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Comment Yet another case of Moore's law abuse. (Score 1) 267

Do you want to lower CO2 emissions? The answer is simple.
1. Ban coal.
2. Replace coal with natural gas, nuclear, and wind.
3. Stop worrying about cars, trains, and planes. Power plants are the biggest producers of CO2 and are centralized.
4. Understand Solar is not the answer. The demand vs production curve does not work out. It is a good supplement in hot areas with a lot of sun in the summer but unless we go with orbital solar power stations it is not a good baseload solution. It just looks good and seems easy.

Why natural gas since it does produce CO2? Simple it produces about half the CO2 per BTU as coal does and is cheap. If you replaced every coal plant with natural gas you would have a massive savings in CO2 for a low cost. The next step would be to move large trucks, trains, and ships to natural gas. That would save about 20% on the CO2 they produce but since large trucks and trains have centralized fueling locations it would again be pretty simple to do.

You need to also think about the social cost of ending coal production You will be converting towns into ghost towns, Mining coal does pay pretty well and is pretty labor intensive. Sure you can retrain the miners for new jobs but those jobs will not be in the same location as the mine. You will not pay to relocate all the people in the town that depend on the mine. Think of the people that run the shops, restaurants, car lots, teach in the schools and so on. You can not get around the fact that you are going to cause a huge amount or problems and the idea of "job retraining " will not prevent it.

Comment Re: One word (Score 1) 474

"but few apps besides raytracing can genuinely put it to good use."
Well yes and no. Most apps can use a few threads, one of the ones I am working on used 40 but that is not super common. I have not worked on any program that does not use a least three in a long time.
On most, workstations you have more than one program and or service running at a time so you can use a good number of cores on most PCs. Thanks to VMWare and Xen once you get to servers I doubt that you could even have too many cores at least where I work.

Comment Re:Someone has been visited by an MS rep (Score 1) 557

Except Office and Outlook are better than LibreOffice and Thunderbird.
I was a hardcore OpenOffice and Thunderbird person for more than 10 years. They do work but Office and Outlook work better. I still spend 90% of my time on my Linux machine at work but I also have a Windows machine just for Outlook, Office, and Skype for Business. I still have a lot of problems with Windows like my machine dropping the network connection, getting the installing 1 of 5 updates until I restart it, and every now and then an email I send sits for a day or two before it goes out. Those issues are probably EIT's problem and the crazy level of security we have to have.
LibreOffice is pretty good but Office is still better. BTW Photoshop is also better than Gimp and you will not find a 3D FOSS CAD system that is close to SolidWorks.
If I could get Office and Skype for business on my Linux box at work I could drop the windows computer. The Outlook web interface works really well and I use that with Chrome on my Linux machine all the time.

Comment Re: I predict (Score 1) 557

"There isn't a huge difference in terms of capabilities and usability between Office 16 and LibreOffice, "
No, you are wrong.
I had not use Office for about 10 years and just got a new version. It is really much better than LibreOffice in terms of performance. For grammar checking and spell check, it is not even close. As an OS Linux is fine, I use Linux every day for development at work but I also have a Windows box that I just use for Skype and Office.
Honestly, if I could get Office and Skype for business on my Linux machine I would not need the Windows machine. Before anyone suggests Whine, a VM, or some other solution let me add this. I work for a large company so they have to dot every i and cross every t. We can spin Linux VMs up and down all day long but when we touch Windows it must be done by EIT.

Comment Re:Question for the FBI (Score 1) 176

1. They do.
2. Many of these sites are for sharing kiddie porn. You know like Reddit, YouTube, and Blogs are for sharing things. The consumers are often the creators.
3. " It's rather like penalizing people who drink poisoned water rather than finding the poisoners." Really? These people are going to a tor dark web site called the playpen and you are trying to paint them as victims? How about this instead, "it is like penalizing people that pay people to sexually abuse children for there entertainment".... Yea I got no problem with this.

Comment Re:Prediction (Score 3, Informative) 87

As a macbook pro user let me say that I will probably not like what Apple shows.
1. I want an m.2 slot for SSDs. They are getting bigger and cheaper and I want the option to upgrade my SSD as they improve.
2. I want memory slots just like my MacBook Pro has. I want the option of adding ram to my notebook like I did with with my MacBook Pro.
3. I want more than one USB ports. A Pro should also have Thunderbolt ports.
4. Keep the audio jack. You do not need to drop it.

Comment Re: The man is a traitor and should be shot (Score 1) 343

Umm... Obama is doing all the things that you feel are illegal that Snowden leaked... And is out to put him in jail.
You can not say that Snowden did the right thing by breaking the law and reporting things you feel are illegal while President Obama is doing those illegal things.

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