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Comment: Re:...and Greenpeace... (Score 1) 101

by MightyMartian (#48422683) Attached to: The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"

They're also handing out money to people like Roy Spencer, whose area of research (though none of his published research) align nicely with the pro-oil message they want to get out.

The idea that even the best funded "eco" organization has anything approaching the money that the fossil fuel industry can bring to bear is laughable. Does someone like Greenpeace even have the money to buy one Senator, let alone an entire political party?

Comment: Re:Definitions (Score 1) 101

by MightyMartian (#48422671) Attached to: The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"

I agree. Showing statements that you haven't paid for is quite appropriate.

But tell me, do you think, for instance, having Dr. Roy Spencer being paid by the Koch Brothers to make anti-AGW statements that don't even have any backing in any peer reviewed research he's ever done fit within those ethical lines?

Comment: Re:Heh... (Score 3, Insightful) 101

by MightyMartian (#48422607) Attached to: The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"

Um, since when was skepticism the foundation of science? Repeatability of observations and utility of prediction are the foundations of science. Skepticism has its place, but only if it is informed. What Forbes publishes is hardly informed skepticism, and even its toy climatologists like Roy Spencer are notable for the fact that their bought-and-paid for skepticism never actually enters the published literature. Guys like Spencer are playing the same game with their discipline that Intelligent Design-advocate Michael Behe plays with his (microbiology). They make a very loud skeptical sound in the press, but when it comes to actually doing science, oddly their published record is in the mainstream.

Maybe the problem here is that you're too bloody infantile to accept that the universe doesn't give a fuck about your political and economic ideology.

And before you accuse me of being some commie greenie, well let me educate you. I'm a socially liberal fiscal conservative. What I'm not is a pathetic man-child who stomps his feet and declares "that science makes things difficult, it must be wrong!!!!!"

Grow the fuck up.

Comment: Re:Ah yesss... (Score 3, Insightful) 101

by MightyMartian (#48421953) Attached to: The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"

Ah yes, and the conspiracy theorists come out to play. Last week it was evil scientists trying to hurt poor ol' Big Tobacco. The week before it was evil scientists trying to kill God with evolution and old EArth geology. The week before that it was evil old scientists trying to move the Earth from its lauded position at the center of the Universe.

Evil scientists one and all! We should fucking kill all of them, and promote views that square exactly with your ideological leanings. Science is evil and must be destroyed!

Does that sum up your position?

Comment: Heh... (Score 0, Troll) 101

by MightyMartian (#48421875) Attached to: The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"

Why would they need sophisticated software when there are so many denialist Libertarian types who seem to believe that dumping millions of years worth of sequestered CO2 into the atmosphere in the space of three centuries has absolutely no ill effects whatsoever? After all, these people show up on every single web forum anywhere to declare climatologists are frauds and AGW a global conspiracy of evil Communists out to destroy the economy...

Oh wait

+ - Android Lollipop Causing Problems For Nexus 7 Users

Submitted by MightyMartian
MightyMartian (840721) writes "According to the BBC, there are numerous reports of the latest version of Android causing numerous problems for Nexus 7 users.

The Google Product Forums are filled with reports of both the 2012 and 2013 versions of the Nexus 7 tablet having stability problems; in particular with Chrome and the Facebook app.

On a personal note, while Lollipop works quite while on my Nexus 5, it has rendered my Nexus 7 2012 tablet all but unusable with frequent crashes and lock ups."

Comment: Re:Opposition is from a small elite (Score 2) 541

I've been playing with it for about six months now. I'll probably begin the migration of our LAMP stacks and Samba file servers over to FreeBSD in the New Year. We're going to be building a new database server in the next few weeks, and initially it was going to be another Debian install, but at this point I'm thinking of altering the requirements to use FreeBSD. It's only mysql, so it's not like if it doesn't work all that well I can't push it quickly to a Linux server.

I simply do not like the direction Debian is going, and indeed many of the Linux distros. Systemd violates some of what I consider to be core Unix principles.

Comment: Re:RIP Java! (Score 1) 524

The cost for major enterprise operations to move from Java would be monumental. A web interface is one thing, changing your underlying transaction management system would be a huge undertaking and cost an enormous amount of money. It would probably be cheaper to pay Oracle to fix the security bugs.

Java isn't going anywhere.

Comment: Re:RIP Java! (Score 2) 524

Do you seriously believe .NET ever really had a chance of crushing Java? By the time .NET really came online, Java was already heavily embedded in the enterprise. This guarantees that Java will be a development platform of significant entrenchment for years, probably decades to come.

People seem to believe that because Java has retreated to some degree from the desktop that it is a failed platform. But its penetration in many enterprise and financial organizations is huge, and I can't imagine that changing any time in the near future. Maybe in the long run, sure, but then again, the long run for banks, insurance companies and the like is half a century; look at all the COBOL code out there.

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