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Comment Especially difficult with product-centred forums (Score 1) 417

I used to post on a number of forums regarding audio equipment. I'd say about 50% of the people were open minded and logical, 40% were set in their ways and would take light offense if you disagreed, but they had good things to say often and 10% were out to completely destroy everyone's opinion -- trolls. I make a living in audio and consider myself an expert in the field, in the same way an experienced high level mechanical engineer might, and I have a lot of practical experience to back it up. Even with well thought out explanations, and with cases where there were irrefutable answers to questions, those 10% of people would inevitably shout incorrect answers or make personal attacks and derail everything. It was just a question of the loudest and most frequent yeller. Have you seen the movie Idiocracy where the main character is trying to convince the government that plants need water, not Brawndo? Exactly like this:

I stopped posting on all these forums because it's just not worth it. Those people have way more free time than any productive person. It's a real shame though, because when people like me are driven away, the majority of people who just want an honest answer are getting completely screwed by these yahoos. There's no accountability so even if you call them on an argument, they just shut up until the next post a day later. Their energy to cause shit seems to be endless.

Comment The interface is pretty bad on top of it all (Score 1) 48

It basically looks like Chrome with facebook grafted on the left and right sides. The only problem is that the layout is not nearly as good as the full facebook page. It's actually much easier keeping another tab open with facebook then to use the Rocketmelt interface. The friend list didn't even recognize my groups settings and the icons of most of my friends have nothing to do with their actual face so it was just a bunch of useless things down the left side. The news feed on the right loaded noticeably slow - i.e. it wasn't just "there" when i wanted it. What's the point of having to wait when I can keep the page open in the tab?

Comment German drivers and cars are simply better (Score 2, Interesting) 825

It will be obvious to anyone who has driven with a German driver in Germany that the reason why they can drive fast and not die. The vast majority of German drivers are highly skilled, highly respectful of the laws AND are motivated to get from A to B as quickly as possible in a purposeful manner. They also fastidiously maintain their cars which are generally very well built to begin with. American drivers by comparison are unskilled, disrespectful of basic laws (like stop signs), distracted and they drive inferior automobiles in worse condition. I'd rather see an advanced driving test instituted. You pay $50 to take it and if you pass you can drive as fast as you want. Your car gets inspected once a year. Done. Privileges for those who are skilled and responsible.

Comment Coat the steel at the factory (Score 2, Interesting) 507

The problem is most likely that your hand creates electrical contact with the steel or bridges the 2 antenna parts on the lower left. Either way you just coat the steel with plastic resin or something transparent/matte and the problem is solved. I'll be the factory has already done this on new models.

Comment There are not infinite sources of energy (Score 2, Insightful) 362

We have already tapped all the easy forms of energy available to us. Your argument doesn't apply. If the Romans didn't have anything else to find after they used up all the trees, then they damn well should have rationed them. By conservative accounts, we've got 50 years of oil left at our current use, solar and alternative energies will never provide more than 10-20% of world consumption. Even if we were to conserve massively now, there would have to be a major population reduction. Damn right we should be rationing right now. The majority of us live in complete luxury, with artificially cheap everything but there is nobody consuming rationally. It's not in our nature.

Comment Bandwidth will end up costing us more than CableTV (Score 1) 321

I think in the next 10-15 years the large internet providers are going to put a strangle hold on subscribers and basically charge out the a$$ for bandwidth. If content producers can't charge for content (realistically), they can get the equivalent charges from the raw bandwidth. Notice how the content producers are making closer and closer ties to the service providers? Vertically integrated markets here we come.

Comment Everything moves, thus everything has time. (Score 1) 578

Everything moves, thus everything has time. The trick is in the measuring. One must observe, which on a large scale is easy, but as you get to basic particles the energy of watching is always slightly greater than the energy of movement so you will always be behind in measuring "time". You can certainly predict what might happen but I don't think it's ever possible to see it happen or measure it at this scale.

Comment Where do you put it? (Score 4, Insightful) 296

And where do you put it? It was dumped in the Ocean for a reason, because it was not convenient or possible to dump it anywhere else. Did you read the size of the garbage patch? Would you want that in your back yard? The point is that we are making too much garbage! Any 5 year old can tell you that's the real issue.

Comment Re:Nice FUD on the front page editors (Score 1) 270

You might be used to Windows or Linux upgrades which are typically slower and more feature laden than their predecessors. In this case I'd agree, the OS does very little to increase productivity if you have specialized needs like graphics creation. However, OS X is generally getting faster with each release, the OS gets "smarter" and by nature the multi-window-one-toolbar orientation of OS X lends itself to some nifty interface advantages for people who have 20 or 30 windows open and active at a time across multiple programs. I would say each OS X release has given me 5% more productivity because of speed and window management/file management features they've added. The #1 reason I want Leopard is for this same reason. It's supposed to be faster, require less disc space and the new UI advancements will save me lots of time, maybe 30 minutes a day if you calculated it.

Google Has All My Data – How Do I Back It Up? 215

shadeshope writes "Slowly but surely Google has taken over my computing life. How can I back it up? Bit by bit with their mantra, hip image and brilliant services, Google has gained my trust and all my data. I am doing almost all of my computing in the cloud. Google Reader, Calender, Email, Docs and Notes have become my tools of choice; even to the point where my day book, research notes, etc., are all on Google's servers. It was just so easy, enabling me to effortlessly work from multiple computers, operating systems and locations. I know, I know, this is foolish — all my eggs are firmly in one basket. It has crept up on me. As a long-time computer user and committed pessimist, I have used many schemes over the years to ensure my data is safe. Now I have ceded all control to Google. How can I regain some control and back this all up? Is there a one-touch solution that will take all my data from the various online apps and archive it on my home server?"

Science is what happens when preconception meets verification.