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  • Updated: Dell embraces processors from AMD

    05/18/2006 3:25:27 PM PDT · 7 of 11
    munchtipq to Crazieman

    I agree that Dell is certainly not a sexy name for gaming systems, for lots of reasons. But I don't think putting AMD's inside Dell boxes helps them there. The AlienWare acquisition does, but no respectable gamer I can imagine would buy a Dell just because you have very little control over the make of the internal boards, which often end up being refurbished crap. High-end gamers want all new boards, all new memory. An AMD chip isn't going to solve that.

    The server market is a more promising opening, but the conventional wisdom of Dell's customer service declining (mostly through off-shoring) is not going to fill an IT manager with warm fuzzies.

    Not that I'm super-expert-man on this or anything. It's not like I manage an IT department or anything (though I do help with IT functions at my company), and it's possible that this will really help Dell, but I try to keep current on IT sites like SlashDot and Dell's reputation there is not good and it has nothing to do with their failure to offer AMD.

  • Updated: Dell embraces processors from AMD

    05/18/2006 2:54:31 PM PDT · 3 of 11
    munchtipq to nickcarraway

    I dunno, everything I've heard has suggested that Dell's recent fall is a result of degraded customer service, not a failure to offer AMD chips.

  • 'Da Vinci Code' Actor: Bible Should Have 'Fiction' Disclaimer

    05/17/2006 4:16:05 PM PDT · 49 of 56
    munchtipq to chae

    I never saw The Wild. "See No Evil" isn't on my list, unfortunately (me and my girlfriend decided to take this summer movie preview article we saw and go to every single one of the 30 movies on it, no matter what, "see no evil" wasn't on there).

    So far there's only been one from the list, Poseidon, which wasn't really all that bad, I guess helped along by low expectations a bit.

  • 'Da Vinci Code' Actor: Bible Should Have 'Fiction' Disclaimer

    05/17/2006 2:44:58 PM PDT · 28 of 56
    munchtipq to Texas4ever

    Yeah, both of them are actually on my list, so I have to see both, but I fully support anyone who wants to avoiding the Da Vinci Code. Honestly I think Over the Hedge is going to be pretty bad too, but I have slightly higher hopes for that.

  • 'Da Vinci Code' Actor: Bible Should Have 'Fiction' Disclaimer

    05/17/2006 2:32:55 PM PDT · 20 of 56
    munchtipq to DaveTesla

    he's just trying to stir up interest in the movie. he's an old pro, it'll probably work pretty well.

    i wish i could not see this movie based on the fact that the book was terrible and bad books = worse movies (see: dreamcatcher), but i made a committment to see 30 summer movies and this is on the list.

    snakes on a plane is the highlight of the summer movie season for me.


    03/23/2006 3:21:09 PM PST · 48 of 64
    munchtipq to Erasmus

    well, unlike most people who are trying furiously to discredit the research because the conclusions were faulty, i think something interesting could come of this. clearly these children had a lot of things in common environmentally speaking, which makes any conclusions shaky. but if similar studies were carried out with groups in a a) primarily conservative and b) mixed community it could be interesting to see the results. if the results were reversed, this would lead to very different conclusions than what the media is reporting for this story.

    (by the way, never trust the media's reporting of conclusions in a scientific paper. they will take a sentence prefaced with 6,000 'maybe's and 'possibly's and giant warning signs saying that this is just speculation and report it as something 'proved' by a piece of research.)

    anyways, that's my take on it.


    03/23/2006 2:32:10 PM PST · 30 of 64
    munchtipq to the anti-liberal

    or, another possible conclusion could be that people's political proclivities are set at a very early age, and these children were born conservatives stuck in a liberal environment, and so whined about it, as children do.

  • Miracle on grass: Canada beats U.S.

