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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Austerity Empowers Re:Yawn... (325 comments)

I can't give any more concrete answers, perhaps less than religion, but as a system of thought it's well studied, here's a start:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

about half an hour ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Austerity Empowers Re:Maybe the aliens are just as religious (325 comments)

Christmas is a fun holiday even for atheists, if that is your point. But I'm not sure that many of the rituals/beliefs of Hindu's I know here in America are compatible with atheism. Those that hold these rituals reliably and consistently seem to have strong beliefs behind them in some sort of spiritualism/mysticism mumbo jumbo that sounds as ridiculous as any other religion.

I have no doubt there are atheists who practice Hindu rituals, but I don't know that everyone/the majority hold that belief.

7 hours ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Austerity Empowers Re:Yawn... (325 comments)

That same line is used by ministers all over the world to also refute atheists who while they reject the existence of God, do see wisdom in the Bible. The illogic being that if you do not embrace Jesus, you cannot possibly do right.

It's the single best reason to reject Christianity as a religion in general as far as I'm concerned.

8 hours ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Austerity Empowers Re:Yawn... (325 comments)

What "theologians" think has very little to do with what the rank-and-file religious think

Them science nerds and their pocket protectors says they got them a gadget what can see aliens on far away planets? Hogwash! If there were alien planets I could see 'em with my trusty B'noculars. Keep sayin we all come from monkeys and the planets about to burn up too. Some people don't know how to make an honest livin.

8 hours ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Austerity Empowers Re:Catching up with Fedora (566 comments)

Except it's not *sh, all my sh* is in *sh, and all my sh* runs on Linux's *sh and OS X's *sh. I'm not interested in being tied to anyone's platform, not in my shell, not in my language (No C#, .NET Obj-C, Swift, other bullshit).

Without *sh the OS is useless to me.

yesterday
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Austerity Empowers Re:Catching up with Fedora (566 comments)

Doesn't see to have a real shell yet. Bash, csh, tcsh, I don't care. Windows is a gaming OS unless it can put productivity back. Otherwise it's OS X or Linux...

yesterday
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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

Austerity Empowers Re:George RR Martin should read this paper (123 comments)

I think he's been using it to generate the story. After all, even his dead characters have a frequent habit of returning to the storyline, having apparently forgotten they are dead.

If you've only ever seen the TV series, you wouldn't know that. Which is interesting to me, at least.

2 days ago
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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

Austerity Empowers Re:Let's save a lot of time. (123 comments)

two non-incestuous family leads

Are you sure of that? Most of the better theories put Jon Snow's father as Rhaegar and mother as Lyanna, making him her nephew. That's incest outside of west virginia.

2 days ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Austerity Empowers Re:Fox News? (447 comments)

If we were a nation of rebels we'd have lined our telecom exec's and board members against a wall and shot them, mulched them and prepared the wall for RIAA/MPAA/IP activists, and finally have led violent revolt against pretty much everyone in congress.

Instead we bend over backwards to accomodate dysfunctional, greedy monopolies. Watch idly as 12yo's are prosecuted for "piracy" and vote the same clowns in again.

We haven't been rebels in a real long time.

2 days ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Austerity Empowers Re:Fine! (363 comments)

Let them move jobs overseas and have unemployed engineers and computer scientists become politicians (the greatest welfare program!). It may be that we need to form the same kind of bloc that lawyers and doctors have to stop this kind of bullshit.

There's only one way to hear "Firing 14%"/"Need oversea's labor", and that is "we don't really want to pay salaries, that's totally 1950s".

5 days ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Austerity Empowers Re:Every book we read in school (402 comments)

Not necessarily religious nutters. The get banned for all kinds of things, including various insensitivities frequently painted with the broad brush of "racism", or various patriotic misapprehensions.

about a week ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Austerity Empowers Re:To Kill a Mockingbird (402 comments)

This is still banned? It was required reading in my public junior high school...

about a week ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

Austerity Empowers Re:The WHO (478 comments)

I understand your point, but sometimes technology doesn't move in inches, it makes huge changes or none at all. A breakthrough in stem cell research might suddenly give us the ability to live practically forever. Probably not, but we can visualize a scenario. I would hate to make bad, short sighted decisions today that I will regret later. 75 or even 100 may be the end of the line when I get there, but it may not. It seems that no matter what I'll have reasonably fewer problems and be generally healthier on my way to whatever the terminal age will be when my time comes.

