listing is here:

I am happy to negotiate outside of ebay.

Please call Rahul: 415.535.7464 for more information. Please leave a message if we do not answer. You may call any time (Late night OK).

Good luck!

Comment Re:Just steal the damn drive (Score 1) 547

Unquestionably the best option! I did the same thing. after a 5year stint w/ a major telco. The $20 sounds about right for a HD which has aged 3-5yrs. Any "loss" the company initally seems to suffer is more than offset by savings in manpower when a new drive is loaded. ie;
    The IT-dept and the next person will be better-off setting up the workstation from a fresh install.

Comment Re:Remember when "apps" were called "programs"? (Score 1) 343

I think there's a significant difference between apps and programs.
An app, you don't have to install -- or even find the folder where you've downloaded it. And you don't need a manual or much configuration to start using it immediately.
For the majority of people, this difference is huge.
Arguably, contributing to the success and massive growth of mobile app store/market place in the past few years.



Submission + - Japan restarts two of their 50 nuclear reactors ( 1

Darth_brooks writes: "Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda ordered the restart of two idle nuclear reactors Saturday, amid split public response. The Japanese government is trying to fill a summer power shortfall. According to the article, the two reactors supply power to the Kansai region near Osaka, where local officials were predicting a 15% shortfall in power capacity during July and August."

Submission + - Single Seat 70 kg Electric Airplane Maiden Flight (

An anonymous reader writes: World's first under 70 kg single seat electric airplane made it's maiden flight on 6/11/2012 — see the flight-video at With the price tag of just under $41k and capable of carrying single person it will be an ultimate airplane for those who are looking for something different. It has full carbon fiber body, electric motor and small lithium battery-pack. Battery can be charged from a standard household wall socket and it takes off and land in the water. So all you need is some nearby lake or pond to serve as your takeoff and landing site and the fun can begin.

Submission + - SPAM: Fatty Liver

An anonymous reader writes: If you were recently diagnosed with NAFLD or any type of Fatty Liver Disease and looking for a good, easy to stick to a diet plan, as you might know, they are hard to come by. There are very few diets that cater to the proper nutritional content that is required to combat this disease. It is very important to understand that you must follow a doctor's advice and guidance while learning to combat the disease, and change your lifestyle into a healthier lifestyle.
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