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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

Curunir_wolf Re:Mission Critical ... Red Hat... LOL.. (177 comments)

Dude, the question was about Enterprise servers. Do your development on Mint, that's just fine, but are you really going to deploy your production enterprise application on a farm of ... Mint servers? really?

5 hours ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Curunir_wolf Re:Belief systems (425 comments)

To be fair, science is a belief system. It's just a belief that we can come to understand best by translating explanations into testable empirical hypotheses that make different predictions than competing hypotheses, and then testing those competing hypotheses.

That sounds more like a methodology to me. The "belief system" part is only related to the value of the methodology. That's fine, but science itself is a methodology, as I think you have described here.

I certainly agree with your assessment of it, and that the methodology is the important thing to teach, not the facts or even thoroughly tested hypotheses. Everything flows from core principles. As you have done, you can describe your belief system as a faith in the scientific method. But that's something else.

There are, of course, some very clear opposing bases for belief systems in general, which often come down to faith in a higher power or faith only in empirical evidence. But you can pick either one and still do science.

5 hours ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Curunir_wolf Re:Sigh (311 comments)

After Citizens United, they can fund Super PACs.

Incorrect. You could have at least tried to check Wikipedia before posting ignorant comments. This is directly from their page (check the link if you want source references).

In its 2010 case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the United States Supreme Court overturned sections of the Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (also known as the McCain-Feingold Act) that had prohibited corporate and union political expenditures in political campaigns.[5] Citizens United made it legal for corporations and unions to spend from their general treasuries to finance independent expenditures related to campaigns, but did not alter the prohibition on direct corporate or union contributions to federal campaigns.[6][7] Organizations seeking to contribute directly to federal candidate campaigns must still rely on traditional PACs for that purpose.[8]

Stop getting your information from partisan comedians. It's an embarrassment.

6 hours ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Curunir_wolf Re:Interesting slam of Judith Curry (394 comments)

This isn't "Watts up with that" where there's a financial payment for having the right opinions.

Actually, it operates on exactly that principal. The owners and operators of the site are financially dependent on the ideas espoused in the articles, and are in fact publicity whores with more interest in popular opinion that truth.

7 hours ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Curunir_wolf Re:Damage or Change? (394 comments)

Think of all the evolutionary opportunity there will be in the Next Phase!

There won't be any. Well, there will be, but those new species will never get the chance to progress up the evolutionary ladder as humans did, ever again. The reason is you need easily accessible primary resources and especially primary energy to do that, otherwise you're stuck. And we made sure (and will make sure in the time until our demise) that all those resources are fully exhausted.

Which is why I can't understand the myopic thinking around what to do about climate change. It seems the alarmists are adamant that the agenda should be to curtail use of energy by a combination of stopping use of fossil fuels, reduction of energy use generally, and limiting human habitat to allow conservation of wildlands. It's a "hunker-down" approach which, yes, may give humans more time. Yet, if, as they claim, it's human habitat (and thus future generations of humanity) that are in danger and need preserving, it seems clear that their strategy is one that will only buy time.

The only way to ensure the long-term viability of humanity is to spread. Whether that is colonization of space, the solar system, or multi-generational ships to other stars, is not entirely relevant, only that there must be an effort in that direction. Crawling back and tightening the apron strings to mother earth only means that humans will never grow up and leave the nest. Perhaps this is the civilization firewall that explains the Fermi paradox.

7 hours ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Curunir_wolf Re:Impacts (394 comments)

Well, we could still work to try to lessen/minimize the damage and instability.

Like, if you had gangrene on your arm, and the doctor announces, "I'm sorry, but we can't save the arm, the damage is irreversible," you wouldn't go, "Ah, well. It's impossible to save the arm. Time to wait it out and adapt."

At least, I'd hope you wouldn't. That's when you have an operation, try to save as much of your arm as you can. And then you think about what caused the gangrene in the first place, and try to not do that ever again.

Oh, okay, I get it. So who gets to decide which parts of the human population to cull?

7 hours ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Curunir_wolf Re:If you don't want science... (425 comments)

I am pretty sure you are wrong, and not only because the scientific method has always existed and will always exist. It is "discovery", not "invention".

