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Comment Re:Some scientific perspective... (Score 1) 877

See, this is what I'm talking about. A bunch of the world's most respected geologists say "we see zero evidence that this is likely to happen in the next thousand years -- zero, zip none." And then you come along -- please cite your geological expertise -- and say, "Well that was four years ago. Let's see what they say now." Are you kidding? Wake me up when the USGS starts advising people to evacuate the Midwest, but until that happens, the chance of Yellowstone destroying the earth this year is exactly the same as it was five years ago.

Comment OT: Greasemonkey fix for new /. user page (Score -1, Offtopic) 80

Sorry this is off topic, but I've just been so frustrated with the new User page that I decided to whack out a Greasemonkey script that would fix it back to the old behavior. When you install this script, clicking your username in the upper lefthand corner should take you to the Comments tab (the way it used to), instead of the near-useless Firehose tab, thus saving you a click.

You can download the script here. Sorry, the script is pretty crude because I don't really know what I'm doing in Greasemonkey, but it's working for me right now. If it doesn't work for you, or you have other changes/comments, you can contact me via my site and let me know.

By the way, before you install random Greasemonkey scripts from random sites (like mine), you should probably click on the button to view the source first, to make sure it isn't doing anything nasty.

Comment Some scientific perspective... (Score 5, Informative) 877

...courtesy the U.S. Geological Survey:

Fortunately, the Yellowstone volcanic system shows no signs that it is headed toward such an eruption in the near future. In fact, the probability of any such event occurring at Yellowstone within the next few thousand years is exceedingly low.


Lava flows and small volcanic eruptions occur only rarely--none in the past 70,000 years. Massive caldera-forming eruptions, though the most potentially devastating of Yellowstone's hazards, are extremely rare--only three have occurred in the past several million years. U.S. Geological Survey, University of Utah, and National Park Service scientists with the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO) see no evidence that another such cataclysmic eruption will occur at Yellowstone in the foreseeable future.

(emphasis mine)

As for that "several million years" figure for a devastating explosion of the kind TFA is describing, consider that the United States as a nation is still less than 250 years old. I'm not saying it can't happen, but the idea that "it hasn't happened in a long time so it must be ready to happen now" is just a popular Las Vegas delusion.

Comment Re:Understating the menace. (Score 5, Informative) 353

nobody I know actually uses MSRT

You might be surprised. The version of MSRT that comes from Windows Update runs in the background once a month and only alerts you when it notices a problem. I've never knowingly run it, but sure enough, if I check my Windows Update history I've installed the December edition.

On a side note, maybe this explains the persistent disk thrashing episodes I still get with Vista, maybe once a month or so...

Comment Re:Never seen a knighthood I've been happier about (Score 1) 366

Hmmm. Well, no offense to Mr. Pratchett -- he's written a lot of books and they've been very popular and I know a lot of people enjoy them, so I'm sure the honor is well deserved -- but I, for one, could never read more than one or two before moving on to something else. It seems to me there's a whole universe of letters out there waiting to be read, rather than just revisiting the same thing over and over again. But I guess it's no worse than TV.

Comment Re:IBM will never open source it (Score 1) 255

I call troll. IBM makes millions (billions?) selling Linux servers, just for starters.

IBM believes in a future monopoly and the money could bring.

IBM is a reseller of Red Hat and Novell, and if either company disappeared it would find another one and resell that. This, despite the fact that IBM owns AIX and z/OS.

The only things that IBM has made open source are complete crap, like SWT, Xerces, Axis and the likes.

Yeah, and nobody uses those?

Hell, Eclipse wasn't even half useful until years after it became open source.

Kinda like Linux. What's your point? Are you claiming IBM hasn't committed any resources to the Eclipse Project?

IBM has only open sourced things to kill competition, ever.

Oh yeah, because software development IDE vendors were sending IBM to the poorhouse before Eclipse. And open sourcing Cloudscape sure dropped the bottom out of the database market.

Fuck IBM and their hidden agendas. Fuck WebSphere, DB/2, ZSeries and all the rest of their crap.

WebSphere ships with the IBM HTTP Server, aka Apache. zSeries runs Linux. DB2 is no more open-source than Oracle or SQL Server -- for that I recommend PostgreSQL, which IBM supports through its investment in EnterpriseDB.

I can't really say anything bad about iSeries though, which bugs me, as it's really cool stuff.

Hmmm. Can they run Linux? Think so.

Comment Re:As an Outlook/Exchange fanboy.. (Score 1) 255

It's just more efficient to see if everyone is available by throwing that request out there and seeing who takes it and who rejects it.

Not when everybody on the list has to accept the request before the meeting can take place.

You know what is efficient, though? Handling new business in regular weekly meetings, rather than scheduling endless new meetings to deal with trivial issues. In my experience, "meeting creep" is one of the worst productivity sinks in any workplace.

Comment Re:more importantly: (Score 1) 376

My workplace is a multibillion dollar company and they hate using MS products due to unnecessary fees

That doesn't mean your workplace hates Microsoft software. It just means your workplace hates paying for Microsoft software, which isn't the same thing.

Remember: Free "as in beer" is not really a leading reason why enterprises switch to Linux or other open source software. Most end up paying Red Hat, Novell, or some other company for support contracts.

Comment Re:As an Outlook/Exchange fanboy.. (Score 1, Insightful) 255

If some groupware were to be introduced to people along with traditional email when they first learn an office package, you could actually have people creating calendar events and sharing them out the door, instead of constantly sending emails to eachother, ignoring the actual capabilities of the software suite they have.

To each his own. I always found it really rude that people would "share a calendar event" with me in Outlook, essentially scheduling me for meetings that I knew nothing about, sight unseen, based on nothing more than the fact that I hadn't filled in any other appointment on my computer calendar. It seems like the normal thing to do would be to shoot me a quick email and ask me if I was available, but the software encourages otherwise. They call it "groupware," but to me it just increases animosity within teams by eliminating the respect and natural give-and-take that comes with actual facetime.

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