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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Dr. Evil Re:It's getting hotter still! (440 comments)

I do stand corrected, "gibberish" is spelled with a "j".

Now tell me what evidence there is that global warming is a hoax?

9 hours ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Dr. Evil I'm not sure why this stuff gets modded up. (440 comments)

Citing the errors of celebrities, powerful politicians, authors, lobbyists, or influential policy advocates as evidence of the failings of science is... also jibberish.

Ignoring science is being ignorant. Pretty much by definition.

As for Gore being wrong, I'm not so sure about that:

Former Vice President Al Gore references computer modeling to suggest that the north polar ice cap may lose virtually all of its ice within the next seven years. “Some of the models suggest that there is a 75 percent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during some of the summer months, could be completely ice-free within the next five to seven years,” says Gore.

I'm sure you can find one instance where he spoke off the cuff and oversimplified, but whatever.

Do you deny the opening of the arctic passage?

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/27/us-shipping-coal-arctic-idUSBRE98Q0K720130927

Are you supporting this conspiracy theory of a "global warming hoax?" If you know something, speak up, it could be one of the greatest upsets in the history of science.

9 hours ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Dr. Evil Re:It's getting hotter still! (440 comments)

Ignoring science in favour of conspiracy theories is ignorant.

Citing the errors of celebrities as evidence of the failings of science is... jibberish.

12 hours ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Dr. Evil Flaw (377 comments)

The greatest flaw is that the person at the call center would understand what Tor is.

12 hours ago
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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

Dr. Evil Re:optimistic vision of a future (95 comments)

Compare the role of women in I Love Lucy to that of Star Trek.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desilu_Productions

yesterday
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

Dr. Evil Re:Who the fuck (222 comments)

Truth can be strange.

http://aaplinvestors.net/stats/iphone/pricing/

From that source, the iPhone 5s was $649 in Sep 2013. Expired auctions on ebay show the 16G 5s selling regularly on ebay for $500.

People are still *paying* 80% of the value. Not sure why.

I admit, I shouldn't have said "iPhone 5" though, it's older and going for $400.

2 days ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

Dr. Evil Re:Who the fuck (222 comments)

The same people who are selling their iPhone 5 on eBay for 80% of its original price.

3 days ago
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In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

Dr. Evil Only as long as the warranty (183 comments)

"From the company’s point of view, the first implantation was a success. The patient survived for 74 days within the framework of a trial where the benchmark for success was 30 days."

Something must be lost in translation here.

about a week ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Dr. Evil LotusScript (380 comments)

Not holding my breath for My LotusScript skills to come back into style.

about a week ago
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Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

Dr. Evil Re: Or so they say... (142 comments)

The examples from the wiki describe situations where the initial source was legal, but protected. E.g., placing a sting in the path of a suspect on the word of a protected informant, then omiting the reason for their 'luck' in finding the suspect. Or e.g., withholding NSA wiretaps from DEA until the citizen or geography of the source is determined to be foreign (unethical, but not illegal).

In this case, they would be seizing servers (illegally), then searching them for a weakness to cover their asses, then lying to the judge about it(illegal), and hoping the logs agree with their probes (possibly revealing their lies), or altering them to match (illegal).

I might be naive, but I think the discovery of the IP source through the weakness in the captcha is totally plausible. I also think that Joe law enforcement officer doesn't want to end his career in disgrace over something like this.

about a week ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

Dr. Evil Re:At home too (185 comments)

The assumptions make sense now... just a mistaken identity. Totally okay, thanks for saying so.

about a week ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

Dr. Evil Re:At home too (185 comments)

"you have not performed a single successful install of Ubuntu on Thinkpad"

... another grave and ridiculous false assumption.

about two weeks ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

Dr. Evil Re:At home too (185 comments)

I've backpacked around the world with it, slammed around without padding and ridden for over 2000km on the back of a motorcycle. Still running strong. I did have to replace the webcam under warranty, and it survived me replacing the thermal grease on the CPU. I'm curious if you've seen the same issues.

In a past life I supported lots of Thinkpads. There have been good models and bad. The x120 I'd put as pretty average.

I'm curious about your experiences with the x130e, it's a ruggedized x120e for k12. It should be *more* durable, albeit a little bigger.

about two weeks ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

Dr. Evil Re:At home too (185 comments)

"dump the drive and pop Windows back in"

dump the drive

drive

I.e., Two hard drives.

Remember, "professional"?

I would be an idiot to waste my customer's time to save $100 on a disk.

"My guess is that somewhere along the line, you are doing something in the installation process that you think is necessary, but in fact is screwing things up"

Which means you don't actually konw how one could possibly reproduce such an issue, but you're going to offer your opinion that I don't know what I'm doing.

