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Comment Re:Windows 7 (Score 1) 344

My installs at work (10 machines) went smooth once we got the administrator issues sorted out, the only thing that fubared was some digital camera software that was "windowsXP" compatible, but even claiming "windowsXP" compatibility was overly optimistic. The upgrade did wipe-out our antivirus, but our AV knew that would happen and automatically re-installed a compatible version with one button click on reboot.

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 1) 578

The middle east has always been an oil economy, before petroleum it was olive oil. Take out the ability for the Caliph to buy the loyalty of his subject with cheep oil money and the whole region will destabilize (stability is relative). I don't think opening up more drilling leases will help, because the world-wide demand will just absorb any increase in supply.

Comment Re:Sadly.. (Score 1) 351

It doesn't if you click the overwrite option which save over the same file you opened; if you open a lossy format, edited and overwrote in a lossy format, sooner or later your going to have a mess you can't undo. Saving in the lossless proprietary format means you don't lose your work everytime your 3 year old tries to help you while you're keeping the dog from eating the cat.

Comment Re:Sadly.. (Score 1) 351

Where GIMP's UI starts to shine is when your on multiple monitor setups, you put the toolboxes and layers on your smaller 32 inch monitor and the image your editing can almost full-screen on your big, calibrated monster-sized 60 inch 4K monitor. Photoshop has everything in one window so doing split-screens doesn't make any sense. One thing I have noticed is Photoshoppers say that photoshop is faster, and it is for photoshop users, but GIMP users tend to learn their keyboard shortcuts so they are almost as fast in photoshop as the photshoppers and blow away photshopers in GIMP.

Comment Re:A good point, but poorly phrased. (Score 1) 351

A while back Robin Rowe, forked of a branch of GIMP version 1.0.4, added a few features and called it FilmGIMP and later Cinepaint and it actually worked pretty well for film frame editing. Then there was a need to adapt to 16 bit color channels to support image formats like Cineon, DPX and OpenEXR, while doing that they also attempted to port from GTK+ to a much more spartan and significantly less resource intense FLTK; the result was a 6 year wait for the next release, and I doubt the FLTK was in the new release and that was 2 and a half years ago.
I thought either projects were big, with a significant probability of failure, but both together just seemed insane.

Comment Re:Climate has never not been changing. (Score 1) 369

Bwahaha. You mean like 1998 was a extremely strong El Nino - and there supposedly was no warming since 1998? Well, apart from this year, which is much warmer than 1998.

From two years on, you will claim "No warming since 2015".

This year, It looks like your definition of much warmer and mine must differ, what I see is BEST and GISTEMP show slight warming, every other is nearly flat or slightly cooling like RSS. There is even discussions about whether the warming prior to the 1998 El Nino was statistically significant.

Comment Re:Fact check or PC checking? (Score 1) 337

Essentially Texas has said their education is no longer about facts, which means who knows what kind of crap will creep into textbooks.

Dude this is Texas, not only is crap creeping into the textbook status quo, the craptastic textbooks they buy become the defacto textbooks all over the country. If they go with "fact checkers" the result will most likely be different crap instead of no crap.

Comment Re:If you don't like the textbooks, (Score 1) 337

Right, there's a global conspiracy to create a hoax about something that any high school student can verify with a prism and thermometer (or any college student with access to a proper spectrometer). And FYI it's carbon dioxide that has a strong infrared absorption line. Different molecular compounds have different optical characteristics. Consider that both coal and diamond are pure carbon, but their difference in molecular structure gives them radically different properties.

It would be quite challenging for a High-Schooler to demonstrate CO2 absorption lines with a self-made instrument, glass is rather opaque to infrared at the CO2 absorbance bands so the optics would have to be made out of a salt, and the thermometer would really be a platinum wire bolometer, not impossible but challenging.

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