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Galileo: Right On the Solar System, Wrong On Ice

Ch_Omega Re:Bad Summary, Galileo was Correct On Ice (206 comments)

I'm surprised no one caught onto surface tension

Obiously someone caught onto surface tension, or you wouldn't have been able to make that comment. :)

about a year ago
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News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier

Ch_Omega Hint: Its not about being ignorant. (2 comments)

Ignorance is bliss .... Nuff said

Is that why you didnt care to read TFA before commenting? This has nothing to do with being ignorant about whats happening around the world. Its about (among other things) what news are relevant to you, and the lacking depth of the news one gets served by most newsmedia.

about a year and a half ago
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Iran Plans To Launch an 'Islamic Google Earth'

Ch_Omega Re:Islamic 3D Earth (181 comments)

I think Burpmaster was referring to the fact that in the Qur'an, the earth is said to be flat.

Are you sure about that? The Earth was understood to be round before Islam. I don't know if that understanding was in the Arab world at the time.

Yes.

about a year and a half ago
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Creationist Bets $10k In Proposed Literal Interpretation of Genesis Debate

Ch_Omega Re:Fundamentalists (1121 comments)

And you guys are attacking the Muslims? How about cleaning up your own scum first?

Or how about not asking people to limit themself to thinking just one thought at a time? By the way - there are lot's of muslims being born and living in my country. I considered their fundamentalists just as much a part of "our own scum" as our christian fundamentalists.

about a year and a half ago
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Brain Scans Predict Which Criminals Are More Likely To Re-offend

Ch_Omega Re:Good technology (187 comments)

Except that a lot of people who keep or don't keep their promises as politicians have to contend with 400 other politicians who also want to keep their promises. And when one politician says "I will cut taxes!" and another promises "I will fund social security!" You can't have both keep their promises.

And this is also something that politicians (hopefully) know. I contend that making promises that you know there is a big chance you won't be able to keep, even though it's because external reasons, is just as bad as making promises you don't intend to keep in the first place.

about a year and a half ago
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Brain Scans Predict Which Criminals Are More Likely To Re-offend

Ch_Omega Re:Good technology (187 comments)

*amygdala.

about a year and a half ago
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Brain Scans Predict Which Criminals Are More Likely To Re-offend

Ch_Omega Re:Good technology (187 comments)

Now let's first use it on our politicians.

Thats actually not a bad idea, considering that previous research has found support for a link between degree of activity in amugdala and the anterior cingulate cortex, and wether or not people will keep their promises.

about a year and a half ago
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On handedness: I am ...

Ch_Omega Re:Mixed-handedness (260 comments)

Would you see any major issues with limiting private possession of guns (say, limit to hunting/defense needs and otherwise require them to be stored securely at a range/shop, etc?)

From a practical standpoint, no. In principle, yes, because it implies a lack of thrust in me, and in my ability to act civil around other people.

about a year and a half ago
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On handedness: I am ...

Ch_Omega Re:Mixed-handedness (260 comments)

. I also think it's sad. Why? When a gun/rifle is part of your life it becomes an option for everything.

Really? I have three guns, and I only use them for punching holes in paper from extended ranges, which I find relaxing. And truth be told, the only other option I can think of for them, is hunting, which I don't do. But, thanks for telling me how I should behave and think in order to fit your prejudices.

about a year and a half ago
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What Is Your Favorite Polearm?

Ch_Omega Re:sword vs polearm (469 comments)

You could, for example, change the rules so that the action doesn't stop every time a point is scored-- make it a bit more like boxing or MMA. (Yes, I know that would change the nature of the sport quite a lot).

You mean, like a Dog Brothers-fight? :)

about a year and a half ago
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Human Rights Watch: Petition Against Robots On the Battle Field

Ch_Omega Re:It might be OK (275 comments)

if we could just get the robots to only fight other robots...

Yes. Then, all your enemy would have to do to defeat your robot army, is to send a human army.

about a year and a half ago
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Human Rights Watch: Petition Against Robots On the Battle Field

Ch_Omega Re:I want that! (275 comments)

His machines weren't "robots" any more than Predator drones are: they were remote controlled by radio.

