Renewable energy 24/7 from turbines in water pipes

06 February 2016

Rentricity has the novel idea to put turbines in water pipes where the water flows downhill, providing a 24/7 source of renewable energy. Drinking, irrigation, and industrial water users are their target market. This is micro-hydro, small amounts of electricity is generated. However, it can be enough to help power a water treatment plant, as […]

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Multiple indicators show the economy is ailing, weakening

04 February 2016

The restaurant industry is contracting. This is bad news for the millions employed by restaurants but also a serious indicator that people are cutting back on discretionary spending. When times get tight, dining out is one of the first things to go. Restaurant industry suddenly tanks, worst plunge since the beginning of the financial crisis […]

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OTEC renewable energy development continues

03 February 2016

Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion doesn’t get much notice. However, especially for islands, it is a reliable way to generate renewable energy 24/7. OTEC creates electricity by using the difference in temperature between cold water at lower depths and warm water at the top, and can generate prodigious amounts of power. Makai Ocean Engineering says all […]

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Once King now Idiot Child, Yahoo is circling the drain

02 February 2016

There was a time Yahoo owned the Internet. They were the portal everyone went too. That’s one of their many problems. Yahoo keeps trying to be a portal again, apparently clueless the Internet has moved on. No one goes to portals now. First came the onslaught of search engines, and now social media is dominant. […]

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Federal panel for pain killers has ties to big pharma

01 February 2016

Gosh there’s no conflict of interest here. Nearly a third of members of the federal Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee have financial ties to companies selling opoid drugs. In a shocking coincidence the panel has strongly opposed federal plans to recommend doctors scale back on prescribing legal heroin. Because that’s what these opoids are. Our […]

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Woo Themes. Canvas

Woo Themes Canvas for WordPress

31 January 2016

I’ve been hunting around lately in WordPress, determining what to do next. Have decided to focus on Canvas, the flagship theme from Woo Themes, which was recently bought by WordPress. Themes are the look and feel of a website. Woo has dozens of themes, which often have specialized purposes. By contrast Canvas is designed so […]

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SCM disrupting data centers. Now CPUs could be bottleneck

30 January 2016

It used to be computing and software development assumed CPUs are fast, storage is slow, and thus CPUs would spend time waiting for much slower hard disks. Architecture of data centers is based upon that assumption. However, this is rapidly changing. Storage Class Memories (SCM), the non-volatile flash memory found in smartphones, is now so […]

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Freeport CDS spread

Freeport debt downgraded to junk, CDS spread spikes

28 January 2016

Freeport McMoRan is one of the biggest mining companies on the planet. Falling copper prices and too much debt are cratering the company and its stock price. They employ 80,000 people. There will be pain. Moodys just downgraded their debt to low-end junk. Their CDS spread is now over a whopping 2000, which means insuring […]

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AQMD order against Porter Ranch gas leak written by SoCal Gas

27 January 2016

Well how cozy is this? SoCal Gas drafts an order against itself for AQMD to issue which limits Socal Gas liability and increases secrecy. I’m certainly happy to learn regulatory agencies in Southern California aren’t captive entities. This is separate from the AQMD lawsuit against SoCal Gas issued on Tuesday, a lawsuit which would enrich […]

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FHA loans up

If 3% down is just too much, FHA has a deal for you

26 January 2016

The FHA dropped mortgage-insurance costs an average of $900 a year and their loan originations for mostly first-time buyers soared 54% YOY in September. Um, if saving $75 a month on mortgage insurance means you can then “afford” a mortgage, then you actually can’t. Any unexpected bill will probably put you behind in your payments. […]

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