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Comment Re:Nah (Score 1) 145

Porsche 918 Spyder is 0-60 in 2.3s. Elon has a ways to go still.

On the other hand, an electric motor can easily produce its maximum torque at stall.

An electric car, with adequately sized motors, controllers, and batteries (or other power sources) should be able to drive the tires to the traction limit from a standing start to the speed where the available power will no longer sustain that level of acceleration - well over 60 MPH. This means the acceleration is limited solely by the coefficient of friction of the tire/road contact surface - a critical parameter that can be tightly tracked, during acceleration, by drive electronics akin to non-skid brake controllers.

So an electric car should be able to get the best possible standing-start rating out of any given tire technology - and be literally unbeatable in such a contest.

IMHO the only reason (pre-Tesla) electric cars had a reputation for being underpowered creampuffs rather than unbeatable sprint sports cars, is that the automobile manufacturers thought the purchasers would all be eco-freaks, more interested in mileage and ideology than performance, and designed lower-manufacturing-cost, underpowered, cars for this market.

Comment Re:I use Plasma (KDE) and system.d (Score 1) 506

I, on the other hand, love systemd on my Kubuntu 16.04 with Neon running on top. In System Settings, at the bottom, is the Systemd Icon. Open it and you have the GUI to start and stop all services with a mouse click, if you don't want to us the CLI.

Linux and KDE. They keep on giving you choices because one size does not fit all.

Comment Re:KDE-Look a ghost town (Score 1) 506

I love KDE4's look and feel, and am not partial to the default Plasma5 L&F. So, I changed themes, splash screens, wallpaper and icons and now I have my Kubuntu 16.04 with Neon on top looking pretty much like my old Kubuntu 14.04 DE, except that Plasma5 is at least TWICE as fast on my laptop as Plasma4 was.

Comment Re:Linux on the Desktop? Seriously? (Score 1) 506

Trolling like that it is no wonder you post anonymously.
I've been using KDE since 1.l0 beta in SuSE, in September of 1998. I tried Gnome but didn't like it and I have never had to install Gnome to get a KDE app to run. For a long time Gnome and KDE dev teams worked together to create a compatibility layer so that each could run the other's apps without having to install the entire DE. It's still that way. I don't have Gnome installed on my Kubuntu Neon 16.04 with 5.73 Plasma5, but I can install Synaptic and run it without installing Gnome, but I run Muon instead.

Your second claim is entirely bogus. Unless you are running Gentoo or Arch or LFS you rarely have to compile anything. VERY FEW apps installed from the repositories have to be compiled, but when they do it is done automatically without the aid of the user. Examples: VirtualBox requires dkms, which requires kernel headers and some compiling, but its all done on the fly during the install. All the user has to do is reboot to activate the change. Installing GoogleEarth causes an automatic recompile of the source but it, too, is automatic. So, requiring the user to be a developer and compile source is NOT part of any of top 100 or so distros, save for the rare exceptions I mentioned. Of course, if you insist on going outside the repository and downloading tar file sources of apps not in the repository then you will have to know how to do a) ./configure b) make c) make install. But NO distro developers I know require that for elements of their distro, save Arch, Gentoo and LFS, and those are not distros that everyday mom and pop users would run.

You stated "When there is a day, that someone can be handed a USB stick with a flavor of Linux that they can run from it,have all their hardware supported, without having to install, compile, or download anything, we will have finally a Linux OS that is at least comparable to Windows 95." How about comparable or even better than Win8 or Win10, and more open and free as well? I have such a USB stick in my pocket as I type. It is a persistent Kubuntu 16.04 LiveUSB. It is easy to make with the mksub app, which is also in Kubuntu's repository. The fact is, the top 100 or so distros in DistroWatch's page hit list are just the kind of distro you claim doesn't exist. There are always the corner or edge cases of hardware for which is difficult or impossible to find Linux drivers for, but if you've spent any time on Windows help forums you see the exact same problem, and that is with vendor configured copies of Windows.

So, better luck next time trying to conflate an experience you might have had with a Linux distro 15 years ago into what you think are problems today.

Comment KDE is not dying... (Score 1) 506

I began using KDE when SuSE shipped the 1.0 beta with its September 1998 release. It was so much better than Win95 that it became my DE of choice every since. I have been running Kubuntu since their 9.04 release and am now running 16.04 with the Neon repository added, making my distro Neon. The jump between KDE4 and kDE5 has been traumatic for some, like the jump from 1 to 2 or the jump from 3 to 4, but in that jump most of the negative complaints were from MS fans trolling in an attempt to get Linux distros to adopt Mono. De Icaza has left the Linux scene and Mono has been delegated to a minor dev tool for some developers.

