Funny, I don't seem to have it on my Chromebook, which runs Linux Mint. But I do have an antique HP LaserJet.
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Re: American ULEZs incoming (in Democrat states).
Here in New York, they spread car solvent on the roads from November to April (Syracuse is nicknamed the Salt City) so putting a lot of money into a steel car is a bad proposition. The junkyards are full of good drivetrains surrounded by crumbling Ferrous oxide.
Re: The problem is unchanged
"The minute a manufacturer produces an EV that can go the same distance as an ICE vehicle, AND be recharged in the same amount of time it takes to get a soda at a convenience store, THEN you will see the mass migration to EVs."
There will always be those who swear they pull a boat for 1000 miles without stopping, uphill, and they're allergic to electrons. What they really mean is, it's the Democrats forcing everyone to buy efficient, non-polluting cars so therefore they are evil.
Re: Well there's another angle
This is sad news. Now they will hang on to them longer and jack up the price because they're not "obsolete".
My best laptop is a 2013 Chromebook Pixel (list price $100) that I got just off lease for $200. I went through GalliumOS and Kubuntu, but It runs Mint best.
Re: The rise of "It just works"
Look in the back of the AARP magazine and you'll see "Senior Computers" advertised. "So simple to use, and carefree, etc." Yup, Linux based, of course.
Despite being a retired vacuum tube engineer, people ask me about PC problems. My standard answer now is "I Don't Do Windows" but I'll install Linux for them. If they "need" a new computer, I steer them toward a Chromebook, which usually does the job for them. I have one myself, 10 year old Pixel, which I run Linux Mint on. My first PC that was never contaminated with Windows!
Re: Change can happen quickly...
"If I asked people what they wanted, they'd say a faster horse." -- Henry Ford
The SAE projects that EV vs. ICE car build costs will cross over in the 2025ish time frame. If people get a choice of an EV and an ICE at the same price, some of them will go for the EV for its dramatically lower running costs, not to mention the zoom zoom factor (ignoring the noise and smell). There will be many who say they have to drive 600 miles without stopping, in -20C weather, pulling a boat, and park at an apartment or street with no charging. Many who will be convinced that it's a Liberal Democratic hoax like climate change, and that They can shut off your car when THEY want to limit you. Forcing people to change does nothing but generate resentment. Let them buy dino juice and enjoy the price.
SAE = Society of Automotive Engineers
Re: Too expensive, too heavy, too range limited
I am interested in the new Mazda MX-30 with a 100 mile range battery (which covers 100% of my usual daily driving) and a Wankel range extender. That might solve the problems o the rotary engine, running at an optimum RPM.
I said I was interested, not that I'm necessarily going to put a deposit down.
Re: Hydrogen is an energy storage medium...
Seems to me (although I am not a chemist) there would be more viable synthetic fuels that could be distributed using current infrastructure, saving some trillions of dollars and pounds and thus make all this greenness economically more palatable. Some use nitrogen to suck up the burny stuff, so we couldn't use combustion engines because hot nitrogen makes nasty. We could use good ole moonshine if we take the carbon out of the air, not out of the ground. And filling stations could stay in business.
Internet connected picture frame
... that my wife got as a present, goes to a server somewhere to get photos people email to her. A search turned up a white hat on Reddit who was a little suspicious when one was gifted to a government official for his desk. I await his analysis.
But i think the eyes in the picture follow you around the room.
Best way to sequester carbon
I cut down a bunch of spruces and started burning them in a biochar retort, which in my case was a meter deep ditch in my garlic patch which took ten minutes to dig. I got about 35 gallons of biochar which went into my mulch piles to soak up nutrients. When spread in the garden, it will sequester the carbon for hundreds of years, and keep nutrients from leaching out.
A retort relies on the structure to pyrolize the material at the bottom of the pile, starving it of oxygen. An untended fire that's a level pile of brush will just turn to ash and the CO2 will just escape into the atmosphere. Of course half the fuel in a retort is gone, but the other half is eternal carbon (to a first approximation).
So, getting rid of brush, sequestering carbon, and making fertilizer. What's not to like?
Re: Storage ? Transport ?
The way to reduce artificial fertilizers is to burn trees. When they're hot enough, cut off the oxygen so they pyrolize into biochar. Throw that into the ground and it keeps nutrients from leaching out, and it holds water too. It sequesters carbon for hundreds of years. Scrap wood that's just burned to ash turns into carbon dioxide. Compost lasts for a decade then it escapes as CO2.