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Comment: Re:Bill Nye, the Dogma Guy! (Score 1) 671

by Bing Tsher E (#49109249) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

Consensus is part of the scientific method.

Actually, if you look at history, consensus is often the deadweight that holds back scientific progress.

Just because we all hold hands and agree on something doesn't mean there isn't a better explanation. 'Consensus' per se isn't a good thing or an integral part of scientific progress at all.

Comment: Re:We need to take the facts dished out (Score 1) 671

by Bing Tsher E (#49109237) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

It pisses me off how much Slashdot seems to have become an 'IT Guy' website. It didn't used to be that way. Slashdot is News for Nerds and there are many flavors of nerds.

What triggered this comment is "a lot of us are the same way if we just have CS degrees" because nerds have all sorts of focuses. Some of us are even primarily hardware oriented. And the hardware isn't necessarily even 'digital.' Historically, nerds are the people who have scanning electron microscopes in their basement that they built themselves. And other stuff.

Comment: Re: your uncle (Score 1) 671

by Bing Tsher E (#49109183) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

But demanding people spend billions of dollars to try to "fix" the whole climate situation?

That's one really unscientific part about how many people view Global Warming. It could very well be a true phenomenon. That doesn't mean we understand it well enough for a large central organization to command that we spend billions of dollars to 'fix' it. It very well could be that we should be scrambling to keep our tech base up to the task of dealing with consequences we can't prevent at this point. It could be that the 'fix' hasn't been discovered yet, and that hamstringing our economy will prevent us from ever figuring out what to do.

Comment: Re:The primary advantage of not planning .... (Score 1) 139

by Bing Tsher E (#49103367) Attached to: L.A. School Superintendent Folds on Laptops-For-Kids Program

Are they just a consumption device ? Not by any means at all, and "you need a physical keyboard to produce information" is a largely, bullshit argument made by vendors who make devices with hardware keyboards. Here's a hint : "content creation" does not always equal "lots of typing". There are many forms of content creation where typing is a peripheral activity, that have real educational value, and help students express in more ways than how many WPM they can achieve on a keyboard.

What a ludicrous assertion. You're just excusing the lack of a keyboard, you know. Content creation doesn't necessarily mean 'lots of typing' but it does generally mean more than smudging around on a piece of glass. Apple's tablets are a closed platform designed for consumption. You won't even find Apple denying that.

But why am I arguing with an AC who typed a huge block of text. Go back to the Genius Bar and sell some more, dude.

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