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Comment Re:Disingenuous all around (Score 1) 1066

Unsurprisingly, your rhetorical spew didn't quote a single word from the article I linked. Let me help you out:

Donald Trump is rumored to appoint Myron Ebell, a climate change denier, as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Next, carefully compare that quote to my statement above:

Other sources (including one written today) are honest enough to call it what it is: a rumor .

So, you expect other people to predict what will be published or commented-on IN THE FUTURE?

Are you serious, or just seriously lacking in the ability to evaluate arguments in chronological order?
  . .

I know reading comprehension is really undervalued these days...

You are a walking, talking example of FAIL in reading comprehension.

Comment Re:Yeah well (Score 1) 259

I still want my MagSafe

Absolutely! And without a stupid dongle to carry around.

In any case, why relegate one of your high-bandwidth connectors (USB-C) to simply juicing up your laptop? Sure, a $85 dongle will provide data-throughput while charging... Why not put that simple DC-charging port, w/Mag-Safe, back in?

I don't care if the new MBP is 0.5 mm thinner. Nuts to that! It needs energy, in any user situation, so provide a 'dumb' plug (or Mag-Safe) that lets me charge-up without a tangle of wires?!?!!!?!!11??? Others will still have the option of wasting a USB-C high-capacity data-transfer port on just letting some DC juice in, even if the Mag-Safe is NOT removed.

Dear Apple, every user will consider the Power-to-USB-C adapter as part of the weight they must lug around every day. You did not do yourself a favor by saving a few grams and half-of-a-millimeter on the "laptop unit proper". Please don't let the marketers take over the Asylum!

Apple marketers have always been able to figure out what everyone "will want to have, if only it existed", but it is up to the designers and engineers to determine "whether that change will win or drive-away loyal Apple customers", and will help to bring in new ones. Apple has always embodied the essence of design–– Form–Follows–Function. Unfortunately, a worrying trend has been emerging at Apple.

The new MBP performs admirably, but only if you purchase $300 worth of adapters and splitters along with their new Mac laptop computer. And no 32 GB option for RAM? WTF? And I can't "feel for" the Esc key any more?!?!?111?? When I work, I look at the screen, NOT the keyboard. Soft-keys are for ATMs.

Jonny, I beg you, please reconsider MagSafe at least as an optional "extra" port. Form follows function, as you know and have in the past demonstrated astoundingly well. But for now, I will stick to keeping my past five generations of MBPs maxed-out and doing what I need. When I require a desktop computer (which the new MBP w/o MagSafe really is) or a server rack, I am going to draw on my 30 years of computer experience and buy the type of machine that will perform as I want. Probably a gray desktop box, unfortunately, with my MBP restricted to being a thin client – even when I am overseas!

So sad. I set up one of the first large-scale Mac computer labs at a major University that allowed students to save their work in their own private, secure space. That was in 1995, and I think the product was called "Mac Server" or something like that. This was in the days of OS 8 and OS 9! 23 computers, one slave as a server, and all worked swimmingly. Students could use any computer to access their works-in-progress. It was magic!

But now, it looks like I am going to have to rent a VPS to allow globe-trotting while having access to all of my scientific heritage. That will involve some Linux, most likely, because Apple seems to have abandoned their server rack-mount hardware. I have a static IP, and would happily use an OS X Server Unit to save me the setup and cross-platform hassles, but that market is apparently being abandoned, along with the Pro A/V market. Logic is fine, but I've heard of increasingly long update cycles on photo and video-related Apple software. How can you ditch audio when part of the foundation of Logic is built on Apple Evangelist Alberto Ricci's 1994 software "SoundMaker", along with the amazing variety of signal-processing variations using the Mike Norris-programmed, FFT-based plugins, now downloadable as AUs? (He's a concert musician in New Zealand now.) To finish my tangent within this paragraph, I can honestly say that I derived far more pleasure recording and mixing 16-bit, 44.2 kHz multi-track songs (up to 20 stereo tracks) way back in 1995 than I do now. Even knowing the physical background, and teaching a class on the topic, I find it hard to drill down to the guts of an AU plugin synth or stomp box. Back in the day we'd just type in values and listen. Don't get me wrong: Software is way friendlier, but the software synths all just sound like pre-designed "demo" options, even after extensive tweaking, rather than feeling like mucking around with an actual Moog. Yes, 'Sculpture' is great, but that was there in Logic Pro 9. Maybe I'm stalled on the new-interface learning-curve – in which case an intro course suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

