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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

Cabriel Re:Obviously. (695 comments)

Let's phrase it another way: "Group who is funded to study AGW claims AGW exists so the Group can continue to receive funding."

about three weeks ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Cabriel Re:It makes you uneasy? (1007 comments)

The acts of ISIS are not the acts of devout religious believers; they are the acts of fanatical religious extremists. While they are very devout believers in what they've been taught, their acts are not supported by the vast majority of those who share the same religion. Don't let a vocal minority colour your view of the entire group.

about a month ago
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Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter

Cabriel Re:Hardly Either Or (137 comments)

2. Could you develop the same technology more cheaply, without building huge science experiments? No. Of course not. Who would spend their whole career perfecting some obscure device if there wasn't a chance of participating in a great discovery? Industry just can't generate that kind of motivation.

To agree with you, I would say we've seen the example of Industry's idea of advancement in the automobile industry: The major manufacturers kept making almost solely gasonline-only vehicles with only minor incremental advancements until they were required by legislation to make alternatives available to the public, and when they whined about how much it would cost, the (North American) governments gave them subsidies for these new lines of vehicles...

...That is, until an outsider decided to enter the market and shake things up with a huge divergence from the norm.

I don't think we can trust Industry to make the kinds of advancements we need to be able to continue the improvement of our understanding of Science at an acceptable rate. If we left it to Industry, we'd still be riding horses to get around.

about a month ago
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"Police Detector" Monitors Emergency Radio Transmissions

Cabriel Re:someohow I think (215 comments)

Not that most police forces use radar, anymore. They use laser-detectors that are pointed directly at the people being measured. That means you only detect the signal once you've been scanned, so your detector will tell you basically whether or not to expect a ticket in the mail, or whether or not you should expect to be pulled over in the next few seconds.

about a month ago
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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

Cabriel Re:Open Source in commercial products (265 comments)

So, you're saying that the F/OSS community isn't responsible for the bugs in their software?

about a month and a half ago
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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

Cabriel Re:Cart before the horse. (265 comments)

Not so. When there are articles about governmental offices switching whole-hog to open source software, that shows immediately that there is an awareness among the general public. When there is an article about one minister claiming open source software isn't working for his office and another minister countering that claim saying no one in the office has had an issue, there's a strong suggestion that there is an awareness of open source software. When an open source OS is advertised as being superior to a closed source competitor, there's absolutely going to be an awareness of open source and free software (Android vs iOS).

While this may still be professional click-bait, I think calling it trolling is, itself, putting the cart before the horse.

about a month and a half ago
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Windows Flaw Allowed Hackers To Spy On NATO, Ukraine, Others

Cabriel Re:Anyone using Windows deserves it (97 comments)

If one uses Windows he deserves what he gets!

Ok. I'll bite.

- Hours, days, weeks of waisted time in Installations configurations and updates.

My system installs configuration updates at night or in the background and only reboots when I'm not using it, so no wasted time.

- Bad style, and ugliness

Subjective. I quite like the style and presentation of Windows all the way through Windowss 8.1 although Metro apps are a slight nuisance, but I've never used any open source tool that has better style than its Windows-equivalent, including Apache/Libre/Open Office, The GIMP, Firefox, nor anything made by Google (and if you try to claim Google Docs is somehow better than MSOffice, I guess everyone will now how full of shit you are).

- Slowness and retarded technology

Well, slowness is measurable, but as with your first false claim, it doesn't impact me in meaningful ways. "retarded" technology, however, is subjective and also not something someone should try to hold against MS given how many terrible, terrible OS tools exist.

- Limited devices and architecture support

Really? Really? OK. I'm done here.

about a month and a half ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

Cabriel Re:Gallons per mile? (403 comments)

Xbox 360 became XBox One

about a month and a half ago
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Ebola Vaccine Trials Forcing Tough Choices

Cabriel Re:funny that.... (178 comments)

Coincidence, maybe, but the fact that the vaccine was ready *almost as soon* as the first american was infected proves that the vaccine was in development for a *long time* before that happened.

What? Do people actually believe the TV shows they watch? Vaccines don't actually get developed over night.

about a month and a half ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

Cabriel Re:So.. (208 comments)

Really, the study doesn't imply that using hands-free is worse. It actually implies that bad user-interfaces are worse. How does the distraction hold up once the call has been connected and the conversation has started?

about a month and a half ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

Cabriel Re:please no (423 comments)

What?

Your weather forecasts are wrong every day?

Pretty often, yes. I mean, take a look at the weather report today for the predicted weather on Thursday. Screenshot it on your spiffy phone, and compare it to a screenshot three days from now. If you live on the coasts or the northern US or Canada, then three days is all it takes for the Meteorologist to be wrong--sometimes fewer.

about 1 month ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

Cabriel Lost opportunity? I doubt it (554 comments)

Since when is having a light-weight OS a bad thing? Haven't people been harping on MS enough for having bloated OSes?

Sure, make allowances for multiple-core and multiple CPUs on the not-so-low end, but making the minimum requirement a single CPU was definitely smart on their end.

about 2 months ago
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Boeing Told To Replace Cockpit Screens Affected By Wi-Fi

Cabriel Change is in the air (142 comments)

Queue the many certifications that will pop up for current screens suddenly claiming they aren't affected by wifi to any meaningful degree.

Is that too cynical?

about 2 months ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Cabriel Re:And many, many more (942 comments)

The argument was never "Use metric across the board"; it's "Follow the course of the rest of the world, you lazy, self-asorbed holdouts". Seriously, only two countries use Imperial. And it's provably been the cause of lost mars missions. While that's not a compelling reason in and of itself to convert to metric, it's a shining example of what happens when you refuse to switch away from a system that almost literally no one else uses.

about 2 months ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Cabriel Re:FP? (942 comments)

Careful with that. Apparently, NASA and the military use metric already, so you shouldn't lump them in with the people who can't adapt.

about 2 months ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

Cabriel Re: Not just 9 (399 comments)

My bet's on concurrent projects got rolled together, not unlike Win 98/Win NT=>WinXP

about 2 months ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

Cabriel Re: Citation Needed (267 comments)

Predictability and adaptability. A backhoe is good for very few things. In the same way, the Curiosity is only good at what it was designed to do. It can't adapt.

Humans, on the other hand can take the tools provide and experiment outside of pre-planned parameters. If something unexpected comes up, we have to build a whole new machine to deal with that and then we have to send it there. IN ADDITION, we can't just send a machine that does just one thing because that's terribly expensive, so we have to wait until a variety of EXTRA test labs can be added to the machine to bring down the cost-per-experiment to reasonable levels.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

Cabriel Re: Unfortunately (179 comments)

This is actually not often true. It's not one manager reading a report that one guy makes versus one manager logging into a dashboard and sparing one guy some time. It's one guy spending time to make a report so *many* managers can read it in their inbox. It's not one manager spending 30 minutes once to set up the dashboard the way he wants, it's *many* managers having to do it.

In my case, I'm the guy that makes the report every day and sending off one email so that 6 managers above me don't have to each spend 15 minutes messing around with it because their time is better spent elsewhere.

about 2 months ago
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John Carmack's Oculus Connect Keynote Probably Had Samsung Cringing

Cabriel Re:HMD is the wrong path (88 comments)

Sword Art Online taught me that lesson.

about 2 months ago

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