19 posts • joined 10 Jan 2012
Re: Windows is nothing like the Windows of XP
It's cheaper to buy a new (but not top of the line - last year's top model) Laptop with Win 8.1 installed than it is to buy a windows upgrade for your XP box, but that is cheaper for the average PC user than installing Linux. The operating system of choice for SysAdmin types is a massive learning curve for a Windows XP user. Unless you think your own time is worthless, stay well clear of Linux and its impenetrable pirated UNIX jargon: "Linux does not log you in as root", "chmod +x", etc.
By the time you are a Linux expert, you will have spent in man-hours far more than the $750 or so for a modern Win 8 touch-screen laptop that is far superior to an XP-era primitive PC, now lumbered with an operating system hardly anyone wants.
Tell how a 24% efficiency improvement will allow a doubling of processor speeds?
There are at last count over 500,000 PC's worldwide still running XP. They will not all suddenly stop working when the OS goes out of support. For most people it will just mean that the Microsoft Support they have never used will no longer be available. As PC's are retired at end-of-life they will be replaced with Win 7 or 8 PC's: this is now cheaper than upgrading the OS on the old PC. So don't panic, just accept that this highly successful OS is on its way out.
The differences between Win 8 and Win 8.1 are so trivial, they should be considered the same OS.
The fact that over 10% of the world's PCs already use Win8x is a fairly good start, considering
a) Corporates have just finished moving to Win 7 and have no driving need to upgrade, and
b) Apple OS X is installed on 7.7% of desktops after a much longer release.
Re: What they don't tell you...
No, We DON'T "all know Windows 8 sucks badly" - that is an article of faith in the anti-microsoft world, not an actual fact. Win 8 supports touch-screens, but works fine without it. I like the interface once I got used to it, and was disappointed when 8.1 put the start button back in; a retrograde step, but even 8.1 doesn't suck. it runs twice as fast on the same hardware as Win 7 did, for one thing: That is the first Windows upgade I can say that about.
Re: The mighty have fallen half way
"as soon as Android effectively supports the notebook form factor (keyboard and mouse) I suspect I'll buy one." Good news then: the ASUS TF300T Transformer has a docking station with keyboard, touch-pad and USB port, that you can plug a mouse into. Or you can detach it and use as a tablet.
24 times faster
Just a heads up for you: 24 times faster is exactly the same as 2400% faster.
Bitcoin should be banned
Since Bitcoin is the currency of the dark web, it should be banned. If no bank or trader will exchange bitcoins for real currency, then it will die a sudden and well-deserved death.
Trans Pacific Partnership agreement
If the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement makes parallel importing illegal, then we should not sign it at any price. Free Trade becomes unfair trade if anti-competitive rules enforce import monopolies. Free Trade should be just that: Free, with the maximum competition between Retailers and Suppliers to deliver the lowest prices to consumers.
Re: This is not "post scarcity"
Buy up deserts for solar power farms? It would be less harmful to the environment to build more coal-fired power stations. Eventually Hydrogen Fusion will render both technologies obsolete, but right now Coal is the cheapest source of electricity (in places where hydro dams cannot be built).
Microsoft Version numbering has zero effect on users abandoning Windows, and there is little evidence that they are doing so on the desktop. On Phones and Tablets, the biggest player is Android, but that is because MS was too slow to develop an OS for Phones. Windows 8 is their belated effort, but shows promise. I use an Android tablet and am too smart to own a smart phone (a Nokia classic is fine by me) but really like Windows 8 on my Laptop. I think Windows 8.1 was a backward step, but I'm on it anyway to keep current.
The United Nations of Earth
"The UN decided that no one should be allowed to own anything up in space." Too bad they don't have jurisdiction there: Perhaps one day there will be a United Planets, a United Systems or a United Galaxies, although I hope not: I predict we will leave bureaucracies behind on the planet's surface, but will take our Capitalism with us wherever we go.
Re: Off-topic: Electric cars?!?
