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Comment Point of comparison (Score 1) 221

My numbers are wildly out of date (from the 1960s), but in India, about 700 million tons of cow dung were collected per year, about 300M tons of which were used as fuel, providing about the same heat output as 35M tons of coal. See Marvin Harris' work on the myth of the sacred cow.

Comment Re:nVidia ION nettop (Score 1) 304

I am using an nVidia ION based system running Windows Server 2008 with a ton of storage. Boxee works quite well, but XBMC has trouble with DXVA content (aka hardware decoding). Linux has better decoding/playback software, but MUCH worse flash support for the anemic CPU. There are lots of apps for both Windows and Linux with "10 foot interfaces" for use in an HTPC environment. Additionally, there are several wireless keyboards and remotes out there suited for HTPC use.

Submission + - Google searches inconsistent (tinypic.com) 3

mejesster writes: After a brief discussion with some co-workers, we all went and searched for the same term "the". We were totally baffled by the fact that several of us got different results for the exact same search terms! Unfortunately, we were unable to come up with meaningful conclusions — we share an IP and were all signed out of Google services. We even tried checking DNS responses for google.com for different users, and while we reached different servers, that didn't seem to matter when getting results; sometimes people on the same server got different results, sometimes people on different servers got the same results. Has anyone else encountered this or anything like it? Proof of varying results in the pics:


Submission + - Write-only network hardware? 1

An anonymous reader writes: One of the main problems with scientific instrumentation is that while the hardware is often cutting edge, the software you need to run it is often...lacking...in many respects. We have a flow cytometer with this problem. It has a dedicated Win XP desktop machine to run it, collects megabytes of data in minutes, and according to the manufacturer *cough* BD Biosystems *cough*, will suffer unspecified "damage" if it's ever connected to a network. No-one can tell me what kind of damage, the sales people don't know and never get back to me, the guy who updated the software put up the warning sign, but he just had a protocol and no understanding of what the problem was etc. My suspicions are that it has to do with either virus worries (although since the AV is never updated, but everyone and their dog is plugging their personal USB key into it to get their data off, I'm not sure that's such a bright idea), or the fact that their software requires Java 1.4.something-or-other and won't run if that is updated. Does anyone have experience with anything like this? Can you even write software bad enough that the mere presence of a network connection will cause an implosion? Is there some hardware/software combination I can suggest that will allow it to write data out to the network without being soiled by contact with the outside world? To complicate things further, it's not my machine, so I will need something like a "magic one-way ethernet cable" in order to convince the people responsible for the six figures machine that it won't cause it to burst into flames etc.

Submission + - Tom's Definitive Linux Software Roundup: Internet (tomshardware.com)

adamovera writes: Tom's Hardware just posted the first part of a comprehensive Linux App Roundup. In this segment they cover Web browsers, RSS readers, podcatchers, FTP clients, download managers, BitTorrent clients, and some other file sharing solutions.

Submission + - Panasonic's New LED Bulbs Shine for 19 Years (inhabitat.com)

Mike writes: "As lighting manufacturers leapfrog the incandescent bulb and CFLs looks set to define the future of lighting, Panasonic recently unveiled a remarkable 60-watt household LED bulb that they claim can last up to 19 years. With a lifespan 40 times longer than their incandescent counterparts, Panasonic's new EverLed bulbs are the most efficient LEDs ever to be produced and are set to debut in Japan on October 21st. Hopefully as the technology is refined we'll see them break down their significant cost barrier — $40 dollars is still pretty pricey for a light bulb."

Comment Sun doesn't deserve this (Score 1) 409

The commission doesn't seem to be concerned about the consequences of its actions, just the consequences of the merger. Since business thrives on stability, promoting instability is a powerful weapon in the marketplace, and they seem to be wielding it with abandon. It's like Heisenberg's uncertainty principle - government scrutiny changes the direction of a company.

Submission + - Gmail is down

mejesster writes: As of today, 3:47 PM EST, Gmail was down and unreachable. Shocking!

Comment Important things to note: (Score 4, Insightful) 749

Yes, what Metalitz says is true, that rightsholders cannot be expected to provide copies that work in perpetuity, but never have rightsholders had the ability to REMOVE the legally purchased right to consume said product. Either rightsholders must accept the burden of maintaining availability, or they must not require DRM. Not a legal opinion, a moral one.

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