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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

Black Parrot Re:Internationalism (106 comments)

Windows, nein!

You beat me to it.

3 hours ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

Black Parrot Re:National Two-Factor ID (405 comments)

IMO our whole monetary system has evolved to promote convenience so much that we're losing basic security.

I just now cancelled a debit card because I'm tired of cleaning up after fraudulent transactions. The world is full of criminal organizations working full time to defraud anybody and everybody. I just can't see it as sustainable.

about a week ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

Black Parrot Re:Endemic would be really bad.. (275 comments)

I'm guessing that this is the outbreak that will break out of sub-Saharan Africa. Rich countries probably have the infrastructure to control it when it reaches their shores, but the rest of the world may be stuck with a pandemic.

about a week ago
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"Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

Black Parrot Re:Cue "All we are is dust in the wind" (133 comments)

So, whether something is supernatural depends on your frame of reference? In our universe it's supernatural, but in its universe it's just that dork that's wasting its life creating universes in its mother's basement?

And if we manage to create a sentient artificial intelligence in a virtual environment, to it we'll be supernatural and that other hypothetical being will be supersupernatural?

about a week ago
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Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

Black Parrot Re:Incompetence (167 comments)

He's not losing a tenured job, nor failing to make tenure. He was offered a job that happened to include tenure, and then the offer was revoked.

The only relevance of tenure to this story is as part of the value of the job offer that was revoked.

about a week ago
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Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

Black Parrot Re:Know who to sue (167 comments)

Geez, you could probably hire an assistant vollyball coach for that much money.

about a week ago
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Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

Black Parrot blowing smoke (167 comments)

If he had a case, it would be against the people who retracted the job offer.

about a week ago
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Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

Black Parrot Re:This lawsuit won't help him get hired anywhere. (167 comments)

Lawsuits are generally an unreliable alternative to income earned by full time employment.

In the unlikely event that he wins, the lawyers should do OK out of it. He'll be left holding what little the lawyers don't take, and be unemployable for life.

about a week ago
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Ancient Campfires Led To the Rise of Storytelling

Black Parrot Re:The campfire gave rise to two things (89 comments)

It doesn't matter how prestigious the publication is, if it doesn't actually support what you want to think it does.

Last sentence of first paragraph:

The subjective nature and absence of a frame of reference for this experience lead to individual, cultural, and religious factors determining the vocabulary used to describe and interpret the experience.

Did you actually read that far? Or are you just citing it because some authority figure told you it supports your religious beliefs?

about a week ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

Black Parrot Re:MAD (340 comments)

They apparently used it in the Crimea. (Some sources say Sevastopol, others Kerch.)

According to Wikipedia, when they interrogated Goering after the war, he told them the reason they didn't use their nerve gas to repulse the landings at Normandy was that they hadn't been able to make an effective gas mask for horses. The german army still relied primarily on horses for transport, and everyone learned in WWI that gas doesn't always go where you want it to.

At the end, Hitler didn't care a fig what happened to Germany. He said they had failed their destiny, and he ordered destruction of their own infrastructure. He also dragged the war on for months after it was obviously lost, to the great harm of the Geman people.

If deterrence worked, we wouldn't have had two world wars.

about a week ago
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"Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

Black Parrot Re:It's about time ... (133 comments)

Bullshit. The red shift is because the low-frequency visual rays projected by the human eye has a longer range than the high-frequency ones. (The range is a limit on the number of wavelengths the rays can extend.)

A dog would see the universe entirely differently. (Who ever met a dog that believed in a cosmic red shift?)

about a week ago
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"Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

Black Parrot Re:Still some wiggle room (133 comments)

Sure. Go ahead and send me the dollar in case one of us dies unexpectedly.

And while it's in the mail... even if there was reason to doubt the big bang, why the heck do you think we would go back to a steady state universe? The universal trend in science is to discover that the universe and all its workings are far stranger than we thought, not more intuitive.

Intuition comes from brains that evolved to operate on a certain scale of space and time. When we start getting away from that in any direction (larger or smaller scales), our intuitions become utterly useless as a guide to what we will find.

about a week ago
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"Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

Black Parrot Re:Cue "All we are is dust in the wind" (133 comments)

Just so it's completely clear (the parent is probably aware of this): The dust levels do not cast the Big Bang into doubt.

