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Ballmer To Retire

CarlosHawes Re:Bad Omen for Computer Industry (633 comments)

You obviously have not set up a modern, open standards based Enterprise Infrastructure. A modern LAMP stack is easier to set up and manage than sliced bread. And oh yes, I have been FORCED to use MS in the Enterprise, and it is always an excruciating experience. The whole MS approach has always been that they know betetr than you do how your software should be set up. Their interfaces and "wizards" are dumbed down to the lowest common denominator. I have to spend WAY too much time reading through dense KB notes and online "help" trying to figure out how to script anything other than the most basic functionality or having to use the lame defaults that MS has picked ahead of time for me to use.

about a year ago
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Ballmer To Retire

CarlosHawes Cromwell said it best (633 comments)

"You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately... Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!"

about a year ago
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Ballmer To Retire

CarlosHawes Just go away already (633 comments)

And don't forget.......you can rearrange the letters in Steve Balmer to spell "Beer vat smell" -OR- "Tremble slave"

about a year ago
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Genetically Modified Plants To Produce Natural Lighting

CarlosHawes The Two Trees..... (328 comments)

Wait a minute, didn't I read about glowing trees back in the Simarillion? Seems like the Tolkien Estate can show prior art.

about a year and a half ago
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Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes

CarlosHawes Re:As did (599 comments)

Don't forget the Demon Core :)

about a year and a half ago
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Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes

CarlosHawes Re:Whaaaaa? (599 comments)

Yes I understand the concept of quantitative risk assesment. My believe is that you can make the results come out any way you want by tweaking the inputs by tiny amounts. It is policy argument masquerading as science. I have no particular dog in this hunt as it were. All approaches at energy come with risks. I say lets use them all and let economics eventually pick the winner.

about a year and a half ago
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Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes

CarlosHawes another way (599 comments)

I would say we should just hold out for dilithium crystals; but then I remembered their impact in terms of human trafficing.

about a year and a half ago
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Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes

CarlosHawes Re:Long term? (599 comments)

And we haven't even discussed the impacts of extracting the coal. Have you ever seen a large strip mine with dragline in person? Wow!

about a year and a half ago
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Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes

CarlosHawes Re:Long term? (599 comments)

The North Koreans are accepting spent fuels rods for safe and efficient displosal, no cash down and no questions asked!!!

about a year and a half ago
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Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes

CarlosHawes Whaaaaa? (599 comments)

That's a pretty precise attempt at a measurement for a very nebulous idea. Now we wait for the "other" study from the Fossil Fuel's industry groups I guess. This sort of wildly speculative "guess" at something that is basically unmeasureable due to the large number of variables and assumptions only makes it more difficult to get the public to believe the results of more meaningful and relevant studies when that time comes.

about a year and a half ago
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Live Tweeting the Symphony?

CarlosHawes Re:Key is relevance, not interactivity... (166 comments)

Crossover "artists" like you mention have their place; but what they do artisitically is the same as the colorization of B&W films. The original composer composed with the available sound "palatte" that they had available. To modernize it with upbeat tempos, electronic instruments and modern rythyms makes it an alien work to what the composer intended when they wrote it.

about a year and a half ago
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Live Tweeting the Symphony?

CarlosHawes Re:Obvious tweet (166 comments)

Hey, Pachabell WROTE a canon. Beat that Tchaikovsky

about a year and a half ago
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Live Tweeting the Symphony?

CarlosHawes Re:Is logical argument even possible on the intern (166 comments)

It is not just logical argument that the internet hinders, it is ANY thought process that requires extended and deliberate thought. The ability to quickly jump to another website if one gets bored makes it difficult to do the deep diving necessary to really understand abstract concepts. When I was obtaining my education, pre-internet, I only had physical libraries with a limited number of physical books on a topic. If I found a section of a book boring, I couldn't just hop to another one, there often wasn't one. As a result, I read books cover to cover and followed the author's train of thought from beginning to end. Now I find myself only "skimming" or reading a portion of a wb page. Followng the tedious path of watching the author build and expound on abstract concepts is just simply too boring. I end up knowing a little about a lot instead of understanding a lot about a little. You can't reallty learn without being bored some of the time and working through it. The internet makes it too easy to bail on boredom.

about a year and a half ago
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Live Tweeting the Symphony?

