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Comment Simulate the Internet (Score 1) 41

If they really want to simulate life on Mars they should set up an internet connection with realistic latency built in. I think after a few days of waiting 60 minutes for Twitter and Facebook refreshes they will be tearing the walls down to get back to civilization...

Comment Re:It really isn't sugar, that is just one avenue (Score 2) 655

>>while consuming a whole bag of chips or having that bagel covered in cream cheese

I love American food...

I visited the US for a week a while ago, and gained 3 kg (5 lb), I was aiming for 5 kg. If you go to Prague you go an a beer binge, in Amsterdam its a drugs bunge, but if you go to the US you go on a food binge.

I worked out that if I lived there for a year I would weigh about 230 kb (460 lb).

Comment Re:Oh please (Score 4, Interesting) 170

I was at an open day at a wind turbine. They had a small cage lift that could take two people at a time to the top, it took a long time, and there were a few people in the queue. As a joke I asked the operator "Can I climb up the ladder? it will be quicker!". Instead of saying "No, don't be stupid!" he handed me a harness and said "Of course! Go ahead...". Not being one to turn down a challenge I put the harness on, cliped in, and headed up the ladder. It was hard work, and I was not carrying any tools. It was also a bit scary.

I'd take that job. The climb to work is good excercise, and the view from the top is amazing.

Comment Re:Write or teach. (Score 1) 416

Teaching or IT training is a good option.

I love the feeling on a Friday afternoon when a training course has gone well, the students are happy, the course is over, and you have the weekend to relax.

If you can travel a bit then delivering a couple of 3 or 5 day IT training courses in different cities can set you up financially for the month.

Comment Re:gives everyone a supercomputer... right (Score 1) 167

Its not that expensive.

I have a demo that I run in Windows Azure where I spin up 16 servers to render a 1500 frame animation in HD quality. I demo it an conferances and user group meetings, it fits nicely into a one-hour session. It takes about 10 minutes to provision the environment and around 20 minutes to render the animation.

The total cost for compute time, storage and data transfer is less than $2.

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