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Comment Re:RAID is not backup... (Score 1) 216

I absolutely love iDrive. I have used it for years.

The features look nice, the size just isn't enough...

I have 26TB backed up with BackBlaze, that level of storage would be expensive with most other services...

I also use CrashPlan for critical files, but they throttle after awhile making backing up that much data impossible. They claim they don't, but they are lying about that.

Carbonate also throttles, but at least they are honest about it. BackBlaze doesn't and will run 10 threads to backup faster.

Comment Re:Good on him (Score 1) 231

However, I am disappointed by your cynicism about what is possible.

It isn't cynicism, it is acceptance of reality...

We're all standing on the Titanic, the bow is low in the water, and most people are still talking about how the ship can't sink. I'm standing there looking at the bow thinking, "this ship sunk the minute it hit that iceburg, it is just a matter of time".

This is understandable and, at times, I too get completely discouraged and feel that we are way past the point of no return on runaway CO2. I do not feel that we should just give up and not try.

What happens if we are? What is the point of moving the deck chairs around the ship when the whole thing is going to be at the bottom of the Atlantic in a few hours?

The sooner everyone accepts the future, the sooner we can plan for it. Such as taking fire axes and start ripping up the deck to create make-shift life rafts...

It may be a futile effort but I think we should make the effort.

The efforts to try and stop what is going to happen could be better put to use preparing for what will happen.

When I bought my Tesla and solar PV, I (half in jest) said that I justified it because I was doing if for my granddaughter.

Yes, I understand that, it makes you feel better. But don't kid yourself, it won't change anything. If you think it will, then you have simply not looked at the numbers. When the ship fills with water, it will sink, it is math.

So let me share some math with you...

https://www.climatecommunicati...

Page 4...

In order to stabilize CO2 concentrations at about 450 ppm by 2050, global emissions
would have to decline by about 60% by 2050. Industrialized countries greenhouse gas
emissions would have to decline by about 80% by 2050.

Now ask yourself what it would take to cut CO2 output by 80% in the next 35 years across all industrialized nations.

A few EVs on the road isn't going to do it... 100% EVs on the road isn't going to do it (and that has zero chance of happening).

We'd have to all turn off our air conditioners, get rid of half our stuff, change our basic way of life.

This is simply not going to happen.

We must make that effort and it starts with each individual making the effort. It may be futile. It may be too late... but we must make the effort.

No, and that is the point I'm trying to make... we must NOT make that effort... We have limited resources, if we spend them trying to keep the ship from sinking, then we AREN'T preparing for the future without the ship...

We could instead be preparing for a future where the climate changes, where crop lands change and move, and where people need to move inland from the coasts... The efforts trying to stop it are preventing the efforts to prepare for it...

Comment Re:Please stop this farce (Score 1) 66

The US should seriously consider to act act like an asshole less often and clean up their own justice and prison system instead, rather than bullying other countries and their businesses.

Rest assured that there are plenty of Americans who agree with you...

Sadly, they have no voice in the government, since it is all run by special interests...

Which is why I continue to be amazed how many Americans will vote for Clinton, when it is so clear that she is bought and paid for by big money...

Comment Re:Good on him (Score 1) 231

An EV powered by 100% coal electricity would still emit less pollution than an ICE.

That is debatable, depends on the coal plant in question...

But for the moment, lets pretend what you say is 100% true...

However, of course, the US only gets about 35% of its electricity from coal and I get all of my electricity from solar so much less pollution.

Good for you, but so what? I get all my power from coal, and another 1/3 of the US gets it from natural gas, cleaner, but not by enough...

You seem to be saying that since I've changed to a Tesla that it won't change anything. However, I haven't bought gasoline for 18 months so it definitely changed something. The more people who buy EVs, the less gasoline is used. Seems simple enough.

No, it really didn't change anything, it just made you feel better. Hang on, before you start typing...

Did the CO2 levels in the air go down? No? Did they go up ever so slower because of you? Perhaps, but you might be shocked to learn no, it really didn't.

Your lack of gas use has helped hold down the price of oil and thus the price of gas. So other people have been able to afford to use more.

Think about that statement for a minute. If everyone driving an EV and otherwise trying to save gas wasn't bothering, gas prices would clearly be higher, thus restricting further use. But with cheap gas, some people are inclined to buy a truck or SUV and just keep driving, thus negating your benefit.

Further, even if you cut gas use in half, taking 200 years to burn it all instead of 100 years isn't going to change the total amount of gas burned, it will just take slightly longer, and from the climate's point of view, 100 years and 200 years are the same thing.

The only real solution to CO2 is to leave the oil in the ground and the only way to do that is to stop burning it completely. A small fraction of people driving EVs isn't going to change one very simple fact...

We're going to burn EVERY DROP OF OIL IN THE GROUND THAT WE CAN FIND.

Now think about THAT for a minute... because unless you can change that, your Tesla doesn't change anything.

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Finally, have you looked up what it would take to just stop CO2 from going up, much less to bring it back down? If you haven't, you might want to, the numbers are sobering. In short, we are WAY past the point of no return on runaway CO2 levels, there is zero chance that we're going to stop this at 500 or even 600 PPM CO2 levels. The changes required to do it are far too extreme and simply would not be acceptable to the masses.

Comment Re:Good on him (Score 1) 231

If you don't put a cost on the fossil fuel CO2 ICE cars emit, it's expensive.
If you do, it's a bargain.

So do I put a cost on the coal used to produce the power the Tesla would use if I bought one?

Changing to a Tesla isn't going to change the outcome of the oil consumption, unless EVERYONE did it and we replace all billion cars in the world...

You're kidding yourself if you think a few people buying EVs will change anything...

Comment Re:There's a better fix for this... (Score 1) 211

As many people dislike being spied on without an accesiible opt out for non IT experts, they dislike not having easy and proper control over the installed updates, and they most definitely do not like the idea of RENTING an OS.

The number of people who use Google and FaceBook would seem to refute your statement...

Also, who is renting their OS? I think you have some imagined idea of Windows that doesn't exist for normal people...

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