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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

iggymanz Re:The article is more extreme than the summary (207 comments)

"Science is the best method of obtaining Truth"

I worked in science for over a decade but never saw truth with capital T either defined in science or stated as goal of science. Maybe you don't know what the goals or purpose of science are.

Let Webster help you, first definition is what we are discussing:
": knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation

: a particular area of scientific study (such as biology, physics, or chemistry) : a particular branch of science

: a subject that is formally studied in a college, university, etc. "

There is no notion of "Truth" there, useful information is the best one could hope for, and any physicist will tell you that it is quite possible the fundamental workings and principals of the universe might be unknowable and untestable though they hope that is not the case.

9 minutes ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

iggymanz Re:The article is more extreme than the summary (207 comments)

Wrong, science as "natural philosophy" is an outdated concept from 17-19th century. Science now is considered outside the realm of philosophy. The Latin degree names are just holdover, but you are free to imagine yourself in that quaint era.

16 minutes ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

iggymanz Re:The co-opting is particularly offensive (207 comments)

Suppose the global temperature does not warm year after year, and that provable by science.

22 minutes ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

iggymanz Re:The article is more extreme than the summary (207 comments)

No, science is not the pursuit of Truth, that would be philosophy down the hall.

You are definitely part of the problem.

1 hour ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

iggymanz Re:launchd (412 comments)

it's a lot more than just nagios, and it's a frequent lament in osx forums about launchd's flakiness

1 hour ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

iggymanz Re:at least the rationale is good (412 comments)

No, people who have successfully done Unix administration for over two decades on multiple flavors (SunOS/Solaris, IRIX, HP/UX, AIX, etc.) with deep knowledge of system builds, configuration, provisioning, maintenance, troubleshooting, are serious admins.

1 hour ago
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

iggymanz Re:irony (124 comments)

no, that's an extremely efficient way to travel compared to individual cars. Did you know a diesel bus can get over 150 passenger miles / gallon compared to 49 for jet?

1 hour ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

iggymanz Re:launchd (412 comments)

we actually have a mac server, launchd doesn't always launch the 3fd party stuff (like nagios client for example) for whatever reason. I'd take init for it any day of the week

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

iggymanz Re:Magazine subscrions (443 comments)

Someone should invent a general purpose app that could read internet served magazines in a universal markup language format. We could call it a Web Peruser.

yesterday
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

iggymanz Re:Is systemd more complex than it needs to be? (412 comments)

what core things about init need to be done better? Parallel starting of scripts, trivial do that and so there are many parallelizing versions of init out there. Something that monitors and restarts? script can do that. aything else needed, I sure don't need my logging in a database instead of a text log file, and systemd fanboys who point out text logging from the journal possible don't seem to comprehend that's if everything is working that will happen. KISS

yesterday
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

iggymanz Re:launchd (412 comments)

no, not when the file is for human admin, writing a file parser for a simple file format is trivial, not a valid objection.

yesterday
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

iggymanz Re:at least the rationale is good (412 comments)

Serious admins already have that point of view, no reason to sway. Kids who experiment and only worry about their desktop or hobby system might have another.

yesterday
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

iggymanz at least the rationale is good (412 comments)

Regardless of the particulars of this project, it's good people are waking up and realizing what a bloated feature-creeped rube goldberg contraption systemd is, a non-Unix non-Unix-way solution no serious Linux/Unix admin wants, it hinders troubleshooting and configuration. Systemd is what happens when inexperienced people with high IQ fly off on a tagent without engineering ability.

yesterday
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

iggymanz Re:launchd (412 comments)

it doesn't "just work", the plist configuration is needlessly complex

yesterday
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Intel Putting 3D Scanners In Consumer Tablets Next Year, Phones To Follow

iggymanz Re:Not until Apple includes it in their iPhone (72 comments)

surely, as has happened before with other multimedia tech, there is an application in the porn market that will make it take off

2 days ago
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Mystery Signal Could Be Dark Matter Hint In ISS Detector

iggymanz Re:ISIS is in space? (55 comments)

Her mother Nut is the sky god, you're saying she can't visit?

