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Comment: Grandfather's perspective (Score 1) 283

by josquin9 (#48675561) Attached to: At 40, a person is ...

My grandfather was a talented amateur artist and cartoonist. He had a cartoon hanging on his wall for as long as I remember that he had drawn when he was 65 that had a middle-aged man standing by a street sign that said "Easy St.", with a caption that read, "Old age is always ten years older than I am."

He lived on his own into his mid-90's, passing away at 97, so I like to think that that attitude may have some merit.

Comment: Re: Yeah right (Score 1) 308

If their positions weren't protected by the FCC, they would be worried about competition. If they were worried about competition, they would be doing everything in their power to differentiate their service from any potential competitors by using their economies of scale to provide the fastest, cheapest service available. Competition inherently lowers the percentage of profits to very low levels. We can look to the first world countries that we used to be able to count ourselves amon and see the levels of service and pricing that would develop in a competitive market.

I can't believe the hubris of claiming this is a market driven policy. AT&T is bascially saying, "Capitalism, Capitalism, Capitalism . . . unless I lose my monopoly, in which case, Central planning, Central Planning, CENTRAL PLANNING!"

AT&T and Comcast are doing everything the can to prevent market pricing, and claiming that there's a market-based reason for it.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 1) 635

by josquin9 (#47795215) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

I remember getting pages of largely unformatted text as letters when I was in college because my father used vi as his word processor of choice and then just piped the output to a dot matrix printer. He used vi for correspondence for the rest of his life into the current century. He was a Unix/Xenix guy from the word go, and thought C was for people who were too lazy to organize their thoughts well enough to code in Fortran and Cobol.

I miss him. He was a great guy.

Comment: Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 1) 826

by josquin9 (#47753763) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Who cares? The people paying for the retraining, not only directly, but also indirectly through lost productivity. The people who's business is slowed because it takes longer to fix issues while the IT staff is getting up to speed on the new system.

If the new system won't be so much more efficient that it more than makes up for all of those lost hours of productivity, then the switch doesn't make sense. Lots of people outside of IT are affected by changes to systems like this. All of those wasted cycles represent workers not able to use their computers to get the work of the firm done. How much does it cost a company if a system change like this mean that the Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Mobile offices are down for a couple of hours because IT has never experienced a problem like this before and is having to fly by the seat of their pants to come up with a solution?

People who rely on their computer systems and need them to be up and running as much of every day as is possible. That's who cares if IT is learning a new system "on the job."

Comment: Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 1) 826

by josquin9 (#47753599) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

I had to read that sentence twice in the article. I think what he meant was that a fundamental change that's met with such controversy shouldn't be implemented, not that the controversy shouldn't exist. If you can't get buy-in, you shouldn't be mucking up the works by invalidating people's knowledge of how the system operates.

Unfortunately, as my former boss used to say, "Some people are never going to like the taste of the soup until they get a chance to p*ss in it."

That being said, please, if you insist on undoing millions of hours of system training for workers around the globe, go work at Microsoft. It's their business model (see: ribbon interface, Start button, loss of Start button, Bob, etc., ad nauseum.)

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+ - Is our universe a quantum cellular automaton?->

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St.Creed (853824) writes "Noble-prize winner Gerard van 't Hooft is best known for the work that enabled physicists to predict the mass of the top quark, w-boson and z-boson. But he has long been known for his rather "idiosyncratic" ideas on the nature of the universe as well. His theory on the holographic universe is by now fairly well known. However, he has taken it a step further in a 202-page article (or book) on Arxiv.org, where he claims that there may well be a system with classical properties underlying quantum mechanics.

Our models suggest that Einstein may still have been right, when he objected against the conclusions drawn by Bohr and Heisenberg. It may well be that, at its most basic level, there is no randomness in nature, no fundamentally statistical aspect to the laws of [quantum] evolution.

The ideas presented in the introduction are quite interesting to read even for non-physicists."
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+ - 13-year-old Finds Fungus Deadly to AIDS Patients Literally Grows on Trees->

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An anonymous reader writes "Researchers have pinpointed the environmental source of fungal infections that have been sickening HIV/AIDS patients in Southern California for decades. It literally grows on trees. The discovery is based on the science project of a 13-year-old girl, who spent the summer gathering soil and tree samples from areas around Los Angeles hardest hit by infections of the fungus named Cryptococcus gattii ."
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