I was surprised, and even mildly offended, that the recent discovery was being hyped as "proof of the big bang". The long-ago discovery of the CMB is one of the handful of science's greatest achievements.

about a week ago
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"Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

Black Parrot Re:Cue "All we are is dust in the wind" (133 comments)

I'm an "old earth" creationist. The Earth is obviously old. But I do beleive in a Creator. Science shows us several things in this regard.

- The universe did not come from nothing. Thermodynamics prevents this.
- The universe did not create itself. Thermodynamics prevents this.
- The universe was created by an intelligent Creator is the sole, logical conclusion.

God for me is faith. Science still can prove, one way or another, the origins of the universe with science. Science is a useful tool given to us by God via our increased knowledge as we grow as a species. God and science go hand in hand. One cannot exist without the other.

Suppose we discovered that our universe was created by a non-supernatural being that lives in a "parent" universe.

Would we worship that being?

Would we unquestioningly do whatever it wanted?

Would we look to it for ethical guidance?

Would we look to it for the meaning of life?

about a week ago
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"Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

Black Parrot Re:Dust? (133 comments)

In summary, all the space theories that are still just space theories, include:

All space theories.

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

Black Parrot Re:Take 2:That's one small step for _A_ man, one g (275 comments)

Moon landing take 2: Ok Neil, but this time you need to say, "One step for A man... one giant leap for mankind." Don't flub your line or "One small step fur man" will be in the history books.

Producer: No! Leave it in - a minor human slip will make it more believable.

911 Conspiracy take 2: The first take was Ok but we need to swap out the Saudis and Egyptian hijackers. You guys are supposed to be our allies. Can we get at least one Iranian, Iraqi or Afghani hijackers? How the heck are we gonna start a war? How about a North Korean?

Turns out that the demographics didn't have much effect on where the war was started.

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

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

Your wife, like all other scientists and amateurs with sufficiently powerful telescopes, is in on the conspiracy.

(Is she evil, or did they threaten to kill her cat if she didn't cooperate?)

about a week ago

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Video Games at Museum of Modern Art

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  about 2 years ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "The New York Museum of Modern Art is collecting video games for an exhibition. MoMA is the most prestigious museum for modern art in the world, and according to Wikipedia, is the third-most-visited art museum (of any type) in the USA, 13th-most-visited in the world. The museum holds all that famous stuff you (maybe) learned about in art history class: Jackson Pollock, Henry Moore, Edvard Munch, Andy Warhol, Cézanne, Manet, Monet, Renoir, van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, etc. Maybe art historians of the future will talk about Dwarf Fortress as 'Animated Cubism'."
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Did Anonymous prevent election hijack?

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  about 2 years ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "The internet is abuzz with a story about Anonymous setting up a "firewall" to prevent a scheme to hijack Ohio's electoral votes, as some claim actually happened in 2004. Reportedly there are similarities this time around, except that the votes didn't suddenly shift to the other candidate, and Karl Rove got a big surprise. Fact, fiction, or conspiracy theory? Only Julian Assange knows for sure."
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Company of Heroes 2 announced.

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "THQ announced Monday that the long-awaited Company of Heroes 2 is scheduled for release next year. The initial offering is designed from the perspective of the Soviet Army, which never made an appearance in the original game or its add-ons."
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Global Warming Skeptics Discover Global Warming

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "A team of Berkely Scientists skeptical of global warming, led by prominent skeptic physicist Richard Muller (and funded by the Koch Brothers) unexpectedly testified to skeptical politicians in the US House of Representatives that theiir results — still preliminary — is finding the same thing mainstream climate scientists have been telling us. Other scientists are unsuprised; the article quotes Peter Thorne (not on the team) as saying "Even if the thermometer had never been invented, the evidence is there from deep ocean changes, from receding glaciers, from rising sea levels and receding sea ice and spring snow cover." However, Thorne criticizes the team for announcing the preliminary results before publishing an peer-reviewed papers on their work."
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Textbook references Wikipedia

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "Not as a source, but as a destination. From the third edition (December 2009) of Russell & Norvig's popular AI textbook: 'The Encyclopedia of AI (Shapiro, 1992) contains survey articles on almost every topic in AI, as does Wikipedia. These Articles usually provide a good entry point into the research literature on each topic.' Has Wikipedia passed a milestone of respectability?"

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