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I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

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Re: Free? it's how Windows became dominant in the first place

The fine details you forget to tell us:

The bundled copy was Win1.x/2.x that required DOS to run

The Win1.x/2.x had a very limited program base

Starting with the Win3.x DOS-Externders they cost money. And the NT line never was for free

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Re: This is nonsense of the highest order. (Mad Mike)

@MadMike

Actually there are quite a few tablet pc besides the Surface Pro family and have been for quite some time. Samsung (Ativ 500/700/Tab-3), Fujitsu (Q702/704/Q55x/Q584), Lenovo (Thinkpad Tablet 2, Helix), DELL (Latitute 10), Acer, Asus, HP...

And getting a DELL or Lenovo without an OS is actually just the matter of ordering by phone instead of ordering by web shop. It won't be much cheaper (20-30€ IIRC) but it will be nominally cheaper

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Re: Be better...

Any hardware that runs XP and is powerful enough to run Win7 - will run Win8 even better since the system is faster/smaller

Any user that requires new hardware to run W8 - will need that even more for W7.

There is a very small group of cards and external hardware that rely on hardware components that only have XP drivers AND can not be replaced by more modern stuff. Those are about the only ones stuck with Win7 since that still supports the XP driver model.

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Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth

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Re: Not pleasant reading for Redmond

Ubuntu guarantees 5 years not 10

RedHead LTS is commercial

Wine is extra effort so why use it instead of Windows? And business users need a LOT more than an office package. And quite a bit of office software demands MS Office.

Games are a non runner than, none of the ones I use run on an XBox or an iThingy

Wacom TABLET != Wacon penabled. The technology is different and drivers for the latter are "Alpha" at best. The support software is missing as well (no MS Journal etc) and the existing driver is "pen as mouse" not "pen with pressure support etc. NTrig is even less supported (and all Sony tablet/convertible units use NTrig)

The Wiki article on Speech Recognition has nice phrases like "currently a push is under way" and "It is possible, though complicated, for advanced developers to create Linux speech recognition software by using existing packages derived from open-source projects". Hmm, Win7 does a decent speech recognition OOB and if I need more Dragon Natural is quickly installed. And both work offline without Aunti Google listening in. The commercial software aims at a different target and costs extra money.

Dev tools BETTER than Windows was the request. If it is equal - why switch? Neither Eclipse nor Netbeans run better under Linux

So - No Benefits in Linux, numerous problems for my use case. I stick to Win8 for my clients and Solaris for the servers

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Re: Not pleasant reading for Redmond

I "bought into" Java (invested privat time and money) in 1997/98 and started using it at work in IIRC 2001 (C++ / VB6 in that company before that, C/C++/Fortran/Step5/... in others). Liked the language and the environment a lot and still does. So while my current employer made the decision - I made the decision to work for him. Could have gone to a .NET/C# using company as well (had an offer) or "back to the roots" and C++.

And the big benefit of Java IMHO is not "runs anywhere" (It more often than not actually does). It is "fails everywhere". Ones a system is up and running chances are good an error on the customer side can be reproduced "in house" and debugged.

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Re: Not pleasant reading for Redmond

Yawn, the old "you work for MS defence", a FossTard classic. I have a strong dislike for LINUX and the fanatics like Stallman or Kroah Hartman and the FSF "commies". Otherwise (as stated before), I love a good SOLARIS server and likely used more OS than most Linux fans used distributions. Best for each task - Linux never was.

And "easier to install" / upgrade? Where? All stuff these days come in nice packages that install easily on Windows. And some of the products needed (database - Oracle is a must) are very version dependent on Linux with the version it runs NOT the typical client kit

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Re: That'll be the sound of the rush

My tablet pc runs just fine under Win8. Well, he did almost as good under Win 7 but I am a pen user and touch is "useless shit / crap causing shiny screens" for me. So does the mobile workstation/convertible I use at the company.