    03/09/2006 1:12:51 PM PST · 25 of 25
    munchtipq to luvbach1

    interesting point, and something i was wondering about, also, because i know that not all the players on all the teams are natives of the country they're playing for, so i went to and looked at the rosters for each team and counted by place of birth how many natives are on each team

    china - 29/29, 1 unlisted
    taiwan - 4/4, 26 unlisted
    japan - 29/29, 1 unlisted
    korea - 8/8, 22 unlisted
    canada - 28/30
    mexico - 29/30
    south africa - 2/2, 28 unlisted
    usa - 30/30
    cuba - 30 unlisted (no kidding)
    netherlands - 12/14, 16 unlisted (maybe, this one is strange)
    panama - 25/25, 5 unlisted
    puerto rico - 26/30
    australia - 22/24, 6 unlisted
    dominican republic - 28/30
    italy - 0/18, 12 unlisted (wow)
    venezuela - 30/30

    so really the only country that egregiously has a bunch of players that weren't born in that country is italy, at least of those that are listed. i'm kind of assuming that most of the unlisteds are from the countries they play for, except for the italians, i guess.

    anyways, i thought that would be interesting to see, and other people might want to see the breakdown.

    incidentally, i didn't have much hope for the wbc in general but after seeing how deeply into it latin america is i'm starting to really enjoy it. i wish more games were on tv, though. i'd like to see the koreans and japanese play some of the slugging teams, but it seems most of those games are on at 3 am if they're on at all. oh well, maybe if all the rounds continue to be as popular as the first among latin americans, we'll see more t.v. coverage next time.

  • Report: Bonds began using steroids, vast array of other drugs, in 1998

    03/08/2006 10:39:32 AM PST · 69 of 70
    munchtipq to Al Simmons

    1. Yes, they are. My point is that they shouldn't be.

    2. If steroids weren't against the league rules, however, there would not be any skew because they would be equally available to all players. From all the evidence that has been released lately, it seems like that's the case anyway.

  • Report: Bonds began using steroids, vast array of other drugs, in 1998

    03/08/2006 7:04:03 AM PST · 67 of 70
    munchtipq to Al Simmons

    Absolutely. This was really my point, that there were so many differences between then and now as to make statistical comparisons of individual players isn't worth anything. I could have used the example about other professional sports becoming more popular just as easily as the example I used for the same purpose.

    So there is little validity to the argument that steroids are bad because they make such comparisons less valid, because such comparisons are invalid anyways.

  • Republicans Back Line-Item Veto for President

    03/08/2006 7:01:06 AM PST · 21 of 21
    munchtipq to supercat

    Ah, I see, so it's really not much of a line item veto the way I think of it, then. Which I guess is necessary to avoid running head on into the precedent set on the previous try. Ah well, it might be an interesting executive power, but I don't see it being that valuable.

  • Republicans Back Line-Item Veto for President

    03/07/2006 4:15:59 PM PST · 5 of 21
    munchtipq to indcons

    one thing i didn't quite get, maybe someone could answer for me, but when the president marks items for veto and congress then votes on them, do they vote on all line-item vetoes for a bill at once? or do they vote on each line veto individually? it seems like if they have to vote on all of the line-item vetoes at once we'll end up with the same sort of back-scratching we have now.

  • Report: Bonds began using steroids, vast array of other drugs, in 1998

    03/07/2006 2:14:33 PM PST · 58 of 70
    munchtipq to sean327

    what tradition? the game of baseball has been constantly changing since it was invented. moving the mound up, moving it back down, changing how the balls are wound, changing rules about bats, re-centering the strike zone. and those are just the small changes.

    as a whole, professional baseball has become a whole different entity, where contracts come before quality of play. this is not inherently wrong, this is how every major venue of entertainment is. albums are not rated on their quality but on their sales. movies not by their merits but by their grosses. ballplayers not by their skill but by their salary.

    keeping steroids out of the professional league isn't going to change any of this and bring back an older form of the game and make people stop paying to see names instead of games.

