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Comment: Re:Good design, eh? (Score 1) 149 149

Because Apple is a premium brand whose users typically receive 'free' lifetime upgrades to the newest model whenever their contracts roll over.

So as long as the battery doesn't lose too much juice over that period, consumers will tolerate a slight drop since a replacement phone is just a few months away.

Comment: Re:Global Jurisdiction? (Score 1) 308 308

Well yes, Russia under Putin *will* do whatever the hell he likes. But failing to implement policy based on the actions of a global pariah is not something to aspire to.

As for China, we buy their stuff. Using Tim Cook as a poster child, insist that any environmental standards that would apply to building an iProduct in the USA apply to the manufacturing chain from start to finish, including the sourcing of renewable energy. If that adds $75 to the cost of a manufacturing a $1500 Macbook then so be it. Other companies will follow.

Comment: Re:"Clean Energy Candidate" (Score 1) 308 308

100% is ambitious certainly. Using a compound interest calculator, the global target range of 40-70% can be achieved by a mere 1.5-3% annual reduction.

If the world were actually serious, they'd divert more than a trivial % of GDP into investment.

My own Australian government are apologists for the coal industry, naturally. :(

Comment: Free to Insiders (Score 1) 96 96

A lose debian analogy, the difference being MS might revoke access to the Insider program without notice.

If you want Jessie (stable), you can upgrade free of charge from Wheezy (oldstable) or Squeeze (oldoldstable) but if you want to upgrade from Lenny or Etch or otherwise, you must buy a new computer with Jessie pre-installed or purchase retail Jessie DVD installation media.

On the other hand if you sell your soul to Linus, promising your firstborn child to RMS, you may access the Stretch (testing) and Sid (unstable) rolling releases free of charge but may not downgrade to Jessie without following the steps above.

If you are using Testing during the trunk freeze prior a new release, you may painlessly switch to Stable provided you had a valid installation of OldStable or OldOldStable.

windows translation of the above:

If you want Windows 10, you can upgrade free of charge from 8.x or 7 but if you want to upgrade from Vista or XP or otherwise, you must buy a new computer with Windows 10 pre-installed or purchase retail Windows 10 DVD installation media.

On the other hand if sign up to the Windows Insider program, promising your firstborn child to Microsoft, you may access the Slow or Fast rolling releases free of charge but may not downgrade to Windows 10 without following the steps above.

If you are using Windows Insider builds prior to the new release, you may painlessly switch to Windows 10 provided you had a valid installation of 8.x or 7.

Comment: Re:the battle of the selfless (Score 1) 305 305

Assuming YOU actually want to live in a mega-city of Sydney or Melbourne with 6-7million people by 2050. The traffic would be horrific and neither side of politics has the vision to create a subterranean railway network (metro/subway/tube) required by the great cities of NY/London/Paris/Madrid/Berlin/Tokyo etc that do have high density living. One with party building only roads, roads and more roads welcome to your dystopian future.

I'd vote for any party with a clear vision for decentralisation. e.g. Victoria has an area much bigger than England but if Melbourne is to London then there is no other population centre of more than 200,000.

So, yes, we need to start again. If Canberra can rise out of nothing to grow to almost 400K in a century, urban planners can certainly construct other population centres that doesn't involve an extra 2 million people within 40 years added to an existing capital city.

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