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Comment: Re:how pretty (Score 3, Informative) 201

by cyn1c77 (#48192901) Attached to: More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

"It is difficult to keep a straight face and state that OSX is stable. Xcode crashes all the time, Qt software crashes all the time, visualization software works much better on Linux."

I play with the same tools - and I experience no instability like this on OS X. Xeon and Core Ix series hardware.

Agreed. Same here.

If you are having serious instability issues, you have something wrong locally with your machine.

Especially if it is crashing with that "classical" software.

Comment: Re:This Yeti/Area-51/LochNess story just won't die (Score 1) 198

by cyn1c77 (#48188165) Attached to: The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

Had NASA in the late 1950s had a huge pool of qualified female test pilots and no qualified males, they would have gone with women and added men later.

NASA most definitely would not have done that! You are totally taking history out of context.

The US was a high discriminatory society in the 1950's. Women had only been allowed to vote 30 years earlier and the Jim Crow laws were still in effect until 1965.

There is no way that anything other than a white male would have been approved by NASA at a time when the majority opinion was that a woman's place was in the kitchen and a black's place was in the back of the bus.

Comment: Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (Score 3, Informative) 321

by cyn1c77 (#48179151) Attached to: Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

And so is Apple.

Apple products are expensive, but generally have good design and performance.

Bose and Beats have good design, but have always been deemed to have poor performance by people who actually review them for their sound qualities.

I'm not hating... check the reviews.

Comment: Re:To their defense (Score 1) 314

As a normal person I never had use of large bills like that. Even 100 is an annoyance as you have to get it accepted for change somewhere. So in essence nothing of value would be lost. Then the claim that it would be effective at curbing illegal business is not very strong either.

Do you not understand that after they eliminate the "large bills," the "criminals" will then start using the smaller bills?

The government will then eliminate those to improve your security, so that you are only left with electronically tracked options.

Comment: Re:For everything there is a season (Score 1, Insightful) 228

by cyn1c77 (#48137645) Attached to: Pentagon Unveils Plan For Military's Response To Climate Change

Nothing really works well when a life threatening disease is on the loose, but it is pretty clear that the virus has no room for human sensitivities and an approach to stopping it should not either.

The most pragmatic thing to do (if stopping the disease is the dominant priority) is to immediately impose draconian quarantines:
1. Have you been anywhere outside of the country? Then you get a 21-day quarantine.
2. Have you potentially been in contact with someone who might have ebola? Then you get a 21-day quarantine.

Would this this hurt the global the economy were all countries to enact it? Probably.

Will it stop the Ebola outbreak? Probably.

Right now, the politicians are trying to keep people calm while they cross their fingers and weigh their options. However, don't think that full, national-guard-imposed, shoot-on-sight quarantines are coming world wide if the virus keeps spreading outside of Africa.

You can sense the BS with all the public service announcements that Ebola is hard to catch because you have to come in contact with the bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person and then touch a mucus membrane. (Under their breath, the doctors note that you should also stay three feet away from an infected person sneezing.) So now you have the potential for doorknobs, handles, etc. to be coated with Ebola-infected saliva that is viable for days, and you expect people to not every touch a mucus membrane (during allergy season) unless they have just washed their hands.

In short, you are naive or brainwashed if you are not worried right now. I am not saying panicked, but you should be worried.

Comment: Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (Score 3, Insightful) 276

by cyn1c77 (#48105499) Attached to: No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

It really is insulting to give a Nobel prize for an improvement to a revolutionary idea, and ignore the person who did the original work. Without Holonyak's original work there would be no basis for the improvement.

And where does the buck stop in this argument? Or should Nobels drift endlessly backwards to Newton, Leibniz, Aristotle, Plato ... Thales of Miletus. Thales of Miletus? All Nobels go to him?

Well, considering that Holonyak developed the first visible light LED, the buck should probably stop with him.

Of course, we are talking about an organization that gave Obama the Nobel Peace Prize shortly after he was elected president, so many already question their logic.

Comment: Re:funny that.... (Score 0) 178

by cyn1c77 (#48095819) Attached to: Ebola Vaccine Trials Forcing Tough Choices

Funny that ebola has been in existence in the modern world since the 70s, yet only now this is coming to light. Oddly enough, this is perfectly timed with someone in the US getting infected.