In that vein, so was fire.

8 hours ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Curunir_wolf Re:If you don't want science... (425 comments)

They will not even have the bible, as paper and printing (or ink) is a result of applied science. So is incidentally horse-husbandry, the fire and the pot the soup is in.

Pretty sure writing pre-dates the scientific method. And I'm sure that Fire soup do.

8 hours ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Curunir_wolf Re:The US slides back to the caves (425 comments)

I'm sorry, but the point regarding the imperial system is relevant. Only the irrational "logic" of religion would explain why the hell we refuse to convert.

No, it's because there is absolutely no benefit to converting from one unit of measure that everyone is already used to and using to another arbitrary unit of measure that would take many years (and possibly an entire generation) to completely convert to. It makes no sense. The only thing useful about it is you don't have to memorize as much and the math is easier. BFD. Here is a chart for you.

9 hours ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Curunir_wolf Re:The US slides back to the caves (425 comments)

What the hell is up with you people over there in the US. Still using Imperial measurements? Banning science in favour of teaching about a wizard who made everything not so long ago. producing 40% of the worlds pollution whilst only having 4% of the worlds population

Why don't you come on over and try to do something about it?

You do good war and spying though, I'll give you that.

Chicken.

9 hours ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Curunir_wolf Belief systems (425 comments)

When did science stop being a methodology and become a belief system?

9 hours ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Curunir_wolf Re:Sigh (311 comments)

That's exactly what I said, but in different language.

Umm, no, it isn't. You quoted a statement that companies are banned from "spending money to influence federal elections.", whereas the quote I provided shows that companies can spend money on "electioneering communications", which I think includes spending money to influence federal elections.

No, it doesn't. I already said it was a thin line. Corporations can create PACs, but cannot contribute to them. They can (after the SCOTUS decision) fund media information about candidates but cannot endorse for or against any candidates. You really have to read and understand all the regulations. You don't, but that's not surprising. A lot of people have run afoul of the FEC for just that kind of misunderstanding.

9 hours ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Curunir_wolf Re:Sigh (311 comments)

I think that you missed the note at the beginning of that page:

Note: Portions of this publication may be affected by the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC. Essentially, the Court's ruling permits corporations and labor organizations to use treasury funds to make independent expenditures in connection with federal elections and to fund electioneering communications.

That's exactly what I said, but in different language. "electioneering communications" is more concise than mine, though, I'll grant you.

yesterday
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Curunir_wolf Re:Monopolistic thuggish behavior (311 comments)

Unlikely. Price out your cable bill compared to your water or gas bill.

I pay less for both (although gas+water, which are both from the city, is higher than Internet). But, if I use lots of water and/or gas it goes way up. So I guess Comcast is going for the same model. In fact, it would be very much like the water and gas model in my locality. I pay a minimum amount ($25 for gas and $35 for water) even if I use NONE. After a certain very basic level of each, they start charging. Exactly like Comcast is saying they are going to start doing.

yesterday
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Curunir_wolf Re: Sigh (311 comments)

how did SCOTUS declare it a tax when it wasnt wriiten up as one in the law? How do they have the leeway to change the definition of something in a ruling?

Basically, because that's how the government defended it. SCOTUS didn't come up with it themselves, the Attorney General said that was how the Federal government had the authority to impose it, because the Constitution gives them the power to tax.

yesterday
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Curunir_wolf Re:Sigh (311 comments)

They can donate to PACs, which are a special animal in the American political system

Ummm... No. A PAC (Political Action Committee) is simply a funding mechanism for campaigns. Federal laws (since we are talking about Federal elections) prohibit corporations and labor unions from contributing to campaigns, PACs, or generally from spending money to influence federal elections.

You may be thinking of the ability of Corporations and labor unions to create PACs themselves. They can do that, and 501(c)(4) organizations can, too (most issue-advocacy groups do exactly that - MoveOn.org has a separate PAC, as does the AFL-CIO and many corporations like Best Buy, Amazon, and CVS. But they can't contribute their own funds to them). They can also (since Citizen United) do things like fund movies, books, or other media productions that criticize a political candidate, as long as it is not an endorsement or encouragement to vote or not vote for any specific candidate for election.

