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@cancel @Seirdy true, but the success of RedHat, VA and SuSE didn't depend on binary compatibility. It depended on them securing their position as middlemen for what was essentially other people's free labour.

On the other hand, non-Linux Unix-likes were much more common back then, and source distribution makes sense if your software ALSO has to run on HP-UX, Solaris, AIX, etc..

@cancel @Seirdy thinking about it, the first companies making money off linux had a vested interest in perpetuating the 'distribution' model, which is why they invested money in making packaged software convenient for end-users, rather than ensuring portability of binaries across distros.

@cancel @Seirdy I think the practice probably dates back to the 1990s, when it was convenient to receive a single cd-rom with a bunch of linux software on it.

Everything else is probably just a post-hoc rationalization.

Home owning 

@wion it's like this all around the world. Low interest rates bring out the cutthroat in everyone, it seems.

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@kravietz people are investing massive amounts of money in their homes due to covid and the housing boom here, leading to a shortage of builders (who, at this point, can charge whatever they want). So I'm in a similar position to you; I have plans, but right now I am very reluctant to deal with builders.

@kravietz gas boilers/heaters will happily consume about 24kW. Not sure if the wiring in those EPC 'D' houses is up to it. Meanwhile, heat pumps happily produce 3kW of heat for each kW of electricity you put in (much more, in the UK's typically mild climate), and can be combined with other heating systems for a fallback. If that electricity is nuclear, that's just gravy on top.

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Solar Power: Abundant or not?

So, yes, "as much raw incident sunlight falls on the Earth in 1 hour as all of humanity uses in 1 year."

Sounds like a lot. About a 7,000-times surplus.

But when you start doing the maths, it turns out that 1) the amount of usable sunlight is far, far lower (about 100 -- 200x present human energy usage) and 2) baked-in assumptions of human energy consumption growth based just on population growth and a modest levelling-up for the global poor chews up about 1/5 of that surplus.

More depressing truth/reality here:


And no, the message isn't that renewables aren't realistic. It's that our expectations aren't.

#energy #solar #solarPower #DoTheMaths #population #affluence #renewables #limits #LimitsToGrowth

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@rickwayne I'm an uncertain degrowther and I approve of this message :)

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Suck it, Malthus.

(And Thanos, too, while we're at it, and Cixin Liu and all the other neo-Malthusians.)

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Listened to Close to the Edge by Yes and in the ending my cat ran to the TV to look for the birds

@metaphil @pinkprius about half the people look like mountain bikers (helmets, etc) ready for some outdoor exercise, not like commuters.

@pho4cexa There's also a difference between pronouns that express opinion (as I think the Japanese do, if they're anything like continental European pronouns), and pronouns that suppose fact :)

@wion Except many of the distribution frames will consume the same amount of electricity regardless of the amount of data going through them.

Still, "Save the planet, watch SD" might work as a slogan.


@wion I just read the paper. They divide the energy use of the internet sector by bandwidth:

“ ... A common streaming service requires 7 GB per hour of streaming in high video quality, having a carbon footprint of 441 g CO2e/hr. Streaming videos at this quality for four hours a day would result in a monthly carbon footprint of 53 kg CO2e. However, by lowering the video quality from HD to standard, the monthly footprint would drop to 2.5 kg CO2e ... ”


@copyme Urk is an island of super-religious fishermen, and it never fails to disappoint. Over the years, they've made the news stoning sex offenders, setting fire to covid testing locations, and so on.

@wion we're not good at accounting for invisible externalities, especially when companies make an effort to hide them from us.

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