But getting back to the roots, it seems like Apple has lost its soul. The move to USB was prescient. The iPod was revolutionary. And running a single desktop as a server to 23 other computers, without too much lag (in 1995) was great.

Getting back to now, it's clear that USB-C (Thunderbolt-3) ports are the next logical step after USB has run its course. But, I will not buy a new MBP that requires me to purchase a $300 bag-full of dongles! All laptops need power, so just use a wall-wart transformer and bring back the MagSafe! An $85 pass-through that lets charging DC power through, while also providing a USB-C port for something that actually needs a data transfer rate is just plain silly. SILLY!

Jonny, Please prevent your marketing department from making any more design decisions.

Comment Re:Disingenuous all around (Score 1) 1066

2. The SA article presents this as an absolute fact, but then essentially says "a little birdie told me so." Other sources (including one written today) are honest enough to call it what it is: a rumor.

Oh, the stupid. It hurts. It really fucking hurts to click on such a link as @SlaveToTheGrind provided. The facts presented in the link allow even the casual observer to note that the cited 'guy in lab-coat' is a PR flack.

I know that you were trying to argue, and not troll. But, oh, Flying H. Spaghetti Monster, you picked a 'supporting link' that actually demolished your own argument. Sorry.

I gently encourage you to verify your sources before posting them as support for a Comment. It saves everyone a lot of time.

Thanks.

Comment Re:MAD - and some of you will be (Score 1) 1066

We need oil today, but our investment should be in renewables. Focusing on fossil fuels is not an economically sound decision, even if you discount global climate change.

Yep. Fracking wells tend to get tapped-out very quickly.

Some drillers simply "flare" off the natural gas that comes up because it's not "cost-effective" to pipe it to a near-enough LNG plant. And the helium that is sitting there with it goes up in that flare (some isotopes of which are critical to fusion power), but instead it just rises up-and-up into stellar space – irretrievable. Despite this fact, and that there is a US (global, too) shortage of the stuff, alternative-energy R&D suffers. What a surprise!

They just want that orangey-brown gooey juice.

Comment Re:The truth is that it does not matter. (Score 1) 1066

There is no reason to beleive humans could not acheive equilibrium.

Hooray!

A neutral and reasonably stated hypothesis that carries some weight!

I'd only correct the misspellings, and change "equilibrium" to "steady-state". Humans birth and die. If the two rates match, then we are in a steady state.

"Equilibrium" would imply interstellar maximization of entropy – in other words the heat-death of the Universe – so we won't go there today.

Comment Re:She was pretty anti-coal (Score 1) 1066

and it cost her Ohio. Coal's pretty worthless if you're not willing to allow massive pollution of the kind that has immediately negative consequences for people's quality of life. Sure, you can make steel with it instead of burning it for power, but there's a glut of Chinese steel that's not going away anytime soon.

Wasn't there a glut of cheap Japanese steel in the 1970s that had a similar effect?

Your 6-digit ID# indicates that you were probably around just as the aftermath of that was hitting. Of course, as a small-ish island nation, Japan might have had less to worry about in terms of the trapped smoke and smog that some major industrial cities in China have. They're on the coast, but the sea-breeze pushes everything inland, and several of those cities are ringed by mountain ranges, trapping the smog in. Kind of like LA.

Comment Re:And you think Hillary would be any different? (Score 1) 1066

resisted with military force.

Yeah, and take a wild guess who sold them the weapons.

