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Comment Re:Better up the Military Budget (Score 1) 290

There are currently 60 million war refugees according to UNHCR

So either our military commanders havent kept up with whats been going on the last decade, or they can't even imagine current reality.

I understood that quote to count only refugees from Bangladesh—not worldwide.

He said one metre of sea level rise will flood 20% of his nation. "We're going to see . . . 30 million people."

Comment Re:Fold a shirt in 10 minutes? (Score 1) 139

I think studies show that women spend nearly as much time on domestic chores as ever.

Yes, washing without a machine was a long and laborious task, but it may shock you to learn that people didn't wash 1-2 full changes of clothes a day in the time before the washing machine.

Bunkum. I'm old enough to remember my mom leaning over the bath scrubbing clothes on a washboard for a family with five children. Her first automatic washing machine was a godsend. Now with families getting smaller I have my doubts about your studies.

Comment Re:Fold a shirt in 10 minutes? (Score 5, Insightful) 139

I don't understand the idea of making kids do chores.

YOU chose to have them and they didn't get a say in it - why should they have to work for you?

Because they are not your customers and you are not their servant. They are your children who have to learn that they are not the center of the universe, that the world does not owe them a living, and that there's no way you'll get by in this life without working. Chores are the first act of learning to be a good citizen.

Comment Re:Fold a shirt in 10 minutes? (Score 3, Insightful) 139

This single task robot has nothing better to do. It is silly to spend money to make it faster just so it can have more idle time.

A washing machine has a single task and nothing better to do. So does a tumble drier. Modern appliances speed up and simplify the task of cooking and performing laundry. Labor-saving devices in the home liberated women from a life of domestic servitude. It has been one of the most significant social and economic changes of our time. Nothing "silly" about it.

Comment Re:Just switch to Natural Gas (Score 2, Insightful) 146

The UK switched to gas years ago. It was Thatcher and her successor John Major who phased out the British coal industry since it was uneconomical. Odd that in America the preservation of coal is seen as a conservative ideal, whereas in the UK it was the left that was trying to keep it alive in the interests of the workers. I guess the definition of conservative in America must require anything that beats the crap out of the environment whether it pays its way or not.

Comment Re:bash it! (Score 1) 280

It's understandable. If it's a choice between learning how to use an advanced command line on an operating system designed not to use one, or a new Python programming framework, which do you think most readers here would spend their time on?

Except as I said Windows and the larger MS ecosystem are moving to require Powershell knowledge to be effective. Many, many things simply can't be done through the GUI anymore, in fact that are quite a few that can't be done with any combination of batch, gpo, and GUI, you MUST use Powershell to do them as the management interface layers aren't exposed any other way. Just because it says Windows on the tin doesn't mean it's the same thing as Windows of old, MS is moving slowly but surely to a much more scalable management system (CLI and API's) because their own ambitions to be the hosting provider for the small to midmarket companies has forced them to face the limitations of their legacy model.

Comment Re:bash it! (Score 1) 280

but like 99% of Slashdotters, while I've heard of it, I've never actually used it

If that's even close to true then Slashdot has REALLY gone downhill from the early days. This used to be a place for geeky technical people who were into computers, even if you're not a primarily Windows person I would still expect you've run into them enough to have used Powershell (I'm primarily a Windows guy but I still know bash, tcsh, grep, tar, etc). If your job involves Windows to any degree beyond a groupware client and you don't know Powershell you're at a major disadvantage from this point forward as it's completely the direction that Windows and Microsoft server software is going (heck, they're now designing most of their stuff for o365 first and on-prem second so it's only natural that they want a powerful and robust CLI and API).

Submission + - Using Cloud Computing to Prevent Another Titanic Disaster

fiannaFailMan writes: The International Ice Patrol was established in 1914, two years after the Titanic disaster. It began tracking icebergs using surface ships, later flying patrols, and now a combination that includes Earth Observation (EO) satellite data. Predicting the path of bergs demands a lot of computing power, which has now been simplified using a cloud computing solution that was initially developed for the European Space Agency. No ship captain that has heeded warnings from the patrol has ever struck an iceberg, and demand for the service is expected to increase as the melting Northwest Passage opens up to commercial shipping.

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