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Stroke Victim Stranded At South Pole Base

Bakkster Re:South Pole != USA (264 comments)

You mean it seem's to be the standard the'se day's.

more than 2 years ago
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A Few Million Monkeys Finish Recreating Shakespeare's Works

Bakkster Re:It's a cheat. (186 comments)

Still, I have the same issue with that experiment (which isn't particularly surprising since it is Dawkins), in that you are starting with the end result and contriving a way to generate it. In that way, it isn't much different from an Intelligent Design proponent's argument. In this thought experiment, Dawkins is the intelligent designer, and it's a shame he doesn't see the irony in that. A better thought experiment would be generating five words, checking each for fitness against the list of ALL dictionary words, and seeing how long it takes to generate 5 words that if arranged correctly would match any 5 word phrase in the complete works of Shakespere. It's trivially easy when you prevent the computer/monkeys from arriving at a dead end, but the case of guiding the system away from those evolutionary dead ends ends up providing more weight to an ID viewpoint than darwinian evolution.

more than 2 years ago
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A Few Million Virtual Monkeys Randomly Recreate Shakespeare

Bakkster Re:Frankly, that's cool (312 comments)

I'm just waiting for the first anti-ID argument based on this as proof by way of 'million monkeys', it would be deliciously ironic :) But yeah, it's an interesting exercise in search functions nothing more.

more than 2 years ago
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A Few Million Virtual Monkeys Randomly Recreate Shakespeare

Bakkster Re:Frankly, that's cool (312 comments)

Right, and that's the whole reason why this argument is favored by those who support intelligent design. It only worked here because someone designed an error check system, the thought being that it wouldn't have happened without error checking or comparison to the initial work.

more than 2 years ago
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All-Analog DIY Segway Project

Bakkster Re:My thoughts exactly (141 comments)

You mean analog/digital, not passive/active. An op-amp is just as much an active component as a microcontroller.

more than 3 years ago
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iRacing World Champion Gets a Shot At the Real Thing

Bakkster Re:When is the ep where... (168 comments)

A) Earnhardt is probably contractually obliged to participate (because they pay him to do so).

Actually, Earnhardt had been sim racing in the old Papyrus NASCAR sims, back before they went out of business and were reformed as iRacing. Earnhardt would probably be racing there regardless, he's just an enthusiastic spokesperson because he was interested in the sim and company already. When they invited him to alpha and beta test the software, it's because he knew a developer, loved their sims, and already had a home racing setup.

more than 3 years ago
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iRacing World Champion Gets a Shot At the Real Thing

Bakkster Re:When is the ep where... (168 comments)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. competes in the NASCAR iRacing series (won by a Brit, Richard Towler) and several other NASCAR drivers use the service as well (AJ Allmendinger ran a race live on Speed, for example). Also, about half the IRL drivers use iRacing, as well as a smattering of other racers. It's just not rare enough to be interesting anymore, but if you want to find it, there's plenty of video online of pros running iRacing.

more than 3 years ago
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iRacing World Champion Gets a Shot At the Real Thing

Bakkster Re:Success (168 comments)

A car like this needs to be driven with confidence. For the wings to generate enough downforce to make the corner, you must be going fast. Some corners either need to be taken incredibly slow, or flat out in order to have enough grip. Heck, lifting off the throtle (especially in the first or last corners here) can send you into a spin as the car's weight transfers forward off the rear wheels. Without that confidence they either would have driven significantly off-pace or wrecked the car. That said, I agree that a test with a more beginner-friendly car might be reasonable. You could just look for Skip Barber racing school lap times for beginners, and check the time difference there (iRacing has the Skip Barber car, and all of the tracks they have a school at).

That said, the biggest difference between iRacing and other sims and games is that iRacing laser scans the tracks at 1mm resolution, so it has every bump and crack in the pavement, every tree as a reference point, and so on. Other sims get pretty close, but iRacing really does recreate every square centimetre of the track, not just something close based on GPS coordinates. It's good enough that many IRL drivers use it to learn and practice tracks, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. uses it to brush up on Infineon and Watkins Glen.

more than 3 years ago
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iRacing World Champion Gets a Shot At the Real Thing

Bakkster Re:He threw up after a few laps (168 comments)

It has also been mentioned that a combination of jet-lag and possible food poisoning may have contributed as well.

more than 3 years ago
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iRacing World Champion Gets a Shot At the Real Thing

Bakkster Re:Marketing Wins Again (168 comments)

I'm not sure what this online racing sim uses as their codebase. It wouldn't suprise me if they both use the same codebase.

