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Pope Francis To Issue Encyclical On Global Warming

business_kid Commenting here is a mug's game (341 comments)

These comments read like a script from Family Guy. For every statement of what is opinion or could be sense, there seem to be two or more putdowns, 2 insults, and a number of mindlessly stupid irrelevancies.
Yes, the Catholic Pope addressed Global Warming giving the Scientific Consensus. Yes, he is remarkably sane for a high ranking Catholic - electing him was an grave error, or else the cardinals felt quite desperate. Yes, he should be kicking out of the Vatican all criminal priests with diplomatic immunity, purging his organization of pedophiles, talking about God's Kingdom and using God's name, divesting the church of it's ill gotten gains and putting them to good use. But it is an obviously false religion. As it influences people less, it rides along with their opinions more.
The truth is - I don't think Catholicism is an organization that can be reformed. Now that I have said that much, watch for the insults, put downs, and mindless irrelevancies.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Companies Won't Be Around In 10 Years?

business_kid What companies will be Gone? (332 comments)

It;s a good question if any of us will be here. To quote Arthur C. Clarke: "This is the first age that's ever paid much attention to the future, which is a little ironic since we may not have one."
Red Hat will still be there; systemd is crap, but people who need to learn it. There is a man page. They got away with worse (selinux, their network script, pppd, etc). They have a steady income stream in Enterprise.
Oracle may not be; Motorola, Ericsson and Blackberry will all fade and shrink, or be bought over.
M$ will be smaller, but still probably there if they manage to do one thing without making a total mess of it. That is a tall order for them. Xiaomi may kick Samsung's ass but they will both probably survive. I see a fallout in newspapers, magazines, and reading matter generally as prople go vitrual.

about a month ago
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Does Journal Peer Review Miss Best and Brightest?

business_kid Re:Not a measure of quality (139 comments)

You're on to something here. This is actually one of several things that seem to be wrong in the system. The metrics seem to have been devised by personnel demons ('scuse me, They are HR now :).
1. Science is conservative. The 'higher' you get, the more conservative you have to be.
2. Scientists in many fields do not read enough papers. They don't have the time. They grab abstracts and conclusions and read a section or two. They also might read a paper to contradict it destructively. Look at the evolution/ID debate if you don't believe me.
3. Papers are too long anyhow. Length is equated with depth, but it might more properly be equated with obfuscation.
4. As you said, counting citations is a joke.
Much more relevant might be a system where papers consisted of
1. Background was relegated to an appendix. Maths in another. Statistics to a third (if required). The briefest of introductions
2. Next an experimental discussion which set out only information necessary for the understanding the experiments, and their results.
3. Next a section on implications of experimental results.
4. All tripe about work done to be reserved for the lecturers who are marking student papers.
Each chapter would be a generous summary of the drivel currently making reading papers such a boring job.

about a month ago
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Photon Pair Coupled in Glass Fiber

business_kid Re:News for nerds!?! (91 comments)

Have to agree. This is on the scale of "That old lemur we found could be _the_ missing link in human evolution." Which one of the 1000s of missing links?

Can't blame the guy (who obviously worked hard) for trying to make his work sound interesting. But it's significance is that it may be one of the lower steps in someone else's future ladder.

about 3 months ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

business_kid Good & Bad News (427 comments)

The Good news is they are getting tough with OEMs. Let them start in China. Companies like Rockchip, a chinese SoC manufacturer, sell their boards into tablets, cubes and all sorts of gimmicks, but never update. I have such a tablet with Android-4.2.2. No update available, and there are shameful holes in security. It has proprietary modules which prevent using CM or other software. As for the bad news - 20 google apps - well, that's a shameful waste of memory, but I can always delete the shortcuts :-). Perhaps even the packages too.

about 4 months ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

business_kid Re:Circular "reasoning" (795 comments)

