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Comment: With the best will in the world... (Score 5, Insightful) 366

by Viol8 (#49559909) Attached to: Audi Creates "Fuel of the Future" Using Just Carbon Dioxide and Water

...renewables are going to have their work cut out for themselves just supplying a majority percentage of the power for national electricty grids. I'm not sure where they think the extra renewable power to do this will come from.

Now if they plugged the process into a nuclear power plant OTOH...

Of course the big question is how efficient is the process? Is it more efficient than just using the electricity to charge up batteries in an electric car for example?

Comment: Upstart or Systemd? (Score 1, Insightful) 467

by Viol8 (#49544861) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Released, First Version To Feature systemd

Its like asking whether you'd preferred to be mauled by a rottweiler or a pitbull.

Both are just change for changes sake and neither bring much new to the table. Sure the scripts for init could get messy but they worked, everyone was familliar with them and if no major issues have cropped up since 1991 (or 1970 for unix) then its a fair bet its a reliable sub system.

But no , the "Not Invented Here" meme popped up its ugly head again and some know it alls decided they could reinvent the wheel better. Well so far the jury is still out on that.

Comment: Not that tired old quote again (Score 0) 228

by Viol8 (#49526445) Attached to: UK Police Chief: Some Tech Companies Are 'Friendly To Terrorists'

Someone always drags it out in any discussion like this as if its some kind of killer quote that nullifies any further discussion.

Newsflash: People since the dawn of time have given away freedom for security except in one specific situation - which is known as anarchy. And trust me, giving people the freedom to so whatever they damn well please with no consequences is NOT a good thing.
And yes, my *security* is partly being protected from those of criminal intent and therefor I am happy with laws restricting criminal behaviour even though it also restricts my freedom.

To sum up: Franklin was full of it.

Comment: Re:It's not surprising (Score 1) 129

by Viol8 (#49526383) Attached to: YouTube Going Dark On Older Devices

"This is the cost of change, evolution and rapid development. Things get left behind, even if they were good products/services. "

Who says its a cost we want to pay? Millennials might be happy blowing money to upgrade to the latest Ooo Shiny! tech every 2 years but some of us have more important things to spend it on. I'm not going to be some consumer sheep/fanboy upgrading all the time just to keep some corporations bank balance in the black.

Comment: Re:Stripped down version (Score 2) 129

by Viol8 (#49526365) Attached to: YouTube Going Dark On Older Devices

"Do you recall the last time you saw a "dumb" DVD or Blu-Ray player for sale that did not have "those" features?"

I bought a Sony blue ray player a couple of years back and half the network "apps" didn't even work out the box. Personally I didn't give a damn , I just wanted something to play spinning disks, but IMO it does show the contempt manufacturers hold their customers in these days.

The trouble with the rat-race is that even if you win, you're still a rat. -- Lily Tomlin

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