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Comment Re:Same applies to so-called "climate science" (Score 1) 210

Mark Steyn has written an excellent book on that predicted 45-degree slope, it's called "A Disgrace to the Profession". The disgrace he refers to, of course, is Michael Mann's so-called "hockey stick" graph, the one Al Gore relied upon so much in his "Inconvenient Truth" beat up of a non-problem.

Comment Re:Same applies to so-called "climate science" (Score 1) 210

Climate models are a dime a thousand and most have turned out to be rubbish. None of them predicted a 19+ year pause in the warming "trend" (which was coaxed out of adjusting historical temperatures to get the "right" result, by the way). James Delingpole demonstrates clearly why many non-scientists have stopped listening to the prophets of climate doom: their nay-saying has been around long enough for us to learn that after two decades of telling us the sky will fall - when it hasn't - they're just rent seekers dancing to the tune of government grant money. Pure and simple. We need to get beyond this sad state of affairs and redirect this wasted money to actual progress.

Comment Same applies to so-called "climate science" (Score -1, Troll) 210

The following from James Delingpole yesterday says it far better than I ever could:

Some choice quotes:

  "You don’t need to be a climate scientist to understand this stuff. Or even a scientist. But it has long suited the alarmist camp to pretend otherwise because it would like us all to believe that “climate change” is a mystery which only the elect can understand. That is, they wish to confer on climate scientists the status priests used to have before the invention of the printing press and the translation of the Bible into the vernacular"

"The thing is that thing that I mentioned at the beginning: the guys providing the science for the alarmist agenda are often really quite low-grade."

"The computer models on which anthropogenic global warming theory are based are inadequate to the task because they fail to take into account all the real-world data. And it’s not me saying this stuff: this is a viewpoint coming directly from the alarmist camp."

"But basically, they haven’t a ****ing clue. They can’t do logic; they can’t read or understand the most rudimentary argument; they refuse to accept the truth of their own findings. They’re a bunch of second-raters who yet have the gall to invite us to believe that on their say-so should depend the future of climate science, global environmental policy and, by extension, the world’s economy."


Comment Re:Amazing (Score 1) 197

How about we talk about TDE?

How about you take your own advice instead of getting your panties in a bunch over other people's posts?

You really do have to wonder why some people are so precious about free speech. He could have chosen to ignore the threads he disliked, or he could have chosen to contribute something valid and useful. But no, he went straight for the dummy spit :-)

Comment Re:Why not clone OS X? (Score 1) 197

You'll be glad you did if you do get a Mac. Machines will last you 5 years and the OS is so stable. In fact, I started with a Mac Mini for 1 year then upgraded to a Macbook Pro, and used Time Machine to transfer everything from one to the other. There is absolutely no way I would trust such a thing on Windows but with Mac, I'm still using my profile copied from that Mac Mini and I've had no problems whatsoever.

Mac is an excellent Unix with a desktop that's done right.

Comment Re:Change the channel, Marge (Score 1) 197

Why should I bother conducting "research" into which window manager might give me a reasonable approximation of a sane and stable UI like I have on my Mac? I've done plenty of research in my many years of using Linux, and the end result was that Linux on the desktop was a fool's errand. Unless Apple decides to follow the Ubuntu/Unity or Microsoft/Metro examples, there's no point looking around for an alternative when I have no need and there is certainly no signs that there is something better out there I'm missing out on.

Comment Re:Change the channel, Marge (Score 1) 197

My brief look-see at FreeBSD would have to have been at least 5 years ago. But why bother checking it out again? Mac is already BSD underneath. I've got a rock solid unix with a damned good UI on top of it. I also once used Linux Mint and yet now you are having to leave it for something else. This is the story of many Linux users: having to chop and change all the time. I decided to get off that merry-go-round.

Comment Re:Change the channel, Marge (Score 1) 197

Nope. That's a statement of fact. It was my brother's wife who bought a Mac a year or so before my brother. We both liked to tease her about it but she shot back with the fact that she'd never rebooted (a slight exaggeration) and had dozens of browser tabs open. The writing was on the wall when my brother (an overclocking nerd clearly not sympathetic to locked-down hardware and OSes) finally switched, and with Linux going down the toilet, Mac was the only logical choice for me.

Comment Re:Change the channel, Marge (Score 1) 197

Using a fork of something simply to keep what I was used to was the beginning of a slippery slope in my book. I didn't want to start using someone's fork that could wither and fall into obscurity thereby kicking off yet another round of DE evaluations until I found one that suited. I no longer have this conundrum because I have OS X. Its DE "just is" and "just works" and it's no longer a concern.

It's a bit like Maslow's hierarchy of needs: with Linux I felt I never quite got to Self Actualisation, I was always stuck down at the Safety level fiddling around with config files and packages. With OS X I don't have to worry about any of the lower level stuff, I'm doing what *I* want to do, not what the OS forces me to do.

Comment Re:Change the channel, Marge (Score 1) 197

I did try FreeBSD - once - but only as a curiosity. There was no way it was going to be viable as a desktop OS, for me at least. As far as distros I still respect it would have to be Debian, but even the stable branch was too out of date, and there was no way I was going to run unstable. I want my OS to behave, I don't want to be its slave. That's one thing I like about OS X, I hardly ever notice the OS.

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