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Comment: Re:Why Thunderbolt? (Score 1) 92

by jedidiah (#48950183) Attached to: Dell Continues Shipping Fresh Linux Laptops

> Because slim laptops may not have DVD, HDMI/VGA output,

Simple. Buy LESS LAME hardware.

The only thing Thunderbolt does that USB does not is passthrough of the display port connection that your lame laptop probably already has (or should have).

USB is already a bus and has already handled things like ethernet for quite some time now.

Comment: Re:"Support" != actually sacrifice for (Score 1) 406

by jedidiah (#48942767) Attached to: Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

A lot of this really just boils down to 60s ideas of environmentalism and reducing pollution. It's just that the modern spin ads an extra level of extreme hysterics to the situation that are likely to alienate people and trigger skepticism.

Although you are probably right. If you ask all of the apathetic types just going along or even the true blue tree huggers to really sacrifice, you will probably get a much different answer.

That's probably why you have this whole subject wrapped in hysteria to begin with. Someone thinks they need to generate a sense of urgency by any means necessary.

Comment: Re:More ambiguous cruft (Score 1) 486

by jedidiah (#48939217) Attached to: The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

George Carlin had a great routine on this subject. He correctly surmised that we were all guinea pigs. His particular example was birth control pills but this could apply equally to any new chemical or product. We usually really don't know the full implications of something until it's been tested by the end user. There usually isn't sufficient "science" done beforehand to really trust a new drug or product. So we are ultimately all guinea pigs and we have to just see what happens.

Unfortunately by that point it's hard to isolate all the variables.

If cancers and allergies go up, who do you blame? There are so many possible culprits.

Also, science is much harder and much less certain than the talking heads will admit.

Comment: Re:More ambiguous cruft (Score 0) 486

by jedidiah (#48939143) Attached to: The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

There is no health benefit to taking a perfectly useful plant and adding more poisons to it. It doesn't matter if it's what occurs in the planet naturally or some other product that someone wants to sell to your local farmer (Roundup).

We already grow more than enough food. We have been letting food rot in order to prop up commodities prices since before you were born.

Comment: Re:Discussion is outdated (Score 1) 488

by jedidiah (#48900113) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Also, that bit about anti-Pascal criticisms being outdated or due to the "wrong implementation" pretty much destroys any idea that it would be superior for "cross platform" development. The excuses for those misconceptions show why Pascal would have a hard time being useful for "cross platform" purposes.

What subset of "modern Pascal" do you have to restrict yourself to avoid those "problems".

"May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." -- George Carlin