* Posts by Kaltern

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Roses are red, you're feeling blue, 'cos no one wants to watch VR telly with you

Kaltern
Meh

Kieren, your subliminal anti-VR message is coming through loud and clear.

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Russia (A) bans web porn as a 'bad influence' (B) decriminalizes domestic violence – or (C) all of the above?

Kaltern

Trump and Putin. Devolving the world, one beating at a time.

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Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord

Kaltern

I'd like to simply not know until he actually regenerates. It's a bit stupid to announce the actor prior to the scene we now now is going to happen. I don't even understand why the BBC feel the need to release the information that an actor is leaving and a new one is coming.. probably so we can WATCH IT. Please. Watch it, we need the viewing figures...

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Is it the beginning of the end for Visual Basic? Microsoft to focus on 'core scenarios'

Kaltern

I always found the attitude to 'BASIC' was simply down to the actual name. I find BASIC to be more or less adequate for anything I need, afterall, calling a dll fundtion is almost identical in use as in C(squiggle of choice), you just use slightly different syntax to do it.

Honestly, I imagine with enough effort, anything written in C@ can be replicated in BASIC. Besides, I think it should be rebranded as APSIC, which sounds much nicer IMO, and loosed that highly outdated Beginners moniker.

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Oculus gift: VR biz to cough up half a billion dollars for ripping off software copyright

Kaltern

Re: @Klatern

"I grew up with an 18 inch b&w <SD TV til I was about 8 - programmes were immersive. ZX81 games were immersive. Books are immersive. Immersion is a state of mind - so long as VR requires a headset and 3DTV glasses they will fail to capture mass market."

Oddly, so did I - although my weapons of choice were a Mattel Aquarius, C64 and Amiga 500/1200.

I think I even read books.

In fact, I'd wager my understanding of English language is probably as good as yours is. (my ability to type is questionable)

Oh, and it's Kaltern. Not Klatern. Makes me sound like some horny teenager. Which I sadly am no longer. A teenager.

The odd analogy of glasses/headsets as a barrier to immersion is as ludicrous as saying the same thing about a monitor. Or paper.

Immersion, like life, doesn't require a cessation of evolution to remain relevant - it NEEDS to evolve. I bet you're one of those who don't see the point of 4K, or that 30 frames a second is perfectly adequate for gaming immersion.

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Kaltern

Re: Bit Steep

Another shortsighted view from someone who obviously doesn't think this new fangled VR thing is worth the bother.

VR is not going the same way as 3DTV, because VR is still improving and developing. It offers a far greater sense of immersion than 3DTV ever could, and while the 1st generation of these new headsets are still not perfect, they have already built upon the prototype versions that came before, and will continue to improve.

IT's only a matter of a year or 2 before we see 2k and 4k screens that will allow VR to really shine. GPU's are catching up fast, and should allow the resolutions needed which are the only key problem right now.

Even 3DTV has a chance to make a comeback, once glasses-free tech is perfected.

People like you are the reason we are slow to improve, and move on.

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Imagine a ChromeOS-style Windows 10 ... oh wait, there it is and it's called Windows Cloud

Kaltern

Soon... the burden of owning any software will soon be a thing of the past. Imagine a future, where you no longer 'load Windows', now you just 'log on to the cloud' and there is your virtual PC, ready and waiting, wit the latest hardware - as long as you can afford to pay the monthly fee. (no root/admin access - you don't need that any more).

Upgrade online or downgrade (with a phonecall to a country 7000 miles from where you are) your package to suit your needs. Marvel at the absolute lack of any need to manage your new cloud based system, ready when you are.

Until the system goes down. Or a security issue stops the entire cloud system from working. Or a patch breaks everything.

Welcome to the future.

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Trump's cartoon comedy approach to running a country: 'One in, two out' rule for regulations

Kaltern

Batman.

We just need Batman to remove the bad guy.

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Doomsday Clock moves to 150 seconds before midnight. Thanks, Trump

Kaltern

El Reg comments pro-Trump, and somehow see him as the Messiah.

Science suddenly ousted as unimportant, by the same man you are all rabidly supporting.

The Doomsday Clock, which has been viewed as a method of caution for decades, suddenly described as a Meme.

You lot are fucked up.