Cry all you want about Trump's win. I revel in Clinton's loss. And now she can take Kissinger's place for the next 20 years at all those state dinners where real foreign policy is made. Trump will be calling her every night asking what to do next.

Russia and the US supply the rest of the world with most of their armaments. The linked graphic is a bit misleading because it omits "under the table" or "non-official" Russian arms sales.

Both countries do the same thing, on an income basis, at about the same percentage-level globally. For example, the price of a couple of top-end jet fighters (which require tons of maintenance documentation, and thus repair-parts orders) offsets the price of many, many plane-loads of off-the-books Kalashnikovs and RPGs, which are designed to require minimal maintenance.

It is not a secret.

Comment Re:And the hits keep on coming ... (Score 4, Interesting) 1066

IF global warming is anthropogenic - WE ARE FUCKED. Sticking a carbon tax is like putting a toll on a toilet at a bar and expecting that people will stop peeing.

Under capitalism, taxing something is basically the best way we have to encourage people not to do it, especially if the money is spent cleaning up after the people who do the thing anyway...

BINGO! Regulations only work if the taxpayers are willing to fund a significant number of inspectors to enforce the regulations.have to fall in line. Those that don't will get surprise visits from inspectors, who will generally demand the unpaid tax at triple damages. That prevents, or at least reduces, transgressions.

I have heard some manufacturers quite literally say that they would prefer to use a "less poisonous" solvent in their process (for example). But if they did, its slightly higher cost would destroy their competitive advantage, and bankrupt them.

Really. There are plant-owners in industries that would much rather use a less toxic process solvent, but are prevented by free-market forces from doing so without losing any competitive advantage. They really do exist, but can do nothing unless the regulators or tax-men impose the same requirement on everyone in a market sector simultaneously and equally.

The EPA's SuperFund is a good example of this force for environmental clean-up in action.

Comment Re:And the hits keep on coming ... (Score 1) 1066

Do you realize what the difference in magnitude between 100,000 and 100 is?

It's about the same as the difference between a walking pace and a hypersonic aircraft.

An off-topic analogy, yes, but never mind that. It is physically accurate.

I will use this in the future when trying to convey "powers of ten", or logarithms, to lay-people.

Thanks!

Comment Re:And the hits keep on coming ... (Score 1) 1066

But let's drop the pretence that this about the science.

Seriously.

The scientific debate is between these two boundaries:
    * Are we completely fucked already?
        vs.
    * If we all cut emissions now, can we perhaps avert being completely fucked already...
              to a maybe? Please?

Comment Re:And the hits keep on coming ... (Score 0) 1066

Precisely. To sum it up for the lazy, below is a copy/paste of my Comment from about two weeks ago (in response to the same XKCD comic):

(1) Global warming is a fact. Go measure the temperature every day for 13,000 years.
(2) Plot your data.
(3) Report back after you have completed your assignment.

Comment Re:And the hits keep on coming ... (Score 1) 1066

Well the white baby boomers have now solved the problem of leaving a shitty planet to the next generation ... they are going to help end it themselves.by electing trump and his clown show. They don't give a crap they won't be around in 10-15 years anyway. They just want to go out on top, even if noone is left to see it.

Baby Boomers. Also (formerly) called "The Greatest Generation."

Thanks, US geezers.

Comment Re:Eliminate the time delay? (Score 1) 46

FTA:
"The X-ray pulsar captures X-ray signals emitted from pulsars. By mapping those signals, they can be used to determine spacecraft location in deep space, which will eliminate the hours-long delays incurred in using ground-based navigation like the Deep Space Network and European Space Tracking network." (my emphasis)

Replying here because it's highest-Modded.

This is a brilliant way to coordinate deep-space travel. Pulsars have not only a known position, but also a know frequency of pulsing.

Man, do I wish I had thought of this! It's nominally just like GPS, only using the periodicity of a known pulsar, rather than a human-launched GPS satellite. Genius!

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