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Comment Re:The odds are very low... (Score 1) 166

What if giant alien slugs attack? We should probably spend the $450 million developing space-capable salt-guns, just in case.

Well, since a couple of tons of rock salt travelling at a couple of km/s in the opposite direction would do a number on an asteroid/comet as well, I'm all for that.

Dual use technology is just smart economics. So while we wait for the slugs (any day now) they could shore up our asteroid/comet defences.

Comment Re:Queue the misinformation... (Score 1) 34

Well, while your point is well taken, the 2000 year old texts are also chock full of dross (for want of a better word), while current medical texts are much, much better in that respect. (Not perfect, not nearly, but much better).

So, clearly there has been an advancement in and with the scientific process. The main problem before that being that its surprisingly easy to fool yourself, and people often did. It still surprisingly easy to fool yourself, scientists do it all the time, but by disciplining our subjectivity as much as is humanly possible by means of the scientific process, we make much fewer mistakes today, and the ones that are made are caught sooner.

Comment Questions, questions (Score 1) 105

His posturing is his content. It's a zen thing. You have to meta your meta into the metaverse to get it. You should probably give up now, or someone will figure out how fast you're going at the same time they know where you are, and poof, you'll disintegrate into random quantum particles.

Comment A Conservative Response (Score 5, Insightful) 105

or silly accusations of "mean spiritedness" against conservatives as liberals struggle and ultimately fail to understand why somebody could possibly disagree with them without being an idiot or a psychopath.

Yep. Nothing mean-spirited about letting people starve, go without medical care, or having knowledge of sexuality, not to mention the actuality of birth control, withheld from them. Not a thing. Nothing mean-spirited about trying to force your religion on the entire body politic, either. Nope. Nothing mean spirited about wasting all your time in congress on a futile task while there is actual work to be done. Nothing mean spirited about trying to shut down the government, either. Nothing mean spirited about lying, then bombing the living shit out of a country that doesn't pose a threat to us (well, they had oil, so I guess it was a work of charity for your fellow conservatives, deeply invested in oil, yes?) Nothing mean spirited about denying people social security, medicare, food stamps, and so on -- that is purely a saintly act from beginning to end. Nothing mean spirited about handing "free speech" to corporations, while herding the dissenters into "free speech zones", amirite?

Psychopath? Psychopath??? Oh hell no. Conservatives are the living incarnation of angels, each and every one.

Thank the Lord of Hosts that we have conservatives to save us from ourselves.

Comment A story, and, for some, an opportunity (Score 1) 57

Not a problem here. I've tried CrossOver on and off for a few years now; it's still shite.

Way back when, I was considering releasing my software under Wine on Linux, under the terms of "if you run this product under Wine, you owe us nothing." (I didn't copy protect, I used registration enabling, and would have been delighted to enable everyone under Linux.) So, I got and installed Wine, and tested it. It broke. Really badly. Several system calls that weren't covered, or broken, or whatever -- they flat out didn't work. So I contacted the authors. They said, and I am paraphrasing here but this is very close: "give us money and we'll fix our product."

So, that's why my product never ran under Linux/Wine.

Although, it may be that Wine works now. I'm not saying it does, or doesn't. I don't know. I don't even own/have a Windows OS any more. But if it does, I long ago made enough money from my product and now give it away, and you are certainly welcome try to get it going under Wine, etc. It's here: WinImages and it was last aimed at Windows XP. Docs are here. WinImages is neither Gimp nor Photoshop, but something else. In a very, very large number of cases, it can replace either/both of them, functionally speaking. In other cases, it does things they cannot. And it is extremely fast, offers a small executable, and the last version, which is what is up there, has very few problems that aren't actually caused by bugs in Windows. Feel free to have at it if you like. Under any OS, real or virtual, you can get it running under. Or not. :)

PS: Known to work under [OS X + VMWare Fusion + XP] and, of course, under XP itself.

Comment Re:Cool article... (Score 1) 129

If a serial killer killed you during your Uber ride, how would you give them a bad review?

Uber would know you didn't arrive. I suppose the serial killer could deliver your phone to your destination...

Also, you could start calling 911 or taking other action with your phone as soon as you realized something was going wrong. That wasn't an option for taxis when the current regulations were set up.

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 1) 637

You can call out Linus but the whole Linux community will turn on you.

Oh. My. Goodness. There are stresses and consequences to being the exception and attempting to remediate an entrenched problem within an existing system that could affect the viability of the system. Who would have thunk it? How could it BE that everyone in the system doesn't immediately send money, flowers and carve your name on a granite wall Time to go home and hide under the bed, clearly. Get going. It'll be dark soon.

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 1) 637

A correct action (one of them, there are many) probably is to stand up, say "you're being dismissive of my (whatever) here, and I'm pretty sure you are doing the (business, operation, product, clean floor, collegial atmosphere, whatever) no favors at all with that because (short summary of why). How about you consider my input a bit more carefully and try again, or, please feel free to explain in detail what it is you have in mind that is better than the input I just provided to you?"

There are certainly others.

None of them involve smacking anyone with a keyboard, but also, none of them involve pretending that spirited back and forth is a bad idea, either. Sometimes we don't think through what someone else is telling us. Sometimes your idea is really not worth considering in any depth (hey, let's give away the product, we'll make it up in volume!) Sometimes you're right, but even so, you just have to stand up and make your point. Again, With more oomph. Perhaps even more than once. Without collapsing into a little heap of quivering goo and tears.

A bug in the hand is better than one as yet undetected.