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19,000 French Websites Hit By DDoS, Defaced In Wake of Terror Attacks

Cabriel Re:Beats using bullets (206 comments)

Can you think of any good targets? Religious radicals with a...vehemently...nostalgic enthusiasm for an imaginary medieval ideal tend not to be on the cutting edge of technology and culture production.

So... what? Did they deface hack into 19000 websites and deface them using sticks and throwing stones?

about two weeks ago
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Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

Cabriel Re:I'm shocked, SHOCKED! (190 comments)

Because the manufacturer has lower costs. The price they give to dealers includes the manufacturer's profit. The dealer has to increase price over what they pay for it to make a profit. If the manufacturer sells directly in competition with a dealership, the manufacturer could undercut the dealership so the dealership can't make a profit thereby guaranteeing sales and killing the competition through forced losses.

The original vehicle manufacturers made a huge mistake to allow dealership franchises and we all are paying for it (literally) now.

about three weeks ago
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WSJ Refused To Publish Lawrence Krauss' Response To "Science Proves Religion"

Cabriel Re:A Simple Retort (556 comments)

You can't prove me without me intervening somehow in your life. If I had the ability to watch you from the Moon and you possessed no telescope, you wouldn't be able to prove me, either.

Basically *anything* can be proven, but very little can be completely disproven. The only thing we can reasonably do is to stop trying to prove it and start working on more meaningful proofs that we *can* attain.

Your 3rd paragraph does appear to be spot on. Just saying.

about three weeks ago
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WSJ Refused To Publish Lawrence Krauss' Response To "Science Proves Religion"

Cabriel Re:America.. (556 comments)

But, if Zeus was right, we'd be worshipping Zeus and the Christian God would be a tale told in D&D. Same goes for Odin.

This is not saying the Christian God is obviously right because he's worshipped more widely--just that your implied assertion that "because it could be any of them means it's probably not any of them" is wrong.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit For Shrinking Storage Space In iOS 8

Cabriel Re:MicroSD card? (325 comments)

Having used two iPhones over the last five years, I've experienced many upgrades.

My first was an iPhone 3G (not 3GS), and through three iOS upgrades, performance didn't slow down because of the OS. Performance slowed when the apps updated themselves to newer versions and assumed everyone had the newest shiny phones---not Apple's fault.

My second is an iPhone 4S. Over 3 iOS upgrades, now, performance hasn't dropped by any noticable degree except for, once again, when apps individually update and assume they are only being used on iPhone 6s.

I would like to see evidence of this "well-documented" phenomenon because I don't see it in real life.

about a month ago
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5,200 Days Aboard ISS, and the Surprising Reason the Mission Is Still Worthwhile

Cabriel Re:Shut it down (219 comments)

[Citation Needed]

"Too many to name" is not an excuse to not justify a statement. It should always be followed by notable examples so that sources and claims can be checked. Otherwise, it's an impossible statement to defend against and fact-check, and that kind of statement has no place in debate.

So, please, name a few so we can see how accurate that statement is.

about a month ago
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The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

Cabriel Re: Bombs in the US? (288 comments)

Not as such. The command was to spread the word about the glory of God and the promises He made. Going to hell isn't one of the promises; not spending eternity with him was. There isn't a whole lot of tangible information on what happens if you're a non-believer or a believer who falls short.

Either way, if someone refuses the word of God, the instruction is DBAD (Don't Be A Dick).

about a month ago
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Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos

Cabriel Re:People Are Such Babies (218 comments)

Mai Bad. I think I may have misunderstood. It's unclear that he shared it at all. It was just the prompt to share it that was offensive, and that makes the offence a lot more understandable.

about a month ago
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Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos

Cabriel Re:People Are Such Babies (218 comments)

Also, those "Year in Review" things don't get posted to your timeline until you click the "Share" button. He openly admitted that he didn't look at the preview and then clicked Share anyway? And he blames Facebook?

