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Comment: Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (Score 1) 770

by nobodie (#47901599) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

As a language scientist ( a linguist) I know that you are coming from the hard sciences with an argument that I honor for its simplicity, its integrity and its beauty. Unfortunately it struggles in the real world of complex systems. In simple experiments we can shave away all the complementary and supplementary functions that are connected to any simple act or action. But in the real world we are constrained by reality and complexity, because if we remove attendant functions, we lose the reality of the system itself. Things/actions do not exist in simplicity, they grow, change, advance or retreat through complexity and this is where the hard sciences fail to recognize that complexity is the nature of reality and that the empirical function, of reducing to a single simple element or action, does not reflect the nature of the real universe.

Thus we scorn "modeling" because if we make a change in an attendant function we get a different answer even though the simple question ("Are we changing the world through pollution?") has not changed. We get different answers because of the complexity of the system, not because of the inability of the practitioners to define the component functions (or parts) carefully enough.

Comment: Re: A fool and their money (Score 1) 266

Dude, I have the experience too, and don't really want to believe it or to make up pseudo-scientific reasons why it works, but it does. Come on over to the house, I'll stick a couple bent copper wires in your hands and let you do it. Although I have seen one or two people that really don't get it/do it, most everyone else in the world can.

Comment: Re:1st post (Score 1) 266

I was taught this trick by a carpenter I worked for. He even showed me that if you put copper wires in a coke bottle they would find the pipes as well. I have used this many times, just a couple of months ago in fact, and it always works. I have also used it to find underground water flows when I lived in Thailand.

Comment: Re:What about.. (Score 1) 158

by nobodie (#47783439) Attached to: A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

and why is the data from 2012? Looks like the author of the article followed a link to a 2012 report and wrote an article using that info, without any attempt to update. Or else the project died, or was censored?
Too many questions, my brain hurts when there is bad articles, bad data, bad , bad , bad................turtles. everywhere....

Comment: Re:What's so American (Score 1) 531

There are solutions to the problems we have with government that don't involve the demolition of government. That kind of binary thinking leads to a binary world that is not a reasonable and natural world. If we work toward a government that functions reasonably (unlike the American government which has dived deeply into binary logic and rhetoric) then we can have reasonable roads paid for by reasonable taxes and kept up to reasonable quality by reasonable companies that make a reasonable profit. What we have instead in the opposite of all that, so let's change the topic of discussion how we can create a reasonable world:
1. Reasonable expectations about time, humanity and expenses
2. Work on the core, not the rind
3. Use, grow, support and teach a reasonable set of virtues
4. Set aside ideology and empty stances, replace them with thoughtful, coherent ideas

There is probably a #5, but I'll let you share yours.

These are the reason's that I supported Lawrence Lessig's original proposal to create a SuperPAC to help end SuperPACs. I've stopped listening to him now as his ideology has overtaken the project. This will be its downfall.

Comment: Re:Nobody else seems to want it (Score 1) 727

by nobodie (#47771181) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

as to your basic "challenge", the computer sitting next to me is a core2 duo that I built in Thailand in 2007. I thas been running Fedora since then, and nothing else. I upgrade it when new ones are released using the upgrade tools. Still works, all works, runs everything fine, never broken once. Does that satisfy?

Comment: Re:Nobody else seems to want it (Score 1) 727

by nobodie (#47771149) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

hf, if your challenge is so realistic then why are so many companies running various distros? Why have I run a variety (say 8 or 10) of different distros in 4 or 5 different countries with different hardware and never, ever had a driver problem with any hardware? What is it in your challenge that you use to set a use case that would overcome the basic needs of a business person (me) a university professor (also me) and a parent with a wife and 3 kids all running Linux for home work and school (obviously also me.)

I really don't get why you feel the need to get all trolly about it as well. I have heard you being reasonable, intelligent and someone with useful viewpoints that, while not my own, are still valuable. What you are doing above is none of that. Why bother to be like this when you impressed me most as a reasonable and intelligent commentator?

Comment: Re:Yes it is. (Score 1) 421

by nobodie (#47763871) Attached to: South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

"Wumao brigade"
The Chinese army of "fact checkers" who make sure that nothing "bad for the public" gets on the internet (or SMS when I was there, including Skype of course). The sad part is that most of them are unemployed Masters and PhD holders from mid to lower level Chinese universities who have formed the "Ant Tribe" and live in little concrete boxes with a bed, a desk and a computer on the desk. It is worse than you can imagine: they have tapped out their family's resources and have nothing to show for it, not even a factory job (they are over-educated for something like that).

