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Comment: Re:Here's a better idea (Score 1) 678

by ilguido (#49511537) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

From what I've read, The Alfalfa crops are about 1B gallons of water being moved to China.

The fact is that California harvest alfalfa up to 12 times a year, it sucks up a lot of water not because it is a particularly thirsty crop (it is not), but because farmers want very high yield. Cutting alfalfa would mean less returns for farmers, guaranteed.

Comment: Re:there's a strange bias on slashdot (Score 1) 192

by ilguido (#49492241) Attached to: Microsoft's Role As Accuser In the Antitrust Suit Against Google

google needs to be reigned in and bought to heel on issues where it's power is too complete

i'm glad someone is doing it. i don't really care if microsoft is along for the ride or not, and it doesn't really matter

The big flaw of your idea is the same that tricked the US to act in Iraq the second time: thinking that fighting something evil is good per se. It is not.
You're basically hoping not just that the evil of Google is diminished, but also that the far worse evil of Microsoft is strengthened. Microsoft is not fighting Google just because, their aim is a stronger Microsoft and I don't think there's a need for that.
If the end result would be a less evil Google, an equally evil Microsoft and a third party rising from obscurity, you'd be right, but that's absolutely not what it is shaping up here.

Comment: Re:Remember M$'s role on SCO? (Score 3, Insightful) 192

by ilguido (#49492051) Attached to: Microsoft's Role As Accuser In the Antitrust Suit Against Google

So M$ or Google, meh, both just as fucking evil as each other. I just preferred the kernel under Android ;).

This is an example of what in Italian is called "qualunquismo": considering every party the same, so that you don't have to make your choices (because in all-equal world is pointless to choice). The point is that MS and Google are not evil as each other, their respective track records are much different in that regard, and even if they're as evil and it's just that Google is able enough to hide it, there's a huge difference in corporate culture (like there's difference between the corporate culture of Apple and Microsoft) and the corporate culture of Microsoft is one of the most irritating: they're like a naughty, bossy boy, that thinks he can get away with every mischief he does, and when he is caught guilty, he tries only to get revenge (and does nothing to hide it).

Comment: Re:Capacity vs availability (Score 1) 356

by ilguido (#49240759) Attached to: New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again

Likewise a coal plant has not a CF of 63%, but a range from perhaps 60% for a load following plant, and something like 85% - 95% for a base load plant.

I personally don't see a difference between a dispatachable coal plant that idles at less then 10% of its load over night, just to keep it warm, and peaks to 90% of its max over daytime versus a solar plant that idles during darkness at 0% and ramps up following daylight to 100% around local noon (or what ever daytime the plant owner decided to have its maximum.

I see a big difference instead. If a coal plant has a CF lower than 85-90% that is because you want it so, that is you don't need that power, while with a solar plant, you may need that power, but it's cloudy or it's winter and you're in the northern hemisphere etc. And that's just half of the story, because electric companies deliver electric power, not energy.

Comment: Re:FreeBSD (Score 1, Insightful) 123

by ilguido (#48392443) Attached to: FreeBSD 10.1 Released
I can't comprehend this inferiority complex towards Linux that plagues FreeBSD users. The first public releases of the Slackware and Debian distributions predate the first public release of the BSD flavour known as FreeBSD. That's it. Clinging to software version numbering, in the Open Source world, where software version numbering means basically nothing is laughable at best and a troll attempt at worst. I suppose that none used OpenSSL before 2010 or that 6.8% of the world sites in April 2011 were running on nothing, since nginx was still at version 0.9.7. Yes, it's that laughable.

Comment: Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (Score 2) 353

by ilguido (#48229725) Attached to: Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

Really? So you mean I can legally download it from Apple and install it on a VM or PC? Download link?

It's free as in beer. You have it for free when you buy an Apple product, while OEMs actually buy Windows licences, that's the point. Microsoft cannot say that it's free, since they get money from the OEMs, Apple can. It's not hard to understand.

"In the face of entropy and nothingness, you kind of have to pretend it's not there if you want to keep writing good code." -- Karl Lehenbauer