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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

ebvwfbw Re:ozone layer (597 comments)

Think so, eh? Don't read this then - . I know a guy that was working for Dupont when they came up with the ozone bit. He's still amazed people are still duped by it. PT Barnum was right, sucker born every moment.


Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

ebvwfbw Much ado over nothing again (608 comments)

It's not like they pushed down some rap crap, or some stuff passing as music that's actually noise.


School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

ebvwfbw Just wrong! (230 comments)

There's a whole economy with bullies taking lunch money from other kids. How are they supposed to do that anymore?

2 days ago

Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

ebvwfbw Re:What are the bounds of property? (163 comments)

Do you know what we had before this country existed? Look it up. I think you'll easily agree we own land today. Clearly it isn't what it used to be.

I own a lot of land. I can sell it as well. Often do. Buy other land. No sweat. The big caveat is don't go around trying to harm others. No drugs, no religions that serve only you, other nastyness. No problems. Ironically my fear are the crazy lefties and their BS. Suddenly a building they don't like may become a target. Often for something that isn't even a problem - like too much di-hydrogen monoxide. I know, it kills a lot of people every year. However it's necessary for commerce. Funny example, however this happens.

3 days ago

Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

ebvwfbw Obvious to me (291 comments)

BMI determines my BP. It's like clock work. Higher BMI, higher BP. Anytime I'm over 220, it goes up. Below 220 I'm in the normal range. If I eat something very heavily salty, of course it goes up. Don't eat a salt lick.

5 days ago

5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

ebvwfbw Re:Quickly, change the password... (203 comments)

From 123456 to abc123. There, I'm safe from Soviet hackers now.

I'd fail the 8 char check. I'm safe. I changed it from Password1 to Password2!. They'll never think of that.

about a week ago

Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

ebvwfbw Re:Apple Icrap (730 comments)

Finally happened. The icrap. Works like a time machine, taking us back to 2012. What a dud.

Fire Cook, fire him now. Run him out of town on a rail.

about a week ago

You Got Your Windows In My Linux

ebvwfbw Much ado over nothing (613 comments)

Come on guys, we're not helpless Windows type people. Stuff changes. Go with it. I'm old guard, as in I used to make my own filesystems from a prototype old. Today you just mk*fs. Partitions are easy, even X11 is automatic to the point people probably don't even know they're running X11.

I loved the old stuff. Made a lot of money with it. Old, dated. Like with aircraft, autos, etc, time moves on. Adapt or be left behind.

The new way it boots, there's no question it's better. Just learn the new way.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

ebvwfbw Re:Simple (635 comments)

that war is over, and vi won

Clearly it didn't. Bash uses emacs commands by default, of course. Mode editors are so 1960s. If you're serious about computer science, learn emacs. Then you can use both. I use both. If it is something simple, I use vi. For anything else emacs. Once you learn emacs, then you'll wonder why someone didn't let you in on the secret before. So far I have one guy that still wouldn't admit Emacs was superior, of course he wouldn't even try it. He helped write vi.

So sure, vi won in the sense that it's almost always installed by default - small, fast. When I show people Emacs and what can do, they usually learn it.

about three weeks ago

Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

ebvwfbw Same old BS (826 comments)

Gnome and KDE

Didn't care which one - SYSV or BSD back in the 1980s, pick one and all of us - use it! Didn't happen. That BS still rages on today when BSD was rescued out of oblivion by replacing the Apple OS with a modified version of it.

Gnome and KDE - again, pick one. Can't have that now can we? Let's fragment everything!

Now this crap. I go back to the mid 1980s with Unix. It built my house and has paid for everything I own. I'm happy to move to the new way. It's better. SYSV - nice knowing you. I'll put you in the back of my closet like I did with the Casette, 8 track, other stuff that had a good run. I'm sure I'll always remember you.

Not to say that the new way is a bed of roses. Getting better, however.

about three weeks ago

New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

ebvwfbw Need a positive new name - POS (251 comments)

Introducing the Positive Operating System (POS). (Show Steve Balmer on the stage) - Yea! It reduces your work load big time! I'm so excited about this POS. Be sure to go out and buy the POS today!

