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Comment Re:I'm just guessing they won't study the fraud (Score 1) 572

Climate change has become a political cause. That's both good and bad.

It's bad because politics and political agendas inevitably overshadow science, and causes often don't tolerate opposition.

It's good because if something needs to be done to stop/prevent damage to the ecosphere, it can only happen through political action. Scientists aren't going to, on their own, be able to effect, say, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

In a rational world the scientific evidence would be acted upon by politicians in an objective manner, following the dictates of the evidence.

But I hardly need to point out that it isn't a rational world.

Comment Re:Ok, we have until November (Score 1) 88

I can see how you read that into my comment, so perhaps I should have been more clear. I didn't distinguish between "choose to use" and "have to use" but in retrospect of course I see they're different things.

So let's just say if you want or need to use Windows (or whatever the case may be), then indeed that's consistent with the original comment about using the right tool for the job, where "right" may derive from absolute necessity on down through merely preference or familiarity.

In other words, while I'm (as I said) a big Linux fan, I don't pretend that it solves every problem and is right for everyone and everything.

Comment Re:Ok, we have until November (Score 1) 88

Operating systems are just tools, use whatever makes the most sense for the job.

Finally, a breath of fresh air.

I'm an unabashed Linux fan and use it for everything. That's my choice and preference.

If Windows or Mac or WhoKnowsWhat suits you better, that's your choice and preference.

Comment Well, then, what happened to bookstores? (Score 1) 140

Interesting study, but it begs the question of what happened to bookstores? Most communities have seen a huge contraction in brick and mortar bookstores.

The most common explanation is that many people buy from Amazon rather than go to a bookstore.

So the general conclusion may be that physical books are far from dead, but physical bookstores could be another matter.

Here on O`ahu, we're down to one Barnes and Noble and one independent bookseller, plus a few of those "Book-off" mini-stores that have some used books.

Comment Re:Obvious (Score 2) 180

I run Android, and I try to be honest. But being humble isn't resulting in any progress or ability to gain recognition for your work.

I realize this is a side discussion but you are right. The idea that good or even great work will automatically come to the fore and garner recognition is naïve at best. Someone who is louder and better at self-marketing will get ahead a lot faster.

The meek do indeed inherit the earth --- by having their faces ground into it.

Comment Re:Microsoft demise? (Score 1) 133

It's as if they have no idea where they are headed or who their customers are.

I understand your point, but I think MS does know where they're headed and who their customers are, but they don't care very much about them, if at all. That's a different kind of problem, much worse than just lack of direction.

My surmise is that MS knows their direction: getting everyone, eventually, onto a subscription model. Corporate customers are to a greater or lesser extent there already, but now MS has to round up those pesky consumers who haven't been anything like fully milked for revenue. What money does MS get from them now? For the most part a few dollars when they buy a computer with Windows preinstalled, and maybe some money for Office. Relatively slim pickings.

Comment Re:Natural progression (Score 2) 163

You have better tools to do more things but those tools came from skilled developers.

Absolutely. But once the tool is written, it can be widely used without the need for a skilled developer at each user's location.

Entirely correct, and that's the purpose of well-crafted tools. The tool user, however, must understand the purpose and limitations of said tool.

Even the most well-crafted tools are subject to abuse by unskilled users. I don't mean someone who uses a spreadsheet to add up columns of numbers or balance a few accounts. I do mean users who (as one example) don't understand databases and so use their spreadsheet as the basis for some thrown-together, integrity-free, error-filled system. These are the users for whom their tool is a hammer and everything else is a nail.

Comment Re:Good lord.... (Score 1) 176

I suspect therefore one of two things, either it is as I say and one broken major software release on a device or set of devices can greatly sway the stats in a quarter due to their broad definition of "fault" or they're just making these numbers up as a clickbait to try and get you to sign up to build up their userbase for monetisation purposes through ad revenue or similar.

I'm swaying towards the second, not that I'm a cynic or anything :)

I've got to second your cynicism. The stats are worthless for just about any practical use.

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