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Google loses Android friends with Pixel exclusivity

Kaltern

I quite like Allo... the interactive quiz things are quite clever.

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Kaltern

I wouldn't worry about Assistant anyway - it literally doesn't work properly.

I have a Pixel (not the XL, I'm not the King), and while it is a very good phone, the assistant is shit.

One of it's many issues is the infuriating way it doesn't connect to ANY other calendar except the main Gmail account - AND it only connects to the MAIN calendar. Not any others that you import from say, a scheduling website. Oh no. Oh and you can't actually ADD any entries via Assistant. You have to go do that manually.

Not a great start really.

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Welcome to the Wipe House: President Trump shreds climate change, privacy, LGBT policies on WhiteHouse.gov

Kaltern

Re: Happy Days

'Most of the country and world is willing to see how he does, and will give him the chance.' [citation needed]

See how easy it is to spread unprovable information? You cannot possibly know this; there are definitely no data sources for this seemingly innocuous statement, yet you make it as if it is common knowledge.

Please don't speak for 'Most of [the] world' - we'll make our own minds up about willingness or not.

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All the cool kids are doing it – BT hikes broadband and TV bills

Kaltern

I really don't know who to change to or who to even trust these days.

Sky, BT, TT, they're absolutely not to be trusted for the usual reasons.

The trouble is, any other smaller fibre provider charges insane money for what I need (80mb line, unlimited data), and so I am pretty much forced to stay where I am (BT).

And being in Scotland, we're not deemed worthy of Virgin's attention for whatever reason.

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Did Oculus swipe blueprints from rival? Zuck takes the stand

Kaltern

If I may elaborate on my dramatic point :P

Facebook is more that just a Jeremy Kyle interview room. There are thousands of websites that use it's services for ID, advertising and viral communication.

Many mobile games use FB as their means of making their cash, by getting their name out there, by 'encouraging' players to post on their pages, in turn spreading their name to other people.

These companies would fold overnight.

Social media is as much a part of the internet as a webpage now. I moderate FB pages for the biggest brands in the world, and I can tell you the loss of FB would hurt these companies greatly.

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Kaltern

It's quite simple really. Zick literally owns most of the world's social data, and is incredibly rich due to his dubious business practices.

Throw in some highly paid 'Yes' men, who reassure Zock that he is absolutely right on anything he says, add a pinch of ultra-highlife, stir well, and bake in an environment devoid of anything that could be considered 'common', and you get the reason he acts the way he does.

Imagine if Facebook were to collapse overnight, and the servers were turned off. I don't think it would be much of an exaggeration to state that the Western World would fall to pieces. It would most likely recover of course, but because of the huge number of slender, slightly spindly fingers Zeck has in pretty much every form of media pie? It's quite scary just how much power that company actually has.

Believe me, this whole Oculus thing will go away soon, with or without a huge payoff, and the world will continue to turn on baseless 'Like' clicks just as before.

I'm half expecting Zerk to try and buyout Wikipedia. Somehow, that's a terrifying thought....

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One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

Kaltern

I could get to the last level, but fuck me was it frustrating - the fire bridge a VERY close second!! *screams with hatred..and inserts yet another coin*

My claim to fame is that in my early teens I could complete 'Shinobi' on a single life. Including the ironman-last level. I got a free bag of chips that day (my local chippy had machines in, back when that was allowed...he rewarded me for completing each game he brought in. Clever marketing if you ask me. (one could also say exploitation... but I was 12 and I didn't really care!)

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AI shoves all in: DeepStack, Libratus poker bots battle Texas Hold 'em pros heads up

Kaltern

I think the developers of Deepstack kinda missed the point of Poker.

Poker is as much about reading your opponents as it is mathematically calculating the outs you have on a particular hand. Did Deepstack successfully pull a check/raise, or force a player into a fold by misrepresenting it's hand? I highly doubt it.

Poker is not a game of 100% skill - it simply cannot be so, as you don't have enough information about each hand to confidently know you're going to win or lose. Of course, people would argue that the point of exercises such as these, is to prove an AI can take all possible bit of information into consideration, and calculate the missing variables, and apply them to a real world, split decision situation.

But then they should be doing that, in a scenario that matters. Say.. oh I dunno, driving a car?

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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

Kaltern

You know what? I just tried the small sample pack, and I'm strangely impressed.

