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There are a whole boat load more people using vista than any other os besides xp which ill ignore. Not getting into the type of people who use vista and whether they are inherently more likely to fall pray to safety failures. More people using vista mean more people trying to find safety flaws in vista. So you could say its more safe but at the same time the non-safe parts are more likely to be discovered and exploited at any point in time.
I don't pretend to know enough to really judge the safety or security of a system but this logic seems pretty strong to me. By using any non MS operating system you have safety in small numbers.
Hydro is wonderful it has a large onetime ecosystem rearrangement including displacing people but after this point it provides cheap reliable energy when you need it and a reservoir is essentially one of the best batteries we have today. Unfortunately most of the possible large hydro projects have already been built in developed countries.
Wind power is highly dependent on your location. There are many places where it is already an economically competitive energy source and many were it is not or will never be. It does not produce reliable energy however so it must be paired with some energy storage method or a more reliable source.
There are many types of solar energy technologies but mostly I think we are focused on those aimed at producing electricity. If you took all of the solar energy landing on the united states and converted it to electricity at 100% efficiency there is enough energy to meet the entire energy needs of the US roughly 500 times over. Of course solar photovoltaic panels are not very efficient (10-20% in practical uses) and we want sun for other things like growing plants. People are building some large solar plants in places where land is cheap and more people are putting them on their roofs but it is an unreliable source of energy like wind and my understanding is that its usually not very economically practical yet.
There are not very many places where it makes sense to use geothermal energy to create electrical energy. However it can serve as a great heater and cooler in most places.
One of the biggest factors in what energy source is economically practical is government subsidies. There are many more renewable energy projects happening these days because of large government subsidies. Governments can think in the long run and this makes a lot of sense. But currently the largest subsidies go to nonrenewable fossil fuels. If for example all energies had to pay for their environmental impact (say co2 output) rather than being subsidized by public governments renewable energies would become much more economically practical.
One nonrenewable energy source that is relatively friendly environmentally is nuclear. I see this as one of the few technologies that we can switch too quickly that has the potential to meet our energy needs. It won't last for ever especially if we try to do everything with it but there is also a lot of room for research. If we ever figure out how to gain energy from fission to there is a huge potential for energy there.
Well thats the way I see it at least part of it. It might be in shells short term interest to ditch wind, solar, hydro but they may be limiting their lifespan.
In his second article he learned about how repositories work which is great. What he did not learn was that all updates to the default repositories for a given version of ubuntu are limited to security fixes and bug fixes. There is no reason not to update. In fact not updating opens your computer up to greater security risks and increases the unintended behavior of programs.
If you want new versions of programs that include new features (ie openoffice 3.0 in his case) then you must enable the backports repository. If a program has not been backported you must add a new repository, find a nice recompiled
I think one of the most important things when introducing a person to ubuntu is preparing them for things like this that operate very differently than windows. There is logic behind most ubuntu behavior but if its not understood it only becomes frustrating.
Hypothetically a student could be in class texting and not be disruptive or bothersome to others (if there are no sounds from the phone and so on). Shouldn't the kid have the right to do that if they choose. I realize it means they will not be paying attention in class but that is their loss not anybody else's. A post above mention how some classes are required even when they are really a waste of time to some students shouldn't we allow these students to use their discretion? If this story was about anybody besides a public school student or a prisoner it would be ludicrous.
If kids are never allowed to learn how to use their freedoms aren't we just creating a society that will never know those freedoms exist?
I agree that the connection of open source with Socialism in peoples minds and the negative effect this could have on its adoption worries me.
Beyond this though I am sick and tired of the irrational fear of socialism in the United States. Im not saying lets become the USSR that obviously did not work out so well but we are still stuck at a point were it is impossible to have rational discussion about anything that gets labeled as socialist. Its a giant hypocritical mess. Look at public roads thats a beautiful example of socialism central to our society.
I think generations of Americans have been conditioned/brainwashed to attack at the first mention of the word socialism before considering what is being proposed. The irony of it all is that public schools the major institution doing this brainwashing is a socialist model.
I don't believe that socialist systems work everywhere. I am a fervent capitalist and believe in designing free markets with appropriate incentives. All I want to do is be able to have a rational debate about plans that might contain socialist components without people freaking out.
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MS could sell it as a feature!
"Get Windows starter edition with a built in 3 application limit. Minimizing distractions for the more productive worker."
Am I right that it was the starter edition that only allowed 3 programs to run at once? Given the alternatives who in their right mind would pay for software like that?
With those crazy artificial restrictions I think it becomes much easier to understand peoples ambivalence towards piracy, although not easier to understand why they don't take free software route.