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Comment Re:Disable, then VM or Mac (Score 1) 393

Separate your wife's professional computers from the Internet. Seriously, don't go half way. If you are refusing security patches you are risking even more than if you aren't. Ferry data between computers on usb sticks or CDs. There are a few pieces of malware that can hide in photo files, but they aren't common, and if they can't connect out they will often just hide. DON"T transfer zip archives. You don't know what is in them.

Now that you have your MSWindows needs isolated, install Linux on the machine that connects to the Internet. This has the additional advantage that malware that targets Linux often can't run on MSWindows. Avoid flash as much as possible. (I won't have it installed, but perhaps you need it.)

If you set things up right this isn't much more work than just running two computers, and if you use CDs or DVDs as your transfer medium, you get good backups of all your work. Usb sticks are more convenient, but are also more expensive and not good for long term storage. (Even CDs die over the decades, though.)

Comment Re:if they screw me up, I will dump windows (Score 1) 393

Remember the boy scout motto, and "be prepared". That means trying it out and ensuring that everything you need to do can be easily done.

I did that about 1998, and soon switched to Linux. At that time the word processors on Linux were horrible to non-existent, but I switched anyway.

Comment Re: Stealth (Score 1) 117

Sorry, but the the US and either Russia or China get into a serious war, humanity will end up deindustrialized, starving, and with probably less than 1% of the current population. There won't be any countries. Or cities. Or towns.

I wouldn't expect a true "On The Beach" scenario, but it wouldn't be far from that.

An interesting question is "What if India and one of it's neighbors gets into a nuclear exchange?". The best prediction includes massive world wide starvation due to a few "year without a summer"s, but nobody's really sure. (The "year without a summer" was caused by one volcano...but ash from firestorms lofted by an atomic bomb aren't the same.)

Comment Re:Stealth (Score 1) 117

Sorry, but the Emperor was definitely "touched". He wasn't replaced, but severe constraints were placed upon what he could say or do for over a decade. This wasn't totally just, as he had been largely the figurehead of a militarist group, and was only a teenager when things started happening, but in another sense it was necessary. He had been demonized during the war, and had to appear (to the US public) to have been punished. The actual restraints were quite minor as they weren't really needed. He wasn't actually pro-militarist, but had only been the figurehead of a militarist clique. But I remember even during the 1950's growing up seeing some old propaganda pictures. I don't really understand how vilified anything Japanese was during the war, but it was enough that there was plenty of sentiment left over during the early 1950's. During much of the war Japan was more vilified than was Germany. In both cases the people in charge really deserved to be vilified, but most people in the countries didn't.

It's all very well to say you should be independent and not moved by group think, but nobody really is. Some people are contrarians, and tend to swim against the current, most people have basic beliefs that are only shifted by the group think, but everyone is affected, and most people end up being driven considerably in a direction that they would not otherwise move. As an example, how do you feel about the divine right of kings? A few centuries ago you'd probably be not only accepting, but passively in favor of it. The relict of it is in how we in the US feel about the President. Note that many dislike him, but most would consider his person to be "sacred". If they don't think he should be president, they try to come up with a flaw that shows him to be an usurper...and will believe palpable lies if it makes that easier to believe.

Comment Re:Methane is shortlived (Score 1) 189

Additionally, when the methane is removed from the atmosphere it is commonly by converting it into CO2. So in addition to being a worse short term problem, it's also a long term problem.

The best apparent answer is to convert forests into peat bogs. Unfortunately, the existing peat bogs are drying out and threaten to catch on fire, returning their load of Carbon to the atmosphere.

Worse, the old peat bogs have turned into coal, which is also being returned to the atmosphere. Whoops!

Comment Re:Ignorant fools (Score 1) 189

Read the article instead of just the headline. As I skimmed it I found *NO* assertion that our ancestors were vegetarian. Not any of them. Instead the assertion was that many of them ate more vegetables that had been previously presumed. This is a quite different assertion.

There's also nothing outdated about assuming that in increase in the amount of meat eaten "was a very important step in the Ascent of Man". There's some argument about how much of that was fish or shell-fish, with some arguing that it was the shell-fish and similar dense calorie and protein resources that fostered tribal defense of territory...AFAIK the evidence for that is quite minimal, but the argument is reasonable.

Please note that meat eating became less important once cooking was developed. Cooking made vegetable calories much more digestible. But cooking was a relatively late accomplishment. (It also had other effects, e.g. it made meat much less likely to harbor parasites.)

That said, there is little reason to doubt that hunter-gatherers got most of their calories from vegetables, but ate as much meat as they could. (Well, not literally. People might eat, e.g., enough hippo to get sick, but they wouldn't really try to eat the whole thing.)

Comment Re:It better not be. (Score 1) 507

Gimp is a separate package. Have you tried it with QEmu? juk?

I use several packages that require reasonably current kde libraries, and using them with Trinity just didn't work...and my guess is that they also wouldn't work with the wrong version of KDE, even though they work quite will with xfce.

Comment Re:It better not be. (Score 1) 507

I don't like fighting city hall. If a distro wants it's KDE to be KDE5, it's easier to just switch back to a distro that is happy with KDE4. Possibly when KDE5 becomes default they'll have a decent theme version with it or easily available.

OTOH, a part of the design of KDE5 was explicitly breaking it up into smaller pieces, so it may be that they've killed it, but it's my guess that it was just an incompetent configuration by the ubuntu installer that I didn't want to bother fighting with.

Comment Re:It better not be. (Score 1) 507

FWIW, even though I use KDE, I normally use geany as my text editor rather than kate. There are a couple of applications where kate handles execution in the text window better, where in geany I need to use a separate text window rather than the included one.

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