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November 16 2014

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Panoramic photo gone terribly wrong… #9gag

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pythagoras tree - stalks

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A German Cloud Company Is Offering Free Heat If You Have Room for Some of Its Servers


Another polar vortex may or may not be on its way, but winter means heat bills no matter what. Unless, of course, you get your heat for free from a cabinet full of servers that’s sitting in your living room. If you live in Germany, it’s possible! Cloud&Heat is a…

A German Cloud Company Is Offering Free Heat If You Have Room for Some of Its Servers

23 By Lily Hay Newman cloudThis Cloud&Heat cabinet could heat your house.

Photo from Cloud&Heat

Another polar vortex may or may not be on its way, but winter means heat bills no matter what. Unless, of course, you get your heat for free from a cabinet full of servers that’s sitting in your living room. If you live in Germany, it’s possible!

Cloud&Heat is a cloud infrastructure company that has started distributing its servers to people who want to store them in exchange for free heat in their homes or offices. Since serversgenerate so much excess heat and cloud companies have to spend a lot to cool them, the idea to repurpose the waste heat isn’t new. In fact, Qarnot, a French cloud company, is working on a similar program to Cloud&Heat’s. But as Datacenter Dynamics reports, Cloud&Heat is ahead in terms of implementing the idea.

Customers pay to have a Cloud&Heat fire-proof cabinet installed in their homes or offices (the cost is comparable to installing a standard heating system). Then Cloud&Heat pays for the electricity and Internet service the cabinet needs and the owner gets to enjoy free heat and hot water. Plus Cloud&Heat has some clever fixes in place. If the servers do heavy data processing when no one needs the heat, the system stores hot water in a “buffering tank.” And the Cloud&Heat cabinets can also vent outside in the spring and summer.

Security is a concern with these setups, because anyone’s data could be in anyone else’s house at a given time, but Cloud&Heat claims that since all of its data is encrypted and only its employees can open the cabinets that everyone’s information is safe. Still, it’s more reassuring to think that your data is stored in a remote server farm than in someone’s house.

If you’ve ever had the fan on your laptop go totally nuts, though, you know that heat from electronics is significant, and it makes sense to do something productive with it.

Future Tense is a partnership of SlateNew America, and Arizona State University.

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sorry everyone

Excuse me.

  • One of the first women to start her own independent production company.
  • Earned her way to stardom without sleeping with executives for roles.
  • Refused to date people for publicity just because 20th Century Fox wanted her to.
  • Left 20th Century Fox because she refused to let them get away with treating her badly and paying her a tiny wage, just because of her “dumb blonde” image.
  • Was only paid a fraction of her co-star’s wage even though she was the star of the movies and the biggest box office pull, but still went ahead with the movies because she was so passionate about acting.
  • Studied method acting at the Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg, who said that she was one of his best students along with Marlon Brando.
  • Had a personal library of over 500 books and rarely read fiction - she was desperate to learn and educate herself.
  • Was sexually abused as a child but then went on to encourage the sexual liberation of women in the 1950s. 
  • One of the first people to speak openly about sexual abuse.
  • One of the first people to openly support gay rights.
  • Supported many charities such as the Milk Fund, March of Dimes, Arthritis and Rheumatism foundation.
  • Donated her time and money to these charities.
  • Visited orphanages and hospitals on her own time to surprise the people there.
  • Married one of the greatest literary minds of the 20th century
  • Suffered two miscarriages and one ectopic pregnancy and still put on a brave face for her fans.

Sorry, did you say she wasn’t a role model? 

marilyn is my biggest role model so don’t even go there

and let’s not forget this

Ella Fitzgerald was not allowed to play at the popular Mocambo, in Hollywood, because of her race. Marilyn, who loved her music and supported civil rights, called the owner of the Mocambo and told him that if he booked Ella immediately, she would take a front table every night. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. After that, Ella never had to play in a small jazz club again.

"She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it." - Ella Fitzgerald about Marilyn Monroe


I got goosebumps reading this. Amazing.

I will always reblog this. She has the mind and heart I’ve always admired, I strive to be like her every day.

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Schöne Aktion: Nazis spenden für Nazi-Aussteiger. Nicht direkt, natürlich. Wunsiedel, seit Jahrzehnten unfreiwillig Nazi-Gedenkmarsch-Standort, hat eine neue Idee getestet und schlicht angesagt, dass sie pro Schritt, denn ein Nazi in Wunsiedel bei einer Demonstration macht, soundsoviel Kohle an EXIT gespendet wird. EXIT kümmert sich um Neonazi-Aussteiger.
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Geschichtsunterricht bei Erdogan: Muslime, nicht Columbus, haben Amerika entdeckt. Der meint bestimmt die Wikinger. Also die, äh, Islam-Fraktion der Wikinger *hust*
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perpetual motion solved

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