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Are We Too Quick To Act On Social Media Outrage? 371

RedK writes: Connie St-Louis, on June 8th, reported on apparently sexist remarks made by Sir Tim Hunt, a Nobel prize winning scientist, during an event organised for women in sciences. This led to the man's dismissal from his stations, all in such urgency that he did not even have time to present his side, nor was his side ever offered any weight. A leaked report a few days later suggests that the remarks were taken out of context. Further digging shows that the accuser has distorted the truth in many cases it seems. This is not the first time that people may have jumped the gun too soon on petty issues and ruined great events or careers.

Comment Over thinking it. (Score 1) 479

Just fail step one of their flowchart.

Unhook the thing so they cant ping it.

"Hey Tech support? When I plug in my router no lights come on. I know the outlet works because I plug a lamp in there and it works"

Can't really trouble shoot past that. Send a new one.

After they put the order in hook your router and airport back up and wait for the replacement.

Comment Make a new windows 7 (Score 5, Insightful) 236

You know what would make the most people happy?
Just make a new version of Windows7. Why would I want to re-learn how to do everything...again?

Going from Win95->Win98->Win2K->XP->Win7 was easy. People stuck with windows because they knew how to use it. Companies stuck with it because re-training was easy. It kept people from jumping ship to OSX/Linux/ChromeOS.

Going from Windows 7 to Linux Mint is easier then going from Windows 7 to 8.

Microsoft spent 20 years teaching people how to use their UI then just throws that all out for no reason at all.

Comment Most plans wont cover that much. (Score 1) 238

Can your retirement account cover that?

Most people's insurance plans can also not cover an 8 figure payout. People shop on premium cost alone.. Most have not much more then state minimums. When I was young and had no assets I only carried 40K of liability insurance. Connecticut state min is 20K.

At 20K even totaling out a mid-range compact car will max out that coverage. That's why we have "uninsured/under insured" coverage now. So when some 20 y/o driver with 25K of insurance totals my 60K car and puts me in the hospital my insurance picks up the difference.

If the 6 year old you speak of gets hit by the same driver he is just SOL. Past 25K he will have to sue the driver directly and hope he has some assets.

I do agree that putting your own retirement/home at risk just to save a few bucks a month is foolish. You could end up losing a lifetime of work for a driving mistake or something you have no control over (like your parked car catches fire in garage,burns down condo complex or hurts someone).

Comment Internet of Nope. (Score 1) 163

My "dumb" thermostat has a mechanical limit of 50-90F.
All the way down and the pipes wont freeze and all the way up and it will just burn tons of fuel.. not my house down.

What happens when this software internet facing thing crashes? Or gets hacked? If it locks up in the ON or OFF state that could be very costly.

Internet locks? OK so if the internet is down, I'm locked out?

Are these IoT hypers saying that its a GOOD idea to tie the basic operation of my house to comcast?


UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault 695

iONiUM writes The UN released a new climate change report which concludes that it is indeed happening, and it's almost entirely man's fault. From the article: "The IPCC was set up in 1988 to assess global warming and its impacts. The report released Sunday caps its latest assessment, a mega-review of 30,000 climate change studies that establishes with 95-percent certainty that nearly all warming seen since the 1950s is man-made." However, the report isn't entirely dire. It goes on to say: "To get a good chance of staying below 2C, the report's scenarios show that world emissions would have to fall by between 40 and 70 percent by 2050 from current levels and to 'near zero or below in 2100.'" Below zero of course means mining existing CO2 out of the atmopshere somehow.

Comment CAPS (Score 1) 291

What good is 1G internet speeds if there is a data cap of 300G?

Fiber is great but if its controlled by the same ISPs that happen to also be media companies then its something I don't want any part of.
I have the option of super fast but capped DOCSIS3 here but I will stick with my cheap uncapped DSL. I don't want to have to think about how much a stream will cost or if this next .ISO download will cost me $10.


Video Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video) 409

Curtis Peterson says admins who hang onto their servers instead of moving into the cloud are 'Server Huggers,' a term he makes sound like 'Horse Huggers,' a phrase that once might have been used to describe hackney drivers who didn't want to give up their horse-pulled carriages in favor of gasoline-powered automobiles. Curtis is VP of Operations for RingCentral, a cloud-based VOIP company, so he's obviously made the jump to the cloud himself. And he has reassuring words for sysadmins who are afraid the move to cloud-based computing is going to throw them out of work. He says there are plenty of new cloud computing opportunities springing up for those who have enough initiative and savvy to grab onto them, by which he obviously means you, right?

The program isn't debugged until the last user is dead.