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Comment (Cringe) OneNote (Score 1) 170

I am in fear of the flames now, but I started using OneNote around three months ago and I swear, it is the best note-taking system that I have ever used. I would go so far to say that it might be the best program that Microsoft has on offer. Very flexible, very easy to use, and the cut and paste feature really makes it useful. There you go....And they are giving it away free.

Submission + - What tech will be available in an energy constrained world. 1

westernjanus writes: The Archdruid is currently running a writing contest on what a "De-industrial Civilization" will look like.

One of the pre-existing conditions of the story is a world 75-100 years from now where no viable source of energy comparable to fossil fuels has been found to replace the energy density of fossil fuels.

In this model, I feel that the loss of access to concentrated and relatively low-cost energy will have severe impacts on manufacturing processors. The high cost of energy will be reflected in the cost to the consumer for the processing power. This increase in cost will, more likely than not, decrease the demand for chips. The decrease in demand will provide a feedback loop which will require further price increase to offset volume of sales.

Chips would necessarily require the lowest amount of energy possible in their manufacture in order to retain the volumes required to economically maintain production

What sort of processors would fit into such a economic model, and what processor system, if any, would be the precursors of such a line of computing technology?

Comment Re:This isn't because he is doing too MORE Science (Score 1) 204

I concur. Very little "science" is done here. The kid cobbled together a cookbook "fission" reactor and then hawked it until he won somewhere. The disregard for anything but winning, the derivative nature of the work, the hurt feeling caused by "the man keeping him down" all reek of self promotion and playing the system show me an excellent and lucrative future in the status quo. But that is the whole point, isn't it?

Comment Re:Sophistry at its finest... (Score 1) 587

I don't know if I can agree with the statement "but always leads to more problems in the long run". I would suggest that all law ultimately grow out of a formalisation of the concepts of "justice" formed in acts of "vigilanteism". I would suggest that actions like this actually will force the "proper channels" to actually develop proper disincentives to this behavior.

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