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Comment: Re:No. "Theory" is not "hypothesis". (Score 1) 772

by TREE (#47111035) Attached to: Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

Repeating the statement that the word "theory" means something different to you than it does to the general populace does nothing to help your cause. In this case especially, using terminology that is different from the common use is what is preventing "Science" from reaching the masses.

We really need to come up with a better term than "theory" if we want people to understand what you mean.

Comment: Flickr for Offsite Backup (Score 1) 499

by TREE (#37557374) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Long-Term Video/Picture Storage?

You can very quickly generate a lot of data with pictures of your kids. I have on the order of 80 GB with two kids under 5.

You definitely want multiple layers of protection, both locally and remote. For remote storage of pictures and videos, Flickr can't be beat price-wise. It is *unlimited* storage for $25 per year. And you can always retrieve the original file, and there are tons of APIs and clients available.

It's also useful for sharing photos and videos, with a strong security model that lets you control who has access to pictures of your kids.

Flickr does have a 500 MB per video file limit for uploads, and a 90 second limit for playback (you can download the original longer than 90 seconds, but no one else can view more than 90 seconds), but splitting videos up can be scripted with tools like ffmpeg, of course.

The key, though, is to *always* have more than one accessible copy of the originals in different physical locations. (i.e. two hard drives in your house doesn't count)

I also use an online backup solution. Look for unlimited storage for a reasonable price. I settled on CrashPlan+ Unlimited for $50/year, but there are a lot of options out there, now.

Comment: Not everybody runs servers for a living (Score 1) 878

by TREE (#33006440) Attached to: Google Engineer Decries Complexity of Java, C++

Interpreted code is great if you can babysit all the deployments. Generally, when you have to actually ship software, the sooner you find the bugs, the better. It doesn't get any earlier than compile time.

I have made brief forays into interpreted languages, and always feel immense pain and frustration from the lack of a compiler.

Comment: Re:Obligatory Open Source comment (Score 1) 260

by TREE (#29646187) Attached to: Ballmer: Don't Expect Simpler Licensing Soon

It's still worthwhile if you aren't upgrading the OS. Replacing MOBO + CPU + RAM is still cheaper than replacing a whole machine. Keeping the case, power supply, drives, keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc. etc.

Motherboards have gotten so all-inclusive lately, and USB so ubiquitous, that expandability is generally moot. Unless you're gaming, of course.

Comment: Someplace for the oil to go? (Score 2, Insightful) 347

by TREE (#28325971) Attached to: Scientists Wonder What Fingerprints Are For

Maybe they work like treads on car tires... let there be someplace for liquids to move *away* from to improve grip. Or, maybe having "with oil" and "without oil" surfaces that can be selected by varying grip allows gripping different types of surfaces.

Also, grip isn't the only thing hands do. Wiping or scrubbing with your fingers requires some level of abrasiveness.

I suspect that there may be a connection between building calluses and having prints. Possibly, prints are just the way we make "tough" skin that is more resistant to injury.

Programming is an unnatural act.