My heart feels for him and his loss, and I respect Facebook Administration for their apology, but this guy never should have shared his year in review.

about a month ago
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Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks Downed By Apparent Attack

Cabriel Re:Bunch of knobs (160 comments)

Hmm... maybe it's just me, but I've been playing my Xbox One all morning (since 4:30am local time, actually. My usual work-day has me leaving the house at 5am, so this is normal for me). Guess at least one company didn't screw themselves over.

about a month ago
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Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

Cabriel Re:Rifle-shooting is a sport in the olympics... (232 comments)

Unlike Darts and Snooker, e-sports like Star Craft drive people to the upper edges of reaction time, and strategic thinking--much like the modern Olympics mostly push people to the upper edges of strength, speed, and agility. If there's going to be a serious argument to allow it, that's the reason that will be the basis for it.

Disclaimer: I don't believe e-sports should be part of the main Olympics, but if there was a digitally-focused Olympics, or if many e-sports got together to host sort of their own style of the Olympics, I'd be supportive of that.

about a month ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Cabriel Re:News at 11.. (719 comments)

Someone who jumps to action when their friends leave their facebook logged in and unattended?

about a month and a half ago
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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

Cabriel Re:That's not the problem; the rearview mirror is (191 comments)

I'm 6'2" and I've never driven a Sedan where I couldn't lower the seat so I look beneath the rearview mirror. My current car is a Toyota Yaris and I definitely don't have an issue with that.

about a month and a half ago
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Fraudulent Apps Found In Apple's Store

Cabriel Re:This is news.... because? (89 comments)

What? So an accuracy rate of 99.99992% isn't good enough? I suppose we can trust Google to top that.

about 2 months ago
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The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

Cabriel Re: i don't think so (257 comments)

or maybe his city, like mine, doesn't have 24/7 traffic jams as yours must for this to be a valid argument.

I used to walk 1.5 hours to get to work because the bus took 1hr 20mins AND i had to wait an average of 20 mins for it in the first place (45-mins between busses). Then I bought a car and turned it into a 12-minute drive.

about 2 months ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

Cabriel Re:Obviously. (695 comments)

Let's phrase it another way: "Group who is funded to study AGW claims AGW exists so the Group can continue to receive funding."

about 3 months ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Cabriel Re:It makes you uneasy? (1007 comments)

The acts of ISIS are not the acts of devout religious believers; they are the acts of fanatical religious extremists. While they are very devout believers in what they've been taught, their acts are not supported by the vast majority of those who share the same religion. Don't let a vocal minority colour your view of the entire group.

about 3 months ago
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Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter

Cabriel Re:Hardly Either Or (137 comments)

2. Could you develop the same technology more cheaply, without building huge science experiments? No. Of course not. Who would spend their whole career perfecting some obscure device if there wasn't a chance of participating in a great discovery? Industry just can't generate that kind of motivation.

To agree with you, I would say we've seen the example of Industry's idea of advancement in the automobile industry: The major manufacturers kept making almost solely gasonline-only vehicles with only minor incremental advancements until they were required by legislation to make alternatives available to the public, and when they whined about how much it would cost, the (North American) governments gave them subsidies for these new lines of vehicles...

...That is, until an outsider decided to enter the market and shake things up with a huge divergence from the norm.

I don't think we can trust Industry to make the kinds of advancements we need to be able to continue the improvement of our understanding of Science at an acceptable rate. If we left it to Industry, we'd still be riding horses to get around.

about 3 months ago
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"Police Detector" Monitors Emergency Radio Transmissions

Cabriel Re:someohow I think (215 comments)

Not that most police forces use radar, anymore. They use laser-detectors that are pointed directly at the people being measured. That means you only detect the signal once you've been scanned, so your detector will tell you basically whether or not to expect a ticket in the mail, or whether or not you should expect to be pulled over in the next few seconds.

about 3 months ago
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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

Cabriel Re:Open Source in commercial products (265 comments)

So, you're saying that the F/OSS community isn't responsible for the bugs in their software?

about 4 months ago

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