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Comment Re:This is why physics is the king of the sciences (Score 4, Informative) 95 95

General Relativity is a shining example of this, and the Standard Model is even more so. These theories are among the most accurate predictors of new discoveries, sometimes ridiculously so.

Meanwhile, String Theory is still kicking around, getting more and more complex, but coming up with very little in the way of prediction. I'm not busting on it... I keep up with the latest work (as much as a non-expert can anyway) and find it fascinating (and/or incomprehensible).

We are definitely tapping into something real, but whether or not it's fundamental is another question entirely. Newton seemed fundamental, but wasn't. Einstein seems fundamental, but might not be. It seems like there's usually another layer of reality below the one which seems to be fundamental. But everything we uncover is fascinating.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, "Science is cool".

Comment Re: No hardware or software fault? (Score 1) 80 80

I came to grips with the idea of never being an astronaut when I was about 7. I'd read that there was a height limit of 6 feet for astronauts, which even in the early 70s might have been out of date information. but since my father was taller than that, I figured I would be also.

Comment Re:Deliberately shipping unfinished software (Score 1) 189 189

> like the "perpetual beta" junk that even some of the biggest companies in the business have inflicted on us in recent years.

Funny, some of us have been complaining about that for more than 20 years.

Given that MS is trying to move towards the pattern of releasing early and often, which most other companies are doing is not a reason to assume Windows 10 will have a lot of problems. Now, Microsoft's 30+ year history of disastrous dot-oh releases on the other hand...

I'm probably going to upgrade though. I have Windows 8 and I hate-hate-hate it. I got it with an otherwise nice Samsung laptop. The worst thing that I hate about it isn't the half-baked, half-assed UI changes, because you can mostly work around them, but the performance. It is slow as crap on my laptop. I think a lot of it has to do with the built-in malware software that Windows comes with, but regardless of the cause, it's the disk access that's a boat anchor. S.M.A.R.T doesn't report any problems with the harddrive, but the disk access speed is atrocious, including flash drives. Yes, I intend to upgrade to an SSD, but I could put Windows XP on a VM on that same machine and it would scream. I know because I run a Windows 2003 server VM on another machine, and it's so much faster than the Windows 7 host OS.

Comment Re:Delete? (Score 1) 121 121

I'm glad to see someone besides me on /, isn't terrified of Facebook.

I use it and I think it's relatively harmless as long as you understand, as Rasperin says, it's a loud speaker. I expect everything I post on FB will be available to everyone, everywhere, forever. I long ago, many years before Facebook was a thing, figured out that if I never posted anything online I wouldn't want my sainted mother to see, I'd never have anything to worry about*. I speak my mind freely, but I would have no problem if my mother, my wife, my boss, my kids or my pastor were to see anything I've posted.

* Now, of course, that doesn't mean some day in the near future agents of the Ministry of Love won't show up at my door to conduct me to a re-education camp for my political views, but at least I know my mother won't be ashamed of me.

Comment Re:Stuxnet (Score 1) 409 409

Now I don't want to be accused of defending the NSA, but they are not exactly the most transparent organization in the world. Just as with the FBI, CIA and DHS, we can point to their obvious screw-ups and overreaches but I for one believe that the fact that we are not being nickel-and-dimed on the terrorist front is due in part to their work.

I mean, they have the records of 8 scrillion phone calls and access to everyone's hard drives. One would hope that they are actually able to do something with all that.

The steady state of disks is full. -- Ken Thompson