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Comment: Re:Whether you think climate change is real or not (Score 1) 415

by LinuxLuver (#49287597) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science
BS to this: "the cold waters of Earth's deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005", according to a new NASA study, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming appears to have stopped in 1998. It started in 1978. But there really has been no warming this century." The careful choice of words about "deep ocean" ignores the rest of the ocean. It takes centuries for the deep ocean to be affected by what's going on up top. Beware of lies told in this way.

Comment: Re: It's a scam (Score 1) 169

by LinuxLuver (#49277571) Attached to: A Mars One Finalist Speaks Out On the "Dangerously Flawed" Project
It's only a scam if the intention was to defraud or deceive. I don't think that applies here. It's been an opportunity to put the idea out there and see who gets behind it and sorted it with cash. I'm fairly certain that if they were on target to raising the funds we would see concrete things happening. It was always outrageously ambitious. Good on them for trying. But this is perhaps also an example of how private operations are relatively weak compared to governments.... Who do the heavy lifting everywhere. Governments are edging toward a Mars mission. The US$3 trillion Bush flushed down the toilet in Iraq would have been more than enough.

Comment: Share your view of the world and life (Score 1) 698

Don't "tell" her anything unless it's just stories about you and your family and how you felt about things and about her. She your hopes and dreams. She'll want to know you better even though you're gone. That's the sort of thing she'll look to for insights in the decades ahead of her... And each passing decade will allow her own experience to see, anew, meaning in your words.

Comment: I prefer E-readers because..../ (Score 1) 261

by LinuxLuver (#49132961) Attached to: The Case Against E-readers -- Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading On Paper
I'm closer to 60 then 50. Most people my age would prefer paper books. No argument. I'm just not one of them. I prefer having 200+ books in my back pocket. My e-reader, ideally, let's me annotate what I'm reading.... So I have searchable relevant markers. I can look up words that need looking up. When reading on my phone on a plane I hold it with 3-4 fingers - lightly - whereas the person next to me with a big fat paper novel soon grows tired of wrangling the big, fat thing. Distraction? Don't be! Grow some self discipline.

Comment: Superbowl? (Score 1) 227

by LinuxLuver (#48961081) Attached to: The NFL Wants You To Think These Things Are Illegal
If you want a practical demonstration of the effectiveness of hype / propaganda, go to New Zealand or Hong Kong or Paris a week before the Superbowl. You won't hear a word about it. It's like it didn't even exist. So the difference is: the noise we allow into our heads in North America about things like the Superbowl that amount to less than 'doesn't matter' almost everywhere else.

Comment: Re: In after somebody says don't run Windows. (Score 1) 467

by LinuxLuver (#48894411) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?
If you don't run any AV software how do you know you haven't been infected? The 'best' botnets don't degrade you're system performance much and don't get in your way because they don't want to subjectively detected by the user. They just did in the background quietly pumping out moderate traffic that doesn't alert or alarm the use of the infected machine. By not being greedy.... They don't get caught... And millions of PCs infected this way amount to a huge resource made up of small resource consumption each. Point is.... How would you know if you haven't used AV software at all?

Comment: Anti-virus is worse than most viruses (Score 1) 467

by LinuxLuver (#48894347) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?
Lately I've been dealing with Windows systems virtually crippled by the "real time protection" now standard in most antivirus applications. I bought Chromebooks for my family. They are fast, cheap and don't need anti-virus. My wife loves hers. The only way to stop AV packages crippling a Windows system is to disable or degrade the protection.... Which leaves you vulnerable. That's not the answer either. So I ditched Windows. That was the best answer. This has been going on for 20 years and more. Clearly it's part of the Windows ecology. No thanks.

Comment: We've moved on... (Score 1) 640

by LinuxLuver (#48812775) Attached to: Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7
Windows 8 was so annoying we moved on to Chromebooks. They actually do everything we need..... And being able to login 5 seconds after turning the device on is a constant pleasure. OK, the Chromebook can't access Windows file shares so we use ftp the cloud instead. The Chromebooks are half the price of a Windows laptop and generally perform so well users are struck by how fast they are compared to MS bloatware.

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