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Comment Silly. (Score 1) 547

Some 100 or even 50 years ago, the majority of people especially in rural areas were able to make informed assumptions as to tomorrows weather by looking up into the evening sky. Today, a growing number of people will not even associate "sky" if you mention "clouds" to them.

While it is rather unlikely that this is anywhere near NY Times' Greg Milner's point (proudly not having RTFA), here's my take: the problem is neither GPS nor common sense or the lack thereof, but our growing dependency on tech, while at the same time we neglect basically all of the knowledge and experience it took to get us to where we are. To put it another way: if individuals wanting to go somewhere close by end up in Croatia, where will humankind end up once it completely subjects itself to todays automated emergency response systems, high speed trading algorithms and real time stock market analyses and all the rest of the things we can no longer live without? A person might be silly, but it'll yet have to turn out if we as a species are silly ... .

Comment Re:The science is not settled (Score 0) 554

Here are some things science is settled on:

The earth being round.

The earth is not round http://www.scientificamerican....

The earth orbiting the sun.

Technically, the earth does not orbit the sun. It orbits the central mass of the solar system.

Science IS settled on a lot of issues. AGW is a new one, but something we can do something about (well, 10 years ago).

Just because there is a preponderance of evidence that our explanation of an observed phenomenon is correct, it does not mean the science is settled. It means that we have a good explanation. If a better explanation comes along and it fills in areas where the first did not, we adjust our understanding of the universe and the accepted scientific belief is changed.

Ill add that if you are getting your science from grade school or the news outlets, then you need to realize that you are not reading the science and are instead reading an opinion.

Comment "a lie misquoting some spin" (Score 1) 350

Oh come on, of course failed and failing states breed instability and of course the US is actively destabilizing regions all over the world. Rubio knows that, we all know that unless we don't want to hear it, and the brainwash you quote is just sickening. "[N]o longer legal and has theoretically stopped"? You might not be a liar, but you are certainly naive.

Don't get me wrong, it would be nice if we could still see the world the way you do, but it takes an awful lot of ignoring facts to do so.

Comment Re:Everybody uses health care (Score 1) 315


Yes I do use health care, however i negotiated with my doctor and pay cash! He gives me better discounts than he gives the insurance companies because

1) He knows he will get paid.
2) He does not have to pay someone to manage the paperwork.
3) He knows it is paid in CASH which is far less hassle than checks, credit, or insurance.

My advantages are

1) When I call him, I am at the front of the line.
2) It is cheaper than paying for insurance.

So I have skin in the game, it comes out of my pocket and I pay for services rendered. You should try it some time and stop asking for handouts from the government. No more long lines, no more rejections from the insurance company, no more problems.

Submission + - "Hundreds of Studies Show..." Yeah, right! (linkedin.com)

Anon-Admin writes: Regularly, on various media, you hear experts say "there are hundreds of studies that show..." how important music is for kids, that minimum wage increases have little effect on employment, that self-criticism is neurologically destructive, that creatine supplements affect athletic performance, or that electromagnetic fields have no effect on human cells,... This plethora of studies is supposed to quell any doubts you may have about the assertion they support. And hundreds of interviews have shown that it works, and that this glib statement often ends the line of questioning.

Comment Re:Windows isn't as bloated as it used to be. (Score 1) 115

I haven't used the Win10 install much, but just to nitpick:



  1. 2. Excessively or extremely large (...)
  2. 3. (computing, of software) Excessively overloaded with features (...)

  3. ...

In my book, both apply :-P

Without the rollback and backup stuff you mention, the frickin thing is still huge.

Don't get me wrong, but just the other day I was reminiscing with a friend about the times when our PCs ran at 4,77 MHz and how we dreamt of what those machines could do if they ran at 40 or even 400 MHz. Today, those things run at >2 GHz speeds on several cores (!), and most of the times we still wait and wait and wait ... which is the "bloat" I'm talking about. The waiting is in large parts due to -- but not exclusively and not only on Win machines -- modern OS architecture and feature bloat. Why MS is still pushing every last feature to every last machine instead of giving users a way of opting in and out of certain aspects of the OS only a small part of the user base will ever use is beyond me (as are most of their decisions lately). Yet, you have to click through several pages of privacy settings when installing Win10, unless you click "MS knows best, don't bother me with what it collects and phones home". What's wrong with a "Chose the components you wish to install now and add others later" option, so that for example desktop users can skip all the shiny new touch and tablet kinda stuff?!

End rant.

Comment Windows isn't as bloated as it used to be. (Score 4, Informative) 115

You almost got me up to that statement. I did a VM install of Win10 over the weekend; it failed the first time, because I thought that a fixed 16GB for the test partition would do. The dynamic container is at 24.738.004.992 bytes now after the Threshold 2 update. Nothing else was installed - just Win10 + updates.

Give it a try, grab the iso and fire up a VM. No need for a Windows key, you can skip entering it just like the activation.

Threshold 2, which like all updates is not optional, as we all know, took >1 hour on a 4 core system with a decent SSD and ~2,5GB RAM for the VM. I wonder what you'd call a "bloated" OS.

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