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Comment Re:Beyond what humans can do (Score 1) 708

4.75 TONS of carbon sure sounds like a lot...
Based on my best guesses from the Internet (Thanks Wolfram-Alpha), The weight of the Atmosphere is ~5.1 x 10^18 Kg, C02 is approx 395ppm. CO2 fraction is then 2.00 x 10^17 Kg or ~4.7 x 10^13 TONS One percent of that is ~4.7 x 10^11 TONS. So we need approx 10^11 cars to make up 1% of the CO2 fraction. My point, (and I do have one) is that TONS sound like a lot, but the Atmosphere is really BIG. Also 395ppm is not really a lot of CO2 as compared with historical evidence.

Comment Re:And The Winner Is? (Score 1) 184

Of course the benefits trickle down, just look at the cost curve of something complicated like a computer.
If it wasn't for standardization and automation, the price would have never been cheap enough to be widely used.
Walmart (for example) may not be liked but they have saved the average consumer quite a lot of money on their purchases based on their efficiencies of scale and automation.
You can also argue that Walmart also encourages the disposable economy, and I agree.

In my opinion, problems in the poorest areas of the US inner city are a direct result of no incentive to get a(n) (better) education, a (better) job, etc... when housing is subsidized, food is subsidized, Internet and phone is subsidized, etc... Vote for the people who will keep the gravy train rolling, and in turn they will give you just enough stuff not to starve.

Comment Re:I suspect he's right. (Score 3, Insightful) 580

Change the paradigm.

You don't need water, oxygen, etc... if you don't send humans. Private enterprise will do the cost analysis, and I bet they will send very sophisticated robots first. Go to the Asteroid belt to mine for things, go into low/medium orbit to develop new materials and manufacturing processes, etc... All with a focus on what is the best return on investment, not what political whims are fashionable.

I agree with others that Kennedy's speech about going to the moon was brilliant, but we were developing heavy lift capability anyway for the military, and maybe starting a 'space program' deflected some of the criticism that would have come about of we had developed the heavy lift capability, etc... with only military interests in mind.

Comment Re:Flamebait article (Score 1) 304

Maybe we watch so much TV because we start to watch before our interested show is on, and then absentmindedly continue to watch after its over. Or how about channels that alternate reruns between two different shows during the late afternoon. To watch two reruns of a show you want to watch you sit through one episode of a show you don't really want to watch. Or how about that of the 157 hours of TV watching about 1/5-1/3 of that was sitting through / ignoring commercials.

I watch Netflix / Hulu / Amazon, etc... because of a few things. The ability to watch the shows I want, when I want. The ability to catch up on shows by watching a whole season, if necessary. The ability to watch old shows on my terms. And also less commercials. I'm not opposed to commercials, but they all seem to be either cars, car insurance, or feminine hygiene products.

I think Hulu only shows two 30 second commercials before or after a TV episode. Compare this to interrupting the show every 10 minutes for 2 minutes or so of commercials on cable / broadcast TV. And this is with me paying $60-$100 every month for the 'privilege' of cable TV.

I don't remember any commercials on Amazon Prime, but I may be wrong.

United States

Submission + - Forensics Expert says Al-Qaeda Images Altered

WerewolfOfVulcan writes: Wired reports that researcher Neal Krawetz revealed some veeeeeery interesting things about the Al-Qaeda images that our government loves to show off.

From the article: "Krawetz was also able to determine that the writing on the banner behind al-Zawahiri's head was added to the image afterward. In the second picture above showing the results of the error level analysis, the light clusters on the image indicate areas of the image that were added or changed. The subtitles and logos in the upper right and lower left corners (IntelCenter is an organization that monitors terrorist activity and As-Sahab is the video production branch of al Qaeda) were all added at the same time, while the banner writing was added at a different time, likely around the same time that al-Zawahiri was added, Krawetz says." Why would Al-Qaeda add an IntelCenter logo to their video? Why would IntelCenter add an Al-Qaeda logo? Methinks we have bigger fish to fry than Gonzo and his fired attorneys... }:-) The article contains links to Krawetz's presentation and the source code he used to analyze the photos.

Submission + - SEO SpyGlass v.1.0 was released


Date: April 12, 2007
Contact: Andy Moor
Company: Link-Assistant.Com
Title: PR Manager
Email: press@link-assistant.com

Link-Assistant.Com proudly presents SEO SpyGlass, v1.0, a shining new SEO product that lets you see exactly why your competitors are ranked higher than you in the search engines, so you can use their winning SEO strategy to get your site to the top.

SEO SpyGlass is an advanced SEO analytics software that makes a perfect tool for anyone interested in achieving top rankings in today's Google, Yahoo! and MSN.

Whether you are a professional search engine marketer, or just a webmaster seeking extra Google traffic, SEO SpyGlass will tell you exactly what it takes to grab the #1 spot for any keyword you target.
Features and Benefits
Reveal The Entire Optimization Strategy Of Your Competitors In A Few Clicks
If you ever wished you could quickly and easily figure out how to outrank your deeply entrenched competitors and get to Top Ten, SEO SpyGlass is exactly what you need.

