The Cell Phone Has Changed — New Etiquette Needed
When and where I talk to Jesus is my own business, thank you very much.
US Congressman Announces Plans To Probe Wikileaks
What ever happened to "what's the problem if you have nothing to hide?"
How Video Games Reflect Ideology
You just don't know your chess history. The last red chess piece disappeared back when both sides were white and just wore red or blue coats.
I've heard the Canadians still have some of the original pieces but they hide them in a ratty little box way at the back of the top shelf of the closet.
Supermarket bans Jedi Knight
Dude seems wise beyond his years. The same rules should apply to everyone regardless of religion. Chances are no matter what you believe, there is someone out there that views it as a ridiculous fairytale.
How To Make Science Popular Again?
1. Teach critical thinking - Kids need to learn at an early age how to figure things out for themselves. This goes from how do I turn the TV on to Why is the sky blue. Self exploration of knowledge leads to a door that's hard to close. Starting at an early age, this could be enough on its own
2. Teach humility - We've all ran into ridiculous theories and misconceptions perpetuated by someones unwillingness to admit error. Before any progress can be done to foster a world driven by scientific process people need to be willing to say "I was wrong".
3. Say goodbye to religion - I have no problem with any specific ideology but an organization whose very approach means ignoring point number 1 and some amount of point number 2 will have no place in a scientific society. Sorry.
US Nuclear Power Industry Poised For a Comeback
Canadian Hate-Speech Law Violates Charter of Rights
It is your fault you're offended by it. That doesn't make it wrong to be offended.
Personally I don't find Westboro Baptists to be offensive. Sad, pathetic and deluded? Yes. However I see them more like a child acting out. If you ignore the behavior they will keep pushing and eventually give up. Of course sometimes children need spankings...
How you react to something is entirely in your control whether it initially seems like it or not.
Running Over Virtual Pedestrians Helps In-Game Ad Recall
How about in game product placement? If I'm playing Gangsta Land II: The Ulaanbaatar Conspiracies I don't want to see drink machines with papsi cola on them. I want Pepsi cola. And I also want to be able to blow it the hell up.
If a game is going for immersion I want real products and decor. However, the revenue generated by this advertising must give me some benefit. If I'm going to view the ads I want something out of it otherwise I won't be buying your game. Use the money to make a better game or discount your games I don't really care, just give me something.
Looking For a Link Between Sci-Fi UFOs and UFO Reports
Canadians know the truth. You think those delicious timbits are just donut holes? Alien eggs. You don't even want to know what's in a double double.
Mind-Blowing Interfaces On Display At SIGGRAPH 2009
It might not be the walking idiots you should be worried about dodging...
RIAA Says "Don't Expect DRMed Music To Work Forever"
tl;dr version - Dear RIAA,
Rude Drivers Reduce Traffic Jams
Two words: Zipper feeding.
It works, it's fast, it takes 2 lanes.
Visualizing False Positives In Broad Screening
You'd have a really good point if there weren't actually bigoted assholes and/or ignorant people in the world who agree with the great-grand-parent. Earlier in my life I may have been one of them.
I remember painting Muslims with a very broad and unfair brush. People would tell me that all Muslims aren't bad and most want the same thing I do, peace and prosperity. Why don't they speak out against the bigoted extremist representatives then? I would ask.
I didn't have the slightest understanding of the culture and environment those types of ideas breed in and probably still don't. However, I can come out of my own bubble enough to ask myself the question - What motivation would I have to speak out against wrongs being done against a culture who shows repeated disrespect and ignorance for my own?
I'm not suggesting we adopt sharia law and that all North American women start wearing burqa as a sign of respect. There is a very thick line between embracing and adopting a culture and respecting it.
Belgium Tries to Fine Yahoo for Protecting US User Privacy
Alright, I'll buy into this plan if we do the same with the US on the grounds of it's disruptive behavior on the planet.
Sure, this might look like a troll but the above got +5 insightful.
Hackers' Next Target — Your Brain?
Would that really be a problem? Presuming they do the logical thing and cause obeying them to trigger the pleasure centers of the brain you would genuinely enjoy it. For a lot of people, that would be a step up from where they are today.
I'm not saying I'd volunteer, but to some that might be an acceptable option.
Amazon Wants Patent For Inserting Ads Into Books
Reading books with ads in them? No thanks. I'll be off to the pirate ba... shit.
A Black Day For Internet Freedom In Germany
I think you've missed the point on what makes a police state a police state and maybe that's the fault of it being referred to as a police state instead of say a totalitarian state.
One Fifth of World's Population Can't See Milky Way At Night
A. I live in a city of 750,000 - Just to give you an idea of scope, the glow of the city is very prominent when outside the city. In fact, from a couple of vantage points at least about 50 KM away you can still make out the lit towers in the city center.
B. When is a plant a weed? When you don't want it where it is. Light pollution is light which is not serving a purpose. That city glow I mention above is not doing anything to benefit anyone, it's light going up into space where it really can't help.
Light pollution is also wasteful from a financial standpoint. Full cut off lighting directs the majority of light from the lighting element to the desired location meaning you can use lower wattage bulbs, or fewer bulbs, to achieve the same level of ground lighting. In addition full cut off lighting reduces road glare which increases driver safety in night driving.
The International Dark Sky Association has some good resources on the subject. Based on the source you may want to keep a grain of salt handy, but I don't see much bias in their statements. http://www.darksky.org/
Windows 7 To Skip Straight To a Release Candidate
I can give one example of this exact thing. The network printer in my fairly small office wouldn't send the appropriate drivers to a system running vista. Something about not having a clause for how to handle software version 6.
Australian Government Ignoring Problems With Proposed Filters
This is absolutely nothing more than the result of people buying into government as a paternal figure.
People have made it resoundingly clear that they want the government to protect them. Whether it's from alcohol, cigarettes, violent video games, firearms, drugs, sex or any number of other things which have been, or are curently threatened by, the nanny state.
This isn't bad in itself. The job of government is afterall to do the will of the people. If the majority wants smoking banned and it isn't unconstitutional who am I to say it's wrong?
The problem comes in when we the people fail to demand accountability for these measures. We blindly accept, out of ignorance or apathy, the measures the governments are proposing because 'it's from the government, it must be right' and never demand proof that legislation is effective or efficient.
A politician is not an expert on violent video games
A politician is not an expert on the effects of alcohol
A politician is not an expert on second hand smoke
A politician is not unbiased, is not benevolent, and does not know any better than you what is best for you.
The government is an employee of the people, not a father figure. It's damn time we start treating it that way.
1. We need salary caps that ensures politicians are earning no more than the average man they represent
2. Abolish appointed positions and establish term limits for elected positions
3. Build accountability into the constitution - this would be a multifaceted piece that must include civillian involvement, metrics to measure the effectiveness of new legislation, and the power to enact a sunset clause on legislation that is ineffective or detrimental
4. Legislate criminal penalties for violating the constituion and enforce them
5. Provide an easy path for citizens to challenge unjust laws that does not require being arrestsed to do it (see Canada)
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