3 days ago

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How Not to Design a UI: Slashdot Beta Site is a Train Wreck

iggymanz iggymanz writes  |  about 9 months ago

iggymanz (596061) writes "As with Canonical's Unity and Windows 8, the majority of otherwise intelligent coders are completely out of their element when trying to make a user interface. They fly off on tangents, ignoring any user needs or input, making something understood and useable only to themselves. A bad UI is neither discoverable, learnable, efficient of space, nor capable of providing proper feedback to the user. With apologies, I link to the vilest and most aweful forum interface misdesigned by the minds of idiot-savants in full idiot mode, the Slashdot Beta Site."
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Petition to Say No To War in Syria at Petitions.Whitehouse.gov

iggymanz iggymanz writes  |  1 year,23 days

iggymanz (596061) writes "A petition against the United States of America going to war in Syria is at Petitions.WhiteHouse.gov. The reasons given include the USA is not under attack by Syria, there is no declaration of war, and Syria has not attacked U.S. armed forces nor citizens."
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The Glorious Return of the Twinkie

iggymanz iggymanz writes  |  about a year ago

iggymanz (596061) writes "The geek food staple Twinkie is coming back. The sturdy main component of the foundation to the geek four food groups of sugar, fat, caffeine and bacon; with rumored shelf life on the order of the time span to cool a white dwarf to room temperature; the Twinkie along with Ding-Dongs, Ho-Ho's and Cupcakes will be returning 15 July 2013 A.D. to the shelves under new management of Apollo Global Management and C. Dean Metropoulous & Co which paid over $400 mega dollars (U.S.) for the brands."
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Testable Dark Matter Theory with Anapoles

iggymanz iggymanz writes  |  about a year ago

iggymanz (596061) writes "A simple and testable model of dark matter was made by phyicists Robert Scherrer and Chiu Man Ho, that has dark matter particles with doughnut shaped magnetic fields, called anapoles, that only interact with electromagnetic fields when moving. Hence the they rarely are observed to interact with matter in their present very cold state; however such particles are detectable and this theory can be verified in the near future. These particle are also a type of majorana fermion."
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Draft of IPCC 2013 Report Already Circulating

iggymanz iggymanz writes  |  about 2 years ago

iggymanz (596061) writes "More precise modeling has changed some long term climate predictions: sea levels to rise almost a meter more than present over the next century, but past dire warnings of stronger storms or more frequent droughts won't pan out. Instead there will be less strong storms, but peak winds in the tropics might be slightly higher. Temperature rise of global average will be about 3 degree C total, including the 1 degree C rise over the 20th century. In places where precipitation is frequent, it will become even more frequent; in arid areas, the tendency will be to become even drier. Some new arid areas are expected to appear in the south of N. America, South Africa and Mediterrainian countries. Overall, hardly a doomsday scenerio."
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Planet in Habitable Zone only 22 Light-Years from Earth

iggymanz iggymanz writes  |  more than 2 years ago

iggymanz (596061) writes "The planet GJ 667Cc, found by data from earth-based observations, orbits once every 28 earth days in the habitable zone of a dim metal-poor M class dwarf. It is surprising to find probable rocky planet with at least 4.5 times the Earth's mass near a star of that composition. At a distance of 22 light-years, such a star could be reached by a fusion powered craft in a trip of several centuries."
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Wifi Signals Damage Sperm

iggymanz iggymanz writes  |  more than 2 years ago

iggymanz (596061) writes "Argentinian scientists find that microwave emissions from laptop wifi adapter damage sperm cells and their DNA, in a study led by Dr. Conrado Avendano of Nascentis Medicina Reproductiva in Cordoba. At the end of the linked article a U.S. urologist pooh-poohs the results but last quoted words were "..I don't know how many people use laptops on their laps anyway.""
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High Fat Diet is Fine

iggymanz iggymanz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

iggymanz (596061) writes "A study at John Hopkins of 55 obese but otherwise healthy subjects from the ages of 30 to 65 had the volunteers on a high fat but low carb diet along with moderate exercise. Besides losing weight, there was no observed arterial hardening, which counters the health advise of many decades past. There was also other evidence of cardiovascular health. The subjects even had arterial stiffness improvement after a 900 calorie McDonald's lunch."
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Obama Admin OK with Assassinating U.S. Citizens

iggymanz iggymanz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

iggymanz (596061) writes "The Obama administration agrees with and will continue the Bush-era policy of having the option of assassinating American citizens if they are working with those considered to be terrorists. No Due Process for You, our state of being terrorized apparently justifies expedited justice."
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