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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.

Comment Re:None of these solutions "work" (Score 1) 384

That's your experience, maybe, assuming you really keep tabs on them, but it isn't mine. With the two stations I frequent, one a 30 pump station, it is often difficult to even find an empty pump.

Point being that none of us here get to tell the gas station how to handle this situation. The gas station gets to tell us how to handle the situation. We're here trying to find an elegant solution to a problem we think we can create without regard for the users just so we don't have to work so hard.

So what are you going to do about the lost revenue? You know, the revenue that ultimately helps pay your salary? IT still has not learned that the world does not revolve around it and seems blissfully unaware of the utter contempt the rest of the world has toward it. It's a reputation that is not unearned.

The REAL solution here is to network the pumps and push the software from afar, one at a time, late at night, laying off OP in the process. There is no reason you can't be replaced by a droid. Face it: You're doing grunt work. No particular expertise required.

Comment None of these solutions "work" (Score 5, Insightful) 384

OP said "day to day" activities. He's updating one pump at a time. What are the other pumps doing? Dispensing gasoline. To update all 16 pumps at once would render all 16 pumps out of service for half an hour. That is simply unacceptable for the station. They would not want to just shut everything down and eliminate a half-hour's worth of revenue from 15 pumps just so OP is not inconvenienced.

This is a typical IT viewpoint. We have a technical problem to solve, and to hell with the users. They're just in the way of our supreme elegance anyway.

Backed up the system lately?