DailyDirt: Step Right Up And Try Your Luck...

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Over the last few years, there have been plenty of crowdsourcing platforms to find solutions to difficult problems. And we've seen some brilliant examples of challenges solved via this method. But it doesn't work every time (nor should anyone expect it to). Here are just a few more open contests to find some innovative answers. By the way, StumbleUpon can also recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 27th, 2011 @ 1:07am

    What happens to all the oil floating around the Gulf of Mexico...?

    So there haven't been many on-going stories about the BP oil spill.... is oil still being recovered? Is this winning contraption going to be put to use in the Gulf now or is it just for "the next time" there's a huge spill somweher?

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    ECA (profile), Oct 27th, 2011 @ 1:12am


    lets see..
    take the power away for replacing a few bulbs..save money?
    as soon as the Electric corp see's a drop....POWER Prices will go up..they WANT/NEED money to pay the bills..

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    Jimr (profile), Oct 27th, 2011 @ 7:21am

    Good point ECA.
    We had a local government program to reduce energy usage.

    It worked as after a year there was an announcement that the program contributed to 5% drop in energy usage for our community. The power company's solution to this presumably long term drop in revenue was to increase the mandatory monthly connection fee. Doing some quick math and it was clear the power company total take in Cash was slight higher than before and yet we had reduced energy consumption by 5%.

    Whoopie we help generated more profitable revenue for the energy company!

    I am rooting for any alternative home energy solution so I can cut the power cord to my house.

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    6, Oct 27th, 2011 @ 12:04pm

    I think my uncle's old company had already developed such a light bulb, but the issue is that it costs more to make. They were selling them for 30$.

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    Michael Ho (profile), Oct 27th, 2011 @ 2:47pm


    There's also the phenomenon that energy-saving tactics tend to backfire by encouraging people to use more energy than the amount they saved. It's sorta like drinking diet soda but then eating more big macs to reward your good drink choice.

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