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Comment Re:Bet u another battery tech will beat both in pr (Score 1) 127

Why? Batteries have been researched for hundreds of years and is limited to mixing chemicals with known electric potentials.

The difference is in the amount of research that is going on. Between the laptop industry, the mobile phone industry, and the electric car industry, the amount of money and man-hours being invested into commercial battery technology over the last 5 years dwarfs the previous efforts. Advances in battery technology are being discovered every week.

Comment Removing Microsoft's spyware. (Score 1) 418

Remove these patches. Disable the "recommended"patches in Windows update. Run another update, and if any of these return, set them to ignore.

KB 3035583 (primary nagware for Windows 10)

KB 2952664
KB 2976978
KB 2990214 (Windows 10 upgrade)
KB 3021917 (Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program)
KB 3022345
KB 3035583
KB 3044374 (Windows 10 upgrade)
KB 3068708 (update for CEIP and telemetry)
KB 3075249 (telemetry)
KB 3080149 (update for CEIP and telemetry)

Comment Re:I have a question. (Score 2) 61

What's the motivation for replacing humans in various jobs with a robot?

To cut costs and/or improve quality.

The outcome is going to be terrible

Possibly. Then again, maybe not -- you've seen what the open Internet did for information (which is now easily available to most people at very low cost); perhaps robotics can do the same for goods and services.

"But what about all those people who will lose their menial jobs", you ask? They'll have to find some other way to make a living, is the answer. But with manufactured goods and services practically making themselves, that shouldn't be so difficult to do -- if nothing else, the government could put a tax on automation and use a portion of the wealth they generate to provide every citizen with a guaranteed stipend. People would then have time to learn more advanced skills that would make them employable again, or they could just become (effectively) retirees, and do things they enjoy rather than do menial work most of their lives. Either way, they wouldn't starve.

Of course that will require some political will, but that doesn't mean it can't happen. Our society has absorbed changes of similar magnitude before, it can probably do so again.

Comment Re:Cry me a river (Score 3, Insightful) 192

that's very Libertarian of you, endorsing even more government regulations. "Cognitive dissonance" in operation?

Isn't a strong defense of private property rights a Libertarian principle? In this case, the proposed law would be enforcing property owners' right not to have uninvited guests buzzing around in their private airspace.

Comment Re:Call it what you want it isn't green (Score 5, Insightful) 316

Can we all just start to admit that wind and solar farms have their own negative environmental implications just like everything else.

Straw man argument -- nobody ever claimed otherwise. Obviously, anything humans do has environmental implications.

The claim is that wind and solar farms have less environmental impact than the use of coal and other fossil fuels they intend to replace.

Comment Re:Why are solar and wind not on the same land? (Score 2) 316

There are some drawbacks to colocating wind and solar:

- It's not always the case that a single parcel of land is optimal for both wind and solar

- Wind turbines will cast shadows onto the solar panels if placed together, reducing the solar panels' output somewhat

Which isn't to say that placing both together isn't a good idea, only that there are some tradeoffs. I suspect that doing them separately also keeps the projects simpler to implement on both the regulatory and technical sides.

Comment Re:Remove KB 2952664 and what else? (Score 2) 394

Where should we put this?

What would happen if we put this on the main wiki for Windows 7?

KB 2952664 (telemetry)
KB 2990114 (telemetry)
KB 3021917 (Customer Experience Improvement Program)
KB 3022345 (telemetry)
KB 3035583 (nagware for Windows 10)
KB 3068708 (telemetry)
KB 3075249 (telemetry)
KB 3080149 (CEIP and telemetry)

Comment Remove KB 2952664 and what else? (Score 5, Informative) 394

It appears these updates are usage trackers:

KB 2952664
KB 3022345

This is the core Windows 10 update nagware:

KB 3035583

These updates should be permanently removed and ignored on well-run systems.

What other updates should be removed and banned from Windows 7/8 in the interest of privacy?

Comment Re:Unfortunately (Score 4, Insightful) 468

These guys weren't armed with anything more than good training, and the mental preparedness to take action in a crisis, nevermind the guts to do so at considerable personal risk.

"The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with training and mental preparedness to take action in a crisis".

Hmm. It'll never fit on a bumper sticker, but training more people how to effectively handle a violent person might be a better idea than handing everyone a gun and hoping for the best.

Comment Re:buh, bye (Score 1) 494

Primaries have become a curse upon the nation. The people most likely to vote in them are the extremists

A good description of the problem -- are there any realistic proposals for a solution? (The only thing I can think of is doing away with primaries and holding only a general election, but even with a more elegant voting system like e.g. approval voting or range voting, I suspect that the general election would turn into a confusing 27-candidate circus if we did that, and the problems introduced might be as bad as or worse than what we have now)

A commune is where people join together to share their lack of wealth. -- R. Stallman