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Comment: Who is Hugh? (Score 1) 307

by methano (#48924019) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One
I don't know who this Hugh Pickens guy is but I bet he's mostly a writer. So I guess he has to write something. So he wrote some stuff which is sorta correct, maybe, and sorta just using "ink" to fill space. It has all the expected characteristics of something placed on a line between two points. For some things it's too x and some things it's not x enough and for some things, it's just right, etc. Yawn.

And how does he know what Steve Jobs was expecting?

Comment: Huh? (Score 4, Funny) 190

by methano (#48712543) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Options For a Standalone Offline Printing Station?
I thought the only time one would consider a ChromeBook is when you expect to have easy internet access at all time and not some crappy 3G connection.

My dad is thinking of getting a car but he lives in the ocean. Is there some way for him to get to the grocery store? I have an Arduino and and a Raspberry pi.


Comment: Re:That's what college is for! (Score 3, Insightful) 299

by methano (#48287149) Attached to: It's Time To Revive Hypercard
This is nonsense. I learned a little programming back in chemistry undergrad when they decided to use x-ray diffraction calculations to teach us some FORTRAN. I've been programming here and there since. Some of it has even been useful. I wrote a number of HyperCards back in the day and really liked the environment. It was quick and easy to put together a nice little program for specific tasks. There was a low barrier to entry and it was easy to make useful things that you could never find an IT whiz to do for you.

Here's the problem. It's a lot easier and more likely to happen that a chemist learns a little programming to get a job done than to try to teach chemistry to a programmer and get his management to approve him spending the time. If a project ever gets escalated to where "real' programmers are needed, the scientists can, at least, have realistic expectations and do a better job explaining the problem. I've helped with the design of data models, which greatly lowered a project's complexity, because I knew a lot more about how the data was used.

I have a good knowledge of my limitations. I now have a pretty good knowledge of yours except that I don't know who you are.

Comment: Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (Score 1) 602

by methano (#48002117) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy
I would agree. I haven't done the statistics on who made what when, but I've taken a boat load of those stupid CFL lights to the recycle bin at Lowe's. At least with the old incandescents I didn't feel so bad about tossing them in the trash. And they're cheaper and give off nicer light. The LED's we've tried seem to last and the light is about the same as the incandescents. So I plan to skip the CFL technology and move to LED, slowly. To help counter the greater cost, I bought some Cree stock.

Comment: Re:I'm older but in the same boat (Score 5, Informative) 234

by methano (#47938419) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?
Don't do it, man! You'll have a hard time finding a good (read interesting) job without a PhD and with a PhD, you'll be out of work at 50. And you'll be bitter. Oh, and that PhD needs to be from a top ten university and you need to work for a big name and you'll have to work a lot harder than you think unless you're real smart. Oh, you'll also have to do a post-doc at an even better university and with an even more famous professor. If you're real smart and lucky you can make six-figures. Maybe, till you turn 50. Then you have to find something else to do. Or maybe you can get an academic job and you'll have to work 80 hours/week for 5 to 7 years after that post-doc till you get tenure, if you do. If you don't then you start over. And you may never make six-figures. It's a lot harder to be a happy chemist these days.

One good suit is worth a thousand resumes.