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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

DoofusOfDeath Re:Justice Sotomayor... (387 comments)

Sounds like your mind is made up.

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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

DoofusOfDeath Re:Justice Sotomayor... (387 comments)

The burden of proof is on them.

If this were some public debate where form trumped substance, I'd agree. But what we're talking about here is a question that every person, including you and me, must decide for himself. If you're decided that God is made up and you're done with the topic, that's your business. Christians are charged with showing you love, and with humility giving you reasons for their hope. What you do with that is between you and God.

The fact is, our current scientific ...

There's a lot of good literature on the relationship between the scientific method and supposed miracles. I'd suggest Googling, followed by one or to purchases from Amazon.

You don't have to be perfect. You just have to not believe in something that's completely fucking insane.

Well, that's the question isn't it: is Christianity completely insane? In my judgment the answer is no, but that's after I spent a lot of time and effort looking into it. YYML, obviously. I think your position might at least be a bit more nuanced if you get to know some real, intelligent Christians, and to find out why they believe what they do. Obviously no one is going to make you, but IMHO the stakes are pretty high for you to not at least look into this carefully.

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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

DoofusOfDeath Re:How many? (334 comments)

Just how many industries will we allow the content industry to ruin in its death throes before we finally get wiser?

I don't think there's much evidence that over time, humanity gets any wiser. Each generation seems doomed to re-learn the hard lessons of those past.

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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

DoofusOfDeath Re:Justice Sotomayor... (387 comments)

But there are some evidences and arguments that many intelligent people judge to be persuasive.

Then those so-called "intelligent people" are irrational.

I disagree. I think if you're honest with yourself, you'll find that a lot of the evidence for and against Christianity is a judgment call. For example, since we don't have a time machine, none of us can go and see whether or not someone named Jesus really was crucified, and really was alive three days later. And so we're left trying to weigh the plausibility of the historical accounts, but in terms whether or not the authors seem believable, as well as whether or not the documents really are authentic.

The same thing goes for answered prayer, and/or hearing what might be God's voice. The theoretical problems with testing this empirically are widely known, and I'm not going to try covering them here. And so, without the assurance of our normal scientific / mathematical tools for looking into these things with certainty, we're left making a judgment call.

You may have also noticed that all of us, atheists not excepted, sometimes make mistakes in our reasoning. Even more frustrating is that our reasoning and our acceptance of what constitutes evidence can be biased by the conclusion we think will make us happiest to reach. I think it's safe to say that for most people, if they want to find a reason to believe or disbelieve Christianity, they'll find a way to make logical constructs to support their conclusion. You and I are probably no exception to that.

So getting back to your original claim that Christians are irrational. I agree. Because I think we all are cursed with a strong streak of irrationality. But we only have so many years on this earth, and so we're stuck with making our best guess and running with it, hopefully also being open to changing that belief if/when there's a good reason to.

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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

DoofusOfDeath Re:If its "multi-racial" affirmative action in nam (387 comments)

Go look at the groups specifically targeted for AA by your college.

Why, are there not enough black kids attending 12 Step programs?

yesterday
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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

DoofusOfDeath Re:Justice Sotomayor... (387 comments)

I think we'd all agree that believing in imaginary things is foolish, and no leader should do that. But your characterization of Christian beliefs fails to mention the reasons that many thinking Christians have for holding them.

I doubt that there's any currently available evidence or argument that provides a slam-dunk case for Christianity being true. But there are some evidences and arguments that many intelligent people judge to be persuasive. Therefore I don't consider being Christian as a sure sign of irrationalism or stupidity such that it should disqualify one from office.

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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

DoofusOfDeath Re:Not really needed anymore. (387 comments)

This "White Flight" destroyed the Suburb I grew up in (Redford Township) and at the beginning for no reason at all.

While choosing a place to live, I've twice pushed aside apprehension about the race of my neighbors and suffered for it.

I won't make that mistake a third time. Life is too short.

I think your point is that, at least in your experience, sometimes racism is statistically justified.

I think that's the elephant in the room about which no one here is talking.

yesterday
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Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

DoofusOfDeath Verizon FiOS (194 comments)

I'm a Verizon customer, and Netflix streaming has become less useful to me since the whole monopoly shakedown business happend.

I'm willing to pay a few dollars more per month to Netflix, if it returns streaming to its previous glory on Verizon.

Bonus points if they use the money to buy a law that makes being a Verizon executive a capital offense.

2 days ago
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GitHub Founder Resigns Following Harassment Investigation

DoofusOfDeath Re:The term "Sexual Harassment" is very misleading (175 comments)

What part of ex is hard to understand?

The fact that it could have been written just "x" and still be pronounced the same. The extra "e" at the beginning is not only baffling, but outright infuriating!

2 days ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

DoofusOfDeath Re:*sigh* (351 comments)

Your understanding of the evolution of American English grammar is impressive.

Your capacity for recognizing a pithy jab is lacking :)

3 days ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

DoofusOfDeath Re:*sigh* (351 comments)

Big surprise.. tech hirer not valuing fields they do not hire from.