Be sure *NO* wardrobe malfunctions with Steve's clothes.

about three weeks ago

Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

ebvwfbw Build your own (187 comments)

Used to be a boy scout project I remember from years ago. They found a place that had good optics. They knew because they worked for NASA at Goddard. Sent a few back. So they had the optics and we had to build a case to put them in. Plywood mostly. When it was done, man it's incredible. No, really. I've owned some Sears type telescopes. They're crap in comparison. When you are able to see through one of these babies - it's truly incredible. I'm talking one with about a 1 meter or so focal length. Galaxies oriented every which way and the colors and so many of them. Never felt so insignificant in my life. Then we found Saturn. Incredible. It really is worth I think we paid about $200 for the optics about 15 years or so ago. I'm sure that telescope is still around someplace. Wish I had it.

about three weeks ago

If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

ebvwfbw It's still a turd (511 comments)

No two ways about it. PIA to develop in, PIA to debug in, PIA to maintain. Still it seems we're in the critical patch of the week club. Fix it ORACLE! Tired of you guys band aiding it and then patches to the patch and patches to that patch instead of fixing the base problem. Might be painful to fix code once the base problem is fixed, however it seems like we're dying of a thousand cuts.

about three weeks ago

Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

ebvwfbw Of course it's invalid (225 comments)

This is one of the biggest - no Duh moments in science. Junk science at its best. The whole notion that everything, and probably everyone reading this has absolutely no idea what everything even is, even a what a little piece of it is - came out of one point is just wrong. If I could let you look through a good telescope when it's say about 10F out and you can see what's out there, I mean really see what is out there and see that for all of these disks in random orientations out there consist of "countless" stars, planets and so on, the mass is well really really (repeat really about a billion billion times or so) big. Then to think that even say (what became) black holes came out of this - and escaped is clearly a violation of physics and time. I know, I know... - "IT'S THE BEST SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATION THAT SCIENCE CAN COME UP WITH." Never the less, it's still wrong and they know it.

about a month ago

Chicago Mayor Praises Google For Buying Kids Microsoft Surfaces

ebvwfbw Myth perpetuated (137 comments)

The myth is that a technology like Surface will help in education. It doesn't. From palm pilots, educational software, computers, they don't work with kids. I know, I threw away tens of thousands of bucks on technology. I should have spent it on a hell of a good night in Vegas for as much good as it did. Good old fasioned learning works. Looking at subjects, actually doing them to the point that you can teach them does work. Problems, problems, problems to get the brain to work on it. This is the very thing that they - DON'T - teach in school. How to learn. At least not intentionally. Sometimes you come across a real teacher instead of an educator who will actually teach you.

about a month ago

How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

ebvwfbw Re:FUD filled.... (212 comments)

Real transformers dont die from EMP unless it is a direct hit by a megatron.

Please read this IEEE Spectrum article:

Here we are years later and they're still asleep at the wheel.

about 2 months ago

Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

ebvwfbw Congratulations Sun Swift! (120 comments)

Show us how.

about 2 months ago

New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

ebvwfbw Re:Attack Vector (168 comments)

Market share?.

Hahaha, sorry, i couldn't resist.

Also not true. Most web servers today are STILL Linux/Unix. Microsoft never did take that even with their fake azure stuff.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

ebvwfbw What they should have done? (161 comments)

This memo isn't in context. Back at this time they were in the midst of an anti-trust action. Microsoft missed the perfect opportunity. Here's what they should have done:

1) Sell the windows/dos OS to IBM. Lock, stock and barrel, they keep their apps/office. No brainer, probably could have bagged 20 Billion for that.
2) About 3-4 months later, move all the office and apps to Linux. Again, a no brainer. They also get to screw IBM again like they did with OS2. I know they had an effort to migrate their apps in 1998 in a middle eastern country that is in the news.
3) Dismiss the action against them since IBM has the crappy OS now. They get a real OS that they don't have to worry about. Linux gets a unified GUI and apps. By now Windows would be just another bad joke, like Exec 8 and MVS.

Without that OS still around, the whole world would be different today. Probably for the better.

about 2 months ago



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