Customers are quite happy with their Dell and Lenovo units (Lat10/TPT2) since they simply run the existing software without a rewrite. Ever tried running a Swing application on an iToy or Fragmentdroid?

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Re: Not pleasant reading for Redmond

Example for what? The cost of Windows on a "brand name" box (HP/DELL/LENOVO/FUJITSU) is around 20-30€ since that is what you get back if you return a licence or do not buy them. To be payed every 3-5 years when I get a new box. Oh yeah, I'll go bancrupt on that and so will my employer. After all that is around 8-10€/year/employee. Even the Win8 upgrade, the first I bought in two decades, was around that price per box. And that was a "want" not a "need" upgrade, privat units ran fine with W7.

Since price is not the reason - what are the benefits again?

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Maybe you should stick to things you know. Like putting packages in the little cart at Amazon.

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Re: Not pleasant reading for Redmond

As said - JAVA Developer. I do not care what OS it is as long as Eclipse, Netbeans and the other Java stuff works.

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Re: Er........

In case of Notebooks: phone DELL/Lenove/HP/Acer/Asus/Sony/<Company> and ask for one. Business customers can order units without OS and do since many have a volume licence and build a special "master image" in house that they put on all boxes. And to those who ask the same service is delivered for privat users.

Sure, you won't get OS-less versions in MediaMarkt or the basic online configurator, they cater to Joe Average or small companies and that guy uses Windows in 90+ percent of the cases. And after the netbook problems they won't touch Linux with a 10 foot pole, the return rate of the Linux netbooks was extremly high

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Re: Not pleasant reading for Redmond

Oh companies do use it. They either have a huge support staff (Google i.e) and can do backports in house or buy RedHat/SuSe/Oracle and pay licence fees similar to that of a Windows box so they get 10+ years of guaranteed support for the OS version they install on the server

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Re: AutoDesk

Well, option 3 would have been "Pay me a typical freelancer fee". Between 70€/hour for Win7 and 140€/hour for Linux (20€ for support, 1000€ for the needed medication to dull the pain of touching PinguCrap OS). Sorry but in my own spare time I only support systems for free that I like and use myself. And Solaris on a client is not the prime choice for Joe Average enduser.

It's like asking me to do a slightly more complex website that goes past mere HTML "for the team/club/other none paying entity". Sure as long as you accept your choice of language is JAVA, JAVA or JAVA. If you want PHP - hire me and pay me.

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Re: if you had to migrate your business from Windows XP

Don't know your clients but ours (mostly small, insignifcant companies with 4 and 5 digit numbers of employees) change their computers every 3-5 years. And have done so late 2011 to mid 2012. All "new" units will get the same "clone" of software the current boxes have to keep helpdesk load down.

A limited roll-in of specialist maschines (Latitude-10 and Thinkpad Tablet 2) with Win8 has happened and Win 8.1 with some customers

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Re: Not pleasant reading for Redmond

A FUD and lies from the Gnuliban, as always. Companies depend on applications and many of those are Windows only. So having a OS that does not change critical parts every 3 month and does not consider 5 years "long term stable" is a good idea for a successful enterprise.

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Re: @mmeier Not pleasant reading for Redmond

And what is the difference in developing applications under Win8 to doing so under Win7? None or none at all? Nothing has changed there. Modern UI apps where added. If your customers do not want them - don't build them. My employer is a JAVA based company - and we don't do Android for the same reason.

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Re: I tried Linux

I guess it is a case of PEBKAC. Those same things work fine on the various (20+) boxes switched so far. ATI, NVidea or Intel, one or many monitors, tablet pc, notebook or classic tower - all worked. One of them was "build for Win8" (Dad's new box) but the rest where 2+ year old Win7 boxes, including the rather special tablet pc and convertible units.

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Re: Not pleasant reading for Redmond

And what is the benefit of "Linux"?

What distribution offers 10+ years of support at a price lower than Windows?