I'm not a huge fan mixing it with water, but I tried that first. Taste and texture is certainly something to work on, perhaps using milk, or even baking with it into biscuits and pancakes are possibilities.

What I'm most impressed with tho, is the feeling of fullness after just 50g of the stuff (about 270kcal), which I totally didn't expect. I have.. issues with food, and I often find myself feeling hungry after eating. I'm not getting that with this stuff, and that's just an odd feeling.

Not sure if I'm totally convinced to go full Matrix yet, but I AM trying to lose weight, and I DON'T eat enough (see: none) veg, and this IS cost effective... I dunno. We'll see.

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Kaltern

I fail to see why people are so worked up about this... it doesn't affect YOUR life, so why belittle the product, and the people who use it (I did it too Gorman...)?

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The Zucker Mister Social Club: Facebook's daddy wants to be your friend, for realsies

Kaltern

Anyone who uses Facebook has already waived their right to privacy.

And anyone who says, acts and lives like Zuck, can also waive their right to privacy.

I wonder if I could save enough to buy a small island...

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Kaltern

Now now, he might have read 25 variations of a Holy Book. I hear the Mahabharata is a cracking read.

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Kaltern

Fuck me, if Trump can do it... (shudders)

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Apple sued by parents of girl killed by driver 'distracted by FaceTime'

Kaltern

It's stories like this that genuinely make me wonder just how many people would swap their firstborn for their equivalent weight in gold.

Abolish money. Save the world. (something like that...)

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‘Artificial Intelligence’ was 2016's fake news

Kaltern

AI, like everything else so far this decade, is simply about making money than improving the world.

Nothing that utilises AI works, it's as simple as that. AI doesn't even exist.

Until the world stops looking at ways to just make more money, and start working on ways to fix/improve the world, we're just going to get more Alexa devices, touted as the Next Big Thing®.

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US cops seek Amazon Echo data for murder inquiry

Kaltern

I imagine Google's similar device will also not be recording every murder committed in home either.

In fact, it won't be long before these devices are suddenly to be used in every possible terrorism threat the authorities can make up.

Kind of reminds me of CtOS...

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How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order

Kaltern

Well, lets hope we have Carrie Fisher around for the next movie. :(

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Kaltern

I may be a minority here, but the latest SW movies are once again all being painted by the equality brush - at the expense of a proper story.

As crap as the prequel movies were - you knew where you were with them, and ROTC, had it not have been for emo boy playing Skywalker, would actually have been a pretty damn good movie I think.

But these last two - especially R1 - are just too infested with PC messages to allow me to enjoy it properly.

I appreciate the female protagonist in R1 - and that's totally fine. But the whole movie was based around her, whereas male 'good' figures were all portrayed as useless, bumbling idiots.

Feel free to mark me down, I quite understand. I just feel that these movies are not 'Star Wars'. Just try and do it without the abuse? :)

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Chinese boffins: We're testing an 'impossible' EM Drive IN SPAAAACE

Kaltern

Damn I will laugh so hard if it actually works and opens up a hitherto unknown aspect of physics.

And if it doesn't, at least SOMEONE actually took the time to try the fucking thing, rather than just bitch about how it cannot possibly work - without actually trying it.

Scientific method is all well and good - but actual practical proof-of-concept trumps theory every single time.

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Tesla set to up prices by 5% in new year because of 'currency fluctuations'

Kaltern

Give it up.

IT doesn't work, and it never will until every road, sign, vehicle and pedestrian are all using it. Nice idea, but never going to happen.

Stick to the Hyperloop - that's much more useful.

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What gifts did ol' kitten heels May get this year?

Kaltern

How about our esteemed, unelected PM give the people of Britain what they REALLY want for xmas.

A general election.

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Elon Musk wants to get into the boring business, literally

Kaltern

Oh cmon, like he doesn't already have his own Tracy Island somewhere.

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Fox's meal Sky ready to smother Europe with foreign language OTT content

Kaltern
Trollface

Oh it won't matter - most of us won't understand what's being said.

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Around 1.4 million people have sub-10Mbps speeds - Ofcom

Kaltern

The Internet isn't just about downloading porn, watching Nov TV( Which is utterly shit BECAUSE of the crap network infrastructure we have in Blighty), and controlling your kettle.

