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Comment: The Machine Stops (1909) (Score 1) 1244

by mrsalty (#39280737) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

" It is a chilling, short story masterpiece about the role of technology in our lives. Written in 1909, it's as relevant today as the day it was published. Forster has several prescient notions including instant messages (email!) and cinematophoes (machines that project visual images)."

http://archive.ncsa.illinois.edu/prajlich/forster.html

Comment: Re:Here's why you want to release ALL your data... (Score 1) 507

by mrsalty (#36904476) Attached to: Climate Unit Releases Virtually All Remaining Data

If you want someone else to do the research for then it has already been done. You reject their conclusions so why would my input be any different? If independent verification is what you require then get to work boring your own trees and analyzing the rings. Gather your own weather data and crunch the numbers. Write it up for the world to read and critique. Until then you are armchair quaterbacking.
Me, I have a job and it isnt as a statistician, mathematician, or climatologist. So when those people talk about their field of expertise I listen up and ask them dumb questions. I hope they would do the same if they had questions relevant to my field.
relevant Mr Show quote (NSFW)

Comment: Re:People Still Use Ubuntu? (Score 1, Insightful) 320

by mrsalty (#31931748) Attached to: Ubuntu LTS Experiences X.org Memory Leak

It is very similar to the Music scene that way. It is very cool to be in the know of some awesome local band, but as soon as they get airplay and make a record all the cool wears off for the hipsters. "I used to go see them at all the local shows, but then they sold out."
Same mentality.

Comment: Re:Nice try (Score 2, Informative) 736

by mrsalty (#30341292) Attached to: Scientific Journal <em>Nature</em> Finds Nothing Notable In CRU Leak

I look at the graph on the Realclimate page and see the line labeled "Oerlemans-2005" showing a roughly .2 degree increase and the "instuments Data" showing around a .7 degree increase. The NASA graphs show temperature ranges between -.2 and +.4 degree changes with the "Tglobal" coming in at about .2 degree increase. Sure a ,5 degree difference is pretty big, but since, as you say, the Realclimate graph does not provide the data, can we even be sure that they are using the same data sets? This is only a "smoking gun" if they are using the same data. If it is from different sets then all you have here are different graphs of different data.

Comment: Re:Use Handbrake (Score 3, Interesting) 501

by mrsalty (#27527673) Attached to: Decent DVD-Ripping Solution For Linux?

I will second this. I used this to encode all of my Kid DVDs so that the original copies are never ruined. My movies too, but for reasons of convenience rather than worries about damage. Combine this with a Popcorn Hour(my choice), MythTV, etc and you have your entire movie library at your fingertips.

Comment: Re:A reasonable start (Score 1) 115

by mrsalty (#26716913) Attached to: Ion Platform For Atom Tested With Games, HD Video

I have to disagree with you on this point. I replaced an Athlon64 3800+ machine with a Popcorn Hour because the Athlon simply did not have the power to play back 1080p content. It could manage 720p no problem, but would stutter on 1080p enough to make it unwatchable. It was also far harder to setup and use MythTV then it is the PH. Sure the PH has it flaws, but it works out of the box with a remote and plays nearly any media you stream at it. Also, if you are starting from scratch, it is cheaper.
-mrsalty

Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves. -- Lazarus Long

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