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Comment Re:Good (Score -1, Offtopic) 299

Surely "American" is more than a nationality. "American" covers anyone born on the American continent (i.e North America and South America). This means that Brazilians, Mexicans, Canadians etc can all be classified as American.

However, a lot of people believe that "American" only covers the U.S.A.

Comment Re:Chromebook is great (Score 1) 177

I appreciate why you might want to dual/multi-boot but for work purposes, I just use Linux. The lack of storage isn't a problem for me as I mainly use it to control lots of servers, so they do all the data storage and moving. When I've used it to spin up VMs, I've just plugged in an external USB drive, although that was mainly to make it easier to transfer images as most of the VMs I create are only 10-20gb in size. To me, the extra memory trumps internal storage.

I did say initially try out ChromeOs and used crouton to dual-boot into xUbuntu, but ended up wiping ChromeOs and just installing xUbuntu natively. The speakers don't work, but as it's a work machine, I didn't realise for 3-4 months that they were broken (headphones still work though).

It's odd to use a machine without a network socket, though. I ended up getting a USB-C to gigabit network adapter to connect it to my work network.

Comment Re:Antivaxing in particular (Score 1) 499

So how is medicine not following scientific principles?

As I understand it, science progresses by having an idea about how things work (a conjecture or hypothesis), testing out that idea (e.g. double-blind studies) and then evaluating the outcome.

What actually bugs me about a lot of the anti-vaxxers is the complete misunderstanding of why double-blind experiments are so important. I've heard a lot of anecdotes from people proclaiming that certain foods cure certain ailments but it's all subjective results without any control groups and they wonder why I am sceptical.

I understand your desire for a deeper understanding of biological systems, but the big problem is that most biological systems are insanely complex, so it's more to do with getting a handle on complex systems which don't necessarily boil down to simple concepts. This is why a lot of medicine is based on a "suck-it-and-see" approach which can produce incredible effects in some cases (e.g. figuring out scurvy is caused by lack of vitamin c).

Comment Re:That's a funny new definition of "entitlement" (Score 1) 438

The dealer's original Ford has just the same worth or value as before. It's just that his potential market is a bit smaller which is more a failure of his business plan than being "stolen" from.

If I set up a business making buggy whips and then the auto mobile gets invented, would you claim that I've been stolen from? Should the new car-sellers be shut down and charged with theft?

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 583

Sometimes data, but more often having applications not support any platform other than Windows. In general, it means that a company is constrained in its current choices due to an earlier decision to choose a (Microsoft) platform.

It's often a bad choice made initially to choose a platform without considering the extra costs involved in switching to a different platform after a few years when your needs are different (and the IT environment is different).

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