  • Report: Bonds began using steroids, vast array of other drugs, in 1998

    03/07/2006 12:41:20 PM PST · 44 of 70
    munchtipq to sean327

    hey, steroids are bad for minors, that's not disputed by anyone. so are cigarettes and alcohol. should adults be prohibited from using those, too?

  • Report: Bonds began using steroids, vast array of other drugs, in 1998

    03/07/2006 12:34:45 PM PST · 42 of 70
    munchtipq to easymoney

    I don't know, I mean, I like watching baseball, I'm trying to follow the WBC and everything, but when I hear people talking about how this is bad because they can't compare the players of yore to guys like A-Rod and Santana, I just kind of turn my ears off, because it's not really a sensible complaint.

    There are a million reasons why such comparisons aren't worth a dime, in my opinion, and steroid use is one of the smaller ones. I mean, can I go around saying that Ruth's records shouldn't count because he had it easy not having to play against black players? That he played against an artificially thinned talent pool? Of course I can't. The game was different then. You can say that Ruth was the greatest player of his time, and that's about all you can say. I know that doesn't sell many volumes of the baseball encyclopedias, but that's just the way it is for me.

    So given that steriods are being used anyways by most players, that they're not terribly dangerous to adult males, and they players seem, by and large, to be okay with using them, I don't really see a problem with allowing their use.

  • Report: Bonds began using steroids, vast array of other drugs, in 1998

    03/07/2006 12:24:32 PM PST · 34 of 70
    munchtipq to southernerwithanattitude

    If this is really what most baseball fans want, then they should pretty much hate MLB right now. It seems like MLB is doing alright for itself, though.

  • Report: Bonds began using steroids, vast array of other drugs, in 1998

    03/07/2006 12:12:16 PM PST · 25 of 70
    munchtipq to Wyatt's Torch

    Well, that's why I said let them juice. Let everyone juice if they want to.

  • Report: Bonds began using steroids, vast array of other drugs, in 1998

    03/07/2006 11:59:17 AM PST · 19 of 70
    munchtipq to Henchster

    Sportsmanship applies only to your teammates and competitors. Collectively, the league. So if all the players decide that they don't anyone using steroids in their league, fine. It seems like a majority of players are okay with it, though.

    Lots of things are unhealthy, and a lot more unhealthy than elevating your testosterone. Used responsibly, anabolic steroids are not that dangerous for adult men (they are not at all safe for minors and women, however).

    And, assuming that players all agree to just go ahead and use steroids if they want to, where is the bad example?

  • Report: Bonds began using steroids, vast array of other drugs, in 1998

    03/07/2006 11:54:41 AM PST · 16 of 70
    munchtipq to IamConservative

    Absolutely! Let 'em juice their hearts out! Does anyone complain that rock stars' performances are chemically enhanced? Why is it so different in the arena of sport? I honestly don't understand why people are offended by the use of steroids in this entertainment industry when in other forms of professional entertainment it's okay.

  • Freeper Research Project - Freeper Personalities: Results!

    03/06/2006 11:38:12 AM PST · 584 of 591
    munchtipq to Alamo-Girl


    Software Engineer

  • Movies and the marketplace: Big studios sanitize scripts while independents clean up on awards

    03/02/2006 4:49:15 PM PST · 11 of 13
    munchtipq to dfwgator

    They're too deep for me. I found the gay cowboys in Pulp Fiction but I couldn't seem to find the pudding. And then Eraserhead, there was the pudding, but where were the gay cowboys?

    Seriously, whoever wrote this article should smack themselves upside the hide with a 2-by-4 o' logic. Movies that cost the most make the most money. And if a studio sinks a huge amount of money into a film, they're going to make as sure as they can that it has the largest potential audience. So they can make the most money. And this is all fine and good, because it's fun to see these big money movies.

