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Comment: Re:It's only worth it (Score 1) 237

by nobodie (#48399395) Attached to: Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

You are living in the past. Here in Tampa, public transit, that is buses, is growing faster than uber and lyft. (Disclaimer, my wife drove for Lyft until a couple of weeks ago, when she just got sick of the low return on time and our investment in a nice car). I was talking to a driver on the #6 route last week (my morning ride of 45-50 minutes door to desk) and he said they just hired 27 new drivers for route expansion and retirement replacement. Mostly expansion according to him. He has 30 years in as a driver and plans to stay on, the custoimers are getting nicer he says.

If I was driving, on the highway, it would take about 35 minutes from door to desk, so it costs me an extra 10-15 minutes to take the bus. Even at twice the loss consider this:
Bus cost: $.50 (50 cents) one way= $1.00 a day
Gas cost: 20 miles one way, 40 round trip, say $5.00 a day
Parking cost: $250.00 a year, say $1.00 a day minimum if I take no vacations
Cost of maintenance or carpayments for that second car (as it is we only keep one car because I don't need it to drive to work) as well as taxes and insurance.

OK, now think about this: instead of two crappy cars on my crappy salary we have a 2014 Chevy Volt, spend less than $100.00 a month on gas, $0 on maintenance, and have an nice, awesome ride. We are looking at trading up to a Tesla S when they come off of lease and we can get them about half price.
How could I do that if I was wasting my money on a second car?

More and more people can and should run this kind of simple cost/benefit analysis and realize that their lifestyle could be better just by making better choices. When I talk about this at work everyone has excuses, but the reality is that people are starting to move to my neighborhood because it has awesome bus service. the value of my house has gone up 45% in the last three years because it is close to downtown and has 5 different bus lines running on 15-20 minute schedules within 3 blocks of my front door.

So, your description of the bus is wrong, I know cause I ride it every day, dressed for my office and my classrooms and I fit in just fine.

Comment: Re:Responding to feedback (Score 1) 267

by nobodie (#48135063) Attached to: GNOME 3 Winning Back Users

I have to agree. I switched my work computer to linux to suit what I had been doing for years as a lone wolf, but the office is MS. I do appreciate that, for what we do, Windows works OK. I still can work faster than most of my colleagues, but that is just me, not the systems.
BUT, I am still completely acclimated to gnome3 and linux and it would be a real waste of time and effort to switch to Windows. It is one of my few worries at work, that Win10 will be so tightly controled that in a WinOffice there will be no way to not use windows, or at least dual boot.

Comment: never did matter (Score 1) 253

by nobodie (#48013575) Attached to: Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

the "average" user buys based on advertising and hype, always have, always will. The informed user ignores the hype and buys what they need, not what has the "best" spec. Still, they study the specs and read "real" reviews (not the marketing hype I find right now in all the American media about the "amazing" new iPhone 6 for example.

Stupid Humans

Comment: Re:Hipsters are passe ... (Score 1) 277

by nobodie (#48013555) Attached to: Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

I'm way too seriously old for this to be other than funny.
Like Apple stuff in general, The last really great Apple product was the blue and white iMac in '98. That was not just agreat product, it was equal to PCs for five or six years after it's introduction. While PCs were moving at light speed improvement, our old iMac was equal to or ahead of anything else you could buy.
But now... what are they showing us? Nuttin' Advertising and marketing hype about something that is old the year before it came out. And, as with most things, what people care about is the hype and the marketing and the buyer buy-in.

When I point out that iPhones are now just "toy phones" to my students, they really don't get what I am talking about: they are made for children's hands.

When I point out that you have to use two hands to use a "phablet" which is kind of silly, "phones" have traditionally been a one-hand operation they also don't get it.

Why not? because they buy on two criteria: what has the hype at the moment, and what will make them look cool. Phone as fashion accessory, no wonder we want the new watches, they are obviously fashion.

We have lost the battle of form vs function. Fashion has won.

Comment: my real grandmother got lost (Score 1) 478

by nobodie (#48013365) Attached to: Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

Yes, yes yes!
I remember my grandmother as a failing, doddering old lady who was confused on her good days. Only as I got old enough to be old myself do I appreciate her history, what she did before I was an active part of her life. She wrote three books (on semi-autobiographical and two based on the history of the Surratt family during the assassination of Lincoln) in the fifties and early sixties, was a newspaper reporter in the 50s through the sixties. She was an active part of the war effort in her community during WWII and in general was a feisty woman in a world full of housewives. But I never knew her that way because of time. In some ways I prefer to let go of the actual memories of the doddering old lady and hold on to her real achievements, even though they are not part of my memories about her.

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.

"Morality is one thing. Ratings are everything." - A Network 23 executive on "Max Headroom"