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The personal nuclear plant

Katie Fehrenbacher at earth2tech (http://earth2tech.com/author/katiefehren/), Ron Schenone at Lockergnome and Ariel Schwartz at Fastcompany (http://www.fastcompany.com/user/153941 ) report that “[…] TerraPower, the nuclear power startup backed by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, has brought on another couple of high-profile investors for its second round of funding. According to the company this afternoon, TerraPower has raised another $35 million from Khosla Ventures — Vinod Khosla’s venture fund — and Charles River Ventures, in addition to being supported by Gates and the investors at Intellectual Ventures, which was founded by former Microsoft chief technology officer, Nathan Myhrvold […]” (full article at http://earth2tech.com/2010/06/14/bill-gates-backed-nuclear-startup-terrapower-piles-on-investors, at http://www.fastcompany.com/1660316/bill-gates-backed-nuclear-power-startup-gets-35-million and at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2010/06/16/bill-gates-wants-power-nuclear-power-for-green-energy/).

I think that, despite everyone fearing the “nuclear option”, this could be part of our future: A source of power non impacting at environmental level (at least in a reasonable amount of time).

On the other side, I don’t understand if this will create a problem of waste or at least of maintenance, but if benefits are obvious in the quite immediate timeframe, on the problems side we are moving the problem to future generations and this is nor fair nor smart.

Another possible problem could arise from those having access to this technology and, more in general to nuclear activities. This could be overrun by limiting the market by regulating it very strictly.

Overall I’m positive on this solution, while I think a set of measures should be put in place to ensure a sustainable and safe approach is guaranted.

This post as a comment also at http://earth2tech.com/2010/06/14/bill-gates-backed-nuclear-startup-terrapower-piles-on-investors/?go_commented=1 and at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2010/06/16/bill-gates-wants-power-nuclear-power-for-green-energy/comment-page-1/#comment-217159 and at http://www.fastcompany.com/1660316/bill-gates-backed-nuclear-power-startup-gets-35-million?partner=rss#disqus_thread

The floppy disk is gone…another piece goes away

Ron Schenone at Lockergnome and Jlister at Geeks are sexy inform us of Sony announcement concerning the end of Floppy disk production (full story at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2010/04/26/sniff-the-floppy-disk-is-dead/; and at http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2010/04/26/farewell-to-the-floppy).

It’s quite sad, though is not used from a lot of time (at least in my case).

I remember very clear this big rumour coming from my first 5 1/4 unit: TIC-TIC-VRRRR-TIC-TIC… 🙂

And how fast it seemed to me to have a game loaded comparing to the cassette noisy and slow charging…

The floppy is dead, long live the floppy disk.

This post also at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2010/04/26/sniff-the-floppy-disk-is-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-212799

Mozilla, Microsoft and undercover wars

Ron Schenone at Lockergnome writes an article telling us that Mozilla is blocking some .NET extension and Microosft is trying to reinstall them (ful article at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/10/20/mozilla-blocks-net-framework-from-microsoft-because-of-security-vulnerability/).

Seems to me that we (intended as users at different degrres of skills) are the playground of some kids trying to disturb each other.

While I understand commercial means of this move, doesn’t seem to me it’s a fair way to play.

And at least is not serious.

This comment as a post also at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/10/20/mozilla-blocks-net-framework-from-microsoft-because-of-security-vulnerability/#comment-193509

Investors vs Yahoo CEO

Matt Hartley at Lockergnome comes again over the fact anticipated by Ron Schenone a few days ago of Yahoo CEO selling stocks, while company (and investors) loose money (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/web/2009/09/07/yahoo-investors-lose-while-bartz-wins/).

As I said before, is quite sad to see those that should be at the helm of the boat running as mices when boat sinks.

I thought that those time where ended with the financial crisis of which we hopefully are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.

I’m wondering why this is not considered as market disruption.

This post as a comment at http://www.lockergnome.com/web/2009/09/07/yahoo-investors-lose-while-bartz-wins/#comment-154938

Microsoft and Yahoo!, much ado about nothing?

Ron Schenone at Lockergnome writes an article asking if Yahoo will fail also with Microsoft support (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/09/07/will-yahoo-fail-even-with-microsoft-bailout/).

I think talking about Yahoo failure is a little bit too much, but is very similar to reality. Microsoft M&A is more likely to be a differed buy out, with Yahoo services, knowledge and expertise gradually migrated to Redmond’s platforms.