IRacing is led by Dave Kaemmer of Papyrus fame, and iRacing uses the NASCAR Racing 2003 code base.

And if you're interested in how in-depth the sim is aiming to be, here's a fantastic video on the upcoming tire model that Dave is developing currently. Basically, he's not aware if anyone else has tried to model a tire the same way, using physical model predictions, rather than curve fits to test data.

more than 3 years ago
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iRacing World Champion Gets a Shot At the Real Thing

Bakkster Re:Video or it didn't happen (168 comments)

I guess a video's incoming, but has been delayed due to the presenter being involved in a serious car crash.

more than 3 years ago
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Rube Goldberg and the Electrification of America

Bakkster Re:Understanding (207 comments)

passBall(player Passer, player Receiver)
{
if(Receiver.opposingPlayersBetweenSelfAndOpposingGoal.isLessThan(2)) {Receiver.isOffside = TRUE;}
else {Receiver.isOffside = FALSE;}
Passer.kickBallTo(Receiver);
if(Receiver.touchBallFirst == TRUE && Receiver.isOffside) {callPenalty(offside);}
else {return;}
}

more than 3 years ago
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Armed Man Takes Hostages At Discovery Channel HQ

Bakkster Re:It's always refreshing (1090 comments)

one... does need faith to believe in God's compassion

Not if you've witnessed it. If God has shown himself to you, you need no more faith in his existance than you need faith in your dog's existence.

But there's a difference here. I was speaking of faith in the nature of something. I know dogs exist, but I take it on faith that they truly care for their owners. It's one thing to say 'my dog saved my life', and another to say 'I know my dog would save me from a fire, even if he knew it would get him killed'. That's the kind of faith I'm talking about.

Semantically, I would call what you are referring to as the belief portion of faith, rather than faith in its entirity. I can believe someone exists and believe what they say without having any faith in their abilities or sicerity.

more than 3 years ago
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Armed Man Takes Hostages At Discovery Channel HQ

Bakkster Re:It's always refreshing (1090 comments)

It wouldn't be faith, if we could prove the whole thing scientifically.

I think you're looking at the wrong definition of "faith." I think it means being faithful, as in being faithful to your wife; not "believing".

It's both, isn't it? It's both being faithful to your god's expectations, and having faith in their existence and nature.

To follow your example, I am both faithful (show fidelity) to my wife, and I have faith (believe) that she will act according to what I know about her.

That said, we're talking about personified entities, here, regardless of your diety or dieties of choice. They are more psychology (soft-science) than physics or math as far as understanding or 'prooving'. There's a reason why the Bible and Greek/Roman/Norse mythologies (and probably others I'm less familiar with) speak of emotions with respect to God and the gods behavior (anger, as a common example), rather than logical rules that one gets from the hard-sciences. As such, one doesn't need faith to believe in gravitational or magnetic forces, but does need faith to believe in God's compassion.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Unveils New Xbox 360 Wireless Controller

Bakkster Re:As a Tester (150 comments)

My thumb comes at such an angle that sometimes while attempting to scroll right, my thumb places enough force that the pad also goes up. This is particularly a hassle while navigating my Netflix queue.

more than 3 years ago
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Xbox Live Pricing To Go Up To $60 Per Year

Bakkster Re:wow (199 comments)

According to my calculator, that is DIVBYZERO times more than their competitors!

Their competitors also do not provide matchmaking of any sort, so MS also provides UNDEF more multiplayer services in that arena. That makes the price increase worth it, right?

more than 3 years ago
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Google's CEO Warns Kids Will Have to Change Names to Escape "Cyber Past"

Bakkster Re:Either that (706 comments)

Then they're wrong. Adultery is something very specific - sexual intercourse where at least one adult is married.

