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Comment: Re:And KDevelope is what exactly? (Score 2) 45

by jeremyp (#47907179) Attached to: KDevelop 4.7.0 Released

There is a huge amount of FOSS that has an entire "front" web page that tells people in exquisite detail what changes have been made, who contributed, how others can get involved and what bugs are outstanding without ever mentioning what the hell the project does

From the KDevelop Front Page.

is a free, open source IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, Max OS X and other Unix flavours. It is a feature-full, plugin extensible IDE for C/C++ and other programming languages. It is based on KDevPlatform, and the KDE and Qt libraries and is under development since 1998.

That seems fairly self explanatory to me.

Comment: Re:Not just Reno (Score 1) 437

by Reziac (#47897849) Attached to: If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

No, what I was pointing out is that as "deregulation" was done where I'm painfully familiar with how it worked out (namely, Montana and California), said "deregulation" was a crock, and did nothing but increase costs for the hapless consumers. And I speculate that absent this bogus "deregulation", alt-energy might have been a lot more cost-competitive -- without raising prices on conventional-fuel energy.

Comment: Re:Not just Reno (Score 2) 437

by Reziac (#47897669) Attached to: If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

In other words, they're doing exactly the inverse of the occasional U.S. states' so-called "deregulation", which in practice amounted to "sell off all our infrastructure to foreign investors, then buy back the product at an inflated price." Guess Germany figured out this doesn't work so well after all.

As I say above, that "green" energy might not be so expensive in a market that's not been "deregulated" in this fashion.

Comment: Re:Not just Reno (Score 1) 437

by Reziac (#47897637) Attached to: If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

And another, which I forgot to put in the previous post:

Also, cost in the U.S. varies as much as it does in the rest of the world. In California, it's closer to 25c/KWH (nominally it's lower, but you get into a higher rate tier at a level that would power one light bulb, and it goes up from there).... one of the "greenest" states. But the real problem is the so-called deregulation, not the energy source. Absent deregulation (aka "sell all our power generation facilities to foreign investors, who then charge us through the nose") the "green" energy might not wind up being that much more costly to the consumer.

Comment: Re:Not just Reno (Score 2) 437

He says "How retarded can you be that you believe anyone is burning freshly cut trees, anyway?"

Did you catch the word "anyone" in there? Right in the middle?

He's calling the guy above him retarded for believing that *anyone* would want to burn freshly cut trees, yet there definitely is talk of doing just that and it's easy to find with Google.

Comment: Re:External IP (Score 2) 208

by Trailer Trash (#47889263) Attached to: Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

... Depends if your IP address is dynamic or not. In my case, all I have to do is reset the DSL modem/router and, presto ! New IP!

I am more concerned about the legality of it. Running a live exploit on their network may make some ISPs fidgety. Also not sure about the position of law enforcement agencies...

Look up the "clean hands doctrine". There's a reason that you don't see street gangs suing a drug supplier over a missing shipment....

Comment: Re:Not just Reno (Score 2, Informative) 437

They are 'green plants' because they clean the exhaust.
And no they don't burn biomass. How retarded can you be that you believe anyone is burning freshly cut trees, anyway?

The real question is "How retarded can you be that you make a statement like that without researching reality first?"

"First, just like fossil fuels, when trees are burned in power plants, the carbon they have accumulated is released into the atmosphere. However, because freshly cut wood is nearly half water by weight, a lot of energy is required to boil off this water before useful energy can be generated. This makes biomass facilities far less efficient than fossil fuel."

They're even using your exact nomenclature.


Yes, the idea has been out there for awhile - that you haven't heard of it isn't surprising. But that you make an ass of yourself over it says a lot about you.

Comment: Confusion, even at the CDC (Score 2) 290

by Trailer Trash (#47881323) Attached to: Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

The problem is that "high blood pressure" refers to two different things: 1. your blood pressure is above the normal range (120/70) at a given time and 2. you have chronic hypertension - your blood pressure is *always* above the normal range. Eating a bunch of salt can temporarily raise your blood pressure due to water retention but there's never been any evidence that this temporary effect has any long-term effects. Chronic hypertension is normally caused by poor health habits, particularly in regards to having excess weight. Eating salt has nothing to do with it.

I deal with this all the time because my wife the RN was always taught in school that eating too much salt leads to "high blood pressure". Well, yes, by definition "1" above. But that's a temporary condition and there's no evidence that it's bad for you. It took me 10 years to "unteach" her this little factoid, and I still have to deal with her telling the kids to not eat too much salt "because it's bad for you."

The only way to solve this long term is to use only the term "chronic hypertension" to refer to the chronic condition.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 368

by jeremyp (#47878961) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

When he made the promise, the development team consisted only of himself. Now there is a whole company with a number of employees who depend on Minecraft licence sales for their salaries. If Notch open sources Minecraft, all these people will lose their jobs.

So it's probably greed, but not necessarily. In any case, sales haven't tailed off yet, so he hasn't broken his promise.

An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it. -- James Michener, "Space"