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Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge 681

Posted by timothy
from the line-in-the-sand dept.
conoviator writes Bill Nye, one of the foremost science educators in the United States states that only the upper crust members of American science and technology (with degrees from top tier schools) understand science, particularly climate change. He opines that "regular software writers" dwell in the realm of the semi-science-literate. Nye rates science education in the U.S. an F. ("But if it makes you feel any better, you can say a B-minus.")

Comment: Re:Screen tearing for everyone! (Score 1) 193

by CRC'99 (#49013377) Attached to: Xfce Getting a New Version Soon

A thousand times this..... XFCE is great - but screen tearing and vsync problems make me rage. Now, I'm back to Windows 7 - although I did enjoy KDE - simply because it was the closest to XFCE and doesn't have tearing / vsync issues.

Now if only we could get decent power management on Radeon cards and three screens..... :)

Comment: Re:Uhhhh (Score 5, Interesting) 222

by CRC'99 (#48995863) Attached to: GPG Programmer Werner Koch Is Running Out of Money

I hate to say it - but most people who do OSS work for the masses don't get paid for it.

I do packaging for Xen used from hobby users through to Disney - yet I get about $400AUD per year in donations. I also have to go buy my own test hardware (I need UEFI kit atm!).

I understand exactly what Werner means and the challenges faced - but I too don't see a solution for this. OSS has been linked for too long as a 'free solution' - which means nobody puts a currency value on the software and services that are made available to the world. I think its the mental relationship of OSS being 'free' causes it. Nobody blinks an eye to pay $100 for a Windows license - yet go for a $10 donation to an OSS project and people lose their minds...

Comment: Re:Well Shoot... (Score 1) 280

by CRC'99 (#48944693) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

How did Cyanogen screw over phone makers? Not saying they didn't I just have never heard that.

Where they acted like children:
http://www.engadget.com/2014/1...

The fun continues:
http://phandroid.com/2015/01/2...

And then this:
http://www.knowyourmobile.com/...

So yeah - they're nowhere near a mature company - and lets not forget when they forked CyanogenMod and pulled the "You made this? .... I made this!" move when getting venture capital in the first place...

Comment: Re:Free Pool but no Wifi? (Score 2) 129

by CRC'99 (#48921207) Attached to: FCC Prohibits Blocking of Personal Wi-Fi Hotspots

You have to have a free pool to get a 5 star rating. Too bad the ratings companies around the world haven't required decent and free Wi-Fi. Major hotel chains would change their offers in a hurry when they are down rated to a 4 star hotel.

And wait until they start snooping everyones traffic and data mining it... for profit - I mean, reliability monitoring...

On another note, I see you're looking at hotel bookings with another hotel chain at your next destination.........

Comment: Re:What has happened to Linux? (Score 1) 553

by CRC'99 (#48818301) Attached to: SystemD Gains New Networking Features

I think they intend to bring stability and unity to Linux by eliminating modularity and choice.

Nothing so sinister.... The core group of people that made this stuff in the first place is moving on. This leaves the old sticklers that made things work out of decisions and are being replaced with a whole generation of new developers that haven't 'been there, done that, solved it' before. Its a changing of the guard in Linux - and its not looking good.

Comment: Re:Developing Story (Score 1) 275

by CRC'99 (#48685097) Attached to: AirAsia Flight Goes Missing Between Indonesia and Singapore

I read it on the BBC and came here for the discussion - as with any story, if you don't like it, skip it. Nothing is forcing you to read or take part in comments, so why bitch and moan about Slashdot covering something you personally don't like.

People bitch and moan because that is what the internet has devolved to. Look at any forum or discussion site and you'll see the same thing, day in, day out.

The Internet was supposed to be one of mankinds greatest achievements - yet looking at it now, it makes me want to punch random strangers in the face. Social media constantly reminds me how dumb people are, and forums how arrogant humans can be.

Comment: Re:Can't forgive. (Score 1) 267

by CRC'99 (#48091721) Attached to: GNOME 3 Winning Back Users

I suspect this debacle has been a massive setback for Linux on the desktop. I'm as hardcore an open source you'll find, I haven't run a closed-source OS in over 20 years, but I was almost ready to throw in the towel and install Windows during the height of this!

I did exactly this... I run linux on just about every non-GUI bit of equipment I have - virtualisation, the lot - but everything that I actually have to look at a screen for, I use Windows 7 again. Gnome 3 killed it for me... I have 3 x 24" 1920x1080 screens that Gnome 3 could never handle right. I was running Fedora 20 until Gnome 3.

TBH, XFCE would be perfect IF it was using wayland. The graphics tearing issues I had with my tri-head video card + XFCE was horrible. The sad fact was the only real fix was that XFCE needs newer graphics handling. One day it'll get there - and hopefully one day it becomes nice to use again - but until then, I went back to Windows 7 and the amount of work I actually get done is amazing...

The other benefit is that the dual GPUs (Intel + ATI) in my laptop actually work properly so I can play some TF2 on my laptop in the downtime - with VERY good performance. I couldn't get anywhere near that on Linux - even with the ATI binary drivers.

Comment: Re:It's job security (Score 2) 826

by CRC'99 (#47752427) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

It boils down to the old adage: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

This is exactly right. I was playing with the last lot of RHEL7 betas - the biggest issue I had was that ethernet adapters would randomly fail to start - and systemd would not give any details as to why. Each time I had to log in over a serial console, stop networking, disable the profile, enable the profile again, and start networking. This would work perfectly - until a random time when rebooting later on (and not every reboot) where networking wouldn't come up again.

This is not what admins need - randomly failing network connections. This is also a problem that was fixed decades ago - until systemd causes it again.

Lets ignore the problems with new aims to recreate consoles etc in systemd / userland and ignore / disable the kernel ones. Because that's a great idea *cough*

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