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Comment: Re:Gallons per mile? (Score 1) 403

by louic (#48091313) Attached to: Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines
I don't think its true that in marketing bigger numbers are better. Not if you are marketing something like using LESS fuel. But even if you are right, I think the issue here is that if they started with a boeing 747 and then decrease the number, sooner or later they would have to start using fractions or negative numbers.

Comment: science driven science? (Score 4, Insightful) 55

by louic (#48044807) Attached to: Laying the Groundwork For Data-Driven Science
All science is data driven. Without data there is no hypothesis, and without hypothesis there is nothing to test (falsify). This is just another hype, like nanotechnology or now nanobiotechnology etc. Nearly all molecules are nanoscale: their size is measured in nanometers, and in the same way all science is data driven.

There is nothing wrong with good old "science driven science" where people think, do experiments, and think again.

Comment: Re:Linux developer arrogance (Score 1) 589

by louic (#46926527) Attached to: Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says
This may be partly true, but the main issue IMHO is that there are two types of "user friendiness":
- the "windows" type of user friendliness makes easy things easy and everything else hard or impossible. The software decides what is best for you.
- the "linux" type of user friendliness makes easy things a little bit harder and everything else possible. You decide what is best for you and your computer follows your instructions exactly if you talk to it in the right language

Compare this to a coffee machine:
- Machine 1 has a single button and makes reasonable espresso when you push it. EASY! But it is not possible to adjust the water temperature and the grain size
- Machine 2 has the potential to make excellent espresso, but it obviously requires more maintenance: someone needs to set the grain size of the coffee, the water temperature, etc. Most people will get their settings wrong and blame the machine. Is it arrogant of developers to think that these people are incompetent? No, it's the truth (they may be good at other things not related to coffee but that is besides the point here).

So what is the point? Linux and Windows are different and have a different purpose. Linux can behave like windows (Ubuntu comes close, which is why I do not use it) but Windows can not behave like Linux and it does not want to. There is no need to compare because it is not a competition. Each of them suits its purpose and the article above states that for this particular purpose Windows is more suitable. Great.

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