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Comment Re:social experiments (Score 1) 231

All of this presumes that people do not have a will of their own and are more or less working off pure instinct / animalistic nature.

This assumption, that people CANNOT control themselves (default behavior) is how we get into this mess. Because we assume people cannot control themselves, we then excuse behavior. And then when we start excusing some behaviors, we allow for that logic (when it actually starts applying again) to replicate to all sorts of other "instinctual" aspects, like boys raping girls who are passed out.

How about we stop saying people CANNOT control themselves, and say that they WILLNOT control themselves. IMHO we should be teaching self control and willpower. But that doesn't create a subservient sheeple class in society.

Comment Re:social experiments (Score 2) 231

The consequences for males is less, because society starts off by saying boys have nothing to say in the matter of birth control and abortion. When you start the conversation by excluding the other parent as irrelevant, you should at least understand that part of that is how you frame other aspects of the same event.

This isn't a commentary on Abortion at all, but rather the framing of "my body my right" logic that then gets changed after 9 months.

For instance, Family court is one area where Men are at a complete disadvantage. Not that anyone cares.

Comment Re:social experiments (Score 1) 231

An educated society that can read, write and do math correctly, is a benefit. All the other social experiements have proven to be ineffectual at best, and at worst has added to our existing problems.

I mean, whose values do you want to indoctrinate our kids with, yours? Mine? The Radical Muslim? The WBC? The Militant Atheist who wants to kill everyone that believes in a deity?

Comment Re:social experiments (Score 2, Interesting) 231

Actually, blaming it on either Conservative or Liberal is probably misleading. While the idea of "waiting" till you're able is likely conservative, even liberals would tend to agree. And it would be typical of a Liberal to label an unwanted baby as "Punishment", and they would likely want to deter it with such a program that basically enforces that idea.

Therefore, it is my conclusion that REALLY bad ideas come from trying to fit Conservative ideas with Liberal problem solving.

Schools should stick to Reading, Writing and Math, and drop the stupid social experiments that usually cause more problems than they solve.

Comment Re:Followed by: (Score 1) 430

I think scientists can make some larger statements on the impacts. No one can tell you what exactly it would be like at any particular location, But what you're doing is exaggerating the amount of uncertainty, and then trying to defend warming trends by invoking even less certain predictions. It's hard not to see how you aren't just being a contrarian simply because you don't like the answers science can provide.

When rain belts shift northward in North America, arid conditions will begin to become the norm in large parts of the American Midwest, and that will mean American food security will become, at some point over the next century so, one of the most serious issues the US has ever had to face. And this isn't a matter if whether it will happen or not, the debate is over WHEN it will happen.

Pumping vast amounts of formerly sequestered CO2 into the atmosphere is just plain bad. We should be moving at all speed to alternative energy sources, and either leaving the oil and coal in the ground, or finding some other use for it that doesn't involve releasing CO2 into the atmosphere.

Comment Re: Followed by: (Score 1) 430

You do understand, I trust, that different countries have different birth rates, right, so while one country may have a very high birth rate, another country may have a very low one. You know, how Japan's population is shrinking, and India's is growing?

It often makes me wonder if being a political partisan either causes stupidity, or political partisans are just inherently stupid people.

Comment Re:BS (Score 1) 161

Single Data points are all I have to reference. And data connectivity wasn't an issue, as we have enterprise class WiFi in the building and the AP was just 20 ft away.

When Google Now (OK Google) can't connect, it doesn't say anythng cute, it says something useful (Unable to connect or whatever)

Its just that everytime I've seen Siri actually used by iPhone people, it is less than what I get with Android and Google Now. The exceptions are the "cute" answers that Siri sometimes gives when it can't actually answer the question. Which is exactly what I saw this time, and gave an example.

Comment Re:I'm getting old. (Score 1) 117

But once you go SSD you do not go back.

I have a raid 0 SSD with samsung pros and a regular samsung pro. Besides benchmarks there is no noticable difference unless you sping up 4 VM's at the same time :-) Even then it is only a few seconds.

It is IOPS and not how many megs per second for the user. Speed in bandwidth is irrelevant as a PC needs lots and lots of read dependent on data from other reads in tiny small batches like reading hte registry, loading daemons/services, etc.

Comment Re:Take action (Score 1) 247

Microsoft wants to be like Google and Apple. Every time Android or iOS gets an update there is a big conference, news stories, people shitting bricks if they don't get it within hours of release... It's a big deal, people look forward to the new features.

It works for Google and Apple, but what people really want from Microsoft is stability and consistency and getting out of the way so they can run their software.

Yeah let's look at Apple? They suck with updates too!

MacOSX Yosemite has lots of wifi problems. Mountain Lion was one of the worst releases and broke Adobe CC their bread and butter of Apple users.

Linux sucks with updates breaking Xorg and NGNIX.

I am starting to become a fan of micro kernels again (I know 1990's stuff), but I think an OS is just too complex to go agile. Android is buggy too and a PC is more mission critical than a phone. Even Firefox had lots of troubles when it went agile due to it not being designed like Chrome to be updated frequently.

Comment Re: Take action (Score 1) 247

Frankly that's an irrelevant comparison. Win2k was around with Windows ME, not Windows XP. Windows XP was what we got after they scrapped ME and revamped Win2k for consumers. With service packs, and a little bit of dedication, the experience of Win2k by the time XP came out was not that different from XP. I used Windows 2000 on basically all of my machines until 2007, and never missed XP even once.

I used both. I bought XP for a new build the day it came out. I had 0 problems for years. I had quality hardware from intel. Yes the install was slower but I liked the built in firewall that was UPNP and I recall directX 8 was in w2k while directx9 was in XP.

There was only a year to a year and a half difference and yes XP and 2K were quite close. The only really bad problem for XP was security. SP 2 fixed many issues but man woe is you if you went on the internet without a firewall!! I mean 0wned in less than 30 seconds!

I think Windows 7 was a much better OS in my opinion as it was more secure, threaded, and was gorgeous with little bugs.

But time moves on. The sun unfortunately is starting to set on 7. Windows 10 could have been awesome too if MS did not bundle spyware and fire their QA team and do rapid releasing. I use 10 now except on my work computer and it is lighter, faster, and much more mobile friendly in power usable and touch support and I do dig Hulu and Netflix on my surface and Office 365, but bugs are annoying as hell.

Comment Leaves out the important story (Score 0, Funny) 58

This is nice and all, but it leaves out the important story - what kind of shirt was the spokeman wearing when he made the announcement? We all know, from empirical experience, that this issue is far more important than any mind-shattering science that could have been done that day.

If you can force a rocket scientist, celebrating the accomplishment of a lifetime, to cry and grovel and beg forgiveness on international TV for wearing a shirt, you are not unempowered.

Comment Re: Take action (Score 1) 247

The reason I wrote that is because Windows 2000 was demanding at RTM and had compatibility issues with programs and drivers. XP had a firewall. XP had a upnp one which didn't require grandma to open ports manually. It had Windows Media player 9 and full directX 9c and IE 6 which was the best browser at the time if you can believe that and was finally supported for consumers that was now stable.

Windows 10 seems Ok on very new hardware like my surface pro 3 and homebuilt system. No bsod except on a AMD Radeon 470 install post anniversary update. Driver fix is up.

But bugs keep packing up. On an exgf laptop which has a shitty amd choose from 2011 I kept 8.1 on it.

If it were not for spyware and a QA team it would be a great OS. If they stop update drama and pushing drivers it would be fine. For now I have the pro version with defer updates enabled so I am on CBB business update channel. It is usable for me this way

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