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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

CauseBy Windows/Microsoft/Nokia (345 comments)

Yeah, totally, because the problem with these products is the names used to sell them.

Totally.

2 days ago
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China's Island Factory

CauseBy Re:If China builds an Island (199 comments)

"If China gets the base built, it's really hard to sink an Island."

Tell that to the Bikini Atoll!

5 days ago
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Chinese Man Sues State-Owned Cell Phone Company For Blocking Google

CauseBy Re:Good luck (78 comments)

No, that's not the joke. The joke is that some Asian names overlap with genitalia slang in English, and genitalia puns are funny. Most pairs of languages have such humorous overlaps.

Gosh I hate having to explain jokes, it really ruins the sense.

5 days ago
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Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

CauseBy Re:HTTPS and HTTP gotcha (142 comments)

Yeah I agree. This seems like unremarkable good detective work. Well done, coppers, you caught a criminal.

Whether we need to change the law is a separate question to whether this guy broke it.

about a week ago
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Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

CauseBy Re: Or so they say... (142 comments)

You asshat troll. Juries DO THINK THIS WAY which is why they are "shown the proof and if there is proof then the jury considers him not looking good."

about a week ago
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MetaFilter Founder Says Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To Scotch Review

CauseBy Re:wrong problem... (116 comments)

"How exactly we've created a judicial system with arbitrary power like that is the problem."

It's not arbitrary, and we did it with democracy.

about two weeks ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

CauseBy Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

Yeah, and also at Cliven Bundy's ranch.

about two weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

CauseBy Re:What's so American (531 comments)

"Kind of hard to claim its libertarian if you can be put to death for rejecting Islam."

That's the free market at work.

about two weeks ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

CauseBy Re:So you agree with this bill. Cool. (528 comments)

You are interpreting it to mean the opposite of what it means. If science says "outer space is above the clouds", this bill would prevent you from saying so, because it would "prohibit religious interpretation of scientific facts to mean that heaven is not above the clouds".

about three weeks ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

CauseBy Re:And this is how we get to the more concrete har (528 comments)

I prefer to call it an invention rather than a discovery. It gives more credit to the people who developed it. Either way, I agree, there is literally no other thing that comes close to having the positive impact of the scientific method.

about three weeks ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

CauseBy Re:If you don't want science... (528 comments)

We can't read minds but we can read the private letters and journals of scientists past and compare those writings to their public writings. The private writings of Newton, for instance, show that he was ambivalent and conflicted about the existence of a god -- not that he had decided there were no gods, but that he wasn't at all sure. So that's one example. Compare him to Kepler who almost surely believed in the personal deity described by the Catholic church.

But the beliefs of Newton and Kepler don't really matter. They could have been wrong. What matters is the best evidence and deduction we have and can do today.

about three weeks ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

CauseBy Re:If you don't want science... (528 comments)

That's right. Those early scientists were convinced that by studying the natural world they would validate their religious beliefs. They were wrong about that and later scientists did the honest thing by giving up on that invalid hypothesis and following the evidence.

Early scientists thought they could build telescopes and look up at heaven, but it turned out that heaven wasn't up there. They thought they'd look through microscopes and see angels dancing on pins, but it turned out there were no angels on the pins. They thought they would be able to calculate the movement of the sun around the earth, but it turned out they weren't able to do that. They thought they would inspect a mustard seed and determine that a godly force caused it to transform into a mustard bush, but that didn't turn out to be how it works. They thought that they would inspect living bodies and find that they were built of different kinds of matter than nonliving things, but no, that wasn't so.

Therewith, science and scientists distinguished themselves from religion by giving up on ideas that were wrong.

about three weeks ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

CauseBy Re:The US slides back to the caves (528 comments)

Still using Imperial measurements?

Yep. And we will until something better comes along. It might be similar to the metric system but with units of useful size, units of equal ratio (cf. the kilogram as a base unit), and a unit ratio of a useful number (say, maybe 12, instead of 10). Get to work on that and let us know how you do.

about three weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

CauseBy Re:Bring on the toll roads (531 comments)

Okay, I read it. Now I'll let you know that what would be so awful about 100% toll roads is everything.

It comes down to this statement fromt he article, popular among ideologues: Profit management beats government management every time. That is a fact claim, stated without evidence, actually stated contrary to evidence. It would be a winning argument if it were true, but it's not, so it's a losing argument.

about three weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

CauseBy Re:What's so American (531 comments)

"so what are you saying?"

I'm saying what I said.

"libertarians demand ideological purity and 'progressives' and neocons do not?"

Nope, I didn't say that.

"This society could use some libertarianism to counter the steady march towards statism that's been happening."

Nope, I didn't say that either.

about three weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

CauseBy Re:Bring on the toll roads (531 comments)

"All roads are already toll roads, in that their maintenance is paid for by gas taxes. "

That's not what a toll road is.

"What would be so awful about that money going to an efficient enterprise, as opposed to an inefficient bureaucracy?"

Nothing, that would be great. But we're talking about "going into a few hundred-thousand independently operated, unassociated enterprises, a small minority of which are efficient". And that would be worse than the bureaucracy we have now. We'll have to disagree about how efficient it is.

By the way, nothing prevents private marketeers from building toll roads. The fact that they don't do so is good evidence that they can't compete against the vastly superior "inefficient bureaucracy" model we currently enjoy.

about three weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

CauseBy Re:What's so American (531 comments)

Extreme libertarianism is currently the law of the land in Darfur and Afghanistan. It's not working out well for those places.

Extreme Capitalism was the law of the land in America before early in the 20th century. It didn't work well for America.

Extreme Socialism would be, what, communism? We tried communism in a few places and yeah, it didn't work very well, but better than maybe I would have predicted.

about three weeks ago

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