CarlosHawes Concentartion (166 comments)

It is pretty impossible for geeks to understand how the average young person relates to long term focus and concentration. By our very makeup, we routinely tune out all distractions and focus laserlike on abstract concepts for long periods. I think there is very little difference between being immersed in debugging a block of code for a few hours and listening to a 90 minute Mahler symphony. I think it is more than a coincidence that I like abstract music and computer coding. But if the public at large continues to lose their ability to concentrate on one task and one task only for long periods of time, our civilization will suffer. We are already too distracted with the information overload of the technological age as it is.

about a year and a half ago
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Is Daylight Saving Time Worth Saving?

CarlosHawes Re:Oh, no! I can't shop at night! (646 comments)

An electric light???? Say, where can I get one of these new fangled contraptions pilgrim? Is it as good as the gas lamp recently installed out near the horse shed?

about a year and a half ago
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Is Daylight Saving Time Worth Saving?

CarlosHawes Stupid illogical illusion (646 comments)

In the modern technology and knowledge econonomy, the time change is an anacronism at best and a potentially dangerous confusion at worst. In the fall, for 59 minutes and 59.00 seconds, you get duplicate time values in servers and databases tracking on local time and in the spring, you have an hour that never exists. That can cause havoc with time calculations on 24x7 systems. The most frustrating thing for me logically is how is distorts and confuses the already limited understanding thae average person has of the astronomical basis of time. It is staggering how many people who believe that somehow DST gives them an extra hour of daylight. Like somehow the earth's rotation is magically and instantly adjusted for their benefit. All that really happens is that they are simply getting up an hour earlier. The most insane thing I have yet seen is a proposal by a lawmaker (in Florida I believe) to make DST a year round thing. Huh? Wouldn't that just make it the new "standard" time and nonsensically destroy the historical significance of noon as (the equation of time and distance form the zimezone central meridian notwithstanding), the "middle" of the day and midnight the "middle" of the night? All for some fuzzy illusion that somehow time has bend made to bend and stretch for our comfort? It is all smoke and mirrors and it causes nothing but confusion and ambiguity. It blurs hard scientifc reality. It is everything we geeks profess to dispise.

about a year and a half ago
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City Councilman: Email Tax Could Discourage Spam, Fund Post Office Functions

CarlosHawes oxymoron (439 comments)

"tiny tax" yesh right. Even if it starts tiny, not tax ever stays that way. And once implemented, even a "temporary tax" never dies. Don't ever fall for it. Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

about a year and a half ago
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Rand Paul Launches a Filibuster Against Drone Strikes On US Soil

CarlosHawes Re:Grandstanding (693 comments)

Practically speaking though, if I feel my Constitutional rights have been violated by being killed in a drone strike, how exactly am I going to sue in court and for what redress? My ghost shows up in court and demands immediate reincarnation?

about a year and a half ago
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Rand Paul Launches a Filibuster Against Drone Strikes On US Soil

CarlosHawes Clarification (693 comments)

I would posit that Rand Paul is only nominally a Republican. He chose the Republican Party machinery to get elected. He is really a libertarian and I think the Republican most likely to declare himself independent if the party tries to force him to act gainst his beliefs. He is his own man. Now the real question is if he has this independent streak because of deeply heald beliefs or a cynical power play at populism. Whatever your politics, you've got to admit from a pure political standpoint this move is a masterpiece of timing and media manipulation. Watch Rand Paul closely the next ten years or so. He is a unpredictable force who plans on going places. I am not yet sure if he is Angel or Devil; but he has much bigger plans.

about a year and a half ago
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Orson Scott Card's Superman Story Shelved After Homophobia Controversy

CarlosHawes Backfire (1174 comments)

Just like how the same-sex marriage backers decided to totally destroy Chick-Fil-A over their "homophobic" veiws? oh, wait.... Maybe the best thing DC could do for business is to publish the stories and then collect the bonus bucks from the anti-boycott backlash.

about a year and a half ago

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NASA JPL forces users of new App to use Microsoft

CarlosHawes CarlosHawes writes  |  about 5 years ago

CarlosHawes (1256490) writes "If you want to participate in JPL's latest "crowdsourcing" venture, helping review and catalog the flood of visual information coming from Mars, be sure that you are utilizing Microsoft SIlverlight first. The new site at http://beamartian.jpl.nasa.gov/ promises to open up a whole world (literally) to the public, but if you are running a Microsoft Free box, you will immediately hit a roadblock. Story link: http://blog.seattlepi.com/microsoft/archives/185559.asp"
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