It's a foolish mistake to assume that somebody doesn't know what they're talking about because you don't understand their problem.

about two weeks ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

Dr. Evil Re:At home too (185 comments)

"Ubuntu? And you've 'administered Linux systems since 1995'? Bullshit."

What are you? Anti-knowledge ?

If you've never run Ubuntu, you don't know anything about it. If you're faulting somebody for loading Ubuntu, you're faulting them for learning about Ubuntu.

You think you know more than Canonical because you don't like the color brown or something?

...and you have no idea why I was running Ubuntu. But again. Your response is predictable. Have a look at my other answers.

about two weeks ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

Dr. Evil Re:At home too (185 comments)

It's called "being a professional"

The machine was an x120e. The Thinkpad X series has a good track record for well-supported hardware.

I was loading Ubuntu because I was working in a role where I was administering Ubuntu servers. Working in the same environment as the target environment helps you learn more about the systems you're administering.

As a professional, my goal is to be productive for the client during working hours. Mysterious hardware failures on an Ubuntu load on my consulting laptop aren't worth wasting the customer's time. I had a perfectly reasonable Windows image, and continued the job using Ubuntu under VirtualBox.

You don't know anything about the purpose of the machine at the time of purchase. Calling me stupid is, trollish. The x120e is smaller, lighter, and cheaper than the x201. The machine handled a lot of abuse in difficult travel situations, and had to be cheap enough to surrender to theives or customs officials if necessary. It supports Linux distros fine. To run Ubuntu properly, I know that I need to swap out the wireless and do some digging on the hibernation and suspend.

But you know what? I had to do work *then*, and it took 10 minutes to dump the drive, pop Windows back in and get to *work*. Any computer professional should be reasonably proficient in any given platform. I'm happy enough to run Windows. I'll save my troubleshooting for paid work.

I guess your post bothers me because it's predictable and very bad for the Linux community. Don't pretend that Linux is some kind of panacea platform when you don't know anything about the user or their job.

about two weeks ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

Dr. Evil Re:At home too (185 comments)

Get with the program. The parent post said: "I defected to Ubuntu 8 years ago because I saw it "just work" on some random laptop. "

Linux systems make amazing servers, amazing development platforms and are vital for learning how unix-like OSes work. I never recommend Linux systems as a deskop environment to anyone who isn't a programmer. Even then, they'd be better off on MacOS and use VMs to launch Linux and Windows instances.

about two weeks ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

Dr. Evil Re:At home too (185 comments)

I completely agree with you. It used to be that Macs had an unreasonable price premium, but now PCs as a whole (Mac and non-mac) have dropped so much in price, that $1500 on a laptop can buy you an amazing machine.

They are IMHO, by far the best laptops out there right now, and their price is perfectly reasonable. I ran MacOS as my primary desktop a few years ago, and I used a 2012 MBP as my work machine at my last gig.

about two weeks ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

Dr. Evil Re:At home too (185 comments)

Experiences vary.

My most recent attempt to use Ubuntu on my Thinkpad resulted in me using an external wifi dongle because the internal one wouldn't work, and then after getting things the way I could use them, and accepting that sleeping was risky, my hibernate wouldn't restore, and all the other bugs I could fix later... I settled down to get some work done and I learned that my system randomly would lock solid without error.

I had to get some work done and I already burned 20 hours troubleshooting, so I put my Windows disk back in and loaded Ubuntu on VirtualBox for my Linux stuff.

n.b. I've administered Linux systems since 1995.

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

Dr. Evil Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

Estimates are higher for the number of Shi'ites and Kurds slaughtered under Saddam. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_Saddam_Hussein's_Iraq#Number_of_Victims

I was mistaken for American in Eastern Turkey. A young Kurdish man followed me, invited me for tea and thanked me for my country's involvement in Iraq. I didn't have the heart to tell him I wasn't American.

I think the U.S. screwed up dramatically, but some people are very thankful for the U.S. involvement. We rarely hear uncontroversial stories.

about two weeks ago

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Kickstarting a Free Textbook

Dr. Evil Dr. Evil writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dr. Evil (3501) writes "Back in the day, I had a prof who wrote a text on Optics and sold photocopy editions for $5. We got cheap books and he got feedback to improve them. A friend of a friend is now doing the same for his philosophy students, except he's using Kickstarter to fund the book and offer digital editions free. Is this common? Are other professors doing this? He writes:

If you took a course in philosophy or critical thinking at college or university, you paid an average of $70 for your textbook. I think that's too much, especially for students who have to choose between food and the rent, two or three times a year, like a lot of my students. Yet the cost of these books never goes down, because students are a captive market.

So, I've been writing my own textbook, so that my students don't have to buy one. I'd like to expand and improve it and then make it available to the whole world, for free.

This Kickstarter campaign will allow me to bring in more contributors, get more research resources, and hire designers and artists and translators, so that we can put together a very high quality teaching tool, and make it available to every student in the world.

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