I disagree with a lot of what's being said. I have faith in God. But I don't regard anyone involved in WW2 or any war as Christian. Christ is not a pacifist, but he was not involved in THESE wars, which are about keeping leaders in power more often than not. BTW, has anyone noted the original logical flaws? If science has 'high priests,' it's a religion, or some chancers are putting one over on people big time.

about 4 months ago
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Astrophysicists Identify the Habitable Regions of the Entire Universe

business_kid Re:A few hundred extrasolar planets (80 comments)

Mark Twain made my point, so I'll just quote him: In the space of one hundred and seventy-six years the Mississippi has shortened itself two hundred and forty-two miles. Therefore ... in the Old Silurian Period the Mississippi River was upward of one million three hundred thousand miles long ... seven hundred and forty-two years from now the Mississippi will be only a mile and three-quarters long. . . . . There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesome returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.

about 4 months ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

business_kid Re:Beyond the Big Bang (226 comments)

I disagree that time began with the big bang. Maybe time for this universe began, not time in the absolute sense. And at the time I mentioned something was happening which pure materialists may feel uncomfortable with.

about 5 months ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

business_kid Atoms (226 comments)

As far as my science takes me, no atomic structures or charges would survive being crushed in a singularity. How come our universe has so many neatly constructed atoms with positively charged protons and negatively charged electrons spinning around each other?

about 5 months ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

business_kid Beyond the Big Bang (226 comments)

At the moment before the Big Bang, science doesn't claim to know what was happening. There was no observable universe, except possibly for a massive singularity, which gravity would lock together with unimaginable force. Do you feel the subsequent events were caused by something, or Someone? If so, what or who?

about 5 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

business_kid Re:Uncertainty/fear? (550 comments)

No direct experience myself, but my friend accompanied his sister to a pre-op meeting with a surgeon. All seemed to go well, and she was reassured. He noticed the guy had glasses. "If eye surgery is so great, why don't you get it done yourself?" he asked. There was an embarrassed pause, and the guy started into possible issues, what might go wrong. No operation proceeded.

about 6 months ago
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To Boldly Go Nowhere, For Now

business_kid Never mind possible: (308 comments)

Never mind, I say whether long distance space exploration is possible. _Think_Of_The_People_We_Can_Send: That life assurance guy who won't take no for an answer; Politicians on huge pensions; Corporate bosses who screw people over or muck up the planet for profit; Militant 'anyone's rights' activists; the animal rights crew; Selected "Entertainers;" Dangerous Convicts; etc. etc. If they hit a sun or starved to death half a light year away, would any of us toss in our beds?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Prove an IT Manager Is Incompetent?

business_kid Peter Principle yes - but who gets fired? (331 comments)

I accept the Peter Principle logic.It was also in Gilbert & Sullivan's 'Pinafore' "When I was a lad," etc. The chief of the navy had never been to sea. I'm just wondering who should be fired - the IT manager or consultant. You are a consultant being paid big bucks. You are eminently expendable. You see the facts, and 1. Don't know what to do. 2. Can't assess incompetence. 3. Need to ask total strangers for advice Why on earth did they hire you?? :-)) I know little about software, and less about management. I would report as follows: A. Initial goals and target budgets of recent projects vs finished results, (They wanted X - they got q). Compare with 'going rate' for subcontracting same. B. Reasons in the company for poor relations with IT dept. What do the other workers say? C. Analysis of the working spirit of each IT employee and opinions as to what contributes to poor environment. No names - a table with %s. D, Capital expenditure critique. E. Work practise critique. My son is a senior developer; he writes a test for his code, writes the code, and tests it. Messy, but bug free. F. Steps in place to: save money; check project meets goals; rein in developers wanting to add unnecessary crap or rewrite interfaces with no advantage; budget checks, etc.. G. Lastly, interview the IT manager and find an appropriate alternative post for him in the company if possible. Can he do Java? Manage the office? Train noobs? The company are more likely to act if they can offer alternative employment. Write your conclusions. Then scatter your conclusions in the report like spice so when they look at the conclusions they are not surprised. Take care with the executive summary - it's all most of them will read. Make it long enough and jargon free. Now you've consulted us for free on how to earn your money. We have told you. Give something back to charity.

