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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Atrox Canis Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (880 comments)

I reached the conclusion there is no god some 20 years ago. Until reading your post, I was unaware of the existence of atheist websites or atheist discussion forums. I've not actually engaged in a discussion with another atheist in all these years. I saw no reason to seek these things. I'm not trying to make fun of you or denigrate your comments. I guess the point I'm driving to is that of course, there will be groups of atheists that meet in various ways to discuss whatever they feel a need to discuss. I just never had that need.

I've never really felt like there is anything missing from my life. I'm married with 5 kids and 6 grand kids. My wife and I both still work and we do things in the community to help out when we can. We both vote and hold strong opinions regarding society. I'm pro-life because I am bothered by the idea of so much lost potential and I'm anti-illegal immigration because I am bothered by the knowledge that the immigrants are being turned into indentured servants. Well over 20% of our income goes to help others. Some of those people we help are family, some are friends and a few are strangers.

My wife recently told me that she too has come to the point where she no longer believes in a god. I've never tried to convince her that my lack of belief was superior because that always felt too much like proselytizing. Anyway, tl;dr kicks in here I suppose and again, I'm not trying to pick nits. It just seems somewhat incongruous that atheists would feel the need to get together in any way other than the normal social interaction that comes from being part of a larger community.

In any case, good wishes for success with whatever you choose to believe of not believe.

3 days ago
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When Scientists Give Up

Atrox Canis Re:Easy solution (347 comments)

Yep. Welcome to democracy, where the government screws 49% to get the approval of 51%.

You forgot poor Republicans, who proudly screw themselves over because the rich ones tell them Democrats are going to take their guns and religion away.

And don't forget the poor Democrats, who proudly screw themselves over because the rich ones tell them Republicans are going to force them to carry guns and god.

about a week ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

Atrox Canis Re:Meanwhile in the real world... (427 comments)

There are millions of scientists involved in this worldwide.

Perhaps there are millions of scientists but are they ALL working on AGW research? I think not.

the ONLY climate "scientists" who get rich from their research and live high on the hog are those in the employ of the fossil fuel industries.Speaking of motivations...lets look at the fossil fuel industries. unlike those "lying AGW scientists", they actually do receive tons of money from the government. hundreds of billions a year. and they make even more in profits selling their product. and they spend billions in lobbying every year.

We might need a couple of citations here. I know there are billions of dollars involved but I rather suspect that the fossil fuel industry scientists are not getting "billions a year"

If you tone down the rhetoric just a bit, or restate your premise to be a bit more precise, you might gain some credibility.

Just trying to help.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

Atrox Canis hmph, get off my lawn (127 comments)

Bluewave, 'nuff said.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

Atrox Canis What the hell, why not? (167 comments)

Waze for traffic and navigation. Nice combination of social and mapping. I just turn it on without routing on my work commute. I get fairly accurate road hazard and speed trap info and people actually thank me for reports that I post.

Audible for ebooks. Subscription service but it means you can get recent publications of decent books (one a month for the subscription) or more if you are willing to buy additional credits.

Airbnb for finding some cool places to stay while traveling

Flighthero for tracking airplanes that are enroute. I recently flew back to DFW from LA. A friend of mine gifted me with a few hours of inflight WiFi so I used it to track the plane I was in just for shits and giggles.

WeatherTap for... weather

iCitizen for political information

BillGuard syncs with your bank account and gives you decent warnings about unauthorized transactions

HBOGO and Showtime has one too. If you have HBO as one of your premium channels, you can stream anything HBO to your device

ZocDoc handy for finding a doctor or specialist near you

IMDB because I can never remember the name of that actor, you know, the one that was in Space Truckers and had a great scene in True Romance with that other actor, you know, the one that was so ugly. He was in Prophecy with what's her name.

Or, just take the time to go looking for an app every time you come across a situation or issue that could be aided by access to your augmented cloud memory.

about two weeks ago
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Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

Atrox Canis What if it's a triple whammy (194 comments)

The NSA approaches ES and convinces him to participate in a long-term project. Snowden "escapes" with tonnes of documents. He takes them to China. Then he takes them to Russia. The Russians and Chinese help convince the world he is a credible source. ES then starts releasing major BS aimed at convincing the Russians and Chinese that Uncle Sam still carries the biggest stick on the planet.

