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Israeli Scientists Freeze Water By Warming It

Daemonax Re:Israeli Scientists (165 comments)

Indeed. I remember something that I think I heard Chomsky saying, it might have been in response to one of those silly people that claim science is just like religion, and he mentioned something about the Nazi term Deutsche Physik and how that was silly, as when he reads a well written scientific paper he has no idea about the culture or religion of the author as science aims for objectiveness and tries to avoid subjectiveness. It shouldn't matter one bit who is doing the science, their name, country or ethnicity does not affect whether the science is correct or not.

I couldn't help though, when seeing the title of thinking "Jewish scientists conspire to freeze water by warming, redefine black as white and turn the world upside down!".

From the summary though anyway, what they've done sounds very interesting.

more than 4 years ago
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Multi-Button OpenOfficeMouse At OOoCon 2009

Daemonax Re:I'd like to see Steve Jobs face (265 comments)

Learning a new keyboard layout takes on average only about 3 weeks to get back up to fall speed. I switched to dvorak a few years ago, and took a little less than 3 weeks... If I'd known about it at the time, I'd probably have gone with Colemak though.

more than 4 years ago
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Where Should We Focus Our Space Efforts?

Daemonax Titan (703 comments)

Titan is incredibly interesting. Though priorities I think should be the moon and Mars, as they'll be the easiest ones it seems to set up bases on where people could go live and we could finally start trying to move out in to space.

more than 4 years ago
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Report Claims Iran Has Data To Build a Nuclear Bomb

Daemonax Re:Not the first middle east nuke (630 comments)

Modern pieces of shit? Wow, that's pleasant. So I guess that includes people like Einstein, Feynman, Bohr, Oppenheimer, Minksy, von Neumann, Sussman, Abelson, Stallman, Chomsky, Pinker, and many more famous people that are (were for the dead ones) Jewish... Though not in the religious sense.

No, the US is not a religious country. As far as I know, it's actually the only country that has as one of its founding principles, the separation of church and state.

more than 4 years ago
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Report Claims Iran Has Data To Build a Nuclear Bomb

Daemonax Re:Not the first middle east nuke (630 comments)

Well it depends on what you are willing to consider religion. Bertrand Russell considered communism to be a religion.

I think you're right though that being accountable to the citizens of your country is also something that makes that country one that could be trusted.

more than 4 years ago
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Report Claims Iran Has Data To Build a Nuclear Bomb

Daemonax Re:Not the first middle east nuke (630 comments)

No I think that Israel is a secular nation. There are issues still, like the marriage issues, but the Israeli government does not claim to be carrying about the will of Yahweh.

Right now in Iran, you have a leader that has said he'd like for Israel to be wiped off the map (though there is some disagreement as to whether that is an accurate translation) and even more recently has denied the holocaust.

There seems to be a massive amount of cultural relativism going on around here. It's all well and good to point out the problems with out own societies, but the problems with our societies don't some how lessen the problems with countries like Iran.
Lots of people seem to think that conflicts in the Middle East are conflicts between Christian society and Islamic society. It's not, Western society is no-longer Christian, it's secular and it's a hell of a lot better than either Christian or Islamic society.

Anyway, as to your point. Israel is a secular society, just as America is a secular society. That doesn't mean that religious groups in either country don't have authority in areas that they shouldn't. But the areas they have power in are tiny compared to the power the religious leaders have in countries like Iran.
Hopefully in the next decade or so we'll see the last remaining areas of authority that religious groups have in Western societies removed.

more than 4 years ago
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Report Claims Iran Has Data To Build a Nuclear Bomb

Daemonax Re:Not the first middle east nuke (630 comments)

Well many Western nations already have nukes, it's a problem that we have to deal with. They do seem to act as a good deterrent, just so long as no-one uses them, it's still very risky though, it could just be that given enough time a nuclear war is guaranteed... Hopefully not though.

