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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

DexterIsADog Re:Good luck with that (903 comments)

I consider myself an atheist. I believe there is no god, such as the one from the three Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Islam, or Judaism, just in the same way I don't believe that the universe was created and is watched over by an infinite number of tiny, invisible fairies. There is exactly the same amount of evidence for either of those - none.

I keep an open mind about nearly everything, but nothing that organized religion has produced even passes the laugh test.

about a week ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

DexterIsADog Re:illogical captain (903 comments)

Atheists will be in for a rude awakening when they die as they will realize that their belief was incomplete

And there you go, claiming knowledge where you cannot have any. Your position is just as absolute as an atheist's, the main difference is that people in your group tend to tell other people what to do, and atheists tend not to tell people what to do.

Also, atheists are more fun.

about a week ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

DexterIsADog Re:Anthropometrics (818 comments)

Keep saying it's the people's fault, and they'll keep squeezing until they find your particular threshold.

Which is an argument ethically akin to car companies knowing they have a potentially fatal defect but weighing up the cost of actually fixing it and saving lives vs. the expected cost of compensation lawsuits and not fixing it if the latter is lower.

The solution, of course, is to structure the law and/or regulate the industry so that the cost of screwing people unreasonably is always substantially greater than the cost of behaving more appropriately.

I didn't say that, and don't agree. Regulation and fines are appropriate for safety issues, but this article was about the size of the seats. None of the arguments were about the squeezing of seats into planes causing a hazard that rises to the need for government safety oversight.

Most of the discussion, and my post specifically, are about how customers either will or won't acquiesce to this treatment. The gp was inclined to simply accept what the airlines are doing, mine was not - customers should vote with their dollars, with public campaigns, with boycotts, until they are treated reasonably. I don't agree the government is the solution here.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

DexterIsADog Re:Anthropometrics (818 comments)

Wow, the AC beat me to it with an excellent reply. I'll just add that while I would never say that *you* are the *sole* justification airline execs use in making these awful decisions, you're definitely part of it. Keep saying it's the people's fault, and they'll keep squeezing until they find your particular threshold.

about two weeks ago
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Some Core I7 5960X + X99 Motherboards Mysteriously Burning Up

DexterIsADog Re:Buck feta (102 comments)

Get over your butt hurt, or move on. It's really pretty simple.

about two weeks ago
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Alibaba's US IPO Could Top $20 Billion

DexterIsADog Re: Re:, , , and his 40 thieves (97 comments)

Yeah, I remember that original Popeye cartoon. That line seemed funny then, but I was 6.

about two weeks ago
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Alibaba's US IPO Could Top $20 Billion

DexterIsADog Re: all that money (97 comments)

Yeah, yeah, governments collude with industry, and rich white people ride on top, but please retreat a step or two from tinfoil hat country. You imply a cure is being withheld, whereas the WHO is actively working on a vaccine now, and is selecting the best treatments to apply.

Lower levels of funding are *not* the same as withholding a cure. One is related to self-interest, and the other is conspiracy to let people die.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Seeks $58M To Put (Partly) Toward Fighting Ebola

DexterIsADog Re:How about closing the border? (105 comments)

You want to shut down all travels from Africa when only 4 countries have a significant number of Ebola case? You have no idea of the size of Africa, do you?

Well, be fair. I believe the AC posting above is former half-term governor Sarah "Winky" Palin. You know, who referred to Africa as a country.

Or possibly the AC is Rep Tom Marino (R, naturally), who criticized the president about Libya, saying, "Where does it stop? Do we go into Africa next?"

Proud to a 'murican!

about two weeks ago
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Google's Megan Smith Would Be First US CTO Worthy of the Title

DexterIsADog Re:Does this office need Congressional approval? (117 comments)

"I have personally dated 3 women who have both beaten me, stole from me, and cheated on me..."... Don't see how that makes me a "privileged conservative white man."

Not even a marginally educated man. Re-read that first sentence you wrote, and you tell us what's wrong with it.

about three weeks ago
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Google's Megan Smith Would Be First US CTO Worthy of the Title

DexterIsADog Re:Does this office need Congressional approval? (117 comments)

No one in either party's base gives a fuck about the gender or orientation of the holder of some office they've never heard of and will never care about. Maybe a few geeks care about this? Maybe?

