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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thursday Teleonomy Tediferous

PureOS, which is a Debian derivative by way of Ubuntu and other members of the Debian-derivative family, but with no taint of proprietary code. Now imagine all the binaries stripped out of the Linux kernel, making it closer to the FSF ideal of a 100% free operating system than the Linux kernel in use almost everywhere else.
Purism uses its own OS,

They're still using a proprietary BIOS, but have people working on a Free one. The main thing, though, is that Purism is working to give you all the privacy and freedom they can -- with more coming as they keep working to replace proprietary bits of the OS, BIOS, and hardware drivers with Free Software. Best of all, even if you don't need a new laptop right now, you can download PureOS and run it on any compatible hardware you already own.


It appears that MS has significantly botched their deployment of Windows 10

 I suppose we shouldn't be surprised, even though hope springs eternal. Since there are so many issues involved, and MS is very aggressively pushing this upgrade, I'm going to run through key points here quickly, and reference other sites' pages that can give you more information right now. 

But here's my executive summary: 

You may want to think twice, or three times, or many more times, about whether or not you wish to accept the Windows 10 free upgrade on your existing Windows 7 or 8/8.1 system.
(Lauren Wienstein)


The greed of the oil companies here in California is shooting themselves in the foot.

More and more peope are buying electric cars or hybrids.

My wife's Pruis gets on the average 43 miles to the gallon of gas.

Geoff Ralston has an interesting essay explaining why is likely that electric car penetration in the US will take off at an exponential rate over the next 5-10 years rendering laughable the paltry predictions of future electric car sales being made today.

 Present projections assume that electric car sales will slowly increase as the technology gets marginally better, and as more and more customers choose to forsake a better product (the gasoline car) for a worse, yet "greener" version.

 According to Ralston this view of the future is, simply, wrong. — electric cars will take over our roads because consumers will demand them. 

"Electric cars will be better than any alternative, including the loud, inconvenient, gas-powered jalopy," says Ralston.

 "The Tesla Model S has demonstrated that a well made, well designed electric car is far superior to anything else on the road. This has changed everything."

The Tesla Model S has sold so well because, compared to old-fashioned gasoline cars it is more fun to drive, quieter, always "full" every morning, more roomy, and it continuously gets better with automatic updates and software improvements.

 According to Ralston the tipping point will come when gas stations, not a massively profitable business, start to go out of business as many more electric cars are sold, making gasoline powered vehicles even more inconvenient.

 When that happens even more gasoline car owners will be convinced to switch. 

 Rapidly a tipping point will be reached, at which point finding a convenient gas station will be nearly impossible and owning a gasoline powered car will positively suck.

 "Elon Musk has ushered in the age of the electric car, and whether or not it, too, was inevitable, it has certainly begun," concludes Ralston.

 "The future of automotive transportation is an electric one and you can expect that future to be here soon."


English cities are hard up for cash as the national government dolls out cuts. And in response, the country's councils — local governing bodies — have slashed costs by turning off an estimated 750,000 streetlights.

 Fans of the night sky and reduced energy usage are happy, but the move has also sparked a national debate. The Automobile Association claims six people have died as a direct result of dimming the lights.

 But a new study released Wednesday looked at 14 years of data from 63 local authorities across England and Wales and found that residents' chances of being attacked, robbed, or struck by a car were no worse on the darker streets.


You're in a dark basement reading this article by the glow of your computer screen. Your family dog is making unsettling noises as your mom cooks upstairs. You're still living at home, but fear not, you're not alone. It turns out that more and more young adults share your same fate despite an improving economy. Pew looks deeper into the phenomenon.


​Are you still using Windows 7 because you were afraid to update to the dumpster-fire that was Windows 8?

 You know, the Windows 8 with the weird colored-rectangle grid, the Windows 8 that was so loathed that Microsoft up and skipped version 9 and went straight to version 10?


Rubber Ducky Your The One That Makes My Bathtime So Much Fun.



There they found about a dozen yellow school buses parked in a barn.

Inside an unlocked office, Gibson and his friends found keys hanging on a door.

They checked the numbers on the keys and matched them to the buses.

It took about a half hour to find a bus that would start. Orleans Parish school bus No. 0232 had been left behind with a full tank of gas.

A small time drug dealer rescued dozens during Katrina when no one else was helping.

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