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Comment: Re:Cart before the horse. (Score 4, Interesting) 264

by Cabriel (#48143235) Attached to: Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

Not so. When there are articles about governmental offices switching whole-hog to open source software, that shows immediately that there is an awareness among the general public. When there is an article about one minister claiming open source software isn't working for his office and another minister countering that claim saying no one in the office has had an issue, there's a strong suggestion that there is an awareness of open source software. When an open source OS is advertised as being superior to a closed source competitor, there's absolutely going to be an awareness of open source and free software (Android vs iOS).

While this may still be professional click-bait, I think calling it trolling is, itself, putting the cart before the horse.

Comment: Re:Anyone using Windows deserves it (Score 3, Interesting) 97

by Cabriel (#48141719) Attached to: Windows Flaw Allowed Hackers To Spy On NATO, Ukraine, Others

If one uses Windows he deserves what he gets!

Ok. I'll bite.

- Hours, days, weeks of waisted time in Installations configurations and updates.

My system installs configuration updates at night or in the background and only reboots when I'm not using it, so no wasted time.

- Bad style, and ugliness

Subjective. I quite like the style and presentation of Windows all the way through Windowss 8.1 although Metro apps are a slight nuisance, but I've never used any open source tool that has better style than its Windows-equivalent, including Apache/Libre/Open Office, The GIMP, Firefox, nor anything made by Google (and if you try to claim Google Docs is somehow better than MSOffice, I guess everyone will now how full of shit you are).

- Slowness and retarded technology

Well, slowness is measurable, but as with your first false claim, it doesn't impact me in meaningful ways. "retarded" technology, however, is subjective and also not something someone should try to hold against MS given how many terrible, terrible OS tools exist.

- Limited devices and architecture support

Really? Really? OK. I'm done here.

Comment: Re:funny that.... (Score 3, Insightful) 178

by Cabriel (#48092769) Attached to: Ebola Vaccine Trials Forcing Tough Choices

Coincidence, maybe, but the fact that the vaccine was ready *almost as soon* as the first american was infected proves that the vaccine was in development for a *long time* before that happened.

What? Do people actually believe the TV shows they watch? Vaccines don't actually get developed over night.

Comment: Re:please no (Score 1) 423

by Cabriel (#48074121) Attached to: Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming


Your weather forecasts are wrong every day?

Pretty often, yes. I mean, take a look at the weather report today for the predicted weather on Thursday. Screenshot it on your spiffy phone, and compare it to a screenshot three days from now. If you live on the coasts or the northern US or Canada, then three days is all it takes for the Meteorologist to be wrong--sometimes fewer.

Comment: Lost opportunity? I doubt it (Score 5, Insightful) 554

by Cabriel (#48048521) Attached to: Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

Since when is having a light-weight OS a bad thing? Haven't people been harping on MS enough for having bloated OSes?

Sure, make allowances for multiple-core and multiple CPUs on the not-so-low end, but making the minimum requirement a single CPU was definitely smart on their end.

Comment: Re:And many, many more (Score 1) 942

by Cabriel (#48038579) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

The argument was never "Use metric across the board"; it's "Follow the course of the rest of the world, you lazy, self-asorbed holdouts". Seriously, only two countries use Imperial. And it's provably been the cause of lost mars missions. While that's not a compelling reason in and of itself to convert to metric, it's a shining example of what happens when you refuse to switch away from a system that almost literally no one else uses.

Comment: Re: Citation Needed (Score 1) 267

by Cabriel (#48015657) Attached to: Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

Predictability and adaptability. A backhoe is good for very few things. In the same way, the Curiosity is only good at what it was designed to do. It can't adapt.

Humans, on the other hand can take the tools provide and experiment outside of pre-planned parameters. If something unexpected comes up, we have to build a whole new machine to deal with that and then we have to send it there. IN ADDITION, we can't just send a machine that does just one thing because that's terribly expensive, so we have to wait until a variety of EXTRA test labs can be added to the machine to bring down the cost-per-experiment to reasonable levels.

Comment: Re: Unfortunately (Score 1) 179

by Cabriel (#48004525) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

This is actually not often true. It's not one manager reading a report that one guy makes versus one manager logging into a dashboard and sparing one guy some time. It's one guy spending time to make a report so *many* managers can read it in their inbox. It's not one manager spending 30 minutes once to set up the dashboard the way he wants, it's *many* managers having to do it.

In my case, I'm the guy that makes the report every day and sending off one email so that 6 managers above me don't have to each spend 15 minutes messing around with it because their time is better spent elsewhere.

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