No position or issue is too obscure for congress and their PR agency, Fox News, to use as ammunition against the president.

about three weeks ago
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Google's Megan Smith Would Be First US CTO Worthy of the Title

DexterIsADog Re:Does this office need Congressional approval? (117 comments)

Well, these days, it's the lefties who poison the well of every issue with race and sex to justify passing laws that legislate privilege;

Since she's gay, I would assume what you're ranting about in this case is the "privilege" of being allowed to marry the person you love.

Nice.

about three weeks ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

DexterIsADog Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

Contrary to what many, especially Americans, think, you cannot win a war. The "winners" are simply the last ones standing, whether they have lost arms legs or heads. We still lost the war, like every other participating country.

It's not that I disagree, it's that you are demonstrably wrong.

Which countries redrew borders in the Middle East after World War I? Germany? Guess again. Did Germany voluntarily pay reparations? No.

Which country dominated the world in trade and influence after World War II? Again, not Germany, Italy, Japan, etc. It was the "winner", the U.S.

If you are making the point that even the winners were worse off after the war, I'd have to disagree. The U.S. was booming within a few years. If you argue that the world as a whole was worse off after, for example World War II, tell me, do you think it would have been better to let Germany continue its policy of lebensraum, or two fight the war?

I avoid violence whenever possible, it sickens me. But I cannot deny that it sure solves lots of problems.

about a month ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

DexterIsADog Re: So what they need, then... (185 comments)

Coincidentally, I was thinking yesterday about whether observers may determine the state to which wave forms collapse (was it Heisenberg that proposed that?). It's very appealing, but disturbing, because I don't really believe observers have any special role in the universe.

Maybe I'll just stop thinking about this stuff for a little bit. This doesn't really answer your question, but I like Mark Twain's quote, "I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”

about a month ago
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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

DexterIsADog Re:Adding Politics to Engineering Decisions (173 comments)

Well, I wouldn't dare dispute your observations from when you were just out of school. As any schoolboy knows (if you'll pardon the expression), lack of any experience in the world whatsoever is a crucial ingredient for drawing intelligent conclusions.

I have worked in a dozen industries with scores of companies. Your Pollyanna world where companies prioritize what's right instead of what's profitable just doesn't exist. To the extent that your medical device company produced quality components, it is because of the knowledge that the government would come after them if they did otherwise.

about a month ago
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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

DexterIsADog Re:Adding Politics to Engineering Decisions (173 comments)

You have no idea what you're talking about. Government intervention after the crisis began in 2008 prevented a global depression.

Maybe stupid people have the impression that government got in the way of the recovery because most of the pain occurred after 2008, when it was too late to prevent much of the damage, but that doesn't mean it isn't foolish to think government made it worse.

Where DO you get your information?

about a month ago
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Anomaly Triggers Self-Destruct For SpaceX Falcon 9 Test Flight

DexterIsADog Re:So it works then? (113 comments)

I love that reaction - "they fucked up - but they did it so well!"

At least I don't have to ask what you think of Fukushima. :-)

about a month ago
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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

DexterIsADog Re:Adding Politics to Engineering Decisions (173 comments)

Manufacturing in a regulated industry is a constant battle between operations an quality. Operations (with an eye toward revenue) tries to speed things up, Quality (with an eye toward recalls and audits) tries to slow things down. Both report through different paths to the CEO. The Geek in R&D will see his work checked over by a different department with a different set of metrics.

You can pick your exceptions, but the overwhelming result of this organizational method is safer and better products.

This is like an Ayn Rand novel from an engineer's point of view. Regulated industries act *nothing* like this. The people in power use that power to push out the cheapest crap that will make the most money, whether that's service or physical product. The people who assist in that activity gain the most favor in the company. The noble engineer you keep describing simply doesn't exist.

The difference between lightly regulated and heavily regulated industries is that the sociopaths in companies from heavily regulated industries are more inventive in their schemes to raise profit at the expense of the general public.

Companies are like children, amoral and selfish. They need a level of constant control to keep them from causing catastrophes.

about a month ago

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