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Comment Re:what a load of shit (Score 0) 233

You're skipping the main social effect I anticipate: when people can spend their commute time watching television, people willing to spend two hours a day in a car will be willing to up that to four or five. What a wondeful, sprawl-enabled future we can look forward to in the United States of Suburban. Number one in per-capita energy consumption, now and forever. (However long that is.)

And if you're looking for an entrepreneurial opportunity, get started on automotive porta-potty attachments.

Comment Re:WebExtensions API (Score 1) 208

I gave PaleMoon a serious try recently, and while I thought it was okay, I found it much more memory intensive than modern Firefox, and lately I've been using Iceweasel (though that's just an alias for what's effectively LTS Firefox). Using PaleMoon reminded me that not all of the recent changes to Firefox were stupid and useless, sometime around 2010 there was a genuine improvement in memory handling, where you could reduce Firefox's memory usage by closing a lot of tabs. With PaleMoon, I was back to watching the memory use rachet upwards, with nothing much to do about it except re-start.

But I do appreciate that the PaleMoon project is out there, and it's true if this latest Firefox ReallyCoolMajorUpgrade turns out to be the usual we-know-better-than-those-pesky-users debacle, I appreciate having something around I know is at least useable.

Comment Re:Mostly... (Score 1) 178

But for best results, you need to run a green magic marker around the rim.

Seriously, if you want to compare to the vinyl wars, the real take-away is human beings like what ever they like, and it's possible to do something that's technically "better" that nevertheless has a negative subjective-impact... (myself, I couldn't care less if the "warm" sound I think I hear on vinyl is just surface noise effects-- if I like noisey better than clean, give me noisey).

One hopes that they've got this covered in their tests, by using subjective response data to calibrate their techniques...

Comment Re:this is STUPID (Score 2) 163

China needs to be brought under control QUICKLY.

Right. Time to attack. You can lead the ground troops.

Here's an idea: why don't we let them figure out that they've been killing themselves with air pollution, and they really need to clean up their act. It could be they'll even start doing some pilot plants to do research into nuclear technology where the United States has dropped the ball. Oh, and it could be they'll start playing around with manufacturing photovoltaics as well.

Comment Re:Aniother day, another tyranny (Score 0) 163

Obama supporters have been cheering this lawlessness for 7+ years, but they will panic if Trump gets elected and decides to use all the precedents that Obama set.

Bush. The Bush regime is the one that broke new grounds in "executive orders", Obmam actually took it easy on them for a long time before he realized the Republicans were do-nothing obstructionists who were loyal to party but not country.

And you forgot to complain about the kill-lists and the incessant drone attacks... I guess extra-legal killings are *good* executive action in your world.

Comment Re:Phony PR stunt (Score 1) 163

... anybody going along with Obama's charades on this climate action will be similarly left to swing in the wind after Obama leaves office.

You have a really low opinion of Hillary Clinton-- oh wait, you're assuming a Republican sweep? Heh.

If Trump is elected, no one is going to be worried about looking like an Obama-lover... it's more likely two-thirds of the country would be trying to secede and take Britain's place in the EU.

Comment Re:Only possible if we go nuclear (Score 1) 163

I can put solar panels on my roof.

You can also ride a bike, eat less meat, buy less manufactured consumer crap, and take it easy on the heating and air conditioning.

If your idea is that the tiny percentage of well-heeled, enlightened consumers willing to experiment with rooftop solar is going to save us from global warming, I beg to differ. The kind of effort we need at this point isn't just a "manhattan project", it's not even a "space race", it's more of a "world-war II build-up", and good luck getting there in time without the heavy-hand of government.

Comment Re:The US has not joined the climate accord (Score 1) 163

To be ratified, Congress must vote for the accord. That has not happened, and likely will not any time soon.

Maybe we need a new Congress. Trump is working on that one.

Treaties and accords are nice, but we can make progress even without them. Obama's "Clean Power Plan" essentially puts the EPA in the business of enforcing a cap-and-trade system. The hang up there is legal challenges, not congress.

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