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Comment Memory? Goinf to the Win 95 party (Score 2, Interesting) 248

I was an "official" journalist and my magazine got me and my spouse an invite to Redmond. We met at a Seattle hotel to be bused over. I was on the same bus as a very disgruntled John Dvorak. Jay Leno was the MC, making stupid jokes about "Bill's double-wide" while "Bill" kept making cutting comments over how much he paid Leno to be there. It was, as was usual for MS events, very well catered with crab and shrimp, and the day was absolutely beautiful for Seattle: Blue skies and fluffy white clouds EXACTLY like the Windows 95 box. I'm sure Bill ordered the day extra special.

There was a small plane which circled the campus with a banner that said, "Windows 95 brought to you by Windows NT" At the end of the day they threw open a massive tent where everyone there was given an MS bag with a copy of Win95 in. My wife was ecstatic that she got a copy.

And yeah, I get it. Linux, Linux, Linux, and the fact is I was dragged kicking and screaming into a GUI from the old DOS days, or even back to CP/M and dBase II. But Windows is a phenom, and that's a fact, too. My life in IT would never have been the same without it, and you haters need to get over it. Sorry for your loss.

Comment A total lack of vision so far (Score 1) 378

I'm surprised at the total lack of vision expressed here. People seem stuck in a rut. All these posts are essentially the same: How would humans plow through a vacuum in three dimensions to get from one dirt ball to another, especially having never found a dirt ball more conducive to our life than Earth? Given what we think we know, there doesn't seem to be much incentive to travel through a hostile environment to get to another hostile environment. And once we invoke Einstein and time of travel compared to human lifetimes, well, it seems a hopeless business.

Of course the key phrase is "given what we know," but if we have learned anything in the brief history of science it is that new things we learn tend to encompass what we already know and grant us a much wider perspective. For example, Quantum Mechanics incorporates Newtonian Mechanics rather than contradicts it. And despite what the experts told us, humans can travel at speeds greater than 30 MPH and can actually fly in heaver than air machines. Naturally we scoff at these naive "limitations" of yesteryear and bask in our superior knowledge because NOW we know everything about reality and those old guys were the naive ones.

Yes, speculation is unproven, but what if we got it all wrong? What if you are NOT required to go from Point "A" to Point "B" by traversing the space between the two points, but could simply hop from one place to another? I mean, how does quantum entanglement work, anyway? Is there a glimmer of truth in there somewhere?

And if we can find it, then all these objections disappear as if they were thrown through a wormhole, irrelevant and completely missing the point. One thing is certain: Y'all won't find the way because you are too steeped in believing the reality of your own paradigm to venture past it.

But someone else may, someone who doesn't know such a thing is impossible. Quantum entanglement. How does that work again?

Comment Heard it all before. Remember CNE? (Score 1) 568

Yeah, yeah, just engineers protecting their turf. For awhile Novell was not "allowed" to call their certification a "Certified Novell Engineer" so they abbreviated it to CNE. But something happened, was it a court case? and they went back to the word "engineer."

It's like librarians bristling when you call every library employee you see a "librarian" whether they have the degree or not. Librarians don't own the word and engineers don't own the word "engineer" either. Lighten up. Are engineers so insecure that they can't handle a position called "Software engineer" unless it equires a BSEE?

Comment But those bonuses were all taxed. (Score 1) 262

So what if a corporation pays little to no taxes? ALL taxes are taxes on people, on consumers. Governments are very good at finding creative ways to tax people so that they think they aren't being taxed. Corporate taxes are just one good example. And further, these same people who are being taxed take umbrage when a corporation "doesn't pay its fair share." But who pays those corporate taxes? You do, because all a corporation does is consider the rate of taxation before pricing their products. It's part of the cost of doing business and part of the cost of the product.

Also, every dollar spent on employee salaries is taxed. Every dividend given to shareholders is taxed. Every increase in corporate worth is taxed. The government "take"
from corporations far exceeds corporate profits. Who do you think makes more money on a gallon of gas? Big Oil or the government?

The real issue here is government's insatiable appetite for taxes. There's always another "program" that "needs" to be funded because some special interest thinks so. And the way it gets funded is by taking that money away from you and giving it to someone else "more deserving."

ALL taxes are paid by the consumer, the citizen. And the fact that anyone gets upset because some corporation paid "less" taxes than you deem "fair" just shows how well the government has deceived you into being a good little citizen.

Comment Seattle just wants to become a socialist mecca (Score 1, Flamebait) 394

handcuff the cops, take away everyone's guns, put a marijuana store on every street corner, make sure you fly an LGBT flag from the Space Needle, make sure every busy street takes a lane for bicycles, put up another bust of Lenin, and everything will be peachy.

Comment But "Hiding the Decline" is okay (Score 4, Interesting) 737

Remember "Hide the Decline"? That's when bona fide "scientists" came across an inconvenient truth. In a multi-variate graph of several measurements showing the temperature was rising, one recalcitrant measurement trended downward to contradict very accurate contemporary thermometers. Rater than show the data they had, these "scientists" used a hiccup in the data to make it disappear. It went into the pile of lines, but did not come out. If they had left it in there it would have been a red flag they would have to explain, so they "hid the decline." This was one of many revelations in the Climategate e-mails so many people have conveniently forgotten.

