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Comment: Re:How important is that at this point? (Score 1) 167

by LWATCDR (#48030111) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

I think you are going too far the other way. GIMP on windows and Linux are not bad at all. GIMP on OS/X is really hard to use probably because GTK for OSX really lags GTK for windows.

GIMP is good enough for a lot of people and it is much more powerful than photoshop elements.
If you need Photoshop then you need Photoshop. Gimp is a really powerful program and not terrible to use but it is not Photoshop.

Comment: Re:Fox News? (Score 1) 445

by Obfuscant (#48029117) Attached to: Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Okay, how many "good ones" dismiss anything said by the "bad scientists" because of who they work for?

Do you really think I keep a running count of the number of different people, much less the number of times, I hear the statement "don't pay any attention to that scientist, he works for a big oil/coal/etc company..."? Really? It was the kind of statement that I replied to in this discussion, and nobody seems to have thought it was unusual for anyone to say such a thing. That's how common and commonly accepted it is.

Everybody is free to submit papers with the evidence they can scrape up,

"Submit" is not "publish". Your use of the perjorative phrase "scrape up" demonstrates a bias.

and it's essentially impossible to keep a good paper from being published at all.

You're right. I get spam almost every day now from some new "journal" looking for my submissions, none of which have any publishing history or any weight in any community. Yeah, publish in scam journals is easy. Publish in a journal where the reviewers have a dog in the fight, not so much.

Thing is, the evidence is pretty convincing if you look at it skeptically and intelligently.

You know, none of what I wrote has anything to do with who is right and who is wrong. If you want to argue that the intelligent people believe one thing (with the obvious implications) then do it with someone else. I'm pointing out that by painting part of a group as dishonest you splatter a lot of paint on yourself. That has nothing to do with whose science will wind up proven correct in the long run. It has everything to do with calling someone else's ethics into question (because they're being PAID to do that research, OMG!) and then being surprised when others doubt yours.

Science, as a discipline, works with egotistic and sometimes petty individuals who are as fallible as anybody else. It works pretty well.

Science, as a discipline, doesn't care who works for what, but science as practiced today often does. Science worked pretty well for the geocentrists in their day, too, at least in their humble opinion. When your argument for a position comes down to "if you look at it intelligently", you're not practicing science as it ought to be.

Comment: Re:It's sad (Score 1) 403

by LWATCDR (#48028479) Attached to: Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

"without Google exerting legally questionable pressure on OEMs."
What? That has got to be the dumbest statement I have ever heard.

Google says you can use all of the Google services or none. You can use Android with no google services as at all like.... Amazon does.
Google allows the user to put on other search engines, It allows other browsers. It allows other nav.....
There is nothing questionably legal about it. Frankly it is about 1000% more permissive than IOS, WP8, or Blackberry.

Comment: Re:How important is that at this point? (Score 1) 167

by LWATCDR (#48028103) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

Sorry but no you are wrong.
My wife has spent a lot of time learning GIMP, Photoshop, and Photoshop elements.
GIMP is much better than elements but is not as good as Photoshop.
She still uses GIMP for some projects and recommends it to people that are just starting out or do not have the money to spend on Photoshop but GIMP is not a good replacement for photoshop.
GIMP is actually a good tool and a great value for the price but it is not a replacement for photoshop. Your comments about lemmings is a good example of what is wrong with the FOSS community.

Comment: Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (Score 1) 257

by operagost (#48027241) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time
The problem is that searching now requires hunting for a hidden menu, which rarely appears even when you know where to point (especially in a remote session). Then, when you have it, you have to click again to change where you search, then type what you are looking for. I've gone old school-- I've relearned all the hot keys (Win+F for search) and treat Windows Server 2012 like it's a DOS app, because the GUI is unusable.

Comment: Re:Fine. Legislate for externalities. (Score 1) 450

by operagost (#48027169) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power
If you have a battery bank, you are either off-grid or you have a very, very expensive hybrid system. It is horribly expensive to be grid-tied AND off-grid; that is, with the ability to run off the panels and/or batteries alone. It costs almost as much as having two entirely separate systems-- totally off the scale. That's an area I'd like to see improve.

Comment: Re:Depending on local ordinances... (Score 2) 450

by operagost (#48026835) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power
"Progressives" are the worst reactionaries around. They'll impose regulations like this under the guise of Depression-era ideas of "modernization" that were aimed at enlightening the poor, ignorant hicks in the backwoods. Meanwhile, we've moved past that, but you just try to take back your liberty and see what happens.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 450

by operagost (#48026713) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power
In the USA the road taxes on diesel fuel are higher than on gasoline-- and our adoption of diesel passenger cars is very low-- so de facto we have higher taxes on the heavier vehicles. Of course, toll roads also charge by axle. Won't be a big change in the status quo.

Alternatively, one could just realize that many government fees are not about proportionately recovering costs, but influencing certain behaviors that have a variety of costs and benefits elsewhere.

I don't like government trying to modify human behavior, other than to keep humans from harming other humans.

Comment: Re:It's sad (Score 2) 403

No, that wasn't the anti-trust issue, that was exclusivity partner agreements.

And that was what I consider the real issue. I don't give a damn if MS installed IE on those computers I was forced to buy with an MS operating system on them. It was trivial enough to install another browser, but unless I wanted to take the time to build my own computers from parts and then have basically no warranty on the system as a whole, I had to pay MS for their OS. And that points out that having an MS OS on the system wasn't the issue, it was having to PAY for the privilege.

And you ought to know that I was buying those systems with grant money, which means the taxpayer was actually paying for an OS that was going to be deleted as soon as the system got here.

MS also installs 'explorer' on all their systems, but you could buy Norton commander. Is the fact that 'explorer' was part of the MS bundle a problem? No.

Comment: Re:Disabled (Score 1) 403

You need to uninstall updates to get it back to a lower version, and then disable it. I've seen several of the core Google apps which can't simply be disabled. It's kind of annoying.

If you are disabling an app so it cannot be used at all, why do you care that you have to remove an update to the very app you don't want in the first place? Others have pointed out the technical reason for the way it is.

Everyone can be taught to sculpt: Michelangelo would have had to be taught how not to. So it is with the great programmers.