With properly reliable, fast internet, things could be done. Telephony could be radically changed for the better. IPTV would be a proper alternative to satellite (look at cable - that's essentially the same thing), and would open up competition for improved economic choice.

Businesses could network globally, with the reliability only even found on a LAN. The amount of data that could be shunted around the world would enable true cluster computing.

However, until the people at 'the top' stop seeing the internet as an economic irritation, then nothing will ever change. Farmers will be forever left with shit, unreliable connections because their fields are simply too big. (and not enough people live there to pay for it). There are always solutions to problems like this - but because there isn't a quick profit to be made, it'll never be addressed.

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Rift rift assists swift shift at crest of adrift Occulus

Kaltern

No, they're probably just disappointed Rift users, or poor people who wish they could own something as expensive as this, but can't. They probably have an iPhone 7 on contract, and thus give the illusion of having a lot of money, when they really don't.

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Kentucky pried chicken: Fried grease chain's loyalty club hacked

Kaltern

I'm pretty sure 'The Colonel' didn't say anything, seeing as he's long kicked the bucket.

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Remember that amazing video of the whale leaping out the gym floor and splashing down? Yeah, it was BS

Kaltern

Quick guide to spotting non-existent tech

That list could definitely be applied to Cloud Imperium Games.

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

Kaltern

#winteriscoming

And it's probably here to stay. God this stuff really winds me up.

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Kaltern

In response I call upon all artists to draw up a #winteriscoming pic and stick on every social media site possible.

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'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'

Kaltern

Used to work in a T-Mobile shop. Part of my day-to-day back then was to send phones out for repair, and to ensure there were no memory cards/sim cards still in the phone - to make sure they wouldn't be lost.

I hadn't been there long, and when I first checked these phones out, my boss, and his sidekick asst manager were always asking me to make sure I leave the mem cards in the office for safekeeping. As an inexperienced newbie I obliged without thought, until one day it occurred to me that they really should be using the locked cubbyholes we use when a phone is returned to us, ready to be given to the customer.

Turns out that every night after locking up, if there were any cards in the office, those two would lock themselves in the office, and go through the cards, copying anything they found of interest, and well, I don't know what they did with what they found... I prefer to not think about it.

Of course, 15 years down the line, I'm wiser and sadly, even more aware that private data never remains private. Even so, it still irritates me when people say 'don't take selfies in the first place'. Why not? Just because someone CAN go though your phone and wank to anything they find suitable, doesn't mean that they should. And coming on here and reiterating that it is going to happen because 'it just does' simply reinforces in those that do, that it's perfectly alright and acceptable.

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

Kaltern

animal - ˈanɪm(ə)l/

noun

a living organism which feeds on organic matter, typically having specialized sense organs and nervous system and able to respond rapidly to stimuli.

vegan

ˈviːɡ(ə)n/

noun

a person who does not eat or use animal products.

Can someone please explain to me where veganism ends and microbial life begins? I fail to see the difference, and thus all vegans (who signed this ridiculous petition) are hypocrites.

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100k+ petition: MPs must consider debating Snoopers' Charter again

Kaltern

Re: Well...

It'll take some time for the concept of a VPN to trickle into the minds of the gubbermint. They can barely accept the Internet exists - although understanding of how it works is clearly beyond their classical minds.

Once they realise that anyone can simply bypass all of their draconian attempts of control, they will declare VPN's the 'tool of the terrorist', and make a long speech in Parliament to inform anyone using one will be subject to investigation as a possible 'national security risk'.

And then they will ban them. And thus the UK will once again be saved from itself.

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San Francisco's sinking luxury Millennium Tower: Tilt spotted FROM SPACE

Kaltern

Just shove an old book in one corner. Always worked for me...

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NASA sets fire to stuff in SPAAACE. On purpose. Because science

Kaltern

Re: Green pulsing light...

Was just a curious alien taking snapshots.

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LAKE OF frozen WATER THE SIZE OF NEW MEXICO FOUND ON MARS – NASA

Kaltern

Citation?

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2016 in a nutshell: Boffins break monkeys' backs to turn them into tragic shuffling cyborgs

Kaltern

I hate to be the one to say it, but isn't this utterly pointless? I mean, it's basically the same as cutting a cord with lots of wires. If you already know what wire connects to which, it's trivial to repair the damage, but in the case of those already paralyzed, you wouldn't probably know what 'wires' were damaged, and thus would be impossible to repair.

