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Comment About to be a none issue (Score 1) 215

Seriously, German car makers are pouring in BILLIONS in hopes of stopping Tesla.
Oddly, they should be more worried about Chinese car makers since they have the financial backing of the Chinese gov, who will stop at nothing to beat down western companies.
However, within 5 years, it will be apparent to all, that NOBODY WANTS TO BUY AN ICE CAR. That might even apply to ICE based trucks and SUVs.

Comment Re:Middle ages warmer (Score 2) 146

When it came to an end it started the little ice age which called all of the above to this day never recovered.

The Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age were highly localized around the Atlantic. Europe may be at high risk for turning into Canada, but it's likely the rest of us will see far more subtle changes.

I find the Medieval Warm Period instructive. Today there's lots of fear-mongering that Global Warming will ruin all arable land, when in fact the Warm Period was a huge boon.

Comment Re:Mozilla is wasting money, brains, and time (Score 1) 54

Firefox OS was never faster or lower-end than Android to begin with. The idea that HTML+JS+CSS could ever be faster than native compiled apps (or even Java/Dalvik for that matter) was just insane. Damn near everybody knew it was a bullshit waste of money just thrown at the wall.

Comment Re:Mozilla is wasting money, brains, and time (Score 1) 54

once they accomplished that goal, they didn't know what to do next.

Actually, they did know what to do next, but they do so rather aimlessly and pathetically. It seems there's nobody at the wheel.

Mozilla helped get PNG adopted as an alternative to GIF, but that's only for still images, while GIF also does animations. Firefox first failed to promote MNG, then ensured its death by removing it from their browser, and much later introducing their own MPNG standard, which then repeated the above cycle of indecision, neglect, and sabotage.

Much the same goes for video... They shouted loudly in support of open video standards, but were pretty slow to even just include them in their own browser(s).

Personally, I'd be happy if Mozilla just focused on optimizing the hell out of Firefox. It's much slower and memory-hungry than other browsers on Android. Even on my desktop, a little bit of JS can drag the browser to an unresponsive crawl, even utilitarian sites like Amazon get less usable with each heavier and slower browser release.

Comment Plagiarism lawsuits (Score 1) 206

those same idiots will be suing everyone who simply listens and remembers a piece of new music

They're already doing that and calling it "plagiarism lawsuits". See Bright Tunes Music v. Harrisongs Music ("My Sweet Lord"), Three Boys Music v. Michael Bolton ("Love Is a Wonderful Thing"), Gaye v. Thicke ("Blurred Lines"), Wolfe v. Led Zeppelin ("Stairway to Heaven"), and Ed Sheeran getting sued twice. This is not to mention other cases that you don't hear so much about because they're settled out of court: "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith is too close to "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty

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