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Comment Re:Windows 10 is absolutely crap (Score 1) 174

The kernel (the thing that you call Windows) hasn't been rewritten from scratch with every new OS iteration.

Nobody calls the kernel "Windows". We call the entire operating system, GUI, system tools, system frameworks, file systems, etc, plus the kernel Windows.

Windows 10 is not the same OS as Windows 7. There are subtle and unsubtle changes in the way it works, some for the better, but some for the worse. Responsiveness on critical widgets such as the Start menu has deteriorated - and the Start menu itself is a complete rewrite, sharing no code whatsoever with the Windows 7 version.

Yes, there are similarities and there's a lot of code that's unchanged or marginally changed, but that doesn't mean someone can't compare one to the other. If you couldn't, Microsoft wouldn't have released it. I mean, what would have been the point?

Comment Re:"All the jobs are leaving" as unemployment fall (Score 1) 156

And the people who have been out of work for 6 months or a year, how are they tracked? What's that number doing?

FWIW, the unemployment numbers have been "fixed" so many times that I have no trust at all in them. One way the "part-time unemployed" numbers are reduced is by stopping counting them.

That said, just expect this to get worse. Robots are increasingly cheaper to use than humans for an increasing number of jobs. It's not a steady trend, but it rarely reverses.

Comment Re:Depends who pays (Score 1) 286

Actually, wind driven ships with electronically controlled wind-masts aren't that unreasonable. It's been seriously considered several times over the last few decades. Perhaps with advanced technology it will become practical. They won't look like clipper ships, and they won't be fast, but you don't use ships for fast.

Comment Re:Depends who pays (Score 1) 286

I wish that things were as optimistic as your forecast, but the truth is we are ALREADY committed to an extensive change of large, but unknown, magnitude. What we can do now is more along the lines of limiting the damage. Unfortunately, due to lags in the system the results of the current actions don't really show up for a decade or so. And the IPC reports are politically edited to be be too distressing. (AFAIKT they don't actually lie, they merely omit the more extreme projections when calculating their model averages.)

Comment Re:Depends who pays (Score 1) 286

I believe that there actually are ways to use coal that don't significantly pollute. Unfortunately, they also raise the cost considerably. (One of them involves converting the stack gases into limestone. It is claimed that in certain rock formations this can be some simply by pumping them under an "impermeable" layer of rock, but that doesn't really convince me, as too many times there have been too many unreported leaks.)

Comment Re: I call BS (Score 1) 131

If the vote was about not taking any kind of economic risk whatsoever, then yes, Brexiter's have been stupid. However, the issues went far beyond economics. You mention the "Iron boot heel of EU tyranny", and while you may feel that comically exaggerating people's concerns may make then look stupid, sovereignty has long been an issue. It was the issue of sovereignty that largely factored into Labour's policy of leaving the EEC (Precursor to the EU) in the early 80s. They were concerned that the EU might impose corporatist policies on the UK amongst other things. Jacques Delors managed to convince them that the EU would only impose socialist policies on the UK and they were soundly fooled by this and dropped their EEC objections. Some prominent Labour MP's like Tony Benn never believed him and never dropped their objections.

I personally have objections to the EU over it's neo-liberal policies (they approved CETA for one!), it's destructive austerity-pushing and anti-democratic activities. Many people in the UK feel we should never have had a referendum, although that is mainly because they lost. Referendums are an important part of any democracy and are in fact an act of true democracy, rather than the representative democracy we are usually lumbered with. The EU has a history of bullying countries into refraining from holding referendums, ignoring the results (e.g. the EU constitution becomes the Lisbon Treaty) and even harassing countries into holding them again when the "wrong" result occurs (Ireland and the Lisbon Treaty).

The other issue with the EU is that it is not content to simply remain a loose coalition of countries engaging in economic cooperation. There is an inexorable march towards something much more like a superstate, and the UK is far from the only member to have concerns about it. This process has only accelerated under Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. For example, there are moves toward having an EU army and countries like Sweden have strong objections to this. In 1975 the people of the UK voted to approve membership of the ECC, a fairly loose nine member organisation. They did not vote for a 28 member EU with far tighter integration. Whether you like the EU or not, this clearly demonstrates that it is an organisation than can change quite dramatically over time, and it's not always for the better. Many people are unhappy with that level of change and the associated unpredictability. Furthermore, you cannot rely on national democratic forces to bring a halt to superstate ambitions. The EU has demonstrated time and time again that it is willing to ignore, subvert and do end runs around national objections to its future plans. We've seen this most clearly over the EU Constitution and Lisbon treaties.

Before the referendum, I talked at length with other socialist friends about the EU, and they agreed there were serious issues over democracy, neo-liberalism, austerity etc . Yet as soon as the result came out, they became completely polarized. Suddenly the EU never did anything wrong, everyone was racist (because of course, that is the only possible reason anyone would want to leave the EU) and they even seemed to want Britain to fail as a result, presumably to teach Brexiters some kind of lesson. Both sides have acted reprehensibly since the referendum with childish attempts at marginalizing each other, name calling etc. We've had older people calling the younger generation "snowflakes" and the younger generation even calling for the disenfranchisement of the elderly because they are old and won't have to live with their decision (presumably this would also have to apply to young people who are terminally ill or have chronic life-threatening conditions).

People need to take a step back, calm down and accept that there were both good and bad sides to the EU and move on. There will certainly be economic challenges ahead, but outside of the EU we will be able to make international deals more quickly, so there certainly is a chance of success. Regardless of the way people voted, they should be hoping that we make a success of it.

Comment Re:Then do your homework? (Score 1) 286

While everything *does* have its costs, the land use required by solar and wind is not exclusive use of the land. Solar panels often sit on top of roofs, e.g., and wind towers are often located in pastures. Additionally Solar on rooftops doesn't require any extra cabling, and maintenance is generally trivial. The problem is it's not a base load.

An additional problem with ANY distributed solution is that the power grids are designed to transmit power in *one* direction. When the distributed source gets above around 20% of use this causes problems (given the current design).

P.S.: Wind often also doesn't require much additional cabling, as the power lines often go through exactly the same site as the wind flows. But it does require designing and implementing to allow local power input. (Ugh!)

Then there's the problem of line maintenance. The company that maintains the system generally earns it's money by selling electricity. This means that those who aren't purchasing from them aren't paying for maintenance...but somebody needs to.

So you're right, there are lots of details that need solving, and it's not simple, but you're misidentifying the real problems.

Comment Re:Contrast this with the incoming administration (Score 1) 286

Well, actually the proper answer is good insulation, but that brings in it's own problems (air circulation and quality) and only works if you own the property to start with.

The right answer doesn't involve lots of on-going costs (i.e. energy input), but it *does* require a bunch of up-front investment. How to get from the current situation to the "right answer", however, isn't clear.

Comment Re:INTERNATIONAL Business Machines (Score 1) 156

Mod parent up! This is exactly the same situation as with International House of Pancakes, who likewise will be letting go millions of waitstaff and cooks this year, instead hiring people in India and China to do the same work, at a fraction of the cost. Sure, you'll have to yell your order a little louder so they can hear you in India, and wait 7-14 days for your pancakes to be shipped to you from China, but the 2% cut in prices will be worth it.

Comment Re:If Edge is as good as MS says it is... (Score 1) 174

I've given it a couple of chances. It's a substandard piece of software. It just doesn't work very well. There's a reason that despite all of MS's efforts to promote it, including fucking with people who use Chrome, it's still used by an incredibly small minority of Win10 users. That's because it's just fucking awful.

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