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Comment: anthro what? (Score 1) 522

by DarthVain (#47773763) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

OK I am no bible thumper, but even I know one of the primary precepts is that man was created is his own image (i.e. god's own image).

That sort of kills the whole "anthropomorphizes" argument entirely, as Man would look like God... That said, one could argue what image means, and all what that entails, or even what it was translated from...

Personally I believe it is a bunch of BS not worth arguing about in the slightest anyway.

Comment: Easiest Definition of Net Neutrality (Score 4, Insightful) 525

Rather than say Net Neutrality, which is ambiguous and a bit high high minded, call it what it really is. It is protecting from ISP double dipping. As an industry (in the USA and Canada), it is already a bloated spider feasting parasitically on society, as seen by the overwhelming consumer hatred of those companies, which somehow manage to stay in business... (I am saying rhetorically, I know how).

What they want to do, is have the ability to not only charge the consumer of media, but also the producer. It is like a perfect fucking storm of profit! As the middle man just skimming money off everyone involved. The problem is, I as the consumer have already paid for my damn service. If I plan on using it to only access simple webpages or if I plan on streaming Netflix all day everyday, that is my right, and I pay for the privilege of doing so. We have all moved to the damn CAP system already, so if I consume more than Granny Twinkles, I PAY for it. However now they want to take my service, which I already pay for, and say well since so much is going to Netflix, we want to change them more money, and if they refuse, slow the connection.... to the consumer, who has already damn well paid for the service in the first place. Or conversely if the company pays the extortion, they will simply pass the cost onto the consumer, so either way, the consumer is going to pay or get less service no matter what happens.

Anyway it is rapacious greed pure and simple, it is double dipping, it is wrong. These companies already have too many advantages, and constantly abuse both the system and their customers every chance they get for more profits. The reason the folks like Koch and the rest like it is they have money to gain, and the vast population has money to lose. This is not ideological (all this crap about Marxism etc...), but some idiots will think it is, and support idea, even though it is by far not in their best interests to do so. The republicans/conservatives have been playing the same shell game for years, where a large chunk of their support comes from these uninformed ideological idiots who are voting against themselves over and over again based on some fictional ideal, that doesn't even apply or even make sense given a situation. However using whatever media (and if your name is Koch, and in the USA) you have plenty of media to abuse, to convince the people to accept whatever snake oil you are selling...

Comment: Re:Correlation Does Not Imply Causation (Score 1) 281

by DarthVain (#47756753) Attached to: The Evolution of Diet

Lifestyle. That is why people who diet gain weight back. Because they are only changing how they eat temporarily and not how they live. It should not be surprising that diets don't work, nor will they ever work unless you adhere to it the rest of your life.

I am pretty active but could be more. I should go to the gym more than I do, and only really play one sport about half the year. However I also bought my home so that I could walk to work in about 10min. I also walk home from work for lunch. So that is 40min a day. Sometimes I have to go take care of something, and that is 60min a day. Also living close to downtown, I usually walk most places on top of that. So if you only count just my walking to work, it is only like 1km. Four times however is 4km. 5 Days a week, is 20km. Say 50 weeks a year is 1000km. Say for the last 15 years, is 15,000km. Conservatively I would say with everything else it is likely double that. Compared to the folks that live in the burbs and drive everywhere... I have a car that I bought new about 12 or so years ago, and have about 80,000km on it, which includes several 4000km trips on it. Most people I know are on at least car number two.

Anyway it isn't for everyone in all situations, however people make choices and live how they wish to. Changing your diet may help if you stick to it, but changing how you live is bigger, but more permanent solution. There are compromises of course, my house is a lot smaller, and older than all the brand new mega houses in the burbs for example. However it is all about what is important to you.

Comment: Darwin (Score 1) 281

by DarthVain (#47756233) Attached to: The Evolution of Diet

Also considering the harsher and harder conditions are, the harder it is to survive. It could be that anyone that would get heart issues, or diabetes, or a host of other things, would simply die off earlier. Considering many of these things are to known to at least be in part genetic, if you die off before you have a chance to have kids, well those genetic traits might just be a bit rarer than in other cultures. Only the strong survive so to speak.

Comment: Re:Nope, not really. (Score 1) 727

by DarthVain (#47721257) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

As an example:

I have Windows 7 at home. My phone is an Android. I use OpenOffice (or LibreOffice, whatever), occasionally google docs. I have a number of video games, however the only one I really play is DOTA2 off Steam. I use it as a media device, and while I have customized it enough that most of my media files play, a growing number only work under VLC.

