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Submission + - KDE and Slimbook Release a Laptop for KDE Fans 1

JRiddell writes: The scope of KDE projects grows ever larger and today we are announcing the KDE Slimbook. It comes pre-installed with KDE's Plasma desktop and runs KDE neon. "The KDE Slimbook allows KDE to offer our users a laptop which has been tested directly by KDE developers, on the exact same hardware and software configuration that the users get, and where any potential hardware-related issues have already been ironed out before a new version of our software is shipped to them. This gives our users the best possible way to experience our software, as well as increasing our reach: The easier it is to get our software into users' hands, the more it will be used."

Comment Re:anyone know.. (Score 3, Informative) 160

A valid question.
But these days we do have metallurgical solutions.

During 1979-1980 I was involved in the testing of steam wells near the Vesuvius volcano in Italy.
The tapped reservoirs were between ~1200 and ~1800 meters deep and the bottom hole temperature was close to 350degC, on full flow around 250 degC at the wellhead..
Producing them caused a hellish noise and a lot of steam, we calculated the gross output of a single well was around 50MW.

After a while the measurements showed a rather serious problem, lot's of sulphur, heavy metals and other nasty minerals were included in the steam and eventually in the condensed water.
Cleaning this up would leave around 15MW of energy but it would be hugely expensive.
Although the wells still exist they have never again been produced.

Back to your question about the pipes used, in the day they were some Chrome alloy suitable for the expected temperatures and pressures but any serious corrosion would have a time factor.

I found it interesting that starting up the wells (very slowly and controlled) caused the wellhead to rise some 3 meters due to the heat driven expansion of the pipes. Shutting them down required the same kind of care.

Comment Re:Hey let's keep going... (Score 1) 83

An interesting look at the option re. language skills and I can see some truth in it.
At the same time I see the weakness of the British system, problems like lack of skills or pressure on the lower wages due to foreign cheap labour are not addressed by the national politicians but instead they blame others like Brussels, the Poles etc.

In other words, British press and politics jointly continue on the same path of deception they have been on since even before the days of Maggie Thatcher.

Comment Re: What would Trump do? (Score 1) 128

Our main manufacturing exports are jumbo jets and earth movers, and both do really well.


Boeing had only netted three orders for the 747 this year. The sale almost doubles Boeing’s current backlog of 15 unfilled orders for the plane, according to the Chicago-based manufacturer’s website. The company said in July it was slowing 747 production output to six a year and would have to end the program if new orders didn’t materialize.

Comment Re:Not a level playing field (Score 1) 2837

There are whole swaths of research that suggest teams that are comprised of a healthy mix of males and females are actually more performant than their less diverse counterparts. Therefore, it would be in the interest of economic and societal stability to not let the nation's jewels be guarded by an incestuous gentleman's club.

Speaking of which, I still don't understand society's fascination with "economic growth". I for one would strive for a comfortable equilibrium instead. But that's just me. It seems I have a fetish for balance above all.

Comment Re: Trump 2016!!! (Score 1) 2837

You should flip the order of your concerns. The tax one is the most important one.

Lower taxes for the wealthy and for corporations means the lower and middle classes are either squeezed for more money or will receive fewer benefits and shittier service, and thus have a crap life while .05% of society walks off scot free with the nation's collective resources.

This will breed poverty and discontent, which in turn might breed violence and instability, especially give the rather onerous decision to let all manner of weaponry float about in society.

Comment Re: Trump 2016!!! (Score 1) 2837

My good man! I'm not sure you have bothered to ever understand Nazi ideology. Do read up on them a bit, if you get the chance.

To me it seems that state sanctioned civil violence is a jolly bad idea. It's uncivilized, it makes your country less safe (judging by the murder rate) and what's worse, this whole poppycock about owning guns (which you shouldn't) distracts from more pertinent political debates such as poverty, income and capital inequality, employment and education for all and lastly the deplorable state of health of quite a few Americans. That last bit is one of mine... The girth of many Americans is becoming quite unacceptable, you see, and they are very poorly insured.

Socialism is just a way of looking at economic re-distribution, it does not equate a violent racist regime. I for one am a socialist. This means I am constitutionally conservative (I wish to conserve Dutch constitutional values, not the shoddy American one with the guns and distrust), progressive by nature, non-violent, in favour of greater socio-economic equality and against too much free market kool-aid. No more, no less.

Being a socialist does not mean I want to invade Poland or kill homosexuals, you see. But do carry on trying to add to this rather lively and colourful debate.

Comment Re: Trump 2016!!! (Score 1) 2837

True that, amazingly.

On the night of the election I actually spoke to a colleague of mine in Vegas. She appears to be a technician, republican, lesbian-in-wait-to-be-married (but can't, because it's illegal), Texan, Gun Lover and Pro-lifer.

When I asked her why she'd vote for a party that would stop her from marrying her love, she mumbled something about guns and freedom. Then when I asked her how she reconciles the notion of being a Gun Lover while proclaiming to be "pro-life" she basically told me to bugger off.

These people really don't like it when you start rubbing their cognitive dissonance too much.

Comment Re:Tarnished legacy (Score 1) 170

The Democrats are oddly the American party that thinks state intervention in things like healthcare and social benefits are good, so one should logically expect Democrats to not mind a bit more state surveillance either.

But then I've always thought it funny that it's precisely the Republicans who tend to cry "no government is good government" while simultaneously voting for significant government interference:
- The State should stop abortion, which is a private matter
- The State should stop gay marriages, another private matter
- The State should increase their police, surveillance and armed force apparatus
- The State should willy-nilly be able to collect large amounts of data on its citizenry

None of the above is really a move towards more "freedom" and "autonomy" for the citizens, although they do call anyone opposed to these ideas a socialist. As if that would be an insult.

I truly don't logically understand American politics, the US or its citizens very well. Having just returned from an involuntary week in Las Vegas I can only say I am happy to not be living there if only because the coffee sucks and portions are jolly well uncivilized.

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