we cannot ascertain the temperatures of past centuries with enough precision to make any such study nor claims
That's not a fabrication. That's just wrong. Calling it a fabrication bestows too much grace on it.
Please provide the evidence that his statement is "just wrong", specifically provide credible evidence as to the accuracy and precision of the methods used to determine the temperatures of the past centuries.
Alternativly use "proxies" which are equally accurate over those 500 years.
Well, how accurate and precise are they?
we can create a fairly educated surmise of the reality based on what we observe today
What is the margin of error for that "educated surmise"?
And you wonder how a circuit breaker for the B2 bomber could cost $1500?
Nope, I am an ex-Navy nuke. I know exactly why those things cost so much, and most of it is that they can tell you where the part came from, back to the mine the metal was mined.
like giving the two slightly different job titles that idiots can then latch on as proof it isn't the same, but it is.
Have you even worked in a major corporation before, or even worked for that matter? Slightly different job titles? There is no HR department in the United States that would put up with that because of the work alone. And, that ignores the fact that most HR departments are made up of women. Don't believe me? Check it out yourself.
And yes, men do need to cover women taking time out for children to some extent.
Congratulations on shooting yourself in the foot. If men have to pick up the slack for women, why should women be paid the same? If you were always picking up the slack for a co-worker, would you be happy to be paid the same as that co-worker, or would you resent that co-worker and be a disgruntled employee because you work more and harder than that employee?
If you require QuickBooks Pro 2013, then you require a newish windows / office, which require new hardware + new licenses...
Ok, how about another version of QuickBooks? Every version from 2009 onwards either doesn't run or runs like crap.
I don't know of any useful userland linux program that hasn't been ported to windows...
Which is irrelevant because the suggested direction is Windows to Linux, not Linux to Windows. What is needed is Windows apps ported to Linux.
You'd never switch to linux to increase productivity by upgrading your tools...
You are thinking like a techy, not a manager. Productivity is a primary concern.
1) It's easier to mantain than widnows, (for the little guys), and that reduces support costs.
Having supported both in variously sized companies, I can safely say this is a false statement. In fact, the primary reason for maintenance was people doing non-business things(surfing porn, etc) on the business computers.
2)It's more secure than for the user (not because of the os, but because dancing pigs won't be able to dance on linux). That also reduces support costs.
I am not sure what you mean by "dancing pigs". If, by "dancing pigs", you mean users, then you are also talking about increased salary costs because higher quality workers cost more. If you mean downloadable games, apps, etc., then you are talking about people doing non-business things on a business computer.
3) It provies longer life to your hardware, saving you money.
Except hardware is a depreciable capital cost and the only time one needs to upgrade is when one needs better hardware for an application or just preference, which would still result in a new purchase.
4)Its free and that saves you money.
If you haven't noticed, it is often times cheaper to purchase a new computer with the latest version of Windows than to purchase one with no O/S or to build a system.
The mayor obstacle for typical environments that don't require special sofware are the huge amount of VBA excell files. If your company doesn't use them much then with some windows boxes kept for those special case you'd befine.
Remember what used to be said about IBM? Now, it is "No one ever got fired for going with MS Windows on the desktop." Especially, with the popularity of MS Office. Another big reasons is Outlook and Exchange.
You are looking at this from a tech angle and are missing a lot of things management and business owners look at, including lost productivity, retraining costs, and all the other switch-over costs.
Well, if I prefer it, I evidently don't consider it subpar.
That doesn't necessarily follow as you may be using it for ideological rather than technical reasons. And, again, you didn't answer the question.
Oh, you thought that the documents created are only used internally? Are you sure you have worked in the real world?