    But if that's all you make you're not ever going to see anything interesting. Having a smaller market where people are more able to push the envelope without being terrified of losing gigantic sums of money is just as important. And these movies are going to be more challenging, and a much larger percentage of them aren't going to be very good, but then there will be some that do something new and interesting that works really well.

    And that, in short, is why the smaller movies win the awards. Because they're the ones trying to do new things that impress people who watch a lot of movies, who are the people who give awards.

  • The "teach the controversy" party's over [Intelligent Design]

    02/24/2006 2:59:11 PM PST · 43 of 123
    munchtipq to Syncretic
    Do you believe that science proves (or indicates or strongly suggests) that there is no God who can administer justice?

    A: of course not. science cannot prove this.

    I am talking here about a God who rewards the good and punishes the evildoer. There are a lot of scientists here. What do you think?

    A: i think that there's nothing in the domain of science that i am aware of that proves, indicates, or strongly suggests either the existence or non-existence of such a God.

    i guess i don't have to answer the follow-up question, because it doesn't apply to me.

    i don't think any of that makes me a creationist, though. i am convinced of the scientific validity of the theory of evolution, and equally convinced that intelligent design is not scientific and not even really anything interesting to say.

    anyways, that's one answer from this "Darwinist", whatever that term means.

  • Intelligent design loses vote [Ohio]

    02/15/2006 4:18:14 PM PST · 294 of 386
    munchtipq to peyton randolph; NapkinUser

    Do you know, I've been following these threads for a while now off and on, and I had embarassingly never known what FSM was until today. It's pretty brilliant, though, for sure. Especially the hate mail on the site, that was really funny to read.

  • Calling in sick..

    02/06/2006 2:30:15 PM PST · 57 of 60
    munchtipq to antiRepublicrat

    yikes! it was too good apparently, i saw some responses taking it seriously and just got confused. it's sad, i guess, that i had to ask and couldn't just assume that obviously it was a joke. like "do you realize that the american workforce has reached a point where fully half of our workers are below average?"

  • Calling in sick..

    02/06/2006 12:14:37 PM PST · 32 of 60
    munchtipq to antiRepublicrat

    um... is this a joke? there are 5 workdays, each day is 20 percent of the work week. if sickdays are equally distributed, 20% will be mondays, 20% will be fridays, 40% will be monday or friday... what's the issue?

  • This Cure Is Free! A Shadeggelic health-care plan.

    01/23/2006 5:50:17 AM PST · 19 of 34
    munchtipq to .cnI redruM

    I'm worried, though, that like with banking and Delaware, all insurance ends up in the same place. But I guess that's been working okay. If you have to go to court for a credit card or something do they have to come to your state or do you have to go to Delaware? If they have to come to your state, then I guess even that's not a problem.

  • This Cure Is Free! A Shadeggelic health-care plan.

    01/23/2006 5:45:14 AM PST · 16 of 34
    munchtipq to Cincinatus

    I'm not sure I totally agree with the blanket statement (things like telephone/electricity/sewage require so much public infrastructure that I think the government has to be involved), but in regards to health care, I don't see a need for the level of government involvement we have now. It's not like you can hold a monopoly in any kind of insurance unless you're colluding with doctors and hospitals and stuff, or colluding with other companies to keep prices high, and I guess with the kind of information flow we have nowadays I'm not worried about that, so free the health care!

  • This Cure Is Free! A Shadeggelic health-care plan.

    01/23/2006 5:30:17 AM PST · 7 of 34
    munchtipq to .cnI redruM

    I'm a Democrat in most senses of the word, but I'm not ridiculous. This is a good idea. I don't think it would be out-of-line to add some regulatory oversight at the federal level to expedite complaints, my only issue being that if you have to take the insurance company to court do you then have to go to the state they're operating in to make your case? I think some (slight) federal regulation might be necessary to deal with that issue, I know that's not going to be popular here, but other than that, this would be, I think, very helpful for health care nationwide.

