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Comment Re:Sakura Battery (Score 1) 195

Plausible? Well sometimes it happens, sometimes even for very benign reasons (eg. the Shell Oil alternative energy stuff) but the competence and focus required for it to happen on the massive conspiracy level is not there. Mostly getting something new into production is a hell of a lot more work than a promising prototype.

You can be sure of one thing though, they certainly would buy technology that carries a risk of doing so and leave that one on the shelf.

That requires noticing the technology and understanding it's implications. Also they have limited influence globally - political donors could get solar manufacturing killed off in the USA but that just resulted in the Chinese making a fortune from selling US developed technology to US citizens. The third thing, which I think you dealt with above, is only the sort of oil company run by creationists (yes, selling fossil fuels - weird isn't it) would turn up their nose at making money out of something else. A company near me that started off with coal and natural gas power generation is now making a killing with their windmills. As seen with the extreme of Enron, they are not really in the oil business, they are in the money business and if they can get plenty of money another way they will do it.

Comment Re:Anyone else with security concerns? (Score 1) 256

How is gmail (an email provider, with a web UI) competition to Thunderbird (an email client)?

Gmail's web interface as an interface to Gmail is competition for Thunderbird as an interface to Gmail.

I use Thunderbird to read and send emails on my gmail account

That depends on how long Google continues to offer Gmail access through other clients without charge.

Comment Re:Devs continue to develop for these gimped thing (Score 1) 133

Indies are huge on PC (as they are on mobile), so that's all left. [...] Heck, while there are a few stubbornly PC only developers, many former PC only developers branched out to consoles

So in your opinion, at what point does a PC game developer stop being "indie" and start being "stubborn"?

Comment Re:Devs continue to develop for these gimped thing (Score 1) 133

That'd be fine if there were viable PC counterparts to certain console exclusives. Does PC have a flagship fighting game with terrain and platforms (like Smash Bros. or PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, not like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, which are flat plane fighters)? Does PC have a flagship kid-friendly third-person shooter (like Splatoon)?

Comment Re:Politically incorrect fact (Score 1) 147

But the Get Windows 10 app will not let me proceed, instead telling me that NVIDIA has not made the GPU compatible and giving a link to shop for a new PC. Should I take a screenshot? Is there a recommended half-height discrete GPU to use instead of the integrated one? (Because the case is compact, a full-height GPU will not fit.) Should I follow the instructions in this thread to create USB install media? Or should I just leave that PC at Windows 7 and then attempt to Linux it once Windows 7 reaches end of extended support in a few years?

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