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Apple

Submission + - OSX Lion ships with faulty NVidia Drivers (apple.com)

TeaCurran writes: Apple OSX Lion shipped with new NVidia video drivers that are causing anyone with a mid 2010 Macbook Pro to get a kernel panic every 5-10 minutes. Apple knew about the issue before shipping lion, hasn't responded to the issue, and is censoring posts in their support forum that mention words like 'boycot' and 'petition'. NVidia has responded that the drivers are the responsibility of Apple so they won't deal with the issue. How a major hardware manufacturer can ship such a faulty product without getting much press about it is completely beyond me.
Power

Submission + - Germany Considers Wind Power-Storing Coal Mines (inhabitat.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The state government of Lower Saxony is working with engineers to determine the potential for using abandoned mines in the Harz Mountains to house hydroelectric pumps to store excess wind power. If it comes to fruition, the plant would be the first of its kind in the world. Since wind power is not always available at the same strength, during times of excess power, the energy needs to be stored. To do this, the excess wind power pumps water into elevated storage tanks or reservoirs. Then when the wind power is not meeting demand on its own, gravity pulls the water to a lower tank, powering the turbines along the way so they still generate electricity.

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