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Comment: Re:Scientifically driven politics (Score 1) 340

This gives me an idea...

Let's hold a hearing on scientifically driven politics, and don't invite the politicians!

Better still, let's just leave out the politicians altogether. Only problem is, then suddenly scientists would become politicians.

"scientifically driven politics"?
No, I don't think such a meeting would have scientists either. It would all be science fiction writers.

Comment: Re:Transphobic assholes (Score 2) 157

by Carewolf (#49610103) Attached to: Statues of Assange, Snowden and Manning Go Up In Berlin

Once Bruce Jenner is done transitioning, do you think it would not be considered both insulting and exploitative to make a statue of how he used to look?

If the statue was for something he did before the change, it would be odd if it didn't.

You don't go around aging statues either just because the people they portrait has aged and changed.

Comment: Re:Transphobic assholes (Score 1) 157

by Carewolf (#49607675) Attached to: Statues of Assange, Snowden and Manning Go Up In Berlin

What this says is that the originators of the idea (sculptor Davide Dormino and journalist Charles Glass) are more interested in the agenda (and self-promotion) than in the people behind the story. You don't honor someone by actively disrespecting who they are, insulting them and putting the lie to the greater truth. Hopefully, since the stated purpose is to encourage ordinary citizens to speak out, hopefully others will also call out these two (and everyone who backs this misrepresentation of Ms. Manning).

And before anyone starts with the "we don't have the data to make a representation of her as a woman" argument, if you can't do it right, then maybe you shouldn't be doing it at all. Ditto for the "artistic integrity" argument - artistic integrity my arse!

Portraying her as she last appeared in public and as she looked when she did the leaks is now somehow insulting?

Comment: Re:Concorde MKII (Score 2) 179

by Carewolf (#49604405) Attached to: NASA Gets Its Marching Orders: Look Up! Look Out!

Republicans hate big government, except when it comes to a) building big machines designed to kill people, and b) firing rockets into space.

Republicans have been the primary Congressional force running interference for the old space industry, either by throwing money at the likes of ATK to build rockets that will never fly, or actively blocking SpaceX from competing with the established players on contracts.

More specifically they hate big government the same way worship love freedom of individuals. They like to talk about it, but their policies are the opposite.

Comment: Re:Not sure this is deserved in this case (Score 1) 437

by Carewolf (#49586329) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules

Right, so, unchecked corporate power takes the place of government regulation.

At least with the government we hold elections. I think there are good reasons Libertarianism has never been fully implemented anywhere.

It has been "implemented" allright, or rather it has existed, it is usually the result of a state falling to pieces and being taken over by local warlords.

Comment: Re:Is that proven? (Score 1) 440

by Carewolf (#49562315) Attached to: Debian 8 Jessie Released

The systemd suite provides features such as faster boot times

I haven't seen any sign of that anywhere and I saw the opposite on a eeepc by about half a minute when I put a newer distro with systemd on it. Is there any proof or are the faster boot times just on the wish list?

It has been significantly faster for me. Anyway the reason is that it can run multiple scripts at the same time which sysv couln't (though upstart did something similar).

And you also likely boot from an SSD, right?

I can boot "soon to be ancient" Windoze 7 on an old Core2 Duo HP laptop in 2GB of RAM to the login GUI in less than 10 seconds from a SSD. Fast enough I would say for a bloated operating system like Windoze.

No, I was mostly refering to my old laptop which has an old spinning disk, and boot time went from a minute to under a half. On my workstation with an SSD, it went from 10 seconds, to well, i guess 2 or 3, practically instantanious.

Comment: Re:Is that proven? (Score 1) 440

by Carewolf (#49553979) Attached to: Debian 8 Jessie Released

The systemd suite provides features such as faster boot times

I haven't seen any sign of that anywhere and I saw the opposite on a eeepc by about half a minute when I put a newer distro with systemd on it. Is there any proof or are the faster boot times just on the wish list?

It has been significantly faster for me. Anyway the reason is that it can run multiple scripts at the same time which sysv couln't (though upstart did something similar).

Comment: Re:Good Business or Empire Building? (Score 2) 112

by Carewolf (#49544935) Attached to: Comcast Officially Gives Up On TWC Merger

This really suggests that the Comcast/TWC merger had more to do with empire building (or expanding an effective monopoly) than good business.

Too often, mergers and acquisitions are driven by ego and result in an overall conglomerate that is less efficient.

Mergers are always done as a way to create a bit of chaos and negotiation opportunities so that CEOs and top shareholders can pocket a bit of the wealth they control, but isn't theirs.

UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things. -- Doug Gwyn

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