Yes, an electric car is only a coal-fired car at one remove since 90% of electricity comes from Coal-fired power stations, unless of course you are using clean green Nuclear Fission, in which case it's a fusion-powered car! I'll take CO2 emissions any day over enriched plutonium, thank you very much! I guess you could plug your Tesla sports car into a rack of solar cells and leave it to charge for a month or so between drives. For most of us, if we buy one of these expensive rich men's toys, we would plug it into the nearest power outlet, and suck the electricity straight from the Coal or Nuke.
Cleaner to burn petrol.
Why are we not developing Hydrogen-powered cars?
Re: I want a Neptune orbiter
Haven't you heard? Uranus was such an embarrassing name they decided to change it to Urectum!
Re: Floppy disk -- I've got one in the car
I had those on my IBM System 34: 8" floppies and harddrives the size of attache cases made of Plywood, with motors like a landrover starter motor, that only stored 16Mb but cost $30,000 each! Those were the days!
No mention of Borland's Geoworks either, a GUI OS that ran on a IBM PC XT, killed off by Windows 95...
Remember how illogical it was to click "Start" so you could shut down? Now you log off - very logical, before you see the shut down button. Just one example of why Windows 8 is better than any of its predecessors, and why I don't intend to (but will probably be forced to) install the 8.1 upgrade. One of the things I like most about Win 8 was getting rid of the Win 95 Start Menu. Even without a touch screen Windows 8 is my favourite OS.
Re: My parents...
I agree - the learning curve for Windows 8 has been massively over-estimated. The Desktop tile means you are one click away from the Windows 7 desktop where I spend 95% of my time, and I just enjoy that the Windows kernel runs much faster that the "real" Windows 7 did on the same hardware. Tiles are easy to use, but don't have much attraction for old tech-heads who know how to navigate the Windows 7 OS. For new users, this may be all they will ever use, and the fact that they don't need to learn the OS, is what Microsoft are banking on. A Windows 8 PC will be an entertainment appliance for most users. My son says it is an X-Box without the controller.
CO2 likely lagged the increase in regional Antarctic temperature
"the increase in CO2 likely lagged the increase in regional Antarctic temperature by less than 400 yr and that even a short lead of CO2 over temperature cannot be excluded.”
They think that the CO2 increase may have occurred only 400 years after it got warmer, but the measurement error is high enough that they can't absolutely prove that the CO2 increase didn't occur before the warming. This is the first paper to cast any doubt on the accepted science that CO2 increases have lways lagged, that is came after warming, not the other way around. It doesn't cast much doubt: Essentially they are saying CO2 increase lagged warming by 400 Years +/- 400years.
This comment was probably inserted to avoid attack from warmists, so they could get their paper published: it just says "this doesn't absolutely disprove AGW."
In nature, CO2 increases always come after warming, as a result of the increase in living things: warming brings an explosion in life, generating more CO2.
"Acidification" is Propaganda
pH values greater than 7 are called alkaline, whereas less than 7 are called acidic. So if we're moving from 8.2 to 8.1, what does that mean? Yes, the oceans are becoming less alkaline, rather than more acidic. It cannot be called acid till the Ph falls below 7. If the Ph has fallen by 0.1 in the last Century, and in the unlikely event that this were to continue (Peak Oil is due any day now, so fossil fuel burning is due to taper off; it cannot continue growing for much longer) , it will take over 1000 years before the ocean reaches neutral, the Ph of distilled water. The other thing this article ignores is that higher levels of CO2 in sea-water is actually good for coral, which converts the carbolic acid (dissolved CO2) into carbonates as it builds coral reefs, sequestering vast amounts of carbon in the process. This is one of the negative feedback loops which explains why the Global Warming stalled in 1998, and there has been no further warming since, although the last 15 years remain warmer than the prior decades of the twentieth century.
Then why is a plug-in keyboard and a stand to hold your iPad up such a hot seller? It is a must-have to convert the Ipad toy into a working tool.
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