The Organizers of ReConf 2013 just distributed the results from the feedback sheets. Participants had to rate presentations on a scale from 1 (very good) to 4 (mediocre). The best grade of all talks was 1.35, the worst was 3.43. I had two presentations.
In less than a month, the conference ARcTIC 2012 takes place in Bologna. The final program has just been published on ARcTIC’s website, and is divided in the following three parts:
ARcTIC symposium, that will open the event, discussing about innovation
from an Academic perspective and presenting innovation possibilities
coming from research.
Tech-pull meeting in which important industry representatives will
share their vision about the innovation challenges that could enable new
rewarding opportunities, as well as new funding channels for applied
research and technology transfer initiatives, in the next future.
InnoTech session in which two round tables will be held in order to
discuss good practices and intellectual property management in
innovation projects and experiences and challenges of making innovation.
I am project lead on the Eclipse Requirements Modeling Framework (RMF),
which also contains a tool called ProR for requirements engineering (http://eclipse.org/rmf).
In two weeks, we'll start a sprint to improve the GUI. We welcome
feedback, so that we can prioritize properly before starting the sprint.
More details can be found here:
As a German, I live in a country that prides itself in its abandonment of nuclear energy. Personally, I consider this a tragedy. Hearing that elsewhere new reactors are planned is good news. Before you flame me (or stop reading), please hear me out.
First, I acknowledge that nuclear energy has a problem - Fukoshima demonstrated that. But I would argue that the problem has less to do with technology, but with regulation. With proper regulation, and above all transparency and supervision from independent bodies, nuclear energy promises to be a safe, economic and environmentally friendly technology.
So let me dismantle the arguments against nuclear energy:
Safety: The truth is, nuclear energy is safer than everything else we have. The estimates from the death toll from Chernobyl ranges from 5,000 - 200,000. My guess is that both numbers push agendas. Either way, this picture puts death by oil, coal and nuclear into perspective. But as it does not cite clear numbers, let me throw in that 24,000 deaths every year are caused by coal-fired power plants in the USA alone! This is just the US (Think how high the number probably is in China and India), and does not include deaths through mining. Do the math yourself.
Waste: Storing nuclear waste is a huge problem. Less known is the fact, that many of today's aging reactors were designed to produce material for nuclear weapons as a byproduct, but also large amount of waste. There are several promising designs that produce significantly less waste. Not only that, there are also ideas for "cooking" the waste (Pyroprocessing), which could get rid of radioactivity in as little as 100 years while generating energy. But more research is needed here.
So, what's to be done?
Regulation: Here I see the biggest problem. The energy industry ruined the reputation of nuclear power by practicing secrecy and obstruction for decades. Japan's TEPCO is notorious for this, but I'd argue that Europe's Vattenfall is not much better. Compare this to the aviation industry: The low fatality rate is impressive, inspite of a technology where failure can easily lead to hundreds of deaths. But if something happens, the incident is analyzed and published with merciless rigor. We need the same oversight, rigor and transparency in the energy sector.
Technology: There are many promising reactor designs that could be safer, produce less waste and use cheapter fuel, likeMolten salt breeders. Other designs include PRISMandIFR designsin general. Some of these are specifically designed to close the nuclear fuel cycle. While this does not remove the existing waste, they promise not to increase the waste problem.
Über meinen Eintrag zur Einrichtung von GnuCash ist Franz Schreiner auf diese Seiten gestoßen. Auf seinem Blog bietet er weitere Infos und Schulungen zu GnuCash. Ich kann nichts zur Qualität der Schulung sagen, da ich daran nicht teilgenommen habe - aber es ist sicherlich eine interessante Ressource für Leser, die tiefer in das Thema GnuCash einsteigen wollen.