California could generate enough energy to meet its demands three to five times over simply by putting solar panels on existing buildings and other urban infrastructure, according to a study from the Carnegie Institution for Science. That could allow the development of utility-scale solar power without the need to build environmentally disruptive solar farms in rural or desert areas.
The spread of solar energy projects has stalled in Wisconsin after state regulators reduced funding for installation of rooftop solar panels and the fees that utilities pay for power coming from solar households, according to this article. This has dampened demand for renewable energy, causing electricians to be less involved with rooftop solar work and local companies to develop projects outside the state. However, renewable energy is poised to grow because of support from government climate-change policies, said Carl Siegrist, a solar energy consultant.
The Ubuntu server team says it will no longer provide a 32-bit installation option with its impending 12.10 OS release, a move that may signify the end of 32-bit server computing for Ubuntu, Christopher Tozzi writes. But the final farewell is expected to take some time given that not all systems support 64-bit.
Facebook's enormous reach could be the social network's downfall -- and a disaster for the rest of the ad-supported Internet, Michael Wolff writes. Weak demand and a huge oversupply of ad inventory will force Facebook to reduce its per-user revenues, depressing the broader online-advertising market and forcing Facebook and other sites out of business, Wolff writes. "The crash will come. And Facebook -- that putative transformer of worlds, which is, in reality, only an ad-driven site -- will fall with everybody else," Wolff writes.
Comcast topper Brian Roberts yesterday said VOD is poised for a boom and touted the MSO's aggressive effort to put VOD services in subscribers' homes. Roberts said Comcast now offers about 4,000 on-demand programs and "a couple of hundred" movies available for free.