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Comment: Re:471 million? You may want to think about that. (Score 2) 247

by metlin (#49756021) Attached to: California Votes To Ban Microbeads

471 million potatos is a lot of potatos.
471 million .2mm bits of plastic is enough to cover in plastic all of the living rooms in California.
Wait - no - one living room. Or about a dinner-plates worth a day.

Every day. That's the difference.

Even assuming that it's a dinner plate sized amount of pollution, over two decades, you are looking at 7300 dinner plates. Only, broken into little chunks, easily consumed by aquatic life and smothering plants, clogging pipes etc.

Comment: Re:how far weve come. (Score 1) 531

by Microlith (#49751371) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

I think you made a typo:

Mozilla 2015: We want to continue to exist, and are currently dependent on a competitor.

(Handful of noisy) Users 2015: WAHT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING! You can't survive, you have the stay unchanging and do exactly as we want without ever bothering us even if that means you go out of business. Oh fuck it I don't want you SPYING on me, you terrible people. I'm going to use Chrome!

Comment: Re:Only Two Futures? (Score 1, Flamebait) 609

by Raul654 (#49726175) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

>NOMINATE scales people based on their choices relative to contemporaries

That's exactly *why* it works across decades. Because it allows a continuous chain of comparison even between people who never served together. (E.g, person A served with person B, person B later served with person C, person C later served with person D, etc)

Comment: Re:Only Two Futures? (Score 5, Informative) 609

by Raul654 (#49725605) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

> "JFK was more conservative than most conservatives are today"


Keith T. Poole at the University of Georgia has built his career on quanitfying the liberality/conservativeness of politics.

I couldn't find his numbers for John Kennedy, but he gave John Kennedy a -.318 during the 83rd Congress, making him the 15th most liberal member of that body. By comparison, in today's Senate, he'd rank as the 31st most liberal senator, between Senators Wyden and Murphy, and more liberal than EVERY SINGLE Republican in Congress.

Comment: Re:Millennials will have a very rough landing (Score 1) 405

by metlin (#49650953) Attached to: Is IT Work Getting More Stressful, Or Is It the Millennials?

What rubbish. Plenty of cultures have parents who are involved in their children's education. My own parents were extremely involved, and as the only child, they put a lot of time and effort into my education and extracurricular activities. To this day, they are quite interested in my career, and are just as involved in teaching my own year old language and music.

That is not a statement on their children's capabilities. Tiger moms are common, and it just demonstrates responsible parents who are genuinely interested in their kids' well being.

My wife and I will certainly be taking an interest in our kids' education and lives, and that is not being overprotective -- that is good parenting.

Comment: Re:WTF (Score 1) 225

by metlin (#49639973) Attached to: NFL Releases Deflategate Report

Some of the greatest minds have been interested in seemingly trivial and popular problems (e.g., Richard Feynman).

This is about science and engineering, and whether or not a phenomena can occur, and it's about public's reaction to something that was proven scientifically.

Plus, a lot of Slashdot's readers are American, and some of us are geeks who like -- wait for this -- football!

Comment: Re:Predictable (Score 4, Informative) 176

He doesn't seem overweight for me.

While I feel for the family, to say that he is not overweight shows just how much society's perception of being overweight has changed.

Take a look at this picture, for instance.

And take a look at the body fat visual chart for comparison.

With the overhanging belly, he is easily 35-40% at least. While the majority of people today are fat (especially in the US), that is not healthy. If anything, until recently, 20-25% used to be average.

Above 25-30% is the fat territory, and that's when you start increasing your risk for heart attacks, diabetes, and strokes. Mr. Goldberg may have had a lot of things going for him, but he is most certainly more than a little overweight.

Assuming he's ~6 feet, I would argue that he is probably ~30-40+ lbs overweight. That is not at all healthy. I'm not arguing everyone should have abs, but there's a happy medium here. Mr. Goldberg is very clearly on the unfortunate side of the medium.

Comment: Re:Why the surprise? (Score 2) 177

by Microlith (#49577703) Attached to: When Enthusiasm For Free Software Turns Ugly

Man, I love your posts because of how just shy of completely unhinged they are.

, from home users all the way to admins of large Linux server farms have said loud and clear SYSTEMD IS NOT WANTED and too damned buggy and brittle

When someone can provide concrete examples of this, rather than anecdotes and argument from emotion, I'll be more willing to listen. Until then, it seems mostly knee-jerk reaction and blaming everything on the target of one's reactionary hatred than anything concrete. But then that's pretty much par for the course with systemd.

And your links are either just shy of image macros or also from sites of people whose arguements are so terrible they read:

Poettering is like Hitler or Putin.

As quoted from your 4th link, very first sentence. So unbelievably, stupidly hyperbolic they can't be taken seriously.

I don't know how many server devs I've talked to that are leaving Linux over mission critical bugs in systemd

That's because you could very well be making shit up.

one long time Linux admin I talked to was royally pissed as he had a huge Linux farm and the order just came down from the top to switch it all to Server 2K12 because of systemd

And this screams at me "I'm hairyfeet, and I'm making shit up because I can't come up with a factual, data-backed argument!"

But it's a typical hairyfeet rant. Light on reality, heavy on emotion.

Comment: Re:This is the long way to say... (Score 2) 162

by Microlith (#49516155) Attached to: New PCIe SSDs Load Games, Apps As Fast As Old SATA Drives

We've reached the limits of the flash technology which drives both the SATA and PCIe versions of the storage device

Individual chips have an upper cap on speed, but that's why every SSD on the market accesses numerous devices in parallel. All you need to do to make an SSD go faster is add more NAND devices in parallel and a slightly faster controller to support them.

Flash is not all that fast and it quickly becomes the limiting factor on how fast you can read data out of it.

Maybe if you have no idea what you're talking about.

Comment: Re:good to know (Score 1) 118

unlike most of the business ppl, such as Romney, Fiorina, McNerney, Welsh, Koch bros, etc, they focus on nothing but making money and have no interest in the future of America or Mankind

None of the people you quoted appear to give a damn about the future of America or Mankind, either. They simply chose a different route to more money and power for themselves - one that hurts far, far more.

"To take a significant step forward, you must make a series of finite improvements." -- Donald J. Atwood, General Motors