To also counter your Linux is too hard to configure VS windows:

I would put custom configuring linux up against custom configuring Windows Media Player codecs any day of the week. That is to say, I would much rather configure linux than try to get Media Player to a point that it can play everything. I had to do a re-install last winter of Windows 7, and while annoying, the part I dreaded the most was trying to figure out all the codec BS after my previous setup was wiped. It is one of those things that you do a whole bunch of arcane mystical shit, and eventually you get it to the point that everything seems to be working (don't even get me talking about subs as well)... and you never want to touch it again, as you will A) never remember whatever it was you did to get it all working together, and B) never be able to replicate again the same way.

Comment: Nope, not really. (Score 1) 727

by DarthVain (#47721153) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

That might have been true 10 years ago, however today there are plenty of flavors that are very easy and default install just fine with little or no interaction from the user.

The main stumbling block is install base and compatibility. Windows has as big a strangle hold than ever. Apple has made some strides, however with their expensive machines, they will only ever be niche players. Where they have been loosing and where it may transition into a loss for them is the tablet and phone markets which are all basically iOS and Linux (in Android). If computing transitions along those lines, windows will eventually lose. Which I am sure why they made the ill conceived leap with Windows 8 and the Metro interface to try and get ahead of any convergence that may take place in the future.

The issue with today is that they have such a large install base that is not compatible with linux. I presume that is why Red Hat bought WordPerfect software back in the day, as it was the only one that challenged MS on their home office turf. Problem was it was too little too late as it was already on the way out. Before that I recall trying use wordperfect files in office all the time. So Office compatibility is one issue on the business side, and on the other you have the gaming issues on the entertainment side. However players like Steam may have an impact in this regard depending on how their plans go.

People in business buy Windows because of largely office and other windows only business related software (on the desktop, not servers). People that buy for gaming get windows because most games are only compatible with windows. Everyone else (who you are talking about) pretty much buy windows because it is really the only thing available (other than iOS if you have the $$$). It used to be that common users might be more comfortable with windows, however MS pretty much killed that advantage with windows 8.

On top of all this, what baffles me, is that Windows as an integrated media player is truly horrible with Windows Media Player. I have no idea why this is the case, a company like MS *should* be able to make a decent video player, but they do not. Software like VLC are becoming much better alternatives, than trying to break your system installing malware loaded "codec packs" in an attempt to fix their broken media player. I can only surmise that MS makes it intentionally broken in an attempt to only support official codecs that they can load DRM for the media companies... however is that business worth flushing their brand down the toilet?

Anyway linux while not there yet, and not a lock for surpassing MS, has some opportunities to do so. However likely it would take a large company (like Google say partnering with Steam) to really put a nail in the coffin. Pushing things like Google Docs and the like for office compatibility and transition (particularly when MS starts pushing their Office 365 BS), also strengthening the media software as more and more people use their devices as a connection to their TV, while getting Steam to offer an easy conduit for linux games and developers to market them to a growing user base. Once you have people that are used to it at the office, as a media device, as a gaming device, the common light users will start having more options, and have more people used to the UI. Also if using similar devices say on tablets and phones, this will also raise your common users comfort level, particularly as the demographic that grew up with smart phones start maturing...

So while I don't see it happening anytime soon, it is defiantly something that is possible over time should all the ducks line up in a row.

Comment: Re:Almost all tech support requires upselling (Score 1) 251

by DarthVain (#47712929) Attached to: Comcast Training Materials Leaked

My girlfriend had same issue doing call center for a large telecommunications company (cable, cellphones, internet, etc...). These places are terrible employee mills. She eventually quit because she couldn't take it anymore. Shift bid were every couple of weeks, sometimes not even that, every other week. They would even play games with tenure, by moving everyone with long tenure into the same group so that they only compete against each other in shift bids, making tenure largely worthless. They don't really give a shit about retaining employees anyway, as they have a rotating training program to get new employee's in to replace those leaving due to the high attrition and turnover rate. Everything is evaluated about selling, even if it has nothing to do with what the customer is calling about. Anyway for me the worst part was the constant screwing around with shift bids, working weekends and odd hours, never the same in a given week. It is hard to maintain a relationship or any kind of life with that sort of uncertainty all the time. Hopefully she has better luck at her new employment.

Comment: And... (Score 1) 69

by DarthVain (#47705155) Attached to: Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

So what if it does? What are they realistically going to do about it? I mean the warning is great and all (if accurate), however without a way to stop it, or anyway to mitigate the consequences, what is the point?

I guess presumably you might be able to reroute traffic in advance, however I am guessing the ability to even do that would be limited, as I am pretty sure they would have done that after the first time.

Comment: Duh. (Score 1) 249

by DarthVain (#47702639) Attached to: The Cost of Caring For Elderly Nuclear Plants Expected To Rise

1) Anything we built that is several decades old will need increasing amounts of maintenance.
2) Environmental regulation has increased costs over the last several decades.
3) Inflation has increased over the last several decades.

All of this means that the cost of caring for these facilities will increase. Notice I didn't say nuclear once in any of that.

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