I think you failed to come up with anything to back up your assertions and are back-peddling. Fair enough.
So... does this mean I learned binary for nothing?
Sometimes it does mean that and sometimes it doesn't mean that.
Are you Shor?
I went to a presentation at a Unix convention in San Diego in 2000, 15 years ago, where Larry Wall talked at length about Perl 6, and how he was hard at work on it.
Well, better late than never.
I just read the book. Basic biology is somewhat lacking throughout. But potatoes are one of the few foods you can survive on indefinitely. They contain quite sufficient vitamin C to prevent scurvy.
Sufficient light to grow 'em would have been a problem, but if they can get by well enough to feed a nation even with Ireland's average cloud cover, perhaps a better choice than most crops. Might get one somewhat scanty crop, anyway. (I've seen 'em produce even when all the light they got was what leaked through broken boards into a closed shed.)
The bacteria issue was overblown; Watney could repopulate the whole place from his own colon, even if a large proportion didn't encapsulate as many bacteria do when stressed. And potatoes themselves are hardly sterile.
I did gather the author has never used freeze-dried food, including instant mashed potatoes.
I just got done reading the book about two minutes ago. I have not yet seen the film.
Lots of interesting points about what's scientifically accurate or not... I had complaints every time it touched on biology or food (freeze-dried potatoes are a whole different beast than fresh potatoes.) Having driven in the desert, where dust pits are a hazard, I muttered about that too. Some I could chalk up to "Not Watney's area of expertise" but some was pretty evidently "author just didn't think to check beyond his own lack of experience".
But what I noticed more than anything is that this is a book written for the masses. It is NOT written for an experienced SF audience, and is barely SF -- and then only because it's set on Mars rather than Antarctica. Mars is more dramatic. Good choice. But when I realised this, I stopped expecting ordinary hard-SF rigor from it.
What's truly popcorn-worthy is the SJW infighting that inevitably comes later. You've got the equality feminists and the third-wave feminists and the radfems and the trans-exclusive radfems and on and on and on.
I use the People's Distribution of SJLinux, but cannot stand those splitters who make the SJLinux People's Distribution, the SJLinux Popular People's Distribution, the Distribution for a Free SJLinux, or the Popular Distribution of SJLinux!
To be fair, I think if you rape someone, you owe them an apology.
> poor culture
First, "poor" is a value judgment and more a matter of opinion than fact.
Second, "culture" is a bit of a stretch. It seems more like a clash of personalities, one of which happens to head the Linux kernel project.
Finally, this smells much more like people thinking "gosh, everyone else on the Internet is pouty and offended, and I've had an unpleasant experience, therefore I too must have something worth bitching about publicly, because why should I be denied some of this sweet, sweet, whiner's attention?" and contributing to the ever-deepening cesspool of useless, pointless drama on the Internet.
Sarah had already moved on in her interests, and Matthew wanted to do something different, and so he went and did that. Honestly, I don't think they were "driven away".
"I'm not afraid of dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens." -- Woody Allen