Which I admit are significant. I love the idea of renewable energy. I have a Tesla Model 3 reserved, and I love the idea of generating my own electricity in a carbon free manner.
Politically, generating your own electricity without pushing external costs on others squares nicely with my Libertarian views.
Unfortunately, the finances matter. In the 3rd world, they matter even more.
Right now the external costs of carbon based generation are being borne by pretty much everyone. It's unfair, but that's the way it is. I don't have faith that government can equitably fix the external cost problem - so renewables have yet another hill to climb.
I'm an optimist here though - I think the engineers will get the cost of renewables down and fix the storage problem - I do not have the same optimism that governments can fix the carbon external cost problem - so it's up to the engineers to make renewables so cost efficient that the external costs of carbon become almost irrelevant. If renewables are productive enough, cheap enough, and reliable enough - they will win.
I'm hoping my kids see that in their lifetimes.
How many carbon based power plants were taken off-line and replaced by renewable generation capacity last year?
After much research, I haven't found a single instance of that happening - ever.
Have renewables caused a moratorium on all new carbon based power plants? I don't think so. Asia (as of last year) was opening more than one coal power plant PER DAY:
Renewables have two mathematically inescapable problems:
1. Renewable's land requirements per kWh are far too high.
2. Renewable's storage requirements to meet base load demand simply do not exist - presumably because storage costs are also very high.
I ran the numbers on a very small 2kW self-installed system - it would take me over 10 years in a best case scenario to recoup the costs at current utility rates.
Until renewables become far cheaper, generate more kWh per square-foot, and solve the storage problem - they will never reduce or replace carbon based generation.
This is the most massive case of projection I've ever seen. Who's Trump going to start the war with? Russia shouldn't be an enemy. China? They're run by engineers, you couldn't start a nuclear war with them if you tried.
On the other hand, Hillary took the initiative in starting wars, the Libyan civil war comes to mind. She also represents the interests of the banks, the arms manufacturers, and the Washington DC establishment. You know, the ones who continually demand that wars start.
Another person to whom the words "internet" and "web" are interchangeable. Sheesh. And on a nerd website, too.
Europeans can't take credit for inventing the internet because Al Gore did that.
As for Hillary, her husband raped several women, and she attacked his rape victims. Really. In public, without any apparent sense that what she was doing was wrong. She was trying to discredit these rape victims. It's on tape. Who needs her emails?
I've switched back and forth from Android and iOS for years. I'm fortunate that my job provides that flexibility. I've used Hangouts stand alone - with Google Voice - and with Google Fi.
I like the way Hangouts synchronizes conversations between devices - delete a conversation on one - and all devices pick up the change.
Unfortunately that is the only thing Hangouts does better than Apple Messages. In every other way, Messages is a better user experience.
It took me years to get all the Apple users around me to install Hangouts - and then teach them how to properly use it. Video and voice calling via Hangouts is harder than it needs to be.
I had high hopes that Google would refine the user experience and make Hangouts the default "all in one" messaging app for Android - a true Messages/Facetime competitor.
The last straw that pushed me back to Apple was the Allo/Duo fiasco. Everyone important in my life uses an iPhone - it was simply easier to go back to Apple.
Google really screwed this up. The executives that created the Messages/Allo/Duo/Hangouts clusterfuck should lose their jobs.
Useful for many things, not just emacs. Are they trying to drive away tech people?
So now we need 2 keys to escape instead of one? Just like we need multiple key mashes just to get a screenshot instead of one? This isn't efficiency, this is some prissy designer making keyboard into their notion of "pretty". To hell with that kind of human rubbish
rather than building expensive attempts at an idiot-proofed infrastructure (futile, I've seen bean counter idiots mess up dedicated air gapped dumb terminal finance systems), be cheaper to just not hire them.
There are two kinds of egotists: 1) Those who admit it 2) The rest of us