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Comment: Re:They once were (Score 1) 757

by nurd68 (#34973212) Attached to: America Losing Its Edge In Innovation

Ignoring the "you're missing the social commentary" aspect, I present the following counter-evidence:

- Bones, CSI, NCIS, etc. focus a lot on the technology, albeit with a lot of creative liberties taken to make for good TV. However, fundamentally, the squints rule those series.
- Big Bang Theory - Sitcom with the protagonists being several scientists, an engineer and a down the hall neighbor.

Comment: Re:What's missing from this article? (Score 2) 757

by nurd68 (#34973198) Attached to: America Losing Its Edge In Innovation

Point of information - right or wrong, at the time it was written, "We the people" was wealthy landowners and business-owning white men. Women and unpropertied white men weren't counted.

(That said, I agree with your point - just because you're not an engineer doesn't mean you should be restricted from acting as a sovereign citizen and exercising control over your life.)

Comment: Re:What's missing from this article? (Score 3, Insightful) 757

by nurd68 (#34973178) Attached to: America Losing Its Edge In Innovation

This. As an engineer who "got my feet wet" with a stint in local politics, because it was like dealing with a bunch of children. Everyone hated everyone else, it was full of petty rivalries and such. It does show that Diplomacy is actually quite accurate, but that doesn't mean that I wanted to do it for real.

Comment: Re:Darn Newfangled (Score 1) 305

by nurd68 (#32889998) Attached to: Do Home Computers Help Or Hinder Education?

Depends on what you mean by rednecks. A lot of the folks up here (upstate NY) who proudly call themselves rednecks have quite a lot of mechanical knack - including understanding of mechanical forces, loads, etc., physics, chemistry.. After all, if you're going to build a dirt track race car out of an old Caddy, you need to make sure it will hold together in a wreck. Same with improvised explosives, homemade ammunition, etc. Are they all like this? No. However, many are, and the ones that are tend to be mechanics, machinists, and compulsive putterers and tinkerers.

Comment: Re:Except... (Score 2, Informative) 567

by nurd68 (#32032952) Attached to: Ubuntu Linux 10.04 Review (Lucid Lynx)

The alternate install also fails to do Software RAID correctly.

While in installer, pre first boot: /dev/sda1 /dev/sdb1
(combined to /dev/md0, as /boot) /dev/sda2 /dev/sdb2
(combined to /dev/md1 as LVM)

After first boot (well, not even, because /boot doesn't mount) /dev/md0 is not started /dev/md1 is comprised of /dev/sda and /dev/sdb

Comment: Re:Give it to newborns (Score 1) 198

by nurd68 (#31233608) Attached to: New Linux-Based Laptop For Computer Newbies

I always turned in PDFs generated in LaTeX. I got points because mine were visibly easier to read (better font rendering and layout) than Office at the time (2000-ish).

There are modern tools which make using LaTeX to do documents even more nicer. Where I had input, output + perl glueing it together, now there are IDE-type setups, with completion, etc.

System checkpoint complete.