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Economists Predictions No Better Than Flipping a Coin

business_kid Re:Economy is not a science. (290 comments)

Agreed. Comparisons to relativity and other serious treatment should be done in the light of (Economist & Author) John Kenneth Galbraith's opinion: "The only purpose of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable."

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

business_kid Re:Windows 8 and Failure (913 comments)

I believe the expression comes from the Wild West of the USA, where 'toting' six guns was a common practise. One chamber of these was commonly left unloaded lest the hammer bounce and fire the gun in it's holster, and you'd shoot yourself in the foot. When drawing to shoot, the hammer had to be cocked at the same time, and shooting yourself in the foot was entirely possible if your thumb were to slip off the thing, as cocking rotated the barrel one notch.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

business_kid Re:Windows 8 and Failure (913 comments)

I'm not defending Vista for one second. You could, and I did make it look and behave somewhat normally. Windows 8 comes with an inoperable and permanently broken UI, It also forces on manufacturer a restrictive form of the UEFI interface which is aimed at preventing dual booting with linux or bsd. This is ignored in the horror at the UI buit is going to end up with people locked out of their own PCs

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

business_kid Windows 8 and Failure (913 comments)

If windows 8 hasn't failed yet, it will. It is certain to fail. It is such a dreadful experience that it makes even (spit!) Vista look good. It's been forced out by manufacturers, and bought by rote, not by people choosing it. I have an install for a 17.3" screen that thinks it's on a mobile phone and has a minimum of 5 consecutive menus to navigate before you can do squat. I couldn't abide it even as the other os on my box. And then there's that EFI B.S. locking people out of their own PCs - plenty of fun to be had there yet. I've seen M$ shoot themselves in the foot before, I have never seen them do it with such a large canon

about 2 years ago
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NASA: Curiosity Has Found Plastic On Mars

business_kid Re:Never mind the editors (293 comments)

I enjoyed that item about plastic on Mars. The Editors did their job with the line " Update: Yes, it's a hoax." I wonder did the Nasa hypotheses include our space junk somehow crash landing on Mars. It won't be long before we'll have to go space filling instead of land filling with our junk anyhow if we keep the turning earth's resources into junk,

more than 2 years ago
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On Daylight Savings Time:

business_kid Unwelcome and no longer necessary (475 comments)

At 55 degrees of Latitude where I live, people will be either getting up/going to work in the dark, or coming home in it.There was a justification for it when kids going to school were road accident victims in early morning. No kids walk to school now. It take no time to adjust to unless you're a physical wreck, but I trust time to be continuous, and there are 2 hiccoughs in that through the year (and never on the same dates, either). That's unwelcome.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Approach To Reenergize an Old Programmer?

business_kid Re:Java and Python (360 comments)

My point wasn't to brag about the kid. My point was to make clear the languages in demand, and that if our experienced programmer wasn't able to pick up half a dozen languages, he should get out. I'm not young myself and trying to reposition from Electronic Hardware, and hardware is not a good place to be, as it's a big company market. Everybody wanted me to turn to IT or programming, but I'd be working days and studying nights and I'm not up to that. As for your point, if you as an employer had to choose between a programmer with one useful language, and one with four, which would you choose?

more than 2 years ago

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business_kid writes "Business_kid likes the scoops on Slashdot, enjoys the linux flavoured bias, and generally is very positive about the site, but is leaving and not coming back. Because of slashdot's popularity, ads for 'adult sites' often appear. It is disconcerting to have to post or read on serious subjects with virtual prostitutes leering at you alongside the printed material. Because of my wpork, I know better than most the harm pornography can do and I won't lecture you. Shame on you, Slashdot, and goodbye."

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