ZOMG!11!1!!!!, NSA can haz major counter-attacking AI monstermindbotswithzombiegoodness.

Profit.

I

about a month ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

Atrox Canis Re:On the other hand... (250 comments)

I don't remember exactly but I seem to recall that I participated in at least five debates with these two groups. Again, TFA refers back to 2003 and some things are lost in a decade. We did fairly well with the referendums but ultimately, comcast and SBC spent around $2.1 mil in advertising IIRC and we were only able to raise around $40k for our side. It was a good fight but we just couldn't overcome the robo-calling with do you still beat your wife type questions and the full page ads in the local papers etc.

about a month and a half ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

Atrox Canis This is reaaaaaalllly old. from 2003 (250 comments)

Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles Illinois. I was a member of the committee that worked on getting this initiative through each community. One of the members posted this interview with Broadband Reports back in the day....

http://www.dslreports.com/show...

about a month and a half ago
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EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet

Atrox Canis Re:Not money, precedent. (1010 comments)

office couldn't know electrical draw.

Well not if they were stupid I suppose. But anyone with any intelligence could find out what the power draw of a Nissan Leaf was.

it's good to bring the hammer down hard on stupid electric car owners who think their being "green" gives them a right to tresspass or skank power.

I find the inability to use capital letters, and the use of the word 'skank" are an infallible guide to stupid people.

Do you know how everything in the world works? Well then, you must be a stupid person. Do you use regional dialect that someone else might not understand? Well then, you must be a stupid person. do you occasionally mistype a word in your sentence? Well then, you must be a stupid person.

about 9 months ago
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EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet

Atrox Canis Re:Before we get a OMG about this (1010 comments)

Are the only damages (or potential damages) the $0.05 in electricity?
What if that particular circuit was being used for other things, like running a pump to deal with some flooding, and plugging in the car was enough to blow the braker?

So the next time you run a red light should we lock you up for killing the children that could have been crossing the street at that intersection?

No, you would get a ticket. And the jackass that willfully plugged his car into the outlet without permission should have gotten a ticket.

about 9 months ago
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Global Warming Since 1997 Underestimated By Half

Atrox Canis Re:Orders of magnitude errors dont inspire confide (534 comments)

As someone who understands this process, findings like this lend tremendous credibility to the scientific community, and yes, boost my confidence in the work they're doing and the integrity of the published results. It's what makes science the best method we know of for understanding reality.

I'm not arguing the validity of the results from the research. But, just for arguments sake, lets play with the idea that the researchers published a report that established that they had overestimated the temperature differences by 50%. Would you still, right now, be compelled to say this lends tremendous credibility to the scientific community? Would it boost your confidence in the work they're doing? Would the integrity of the published results be less than previous studies have provided?

Before jumping to the conclusion that I'm a denier...

I have been convinced that the Earth is in a warming phase.
I have been convinced that humans should reduce the output of greenhouse gases.
I have also been convinced that most of the carbon credit and associated businesses that have been started to support it are, shall we say, powered by less then altruistic motives.
I have been convinced that some politicians and business leaders are making significant amounts of money or adding to their power and influence by evangelizing the push to blame all global warming on human influence.

I don't take the extreme position that we are the only cause. Some small amount of climate change can be attributed to human activity. And, we need to get off carbon based energy production. And we need to be better stewards of all of our natural resources. We are not doing a very good job of convincing the majority of the population. Part of the problem is that even though we own the information outlets, we are using failing methods to get our message across. Stop tell everyone that "deniers' are slack-jawed mouth-breathers. All of us need to stop being bullies that act like pussies when we don't get our way. Basically, we need to stop being jackasses to anyone that asks a question or expresses a difference of opinion and we might actually start to make some headway.

about 10 months ago
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Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile

Atrox Canis Re:Partisan BS (658 comments)

Thank you for the additional information. This seems reasonable.

