Mar. 12th, 2009

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I'm going to participate in the free NREL 20% Wind Energy by 2030 webinar at 2:00 pm CT. Contact Ryan Harry <RHarry@bcs-hq.com> if you'd like to join in.
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I'm going to participate in the free NREL 20% Wind Energy by 2030 webinar at 2:00 pm CT. Contact Ryan Harry <RHarry@bcs-hq.com> if you'd like to join in.
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I'm very happy with my latest Ubuntu install on the newer Toshiba laptop. Looks like I'm not alone with the thumbs up effect. Only major problem I've had with it so far is that it's not communicating well with my microphone port so I can't use it for Skype or Audacity recordings.

Dvorak Likes Linux - PC Magazine - 09 Mar 09

"Every so often I take a stab at Linux, to see exactly what I like and do not like about the OS. Many of its problems, for me, stem from its inability to run on my overloaded hardware, or the occasional driver that makes the OS impossible to use without hand-tweaking something or other. That said, I seriously like the Ubuntu 8.10 implementation and will now install it permanently on my latest machines. It's a winner."
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I'm very happy with my latest Ubuntu install on the newer Toshiba laptop. Looks like I'm not alone with the thumbs up effect. Only major problem I've had with it so far is that it's not communicating well with my microphone port so I can't use it for Skype or Audacity recordings.

Dvorak Likes Linux - PC Magazine - 09 Mar 09

"Every so often I take a stab at Linux, to see exactly what I like and do not like about the OS. Many of its problems, for me, stem from its inability to run on my overloaded hardware, or the occasional driver that makes the OS impossible to use without hand-tweaking something or other. That said, I seriously like the Ubuntu 8.10 implementation and will now install it permanently on my latest machines. It's a winner."
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The more the better. Then let the market sort them out.

Think to Open U.S. Electric Car Factory - Green Wombat (Fortune) - 12 Mar 09

"Think spokeswoman Katinka Von Der Lippe told Green Wombat on Thursday that the interim financing has been extended but that the company is still seeking a new infusion of capital to resume full production of the City, a two-seater that goes 112 miles on a charge with a top speed of about 62 miles per hour.

The company said that it will apply for a low-interest loan from the U.S. Department of Energy under its Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing program to help pay for the factory. After the first-year startup phase, the U.S. factory will initially employ 300 workers and produce 16,000 cars annually, according to Think. Capacity would eventually be expanded to 60,000 cars and a workforce of 900. A research and development center will employ about 70 people."

"The question for Think, Tesla Motors other EV startups is whether they can gain a foothold in the market before the major players big-foot them with their own electric and plug-in electric cars. Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM), Renault-Nissan and other global automakers all are accelerating plans to introduce electric vehicles."
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The more the better. Then let the market sort them out.

Think to Open U.S. Electric Car Factory - Green Wombat (Fortune) - 12 Mar 09

"Think spokeswoman Katinka Von Der Lippe told Green Wombat on Thursday that the interim financing has been extended but that the company is still seeking a new infusion of capital to resume full production of the City, a two-seater that goes 112 miles on a charge with a top speed of about 62 miles per hour.

The company said that it will apply for a low-interest loan from the U.S. Department of Energy under its Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing program to help pay for the factory. After the first-year startup phase, the U.S. factory will initially employ 300 workers and produce 16,000 cars annually, according to Think. Capacity would eventually be expanded to 60,000 cars and a workforce of 900. A research and development center will employ about 70 people."

"The question for Think, Tesla Motors other EV startups is whether they can gain a foothold in the market before the major players big-foot them with their own electric and plug-in electric cars. Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM), Renault-Nissan and other global automakers all are accelerating plans to introduce electric vehicles."
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Sure looks like it. And there's good news on the New Nukes for Freedonias effort.

'Madame Non' in Battle to Keep the Nuclear Hot Seat - Financial Times - 12 Mar 09

"First there was the sudden decision in January by German partner Siemens to withdraw from a long-standing reactor venture, to set up a rival alliance with Russia’s Rosatom. Then there was the revelation of a staggering €1.7bn ($2.2bn) loss on Areva’s first new generation EPR reactor in Finland, raising questions over the costs of the technology that will spearhead France’s nuclear ambitions.

The events have weakened her in the eyes of the very government officials who must decide how Areva should finance its hefty investment needs: through a capital increase, as Ms Lauvergeon wants; or with an unwanted and controversial alliance with French turbine group Alstom.

Worse, they have given fuel to Ms Lauvergeon’s enemies – many of whom are close to President Nicolas Sarkozy – to argue that it is time for a change at a company combining France’s sensitive uranium enrichment and waste treatment activities with its reactor technology, honed by 50 years of atomic research. According to one presidential adviser: 'Anne Lauvergeon has never been as weak as she is right now.'"


France Mulls Mideast Investors for Areva - Paper - Reuters - 12 Mar 09

"The French government is mulling opening the share capital of Areva (CEPFi.PA) to Middle Eastern investment funds with a view to reinforcing its political influence and the nuclear group's prospects in the region."
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Sure looks like it. And there's good news on the New Nukes for Freedonias effort.

'Madame Non' in Battle to Keep the Nuclear Hot Seat - Financial Times - 12 Mar 09

"First there was the sudden decision in January by German partner Siemens to withdraw from a long-standing reactor venture, to set up a rival alliance with Russia’s Rosatom. Then there was the revelation of a staggering €1.7bn ($2.2bn) loss on Areva’s first new generation EPR reactor in Finland, raising questions over the costs of the technology that will spearhead France’s nuclear ambitions.

The events have weakened her in the eyes of the very government officials who must decide how Areva should finance its hefty investment needs: through a capital increase, as Ms Lauvergeon wants; or with an unwanted and controversial alliance with French turbine group Alstom.

Worse, they have given fuel to Ms Lauvergeon’s enemies – many of whom are close to President Nicolas Sarkozy – to argue that it is time for a change at a company combining France’s sensitive uranium enrichment and waste treatment activities with its reactor technology, honed by 50 years of atomic research. According to one presidential adviser: 'Anne Lauvergeon has never been as weak as she is right now.'"


France Mulls Mideast Investors for Areva - Paper - Reuters - 12 Mar 09

"The French government is mulling opening the share capital of Areva (CEPFi.PA) to Middle Eastern investment funds with a view to reinforcing its political influence and the nuclear group's prospects in the region."

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