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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

mcbiondi Re:Recency bias and global warming pause (703 comments)

The problem is their computer models basically prove whatever they set out to have proven. More than that, there's so much money at stake it's hard to believe no-one is biased - in either direction.

about 4 months ago

IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

mcbiondi Re:It's the end of the world as we know it (703 comments)

The reality is that as an individual there's very little one can do. The biggest polluters are in China and the developing countries. Plus perhaps the American meat industry. I stopped eating meat ages ago (for health reasons). Now what?

about 4 months ago

IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

mcbiondi Re:It's the end of the world as we know it (703 comments)

Yes, it was a myth. I also remember reading about it in the paper all the time - just like these global warming stories. The trouble with the media is that they love to print bad news. Whether it is true or not, that part doesn't matter.

about 4 months ago

Occupy Wall Street Protests Go Global

mcbiondi Re:Excellent article on what's wrong (944 comments)

But the thing about sub prime housing that no-one seems to want to talk about is this is completely due to another badly thought out Democrat policy. Barney Frank is the root of this evil, not Wall Street.

more than 2 years ago

Sony Reader T1 Hacked

mcbiondi Re:Friends Don't Let Friends Buy Sony (50 comments)

As someone who has also had both, the Sony product is much more finished. My Kobo was missing all kinds of features that would be nice to have in an ebook reader. Such as turning to a specific page, or using the build in dictionary with any document, not just those purchased from Kobo. The kept promising features like these in "the next release", but honestly I hate it when I buy something unfinished and have to beg the company to do what they said they would up front.

Also, my battery was always going dead after a few days - much, much sooner than the Sony.

Lastly, my Sony reader is compatible with many more formats than the Kobo, and my Kobo library transfered over seamlessly.

more than 2 years ago

Gov't Funded Electric Car Company Goes Out of Business

mcbiondi Re:Meanwhile.. (195 comments)

Banks and finance companies create liquidity and marketplaces. Perhaps you don't understand the products they offer, but they definitely do exist. Without them things like home and car ownership would be all but out of reach save for the wealthiest Americans who can afford to pay in cash. And the fresh food in your refrigerator is made possible by lending money to farmers against their future crop yields. In short the America we all know and love would be drastically different if banks vanished.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Software To Organise a Heterogeneous Mix of Files?

mcbiondi OneNote (254 comments)

Get yourself a copy of Microsoft's OneNote. It is exactly what you want - easy to use, allows for searching within documents, and allows for mixed media storage - voice, documents, screen shots, handwriting, all mix freely. It has basic OCR and voice recognition skills that help it search through non-typed material, though sometimes it's a bit hit or miss here.

more than 3 years ago

Japan Battles Partial Nuclear Meltdown

mcbiondi Re:what progress? (769 comments)

And yet, somehow, we've gotten past all that and can all look back and have a good laugh.

more than 3 years ago

Smartphone As Your Most Dangerous Possession

mcbiondi Re:And how many people actually protect their phon (154 comments)

Ten seconds of Google and I found this ( They feel the weakness is in the iphone backup, where they can use a PC to do a brute force attack to break the encryption.

I think more googling would probably provide even more results.

more than 3 years ago

Notion Ink's Adam Android Tablet Said To Ship This Week

mcbiondi Re:stop messing with the Android UI (78 comments)

I have a touch and I've never noticed this behavior. The only time I've seen it slow down is when you are installing / updating.

more than 3 years ago

Zoho Don't Need No Stinking Ph.D. Programmers

mcbiondi Re:Yay for common sense (612 comments)

I disagree. The college diploma only gets you a foot in the door. Its a certification, and therefore an easy way for employers to screen people, especially when they have no other experience to speak of. Obviously good students don't always translate into good employees, but its an easier method than "gut feel".

I've had a number of Masters and PhD folks work for me, and truthfully some were better than others. The degree doesn't predict anything.

about 4 years ago

Stock Market Sell-Off Might Stem From Trader's Fat Finger

mcbiondi Re:Wall Street Steals the Best and the Brightest (643 comments)

Think of what's been done. Its the job of Wall Street institutions to direct (and re-direct) wealth to those who can use it. Farmers, food producers, manufactures, and start-ups are just a few of the industries that cannot exist without help from Wall Street. Like it or not, the American economy is directly dependent on having enough money at the right place and time.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source vs. Wall Street Bonuses

mcbiondi Re:Hold bonuses in escrow for two years (172 comments)

I suppose you haven't heard about claw-backs. This is already common practice in many industries. What to do with the repossessed bonus? That's easy, its just unexpected income.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source vs. Wall Street Bonuses

mcbiondi Re:Real world already knows this (172 comments)

It depends how you look at it. IT brings in plenty of revenue, its management's job recognizing it as that and making sure everyone understands the value added. I also disagree with the Parent poster - lots of folks are still going into IT - what's harder to find are the more traditional jobs - many are being replaced by trading engines, etc.

more than 4 years ago

US Justice Dept. Investigates IT Hiring Practices

mcbiondi Re:Here We Go ... (223 comments)

That's not the same scenario - those headhunters didn't want to anger their biggest client, hence they wouldn't work with you. Of course, getting a job != calling a headhunter.

more than 4 years ago

Why Everyone Has High Hopes For Apple Tablet

mcbiondi Deafing roar (596 comments)

Um, I think we're just witnessing Apple's marketing campaign, and boy they must be spending a bundle on it. They have to cut through the clutter somehow....

more than 4 years ago

Do IT Pros Abuse Their Power?

mcbiondi Re:Do power users abuse their IT knowledge? (460 comments)

Agreed. Where I work, the second you do this, an automated job sends your termination notice to HR and you are on your way out the door. We have a policy we sign when we get employed and you are expected to be mature and follow some basic rules.

more than 4 years ago

Asus To Phase Out Sub-10" Eee PCs

mcbiondi Re:Well "Works With Linux" is a feature to me (497 comments)

You are missing the point. He wanted to use the computer for SOMETHING, not to endlessly configure it. I hear him. I am an ex-linux systems administrator. I supported Linux for over 10 years professionally, and Solaris for many years before that. What do I use at home? Windows. Why? It works great, and when something does break, I'm not on my own, though admittedly, this is less and less of an issue. I have struggled with all of the GP's issues and more - at home. For years my friends laughed at me, but then I wised up and saw the light. Life is too short to waste 10 hours trying to get your VPN working with the one at work, and they won't help you because what you're doing is against policy.... Or I spent many, many hours trying to get my laptop running Mandrake 8.2 to work with my wireless PCMCIA card - good luck getting support for that, especially when the sole developer for the chipset I accidentally bought works on it part time when he moonlights from HP. But in Windows, it all just works right out of the box. Go figure.

Actually, having supported Linux for so long, I hesitate to say it's more powerful. I've seen many, many bugs, both in the kernel and outside. Especially in the early years, but I stumbled across another one just a few days back in AS4. The sort utility silently crashes when reading files with certain characters in just the right places. Some things never change.

more than 5 years ago


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