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Comment Re:Monopoly or not. (Score 2, Insightful) 439

What the OP and others seem to fail to realize is that when you buy an Apple Macintosh computer -along with the copy of OS X installed- you own the hardware and only have a license to use the software -and that is restricted by the terms of the license to only Apple hardware. Nothing prevents you from running another OS on the hardware that you own. When you purchase a retail version of OS X, you are bound by the license terms to run OS X only on Apple hardware. To run it on any other hardware is in violation of the terms of that license. How is that in any way anti-competitive?

Comment Not just about turning off the lights (Score 2, Interesting) 315

Light pollution is just one of the by-products of industrialization. Fifteen-hundred years ago the air was a lot cleaner, hence more transparent which means more starlight/moonlight reaches the surface at night, than it is today -less soot, smoke, dirt, suspended aerosols, smog- so much so it is estimated, that the light from the stars alone would have enough to read a newspaper by -had newspapers existed then. If we want to see the sky as Galileo saw it, we're going to need more than just turning off the lights to do so.

Comment Cited figures don't jibe with reality (Score 1) 609

The article states that LCD TVs use more electricity then 'conventional' tube TVs. That's absolute crap. A few years back my old Sony 27" XBR went tits-up. Its power consumption was approx. 550 watts depending on screen brightness. Knowing that LCD and plasma sets where the 'wave of the future' -yet not wanting to be an early adopter- I decided to buy a cheap 27" Phillips CRT-based TV which has a power consumption of 275 watts at full screen brightness -since I don't run it that high it's actually averages about 225 watts. New LCD TVs have power ratings in the 215 to 275 watt range depending on the screen size -the CCFL is the big power user I guess. Plasma sets are considerably higher, closer to the range of the XBR. So what kind of savings in energy do these laws hope to legislate? Ten percent? Twenty Percent? There has to be some minimum power usage for LCD TVs even if they were to go to OLED by the time frame stated -which probably won't happen- so given the dollar savings figure cited, they seem to think that they can get a fifty-percent savings -or more- through legislation. I just don't see that happening.

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