Now if I get a terminal disease, or something that otherwise alters my life to the point where I'm not happy with it, that makes me a burden on my family or on society, or that will just involve draining all my money that I could give to my wife or children, then I want to be able to make the decision to end it responsibly, painlessly, and cheaply. I don't see the point in prolonging an unenjoyable life.

about a week ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Austerity Empowers Re:Apple REULEZ! (408 comments)

Last I checked blackberries don't allow tethering via bluetooth or wifi, and while they do email real well, they didn't do much else all that well. I'm not sure it makes one a "trend-jumper" to desire new features that are useful. Blackberries didn't evolve, and they died, a lesson Apple had best pay attention to.

I couldn't care less what the apple product LOOKS like, I care what it does and how much trouble I'm likely to have with it. I have been a rabid Apple hater my entire life, until perhaps the past 6 years. Right now they are the best products out there. While I'd rather have a high quality hardware device with higher end processing/graphics capabilities that also has high design and mfg quality and not be paying for bullshit like laser etched holes and other ID related nonsense, they are all low quality shit, and having bought several I refuse to do it again. I would rather have reduced specs and a higher price than buy something cheap, fast and a trash can ornament. You have Apple, or you have cheap chinese shitshop, even if it has a Dell/HP logo. Knowing what I know about computer design, something I did for a living for 15 years, I choose Apple, for now. If HP or Dell or company Q wants to step up their game and start making a computer that is not utter shit, the decision may change in the future.

For the same reason I buy Apple, I buy Honda. I've owned a lot of Fords, they were shit, I won't buy another Ford. My Honda's have been going strong for 10 years, and fuck it, they cost 15-20% more up front but the TCO is far less. If Honda burns me I will start looking again, but as long as they make good stuff they have my loyalty.

about two weeks ago
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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

Austerity Empowers Re:Name (191 comments)

Alibaba is a kind, smart business person

Somehow I keep reading thief.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Austerity Empowers Re:If "they" really want to go after Tor users... (418 comments)

I'm fairly certain you have to establish you know about the crime, or that you're providing a service that could only possibly be used for crime. By definition Tor defies either of those.

about two weeks ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Austerity Empowers Re:No. (368 comments)

To some degree it has already happened. With no further updates to bukkit my 6yo is in hell. He has been playing Minecraft since he wasn't even 2yo, his entire youth has been focused on it.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Austerity Empowers Re:No Dick Tracy calls? (730 comments)

Would you use the leather strap, the stainless steel or the milanese loop for that?

about three weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Austerity Empowers Re:Wrist Heart Rate Monitor (730 comments)

I don't know about wrist but there are some in-ear sensors that do that pretty well (assuming you can tolerate ear buds and they stay in your ear).

about three weeks ago

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ARM Server Start-up Calxeda Closes Up Shop

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  about 9 months ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes ""Calxeda, the pioneering maker of low-power microservers using hundreds of ARM central processor cores and System-on-a-Chip (SoC) products for hardware appliances, has laid off most of its employees and is shutting down operations beyond servicing its existing customers and investments." A sad day for many of us."
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Wheel of Time: A Memory of Light Released, but no eBook until April

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes "The final entry in the fantasy series that has been released in 14 volumes over the past 20 years has been released . However in a typical money grubbing strategy that consumers have grown accustomed to from publishers, the eBook option will not release until April . We've seen this with movies, delaying streaming releases to try to drive up sales (and failing, with publishers mostly giving up), but now we also see it with books. Loyal fans are irate, giving 1 star reviews for a book they can't even have read ."
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Apple caves to Think Of The Children

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes "Apparently in an attempt to maintain a good corporate image, apple has yanked the "Baby Shaker" iPhone app from the app store. While I think there is little doubt that shaking a baby is not a socially acceptable behavior, it appears that good taste is one of many parameters required to sell a product on the iPhone. It would seem little has changed in the smart-phone world, except rather than being dominated by apps acceptable to carriers, we are to be dominated by apps acceptable to Apple."
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Civil War - Part Deux, Texas Strikes Back

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes "Former presidential candidate and Slashdot dark-horse favorite Ron Paul discusses the merits and patriotism associated with secession, after failing to stop bailout politics. While many of us on any side of the political spectrum might hear the message and agree in part, is this possibly the reason why he remains on the outside looking in at the political machine that is the US Government? Not all of our secessions have exactly been crowning achievements."
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Zombies Invade Austin, Natives Still Weird

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes "Public safety was given a significant boost yesterday, as a clandestine resistance organization changed electronic roadway signs to warn Austinites of a zombie invasion . The local government ministry of information and hired thugs quickly acted to suppress the information, correcting the signs to innocuous traffic reports. I, for one, welcome our new Zombie overlords."
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