Yes. That is probably why he stated that they were remote-controlled.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Get My Spouse To Start Gaming With Me?

Ch_Omega Re:Simple: (550 comments)

For your info: I just lost 16-11 to my girlfriend in Tekken 6 on xbox369, but I blame it on the fact that she was sitting there topless the entire time. True story.

about 2 years ago
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Saudi Arabia Implements Electronic Tracking System For Women

Ch_Omega Re:Apartheid (591 comments)

Ok, 80-200 years ago: "of the 120 or so active shooting wars happening today, Chirstian are involved in over 100 of them" There is nothing unique in Islam or Christianity that makes them war prone(...)

Please read Surah 9:5 and 9:29 in the Quran, and tell me again that there is nothing in Islam that makes it war prone.

about 2 years ago
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Israel's Iron Dome Missile Defense Shield Actually Works

Ch_Omega Re:Too bad... (861 comments)

... the innocent civilian refugees dying in Gaza from missiles that are accurate enough to hit one car yet somehow manage to strike crowded residential areas every single day don't have the money to buy one of those. Or eat.

The reason Israels missiles "manage to strike crowded residental areas every single day", is simply becasue thats where Hamas sets up their rocket launchers. When you fire off rockets from within heavily populated civillian areas, despite the knowledge that your enemy is targeting your launch sites, bad stuff WILL happen.

However, if Israel hadnt kept on building settlements in the Palestinian areas of the west bank, sabotaging any attempt by the Palestinians to get a foothold in the U.N., or simply threated the Palestinians better, Palestinian resistance groups might not have felt as much need to attack Israel at any costs, but at the same time, firing off rockets towards your enemy from inside heavily populated civilian areas, makes Hamas at least party responsible for the heavy civillian losses in within Gaza City.

about 2 years ago
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Anonymous Attacks Israeli Websites In Response To IDF Operation In Gaza

Ch_Omega Re:Did anyone notice: (560 comments)

Maybe Israel should just take back what was Israel in 600 A.D., before muslims started conquering. Half of Egypt, most of Jordan, Lebanon and large chunks of Syria and Saudi Arabia were part of the state of Israel then. After all, it was taken from them by conquest, and that's all the justification muslims need, so why not do to them what they're doing to others ? They certainly deserve it.

Uhm, I think you spelled Byzantine Empire wrong.

about 2 years ago
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My relationship to military service:

Ch_Omega Re:Waning Conscription (525 comments)

Im actually happy that I got the chance to serve a year with the Norwegian Defense Forces (RNAF) fourteen years ago. To make the year more meaningfull and interesting, I made an effort to get into a conscripted officers course, which essentially let me serve my year as a UB-Corporal with responsibility for a few other conscripts. This also came with the option to continue on as a seargeant (and then second leutenant after another year) when my conscript year were over. However, I chose not to continue with a millitary career after my first year was up. All in all, I had a great year where I learned fundamental leadership skills, how to handle firearms safely, improved my self dicipline, and most importantly, learned that when I thought I had reached my physical and psychological limits, I still had a lot more left.

about 2 years ago

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Lego accused of racism with Star Wars set

Ch_Omega Ch_Omega writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Ch_Omega (532549) writes "According to this article over at The Telegraph, Lego has been accused of racism by the Turkish community in Austria over a Star Wars model that supposedly resembles one of Istanbul’s most revered mosques.(...) The anger was provoked by “Jabba’s Palace”, a model of the home of Jabba the Hutt from Lego’s Star Wars product range based on the blockbusting series of science fiction films. “The terrorist Jabba the Hutt likes to smoke a hookah and have his victims killed,” said the statement posted on the organisation’s website.
“It is clear that the ugly figure of Jabba and the whole scene smacks of racial prejudice and vulgar insinuations against Asians and Orientals as people with deceitful and criminal personalities.”"

