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Comment: Re:Science by democracy doesn't work? (Score 1) 497

by jdege (#48880133) Attached to: Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

After the 1984 NIH Consensus Conference on Cholesterol, one of the scientists involved stated that "if there are truly been a consensus, there would have been no need for a conference".

Still, there were large profits to be made in convincing people to use statins and to eat low-fat food. So they stacked the panel, and reached their predetermined conclusion, and with the connivance of a willing popular media, doomed millions to lives of misery, obesity, and illness.

It was, in my mind, the single greatest mistake in human history.

Because we let a government committee declare a "consensus".

Comment: If Git did all that SVN does... (Score 5, Insightful) 245

by jdege (#48190591) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

If Git did all that SVN does, I'd be glad to switch.

But there are capabilities in SVN that Git not only doesn't have, it has decided it will never have. And that's a problem.

Biggest issue for me? In SVN, I can create an extern to a subdirectory of a project. Git's subprojects always point to the root of a project. And for us, that's a big deal.

Comment: Re:He has a point, no? (Score 1) 231

by jdege (#43545513) Attached to: Shuttleworth Calls Ubuntu Performance Art, Calls Out Critics

Unity has one fundamental flaw - it depends upon high-end graphics capabilities that are unlikely to be present on old machines, virtualized machines, or over remoted connections.

I thihnk the idea of trying to build the same UI for touch-screen tablets and hand-held devices as for desktop computers may be flawed - the needs may be two disparate for any single paradigm to bridge them - but I don't oppose the effort to find one.

But I will not, under any circumstances, install on a computer as its a primary UI a system that I can't run in a virtual or over a remote connection. I refuse to waste my time learning how to manipulate two different UIs for the same computer, depending upon how I run it or how I am accessing it.

Comment: Baen has been doing this, for quite a while now (Score 2) 196

by jdege (#39501411) Attached to: What Book Publishers Should Learn From <em>Harry Potter</em>

Baen has been doing this, for quite a while now.

David Weber's latest in hardcover is $15.39 from Amazon.or BN.

It's available DRM free on Baen's website for $6.00.

And the early books in his series - as in most of the series that Baen publishes, are available free at the Baen Free Library.

Comment: Buckle some Swash! (Score 1) 647

by jdege (#38444574) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Like To Read?

Currently, I'm reading Dumas' Musketeer Romances* on my Nook.

There are a lot of great books out there in the public domain, and available in electronic form on the Net. Reading them on a desktop or laptop computer is a chore, but these little Ereaders are great for them. Classics of literature, classics that aren't really literature (There are something like 30 of Percy Keese Fitzhugh's Boy Scout novels - Tom Slade, Pee Wee Harris, Roy Blakely - in the public domain and available online.)

I've had mine for nearly a year, and I don't think I've bought more than a handful of books. And most of them from Baen's web subscriptions, rather than from B&N.

*"The Three Musketeers", "Twenty Years After", "The Vicomte de Bragellone", "Ten Years Later", "Louise de la Valliere", and "The Man in the Iron Mask" - as epubs from Project Gutenberg.

Comment: It's the keyboard? (Score 1) 627

by jdege (#38265064) Attached to: Using a Tablet As Your Primary Computer

From the blog post:

"I read Walt Mossberg’s review of four portable Bluetooth keyboards for the iPad 2 at All Things D and was intrigued–especially by the ZaggFolio, which cleverly builds a truly notebook-like keyboard into an attractive case. So I bought one. The ZaggFolio changed the way I use my iPad, and that changed my life."

I don't know about the rest of you, but I find notebooks relatively unproductive, largely because of the lousy keyboards. (Well, that and the limited display, and the lousy mouse-equivalents, but largely because of the lousy keyboards).

The only way I can do real work, without significant degradation in performance, is to plug it into a docking station with real monitors (at least two), and a real keyboard and mouse. I'm sure it'd be the same with a tablet. Equip it with a full keyboard, mouse, and a couple of large monitors, and it'd be fine.

Real programmers don't bring brown-bag lunches. If the vending machine doesn't sell it, they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.