  • WorldWatch - Creation and Evolution in the Schools

    01/19/2006 1:32:47 PM PST · 181 of 412
    munchtipq to Ichneumon

    Fair enough. I'm a mathematician, not a biologist, and wasn't aware of the degree to which mutations like this had been examined. In fact, reading on this thread has been illuminating in this regard. When I first read about IC concepts I read about them in regard to Behe, so I suppose I associate them with him, even though I see now this was incorrect.

    As a mathematician and computer scientist, my mind jumped straight to genetic algorithms, and the problems of combinatorial explosion that have to be dealt with there. I thought that if nature were to give us clues about which types of mutations were useful in certain domains, we could then try to constrain our algorithms in a principled, useful way. Computational biologists are probably, actually, all over this, but I'd never though about it before, so Behe became associated in my mind with this idea when he probably doesn't deserve to be.

    So I guess that's the real flaw in this article, that it seems to give a lot of credit for recognizing that complex mutations must exist to the recent IC arguments when in fact the IC arguments have been around forever and a day. I had made the same error, so I guess I have some sympathy for the man. But not too much. After all, I would have checked before I published anything.

  • WorldWatch - Creation and Evolution in the Schools

    01/19/2006 9:30:15 AM PST · 66 of 412
    munchtipq to PatrickHenry

    Indeed. It's really frustrating to see what's going on, because if you just look at Behe's claims, disregarding the conclusions, if those were verified they would be, in my opinion, an aid to teaching evolution. What you would then have is evidence that simple additive genetic mutation is not sufficient to produce the species we have, that these more complex mutations have to be taken into account, and that they're not just theoretical, that they actually happen. That, to me, brings more insight into evolution.

    I feel like in a saner world, this would be the conclusion of the irreducible complexity argument, and it would be cool and people who read about it would say "wow, that's pretty cool" and things like evolutionary algorithms would start to include these mutations into their mutation set and all kinds of neat things might happen and we might even call it the "Behe Mutation Set" and now none of that is happening...

  • WorldWatch - Creation and Evolution in the Schools

    01/19/2006 8:04:08 AM PST · 47 of 412
    munchtipq to doc30

    Really? You read the article differently than I did, then. What I took away was:

    - The complexity arguments put forth were interesting and need to be explained.
    - ID isn't a scientific answer of any kind, and is in fact a religious concept.
    - ID shouldn't be taught in science classes.

    I kind of agree with most of that.

  • WorldWatch - Creation and Evolution in the Schools

    01/19/2006 7:51:11 AM PST · 43 of 412
    munchtipq to PatrickHenry

    It's a tricky situation. I agree with most of this article. Examining these complex structures and trying to understand how they could have come to be using mechanisms that we've seen evidence for (like separate structures with totally different functions coming together to do yet a third thing) is valuable. Hence, if some of Behe's results were actually verified, that simple genetic mutations can't account for certain structures, that's valuable, because it shows that these complex combinations of structures must occur at a useful level in natural selection, which is, well, pretty cool, in my opinion. It's sad that people keep trying to "use" these results in various ways to advance particular agendas.

    That's kind of what I took away from this article, but then I've been guilty of reading what I want to read sometimes...

  • WorldWatch - Creation and Evolution in the Schools

    01/19/2006 7:43:48 AM PST · 41 of 412
    munchtipq to Mr170IQ

    Fantastic article. I kept reading and thinking "yes, this guy gets it, I wonder who he is?" How cool who it ended up being.

  • "Stairway To Heaven" tops solo guitar survey

    01/17/2006 2:18:11 PM PST · 117 of 792
    munchtipq to steveo; MineralMan

    Some producer or other said that, I remember reading it in the liner notes somewhere. I've only seen him live once, but it was great. William Powell is amazing, I've been learning a couple of the simpler tunes, with my ultimate goal being that one. I might get to it sometime around my 60th birthday or so...