Hell I could probably fix those poor monkeys with a soldering iron. Well, maybe, my hands are not as steady as they used to be...

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The Reg seeks online community manager

Kaltern

I currently work as a social moderator.

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. BBC Facebook pages on fire after the fall of Bake Off. I watched Z-Listers fade into obscurity from the house of Big Brother.

I stand on the forward bow of Twitter, tirelessly guarding the innocent against the depravity of humankind, tears in my eyes as I witness life collapsing around me. I've felt the exhilaration of knowing my actions have saved countless minds from corruption and despair.

I've seen it all... felt it.

So do I get the job?

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Boffins coax non-superconductive stuff into dropping the 'non'

Kaltern

Re: @AceRimmer1980

So, like most tech support queues in this mortal realm then.

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Today the web was broken by countless hacked devices – your 60-second summary

Kaltern

Skynet is coming.

I'm genuinely worried about this, as this really was a easy, small and well coordinated attack on one company. Clearly there is no redundancy for Dyn, and companies reliant on it's services obviously didn't take any threat seriously enough to make arrangements.

What would happen if the same group, did this again, but instead on attacking one company, they attacked a larger number, with an even bigger botnet. What would happen if they rotated the servers being attacked, and the botnet attacking them on a regular basis? How the hell would that be stopped, short of cutting ann DNS servers - even if that was a viable last-ditch defense?

I can see this attack being nothing more than a test run. The 'big' attack is coming.

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Third of Donald Trump's debate deplorables are mindless automatons

Kaltern

Social media bots. Which are clearly not real. And yet millions of upstanding American citizens follow blindly, without thought or care.

And I thought the UK political system was fucked up. At least we're a little more blunt about it. God help the world. He certainly isn't helping the USA.

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

Kaltern

Too many bitter, selfish, lazy, pessimistic, arrogant, materialistic commentards on here, and throughout the western world.

If Musk wants to attempt this, then who the hell are we to say it won't work, we can't do it, it's too expensive, etc etc.

Today's humans seem to be so wrapped up in economics and their own hubris, that when anyone dares to do something that is beyond what is deemed uneconomical, or not in line with established physics, they jump on these people, and attempt to persuade them, and anyone else who is listening, that it can't/shouldn't be done, and they list reasons as to why. These reasons inevitably fall into the following categories;

Too expensive

Not economically viable/no profit

Cannot be done with today's physics/technology

Religious reasons.

All of the reasons given above are irrelevant to those attempting whatever it is they're trying - assuming that it doesn't directly affect the safety of the human race of course. Look at the past, the way everything new and considered a direct threat to the authority of the time, be it religious or governmental, there were always detractors from the truth - the flat world, the centre of the galaxy, the ability to survive in space - all these things were entirely scorned and ridiculed, yet all were proven to be correct.

How do we possibly know that what Musk is proposing won't be possible? People ridiculed the idea of a rocket that could land by itself on a moving platform in the ocean - but it's been proven to be possible.

And consider this. People talk about a fossil fuel shortage, and there are of course those that say it's a myth, and we'll never run out (usually oil companies..), Yet solar power is being used already to help with the power grid, to reduce the amount of power being created with such fuels. But what if. What if EVERY single building in the world that receives sunlight, was given a proper solar panel. Imagine the amount of power that would produce. It would probably be vast, and would severely reduce the amount of fossil fuels being burned.

But those detractors immediately point out the cost of such an endeavour. There is no profit in this, therefore it's not feasible. But what IS profit? Just numbers on a spreadsheet. Important numbers of course, but numbers none the less. Imagine, just for a moment, that these numbers were irrelevant? What it solar panels were freely available and installed.

Wouldn't the global gain of such a thing become worthwhile? Profit would be second to the ability to no longer need fossil fuel. Surely THIS is the prize humanity should be aiming for, rather than how high a number we have in our bank accounts? Of course, as things are today, this isn't realistic. But with people like Musk, WILLING to use their vast resources to try these things, then the future could be a better place. But those of you who oppose this, do so with only the reasons I gave earlier - and these reasons are purely selfish. And as such, illogical.

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