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Comment: Re:Bad Omen for Computer Industry (Score 1) 633

by CarlosHawes (#44655165) Attached to: Ballmer To Retire
You obviously have not set up a modern, open standards based Enterprise Infrastructure. A modern LAMP stack is easier to set up and manage than sliced bread. And oh yes, I have been FORCED to use MS in the Enterprise, and it is always an excruciating experience. The whole MS approach has always been that they know betetr than you do how your software should be set up. Their interfaces and "wizards" are dumbed down to the lowest common denominator. I have to spend WAY too much time reading through dense KB notes and online "help" trying to figure out how to script anything other than the most basic functionality or having to use the lame defaults that MS has picked ahead of time for me to use.

Comment: Re:Whaaaaa? (Score 1) 599

by CarlosHawes (#43339815) Attached to: Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes
Yes I understand the concept of quantitative risk assesment. My believe is that you can make the results come out any way you want by tweaking the inputs by tiny amounts. It is policy argument masquerading as science. I have no particular dog in this hunt as it were. All approaches at energy come with risks. I say lets use them all and let economics eventually pick the winner.

Comment: Whaaaaa? (Score 0) 599

by CarlosHawes (#43339557) Attached to: Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes
That's a pretty precise attempt at a measurement for a very nebulous idea. Now we wait for the "other" study from the Fossil Fuel's industry groups I guess. This sort of wildly speculative "guess" at something that is basically unmeasureable due to the large number of variables and assumptions only makes it more difficult to get the public to believe the results of more meaningful and relevant studies when that time comes.

Comment: Re:Key is relevance, not interactivity... (Score 1) 166

by CarlosHawes (#43163889) Attached to: Live Tweeting the Symphony?
Crossover "artists" like you mention have their place; but what they do artisitically is the same as the colorization of B&W films. The original composer composed with the available sound "palatte" that they had available. To modernize it with upbeat tempos, electronic instruments and modern rythyms makes it an alien work to what the composer intended when they wrote it.

Comment: Re:Is logical argument even possible on the intern (Score 1) 166

by CarlosHawes (#43163183) Attached to: Live Tweeting the Symphony?
It is not just logical argument that the internet hinders, it is ANY thought process that requires extended and deliberate thought. The ability to quickly jump to another website if one gets bored makes it difficult to do the deep diving necessary to really understand abstract concepts. When I was obtaining my education, pre-internet, I only had physical libraries with a limited number of physical books on a topic. If I found a section of a book boring, I couldn't just hop to another one, there often wasn't one. As a result, I read books cover to cover and followed the author's train of thought from beginning to end. Now I find myself only "skimming" or reading a portion of a wb page. Followng the tedious path of watching the author build and expound on abstract concepts is just simply too boring. I end up knowing a little about a lot instead of understanding a lot about a little. You can't reallty learn without being bored some of the time and working through it. The internet makes it too easy to bail on boredom.

Comment: Concentartion (Score 1) 166

by CarlosHawes (#43162981) Attached to: Live Tweeting the Symphony?
It is pretty impossible for geeks to understand how the average young person relates to long term focus and concentration. By our very makeup, we routinely tune out all distractions and focus laserlike on abstract concepts for long periods. I think there is very little difference between being immersed in debugging a block of code for a few hours and listening to a 90 minute Mahler symphony. I think it is more than a coincidence that I like abstract music and computer coding. But if the public at large continues to lose their ability to concentrate on one task and one task only for long periods of time, our civilization will suffer. We are already too distracted with the information overload of the technological age as it is.

Lo! Men have become the tool of their tools. -- Henry David Thoreau

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