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Comment: Re:Not surprising. (Score 2, Insightful) 711

by chipschap (#47394389) Attached to: When Beliefs and Facts Collide
That's what GW needs to be all about, legitimate science and letting the science speak for itself. Unfortunately the likes of Al Gore have been a real problem for obtaining wide acceptance of GW. Let's please drop the hype and posturing on both sides and follow the science. This isn't about what someone would like to believe or wants to believe. It's about finding and accepting the scientific truth, and then doing what's necessary (and not doing what's not necessary). And please don't imply anything from this comment about whether the scientific truth already is or is not determined. "Belief" (or non-belief) in GW is not necessarily a measure of scientifc literacy. It's more like "if you agree with me then you're literate" and that applies to both sides.

Comment: Re:A popular laptop OS? (Score 3, Interesting) 133

by chipschap (#47355945) Attached to: FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

Good point. I've observed this too.

I have a bootable USB stick which boots into FreeDOS. The only thing on the stick, besides the OS and some utilities, is a copy of an old, simple word processor called Better Working Word Processor. When I really want distraction-free writing, I boot this up and there is simply nothing else to do but write (somewhat a la Jonathan Franzen, though I'll never quite have the reputation to go with it).

But I do notice that even with the hard drive spun down, battery life is little better than running my full Linux Mint installation.

Comment: Re: Step 1 (Score 3, Insightful) 196

by chipschap (#47343275) Attached to: How Apple Can Take Its Headphones To the Next Level

There's nothing that compares with Sony Professional headphones, and they're less expensive than you'd expect. Normally I hate Sony but the pro headphones are one heck of a product line.

Of course, they're ... heh heh heh .... "somewhat" larger and heavier than earbuds, and as for looking hip ... not. Unless the audio engineer look is somehow "in." Be sure to wear thick glasses with black frames.

Comment: Re:I think I miss computer shopper more (Score 1) 105

by chipschap (#47277493) Attached to: After 47 Years, Computerworld Ceases Print Publication

I do nearly all my magazine-type reading on the Internet now, too, but I did enjoy the print magazines in their day, great old stuff like "Radio Electronics." Not that I wish to return to those days, which weren't really the good old days if you think objectively about it.

I still like a print newspaper but if I were to be fully honest I'd have to say it's hardly a necessity any more, and it mostly contains wire service articles I read online two days earlier.

Comment: Re:Seems reasonable... (Score 2) 260

by chipschap (#47184545) Attached to: Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft

Lyft just announced their opening in Honolulu and the cab companies are already lined up to fight them.

Cab service is very expensive here, for instance $50+ for a 7-mile ride from my place to the airport. Lyft to proposing to undercut taxi service by about 30%, which is a step in the right direction but still nothing close to cheap.

It will be interesting to see what the city does, that is, to find out who has been making the biggest payoffs.

Comment: Re:Oh the humanities! (Score 1) 325

by chipschap (#47182335) Attached to: Fixing the Humanities Ph.D.

"A lot of great books (which do have commercial value, for the Gradgrinds reading this) are written by English Lit graduates, and are likely better for that."

I don't know. Have you read some of today's "great" literary fiction? Like stuff by Don DeLillo or Jonathan Franzen?

"Better" isn't the word I'd use. I don't know if those two are English Lit grads, but for sure English Lit grads go nuts over them, heaven knows why.

Comment: Re:even more telling... (Score 5, Insightful) 255

by chipschap (#47148001) Attached to: A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

As a former technology manager, I can say that (at least as I saw things) the challenge and responsibility of management is to understand the capabilities of the staff and get them into roles in which they can succeed. If someone is underperforming in a certain job, then the manager must get them into a job in which they can perform. Everyone wins in such a case. The organization doesn't need to go through a fire/hire cycle, and instead ends up with an employee who contributes. The employee keeps his/her employment and, as a real contributor, definitely feels better about him/herself. (This needs to be done without a salary cut, which is destructive to everyone's morale, not just the staffer.)

This is, of course, if the employee is at least making an effort ... laziness or not caring is a different issue.

Comment: Re:Project MAC? (Score 2) 50

Multics was amazing for its time. Then Honeywell took it on as a commercial product and didn't know how to sell it, or more like their sales people were clueless and didn't want it competing against their own home-grown crappy operating system and hardware. So Multics died.

In the minicomputer era, Prime Computers (a competitor to DEC) built an operating system that they called a "mini" Multics, because it used the same security ring idea, but it wasn't a tenth as good.

And I do myself remember Project MAC as I was a student at MIT in those days.

Comment: Re:Surface: the only Hope (Score 1, Insightful) 379

Microsoft has become largely irrelevant and they're trying to get back to their glory days. The same happened with IBM some years back. Both companies expected their users to go where /they/ were going, instead of the other way around. Then, to no one's surprise but their own, they lost their edge in the market. "We're so big and we're so important our users have to follow us wherever we go." Windows 8, anyone? Sic transit gloria mundi.

I put up my thumb... and it blotted out the planet Earth. -- Neil Armstrong