What distribution runs the standard software most business users need?

What distribution runs my games?

What distribution supports my hardware and my usage pattern? Voice/pen?

What distribution is better at running my developer tools than Windows? Technical reasons not "Osama bin Stallman spoke to me in a hashish dream reasons"

Oh wait - none of them. So what IS the benefit once I strip fanatism and rhetorics?

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Re: Aero

Last I looked my computer was a tool so it did not need to be "exiting" or have distracting "bling". Boring but functional is fine for me.

Granted, I danced a jig the day Aero bought the farm like the good boyscout I am.

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Re: AutoDesk

Define "support Win8" please. If you mean "write a Modern-UI app" - well why should they? The Win7 application will run fine on the desktop and the multi window model of the desktop is better suited for that type of application.

I can understand the "one system to rule them all" approach, mixed environments can be a problem. That's why the family has been given the choice "take Win8 or support yourself" and they have choosen Win8.

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Re: if you had to migrate your business from Windows XP

Actually there are simple reasons why smart companies do not use "newest version" of anything:

+ Smart companies TEST a new OS for compatibility issues before rolling it out

+ Smart companies keep the number of different client installations a small as possible to reduce the support problems like trying to get Olav Officedrohne to tell you WHAT OS he has installed

+ Companies that like to stay in business do not change running systems that still can be properly maintained. That's why there is a market for stuff like Red Hat servers with their "pay through the nose for 10 years support" system

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Re: if you had to migrate your business from Windows XP

There are limits on the number of windows I can have at the desktop in Win8? Where? I mean outside of Gnuliland where the liars life? Sorry the desktop behaves as it did in Win7 - open as many windows as your memory and screen size allows.

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Re: That'll be the sound of the rush

In my experience the "non IT" people are the ones with the least amount of problems. Just like they had the least amount of problems adopting stuff like the iThingy.

The next easiest group are real IT professionals who consider operation systems a mere tool to be evaluated based on needs / use cases not on dogma.

The problem groups are Muscle Memory Mike and other "IT experts", the same people that moan and bitch when you change office versions etc because their "experience" gets invalidated.

And the biggest problem group are the FUD-boys from sector Penguin and the flat out liars from the Gnuliban movement that never tried but throw around "knowledge"

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Re: Pops likes it

As a software developer (Java Enterprise) I get as close to the mythical "power user" as one will likely get. And I still find Win8 VERY useable. No matter what system from 10'' Atom-driven tablet pc to a dual monitor core-i7 tower. Eclipse and company run like they always did, Modern is a nice start menu replacement for me and the system is a bit smaller, faster and has some useable improvements.

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Re: it's a simple test...

Out of 20 that switched to Win8 so far? None, not even my 70+ year old father who is not the most computer savy person. One person has asked for a very specific FEATURE of the menu and got a "oh, I do this over the file menu" from another

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Re: Er........

Few. The number of Linux users on the desktop is around two percent and stable. So the number of "forced to buy the OS" people is likely very small.

Actually I should be zero since the oh so smart people using Gnuliban OS surely would know how to buy a unit WITHOUT a pre-installed OS.

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Re: if you had to migrate your business from Windows XP

Depends.

Privat: Win8.1 without a second thought (well, actually I DID upgrade the day it came out)

Company: An upgrade needs to be tested with all configurations in use. That takes 3+ month so Win8.1 would be out right now. So I had to check if 8.0 is still available. If yes - Win8 otherwise Win7

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Teary-eyed snappers recall the golden age of film

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I happily dropped classic film the same place I dropped paper books - on the garbage heap of history. And I was VERY happy I could do that 10+ years ago and I am still today

Like the majority of camera users I do this to have some memories, show some hobby work and general fun. And there the low price per shot and the quick check capabilities outweight everything else. Back in the "bad old days" I never knew if a shot was good until I returned home and had the film developed (hopefully without a screw up). IF the film survived, a associate lost quite a few shots when a film did not make it out of the camera. Not to mention all the things that could go wrong in developing the film, in getting a proper color etc.

