* Posts by L W J

13 posts • joined 6 Oct 2014

Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users


Internet Explorer is good on the PC, but lousy Safari and crummy Chrome on the iPad

I used Netscape until Mozilla then have used Internet Explorer ever since with few issues, and a lot of great browsing. On the iPad though I use Chrome. It's awful: slow buggy, crashes - worse than Windows 95 days. The only reason I use Chrome over Safari is because Safari is terrible.

Renewable energy 'simply won't work': Top Google engineers


Re: Thorium Nuclear Reactors

"The nuclear weapons states don't want or need more bomb-grade plutonium "

So they're clear to switch to thorium!


Re: Thorium Nuclear Reactors


The connections linking nuclear power and weapons is more than political or historic. Consider: l FISSIONABLE MATERIALS: It is the same nuclear fuel cycle with its mining of uranium, milling, enrichment and fuel fabrication stages which readies the uranium ore for use in reactors, whether these reactors are used to create plutonium for bombs or generate electricity. In the end, both reactors produce the plutonium. The only difference between them is the concentration of the various isotopes used in the fuel. Each year a typical 1000 mega-watt (MW) commercial power reactor will produce 300 to 500 pounds of plutonium -- enough to build between 25 - 40 Nagasaki-sized atomic bombs. [/Quote]



Re: Hairshirt, Sackcloth and Ashes

Look up thorium verses uranium, you be surprised.


Thorium Nuclear Reactors

Thorium nuclear reactors could provide non-carbon energy indefinitely. Thorium is three times more abundant than uranium, cleaner and easier to extract from the earth, much more stable, less 'radio-active', and much harder to weaponize. It is also much more efficient rendering energy per kilogram. The technology is already here (e.g. Candu nuclear reactors can be configured to burn thorium), so there are many reason to go this route for energy.

One of the main reasons countries have not settled on thorium is because it is much more difficult to weaponize the thorium fuel cycles. Gov'ts long ago decided they wanted the nuclear power reactors of their respective nations to produce material for nuclear bombs (who cares about the environment, right(?)); so, thorium was dropped in favour of uranium as the choice for nuclear fuel.

This needn't be the case going forward.

Windows 8 or nowt: Consumer Win 7 fans are out of luck


What's the big deal?

You can still get Windows 7 Professional. And that should do until there's, we hope, a really decent Windows 10 available.

Apple's OS X Yosemite slurps UNSAVED docs into iCloud


It used to be Microsoft was the evil Empire

But they look like the good guys these days. They are much more careful to ask permission, they set limits on themselves, they're actually listening to the public on how to build Windows 10, and trying to make it more secure and so on ..

But as for Google, their motto has become "Do evil" and as for Apple, theirs is "We'll back stab you in our walled prison er garden".

For me digits I think I will go with Microsoft.


Re: It Just Works


Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing


They said the Preview had enhanced info collection ETC ETC

Microsoft said at the get-go that they would be doing added-on enhanced tracking and info gathering with the preview. It was released SPECIFICALLY to gather information. I used it a bit, gave some feedback, then went back to my regular OS.

Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'


But I do not want to use Chrome

I've been using IE safely for years and years (just a tad upping the security setting, and, of course, refusing permission to things offered by websites). I do not want a deal with Google.

Since the beginning of this summer, Google is not my home page. Google knows too much and is involved with too much for my comfort anymore when using the computer. Sure, I do YouTube and often search via Google, but I'm also going elsewhere now for search. I certainly do not use their phone home Chrome.

So I do not see why Microsoft should do "a deal" with Google. Google has its tentacles into too many places already.

Desktop, schmesktop: Microsoft reveals next WINDOWS SERVER


Re: Not like it used to be

It is because of two things:

The Metro marketing scheme on the Desktop disaster


Microsoft wants to keep the client and server major releases in lockstep.

Voila, a new version of Server too soon.

Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast


Re: The problem with Windows 8.1

Um .. you can get a Start menu for Windows 8.x either for free or for a nominal fee (e.g. Start8 is five bucks). I did that a long time ago. With the boot to Desktop and the Start8, Windows 8 is almost like Windows 7, except perhaps it is a bit quicker, and ships with Hyper-V.

I get that folks hate Windows 8.x. I groaned too when they removed the Start button from the beta. And I hammered away at the keyboard pointing out to anyone who'd read just how much I hated Metro. On the Windows 8.0 Desktop PC it amounted to nothing more than a cheap and sleazy marketing scheme. But, you know, with Windows 8.1 toning things down, and with Start8, it doesn't seem much of an issue to me anymore.

Microsoft though, must put Windows 8.x behind (and be very careful regarding Metro). It's doing really really badly for an MS OS.

The good thing is that there seem to be nice improvements in the pipe for Windows 10, both in features and appearance. Looking forward to it.


Re: Sticking with 7

Well, no, of course you wouldn't switch .. it's a beta release. The only reason to use it is for curiosity and/or to volunteer feedback to the people at Microsoft.

It was released to garner feedback, that's it. The thing is loaded with phone home tech.

The idea, I would venture, is to get a lot of feedback .. sift through it .. and make Windows not only better, but better in a way the public has said they want.

But I wouldn't even attempt to develop anything for it at this stage. It is very much a 'what do you guys think we should do?' release.


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