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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Saw the debate (414 comments)

Again, I'm talking about the ones in the debate
Whoops - I missed your original point. My bad.

there's not really anything to win.
I still disagree. The point of a (public) debate isn't to convince your opponent, it's to convince the audience.

2 days ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Saw the debate (414 comments)

By this measure, I'm certain that Nye won. Anyone who was over 18 and watching the debate has probably had their minds made up for a long time. But I imagine there were a ton of religious parents that sat their kids down to watch the debate. Nye's arguments had a chance of swaying kids who may not have been exposed to a scientific view before, and his arguments had the benefit of being based on observable evidence that anyone could at least understand. Ham's arguments are based on personal beliefs and an ancient book. He had little chance of convincing anyone not already thoroughly indoctrinated.

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Creationist / Evolutionists telling same story (972 comments)

Not many people say it's impossible, just that there's no evidence.

There's no more reason to believe in a biblical God than Xenu or the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Just because someone says something happened doesn't make it true - even if science could theoretically model it.

2 days ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:AI isn't the future. (581 comments)

Exactly right, and there's an even more compelling reason. Consciousness is hard and motivation is hard. I'm convinced it's easier to create a neural interface than write a truly intelligent program, so all of that superintelligence will simply be add-ons to your average human, driven by a human, with your normal human feedback loop (physical sensations, emotional needs, etc).

Why are we afraid of AI? Because it can sift through thousands of computers near-instantaneously and collect the data it needs? Because it can control physical machinery halfway across the world?

We can do all of that. And with the right upgrades (which, again, are probably easier than inventing a conscious machine), we'll be able to do it as fast and as well as any machine.

3 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Much as I despise trolls (489 comments)

Where does the freedom to "say what I don't like" end and harassment begin? You wouldn't be able to follow someone around while they're in public, yelling insults, all day, every day. Eventually you'd get a restraining order, and if you violated it, you'd go to jail. At some point "saying what I don't like" becomes more damaging to my quality of life than a punch in the face.

about two weeks ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Systemd AND PULSE AUDIO (993 comments)

And tailgating is in the eye of the beholder. The type of person who would do 30 in the fast lane is exactly the type of person who would complain about the "tailgaters" hovering 100 feet back.

about three weeks ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:OK (268 comments)

the Sun gives up a max of 1.3KW per square meter

Wow. Couldn't even bother to RTFS, could you? It clearly states that this device "increases the sun's radiation by 2,000 times", so feel free to rerun your calculations with 2.6MW.

Unfortunately, the summary doesn't state whether the increase occurs just around the device or for the entire sun. Just to be safe you might want to buy 3-foot lead sunscreen.

about a month ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Cue the Bozos (981 comments)

I know! The only thing more annoying than those bozos are the other bozos who preemptively call them out, as if their whiny comment will be of use to anyone.

Fortunately, I haven't seen any of the absolute worst scum, who feel the need to point out the faults of the other two bozos. Complains about complainers are the lowest form of comment.

about a month and a half ago
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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Too Bad (106 comments)

That's a great point. At this point in the show, they could introduce a "normal" scientist and he'd be a complete outsider.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:illogical captain (937 comments)

Why can't "god" be the default?

Because every phenomenon has the same effect when it doesn't exist, and only differentiates itself from other things when it does exist. So to explain lightning, you start from a default position that encompasses all possible explanations - "One or more phenomena exist and are causing this, and all others do not exist, or do not create lightning", and then try to narrow down which of the infinite imaginable phenomena are the ones causing lightning.

If "no X" weren't the default position (not just gods), then to be fair we'd have to assume that everything imaginable exists. And...well...Louis CK puts it far better than I could.

about a month and a half ago
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The Grassroots Future of Biohacking

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Conservatives killed six million... (68 comments)

Wow.

Can someone help me out? What's the name for when someone acts like a crazy supporter of their opponents to make their opponents look crazy? (you can tell that's what's up because the only person named in the post is the right-wing boogeyman-of-the-day, Elizabeth Warren)

about a month and a half ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:In Theory (387 comments)

Anyone who is proficient in programming shouldn't have a problem picking up a book (or website) and learning a new langauge, API, etc. in a weekend or two.

This is true as long as you're hacking something together. If you're expected to work with other developers and create something maintainable, you've got to learn a million little standards, conventions, quirks, tricks, and optional 3rd-party libraries.

Picking up the basics is easy, but in my experience it takes a couple of years before one can truly be comfortable with a new language.

about 2 months ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:What lessons are the video games teaching? (1262 comments)

Absolutely not. There are, unfortunately, very good reasons to be skeptical. A lot of well-meaning dumbasses have ruined it for legitimate victims.

The original post wasn't just skeptical though, it was accusatory. Even worse, it used the "just asking questions" style of accusation, which (personal judgment here) is a very trollish style of debate.

about 2 months ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:What lessons are the video games teaching? (1262 comments)

Me? I'm neurotic. I'd play on my phone and idly click the "Screenshot" button every few seconds until I was sure there wouldn't be more, then post the first one with all the posts. Maybe that's why I don't treat it as a smoking gun.

I'm a bit sad to say I'm sitting at about 50/50 on this. That said, I definitely wouldn't state anything one way or the other until all the facts are in....and probably not afterwards either - I'm just not that invested :)

about 2 months ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:What lessons are the video games teaching? (1262 comments)

That doesn't in fact answer the questions raised in the image

  • * The account was created just to make the offensive tweets - granted.
  • * Screencap taken 12 seconds after the last tweet - The image gives no indication how many tweets were made in total. If this were in the middle of a stream of tweets, then any screenshot would have been taken soon after the "last tweet".
  • * No Search, no login - the url could be typed, instant messaged, or searched from Google. As another poster said, somone could see the tweet on their phone, want a screencap, and type the URL into a computer
  • * Who screencapped this??? - I don't know???
  • * Perfect spelling/capitalization - I didn't address this because I didn't think it needed to be addressed. If I were to go rogue, it would definitely be at this quality and pace. Just because someone's a troll doesn't mean they lack typing/thinking skills.

Did I miss anything?

about 2 months ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:What lessons are the video games teaching? (1262 comments)

Or almost as if someone was tweeting constantly (if the screenshot were taken 30 seconds earlier, it *also* would have been 12 seconds after the last tweet).

Almost as if someone were sent a link while they weren't logged in to twitter, and took a screenshot.

Now, nothing's impossible, but you'll need a hell of a lot more evidence to show this was staged. And speaking with such certainty based on such flimsy evidence just makes you look like another troll.

about 2 months ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:How is this sentence anything but unsupported? (826 comments)

I think you're reading the wrong message. With a bit more context:

If nothing else, that very fact should give one pause. Fundamental changes in the structure of most Linux distributions should not be met with such fervent opposition.

I read that as an argument against systemd. Something like "Fundamental changes will happen in any complex system, but when those changes are positive, they will not be met with such fervent opposition".

about 2 months ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

DahGhostfacedFiddlah Re:Hye, how about this... (113 comments)

I know, how could anyone make a statement as ridiculously inconsistent as "I don't like this one system administered by this group over here, and would like a very different system to be put in place by that group over there"?

Morons.

about 2 months ago

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