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Comment: Re:The last sentence in the summary... (Score 1) 91

But what you can't argue against is the fact that the ice is melting at all, although that doesn't stop some people here from cherry-picking one particular type of ice (sea ice), saying that it has expanded as if that is the complete argument against the total ice loss.

It's worse than that. They're actually claiming that extent is counterevidence against loss of ice mass. Some of them don't even realize that's what they're claiming. Either way, this finding proves them wrong.

Comment: Re:Simple answer (Score 1) 93

by drinkypoo (#48034315) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

The argument that people "understand" imperial - particularly with temperatures - comes up a lot. But most people don't really use the measurements, and just learn their meaning by rote. The fact that 78F is a warm day is through experience, and it has no meaning beyond "warm day". As such, it as a system of measurement is about as useful as any other, and intellectual inertia says stick with what you know.

Centigrade is bollocks for discussing the weather, however. The very point of the Fahrenheit scale is its comprehensibility, and it is indeed good for that. Sure, you have to remember a couple of numbers, but most of us can manage that and in any case, only the freezing temperature and the comfortable temperature are really relevant for most of us anyway. The average person knows that boiling temperature has been reached because of whistling or bubbling.

Comment: Re:Missing out (Score 1) 210

You can run away from "a knife, steel pipe, baseball bat, wrench, box cutter, hammer, screwdriver, ice pick, awl, straight razor or any number of commonly found items to use in a robbery".

You can try, sure. If they run faster than you, though (and you never know until you try), you may come to regret it.

Comment: Re:Catching up with Fedora (Score 2) 546

by shutdown -p now (#48033671) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Given that all the Unix shells predate PowerShell by at least two decades, and more for most of them, of course they wouldn't alias PS commands.

And no-one said that PS is better because it has aliases. Aliases are there for convenience of people who come to it from other shells (which is why it has other aliases for people coming from cmd.exe - "dir" works same as "ls", for example, and "help" works like "man" etc). What makes it better is something else - the notion of passing structured data in streams, rather than just text (which is then just a subset). For some things where you have to write insane sed/awk scripts in Unix to massage the text output of a command into something that another command wants, the equivalent PS can be three times as short, and orders of magnitude clearer, because it doesn't need to parse text to extract the data - it just reads the property of an object.

Comment: Re:All this psychological research... (Score 1) 181

by shutdown -p now (#48032133) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

All those conclusions are the ones that you make, not the study. The study just gives you information, it's up to you to decide what to do with it.

So you're basically complaining that the information is harmful because it leads you to make the wrong decisions, by some arbitrary definition of wrong. Well, perhaps your definition of "wrong" is wrong, or perhaps your ability to make decisions is suspect (I'm almost tempted to troll and say that it might be genetic...).

Either way, it's still science, without any kind of scary quotes, and it's doing good insofar as it's increasing our understanding of the world and ourselves. The evil things that may come of us acting on that understanding is a different thing altogether.

Comment: Re:This is the wrong attitude (Score 1) 101

The Executive branch's job is to represent the operations of the State.

Yes - in the interests of the populace.

The notion that only legislative branch represents the citizenry is bullshit. They are all supposed to represent us, just in different aspects (largely to prevent them from colluding).

Comment: Re:Screens too small for Windows (Score 1) 171

by shutdown -p now (#48031903) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

I got to work on a guy's Surface tablet a couple days ago. While it was nice and very fast, every time I had to do something on the desktop, it was like trying to read the fine print on a TV commercial.

Since Win8, Windows has DPI scaling on the desktop that actually works (actually it was mostly working in Win7 already, but 8 and 8.1 polished it further).

Surface, in particular, scales everything to 150% by default, if I remember correctly. The text on mine is about the same size as on the desktop. Of course, this means that not quite as many things fit, so some people manually change the setting back to 100%, making everything tiny, but fitting more onto the screen. That guy whom you know must have done that.

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