Re: firewalls and installation stuff....
From: "P. Johnson" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: firewalls and installation stuff....
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 18:12:58 -0700
Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 18, 2006 at 03:37:19PM -0700, P. Johnson wrote:
>> Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
>> > On Wed, Oct 18, 2006 at 08:08:33AM -0700, Andrew Sackville-West
>> >> And don't take this personally, but as a piece of friendly
>> > [...]
>> >> http://catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
>> > I hope that didn't come across as harsh as it now looks to me.
>> It isn't, if you're not so hung up on what the URL looks like and
>> click it and look at the content.
> please clarify for me as I'm having trouble parsing this. Are you
> saying it isn't harsh and if one took the time to read the page, they
> would not be offended by having it suggested to them? If so, I agree
> with you :)
Yup, that's exactly what I was getting at.
I went on this site and read the content. I have some comments about this.
In my career I have mostly been a user of software but when I was a kid I
did do some programming in Fortran. The types of software Ihave used range
from the following:
software for solving protein structure by X-ray crystallography;
this included film measurement and scanning, crystal structure refinement
software, molecular replacement, X-ray detector software, electron density
maps, molecular graphics software and so on.
I had to read a lot of documentation.
I then got a job doing molecular dynamics simulations of enzyme catalysed
More documentation here.
What I would say is that there is never a precise one to one match between
what is in a manual and what you need to do to use a piece of software.
So I have some sympathy for what people have written on this page but not
Sorry if I seem a bit thick skinned but there it is.
I am running a company that is developing technology to clean up CO2 from
If you want you can ask dumb questions about this and I will be patient with
you. I have to do this with business people all the time. Even executives
in large companies who should know better can't understand what I am doing
in some cases.
Even then, I can't give them a full clear explanation because I have to
persuade them to sign a confidentiality agreement with me before I can
disclose what I am working on in any detail to avoid blowing the patent
But I have managed to get confidentiality agreements with a power company
and an engineering contractor that builds chemical plants and power
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