[thechat] IT is here!

Chris Spruck cspruck at mindspring.com
Tue Dec 4 14:39:47 CST 2001

At 11:44 AM 12/4/01 -0800, Erika Meyer wrote:
>it could just help us wean our fat asses off oil.

Off oil and onto what, though? I'm guessing the most popular answer (or at 
least the easiest and most "politically correct" in certain circles - not 
mine though) to that would be "coal" - not particularly friendly to the 
environment either when you consider greenhouse gases and strip mining. 
US$3000 for one of those things?? NOT BLOODY LIKELY. At a serious stretch, 
I'd maybe think about getting one if half of that cost (which at 3K would 
still be too high IMO) went directly towards building a windmill or solar 
farm near my location. Maybe the consumer models will cost less when 
they're available late next year. At least come up with solar or wind 
powered chargers for the things! Oh, and I'd like a billion dollars too. 
That'd probably be easier.

You want to change the world?? Revolutionize solar cell efficiency or 
develop some crazy new wind or tidally powered generator that uses 
renewable resources or has virtually no impact. Do something like THAT and 
I'll be impressed.

Completely underwhelmed by IT,

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