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Comment: Re:kernel developers on Macs - that would be me (Score 1) 49 49

Mac Pros, which run certified Unix (OS X) are possibly the _best_ option for serious professionals.

Who cares whether a Unix is certified? Linux is the big daddy of the server rhythm these days. It's all been over but the tears for Big Iron Unix since you started seeing people consider the GNU toolchain 'indispensable' on it.

There are also a couple other companies making one or two choices in well-built hardware you can install enterprise Linux on, of course.

There's a lot of companies making much more capable hardware these days, particularly in the graphics department, and featuring considerably more expandability. Much of it comes at significantly lower cost, as well, and if you spend more money, you'll know what you got for it in most cases.

Comment: Re:Road trips. (Score 1) 504 504

It doesn't actually matter. What you have to ask is not whether people live in cities, but how far they live from work. I've known people to commute for two hours in California, and I'm not even talking about heavy traffic situations. A lot of people are now living up here in Lake and Mendocino counties and working way the hell down in SF and the like, that's a two hour drive on a good day.

Comment: Re:Range and recharging time (Score 1) 504 504

Some of the weight difference definitely gets eaten by the vehicle frame, so it's capable of the hauling and towing capacities that make it "super duty", but there's a whole lot of room there for more batteries than any sedan could reasonably carry.

Physically, there is room. Economically, there is not. Pickups are already brushing the top of what people are willing to pay for them.

I'm assuming Tesla has already thought of this, but just can't build yet another line simultaneously with all the others.

The only manufacturer who might reasonably pull this off any time soon is Ford, because they're the only ones with a lightweight pickup big enough to stuff batteries into and still do work. They would need to make a lightweight chassis that was designed to accommodate the battery packs, but they could do that with in-house expertise now. And nobody is going to buy a Tesla pickup. People are married to brands in trucks.

This conversation does take me back to when Ford was playing around with Capstone turbines in C-Max people movers and so on. Perhaps Ford should offer an Aluminum F150 EV with a turbine range extender option :)

Comment: Re:EVs are a PITA (Score 1) 504 504

So, I am helping everybody (and the planet) out by burning three dinosaurs to every one you do not.

Oh no, you've got it twisted. I live in the sticks and I'm two meters tall and I can't afford a new car either. I have a 300SD and I'm working to bring up an A8 Quattro right now. You can buy a lot of fuel for twenty thousand dollars...

Comment: Re:I don't think it's so much speculation (Score 1) 504 504

A quick google disagreed with this "fact", showing a slight increase in median household income over the last half century....

You mean, as compared to inflation? Because the minimum wage hasn't kept up with inflation in over twenty years, and more and more people are living on it.

Comment: Re:Holy Mountain (Score 1) 163 163

If a movie violates canon, it should use a different name. If the movie isn't good enough to be made without using a name it doesn't deserve, then it isn't good enough to watch.

Tell that to The Godfather and Wizard of Oz, two movies that are both in just about every top 10 of all time list.

"Canon" only comes into play in sci-fi, video games and comic books, which is one reason those wonderful art forms have such trouble getting taken seriously as art.

Oh, and of course, "canon" also comes into play in religion, which also says a whole lot.

Comment: Re:Holy Mountain (Score 1) 163 163

No matter what you think of the book, I hope you don't believe that every movie version has to stick slavishly to "canon".

If a movie violates canon, it should use a different name. If the movie isn't good enough to be made without using a name it doesn't deserve, then it isn't good enough to watch.

"Oh my! An `inflammatory attitude' in alt.flame? Never heard of such a thing..." -- Allen Gwinn, allen@sulaco.Sigma.COM