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Submission + - The Fall and fall of the Data Haven SeaLand (arstechnica.com)

Fluffeh writes: "Ars Technical has a great article and history of SeaLand a data haven and place where you can host almost anything, as long as it follows the very bare laws of SeaLand Government.

"HavenCo's failure—and make no mistake about it, HavenCo did fail—shows how hard it is to get out from under government's thumb. HavenCo built it, but no one came. For a host of reasons, ranging from its physical vulnerability to the fact that The Man doesn't care where you store your data if he can get his hands on you, Sealand was never able to offer the kind of immunity from law that digital rebels sought. And, paradoxically, by seeking to avoid government, HavenCo made itself exquisitely vulnerable to one government in particular: Sealand's.""

Submission + - Liquid metal batteries may be the solution to renewable energy (youtube.com)

MMatessa writes: What's the key to using alternative energy, like solar and wind? Storage — so we can have power on tap even when the sun's not out and the wind's not blowing. In this talk, Donald Sadoway takes to the blackboard to show us the future of large-scale batteries that store renewable energy. As he says: "We need to think about the problem differently. We need to think big. We need to think cheap."

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