So what exactly was this recalcitrant measurement? It came from tree-ring data. Why is this somewhat important? Because tree-ring data was used as a proxy for thermometers to show the temperature thousands of years ago. Those tree-ring data "prove" the temperature is rising. But the modern graph of tree-ring data shows the temperature falling when everything else shows it rising. What's up with that.

Well, it's a lot easier to hide this uncomfortable issue than it is to explain it. That's how "science" "works."

How about applying RICO to that bunch?

Comment Re:But... but... "We're all the same"! (Score 2) 77

Carlton S. Coon has a less than stellar reputation among anthropologists and to cite his work as representative of the "facts" of anthropology is a disservice, to put it mildly. Hos views were used be segregationists to "prove" Blacks were inferior to whites. His original book on race deviated from the consensus reached by anthropologists (and the DNA evidence, among others) when he claimed that Whites were descended from Chimpanzees, Blacks from Gorillas, and Asians from the Orangutan. I don;t thoink you will be able to find any contemporary competent anthropologists who would make the kinds of claims you are making here supporting Coon, whose ideas have been thoroughly discredited in anthropological circles.

Comment I was at the launch party (Score 1) 284

It was a perfect beautiful summer day in Redmond with blue sky and rolling white clouds exactly like on the cover of the Win95 box. Gates must have ordered the weather to match the box. Jay Leno was the featured speaker and told the audience how he had been a guest in Gates' house, "a double-wide." Overhead a plane circled with a banner that said, "Brought to you by Windows NT," that team having felt slighted by all the attention to 95. There were kiosks running the OS where I brought up my library's nascent web site on several. The bandwidth was probably 56K as everything was unbearably slow. My spouse over heard techs wondering how that could have happened.

There was ample food and entertainment and at the end they threw back tarps over a tent to give backpacks to all the attendees, each of which contained a copy of Win95. I rode back in the charter bus from Redmond to Seattle across from a grumpy John Dvorak, apparently pissed he hadn't been greeted as more of a celebrity.

And a good time was had by all.

Comment Re: Leftist propaganda article (Score 1) 410

Who started the slave trade and ingrained it into colonial culture for a hundred years before the USA existed, when it was owned, lock stock, and barrel, by European companies? The UK abolished slavery in 1833, a whopping 30 some years before the USA, then took the position of how "enlightened" they were compared to the USA, when they started the whole thing in the first place. Hypocrites.

Comment Re:plastic is for junk (Score 0) 266

I drive a pick-up with a perfect paint job and I think your attitude is sterotypically elitist. Spare us this "I work with my hands and know what Real Work is like and you guys are all wusses." crap and get your head out of your butt. The only one who is impressed with your supercilious definition of your perfect self is yourself.

Comment The USA is already metric (Score 1) 830

The US has done both for decades. Not a measuring cup nor speedometer made does not have metric measurements on it. Sure, we use miles and Fahrenheit. Big deal. No mechanic doesn't have a metric set of sockets and wrenches. No serious scientific research doesn't use metric measurements.

The fact is, we can multi-task using two measuring systems and the rest of the world can't.

Comment Been there; done that (Score 1) 557

I built a house many years ago and very carefully wired it with telephone wire terminated in standard D-blocks so I could run the Lantastic WAN system.

Then along came Wi-Fi.

I also pre-wired speaker wire into a second set of electrical outlets, which worked pretty well, actually. But today I would use conduit because, well, Lantastic was great, but....

Comment So government to steal less from Musk than frok me (Score 1) 356

Government exists by confiscating money earned by others. This is supposed to be "for the public good," or so we are led to believe. And government taxes to exert public policy objectives. For example, it taxes tobacco and liquor because "they're bad" and gives tax "breaks" in the form of deductions for home owner interest because "owning a house is good." Pick your own examples. Insofar as taxes work, such as when government uses taxes to build roads, it's not an unreasonable system. But that part of government is relatively rare. Most of the time government confiscates our money to give to someone else government has decided is more deserving or needs it more. And the one thing government itself needs more is money for itself because government always has another "program" that needs funding, including its own bureaucracy.

Basically government is a huge confiscation scheme designed to bleed as much wealth from its citizens as it can without killing them and thus stopping the flow of wealth from private hands where it is created into public hands which, more often than not, wastes it on dubious programs.

The interesting part is the way the public perceives all this and gets upset when it is discovered that government is stealing less money from one part than another. Rather than say, "That's a good start" we say, "That's not fair!" meaning we think the government should be confiscating more from companies such as Musk's, which are doing well, and (just a minor point) promoting those policies and technologies the government wants promoted.

So where is the collective outrage over the billions spent by this administration on "shovel ready" jobs that provided a few dozen? Where is the outrage when the government subsidized a "solar business" to much hoopla and coverage only to see them go bankrupt a few months later because, of all things, cost of production exceeded revenue? (Government is such an astute student of proper business practices, after all.)

But when Musk shows how to run a business properly the media gets all upset and says the public is shouldering all the costs. Not really. It's just a matter of disparate confiscation assuming government ought to steal the same amount (or percentage, or whatever) from everyone.

I, for one, am quite happy to "bear this burden" for something that hopes to increase my own independence and wealth in contrast to government taking a trillion dollars a year from us only to redistribute down a rat hole that doesn't work anyway.

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