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radio and TV reception due to odd atmospheric conditions
A new form of solarcells
based on synthetic dyes that work in low light conditions and might
cost 1/10th of conventional silicon solar cells have been discovered.
Could these be OLEDs in reverse?
Energiesoftware makes software for assessing and designing solar
systems, including climate conditions
A Slashdot discussion
of Jatropha a bush, generally considered to be a weed, that grows well
in poor conditions and produces seeds with about a 40 percent oil
content. BP is very interested in this plant. Some other plants
that may also be used for oil production are mentioned in the comments.
- The Alberta Motor Association has reports on current road conditions in Alberta.
- Buses could be used as mobile sensing platforms, keeping an eye on traffic congestion, road conditions, road surface conditions and with more cameras the city around them. Of course this will never happen because the unions will not allow a device to be installed in a bus that could be used to directly monitor the activities of one of their members.  
- not all USB flash drives are the same (discussed here on Slashdot. If you are looking for a speedy drive, especially if you need to write a lot of small files, then there can be large differences in performance and probably the only way t ofind a fast one is through tests. Kingston has some documentation about what sort of NAND flash RAM technology it uses in its products, which may be significant if you use a flash drive for something that does a lot of writes (like running an operating system off one). They also mention that flash drives can store data for up to 10 years under normal conditions - something that does not receive much attention. This is particularly troubling as prices for SD cards (the most common format for digital cameras) have dropped to the point (in mid-2008, some are going on sale for $10 for a 2GB card) that one could consider just using them on a shoot once and then file in an album basis and not bothering to transfer the contents to hard disk or DVD media. 
- The idea of soft-exceptions, or more properly adjustable exceptions. This is to make exception handling configurable at run time, allowing a program to log but proceed through some exceptions when it is in "soft" mode, but to stop when in "regular" exception mode. This can make debugging certain conditions easier. 
- SKI*GO (also SKI*GO Canada) makes ski waxes, including some for cold conditions on hard (aggressive) snow. Their Racing Universal wax (90245) is a high fluoro kick wax for all snow except new snow, to be applied in 4-6 layers. This is supposed to be good on man-made snow (such as we have at the Canmore Nordic Center - CNC), see their racing wax table. I have used this wax at temperatures from -25C to +3C at CNC with very good results, this includes the CNC's Lynx trail (which is an intermediate, heavily groomed, man-made snow trail) and Banff and Bow trails (which are mostly natural snow), on all these trails I can stride up all the hills with it. This wax also appears to work well (perhaps with slightly less grip) on new snow.
- A scathing test of small windmills, the Dutch put a number of small windmills (1m to 4m designs of various types) to a year-long real test to see what they would actually produce. Discussed here on Slashdot. The study may have been somewhat flawed as the average wind speed at the site was only 3.8m/s (13.7km/hr or 8.5mph) which is considered by many to be too low for wind power generation. That said, their large windmill did produce useful amounts of power in the same conditions for a reasonable cost ($1.71/kWh over one year, so if amortized over 10 years would provide power for about $0.18/kWh). 
- Weather Modification inc. is seeding storm clouds in the Calgary to Red Deer region of Alberta to reduce the damage caused by summer hail storms. They have some current radar information about what the recent conditions are and what they are doing about it. 
- An article on handling out-of-memory conditions in C with some examples of different approaches from Glib, SQLite, Git, lighttpd and Redis. 
- The $NYSI Summation Index as an indicator of corrections and bear market conditions. 
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