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Belgium, man, belgium!
(It's well known from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that that word is basically the worst curse word imaginable everywhere in the Galaxy, except for one planet where they don't know what it means...)
9 months ago on Belgium just banned sexism from the internet
Another advantage to LFTR technology: since it runs at such a high temperature, you can use its process heat directly instead of converting it to electricity first. One possible use of the process heat would be to drive the Fischer-Tropsch process to convert any convenient carbon source into synthetic petroleum. (Not new technology; the Germans were doing this in World War II.) You could actually mine coal, extract the thorium from it to power the reactor, and then convert the coal into synthetic petroleum. Doing that would give you both electrical generation to replace burning the coal, and a replacement for oil production and imports. You don't have to replace your physical plant of gas-powered vehicles and the like, you reduce carbon emissions (since you're only burning the coal as synthetic oil, not burning both the coal AND the oil), and you can tell the "weird beards" of the Middle East that they can damned well DRINK their oil. Win-win-win all around.
9 months ago on The thorium solution to climate change
Kabas' observation is nothing new. See e.g. this essay from Jamie Zawinski in 2005: http://www.jwz.org/doc/groupware.html:
So I said, narrow the focus. Your "use case" should be, there's a 22 year old college student living in the dorms. How will this software get him laid?
That got me a look like I had just sprouted a third head, but bear with me, because I think that it's not only crude but insightful. "How will this software get my users laid" should be on the minds of anyone writing social software (and these days, almost all software is social software).
"Social software" is about making it easy for people to do other things that make them happy: meeting, communicating, and hooking up.
1 year ago on All social apps are the same now. Are we headed toward one mega-app to rule them all?
Just get Satan, the Prince of Darkness. Why settle for the lesser of two evils anymore?
Actually, the hell of it is (no pun intended), he'd probably do a better job than Ballmer.
1 year, 3 months ago on 10 people who should but won’t replace Steve Ballmer at Microsoft
@mixdev I know about ARM Linux distros, I have a Raspberry Pi sitting on my desk. :-) I also used to work in the field of supercomputer clusters, and I think ARM is less likely to find a home there than in the big Web-server-farm space, simply because the raw CPU power requirements are a lot different for cluster compute nodes than for ordinary servers. (However, those clusters also don't tend to involve as many physical servers...hundreds of nodes, maybe thousands, at the most, not hundreds of thousands as with the big Web companies.)
2 years, 2 months ago on A Lot of Lead Bullets: A Blistering Response to the NYT on Data Center Efficiency
@mixdev You said it yourself, "All major internet companies will gradually switch to ARM processors. " This won't happen overnight. Even when ARM server configurations become generally available (and I don't know if that's true yet or not), they will have to be tested and evaluated running the major companies' software before they're deployed in numbers significant enough to cause a noticeable drop in the power consumption curve.
Even when that happens, you don't suppose that all the old servers those new ARM servers will be replacing are just going to become so much E-waste, do you? No, they're going to get put on eBay (or equivalent) and sold to other companies, probably smaller ones, looking to deploy servers of their own. So they'll still be running and drawing power somewhere...and the overall power usage of "the industry" (whatever that means) will continue to trend upward. Just remember what has been said by a number of people: behind every unit of economic output is a unit of energy. This still holds even for industries that push around nothing more substantial than bytes.
@Bsloppy It was Will Rogers who said, "It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for." Unfortunately, these days, we ARE getting more of the government we're paying for. And we're getting it GOOD AND HARD. It's not surprising that there are people like Saverin who want an "opt out." Few of us have the means he does to get one, though.
I'd rank "bailouts of banksters who've committed fraud upon the public" as higher on the list of "things I disagree with" than any example cited so far, myself.
2 years, 7 months ago on What Eduardo Saverin Owes America (Hint: Nearly Everything)
Okay, Mr. Manjoo, let's hand YOU 4 gigabucks on a silver platter and see what YOU decide to do with it. Do you gladly hand over Uncle Sam's "share"? Or do you do like Saverin, and take the money and run?
Just remember, if you let the Feds have those millions of dollars, you then become responsible for anything they decide to DO with all that money...including things you disagree with, perhaps vehemently (e.g. waterboarding terrorists or funding abortions for teenagers--take your pick, depending on what your personal views are).