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Comment Re:Wind? (Score 1, Interesting) 1108

Plants use solar, but very few natural things use wind or tidal power. Nature has had a very long time to try and fill these energy niches, so it is a safe guess that they can't produce enough energy to sustain a large population at a reasonable standard of living.

The productive renewable path is solar - and this article suggests we have quite a way to go for mass production there - or relying on difficult to access energy sources like coal or uranium, maybe geothermal - which the biosphere has difficulty getting to.

If tidal power was really an option, I would expect to see more coastal trees taking advantage of it. If wind was an option, there would be plants using it to survive. Both these things probably exist, but neither in the numbers to suggests they represent a better deal than solar power.

Comment Re:I like KDE 4 (Score 4, Interesting) 378

>> they should probably scrap it and start over by porting KDE3 to Qt4.

I agree 100% that the KDE 4 lacks a horrible level of features for a release series, thus far. The 4.2 betas are more stable and usable for users than 4.0 and 4.1 combined (:P Literally if combining means combining bugs)

That said, since porting would involve re-reading and recoding the whole old codebase, and reimplementing would also involve re-reading and recoding the whole old codebase, I think that scrapping the _very nice_ desktop framework is a very poor suggestion.

Really the new Desktop model is better than the old. The current implementation sucks from lack of features - but it is a better start than a 3.x port. The underlying work are complete enough that a port is now simply beyond a waste of effort. KDE 4 is here to stay, and this is not a bad thing.

Comment Re:How do you sort that? (Score 1) 285

But none of the linux systems in common use run on anything other than GNU. GNU runs on everything (Mac, Windows, Linux, *BSD, GNU Hurd). Most importantly, the GNU project does actually include it's own kernel, which was written before Linux, and is fully capable of independent existence. That is why the GNU people claim it is more fundamental, and make a big deal about the GNU/Linux thing.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Microsoft Building Emacs.Net (zdnet.com) 1

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "In a move sure to reopen old internet flamewars, Microsoft apparently plans to build something described only as "Emacs.Net" Brought to light in a Microsoft employee's short and cryptic blog post, little is known about it except that it's some kind of "development tool / IDE / text editor" though that hasn't stopped ZDNet bloggers from speculating wildly. Hopefully, whatever they make will be able to open files larger than 64 KB — it's not enough for everybody."

Submission + - Domains May Disappear After Search 1

Ponca City, We Love You writes: "A perfect domain name pops into your mind, a quick check at your registrar reveals that the domain is available, you put off the registration a few minutes and when you come back to register the domain, it's taken by someone else. How much time has elapsed between the search and the attempted registration — in one case, less than 90 seconds. Daily Domainer has an interesting story alleging that there may be a leak that allows domain tasters to intercept, analyze and register your domain ideas in minutes. "Every time you do a whois search with any service, you run a risk of losing your domain," says one industry insider. ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC ) has not been able to find hard evidence of Domain Name Front Running but they have issued an advisory (pdf) for people to come forward with hard evidence it is happening. Here is how domain name research theft crimes can occur and some tips to avoiding being a victim."

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