This case goes in the dustbin with cold fusion, Vaccine-MMR-autism, and most of the anti AGW publications.
Sorry pal, but that last one has abundant scientific support and it's the AGW crowd that will be relegated to the trash can in due course.
Just because MS is noisy and nosey (requiring registration of their products) doesn't mean that they're the fastest growing or most popular overall. Ubuntu Linux is running on more than a billion devices already and that's a conservative estimate. Also, the other virtual machines solutions are fast, growing and free. Think Proxmox, LCX and more. Hey, even MS have embraced a lot of this, so it's time to rethink your assumptions, like you have with your Xen closing remark.
Below are some Ubuntu figures, check for the number of VM's fired up every minute. Seems AMD have a clue about what's happening in the market after all
The problem in the modern US is that the government has forgotten (conveniently) what it's mandate is
"what its mandate is..."
You mentioned the problem quite neatly: "government-granted". The problem in the modern US is that the government has forgotten (conveniently) what it's mandate is and has taken on a life of it's own, serving only that one that can pay the most towards their election campaigns and other schemes. That's not capitalism were seeing any more, it's fascism.
The only role of government in communications is to facilitate the record keeping of where conduits and cables are underground and manage frequency (above ground). The granting of monopolies is never ever justified, albeit that in same cases defacto monopolies exists. If that is because of lack of competitors, then good for the one that has the monopoly. But if it is due to government regulation and meddling, then it must be destroyed!
1) Global Climate change is disruptive and people will unnecessarily die or live worse-off because of the resulting displacement of peoples.
Total speculation, solely based on computer models that are wrong from the ground up. Ignoring the laws of physics is always foolish, but none as much as what the warmist brigade is doing.
2) We can be carbon neutral in 30 years if we create large scale subsidies in existing state of the art in nuclear power. (oh and throw in a few renewable sources for up to about 30% of the total requirements)
3) If you think we can be carbon neutral and meet the energy needs of civilization with just subsidized renewables then you are the same as a "climate denier" because pretending to solve a problem (to get your extremely inadequate pet projects funded) is in effect no better than denying the problem and just waiting to run out of economically viable fossil fuels.
Carbon Neutrality is not based on science. It's based on the fertile imagination of a few, which a whole horde of lemmings following after, of which very few have actually taken the trouble to verify that the premise that underlies all the projections is valid. It turns out CO2 is a coolant, the greenhouse effect does not apply to an open system like a planet's atmosphere and there is no relationship with the amount of so-called greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and global temperature, except that eventually an increase in temperature is followed by 'n rise in CO2 level. The former is definitely not caused by an increase of the latter.
So in the end all this uproar about pre-industrial levels bla bla and climate bla bla and warming bla bla bla, is just a lot of hot air.
Temperature has gone up 0.20C in the past 18 years.
So what, even if it did, it's conclusively proven that CO2 is not the cause of temperature fluctuations. The earth's temperature is essentially a function of pressure of the atmosphere due to gravity, plus a little influence of the sun, it seems.
You're assuming that most people believe that CO2 is a poison and is going to fry us alive! On the contrary, by far the most of us know that this is a politically motived and threat-and-rewards-enabled charade, so we don't care one bit about this whole circus. EPA circus. IPCC circus. AGW circus.
You don't understand, yes, you're quite right. The premise of the whole emissions thing is wrong. CO2 is not a problem and neither are Nx gasses. Now unburnt fuel is a real problem, but that can be dealt with, it is being dealt with, in most modern cars.
The fact that VW cheated the system is cause for concern, but the ridiculous unscientific assumptions that the regulations are based on, they are real cause for concern! . Say No to COP21!
CO2 emissions of cars are pretty much irrelevant! CO, NO and NO2 are worse, but since they are heavier that air, they don't hang around for long either. It's their corrosive nature which may cause the only real problem in the long term, but that is hardly a big problem!
For 18 years the world has not warmed , yet CO2 has increased substantially. On the other hand, the amount of CO2 in the air is miniscule. Just understanding how little CO2 actually is in our atmosphere shows how totally ridiculous the claims of the catastrophic warmists are, but don't let logic and reason get in the way of a good witch hunt!
Just to stir the pot a little more: Say No to COP21! Think of the children!
Just about every computer on the market today runs Unix, except the Mac (and nobody cares about it). -- Bill Joy 6/21/85