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The Hotel Californication of America

It costs more than three times as much to rid yourself of America citizenship as it does to obtain it.The naturalization fee is $680, including the $85 biometric charge. (If you’re over 75, the biometric fee is waived.)To renounce your citizenship, you must pay an exit fee of $2350, up from $450.Not a lot of […]

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Will Better Networking Mean Better Lighting?

You’re getting tired of this, aren’t you? Another week, another home automation scheme. This time, it’s another new-old configuration: mesh networking. Wireless mesh networks have been around for quite a while, even in the home automation market (see ZigBee).Read the rest on my blog at All LED Lighting Will Better Networking Mean Better Lighting?

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Lysistrata in the modern age

The Aristophanes play, Lysistrata, noted how women ended the Peloponnesian War by denying intimacy to their husbands and/or lovers until the war was ended.Now, however, it’s getting really serious. Global Post reports that a group of women in Colombia are refusing to have sex until the roads near their homes are repaired.

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Computing with light

Decades ago, Grace Hopper, aka Queen of Software, championed light as a communication medium that could be used to build fast, secure computers. The boffins have pushed through another limit, this time silicon photonics.  Here’s David Letterman’s interview of Admiral Hopper shortly after she retired from the Navy and joined DEC. “How do you get […]

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