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Comment: Hydrogen is a scam (Score 1) 277

It is mostly produced from hydrocarbon fractionation, mostly natural gas fractionation. It can also be produced from coal. It there does nothing to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and the process release large amounts of CO2. So, in my opinion, it is a useless road to go down and a scam.

Comment: Re:Where do you fill up? (Score 1) 277

Actually much of commercial hydrogen comes from some form of natural gas in a process called hydrocarbon fractonation.. Hydrogen is a scam run by the fossil fuels industry. It can in fact be produced by running live steam over coal. Wiki it up if you do not believe me.

Comment: Re:Linux kernel is mostly 80-column (Score 1) 326

by Mr Z (#48446465) Attached to: Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

Yep, I'm with you here.

I did a stint with 132 columns awhile back (back when I was running Linux on a machine that wasn't quite powerful enough to run X11), and I found the extra horizontal space to be mostly wasted. If I did start putting comments or code over there, it'd often get "lost".

Now, I do use a wide format for certain debugging applications. It also works well for spreadsheets. But for source code? I've definitely got an 80 column mind, despite ever having used punch cards or paper tape. I went from 28 columns to 40 to 80 as I learned programming in the 1980s. 80 columns is a very comfortable width. 132 pushed it too far.

80 columns actually corresponds pretty well to the amount of text you'd have on a type-written page on standard letter size paper (or A4, if you prefer). You get 60 to 72 characters across (assuming 1" margins) depending on whether you're 10CPI or 12CPI, and that's roughly how wide programs are when written within 80 column boundaries.

If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.

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