Note to editors: if the story is running on foxnews, you're pushing a biased partisan version that won't have the facts.

Note to Aighearach: if the story is running on MSNBC, you're hearing biased, paritsan version that won't have the facts. FTFY

about a year ago
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DEA Argues Oregonians Have No Protected Privacy Interest In Prescription Records

Atrox Canis Re:Just another example... (455 comments)

They targeted more conservative groups than liberal groups. So, your argument is technically accurate. I don't know if this fits you but I know a guy that pretends to be obtuse just for the sake of making an argument. Your argument being valid doesn't necessarily translate to your point being valid.

about a year ago
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Epic Online Space Battle

Atrox Canis Re:These big battles are a rarity (296 comments)

I replied to AC, you posted as AC. I posted not as AC. Perhaps you should consider not posting as AC. Next, no I did not imply real world response to in game actions. Reading comprehension is important.

about a year ago
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Epic Online Space Battle

Atrox Canis Re:These big battles are a rarity (296 comments)

I doubt you'd be interested in impressing me but if you were to have told a bunch of stories about how you did good guy things and helped the other players defend themselves against the pirates and came back after a long absence to the applause and cheering of the miners, then I would be impressed.

It's not how you do the things you do in game it's what you do that matters.

I don't give two rat farts what you do in game, but bragging about being a dick then berating people that call what you do dickish seems churlish at best.

That "it's a game and nobody knows who I am so I can beat them up with impunity" mentality is pervasive in EVE. Because some people choose not to participate and consider that attitude as unacceptable is a lifestyle choice. You could be more tolerant of their views and just let it go.

about a year ago
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Global Warming 5 Million Years Ago In Antarctic Drastically Raised Sea Levels

Atrox Canis Re:Please tell me FL is first in line (437 comments)

Thankfully, the coastal cities like LA, NY, SD, Seattle and Houston (mecca's for modern abusers of indentured servitude and welfare slaves) will be affected first and all of us land locked idiots will be happy to sell land to all the coastal racists. Welcome to your new paradise! A place where almost everyone works which makes sharing the load a heck of a lot easier.

about a year ago
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Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

Atrox Canis Re:Boom (814 comments)

Your trollfu is weak.

about a year ago
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Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

Atrox Canis Re:Boom (814 comments)

If I had points... +1, Insightful. Thank you for so eloquently making a very good point.

about a year ago
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Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

Atrox Canis Re:Stupid 2 (814 comments)

You are correct in that the author was using his post to insert abortion into the conversation in a sneaky way. But, I think you should re-read his post. It seems apparent to me that he is actually a pro-choice supporter.

about a year ago
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Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

Atrox Canis Re:Stupid 2 (814 comments)

I also sometimes focus too much on the spelling and grammar of a post. You are correct to point out the spelling error but it does not invalidate the point the author is making. Please Jellomizer, continue.

about a year ago

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Student Expelled for Refusing Location Tracking RFID Badge

Atrox Canis Atrox Canis writes  |  about 2 years ago

Atrox Canis (1266568) writes "As discussed here previously on /. the magnet school, John Jay High School in San Antonio, TX has moved forward with "full implementation" of the RFID badge program. One student has refused to wear the badge and has now been informed that she must transfer back to her home school"
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SUV offered as hotel during SuperBowl weekend

Atrox Canis Atrox Canis writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Atrox Canis (1266568) writes "A friend tipped me to this ad in Craigslist. It seems pretty tongue in cheek but the hotel prices are going through the roof in the DFW area so who knows. I checked earlier and even one of the bargain motels is renting rooms for $600 a night."
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All your grid are belong to us

Atrox Canis Atrox Canis writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Atrox Canis writes "Fox News (I know, I know) has a story about "The Grid" which will be switched on soon... "The power of the grid will become apparent this summer after what scientists at Cern have termed their "red button" day — the switching-on of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the new particle accelerator built to probe the origin of the universe. The grid will be activated at the same time to capture the data it generates.""
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