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Iceland Volcano Ash Grounds European Air Travel

Ch_Omega Ch_Omega writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Ch_Omega (532549) writes "From the article at CBSNews:
"An ash-spewing volcano in Iceland emptied the skies of aircraft across much of northern Europe on Thursday, grounding planes on a scale unseen since the 9/11 terror attacks. British air space shut down, silencing the trans-Atlantic hub of Heathrow and stranding tens of thousands of passengers around the world.

Aviation officials said it was not clear when it would be safe enough to fly again and said it was the first time in living memory that an ash cloud had brought one of the world's most congested airspaces to a standstill. "

BBC News, Deccan Herald and Barents Observer has more coverage."

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Russia confirms failed missile launch

Ch_Omega Ch_Omega writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Ch_Omega (532549) writes "According to this article over at BarentsObserver, the giant spiral seen on the sky over Norway wednesday morning local time, has been confirmed to be be the result of a failed Russian missile launch. Russia now confirms that "...the missile was launched from submerged position in the White Sea by the nuclear submarine "Dmitri Donskoy". Studies of the telemetric data from the launch show that the two first stages of the missile functioned as they should, and that a technical malfunctioning occured during the third stage.."

There is also and article on this over at The Daily Mail."

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Gigantic spiral of light observed over Norway

Ch_Omega Ch_Omega writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Ch_Omega (532549) writes "A mysterious light display appearing over Norway last night has left thousands of residents in the north of the country baffled. Witnesses from Trøndelag to Finnmark compared the amazing display to anything from a Russian rocket to a meteor to a shock wave — although no one appears to have mentioned UFOs yet. The phenomenon began when what appeared to be a blue light seemed to soar up from behind a mountain. It stopped mid-air, then began to circulate. Within seconds a giant spiral had covered the entire sky. Then a green-blue beam of light shot out from its centre — lasting for ten to twelve minutes before disappearing completely.

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute was flooded with telephone calls after the light storm — which astronomers have said did not appear to have been connected to the aurora, or Northern Lights, so common in that area of the world."

Article in English here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1234430/Mystery-spiral-blue-light-display-hovers-Norway.html
More pictures here(in Norwegian): http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/troms_og_finnmark/1.6902392?index=false"

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H2S might be key to suspended animation.

Ch_Omega Ch_Omega writes  |  about 5 years ago

Ch_Omega (532549) writes "According to this article, Mark Roth, a biologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, has been able to put fish embryos, fruit flies and even mice in what can be described as a form of suspended animation. From the article:

"The air we breathe is 21 percent oxygen. At 5 percent, (...) fish and flies — like us — would be dead in a few minutes. At 0.1 percent, it [is] another story. "You get a state of suspended animation and the creatures do not pass away, and that's the basis of what we see as an alternative way to think about critical care medicine," Roth says. "What you want to do is to have the patient's time slowed down, while everyone around them [like doctors] move at what we would call real time. (...) While it's true we need oxygen to live, it's also a toxin. (...) Scientists are starting to understand that death isn't caused by oxygen deprivation itself, but by a chain of damaging chemical reactions that are triggered by sharply dropping oxygen levels. The thing is, those reactions require the presence of some oxygen. Hydrogen sulfide takes the place of oxygen, preventing those reactions from taking place. No chain reaction, no cell death. The patient lives.""

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What the point of high IQ?

Ch_Omega Ch_Omega writes  |  more than 10 years ago I generally score in the high 150's on most IQ-tests, depending on spread ofcourse, but I allways end up above the genious level. My question is, WHAT'S THE POINT? I don't seem to do anything better than most other people exept the IQ-tests.

Ofcourse, I don't have any problems learning new things, and I easily understands new consepts, but still, I don't feel that I do this very much different or better than most other people I know, and if this is what's being smart is all about, what's the point about having a score that doesn't really seem to tell you very much about the person in question?

I have started to feel that the whole IQ-thing is just a system designed to give a few people the chance to brag about being smarter than everyone with a lower score. Ofcourse, it's great knowing that I have a high IQ, but what's the point if the only thing that it relates to in practice is solving IQ-tests?

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