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Comment Re: What do you mean... (Score 1) 151

I hated it to at first, but it IS much easier to find options that were once 10 minute hunting trips in the menu's mostly because the menu's were jumbled and not broken down into certain tasks like view, review, etc.

Having gotten used to the Ribbon I can say I completely believe the millions MS spent on usability testing that the Ribbon is easier to learn for new users and not just a little bit, it's significantly easier to learn. Though it was a pain to learn as an experienced user it's far more productive and easier to find lessor used options than before IMO, this is mostly because the ribbon titles now accurately reflect the type of commands to be found on the ribbon which was almost never true of the old menus.

Comment Re: The science is not settled (Score 1) 547

Speaking scientifically you are correct. But the problem is that plain language when mixed with scientific taxonomic classes can cause confusion. Chances are when someone says humanity evolved from apes they will be confused to be talking specifically about the existing great apes. We did not evolve from chimpanzees or other great apes and it's important to draw this distinction because the confusion between the scientific speech and layman speech is exploited by creationists. By using speech that indicates humans evolved from apes the layman implication is that humans evolved from the existing great apes because those are the apes that the layman knows. This breeds confusion and such statements should be avoided even if taxonomically correct.

Where these statements are made it's important to draw the distinction that humans did not evolve from the great apes, if for no other reason than to avoid confusing those not familiar with the taxonomic classifications for primates and more importantly because it reinforces that evolution is a branching tree, not a straight line. The weakness of evolutionary understanding in the US is partly because of these lazy uses of words that confuse the layman.

BTW I never said humans evolved from Lemurs, I said that current evidence indicates the common ancestor looked kind of like one as far as size of body and structural similarities.

Comment Re:Predictions, so far, have been accurate (Score 2) 547

He went a little quick, as I misunderstood his statement at first too and had to reread it a couple time. Let me extract the relevant data and using that go back and re-read what he said and it might make more sense.

The 1967 prediction for warming generates an ultimate warming value 2.3C, taking that value and using the PPM they predicted you can extract a PPM/degree C. Using that equation over 50 years where the now known change in PPM of CO2 was 320ppm to 400ppm you end up with a calculated change of 0.74C. The measured temperature rise over the same period was 0.7C, with a difference of 0.04 degrees C.

Given that a prediction of 2.3C for the ultimate warming in the 1967 paper coincides with a current prediction of 1.5C to 4.5C, the prediction is a bit at the lower end of the error bars but it's still well within the predicted range demonstrating very good science.

Comment Re:Math is a Chore (Score 1) 215

One of the more interesting thing about Common Core is the effort to change this, to teach problem solving rather than memorization. It's also one of the reasons common core is lamented so heavily by some people, that is because the answer is less important than the method of developing the answer. Some people look at a common core kids math problem, and these people grew up memorizing answers, and they can't conceivably solve a problem that is based on the premise of teaching solving the problem rather than memorizing the solution. This makes the parent feel stupid so they blame common core, rather than their own memorization focused education. Though I'm sure there are some bad common core problems, as there are always bad problems regardless of teaching method.

I've seen some of the posted problems that target common core as absurd and what I saw was ingenious problems that teach problem solving and not memorization. My first year of college math courses was spent undoing the damage of elementary and secondary math education that taught memorization. If we can send kids out of elementary and secondary education with problem solving skills, that at least in my generation weren't taught at all, we will do good things for a significant number of students.

Comment Re: The science is not settled (Score 2) 547

We did NOT evolve from the great apes. We evolved from a common ancestor. Though we share much of our DNA with Chimpanzees and other great apes our lineage diverged from theirs a LONG time ago. They have evolved independently from us for that same amount of time. The common ancestor we share looks nothing like either humans or great apes (speculated to look much like a Lemur).

Comment Re:All would be resolved if we could all lay cable (Score 1) 176

No community can ban access to a public utility (as defined by the state law) beyond reasonable fees to inspect and monitor the construction in the public right-of-way (ROW) for preservation of that ROW. A franchise agreement that purports to enact such a ban is illegal and will be struck down the first time a city tries to enforce it. Not that any city would try to enforce such a claim, it's blatantly unconstitutional.

You don't understand the law, stop commenting on it.

Comment Re:Another benefit of low crude pricing (Score -1, Flamebait) 93

They have a Napoleon complex. They want to be big and powerful, but they aren't anymore. When they were with their buddies in the Soviet Union they were big and powerful with a long reach, now they are pretty much landlocked Asian minor country.

Sure they have some pretty cool weapons and capabilities as that goes but their economy is entirely natural resource based, their governments are corrupt and their private enterprise is non-existent. Destroying the market for their resources destroys their entire economy because they have not bothered to diversify mostly because they are entirely focused on trying to rebuild the status of the former soviet empire. Russia won't fix these problems until all the old KGB bosses are gone. As organized crime is heavily embedded into the culture at this point it would take decades to reduce their influence. Look at how long it's taken Italy to reduce the influence of La Costa Nostra.

The single greatest threat to Russia is that the resources their entire economy is based on (Oil and Coal) are within 50 years going to be worthless. When that happens it will make the 90's look like a booming economy. But by the time it happens Putin will be dead and his progeny will be in Europe so he really doesn't care.

Comment Re:Another benefit of low crude pricing (Score 1) 93

Fortunately you are wrong. Interstellar travel could be possible with current technology, just the investment would be massive and the people picked to travel would likely be on a suicide mission. Don't discount the discovery of future technology. We know barely the basics of physics. Though interstellar travel is certainly difficult it is not impossible.

Comment Re:Clarity in the title might have helped. (Score 4, Insightful) 250

They make decent money, rather consistently actually. But it's not growing very fast. That doesn't meet the hedge funds demands. The hedge funds aren't satisfied with 2% growth, they want 20%. So rather than see 2% they will see the company destroyed. They call these hedge funds "activist investors", but their goal is to squeeze every dime out then sell the stock. The actions they advocate are never good for the long term.

Comment Re:Licensing? (Score 1) 182

Certain states decided that it had better legibility, due to the research on it, than the freely available highway fonts (A-E). I know of one state that uses the font exclusively, North Dakota. AFAIK this font isn't in wide use.

Safety is all the matters in this regard, if the commercial font really does have better the standard fonts then it should be used. Yea it would be great if the font is freely available and all that but what matters above all is the legibility. If the font can be read at a greater distance than the traditional fonts it is worth the licensing costs because it could save a life.

Comment Re: Linux is a fragile house of cards (Score 1) 699

He's already talked about doing so and I wouldn't be surprised if he's started. He wants to standardize pieces of linux that have been a nightmare of aging incompatible code. A natural stop on that path would be Linux package managers. As much as I love Apt-get, and I like emerge they all ultimately suck. They call it dependency hell for a reason.

Ultimately we'd all be better off if someone could figure out a better, more robust and more modern solution to Linux Package managers.

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