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Comment: Re:touchpad issues (Score 1) 267

by srobert (#48438839) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

If the problem was not being able to disable "tap-to-click", I had a similar problem. Eventually I stumbled onto a solution. I stopped messing with the synaptics driver and added 'moused_flags="-m 11=4"' to my rc.conf and let the touchpad be recognized as a PS/2. Voila, no more "tap-to-click".

Comment: Re:They worry too much (Score 1) 406

by srobert (#48142027) Attached to: Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

"Really? They think people will be too interested playing Fruit Loop, or whatever it's called, to bother attempting to escape from an flaming aircraft?"
Yes really. In 1980 in Las Vegas, Nevada, people were to interested in playing the slot machine in front of them to bother escaping from the MGM fire. Quite a few of them died.

Comment: Re:But if Democracy comes to China... (Score 1) 44

by srobert (#48133355) Attached to: Pro-Democracy Websites In Hong Kong Targeted With and Serving Malware

I like to think it's more "tongue-in-cheek sarcasm" than a troll. The google charts you point to indicate that Chinese workers income is rising. But it's still a fraction of what workers in the U.S. make at current exchange rates. Sarcasm-off, I'd actually like to see both democracy in China AND living standards for working people everywhere rising. My post was to poke fun at those who see the rising call for democracy as a threat to capitalism-as we-know-it.

Comment: But if Democracy comes to China... (Score 2) 44

by srobert (#48127269) Attached to: Pro-Democracy Websites In Hong Kong Targeted With and Serving Malware

My portfolio started taking a beating when these democracy agitators started causing trouble in Hong Kong. If Beijing doesn't do something to stamp this out, it could eventually lead to democratic rule in China. Labor activist will start demanding western style salaries and living standards and voting and such. Something really needs to be done about this so as to avoid labor costs getting out of control.

Comment: Re:Philosophy of Science (Score 1) 795

by srobert (#47967955) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Any one that the students care to discuss. If one of them were to assert that the FSM created the universe, and that the moon being made of parmesan cheese is evidence of it. I could at least give him credit him for putting forth a falsifiable proposition arising from his hypothesis.

Comment: Re:Philosophy of Science (Score 5, Insightful) 795

by srobert (#47964599) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

That's exactly why I suggest that teaching about creationism IS appropriate for a science class. If I were a biology teacher (and my approach were permissible), when the subject of creationism inevitably came up in the class, rather than dismiss it with the arrogant assertion that "this is a science class, we'll not discuss your religion here", I would, instead, follow up with a discussion of Popper's criteria. Then I might request a short essay discussing how well evolutionary theory or creationism met the criteria for a scientific hypothesis.
That, in my opinion, is part of teaching science.

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