  • "Stairway To Heaven" tops solo guitar survey

    01/17/2006 2:13:32 PM PST · 97 of 792
    munchtipq to daniel boob; reagandemocrat

    you lucky, lucky man. i am too young to have seen FZ live, unfortunately, but that recorded version was what i was referring to.

  • "Stairway To Heaven" tops solo guitar survey

    01/17/2006 2:05:25 PM PST · 54 of 792
    munchtipq to quantim

    maybe it was just the order i heard things in, but that solo redefined what rock guitar was for me in a lot of ways.

  • "Stairway To Heaven" tops solo guitar survey

    01/17/2006 2:02:14 PM PST · 37 of 792
    munchtipq to reagandemocrat

    my fav. zappa solo is The Muffin Man, i'm not allowed to listen to it in the car anymore because i stop paying attention to the road.

  • "Stairway To Heaven" tops solo guitar survey

    01/17/2006 2:00:53 PM PST · 30 of 792
    munchtipq to advance_copy

    i assumed they meant rock solos, if you start throwing country/folk guys in then you've got to deal with virtuosos like Leo Kottke and then jazz guys like Django... i don't think they meant the top 10 best guitar parts, but more like the top 10 high-flying rock solos.

  • "Stairway To Heaven" tops solo guitar survey

    01/17/2006 1:56:34 PM PST · 11 of 792
    munchtipq to lunarbicep

    Brian May - We Will Rock You

  • Amherst (MA) leans to the left

    01/17/2006 5:58:54 AM PST · 5 of 19
    munchtipq to Enterprise1788

    As the recipient of two degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst... yep, that's how it is. I was not politically interested while I was in school, though, so I just kind of ignored it all in favor of the computing that I love. I will say that me and a friend used to have a great time going down to the student union (where you can smell the patchouli oil a mile away) and get coffee and have heated arguments about math. No one ever seemed to want to join our conversations though... I still think it's a pretty good school, in general, but like all schooling, what you put in is the biggest determinant in what you get out...

  • I'm a great believer in doubt. At least I think I am. (Creationism vs. Evolution)

    01/16/2006 1:00:54 PM PST · 110 of 162
    munchtipq to TN4Liberty

    Not really. Multiple people writing the same thing isn't really the same idea as a journal where what gets published has to be approved by experts in the field who can reproduce any experiments done in the paper, and see all the same evidence. I think that's more of a issue for judging historical accuracy rather than scientific validity...

  • I'm a great believer in doubt. At least I think I am. (Creationism vs. Evolution)

    01/16/2006 10:19:25 AM PST · 73 of 162
    munchtipq to js1138

    I guess you're right, now that I think about it. Confidence is a more appropriate word, once something has succeeded many times over. Faith is more appropriate for something there is no data on, I guess.

  • I'm a great believer in doubt. At least I think I am. (Creationism vs. Evolution)

    01/16/2006 10:11:33 AM PST · 70 of 162
    munchtipq to dubie

    It isn't really like that, it's more abstract. It doesn't have "size" so much as it has "dimension". Try to think of the abstract concept of a line. It doesn't have an end, or a beginning, it's just a line. Now when the line "expands" it doesn't actually get bigger in any normal sense of the word, because it's already infinitely long, but things on it get farther apart. This is more like what we have with physical space, except that physical space is more complicated then a line, so the dimensions aren't all infinite (imagine more like a circle, so when it stretches out there is actually more room on the circle for things). But we're still talking about the dimensions of space, not the size of an object. It's complicated, I agree, but it's also sublimely cool to contemplate.

  • I'm a great believer in doubt. At least I think I am. (Creationism vs. Evolution)

    01/16/2006 8:43:35 AM PST · 15 of 162
    munchtipq to ClearCase_guy

    I disagree with this pretty completely. It's true that rather than studying every scientific topic myself, I do have faith in the peer-review process. I guess that leaves me open to a vast conspiracy of hundreds of scientists working together to hide a world-shaking truth from me. But because of that one bit of faith, you can't say that I am then taking proven scientific theories on faith. As long as the peer-review process remains valid, the results that pass it can be accepted, so that's the only bit of faith I need.

