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Comment Why should the government write these contracts? (Score 4, Insightful) 1083 1083

Time to un-ask the question - instead: Why do we let the government write these social contracts in the first place? The only roll the government should be to adjudicate the contracts in case of a conflict. People should write their own contracts. And why should being in a private contract give one special rights?

Special rights to special groups is how the government divides the people and enslaves us.

I think anyone that wants to bind themselves with such a contract should be free to. I don't see scrapping the rule of law (this is a state issue at best) as being a good idea. - the ends don't justify the means.

I celebrate freedom - not the end of the rule-of-law.

Comment Systemd has been a surprise. (Score 1) 128 128

i had read all the negative stuff about systemd - expected a nightmare - updated a couple of machines - small learning curve - but guess what - I ended up liking it. The system found some bugs for me that had eluded me for a long time.

Big deal - I type systemctl start daemon (tab complete works here) instead of /etc/init.d/daemon . I suppose some of you are just too old to learn anything new. Yes change is work - and I'm lazy - but this is obviously the future.

And despite the disinformation posted here - you could remove systemd if you want - but it would be stupid to.

About systemd - Louder isn't righter..

Comment Reality hits the fan.. (Score 1) 1032 1032

Of course that is stealing. You also got scammed but two wrongs don't make it right.

Here is the rub - back in the '70s they started the 'open admissions' bit - anyone could get in if the government was helping fund the school. Drop-out rates were very high - but the schools REALLY like all the money coming in - the solution - lower the standards. The race to the bottom continues. The result - most degrees are worthless. (yes - new MDs scare the hell out of me)

Some examples - I just finished helping a new Mechanical Engineer fix a machine - I asked if the heater was proportional control or duty-cycle - he was actually a bright kid - just went through engineering school without learning even the basics of control loops(KU).

I told this story to a second student that is finishing up his Chemical Engineering degree - he also had no idea of even the basics of control loops (and yes real CE is all about control loops). He said he knows he is getting ripped off - non of his teachers have worked in industry - they have no idea of anything outside of academic parrot and preach. He met students from Brazil and was amazed - they were quite competent - had learned all sorts of stuff about chemical processing that he had missed out on. So now he is pissed - he realizes his degree isn't worth much - he will have to work as an intern and hopefully learn enough to keep a job. Yet, he has a massive debt.

The point is that going to school today gives one a sense of entitlement, a huge debt, and no portable skills. There is this idea of return on investment - learning to weld might be a better idea.

Comment Easy solution - switch to Debian (Score 0) 216 216

The latest release of Debian - called jessie is quite nice. There are good reasons to use an operating system that makes it clear what is free(as in freedom) software and what is not. Non free software can be fine - but often you and your personal information is the real product.

I would further say - without diminishing the work contributed by other distros - Debian is the heart and core of Open source software.

Comment Postmodernisim has infected Physics (Score 1) 364 364

Postmodernisim - the philosophy that really says that it is easy to be biased - so they don't even try.

And yes, real science is REALLY hard to do. So we get to the point where everyones opinion is just as valid as anyones else's - so if you have someone that believes in gravity and someone that doesn't - they should compromise?

Yes - we need theorists in physics - no we don't need theorists that build on unproven theorists that build on further unproven stuff. You end up with a bunch of junk that is worthless. (Yes - the results of science need to have some value - ability to predict things etc. )

There is a quote to this effect:

Give me four parameters and I can fit an elephant;
Give me five and I can wag its tail.
(The source of the above quote?? Variants have been
attributed to C.F. Gauss, Niels Bohr, Lord Kelvin, Enrico Fermi.)

Of course, producing worthless papers of speculation paid for with government grants (which come from people that actually work) - I suppose it is more fun than having to make it in the real world.

Comment Re:Crookes Radiometer (Score 4, Interesting) 265 265

Actually, just what I was thinking (today nobody remembers Crookes (I named a cat after him)). Key bit of missing information in the article - how good a vacuum? Really matters. And just measuring a hard vacuum as made fools out of a lot of people.

There are other possibilities - our country paid people to publish false and misleading papers (no - they have not been retracted) . This doesn't even become news IMO until it is published and replicated.

The amount of technology that has been 'borrowed' by the Chinese is mind boggling - unprecedented. Yet it takes a particular kind of culture to understand the technology in a way that lets them synthesize further progress. A lot of the papers I see coming out of China are just 'cargo cult science' - looks like science - but it isn't. It takes a particular set of values - held dear and close to the heart - to do real science.

The grant proposal industry has diluted the quality of papers so that a very small minority represent real science. I would think of this as likely just bad science once again.

Comment Third init needed - freedom is cool. (Score 1) 522 522

I love Debian - this messy debate is what freedom looks like. We should embrace it. This is how real progress is made.

That being said. The evolution of an init system is still needed, and there are some major problems with both systems - thus it is obvious that there is an opportunity for a third system that is more elegant than either of these two.

I think the debate has shown that neither way is correct and that a third way - probably more evolutionary and less draconian will emerge.

syselegant ? sys-e for short?

Comment And the idea that there are no natural sources ? (Score 1) 70 70

Fine particles are also made by natural events - wind erosion - wave erosion - water freezing - form long before man walked on earth. Why is everything man does seen with 'brown-colored-glasses?

"could be a potential source."

This sure sounds like grant seeking behavior rather than science.

Comment For radio alinement there is nothing better. (Score 1) 155 155

In this application, the accuracy isn't important - and you are adjusting for a peak value or null. Digital meters try to compensate with a bar graph, but it just isn't the same. And I don't like analogs here out of nostalgia.

I use both kinds of meters - analog meters are poor at accuracy, but if I have to peek circuits, I'm going to use an old analog meter.

There is one more advantage to analog meters - they are low impedance compared to the fancy meters - and that can fool the user if there is electromagnetic noise. Different tools for different jobs.

Comment Re:Good (Score 2, Interesting) 156 156

As a non believer that actually lives in Kansas - I find my Christian neighbors to have more respect for my beliefs than the socialist leftists have. Tolerance needs to work in all directions.

In the end - I have the choice of 4 ISP providers in my town - setting up cartels would prevent that. Life is good here - we don't need bigots here - stay on the coasts.

Economists state their GNP growth projections to the nearest tenth of a percentage point to prove they have a sense of humor. -- Edgar R. Fiedler