GeekSpeak for 2010-07-24

Gaming Renewable Energy Without Bias

Lyle, Alex, and Miles cover the Week in Geek, talk about bias, and take your calls and questions.

World's First Molten Salt Solar Plant Produces Power at Night

“Sicily has just announced the opening of the world’s first concentrated solar power (CSP) facility that uses molten salt as a heat collection medium. Since molten salt is able to reach very high temperatures (over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit) and can hold more heat than the synthetic oil used in other CSP plants, the plant is able to continue to produce electricity even after the sun has gone down.”

Too Much of a Wind Thing

“Suddenly, almost two nuclear plants worth of extra power was sizzling down the lines — the largest hourly spike in wind power the Northwest has ever experienced.”

Microsoft opens source code to Russian secret service

Microsoft has signed a deal to open its Windows 7 source code up to the Russian intelligence services. Russian publication Vedomosti reported on Wednesday that Microsoft had also given the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) access to Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SQL Server source code, with hopes of improving Microsoft sales to the Russian state.

Console Gamers Get Killed against PC Gamers

Rumor has it that there was a project many many months ago at Microsoft that was under wraps. The goal was to bridge XBOX gamers with PC Gamers so they could play against one another in games like Unreal, or Gears of War. This was all part of their Live strategy, and had Microsoft just stuck to their guns and made it work PC Gaming might be in a much better position than it is today.

Microsoft sells 10 Windows 7 licenses per second - Computerworld

“Microsoft sold nearly 10 copies of Windows 7 every second over the last month, according to numbers the company released Thursday.

Yesterday, Peter Klein, Microsoft’s chief financial officer, told Wall Street analysts of the latest Windows 7 milestone. “With 175 million licenses sold to date, it is the fastest selling operating system ever, and now runs on over 15% of all PCs worldwide,” Klein said during an afternoon earnings call."