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Comment: Re:It was the press coverage that was the disaster (Score 1) 76

by cellocgw (#48886761) Attached to: The Camera That Changed the Universe

Not to mention good old politics in the bid-award process. A certain other corporation based in a certain town in upstate NY had build plenty of telescopes, same size, for orbit-based use, but because Security dammit!! and some cronyism on the side Hughes Optical got the contract. And screwed it up in an attempt to save cost.

Comment: Re:Hypocrisy (Score 1) 136

by cellocgw (#48856795) Attached to: Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance

You've combined possible sensible behavior with completely ignorant behavior.

Yes, your MD is an asshole (and a lazy shit) for prescribing antibiotics without doing a culture. -- unless you just happened to leave out the part where he had a positive finding.

No, he was exactly right for requiring that the entire scrip be taken. It's morons who "feel better after 3 days" and stop the scrip who thus allow partially resistant bacteria to survive and go on to breed (so to speak) more fully resistant bacteria. "All or nothing" is absolutely the rule here.

Comment: obligatory (Score 1) 637

by cellocgw (#48856607) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Well, *I* think that 64k different languages should be enough for anyone. //rim shot

So, anyway, anyone who claims that any particular language is the right one to start with (and will lead to fame, fortune, and everything that goes with it) is a fool. I can see some justification for avoiding heavily obfuscated languages like APL or perl in favor of any language that actually uses, you know, words, to identify the functions and operations you want to do. If a high-school kid can't understand that "for," "do," "while," etc. are performing mostly the same operation, then he's screwed regardless of the actual language in question.

Comment: LIke Mt Everest (Score 0) 588

by cellocgw (#48844125) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?

`because it's there'

Or more accurately, " because we can."

Then again, why not just set up dual-boot or dump either Linux or OSX into a VM inside the opposite OS?

I will note that Apple went competitive by making Yosemite a free upgrade. But if you don't mind figuring out how to make a startup script run to load your trackpad config options and similar stuff that works automagically under OSX, and don't mind not being able to use MsoftOffice (skip the flame wars, please-- we all have to be able to exchange files with the noncognoscenti), it really comes down to which desktop environment you like.

Comment: Re:On credit, or because you saved it and can affo (Score 1) 111

by cellocgw (#48820139) Attached to: Carnivorous Pitcher Plant "Out-Thinks" Insects

> I'm spending about $5,000 on a vacation now. Because my kids are only kids for a very short period of time.

Did you save up $5,000, so you are now able to do that without worrying about?

The fallacy here is that a $5k vacation is five times better than a $1k vacation -- or that it's even close to five separate $1k vacations. One of the best family vacas I ever had as a kid involved staying at cheapo motels along the midAtlantic coast, getting up early to check out the local birding scene, dining at local indie establishments, etc. No Plastic Kingdom or Floating FoodOrgy can compare.

Comment: not just the jury (Score 3) 303

It's always seemed to me that it is critical that the judge be, if not expert, at least well-educated in areas of science, philosophy, religion, etc. which are pertinent to the case. How can a judge properly rule on admissibility of evidence (e.g. all those cases involving data sent through an open home router) or validity of objections if he doesn't comprehend the technological or cultural situation?

Comment: Re:Not if gas stays under $2/gallon (Score 1) 181

by cellocgw (#48813513) Attached to: Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025

Which has dick-all to do with either my comment or the original posted comment on this subthread.

Not to mention your completely unsubstantiable claim that I'm a "greenie," whatever that may mean to your troubled mind.

Greenies are what I feed my dogs to keep their teeth and gums healthy. Interpret that as you wish.

Comment: Re:Not if gas stays under $2/gallon (Score 4, Insightful) 181

by cellocgw (#48812929) Attached to: Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025

What does Elon know that we don't know in regards to oil prices? He ain't selling that many cars if oil stays under $50 a barrel, the demand just won't be there.

While I agree that the preponderance of USA car-buyers are in fact that stupid, i.e. basing their purchase choice on an incredibly volatile price index, I would argue that the intersection of said morons with the set of people who have seriously considered an electric are is vanishingly small.

The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it. -- Franklin P. Jones