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Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 1) 179

by metrix007 (#49614801) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

Yes. It's easier for me to suspend disbelief that a human could train himself up and become a vigilante with billions of dollars, or that aliens might have different physiologies that we perceive as powers as opposed to a bunch of fantasy creatures existing in a fantasy realm using fantasy forces none of which is remotely plausible.

Comment: Nonsense (Score 1) 179

by metrix007 (#49612959) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

It's precisely why I can't stand these books. I can't suspend my disbelief that middle earth exists, that magic exists, not the way they use or describe it.

I would imagine more scientists get into comics, with even more detailed and well defined universe, often with rules that are consistent with our own or at least plausibly explained enough to suspend disbelief.

Comment: Re:Delete stuff. (Score 1) 279

by metrix007 (#49389823) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With User Resignation From an IT Perspective?

You might have a point in some border case exceptions.

In the specific case of cleaning a virus, running a cleaner program or AV software most definitely isn't work. You let it run, and do whatever you want until it finishes, and then deal with what it finds.There is certainly no requirement for you to watch it.

And no. A program you coded running all night is not your work, or even you working.

Your work finished after the program successfully compiled, unless you have to debug, troubleshoot or whatever. If it is just running, then that isn't work. For cases where you do have to monitor a running program and perhaps troubleshoot, sure that's work.

Simply running a program is not by itself work however.

Elegance and truth are inversely related. -- Becker's Razor