* Posts by N

9 posts • joined 2 Jan 2008

Sony Ericsson sees profits tumble, turns on workers

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ROE - rate of exchange

2,000 dutiful workers ~= 1 do-nothing exec

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When poor people pollute - the Tata Nano and eco-crime

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Everyone Own a Car? Sure, find your own planet!

The industrial revolution has been over for quite some time.

Combustion was a product of the industrial revolution.

It's time to find a new fuel, a new method, and get over the "self" and ownership models.

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Air pollution driving midweek rain

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Rain on my Parade?

It just means I get good weekend weather.

Swimming anyone?

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DfT magicians conjure a nation of car sharers

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Share? What sharing?

People are far too selfish with their cars to share.

The ME ME ME generations extend to just a decade after cars were first mass produced.

Cars are now viewed as a right - not a privilidge and those that have don't want to share.

My SO is bothered even by the fact that I ask for a lift to go shopping for the groceries he eats and that I pay for.

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Home Sec in anti-terror plan to control entire web

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No One Owns the Internet

No one owns the Internet.

You can filter it, but no one owns it.

The US have also run into this problem by filtering information and the "net neutrality act" that was so gloriously gutted.

No one owns the internet. Here's some things that no one country owns and begins with "Inter."

Inter - Between; among: the Internet is an inter effort.

International - not the UK or US, but everyone.

Interdependency - what the UK and US should learn.

Interparties - you cannot make this decision alone.

interblended - how/what the internet is made of.

While you're more than welcome to filter any content that is illegal to your region...

Don't uck with my internet, muddaucker.

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California to snatch control of citizens' air-con

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Feelin' HOT HOT HOT

The problem is that the thermostat control scheme works as such:

When peak demand is high, your AC temperature will be raised, in result making it hotter.

So, during a heatwave, you can depend on not having any AC running at all. This would be a definite crunch for those of us who choose to live on a top floor (devoid of stomping).

So what does that mean for your average Joe? HOT HOT HOT.

To anticipate this:

- <b>Store any chocolate or soft, low melting point products</b> (such as some cookies, biscuits, anything containing caramel or any candies) <b>in the fridge, as they cannot regulate your fridge power consumption.</b>

- <b>Leave windows open, or fans on for your pets, make sure they have plenty of water.</b> During the day they will be turning off your AC altogether, and turning it on just before you arrive home, if not after.

- <b>No on-demand cooling if you have more guests in your home.</b> Too bad if body heat destroys your summer gathering.

- <b>Turn off PCs when not in use.</b> Too bad if you want to download that huge file, you'll need to turn off your machine during the day or risk over heating, or coming home to a hot hot hot machine in this sometimes 90+F world.

- <b>Take showers to lower your body temp.</b> Cold water does wonders, wetting your hair as well.

- <b>Drink lots of water.</b> Iced water. Keep a pitcher in the fridge for a quick cooldown option, or an icepack placed neatly between your shoulder blades will make you cool.

It's disaster planning for utility company-owned management. Yay for having no control!

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Plague: The new Black Death

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Plague Abounds Still, and Never Left

Plague never really disappeared. Ever.

The plague never disappeared, it just lightened. Since we have developed better sanitation, IE: complex sewer systems, killing rats on sight, antibiotics, shower daily, clean clothes.

Sanitation has really changed since the Midieval times when most people dumped all sorts of refuse into the streets, rather than disposing of it properly. This led to rats being more common place, feeding in the streets, and living in homes.

So, it never really disappeared, but the population decrease and our fear of rats (and killing them enmasse) had driven the plague back. Driven it back, but not erradicated.

Plague is still a threat to Sewer Sanitation, as they must wear masks and get innoculated often.

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Academics slam Java

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Gee? You think!

Most computer science courses are completely replacing the standard of programming languages (C, C#, C+, Cobol, and even HTML) with out of the box "programs it for you" languages.

In Devry alone, which used to have some clout of programming about its curriculum, has done away with any programming language in favor of Java and VB.net. Both of these write the code for you.

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Where's the logic?

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Kid's 'new' MP3 player was preloaded with smut

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They do it a lot.

They even have shrinkwrapping machines in the store.

Software gets returned - opened - a lot.

They never claim anything is returned, when it's been returned, several times.

I bought 4 ...(count them) 4 Belkin Tunecast II's within the space of one month, each dying after a couple of days, and they only cycle them and put them back on the shelf.

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