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Comment Re:It's not just money (Score 1) 201

Actually you can. The use of power tools doesn't eliminate the possibility of precision. Anyone that's been forcibly subjected to shop class can attest to this.

It's pretty easy to isolate different requirements for different class of operators.

Not that I buy for a minute that any part of a Trump administration gives a sh*t about "the little guy".

Submission + - A new and fully compatible ZX Spectrum is funded on Kickstarter in 34h (kickstarter.com)

lrrosa writes: Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the ZX Spectrum, there is a crowdfunding on Kickstarter to make a brand new and fully compatible machine with some extras. Called the ZX Spectrum Next, it already achieved its £250,000 goal in less than 2 days.

As Eurogamer reports:

The Next is a new machine, fully compatible with the original computer, with improvements and expansions. The idea is you can play any games, demos and use original hardware, but it also runs new software created more recently to make use of expanded hardware, including new graphics modes and faster processor speeds.

Comment Re: Could climate science be affected, too? (Score 1) 149

> There were around 2.5 million papers are published in 2015. So if you are going to freak out over this, you're probably the same type of guy who thinks it safer to drive a car than fly somewhere.

If this were a controversy over some regional carrier completely dropping the ball on their maintenance and inspections, then such a conclusion would be entirely warranted. The entire FAA inspection regime would be called into question.

The same is actually true for the USDA if you actually have half a brain cell. Certain foods like chicken should be treated like a deadly biohazard always.

Comment Re: Could climate science be affected, too? (Score 2) 149

I can and have replicated the experiments in that area. This is part of any decent public school education. What you are suggesting is that we should take anything on faith that is more complex than that.

I became an atheist not so much of my disbelief in the supernatural but of my mistrust of mere mortals that were the gatekeepers of the relevant knowledge. I knew that they were fallible and corruptible.

Why should I hold science to a lower standard than religion?

Comment Re:Could climate science be affected, too? (Score 2) 149

> Yes, it was good they were retracted. That's science working to expose the people who don't follow the rules.

That only works if you are allowed to be a heretic. If you are expected to always follow blindly (like Tyson and Nye suggest), then such investigation isn't going to occur.

That attitude should be encouraged NEVER. It doesn't even matter if you're a "mere layman" expected to just passively swallow whatever the current scientific establishment comes up with.

If a middle school teacher or a museum curator can't manage not alienating people, try employing a magician.

Comment Re:It would be... (Score 1) 232

America is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to automotive insanity. This idea that places outside of America are some bikers Utopia is just bullshit. Short of Amsterdam, most of Europe is not that bike friendly. Their urban roads and freeways are full of psychos in cars and trucks just like the US is.

Comment Re:who knew (Score 1) 232

...except biking to work is not the ONE AND ONLY OPTION. There are a wide variety of ways to get exercise,

I am also highly skeptical of any study that claims that there aren't diminishing returns or risks of overdoing it. I know people that do sports medicine in pro sports. They would find those ideas shocking and dangerous.

If it smells like propaganda for some other agenda, it probably is. Extreme claims are usually a dead giveaway.

Comment Re:So what makes Ubuntu different from Fedora? (Score 1) 227

Ubuntu is PulseAudio since years ago. It's systemd, because Debian picked it. So, still a Debian derivate. And it was Gnome until switched to in-house Unity. It planned to use Wayland even before Fedora (but then the NIH syndrome). What makes Unity different is still the same: reliable LTS, larger use base, friendly community, easy of install, wide drivers support, almost everything working out of the box.

Comment Re:American problem is American (Score 4, Insightful) 440

This comment is so self-centered. You're assuming everyone is a single person, home user, with enough space to hang clothes outside, good weather every day and no need of clothes in few hours. Can you realize that in some areas, like big cities, people lives in so tiny buildings with no space for hanging (and some buildings have rules banning this)? That several countries, weather is not friendly for this at all? That when you have a family with several members (mainly if you have more than one baby), time is really important for clothes drying? And, if you're a laundry, time and efficiency are fuc*ing important!

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