With digital systems I can check that "won't come back here in a decade if at all" shots mere minutes after taking them. Fire up the tablet pc, download (actually used a EyeFi card) and check. I can back them up at that time as well, not to mention SD cards being more rugged/easier to use than film. At the same time with an SD card giving me hundrets of pictures between changes AND card changes being quick/cards being small I can "risk a shot". In the old days it was always the "is this good enough to use one of my 36 exposures" thinking and more than one shot was not taken that was latter regretted (or was taken and latter missed).

And LEARNING gets a lot easier/cheaper with modern systems as well. Again, instant check, instant repeat and no hesitation to go out and do 1000 test/training shots - only costs time. And since 90+ percent of photography is getting experience how to use the equipment and how to compose the picture - training got a lot cheaper with digital cameras. Nothing beats a "shoot, check, adjust, re-shoot" set for learning techniques.

That modern digital cameras offer a lot of useful automatisation and support systems like a WaStab<<<Imaga Stabiliser etc. is another benefit.

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

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Re: No, Liam, I won't be using a fondleslab as my primary computer.

Initially this was a reply to Troller Potts. Then I realised the moron is not worth it. So I changed it

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Re: No, Liam, I won't be using a fondleslab as my primary computer.

Windows tablets have shit battery life and gave up on having a proper multitasking OS for that bullshit 8.11 for Fondlegroups "two things at a time, tops" crapfest.

Windows tablets are just as much post-productivity devices as iTat. Not that I'd expect a fairly proven brand tribalist like you to be capable of understanding such concepts. URG SAYS LURV MICROSOFT

UG, UG. MICROSOFT.

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Oh come on Mr Potts, not that STUPID AND OBVIOUS LIES! again. Thankfully it seems the Reg no longer lets you write "Articles" yet the still give you a platform to spout your "truth" that has not been true for quite some time now.

Thinkpad Tablet 2, Dell Lat 10 => 9+ hours

Surface Pro/2 => 7+ hours

Sony Vaio Duo 13 => 7+ hours

Eat that and choke on your likes Troller

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So you bought the wrong tablet. That's all.

I use LaTeX on my tablet pc if I need to set lengthy text. Than mostly coupled with a BT keyboard also in a pinch pen input works. If I write drafts / take notes I do this with a pen in Journal or OneNote. Annotate lengthy Word documents or PowerPoints. And the T-Series convertible is, when docked, my primary workstation (M-Series CPU and 16GB, all that with 7+h on battery)

The end product will be an electronic format. 12+ inch tablet pc or tilt-able monitors for reading save useless waste of paper.

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Re: Consumer vision

A Trevor the Troll is at it again.

Remind me to tell Lenovo, Sony, Fujitsu,... that the units they offer for sale actually do not exist because "nobody will build them". Strangely their shops insist I can buy those units.

And they are multi-tasking systems that can be docked or used as a tablet pc. Touch/Pen/Keyboard/Voice - you want it, they support it. Out of the box.

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Re: No, Liam, I won't be using a fondleslab as my primary computer.

Just use the right tablet (pc) and the units can do multi monitor. Since the last decade actually. Because - all WINDOWS tablets are at the core x86 based PC with a full powered OS. Surface/Pro, Sony Tab 11, Fujitsu Q-Series etc. - they all can drive multi monitors, many have a docking station just like a high end notebook (That they are from the hardware PoV). What they offer is an extra amount of flexibility because I can leave dock, mouse and keyboard behind and still have a useable device for conference rooms or customer meeting. Or for attending a conference and taking notes - I don't need to balance my unit on my knees ever afraid it might drop - mine is handled like an A4 college block and pen

It's only the toy breeds from Apple or VEB Plaste and Elaste that can't do it properly. Even in the rare case ("Note series") that they have a proper inductive digitizer the support software is still a piece of shit compared to what Windows has OOTB.

