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Comment Sure, that could happen (Score 1) 802 802

...but I think the "tipping point" assumes breakthroughs in technology that aren't quite here yet. And to this degree, it's still speculation. Moreover, the electricity needs to come from somewhere, and I'm not sure that solar by itself scales up sufficiently. Hydrogen fusion for electricity generation might *really* provide the tipping point, but it's been "just a few years from now" for decades.

Moreover, huge new usages for electricity make me a little nervous, considering our aging electricity infrastructure.

Heck, I'd like a fast, silent car that I could refuel at home. But I don't see a personal use case for it yet.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 440 440

> It should be noted that no updates will go out to regular users until they have been vetted through several rings of testing,

Yeah, but they always say that. In fact, if there weren't words to that effect documented somewhere, someone at Microsoft would probably lose their job.

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NY Judge Rules Research Chimps Are Not 'Legal Persons' 144 144

sciencehabit writes: A state judge in New York has dealt the latest blow to an animal rights group's attempt to have chimpanzees declared 'legal persons.' In a decision handed down this morning, New York Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe ruled that two research chimps at Stony Brook University are not covered by a writ of habeas corpus, which typically allows human prisoners to challenge their detention. The Nonhuman Rights Project, which brought the lawsuit in an attempt to free the primates, has vowed to appeal. We posted news last year about an earlier case (mentioned in the article) brought by the same group, which also ended in defeat.

Comment If I had 8 and couldn't go back to 7... (Score 1) 440 440

If I was running 8 or 8.1 and could not conveniently or inexpensively go back to 7, then I'd upgrade the machine to 10. Or put Linux on it, maybe, depending on what I was using it for.

I have a copy of 8, upgraded a win7 laptop to it, fought with it for a month, upgraded to 8.1, fought with that awhile longer, and ended up restoring back to Win7. And that's where it sits now. And my copy of Windows 8 sits on the shelf. Had I bought the laptop with 8 already on it, yeah, I'd move to 10. 8 is such a dog that it would be worth time and energy to work through the teething problems with a 10 upgrade.

On the other hand, a stable system running Windows 7, on which I do actual work, yeah, that's not going to get upgraded to 10 anytime soon. More than anything else, there's no *reason* to do so.

Comment Re:Windows versions (Score 1) 218 218

Given that even numbers suck, I am sure they will be skipping odd numbers from now on.

I'll stick with Win 7

As will I. They'll need to pry Win 7 from my cold dead fingers. I read a few reviews on 10 yesterday, and the general consensus is that it's almost as good as 7, (better in some parts, worse in others) if you replace that hybrid start menu thingy with Classic Shell and get used to where they've moved things. Yeah. No.

Well, seeing how its an extension of Windows 7/8 and there is nothing missing that is in 7 really. Although if new interfaces bother you, it could be a reason to stick with Win3.1

You need to read reviews from professionals, not friends on Facebook ;)

See, this is the real problem. Back in the 3.1 days, we were on the steep end of the curve, and there were things that really needed to be added, changed and fixed. Now we're up on the flat end of the curve, and there really isn't a lot that needs to be improved, assuming that we're still using a keyboard and a mouse and the peripherals haven't changed substantially.

So people went to 95 because the ideas (not necessarily the implementation) really were needed, and to 98SE because 95 kinda sucked, and 2000 because it was stable, and xp for things that 2000 didn't support, and 7 because its 64 bit version was a lot more mature and stable than xp's 64 bit version. There's no *reason* to go to 10, and so no reason for me to muck with live tiles on the start menu and figure out which admin applets are still in control panel and which have been moved elsewhere. It's just not necessary.

We need to remember, Windows is not the application. The applications are the applications. Windows just runs them.

Comment Re:Windows versions (Score 1) 218 218

Given that even numbers suck, I am sure they will be skipping odd numbers from now on.

I'll stick with Win 7

As will I. They'll need to pry Win 7 from my cold dead fingers. I read a few reviews on 10 yesterday, and the general consensus is that it's almost as good as 7, (better in some parts, worse in others) if you replace that hybrid start menu thingy with Classic Shell and get used to where they've moved things. Yeah. No.

Comment everything old is new again? (Score 1) 90 90

Back in the seventies, working for a military contractor, we built microwave communications and countermeasures equipment using GaAs devices. Later, working for the cell phone industry in the early nineties, I seem to remember that at least some manufacturers were switching to GaAs-based radios in cell phones. It's my impression that even today they're used often for high frequency devices. Seems like the only news here is the improved method of manufacture, as the technology has been around for decades.

Comment Re:Can You Disable Automatic Updates? (Score 1) 314 314

I will never allow any software that tries to take control of MY machine away from ME. If Windows 10 doesn't let me configure when I update, then I'm not updating to Windows 10 ... even if Microsoft pays me.

I thought I read the other day that this was one of the issues M$ backtracked on. I believe you can now choose not to have updates installed automatically.

This was a show stopped for me also (a single bad update could take out a large section of the computing public? Who thought this was a good idea?) but was not the only reason for not adopting. The main reason is that I'm tired of my machine, the one I use to perform work for which I get paid, being a test bed for whatever Microsoft thinks is this year's good idea. So no. I may look at 10 in a year or so, after the inevitable early thrashing has died down.

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