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Comment Re: I thought state and religion were separate in (Score 1) 1560

The problem with you is not your philosophy, it is your attitude.

Let's rephrase the argument:

I despise modern art. I find it to be utter, utter crap. Blobs of color that a 3 year old could paint if they had no taste. However, there are people willing to waste literally millions of dollars on it. There are two approaches I can take to this.

One, I can not go to Modern Art galleries, not purchase modern art, and generally avoid it. This is called "consumer choice" and is the mature approach to the situation.

Or, two, I can go to galleries, berate people to their faces and call them morons, throw feces and urine on their most respected pieces of "art", and petition the government to remove all modern art from all government places, and sue if they won't comply. This is called, "Douche-baggery" and is the choice you and many other atheists and atheist groups have made.

If anyone gets in your face, it's because of your attitude.

Yes, there are a lot of deluded people in the world, but pointing out their delusion does not endear you to them. Don't believe me? Try pointing out to a group of programmers which editor is better, vi or emacs, spaces or tabs, or C++ vs. Java.

And, by the way, the biggest delusion anyone has is that they know the absolute truth and are totally right in any situation, on any social topic.

Comment Re:Torn between reading and doing (Score 2) 381

Few developers are going to have to know how to really code, or what is really happening in the engine they are using.

And THIS is why I get paid nearly twice as much as all the people I work with who fit exactly this mold. Because when you do understand how the code really works, you can make software perform better than anyone believes. For example, 10,000 complex business logic transactions per second with database and third party interactions on 3 boxes of physical hardware with a total cost under $20,000. (Probably less if our ops people didn't insist on IBM branded servers.)

Comment Re: And to think the DNC wanted to face Trump... (Score 1) 2837

The "not in the work force" number includes only healthy citizens, age 16-65. So your argument about your parents and daughter is invalid.

Additionally, the number is now at the highest percentage since it was first calculated in 1978. In other words, the labor participation rate (i.e. the percentage of people who are of age and wish to have jobs) is at its lowest rate since 1978 (when it was first tracked).

U6 unemployment, on the other hand, does not include anyone unemployed longer than 12-26 months (depending on whether they try to find a job or not). This means they fall to those no longer in the labor pool. That number has grown by 14.4 million people under Obama.

See here:

Labor Participation Rate

No other president since 1980 has presided over such a steep decline (3.4%) in the participation rate, and George W. Bush was the only other president with a net decline (1%). (Note, the graph can be adjusted to include data from before 1978 which has been retroactively calculated, and which is lower, because of the low participation of females in the work force prior to the late 1970's / early 1980's.)

That 3.4% drop indicates 14.4 million more people out of work, and off the unemployment rolls. Typically about a 250,000 job change is needed for 0.1% of unemployment rate change. That would indicate another 5.76% of unemployment to add to the U6 number of 9.5% giving a grand total of 15.26% unemployment, right in line with the original poster, and also a good indicator of why those 15.26% of people, who kept hearing about this great "economic recovery" going on probably swung from blue to red in the election.

Unemployment rates
Vote Swing Map

Look at where the growth in red votes came from in this election. Blue-collar working class states. You know, the ones who get ignored compared to those shiny city slickers that Hillary campaigned to, and who showed up at Trump rallies just in time to be called "deplorable" and "irredeemable" by Hillary. These aren't racists, or fascists, or any of the other names that get used for Trump supporters, they're people who were sick of being ignored. Trump didn't ignore them. Hillary did. Hillary literally did not visit Wisconsin after the primaries since it was "in the bag" for her. Trump did. Guess who won?

Comment Re:Fascism has come to America. (Score 1) 2837

You speak of fascism, a word which comes from "fascio", which is Italian for a bundle of rods or sticks. When the political fasci or guilds and syndicates of Italy grouped together to form a mostly Left-leaning political coalition they coined the term to describe their political movement, with the fasci bundled into a single fascio. "Fascism" (Italian: fascismo) is thus a political philosophy derived from the idea that the bundle of sticks, bound together, is much stronger than the single stick alone.

Stronger Together.

Which was literally Hillary Clinton's campaign slogan.

Just saying...

Comment Re:How to Lie with Statistics (Score 1) 693

And this is the specific follow up with Monte Carlo Red Noise simulations giving back Hockey Sticks with Mann's algorithm.