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Re: So that's one fondleslab

Paperless - not yet, there are some dinosaurs left that insist on printed stuff.

Very little paper - yes. A nice Windows tablet pc with Wacom pen replaced A4 college blocks, postIt notes etc. almost completely. And being Windows the notes taken are easily shared with basically every Windows PC (all since Vista, XP needs to download a viewer).

At 12'' (privat) and 13''(company) the units are "close enough" to DIN A4 paper for all practical purposes. And if I need more screen - docking station and I have a core-i based workstation. In the conference room it is WIDI to the beamer / conference call screen and notes are taken using the tablet pc rather than a flipchart.

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US puts Assange charge in too-hard basket - report

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Re: Do they think Assange is stupid?

What if Sweden can proof that he had an STD while doing sex without a condom? In quite a few countries this changes the game. There is the matter of a blood-test that he has constantly refused...

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If the US wants him dead - he wakes up right next to a Tomahawk and the USA will be so sorry for the mishap and is investigating the error in coordinates. Just aks the guys in the Chinese Embassy to Serbia...

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A what a beautiful set up. With Ecuador and GB talking about a solution to the Assange problem this is the straw that gets St. Julian send to martyrdom. Palm Sunday he'll be out of the embassy and into sweden. trial on Good Friday and (after GB waives charges of breaking bail) touch down in Sydney on Easter Sunday.

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How to relieve Microsoft's Surface RT piles problem

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Re: Transitive could allow them to run x86 on ARM

IIRC the Intel ships replacing the PPCs had more raw computational power (just like the 68k->PPC switch before). It is always easier to emulate a CPU on a more powerful/faster unit. Current generation ARM barely come up the CTrail Atom performance. And the CTrail is "adequat" for Windows not "blazingly fast", it is the CPU you choose if low weight/hig endurance are the MAIN criteria. So emulating a x86 on an ARM will likely be totally unusable even for simple programs

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Re: Three out of Four Reasons

The fifth are Atom based W8 tablet pc. Similar weight, size and endurance, not that much more costly but vastly more useful since they are full sized x86 units with all the software.

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'Only NUCLEAR power can SAVE HUMANITY', say Global Warming high priests

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Re: Warming of rivers used for coolant by reactors

Nope. The Channel has a winter Temperature slightly above freezing. On a summer day any part of the 300+km Channel reaches 20+ degrees. No dead fish. But keep on spreading greenie nonsense, l love a good laugh

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Re: How much money is seriously spent on renewable research?

RESEARCH is quite acceptable, mainly into long term energy storage since that is the major problem with the renewables. The long term planable ones Water/Geothermal/Methan from crap are in very limited supply in most nations (Fully build up they could in a NIMBY-free germany supply less than 20 percent of the 40GW base load) so the erractic and un-plannable Solar/Wind must fill in. And they can only do that econommically if we can store enough energy to compensate DAYS at full need.

Paying for solar/wind generators OTOH is a waste of money. The energy is not useable if you want a stable and dependable energy network so their use is restricted to "island" mode (Supply your house). And I see no reason why the public should pay for an individuals ideology and desires.

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Re: Warming of rivers used for coolant by reactors

Animals love it. The point where the coolant water of the local (coal fired) plant is pumped back into the channel stays free of ice even in the hardest winter. And all non-migratory animals show up there. Standing on the ice 100m down the channel with binoculars was great.

