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Comment Re:"HP's Linux" (Score 1) 230

I thought they updated the lpia kernel to support up to 2GB RAM back in December. Or maybe it was just that some people were recompiling the kernel, I don't remember.

Personally, I'd just want to be able to install Ubuntu 8.10 on the Dell netbook and use the launcher that Dell has; unfortunately, the launcher is made for the lpia based Dellbuntu 8.4

Comment This seems to completely miss the problem (Score 3, Insightful) 911

with the integration between Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer.

So... I really hope Microsoft says "sure" and bundles 10-20 really crappy and outdated browsers, with firefox and opera nowhere in sight. The EU deserves a clusterfuck like that for coming out with this stupid decision.

Submission + - Ubuntu Wipes Windows 7 in Benchmarks. (

twitter writes: "Recent and controversial benchmarks for Windows 7 leave an important question unanswered, "Is it faster than GNU/Linux?" Here, at last, is a benchmark that pits Ubuntu, Vista and Windows 7 against each other on the same modern hardware. From install time to GUI efficiency, Ubuntu beats Windows and is often twice as fast. Where Windows 7 is competitive, the difference is something the average user would not notice. The average GNU/Linux user is now getting better absolute performance from their computer as well as better value than the average Windows user."

Comment Re:Moving those blades (Score 1) 388

They're mostly heading up to the West Texas area between Lubbock and Fort Worth. I've gone through the area each summer and it seems like there has been an explosion in the total number of windmills over the past two or three years. Not only does Texas produce twice as much wind energy as any other state, it has been growing at an increasing rate of 1GW-1.25GW every year for the past four years.

For an insightful (and sometime humorous) look at the direction Texas is headed with wind power, check out this interview with Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.

"I talked the Audubon Society and told them, "Don't worry about this, after several generations we'll have smarter birds." They did not think that was funny. The other thing I told them was wind farms in the Gulf of Mexico would be the first line of defense against avian flu. These people have no sense of humor. You can't break the ice with them."

Comment Re:Makes you wonder (Score 2, Informative) 388

This is closer to the correct way to look at renewable harvesting, but not quite.

The problem most people seem to have with understanding the use of renewable resources is that they aren't limitless when it comes to total production. Yes, you will always have wind, but where and how much varies depending on the climate.

Germany should be a huge producer of wind power, as they have a huge source of strong wind energy, the North Sea. When it comes to coastal winds, lands along the North Sea are the best place for wind energy production, hence all the high amounts of wind energy being produced by countries in that area.

A True measure of renewable energy harvesting is only found when you compare the potential output to the actual output. When only looking at land area in square units, most of Germany isn't suitable for wind energy production. Their high production comes from intensely using the available wind 'resources' in their northern coastal regions. It would be dumb to put a ton of windmills in the Black Forests of southern Germany.

Comment Zoom, Enhance (Score 4, Funny) 395

zoom, enhance, zoom, enhance, zoom, enhance

Yes, now we can read the name on that credit card of the guy 50 yards in the background of the picture taken with a cellphone camera.

Comment More crap (Score 2, Insightful) 650

Great, just what I'd want, more crap pre-installed on a factory built computer. Will they also have to install the yahoo searchbar, google searchbar and msn searchbar in each browser they install? Explorer is too proprietary of a file explorer, they should have to bundle ExplorerXP, freeCommander, and A43. If anything, it seems like all the EU is trying to do is make Windows so unusable that the eventual move to linux will be a godsend.

Comment Re:Marketing MIA (Score 1) 625

I don't know if that's really a great example. So far in Ubuntu 8.10 I've had multiple system control windows that extend below the bottom of the screen, so if I want to change some advanced preference, I have to guess how many times to press [tab] and then [enter] if I want to 'click' OK for the changes. I have yet to experience this when playing around with XP or Win7. I've only been using this netbook for a short while with each operating system, though. About a week for XP, then a week for Ubuntu, and now a week or so for Win7.

We're here to give you a computer, not a religion. - attributed to Bob Pariseau, at the introduction of the Amiga