Just fire up SEO SpyGlass, and in a matter of minutes it will show you all the winning optimization techniques your top-ranking competitors are using to come on top of Google, Yahoo! and MSN. A fraction of this valuable insider information includes:

- Where your competitors are getting backlinks from;
- How important each backlink is to Google;
- What your competitor's biggest traffic sources are;
- Which keywords your competitors target;
- Your competitor's anchor and title keyword density;
- If your competitors use social media such as forums and blogs to rank higher;
- If they are using paid links for an extra traffic and rankings boost;
- Whether or not your competitors have backlinks coming from authoritative directories such as DMOZ and the Yahoo! Directory;
- The exact link value of every backlink your competitor has;
- Plus much, much more!

Once SEO SpyGlass is done with the analysis, you'll have a winning SEO blueprint for your own website's success. SEO SpyGlass is not limited to the number of sites you can analyze, so you can use it to consistently create a linking strategy that's always one step ahead of the competition!

Note: The current version of SEO SpyGlass supports Google, Yahoo! and MSN, as well as their regional versions for UK, Germany, France and Australia — a total of 28 different search engines.

Availability and Pricing
Available today, SEO SpyGlass v1.0 runs seamlessly on all major platforms including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

SEO SpyGlass is distributed using the "try-before-you-buy" model. A free demo version is available for evaluation at http://www.link-assistant.com/seo-spyglass.

The current price tag for the Professional License of SEO SpyGlass is $87, and, unlike other products, SEO SpyGlass lets you to manage an unlimited number of sites at no extra cost.

About Link-Assistant.Com
Founded in 2005, Link-Assistant.Com is a rapidly-growing software company with a primary focus on developing off-the-shelf solutions for the SEO industry.

The company's leading-edge product SEO SpyGlass is an advanced competition research tool designed to show you exactly why a top-raking site ranks well in major search engines, and give you a complete blueprint for a #1 spot in the SERPs.

LinkAssistant SEO Tool, another vendor's product, is used by thousands of webmasters, independent SEOs, and SEM companies from more than 25 countries to improve website rankings, drive more targeted traffic to their sites and offer more value to the site's visitors.

More information about the company is available at http://www.link-assistant.com./"
Data Storage

Open Source Highly Available Storage Solutions? 46

Gunfighter asks: "I run a small data center for one of my customers, but they're constantly filling up different hard drives on different servers and then shuffling the data back and forth. At their current level of business, they can't afford to invest in a Storage Area Network of any sort, so they want to spread the load of their data storage needs across their existing servers, like Google does. The only software packages I've found that do this seamlessly are Lustre and NFS. The problem with Lustre is that it has a single metadata server unless you configure fail-over, and NFS isn't redundant at all and can be a nightmare to manage. The only thing I've found that even comes close is Starfish. While it looks promising, I'm wondering if anyone else has found a reliable solution that is as easy to set up and manage? Eventually, they would like to be able to scale from their current storage usage levels (~2TB) to several hundred terabytes once the operation goes into full production."
XBox (Games)

Submission + - Auto Update available and Map Pack on the go...

decoye writes: "http://decoyegheist.wordpress.com/2007/04/12/new-h alo-2-maps-available-at-17th-april/ Bungie, the creators of Halo, Halo 2 and of the upcoming Halo 3. Have annonced to bring out 2 new Maps for their 3 Year old Halo 2 game. The two maps, named "Tombstone" and "Desolation" are available from the Xbox Live marketplace and will damage with 2$ each... Also, the announced today that they have an "auto update" ready for download right fromt the Live servers. The maps and the update will be available for the Xbox and the Xbox 360. Happy fragging, and not forget to register for the Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta Test. A Bungie spokes man said today, "We are currently planning to update the Halo 2 matchmaking playlists the week following the map release (around 4/24). You'll have some time to download the new maps but once the playlist update comes, please be aware that almost all playlists will require the new maps to play. You can of course play custom games and offline games as much as you want as soon as the maps are released, but on or around 4/24, you will need the new maps to enjoy the majority of the playlists offered in matchmaking. Lastly, in conjunction with a new auto-update, new maps and fresh playlists, we're going to RESET ALL RANKINGS for Halo 2. The last time we did a ranking reset was the release of the map pack and corresponding auto-update and we feel it's right to do it again since the online landscape will be changing. This reset will also even the playing field in a world where the population has diminished somewhat and the majority of players are spread far across the level spectrum. It will pull everyone back together again and make it easier to get into games." You wont belive how happy i am to hear that, because my Bungie.net Profile will be resetted for the 2nd time now. Bye bye, level 45 DM"

Feed The 2006 Engadget Awards: Vote for Desktop of the Year (engadget.com)

Filed under: Announcements, Desktops

Now's your chance to cast your ballot for the 2006 Desktop of the Year! Our Engadget Awards nominees are listed below, and you've got until 11.59PM EST on Monday, April 16th to file your vote. You can only vote once, so make it count, and may the best tech win! The nominees: Alienware Area-51 ALX, Apple iMac 24-inch, Apple Mac Pro, Dell XPS 710, Sony VAIO L / LS, and Sony VAIO RC.

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