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Re: Best News in Ages

Thorium reactors aka "The big green nightmare" where actually developed to the point where germany build a test reactor (THTR) at Hamm. Killed when the Grennies made a minor technical problem sound like a mix between Hiroshima and Tschernobyl and a SocialDemocrat Prime Minister needed Green party votes to remain on the job. Sadly because the mechanical problems could have been overcome (that is what a test unit is for)

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Re: Gorleben

Ah, ein Birkenstockler - grüße von Dieter Nuhr

German greenies and facts are like fish and bicycles. As for exploring the salt mine at Gorleben - sure even a month. The salt would be bad for my boots but otherwise there is no problem. Maybe due to the simple fact that there is no atomic waste in the Gorleben mine

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Re: The penny drops

Renewables unless their output is available on schedule are useless. Water works, Methan works within limits (1) but neither solar nor water work in most of the developed world. Same for geo-thermal. Unless you have activities (i.e Island) that is not a smart technology to use since artificial geothermal uses technology similar to fracking and (as germany has learned) can cause nice earthquakes.

The main problem with the unreliables (Wind, Solar) is that you need backup capacity equal to what they generate IF they are running. Backup that are either "running idle" (selling the produced energy for "black zero" or even less) OR quick starting. The latter are bascially Methan driven gas turbines. Not very efficient and not very environment friendly.

As an alternative you can learn to live with blackouts, brownouts, power rationing (and domestic WILL be the first to be switched off) and other fancy things. There is a good reason Poland is making sure they can isolate themselfs from the german network if necessary.

(1) Using fields purely for Methan production means that the remaining food producing fields need more fertilizer etc - not a good choice

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Re: @Vladimire Plouzhnikov - Sigh...

Ah the "evil air condition" and the "tree killing SUV". Those may (or may not) be US problems but Amiland is not the world not even a large part of it. Look at Europe and you will see that most houses do not use air condition (even most offices don't) and most vehicles are not 3000ccm+ SUVs either. Houses are build on the compromise between "still affordable" and "well insulated" (we actually use brigs instead of wood!) and some "low energy" houses are actually "high mold" designs.

Domestic energy use is small compared to industrie or public transport. And those in turn are necessary if we want civilisation at least on the current level. With more and more people rightfully demanding it - we need MORE energy not less. With some parts of the system going "electric" including the "Green EgoWanker" of personal electric cars we need more energy, not less. Even if we tell the Greenies where to stuff their e-toys and concentrate on USEFULL electric cars (bus, trains, short haul trucks) we need more energy.

And there is little renewable available. Water is already well developed and any new dam or hydraulic power station will be blocked by NIMBYs, "The poor fishies", "EVIL technology" and the rest of the granola. Solar/Wind do not work without efficient and long term storage (Wind AND Solar where bascially out during a total of 4 weeks in winter 2012/13! in germany), stuff that is not available NOR any technology that can do this.

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Surface Pro 2: It's TOOL-PROOF and ultimately destined for LANDFILL

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Re: A tablet is a low power device

Corporations have been using Tablet PC for a decade and more. Not the "touch only iThingy clone" but real tablet pc with inductive stylus and all. And those units sell good enough that Lenovo etc. build them, update them etc.

When buying something a smart person lists the needs and wants and then gets the proper unit. If you want "note taking while standing/without space for setting down a notebook" - you have the need a tablet pc. If you say "one OS for all" and "tablet" - welcome to Windows. If "can use the documents generated by my co-workers but needs high mobility" - In 92+ percent of the cases you are right with Windows.

And that is what the S/P2 and it's siblings deliver. 100 percent compatible to the typical client PC and it's documents, extremly mobile, enough power to run almost everything (1). Light enough to use standing / sitting in a chair at a conference(2) and replace paper.

(1)First Person shooters and some very high computational task won't work. But they won't work on an ARM tablet and on most notebooks either (Some M-Series CPU equiped mobile workstations might do it)

(2) The 2+ kg of a T-series are a tad heavy there, a 1kg unit OTOH is fine from experience

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Microsoft: Ha ha, my Wall Street friends - THIS time the victory is OURS

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Can't say about the RT version but Surface Pro I have actually seen in their natural habitat more than once. They are less common as "youtube on the bus" or "student on the campus green" units, that's where Fragmentdroid and iThingy have their home.

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