The operation is intended to "decapitate" the botnet, preventing the sezied machines from sending orders to suborned PCs around the world."
this build of ChromeOS requires a gmail account to log into the system.
We have the source code. If you really care about it, you could modify it to not do this.
Me, I'm always logged into Google, and am happy about it.
What if they'd just release their rendering engine, with a very simple UI which only lets testers enter a URL? After all, most of the problems are in IE's rendering engine, not in its UI. That would solve the problem of journalists etc. looking at it as a real product.
Now, I do doubt the usefulness. We can't improve the code like we can with open source projects. Giving feedback about the rendering engine isn't all too useful either, because the IE team cares about standards nowadays and uses many tests themselves (W3C testsets, Acid3, CSS3.info). They already know the bugs, so the only thing we could conclude with a nightly is how far along they are.
We have two 5-ton units covering a total of about 4000 sq ft. We're on the edge of a desert so we get up to 110F several days per year--so even if 10 tons is on the high side it isn't a ridiculous amount in context. The builder chose the provisioning (not me) and they made these decisions 25+ years ago before anyone really cared about carbon footprint or energy star or LEED.
You can argue whether the NPT caused (or contributed) to this, but I think that ending the arms race - the continued increase in capabilities by the US and Russia - was a very good thing.
What use is a BIOS that lasts a century past obsolescence? I'd prefer a battery that lasts a month but powers the whole computer and display.
Anything free is worth what you pay for it.