But if you look at Matthew 5:28, Jesus neither specifies married man nor married woman, which to me implies an expansion of the sin of adultery. Sure, initially it was defined as the 'mixing of seed', but that doesn't seem to be the case in this instance. And as I said below, if the act of lust itself is a sin then it follows that all forms of sexual contact would likely follow, as they almost necessarily involve lust. Alternatively, the sin could be against a woman's future husband or her virginity itself.

That said, Miseph has it right in this thread. Whether it is defined as a sin or not should not be used as a hammer to cause guilt. The barrier to sin is relatively low, so much so that we all do it. The message is not (or should not) be 'stop sinning so you can be saved', because it's impossible. Rather, it is a goal for believers, so they can act properly and respectfully towards others.

Put another way, nobody goes to Hell just because they got a BJ in High School. God just doesn't want his people exercising their sexuality outside the bounds of marriage.

more than 3 years ago
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Google's CEO Warns Kids Will Have to Change Names to Escape "Cyber Past"

Bakkster Re:Either that (706 comments)

Not to get too far off topic, but Christianity doesn't say too much about whether or not it's a sin to have oral sex, mutual masturbation, and other things along those lines that are NOT sexual intercourse. So are they sin or not?

In general, Jesus has wrapped this one up pretty well: Matthew 5:28

But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

I doubt that there is a pathway that leads to oral sex/mutual masturbation/other sexual acts that doesn't start with looking at and desiring the person. The sin is not the sexual act per-se, but the uncontrolable desire or fantasy for that sexual act with someone other than a spouse.

That said, many, including a majority of Christians, forget that the entire basis of the Christian message is based on the ubiquity of sin and our forgiveness of it even though it's undeserved. While the Bible still teaches that we should try not to sin (since it brings glory to God), it also teaches that no matter how hard we might try we still will. The focus has shifted from "we're all sinners and need forgiveness", toward defining which sins are the the 'really bad' ones that you're totally going to Hell for.

tl;dr: yes it's a sin, but it's hardly the only sin a teenager or anyone else will commit.

more than 3 years ago
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Oscilloscopes For Modern Engineers?

Bakkster Re:An old Tektronix is fine for a modern engineer (337 comments)

I know of exactly zero computer engineers who work in IT. I have a dual degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering. Most computer engineers get a job writing software or designing digital hardware (VLSI chips, microprocessors, FPGAs). Hell, the degree is basically electrical engineering, just with a focus on digital instead of analog and extra software chops.

Obviously he either wants to exercise his analog skills at home, or he plans to use it for digital circuits but a logic analyzer is out of his price range.

more than 3 years ago
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School District Drops 'D' Grades

Bakkster Re:How about... (617 comments)

If the student has a learning disability and is unable to learn 70% of the material, then that doesn't mean that they should just get credit. It means that they shouldn't be in the class, or need additional tutoring.

Agreed. This is what IQ was used for, before it was bastardised into a dick-waving competition. If you were below a 70-80 IQ, then you needed remedial help to catch you up with your peers.

The only benefit to passing along a student who doesn't understand the material is preventing the social stigma of 'flunking out'. By requiring a C (similar to most universities), the students can actually be taught, and underperforming students can be identified. Not to point them out and laugh, but to give them the resources to succeed.

more than 3 years ago

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Activision scores publishing rights for Bungie

Bakkster Bakkster writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Bakkster writes "

The partnership is intended to last 10 years and means that Activision, which is owned by Activision Blizzard, will be in a position to publish several iterations of Bungie's next franchise. Given the tremendous success of the various Halo games--all told, they have generated more than $1.5 billion in sales--an exclusive deal to publish Bungie's next series of games is a very big win for Activision, and a blow to its rival, Electronic Arts.

I guess nobody needs to buy a Halo game again."
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Rock Band lets independent artist add own songs

Bakkster Bakkster writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Bakkster (1529253) writes "Independent artists will be able to use the XNA to produce the note-charts for their music and sell them in game later this year. Bands will use their original song masters and generate a MIDI file that produces the game 'gems' that players follow along to. Tracks must pass a review process with other XNA members, then a final approval from MTV Games. Songs can be sold between 50 cents and $3, with the artist getting a 30% cut after MTV and Microsoft take their cut. The best tracks will also make their way to the PS3 after a 30 day exclusive period."
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