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Comment: Re:uhh (Score 1) 491

by LWATCDR (#48040301) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Funny thing is his brand of "righteous living" is not all that different from common sense to day.
He was anti-smoking, anti-drunkenness, and pro child support.
What a terrible thing.
"He did seem to have a lifelong obsession with that, but it tended to be very much of the "if you'll all just live exactly the way I tell you you'll be better off" variety that doesn't necessarily deserve to be lionized"
So he was a democrat like Mayor Bloomberg?

Comment: Re:Bruce Perens (Score 1) 221

by LWATCDR (#48039943) Attached to: Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

That is just it. The VA has already developed the software to do all this and it is in the Public domain.
All you have to do is state that if you take medicare you must use a system compatible with VistA.
It has been used for decades and has been updated as well. A lot of companies even use it as a base for their products.
I would love to see the US government move it from public domain to GPL but I doubt that is possible legally.

Comment: Re:uhh (Score 1) 491

by LWATCDR (#48036685) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Yep but what people do understand is that anti-semitism was not abnormal for the time. It was very common for hotels, country clubs, and so on to be "restricted". Would he have supported the extermination camps? I really doubt it. As I said you need to look at everything he did. A lot of them were good and others are bad. but to throw out the good is just as wrong as ignoring the bad. What would Henry Ford be like if he was born in the 1960s instead of the 1860s? He might have been Elon Musk or Steve Jobs or maybe even better.

Comment: Re:uhh (Score 4, Insightful) 491

by LWATCDR (#48036347) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Actually history is not all that simple. Henry Ford also started paying his employees a living wage long before it was popular. In fact other industrialists hated him for raising wages.
Ford hated unions but actually paid his workers very well for the day. It was in 1935 that the problems with the Unions happened and Ford was getting up in years. It is a lot more complicated than you think

Of course Auto Workers Union revises their own history and has removed a lot of the influence of radical communists from the official history.

He also "interfered" with his workers lives and offered programs to help with "heavy drinking", gambling, and dead-beat dads. He got a lot of flack for these programs in the day as being too intrusive.

Henry Ford in the end was a great man but also a product of his day. Today he would be seen as racist and anti-semitic. In the early 1900s he was seen are a radical progressive. No man is all good or all bad.

Comment: Re:uhh (Score 2) 491

by LWATCDR (#48035545) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

1 Everybody changes the world. Some good and some bad.
2. Musk is right now building a super expensive electric car for the rich. He is right now Mr. Royce he is not yet Henry Ford.
3. He is build rockets but so are several other companies. He is doing well at it but it is not like he has made spaceflight cost $10 a kilo yet.

Everyone can and should politely question things like this. What kind of almost religious zeal causes you to result to insults at such a simple statement. I happen to think that Musk is doing a lot of good things. Mars may be over ambitious but their is a very wise saying. If you never fail you never tried hard enough. You on the other hand have resorted to worship and adoration for the man. You attacked the none believers with insults and I doubt that you brought any light on the subject. You most certainly did not inform anyone. In other words you have failed to take an opportunity to make the world a better place.

Comment: Re:uhh (Score 1) 491

by LWATCDR (#48035443) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

No he is just dreaming big. I do question his statement that their would be no oil or natural gas. If mars had life it might be possible that oil and other hydrocarbons did form.
It is unlikely that they are around but impossible. If so we just need a lot of 02 and then burn baby burn! Mars needs CO2.

Comment: Re:FP? (Score 1) 805

by LWATCDR (#48035131) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

It is simply hard to get ride of a few centuries worth of knowledge.
In Britain you order a pint of beer.
If you give an inch they will take a mile.
In the US liters and quarts are still fighting it out. Soda is in liters milk in is quarts.
"I have a feeling any "conversion" would be about as difficult to handle as your cable company changing the channel lineup around. Perhaps a few weeks of grumbling, but eventually you get used to it."
No you are wrong.
I was in school in the 1970s when they made a big push for metric and it is still a pain. You have generations of people that are used to cups, quarts, pounds, ounces, miles, feet, inches, and yards. Just in the UK it would take decades if not longer to make people comfortable with those measurements. Even then they will keep using the old systems forever. An American football field will always be 100 yards. You have at least a century of cookbooks that use ounces and cups. You have homees full of 2x4s. The change would require every lumberyard to have both traditional as well as metric wood sizes. And so on.

Finally when you get to temperature Fahrenheit is the one that is more mathematically correct. 180 degrees between freezing and boiling makes a lot more sense than 100 degrees. The one issue with Fahrenheit is the zero point was set at the lowest temp they could generate at the time. Just change that to the freezing point of water and it would be very close to perfect. The units in C are just too big for common use IMHO.

Comment: Re:How important is that at this point? (Score 1) 192

by LWATCDR (#48030111) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

I think you are going too far the other way. GIMP on windows and Linux are not bad at all. GIMP on OS/X is really hard to use probably because GTK for OSX really lags GTK for windows.

GIMP is good enough for a lot of people and it is much more powerful than photoshop elements.
If you need Photoshop then you need Photoshop. Gimp is a really powerful program and not terrible to use but it is not Photoshop.

Comment: Re:It's sad (Score 1) 416

by LWATCDR (#48028479) Attached to: Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

"without Google exerting legally questionable pressure on OEMs."
What? That has got to be the dumbest statement I have ever heard.

Google says you can use all of the Google services or none. You can use Android with no google services as at all like.... Amazon does.
Google allows the user to put on other search engines, It allows other browsers. It allows other nav.....
There is nothing questionably legal about it. Frankly it is about 1000% more permissive than IOS, WP8, or Blackberry.

Comment: Re:How important is that at this point? (Score 2) 192

by LWATCDR (#48028103) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

Sorry but no you are wrong.
My wife has spent a lot of time learning GIMP, Photoshop, and Photoshop elements.
GIMP is much better than elements but is not as good as Photoshop.
She still uses GIMP for some projects and recommends it to people that are just starting out or do not have the money to spend on Photoshop but GIMP is not a good replacement for photoshop.
GIMP is actually a good tool and a great value for the price but it is not a replacement for photoshop. Your comments about lemmings is a good example of what is wrong with the FOSS community.

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