Comment: Re:Nobody else seems to want it (Score 1) 727

by nobodie (#47744329) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

hf, dear old friend, most of us who do use Linux are clueless about this driver problem you harp on about. We just don't see it. Now, someone has modded you down as a troll, which I think is unfair, because it is just you being you, and you really aren't a troll, you're just very tightly focused.

Robert A Wilson pointed out in his book "Final Trigger" that people have a basic instinct to find patterns, even where there are none. He pointed to a number of examples, but this over-focus of yours is my prime example for today: there is no "driver problem" with Linux, there is only your pattern rocognition brain sectors seeing what you "need" them to see.

I hope this helps, because you don't deserve to be modded troll, even though you did go a little over the top.

Comment: Re:Absurd assertion, you've never lived with humid (Score 1) 214

by nobodie (#47728559) Attached to: Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

I'll meet that challenge:
I live in Tampa, today the high will be 94, I will be outside working in and out of the sun. Depending on the level of output required I might (OMG~!!!) sweat. But, because I keep the house AC at 80 (I have AC in the "common" area of the house where our guests spend time: I have a small B&B), I don't get uncomfortable in heat and humidity.

I hired a guy to come and help me load (and take to the dump) some roofing I had ripped off yesterday. Halfway through the loading (say about 4pm) he had to stop, fire up his truck and sit in the AC for ten minutes before he could go on. This is the state of the nation.

It is not the heat, or the humidity: it is your personal habits, your laziness, your lifestyle that abjures contact with the natural atmosphere in preference to your "comfort." I often point out that when I was young, in the 50s and 60s, my family lived in tidewater VA where the summer humidity was "stinkin'." We had a single fan in the cieling above the stairs to the bedrooms. That was it. I am sorry that your abusive parents treated you like a fragile flower and you didn't build up the immunity to heat that is a built-in possibility for you. Sue them!

(My kids often complain now about having air conditioning set too low: they "escape" to the outside, just as I have done most of my adult life. I hate AC, and especially the closed windows and doors that go along with it.)

Comment: Re: Automated notice not necessary here (Score 1) 368

by nobodie (#47710939) Attached to: Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

yes, but think:
If you record that announcement ("this call may be...") and play it back at the beginning of your call with the company isn't there a good chance that the person on the other end of the line will assume a company phone glitch and ignore the information. That way they are still assuming that they are not being recorded even though they have been notified of the recording.
We all need to begin to record any conversation with commercial reps in all situations, what they say is innane, stupid and often wrong. But it is actionable.

Comment: Re:"Intelligence" is not earned. (Score 1) 160

by nobodie (#47546571) Attached to: Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

I was, years ago, a very skilled carpenter. What i have learned since I put my tools down is that now, almost 20 years later, I still know how to do those things, but I physically can't. My hands and body have lost the skill, the micromotor skills, the knowledge if you will, that they used to hold. I am not so much sad about it, but aware that many of the things that were trained into me are lost now that I am older and no longer practiced.
The other thing I know is that those skills can come back quickly if I want to practice them again. But really, I don't. I do little projects here and there, but as I am seeing the "knowledge" come back, the project is finished and I go back to my desk and my classroom while the "knowledge" drains away again.

Comment: Re:sure, works for France (Score 1) 296

Well, I use LO in the US, in an office environment with a hundred or so people, almost nobody knows that I'm not using MSO. What people don't seem to get is that most people would use a text editor daily if it said "Word" on the icon.

If I tell people that I am using a Linux desktop, they won't touch it. If I tell them I am just using a cool new desktop they try it out and like it. I don't bother to show them all the things I can do that they can't, don't baffle them, just keep work flowing and everything is good. The same thing with LO. Just bring up a document and let them write, no problem. Tell them it is different and they will freak.

stupid humans

Comment: Re:Papers (Score 1) 225

by nobodie (#47545651) Attached to: Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

Professor Alley here: I don't accept typed papers.
"All papers must be handed in through Canvas>Assignments>Submit Now, You must check the box that says 'This paper is my work and my work alone and meets all standards for attribution explained in the syllabus for this class.' before being submitted through Turnitin.

Plagiarism is such a big problem that everything must go through a "similarity engine" that can compare the work with everything in all the databases, including google. The chromebook is perfect for all this, I begin with a first draft done in Canvas>Collaborations>GoogleDrive and then comoplete the work with the submission process listed above. Paper? We don't need no stinkin' trees!

What hath Bob wrought?