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Comment: Re:39/100 is the new passing grade. (Score 1) 174

This always surprises me. I know how contentious the physical sciences are, and from what I understand the soft sciences are even worse. I'd expect lots of people with differing opinions would be out to refute studies contradicting their assumptions. Maybe the flow of income makes this less possible?

Comment: Re:My Packard Bell was invaluable (Score 1) 417

by Quirkz (#49548347) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

Well, you guys have convinced me to dig it out and give it another shot. If a Windows reinstall doesn't work, maybe I'll try Ubuntu, just to play around.

It did work okay for a few months. I wasn't using it that hard, just some word processing and light games (I'm talking NES emulator, maybe as advanced as the original Torchlight) and I was initially happy with it.

Comment: Re:My Packard Bell was invaluable (Score 1) 417

by Quirkz (#49541583) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

Hmm. I experienced frequent crashes that eventually drove me away. Like every 5-10 minutes if trying to download anything, and maybe "only" once an hour if not using the network. I tried a lot of basic tech support (drivers, patches) but I admit I got frustrated before trying a complete reinstall, which might have been called for.

Comment: Re:Is self-correcting (Score 2) 186

by Quirkz (#49485325) Attached to: How Many Hoaxes Are On Wikipedia? No One Knows

In my house we had a set of encyclopedias from around 1952, the year my mom was born, plus about ten addenda for the years 1953-1962. In 1988 I needed to do a report on nuclear power plants, and was first confused and then very amused when I realized my encyclopedia didn't even have an entry for those things. It was one of the first times the encyclopedia had completely failed me.

I do suppose the addenda made it partially self-correcting.

A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems. -- P. Erdos

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