I was astounded by the significant increase in speed of Plasma5 over Plasma4. With Kubuntu 14.04 on this Acer 7739-6830 the Steam program "Universe Sandbox^2" was so slow I had to disable most of the particles so that the planets would revolve smoothly in their orbits around the Sun without stuttering or lagging. Running on Kubuntu 16.04 (even with Neon) US2 is so fast I can run all of the simulations without any lag or stuttering. Stellarium gave me frame rates of 25-40 fps on Plasma4 but on Plasma5 I get vsync at 60 fps for the mediocre GPU in this laptop.

I've never used Konqueror and don't consider it a watermark for any event. I've been a fan of KMail in the past. When Google, Twitter and Facebook announced that they were going to censor posts I decided to close my Google account. KMail accepted all 5,000+ emails I imported my 200MB mbox files without a hiccup. The only problem I've found with KMail is that when I delete a mail a ghost of its header stays in the msg list until I clock on another folder, then it disappears.

To nibble and quibble one might as well say that Gnome is dying, or Unity as well. The reality is that smart phones are killing the PC market. I have an Apple iPhone 6+. I can do things with it that I only dreamed about doing on my laptop, with either Linux or Windows, and its easy to use. But they are not killing the PC game market, or the corporate desktop/laptop market and never will because the smart phone form factor is too small and klutzy. My current laptop is six years old. Will I replace it once it dies? That's the question.

Comment Re:Disable, then VM or Mac (Score 1) 392

Separate your wife's professional computers from the Internet. Seriously, don't go half way. If you are refusing security patches you are risking even more than if you aren't. Ferry data between computers on usb sticks or CDs. There are a few pieces of malware that can hide in photo files, but they aren't common, and if they can't connect out they will often just hide. DON"T transfer zip archives. You don't know what is in them.

Now that you have your MSWindows needs isolated, install Linux on the machine that connects to the Internet. This has the additional advantage that malware that targets Linux often can't run on MSWindows. Avoid flash as much as possible. (I won't have it installed, but perhaps you need it.)

If you set things up right this isn't much more work than just running two computers, and if you use CDs or DVDs as your transfer medium, you get good backups of all your work. Usb sticks are more convenient, but are also more expensive and not good for long term storage. (Even CDs die over the decades, though.)

Comment Re:if they screw me up, I will dump windows (Score 1) 392

Remember the boy scout motto, and "be prepared". That means trying it out and ensuring that everything you need to do can be easily done.

I did that about 1998, and soon switched to Linux. At that time the word processors on Linux were horrible to non-existent, but I switched anyway.

Comment Re: Stealth (Score 1) 117

Sorry, but the the US and either Russia or China get into a serious war, humanity will end up deindustrialized, starving, and with probably less than 1% of the current population. There won't be any countries. Or cities. Or towns.

I wouldn't expect a true "On The Beach" scenario, but it wouldn't be far from that.

An interesting question is "What if India and one of it's neighbors gets into a nuclear exchange?". The best prediction includes massive world wide starvation due to a few "year without a summer"s, but nobody's really sure. (The "year without a summer" was caused by one volcano...but ash from firestorms lofted by an atomic bomb aren't the same.)

Comment Re:Stealth (Score 1) 117

Sorry, but the Emperor was definitely "touched". He wasn't replaced, but severe constraints were placed upon what he could say or do for over a decade. This wasn't totally just, as he had been largely the figurehead of a militarist group, and was only a teenager when things started happening, but in another sense it was necessary. He had been demonized during the war, and had to appear (to the US public) to have been punished. The actual restraints were quite minor as they weren't really needed. He wasn't actually pro-militarist, but had only been the figurehead of a militarist clique. But I remember even during the 1950's growing up seeing some old propaganda pictures. I don't really understand how vilified anything Japanese was during the war, but it was enough that there was plenty of sentiment left over during the early 1950's. During much of the war Japan was more vilified than was Germany. In both cases the people in charge really deserved to be vilified, but most people in the countries didn't.

It's all very well to say you should be independent and not moved by group think, but nobody really is. Some people are contrarians, and tend to swim against the current, most people have basic beliefs that are only shifted by the group think, but everyone is affected, and most people end up being driven considerably in a direction that they would not otherwise move. As an example, how do you feel about the divine right of kings? A few centuries ago you'd probably be not only accepting, but passively in favor of it. The relict of it is in how we in the US feel about the President. Note that many dislike him, but most would consider his person to be "sacred". If they don't think he should be president, they try to come up with a flaw that shows him to be an usurper...and will believe palpable lies if it makes that easier to believe.

Comment Re:Methane is shortlived (Score 1) 189

Additionally, when the methane is removed from the atmosphere it is commonly by converting it into CO2. So in addition to being a worse short term problem, it's also a long term problem.

The best apparent answer is to convert forests into peat bogs. Unfortunately, the existing peat bogs are drying out and threaten to catch on fire, returning their load of Carbon to the atmosphere.

Worse, the old peat bogs have turned into coal, which is also being returned to the atmosphere. Whoops!

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