The reason I'm happier with secular governments (which hopefully is a reflection of a lack of religious belief in the population and politicians) having them is because I think they realise or at least act in accordance with the assumption that this is the only life we're going to get. So instead of fighting, we should cooperate and improve things.

When religion dictates policy though it generally makes cooperation with others very problematic, not that there aren't problems that affect cooperation between secular nations, but religion is often a far bigger barrier to cooperation.

If, and hopefully it'll happen, Iran becomes a secular nation, then I'd be happy for them to have nukes if they really wanted them. Though it'd be nice if they didn't, and if countries like Russia and America would put more effort in to reducing their stockpile.

more than 4 years ago
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Report Claims Iran Has Data To Build a Nuclear Bomb

Daemonax Re:Not the first middle east nuke (630 comments)

I never said that, and it's an inaccurate summary of what I said. You've created a strawman and I would expect that people on slashdot would know better than to try such a tactic.

more than 4 years ago
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Report Claims Iran Has Data To Build a Nuclear Bomb

Daemonax Re:Not the first middle east nuke (630 comments)

Yes, the marriage laws are friggin ridiculous. I read a while ago about a Russian Jew that was going to get married in Israel to a Jewish girl, but the idiot rabbi deemed him to not be "Jewish" enough to be married... In Russia he said he often had problems because there he was seen as Jewish, in Israel he had problems because he was seen as not Jewish (enough). But those problems, and others like circumcision which should be stopped, are not as immediately dangerous as the problems with Islam currently.

As for Israel claiming the land based on what the Torah says... I'm sure there are some religious idiots that claim that. I would be shocked, disgusted and very worried if I heard the government of Israel claim the land for such a reason.

more than 4 years ago
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Report Claims Iran Has Data To Build a Nuclear Bomb

Daemonax Re:Not the first middle east nuke (630 comments)

As I said, it's probable that the current leaders are really just concerned with wealth (and lets add power) in the real world, and wouldn't be stupid enough to do anything to assure their own annihilation. But I don't think I'd rule out the possibility of a truly religious nut getting power there (then again, I unfortunately can't rule that out for America given recent history, though hopefully Americans have learnt from that mistake) and trying to wipe out Israel.

The other problem is that even if those governments aren't crazy enough to attack Israel with a nuke... They'll quite happily do nothing about militant groups within their own country that attack Israel, and if the government have nukes then Israel could likely feel that they can't retaliate and do anything about the attacks. These small nutty Islamic militant groups though are unlikely to stop attacking Israel just because Israel doesn't attack back.

Israel should return the occupied territories though. I would be absolutely amazed though if doing so would bring peace to the region. There is too much hatred in the region... Whole thing is a mess.

more than 4 years ago
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Report Claims Iran Has Data To Build a Nuclear Bomb

Daemonax Re:Not the first middle east nuke (630 comments)

"Jewish" isn't, and wasn't even at the time, a term for people that followed Judaism. It's a tad annoying that it's so ill defined. But back around the time of WWII, many "Jewish" people were well educated, middle class and not religious, they might have gone to their synagogues on occasion and celebrated religious holidays, but then as now many didn't believe it.

Many Jewish atheists were killed, along with many religious ones in the holocaust. There doesn't seem to be any really clear cut definition of what makes someone Jewish. But one thing is certain, you don't need to be religious to be considered Jewish.

more than 4 years ago
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Report Claims Iran Has Data To Build a Nuclear Bomb

Daemonax Re:Not the first middle east nuke (630 comments)

From what I've observed, the Israeli government is secular. They don't hang homosexuals, in fact there is a thriving homosexual community in Israel. They don't punish apostasy, many Israeli's are openly non-believers. They don't forbid people from eating ham (though pigs in Israel are farmed in a rather funny way to get around rules in the Torah).

