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Comment Re:What the Idiotic Hell./ (Score 1) 355

Popularity of a language is immaterial to the usefulness of a language,

Popularity = developers = tools and libraries = usefulness.

No matter how inherently superior a programming language might be, if nobody is working on it its ideas will never go anywhere except by being grafted onto other, popular languages.

Comment And trucks (Score 1) 180

Actually, the bizarre thing is many firms manufacture more efficient and less polluting planes, trains, and vehicles, including trucks.

End the tax exemptions for business use of fossil fuels: as fuel, in depreciation for vehicles, in deductions for business miles travelled in fossil fuel vehicles of any type.

The Invisible Hand of Capitalism will then crush fossil fuels, which are massively subsidized, and eat up large segment of national and state and county and municipal budgets.

This includes any lanes for fossil fuel vehicle usage, by passenger mile traveled.

Capitalism cares nothing about fossil fuels. It will crush these buggy whip manufacturers and kerosene users like it did before, if you give it the proper signals.

Comment Re:Reduced OS for short term gains. (Score 1) 53

In Android at least, only one application can be running at the same time (no background processing unless you program a service for your app)

Bollocks.

And the rest of what you say has nothing to do with Android or ChromeOS. You can have access to root in both. Android devices generally have it disabled but it can be enabled - of course, even CyanogenMod discourages root access these days, as it shouldn't be necessary. ChromeOS? Off by default, but every ChromeBook let's you reconfigure ChromeOS to allow root if you desperately want it. As for "Spyware", it's entirely up to you whether you use Google's services or not.

And none of your objections have anything to do with the original point. You're complaining about the UI disabling certain features. The underlying operating system has those features. And, frankly, easy access to root was something that Windows 95 gave you by default that NT made a little harder to get...

Comment Re:Pretty cool (Score 1) 139

I'll be honest, local rips are almost instant, remote clients do have a minor startup time. But I won't be using the cloud. Seem like a ready made trap for any number of cases. Besides, it's a home media server, for serving my files at home, for me only. Why do I need it on the cloud, and why would I want to stream from the cloud at a fraction of my data rates on the LAN? There's a reason I prefer hard media over streaming, and there's no reason I want to have my library lowered in quality to the equivalent of a netflix or hulu stream.

Comment Re:Modding != Cheating/Hacking (Score 1) 137

I agree. And it's not (just) for the sake of cheating - sometimes, I wish to set up certain scenarios. Like in Civ IV, I'd want to set up certain civilizations w/ certain preset cities, scattered on some islands, before starting a game. So I'd go into the scenario editor, set it all up, save it and then start the game from that point. They got rid of the scenario editor in Civ V, replacing it w/ XML tables somewhere, but I'd like to see it return in Civ VI

Comment value of coal (Score 1) 180

Actually, while there is a case for not using coal just to produce energy, producing metals out of their ores is a very valid use of coal. As it is, that carbon dioxide is trapped in the mines - never gets out in the quantities that, say, factories produce when burning coal for electricity. As long as we keep digging up iron ore, bauxite, copper ore and other metal ores, we'll need comparable amounts of coal to extract those metals. And that is the only thing that coal should be needed for.

Comment Re:This simply means we're succeeding. (Score 3, Insightful) 180

Actually, this trend makes pretty good sense.

Electricity - while the oldest form of generating electricity involved burning coal or oil, there had evolved several alternatives to it, thanks to electricity generation being stationary. Like hydro, nuclear, wind and solar. So it was not difficult to minimize one's dependence on carbon based fuels, aside from the political brinksmanship - the environmental protests that the dams will drown the fish, nuclear will be another Fukushima, windmills will slaughter birds that fly into it, leaving only solar, which is good in tropical and equatorial regions, but limited elsewhere.

Transportation is a different story, however, since one can't have hydroelectric damns on a train, nuclear power in a ship (aside from Russian icebreakers) or wind power driving a car. There, one is forced to use fossil fuels. However, if one can eliminate their use in electricity generation, that reduces their consumption, and ergo, whatever pollution they create. Hopefully, one day, solar powered cars would be completely viable.

Looks like the trend is right as far as reducing pollution due to electricity goes.

Comment Re: Not sure you have a lot of options? (Score 1) 213

A) the system is a limited functionality system to begin with, so lots of things wouldn't be on the system to exploit. B) zero-day exploits that I've seen all can leverage themselves into admin rights on windows without any additional help. If you can run arbitrary code on windows, you can root it.

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