That may be a thin line - but unless you have a large war chest to defend yourself with expensive lawyers, you better make sure you follow the very specific relations closely, or you'll find yourself the target of an extremely well-funded and organized prosecution, as many have discovered.

yesterday
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

Curunir_wolf Hardware (272 comments)

Why is this posted under "Hardware"?

2 days ago
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Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

Curunir_wolf Re:Or you could blame Chile's MPs (159 comments)

Big business wants a small weak government in general

You REALLY need to supply some reference for that, because it's the opposite of everything I ever see.

a government where they can control the regulations

Yes, this *is* what they want, which by definition means a larger government: more regulation, more people to enforce the regulations, more rules, more profit protectionism, etc., etc. It's also the opposite of wanting a "small weak government".

They also want to control how government educates the kids (witness Bill Gates and his "Common Core"). They want wage slaves trained to perform the menial tasks that robots can't do. And focused "job skills". What would be anathema to them is a government that promotes the general idea that everyone can have (or be) their OWN business, and offer their wares or skills to multiple other businesses or enterprises. That is the way of the future, and the way for people to control their own destiny.

5 days ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

Curunir_wolf Re:The oblig. quote from Snow Crash (232 comments)

There's only four things we do better than anyone else:

You forgot an important recent one: beer. The US, despite being completely banned from the entire industry for over a decade, is now the premier manufacturer of high quality beer. Germany lost it's status years ago, and even Belgium has taken to buying up old, lousy beer companies like Anheuser-Busch and even watering down the beer from that bottom-tier producer.

Sure, that's not much of an export for the US, but neither is "high-speed pizza delivery", but at least our best-in-the-world beer has that potential.

5 days ago

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Neutrinos seem to be exceeding light speed

Curunir_wolf Curunir_wolf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Curunir_wolf writes "Researchers at Cern have come across a puzzling result: The neutrinos they are emitted from underground to the laboratory detector 732km away appear to be getting there faster than the speed-of-light limit would allow. The experiment, the Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus or OPERA, was developed to study the phenomenon of neutrino transmutation (neutrinos changing from one type to another. The speed of the neutrinos, of course, was an entirely unexpected observation. "We wanted to find a mistake — trivial mistakes, more complicated mistakes, or nasty effects — and we didn't." says researcher Antonio Ereditato, "When you don't find anything, then you say 'Well, now I'm forced to go out and ask the community to scrutinise this.'""
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Obama appointee's office raided in bribery sting

Curunir_wolf Curunir_wolf writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Curunir_wolf writes "Just a month after President Obama names Vivek Kundra to the top federal IT position, his D.C. Office is raided by the FBI in a bribery sting. No word on whether Kundra is a object of the investigation."

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Top 10 Movies of All Time

Curunir_wolf Curunir_wolf writes  |  more than 8 years ago Here are my picks for the top 10 movies of all time, in alphabetical order:

  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Back to the Future
  • Bladerunner
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Casablanca
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Rocky
  • Star Wars
  • True Grit
  • The Wizard of Oz

That's it. Not everybody's top 10, but it's mine.

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Anti-GPL Software drones

Curunir_wolf Curunir_wolf writes  |  more than 9 years ago Has anyone noticed how whenever anything positive about Linux, OpenOffice.org, Firefox or other GPL/opensource software shows up in the media, there are always negative responses that show up in letters and responses? I'm not just talking about /. articles, here. It's everywhere in print media, call-in shows, and anything else I've seen. Kim Komando, Popular Mechanics, and similar "layman-accessible" media that addresses tech issues are very popular targets.

Here are some /. examples of the kind of thing I'm talking about:

Ok, I'm too lazy to find more examples now, but I come across them all the time.

I'm not the only person that has noticed these trends on /. Check out this thread

But it's not just slashdot, these folks are all over the place, especially in the mainstream publications. So, is it just that there are a lot of loyal Microsoft fans out there (kind of like Apple zealots, but enamored with Windows), or is it underground marketing? Like Proctor & Gamble spending less on TV spots and more on product placement in movies, has Microsoft turned to promoting "opinions from the man-on-the-street" instead of slick advertising?

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