If there is good reason to think that the Israeli government is a religious government then I would like to know. Because that would be a bad thing.

more than 4 years ago
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Report Claims Iran Has Data To Build a Nuclear Bomb

Daemonax Re:Not the first middle east nuke (630 comments)

I've heard, watching a rather stupid rant by some Fox network idiot, that some of the new money being produced in America has omitted "In God we Trust". I haven't confirmed this myself, but it'd be nice. Though it was really a rather vacuous statement anyway. America is a secular nation, though it certainly has its dangerous religious nuts.

more than 4 years ago
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Report Claims Iran Has Data To Build a Nuclear Bomb

Daemonax Re:Not the first middle east nuke (630 comments)

I don't think you'd find one here in NZ. At least not within the last 25 or so years. I've never known of a religious government getting power here. There was a fundie church that ran for government a couple of years ago, everyone thought they were insane and made fun of them. I think they got less than 1% of the vote. Australia, I don't know. I would say it's likely the same.

Europe, countries like Germany, Norway, France (which is aggressively secular, which I like), Switzerland, Sweden, Holland and others I think you'd also be hard pressed to find a religious government within recent time.

England though... I think that Blair had said some pretty stupid things. But I think that was a bit of an anomaly in recent British governments. Of course England is an officially religious nation, the Queen is the head of the church. But I don't think in reality that religion wields much power there, thanks to better education and living standards.

And I really have no idea about Spain.

more than 4 years ago
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Report Claims Iran Has Data To Build a Nuclear Bomb

Daemonax Re:Not the first middle east nuke (630 comments)

If the other side believes that when they die, they'll go to paradise, then I don't think you would get a stalemate. It is probable that the current leaders in Middle Eastern countries do want to hold on to their wealth in the real world and wouldn't go so far as assuring their own annihilation... But until the governments stop making religion a serious part of their policies, I'd rather not trust them with anything like a nuke.

more than 4 years ago
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Report Claims Iran Has Data To Build a Nuclear Bomb

Daemonax Re:US Intelligence (630 comments)

As far as I know, American intelligent was not wrong about Iraq. The Bush administration instead ignored the stuff that they didn't want to hear, and the report that they released to the public had been heavily edited to make it sound like Saddam was a threat.

more than 4 years ago
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Report Claims Iran Has Data To Build a Nuclear Bomb

Daemonax Re:Not the first middle east nuke (630 comments)

As for which countries can be trusted. Ones with secular governments that keep religion out of government policy and decisions.

The EU, America, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, and others I think can be trusted.

Of course the previous American government was pretty worrying. Hopefully American citizens have learnt their lesson, and hopefully the republican party will fix themselves. They've been catering to the loons, and that's dangerous for everyone.

more than 4 years ago
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Most Useful UNIX Tool?

Daemonax Netcat? (641 comments)

Where the hell is the nc (netcat) option? Had to go with grep as nc was missing from the list.

more than 4 years ago
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Exoskeletons For Rent In Japan

Daemonax Re:The only thing they enhanced was the nerdiness (226 comments)

Check out a few of the videos of that exoskeleton on youtube. There is one of a guy holding something like 4 sacks of rice, walking around with them, and doing squats, and then another guy without the exoskeleton that is unable to hold up the sacks of rice let alone walk around with them.

about 5 years ago

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Pirates 'ignore' warning letters

Daemonax Daemonax writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Daemonax (1204296) writes "The BBC reports that legal firm 'Wiggin' (no relation to Ender) have released their findings from a survey conduct with 1,500 UK consumers on how likely they are to continue 'piracy' after certain measures are taken. They found that 33% would stop if they received a letter from their ISP and 80% would stop if the letter were followed by actions such as cutting their internet connection. One does have to wonder how the remaining 20% would keep going with their internet connection cut. That their numbers are not based upon data gathered from real tests who would take this seriously?"
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Stallman moves to Windows.

Daemonax Daemonax writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Daemonax (1204296) writes "After years of trying to control his computer, Richard Stallman has moved to Windows. The famous hacker is quoted as saying "I've always fought for control over computers, and if there is any system out there that is synonymous with control, it's Windows". When a young Free Software advocate pointed out that "Windows takes control away from you" Stallman quickly sliced him in two with his trusty katana while he installed XEmacs on his new Vista laptop."

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