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Comment E.T. phone home (Score 1) 405

Certainly this would be a great opportunity for VOIP phones, which is a market waiting to either grow: where we'll see everyone back to Land-line style phones in their homes (not likely to happen) or bite the dust: the mobile phone world has taken over as the preferred method of consumer communication, leaving the 20-somethings saying stuff like "what's a land-line?".

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What Kind of Cloud Computing Project Costs $32M? 158

coondoggie writes "The US Department of Energy said today it will spend $32 million on a project that will deploy a large cloud computing test bed with thousands of Intel Nehalem CPU cores and explore commercial offerings from Amazon, Microsoft and Google. Ultimately, the project, known as Magellan, will look at cloud computing as a cost-effective and energy-efficient way for scientists to accelerate discoveries in a variety of disciplines, including analysis of scientific data sets in biology, climate change and physics, the DOE stated. Magellan will explore whether cloud computing can help meet the overwhelming demand for scientific computing. Although computation is an increasingly important tool for scientific discovery, and DOE operates some of the world's most powerful supercomputers, not all research applications require such massive computing power. The number of scientists who would benefit from mid-range computing far exceeds the amount of available resources, the DEO stated."
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Submission + - Man Auctions Own Carbon Offsets on Ebay

flahwho writes: "We're not sure if this is legal, or if it's the first of its kind, , but t seems a gentleman from Rochester, MN has chosen not to drive for an entire year and a half, and instead sell the "offsets" from his personal choice on ebay for $100 (or more). Now it is your turn to cash in — for just $100 you can feel good about doing all of your driving knowing that someone else has not driven for an entire year.
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/06/man-auctions-own-carbon-offsets-on-ebay.php
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320381623555&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT"

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