Hockey sticks, principal components, and spurious significance

That one took me looking up the Wikipedia article on "Hockey Stick Controversy". Seriously, learn to use the internets.

Comment Is this the same "One Decade" we were promised... (Score 4, Insightful) 357

...in 2006 by Al Gore? "...unless drastic measures to reduce greenhouse gases are taken within the next 10 years, the world will reach a point of no return", Gore said.

...in 1999, by James Hansen, telling us that the 2000's would rival the 1930's for the highest ever... of course, then we went into a "hiatus" of global warming. Original article.

...in 2006, by this group, saying, Extinction is OUR choice, unless... .... within the next 8 years we have STOPPED using fossil fuels, PLANTED millions of trees, ended logging, and PREPARED our cities and agriculture for the inevitable sea rise. OTHERWISE OUR CHILDREN MAY NOT SURVIVE!

...in 2006, by the Independent?

...in late 2006, by Mother Jones?

..in 2004, by James Hansen? Article

Or maybe just google all this from 10+ years ago, telling us we'd all be dead in 10 years. google.com

Let's stop with the hysteria and stick to facts. I'm not against cutting CO2 emissions, I am against needless panic mongering.

Comment Re:I hope they put in an external antenna port (Score 1) 124

The original Omega (I own two of them) doesn't have an external antenna either, and does quite nicely without it. I have connected to it as an AP with a laptop from up to 50 feet away even through walls. That's not in a metal case or anything, but I can't complain about it at all. Now the GPS add-on without the external antenna... that's a different story.

Comment Maybecause of the aggressive Windows 10 push (Score 1, Flamebait) 383

I know I just dropped Windows in favor of Linux because of the aggressive (read -- "installed in the middle of the night without asking") push towards Windows 10. During the 8 days it was on my computer, the router caught it trying to upload my entire Documents directory to OneDrive, again, without asking.

If I wanted an O/S that was going to steal all my work, I'd install one. No thanks Microsoft, you burned your bridges here. Linux is not as smooth and not as easy to use, but I'll take that any day over having data such as my corporate records, source code, and even my tax returns getting uploaded to some uncontrolled cloud owned by Microsoft.

Comment Re: Why SLS? (Score 2) 224

That's simply not true. SpaceX designed the Falcons from the beginning to meet the requirements for Man-Rating. They met all the specs and all the safety margins. The only reason it hasn't been fully man rated yet is that they haven't finished the Dragon 2 test program through all the steps.

But just like the SLS, it was designed from day one to be man-rated.

The only "pencil whipping" by the Air Force was to allow it to launch national security payloads, and that was after it had completed a certain number of certification flights with civilian payloads. After the launch failure last June, they went right back into a probationary status until the accident was explained and dealt with. There's really been no special treatment of SpaceX, it just seems that way because they've been launching a lot more often than the ULA guys did to get certified.

Submission + - Microsoft is forcing Windows 10 Update without permission (computerworld.com) 1

jnaujok writes: This morning I woke up to find my main work machine (Windows 7) was now displaying this message:

Your WIndows 10 upgrade is almost here!
  • Save your work and leave your PC on and plugged in
  • This upgrade usually takes 90 minutes or less
  • Your files will be right where you left them
  • Your PC will restart several times
  • Make sure you're logged in as an administrator

Your upgrade will start in
14:12
I need more time

Clicking the "I need more time" lets me reset the counter to an hour. No matter what I do, I can't get rid of this screen. If I hadn't stopped to check my mail before leaving for work, it would have installed on its own. I knew I'd be going to all-linux sooner or later, but this level of intrusion seems a bit harsh, even for Microsoft and it's making me contemplate getting off the Microsoft crack today. With all the phoning home and data stealing windows 10 does, I can't possibly imagine using it for my PCI required work.

Any comments from the SlashDot crowd? Clearly this can't just be me, it has to be happening all over this morning. Does Microsoft really think this is a good business decision?

Comment Think of the people! (Score 1) 215

Last year tens of thousands of people were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation in excess of 5 milli-sieverts.

How?

They went on vacation to the beach in Brazil for a week or so.

"Radiation levels are highest at Guarapari’s beaches, a popular seasonal tourist attraction, where readings of up to 175 mSv (millisieverts)) per year have been measured." Global Hot Spots

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