    So I guess if you don't believe in the peer review process, you might look at scientific knowledge and think that people have faith in each bit of knowledge independently, but really it's just faith in the process.

  • Democrats propose 13th grade to get high schoolers a college degree

    01/11/2006 9:58:21 AM PST · 39 of 58
    munchtipq to Abathar

    But why do you need to pay to do that? Advancing your education is easy, and doesn't require paying large sums of money and not working full-time. I went to college, as cheaply as I could, got an M.S. degree, and I could've learned everything I learned in 6 years in 2 years working, but I wouldn't have been hired without the paper, and the paper opens doors to promotions that would otherwise be closed no matter how well my job performance was. It's embarassing that almost all American companies are like this nowadays.

  • Democrats propose 13th grade to get high schoolers a college degree

    01/11/2006 9:45:11 AM PST · 26 of 58
    munchtipq to Abathar

    Isn't an AD a bargain basement thing anyways? Who cares? Personally I think most of your formal education is worthless after a couple years working anyhow.

  • Democrats propose 13th grade to get high schoolers a college degree

    01/11/2006 9:43:56 AM PST · 24 of 58
    munchtipq to metmom

    Doesn't really matter, in general colleges aren't doing any better.

  • Bugs Behaving Badly (Antibiotics are aging, and bacteria are learning to fight them off)

    01/10/2006 10:34:37 AM PST · 14 of 35
    munchtipq to lasisra

    Unfortunately I haven't seen much credible research on the subject. I imagine this is from a combination of reasons, one of which, yes, is that big companies fund a lot of research, and big pharmaceutical companies are probably not going to do backflips over funding research into avoiding taking pharmaceuticals.

    That's certainly not the only reason, though. It seems likely that studies on this topic would have to be over the course of years, and hence very expensive and difficult to control.

    This is frustrating to me, and probably to other people, because these arguments that taking a lot of anti-biotics is a bad thing make a lot of sense to me but I have no way to back it up. The best I can do is say that I know a few professional organic chemists and they all say to try to avoid taking anti-biotics if you can. I know that doesn't hold weight with anyone who doesn't know the same people, but it's the only real argument I can give other than that it just seems right.

    It's more work to avoid anti-biotic remedies, to be sure, but I think it's usually worth it in the long run.

  • Bugs Behaving Badly (Antibiotics are aging, and bacteria are learning to fight them off)

    01/10/2006 10:06:55 AM PST · 2 of 35
    munchtipq to Ben Mugged

    lesson: never take antibiotics if it can be avoided. most ailments have equally effective non-antibiotic remedies. antibiotics are a great thing, but they are WAY overused nowadays, and this is the kind of thing that will start happening...

  • Boeing Orders Break Record

    01/06/2006 10:44:34 PM PST · 49 of 53
    munchtipq to phantomworker

    Significant portions may be outsourced or even COTS (is it still considered COTS if it's just control software that ships with a part?), but I'm pretty positive that there are still large amounts of integration and operating software that is written in-house. Even if all of the software is outsourced, it's still the companies responsability to system-test, and if your processes are straight out of the 60's, I still wouldn't trust the end system, even if all of the outsourcers have great processes.

    I can't say I'm familiar with CATIA, learn something new every day. Obviously, I come from a software background, and it looks like CATIA is a broader-scale tool than I'm used to working with.

    You know, I hadn't ever thought of that before. I just took a cursory glance around, and it appears that compiler-makers don't bother to produce alternate-syntax versions for different languages. Which I guess is not surprising, because all you'd really get is some basic stuff like "class", "private", etc. To really get it into another language you'd have to re-compile all the libraries too, which I think maybe gets to be too much to be worth the trouble. I may be wrong, but that's the way it looked from my quick search.