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Comment: In defense of English, I have one word: (Score 2) 147

by Kartu (#47153491) Attached to: Strange New World Discovered: The "Mega Earth"

Nope. Gender doesn't really change much. (e.g. Georgian not only lacks gender, but even words like he/she/it are the same, yet it's much more complex than English)
Lack of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G... , no need to morph words depending on this and that, makes English somewhat simple..

And actually it's got where it's got historically and not because it's easier or harder to use, thanks to British Empire.

Russian is widely used in former Russian Empire, even though it's much more complex to learn. (7 cases AND things have gender AND lots of exceptions in the grammar AND the need to morph words most of the time following puzzling rules)

Comment: Compaq was afraid to use AMD chips FOR FREE (Score 4, Interesting) 345

by Kartu (#47020267) Attached to: AMD Preparing To Give Intel a Run For Its Money

Compaq was afraid to use AMD chips given out for free, because Intel would "retaliate", ok?
What kept AMD's market share low was not "clever marketing" of its competitor, it's crime.

Back in P4 Prescott times, Intel's more expensive, more power hungry, yet slower chip outsold AMD's 3 or 4 to 1.
Not being able to profit even when having superior products, it's really astonishing, to see AMD still afloat.

Comment: There was also transition to Linux and... back (Score 2) 264

Open Source Advocates Angry at German Gov't Decision
May 13, 2011

The German Foreign Office first started using Linux as a server platform in 2001 before making Linux and open source software their default desktop choice in 2005. Most observers thought the move a success. However, the government will now transition back to Windows XP, to be followed by Windows 7, also dropping OpenOffice and Thunderbird in favor of MS Office and Outlook.

http://www.pcworld.com/article...

Comment: So, 25% of the electircity being generated by rene (Score 1) 769

by Kartu (#46860907) Attached to: The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Germany's renewable energy sector is among the most innovative and successful worldwide. The share of electricity produced from renewable energy in Germany has increased from 6.3 percent of the national total in 2000 to about 25 percent in the first half of 2012.[1][2] In 2011 20.5% (123.5 TWh) of Germany's electricity supply (603 TWh) was produced from renewable energy sources, more than the 2010 contribution of gas-fired power plants.[3][4] In 2010, investments totaling 26 billion euros were made in Germany’s renewable energies sector. Germany has been called "the world's first major renewable energy economy".[5]

Siemens chief executive, Peter Löscher believes that Germany’s target of generating 35 per cent of its electricity from renewables by 2020 is achievable – and, most probably, profitable for Europe’s largest engineering company.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

Comment: Actually, nope, some european countries do care (Score 1) 769

by Kartu (#46860881) Attached to: The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Germany's renewable energy sector is among the most innovative and successful worldwide. The share of electricity produced from renewable energy in Germany has increased from 6.3 percent of the national total in 2000 to about 25 percent in the first half of 2012.[1][2] In 2011 20.5% (123.5 TWh) of Germany's electricity supply (603 TWh) was produced from renewable energy sources, more than the 2010 contribution of gas-fired power plants.[3][4] In 2010, investments totaling 26 billion euros were made in Germany’s renewable energies sector. Germany has been called "the world's first major renewable energy economy".[5]

Siemens chief executive, Peter Löscher believes that Germany’s target of generating 35 per cent of its electricity from renewables by 2020 is achievable – and, most probably, profitable for Europe’s largest engineering company.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

As far as replacing gasolin goes, USA is actually not doing bad at all, actually pioneering it in some areas. E.g. E85:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

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