The sad thing is about management selling stocks and options: once upon a time captain was the last to leave the sinking ship…

This comment also at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/09/07/will-yahoo-fail-even-with-microsoft-bailout/#comment-190454

Google outage and credibility

Ron Schenone at Lockergnome writes and article asking if, with an increasing number of people using Google services, Google is till able to handle the load  (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/09/02/as-more-people-use-google-services-is-google-able-to-handle-the-load/). Will Knight at MIT Technology review adds some considerations on how to disconnect form the cloud (full article at http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/editors/24086)

I add a couple of points for disussion:

  • on one side I think that Google like any other business is facing the problem of optimizing costs and this reflects also on having a structure dimensioned everytime “on the hedge” with little space for errors
  • on the other side I’m little bit worried on the fact that Google engineers talk about having “we had slightly underestimated the load which some recent changes”: Google engineers are human and can make mistakes, but what if the error in estimates was not slight but big?
  • We are relying too heavily on network infrastructure: in other times if Google went down, we would have said “I’ll try again later” , while everybody is now acting like the outage was the outage of a nuclear plant 😉

This posta as a comment also at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/09/02/as-more-people-use-google-services-is-google-able-to-handle-the-load/#comment-190118 and at http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/editors/24086/#comment-213214

Blogging under nickname means freedom not anonimity

Ron Schenone at Lockergnome and John Timmer at Ars Technica write two articles on  the fact that Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Joan Madden Monday ordered Google to reveal the real identity under which lies a blogger that offended a model called Liskula Cohen   (full articles at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/08/18/judge-to-google-give-up-bloggers-name/ and at http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/08/court-offers-guidelines-on-when-to-unmask-anonymous-posters.ars).

I think that is a fair decision: writing under a nickname is an opportunity that should not exceed in using this as a barrier for offending someone.

Each one of us has a different reason for writing under a nickname, from being too famous to being scared of something or someone, from being shy to being worried of something.

But none of this reason entitles to use this anonimity as a mean for expressing something that we would not say with our real names.

This comment as a post also at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/08/18/judge-to-google-give-up-bloggers-name/#comment-188727 and at http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=50009562&f=174096756&m=912004401041&r=389009401041#389009401041

Judges vs Microsoft

Ron Schenone at Lockergnome informs us that a Judge in Texas blocked MS Word distribution because of infringment of th patent held by a Canadina company (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/08/12/judge-orders-microsoft-to-stop-distribution-of-ms-word/).

In my opinion this stop is really a stupid move, because on one side reduces the damage to the canadian company (and of course the possible damage to Microsoft), but on the other side doesn’t stop what has already beeen sold (so the damage is done…)

Is a sacred right that everybody has if feeling damaged to appeal and have every action taken to protect his right, but IMHO, the protective action should be weighted to the total: If someone holds a small part like the XML custom formatting function, is really stupid to block the sales of a program like Word that contains a hundred of this functions.

This post as a comment also at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/08/12/judge-orders-microsoft-to-stop-distribution-of-ms-word/#comment-188201

Yahoo is not a search company?

Ron Schenone at Lockergnome reports that Yahoo CEO  Ms Bartz doesn’t consider Yahoo as a search company  but a sort of evoluted news aggregator (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/08/07/yahoo-ceo-%e2%80%98we-have-never-been-a-search-company%e2%80%99).

Seems to me a not so smart move from Yahoo: while is loosing market as a search company, tries to rebuild image as something different.

It’s a pity that there are more credible players also in the place Ms Bartz would like to occupy.

This post as a comment also at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/08/07/yahoo-ceo-%e2%80%98we-have-never-been-a-search-company%e2%80%99/#comment-187986

Microsoft fears of Linux?

Ron Schenone at Lockergnome informs us of some Microsoft filings to SEC wher Linux is depicted as a possible threat (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/08/05/does-microsoft-fear-that-their-cash-cow-is-in-danger/).

I think that in a world like ours dominated by hysteric search for results, especially on a financial point of view, Microsoft has put hands ahhead. Linux, in my opinion is not an immediate threat, but it’s gaining market shares (or at least isn’t loosing them), and so are Firefox and other softwares doing.

And this could be difficult to understand for financial anaysts.

I interpret Microsoft filings as a warining more than a real problem.

This post as a comment at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/08/05/does-microsoft-fear-that-their-cash-cow-is-in-danger/#comment-187835

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