"Shit, this is on OUR turf now!??! Better do something about it!"

There is a causal relation driving this correlation, but it's not the one you cynically postulate. Both the appearance of someone in the US with the disease and the attempt to create a vaccine have been caused by the scale of the latest outbreak.

All these snarky comments do highlight a point though (which I am sure will offend many): Why should any non-African nation even have to do anything-Ebola related ever?

The African countries have had 38 years to develop a vaccine, quarantine procedures, public education, and adequate medical infrastructure to handle an Ebola outbreak, but have not done so.

Now the rest of the world has to dig in to shut down this outbreak and work up a vaccine because Africa as a continent has shit away the majority of the last four decades on infighting, gang warfare and corruption.

Comment: Re:phase change (Score 1) 294

by cyn1c77 (#48095631) Attached to: NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

For comparison, it's almost easier to boil water than to melt it from 0C ice to 0C water.

  * 334kJ/kg for water to melt it

  * 418kJ/kg for water to raise from 0C to 100C

Let's re-evaluate your statement with the key information that you omitted in your post:
* 334kJ/kg for water to melt it
* 418kJ/kg for water to raise from 0C to 100C
* 2257 J/g is the heat of vaporization of water

You'll notice that the heat of vaporization is an order of magnitude larger than your other metrics. Thus, it is much much harder to boil water than to melt it!

Comments like yours along (and the GP's) with the +5 and +2 modifiers highlight why climate science is so confusing. It's a highly multivariate problem that is essentially beyond our ability to predict without asymptotic modeling. Many people of the people doing the modeling don't understand that and most of the public certainly does not. Instead, many "scientists" prefer to misapply physical concepts, cherry pick data, and make BS predictions to make their models look more predictive than their colleagues and get more funding. The public and politicians then latches onto whichever results fit with their own personal opinions.

Sadly, one can likely not appreciate the magnitude of how fucked that approach is unless they are also a scientist or mathematician with familiarity in modeling complex systems.

Comment: Re:Valve Time (Score 1) 93

by cyn1c77 (#48090423) Attached to: Fixing Steam's User Rating Charts

Steam was considered draconian, until it proved not to be. was 'optional' during that testing phase.

No, no, no... Steam still IS draconian; you've just have to deal with it and have gotten used to it.

It's like the TSA-equivalent of gaming. It sucks, but is unavoidable, and eventually you just get used to periodically having your genitals fondled "for the good of the community."

Comment: Re:What an asshole (Score 1) 305

by cyn1c77 (#48066097) Attached to: The Single Vigilante Behind Facebook's 'Real Name' Crackdown

I'm more concerned that Facebook didn't have a process in place to monitor for OBVIOUS abuses.

1. Hundreds of complaints filed.

2. From a single account.

3. In a defined time period.

4. All the victims shared a common trait.

#1 & #2 should have been red flags over and Over and OVER and OVER. How many complaints does the average user file? Why wasn't this flagged with that person hit 2x the average? 5x? 10x? 20x? 50x? 100x?

Facebook doesn't really care unless it impacts their bottom line.

In this case, it only impacted their bottom line after they started getting negative press for being homophobic.

In fact, they probably like type-A asshats that spend their lives pursuing their site for potential violators... It's like having a free sysadmin on a petty powertrip!

Comment: Get a subscription to Sky and Telescope magazine. (Score 3, Informative) 234

by cyn1c77 (#47938683) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

Start reading it. They go through the basics and have articles on how amateurs can contribute to research.

But you really need to limit your expectations. Observational astronomy (even amateur-style) requires several hours of daytime prep work, followed by 1-2 hours of equipment setup and familiarization, before you even embark in a 3-4 hour observation run. After an observing run, you might have another 2-10 hours of data processing to do.

If you have a wife, two kids, and a day job, you will get pretty tired pretty quick.

Good equipment (solid mount, high quality telescope, imaging system, star stracker) is not cheap either and, sadly, most people need to invest in or borrow good equipment before they can really evaluate if they like it or if they want to stick with it.

Natural laws have no pity.