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

BadDreamer Re:Fine! (363 comments)

You learn the meaning of the columns by the teacher saying "this is the 1s column, this is the 10s column" etc.. The whole thing with boxes is a run-around, not getting to the point but doing something else.

Or are you saying you don't think kids can understand that? They need it dumbed down to grok it? You're selling humanity way short, if so.

2 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

BadDreamer Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (937 comments)

That is not more accurate; it is incorrect. The stance of the agnostic is that we CAN NOT know. We also DO NOT know, of course, because we can not.

There is no contradiction. The agnostic believes it is impossible to KNOW, but the agnostic can still BELIEVE.

You are equating belief and knowledge, a common misconception. They are not the same. I can believe I can not know, yet still believe, or I can believe I can not know and not believe. No contradiction.

2 days ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

BadDreamer Re:Debian GNOME needs some attention (394 comments)

I am not speaking for the OC, but I have need of software which will not run on the glibc in stable. For example Scrivener, which still has no viable competitor.

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

BadDreamer Re:Me too. (408 comments)

Except they are not "copying". The Braun designs are different in shape and size, and only look similar from specific angles or when cutting out parts of a photo.

They're about as similar as any two brands of sports cars. If you search for just the right angle you'll be able to dupe people who do not know better than sports car manufacturers only copy each other, but anyone actually seeing them next to each other would wonder what the heck you're on about. The same goes for Braun's products and Apple products.

about a week ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

BadDreamer Re:Science vs Faith (793 comments)

Proof is not in the domain of science. You will only find proof in formal systems. Therefore your whole post contains no meaning, and you put nothing at stake even though you clearly feel that you do.

Reality is that which exists whether you believe in it or not. Man is an animal. Life has only the value we place on it. And this life is all you get, then it ends. Belief is a coping mechanism, nothing more.

about a week ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

BadDreamer Re:In lost the will to live ... (793 comments)

And in the US most of them hold belief in god, so that is no incentive to not do it either.

about a week ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

BadDreamer Re:In lost the will to live ... (793 comments)

Causing pain to others is bad because the response I get is likely to cause me discomfort. And because just doing it causes me discomfort. It's called "empathy" and is fairly common in humans, even if it's not as common as one might want it to be.

about a week ago
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

BadDreamer Re:There are numerous other obvious flaws (275 comments)

Please, provide a few of those "bizarre factors". Your own listing, and not a link to a time cube site, please. It would be interesting to see what it takes to convince you.

about a week ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

BadDreamer Re:sort of like Amazon Prime Music (610 comments)

The vast difference compared to Prime Music is that if you do not listen to music, Prime Music does not shove songs onto your phone using your data plan.

By default, Apple does. No clicking on the cloud required. If you have not changed a single setting since you bought your phone, it will download the U2 album for you.

about two weeks ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

BadDreamer Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (937 comments)

Living in a country where the majority of the population are atheists I find your statement rather incredulous. Sure, there is faith around, but it's on a completely different level than in, say, the US or Syria.

I suspect this has a lot to do with an education system which does not focus on teaching trust in authority, but instead tries (even if it isn't working even near perfectly) to induce critical thinking.

about two weeks ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

BadDreamer Re:Fallacy (937 comments)

Calculus is not true. It can not be true. GÃdel has shown that to be impossible.

Reality is what exists whether you believe in it or not. If you need faith for something to be true, it does not exist.

about two weeks ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

BadDreamer Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (937 comments)

Agnostic means "without knowledge". It is the stance that we can not know whether god exists or not. You can be an agnostic atheist or an agnostic theist.

An agnostic atheists holds that we can not know whether or not god exists, and lacks belief in god.

An agnostic theist holds that we can not know whether or not god exists, and holds a belief in god.

about two weeks ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

BadDreamer Re:More Forks! (282 comments)

Actually, what we'd have is a pwned Linux monoculture. The diversity serves as a vast advantage, providing a heterogenous attack surface.

What we need is more forks and more diversity at a fundamental level, allowing for competition and progress. The last thing we need is nearly everyone placing a vast, monocultural attack surface at the centre of their Linux distributions.

about three weeks ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

BadDreamer Re:A Betteridge No. (282 comments)

Actually, the issue that brought systemd into existence was Poettering not enjoying high pid's.

"A good metric for measuring shell script infestation of the boot process is the PID number of the first process you can start after the system is fully booted up."
-- Lennart Poettering

about three weeks ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

BadDreamer Re:/etc/inittab (314 comments)

Gnome for one. And many software packages are now delivered with a hard dependency on parts of systemd, meaning I'd need to compile them myself if I do not want to use systemd.

It's a cancer, eating away at the very core of Linux - choice and diversity. Yes, Poettering wants a monoculture, and any sane computer user should run as far away from that concept as possible. Any vulnerability will reach every system in a monoculture. Only the way the developers at the top deign to consider will get included in the choices available.

If that is the future you want, you can have it. I'll have no part in it. And yes, I will say "told you so" when the systemd infested infrastructure gets pwnd.

about three weeks ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

BadDreamer Re:/etc/inittab (314 comments)

I don't. And that means a whole range of software does not run on my system.

Which is the opposite of any UNIX way ever.

about three weeks ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

BadDreamer Re:Ye Gods! (314 comments)

Most of all, and most seriously and utterly broken, you can't replace journald. Ever. And you can't replaced udev. Or logind, if you wish to run Gnome.

In fact, apart from networkd which isn't finished, I don't know of any part of systemd which you can replace with an alternative yet have systemd work with it as if systemd was actually a piece of UNIXy software.

Mostly because systemd is not a piece of UNIXy software.

about three weeks ago
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Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx

BadDreamer Re:I, and most other consumers, have already made (326 comments)

Congratulations on your complimentary Cool Aid. But did you have to drink it all in one go?

If you want to get shafted, be my guest. Just don't expect me to thank you, because when you ask for a shafting you reduce *my* freedom by making it that much harder to get rid of DRM.

about three weeks ago
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Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx

BadDreamer Re:Stallman's record does speak for itself. (326 comments)

"Freedom" to watch DRM'ed content?

You're asking for the freedom to be shafted.

RMS is asking you to reconsider.

The choice is yours.

about three weeks ago
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Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx

BadDreamer Re:Where to draw the line (326 comments)

He does, however, hold 14 honorary doctorates, several from schools which do not mind him using Dr.

about three weeks ago

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