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  • Apple is America's top corporate user of solar energy

    El Capitan... "CO2 is not a greenhouse gas at all. It has a maximum effect on climate of 0.2 deg C and that effect was already exhausted in the 1920s. CO2 currently accounts for 0.04% of the atmosphere, and the only effect it has - which is positive, is greening of the planet and higher agricultural production which have been crucial to fighting starvation. If you want to learn something on the issue, check out a few of Steve Goddard's videos (known as Tony Heller on Youtube). This one is a good starting point:" I watched the video in which he conveniently left out the effect that the Dust Bowl had on temperatures in 1936. Tony Heller (that's his real name--Steve Goddard is a pen name) has a reputation as a distorter of data, and he has no qualifications as a climate scientist. Climate change deniers and flat earthers have a lot in common: neither can recognize reality when its right in front of them, and they are all nuts.
  • Jony Ive disappears from list of advisors for Saudi 'megacity' project [u]

    samrod said:
    "A little over 0.01 square miles" is about 200 x 150 yards, basically one city block. That's no mega city. It's a small village.
    It's 26,500 square kilometers, not square meters. That would be approximately 10,200 square miles. Parts of it will be in Egypt and Jordan.
  • Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 & Surface Studio 2

    I have a Surface Studio which I use to run AutoCAD and Revit (won't run on macOS). With its large, tilt screen, it's the most beautiful computer I've ever owned. People say the internals are underwhelming. Maybe so, but I find the machine to be incredibly responsive. I also have a Surface Book which is a stunning and versatile little machine. The build quality on both is excellent, on a par with Apple. What I like about the Surface line, is that all devices have touch screens and face ID. I wish Apple would do that. What I don't like is Windows. I've used both PCs and Macs for almost three decades. The Mac operating system is more intuitive and more fun to use, and it's more reliable. My 27-inch iMac and MacBook Pro are my workhorses and my machines of choice, but I can enjoy my Surface Studio too. I won't upgrade to the Studio 2, but I look forward to seeing what new features they might add to the 3.
  • The Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro is well implemented, but serves no useful purpose

    I hardly ever used the function keys. Yes, the biggest thing I use the Touch Bar for is volume and braightness, but I do use it for other tasks in various programs. The strength of Touch Bar is that it changes to fit the app that's running, much like the virtual key strip at the bottom of an iPad Pro. I don't understand the complaints about the Esc key. You can even tap the Touch Bar at the end, to the left of the Esc key, and it will trigger Esc. Dead simple. The MacBook Pro keyboard is one of the best I've ever used. After almost a year of use, I haven't had any problems with the keys. I would hate to have to go back to my previous MacBook Pros. In addition to my MBP, I have an iMac and an iPad Pro. I also have a Surface Book and Surface Studio, mostly out of curiosity. Windows still sucks, but the the Surface devices have convinced me that Apple needs to merge macOS and iOS. I'm tired of crippled iOS versions of apps on my iPad. Apple also needs to put touch screens on all devices. "People don't want that. That's not how they use their computers." I look at my MBP sitting beside my iPad with its Smart Keyboard. They're both laptops. A touch screen is so wrong for the MBP, but it's great for the iPad. Really Apple? Really? Functionally, the Surface line, especially the Studio, is eating Apple's lunch. But, like I said, Windows sucks. I hope Apple takes a few clues from Redmond. No matter how good you are--and Apple is good--you can still learn from others.
  • Hands on: Duet Display for iPad brings Touch Bar, Apple Pencil to your extended Mac desktop

    Mahnud said:
    Will this work with a 13 inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar that is also connected to the new LG 5K display? It's unclear to me whether this would constitute a third display that's not supported.
    I have two auxiliary displays hooked up to my iMac 5K. When Duet is running on my iPad Pro, I can only drag windows to to iPad. Duet won't let me utilize my other displays. I must choose between two 24-inch displays or the 12.9-inch iPad screen. Duet loses this one.