Big surprise.. tech hirer not valuing fields from which they don't hire.

Stupid non-English majors...

3 days ago
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General Mills Retracts "No Right to Sue" EULA Clause

DoofusOfDeath Re:Joke about lawyers (88 comments)

Not all lawyers are evil or bad, By far the worst kind is the "Corporate Lawyer". Get rid of those and the world would be a better place.

The problem with lawyers is that they're often seen as the agents of injustice.

Our legal system has scant consideration for the costs of participating in it. Somehow the SCOTUS sees no problem in letting prosecutors or private torte lawyers force others to choose between potentially bankrupting themselves in legal fees, or simply acquiescing to their demands.

And the courts also see no shadow of "ex post facto" in a legal code that's so complex that not only do regular citizens need a lawyer to understand it, but the meaning of the law isn't even fixed until some appeals court "discovers" it.

So from that perspective, lawyers are like government-sanctioned for-hire thugs. One can only hope that if one encounters a lawyer, he's either well-disposed to you or is less-well funded.

This is not justice.

3 days ago
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'Accidental' Siberian Mummies Part of Mysterious Ancient Arctic Civilization

DoofusOfDeath Or... (34 comments)

Putin is going to claim they were Russian speakers, and therefore Russia has a natural right to everything north of the Arctic circle.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

DoofusOfDeath Re:Ask one question about patches (293 comments)

Erm... I meant to write "lives", not "lies." Freudian slip.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

DoofusOfDeath Re:Ask one question about patches (293 comments)

Unless you work for the CIA, in which case the question becomes, "Will this patch cost enough lies?"

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

DoofusOfDeath Re:Militia, then vs now (1617 comments)

And 5% something else, unspecified.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

DoofusOfDeath Re:Militia, then vs now (1617 comments)

And yes, I know that this opinion is not popular on a site as conservative as slashdot. That is why we see this as a front page story bashing the person proposing the re-examination of the second amendment.

I'm not sure Slashdot's commentators are all that conservative. I'd say they're 45% libertarian, 40% liberal, and 10% conservative.

about a week ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

DoofusOfDeath Am I the only person... (631 comments)

Who has a deep and abiding desire to beat the shit out of every Congressman who votes for a bill without fully understanding it?

about two weeks ago

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Choosing which OSS database project to help

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  about a year ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "I've done a good bit of SQL development / tuning in the past. After being away from the database world for a while to finish grad school, I'm about ready to get back in the game. I want to start contributing to some OSS database project, both for fun and perhaps to help my employment prospects in western Europe.

My problem is choosing which OSS DB to help with. MySQL is the most popular, so getting involved with it would be most helpful to my employment prospects. But its list of fundamental design flaws seems so severe that I can't respect it as a database.

I'm attracted to the robust correctness requirements of PostgreSQL, but there don't seem to be many prospective employers using is. So while I'd enjoy working on it, I don't think it would be very helpful to my employment prospects.

Any suggestions?"
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Kickstarter for Linux version of Defense Grid 2

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  about 2 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "Awesome news for those of us who loved the game Defense Grid, and who wanted a sequel, and/or want to see more high-quality games on Linux. The developer of Defense Grid has started a Kickstarter project to develop Defense Grid 2. But even better for us Linux (and Mac) gamers, if they get to the $750,000 mark in contributions, they commit to a Mac and Linux port as well."
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Best country to avoid software patents?

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "What's the best country for computer scientists who just want to create, rather than worry about software patents?

Even though I'm nearly done with my PhD in computer science, I'm less enthusiastic than ever about my work, because of software patents. I used to be filled with wonder at the possibilities of what we could create with software, but now I just expect innovation to be rewarded with a patent lawsuit and crushing fines."
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Best way to store imporant personal data?

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "I'm about to digitize lots of old family photos and videos. At some point the digital versions will be the only ones we can find. What's the best way to store large amounts of personal data that's practical, affordable, and minimizes the risk of losing the data?"
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Google revoking DRM permissions on bought videos!

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "A few months ago I purchased a great Discovery Channel video from Google's downloadable video service. Sure I can't media-shift it, but I was willing to trade away some fair-use rights so my kids could see the video. I paid cash, they give me the video. End of story, right?

Wrong. Today I got this email (see below). It just goes to show that with DRM, there's little limit to the evil that can be done to you:

Hello,

As a valued Google user, we're contacting you with some important information about the videos you've purchased or rented from Google Video. In an effort to improve all Google services, we will no longer offer the ability to buy or rent videos for download from Google Video, ending the DTO/DTR (download-to-own/rent) program. This change will be effective August 15, 2007.

To fully account for the video purchases you made before July 18, 2007, we are providing you with a Google Checkout bonus for $20. Your bonus expires in 60 days, and you can use it at the stores listed here: http://www.google.com/checkout/signupwelcome.html. The minimum purchase amount must be equal to or greater than your bonus amount, before shipping and tax.

After August 15, 2007, you will no longer be able to view your purchased or rented videos.

If you have further questions or requests, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

The Google Video Team

Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
"

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