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South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

DoomHaven Re:Pull your head out (665 comments)

Consider Occam's Razor. If you already believe in an all-powerful sky fairy, then believing that the all-powerful sky fairy did something you don't understand is the easiest, most reasonable explanation. If you don't already believe in an all-powerful sky fairy, creating that belief as part of trying to understand something becomes infinitely more difficult.

about 7 months ago
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WotC Releases Old Dungeons & Dragons Catalog As PDFs

DoomHaven Re:Bullshit (224 comments)

No, it was to ensure remuneration. Just because the words of the statute don't mention it explicitly doesn't mean that it was not the driving force. If it weren't for the money, we could just skip the entire debate.

No, it was to promote science and useful arts. Ensuring renumeration by offering a limited monopoly is the means to this end but most certainly not the end unto itself.

Copyright protects the livelihood of the creators of works of knowledge or creativity to ensure that they may do so with the knowledge that they will receive just remuneration for their effort.

Maybe once, originally.

In a way, its no different than the ownership of real property - you can't pick up real property and move away with it, and anybody can walk on it.

No, it is completely different than the ownership of real property. Copyright is a temporary monopoly on an intellectual work so a creator can temporarily receive just renumeration, but then said work is surrendered to everyone so that everyone can use it, improve upon it, refine it, for additional profit and to give society as a whole a greater wealth.

Meanwhile, "real property" is something that is owned for as long as the owner wishes, to be used for whatever the owner wishes.

about a year and a half ago
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2012 Another Record-Setter For Weather, Fits Climate Forecasts

DoomHaven Re:in 1975, when I was in High school (336 comments)

Fair enough, but there was an expectation of a cooling trend.

about a year and a half ago
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2012 Another Record-Setter For Weather, Fits Climate Forecasts

DoomHaven Re:in 1975, when I was in High school (336 comments)

You need to understand the following to understand why the turnaround. From 1960-1990, 2-3% per decade less sunlight as reached the Earth's surface. In that same time period, global average temperatures maintained or increased. So... despite the fact that the Earth received less energy from the Sun for 30 years straight, it never cooled as expected.

I'll let that sink in for a moment. Climate is driven by the Sun's energy. The Sun's energy is reduced. The climate, with less energy from the sun, should get colder. But, it didn't.

Now, the trend of global dimming is reversing. And, the climate is warming up faster than it should purely from global brightening. Many scientists believe that the ice age we should have gotten in the 1970s and 1980s was masked by global warming happening back then. But, now, we just have global warming.

I won't lie: there may be people who are jumping of the bandwagons to keep them in the spotlight. I don't know this James Hansen. The one thing to point out is that at least is willing to change his views to match the evidence. Unfortunately, that's a very rare thing today.

about a year and a half ago
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Astroturfing For Speed Cameras

DoomHaven Re:City overpaying? (342 comments)

I'm going to play Devil's Advocate here: what's wrong with the "The Chicago Way" style of corruption?

No, seriously. Hear me out.

There are two ways to do a project: follow a proper process to determine who should do a project (advertising the project, getting tenders, proposal analysis), or corruptly award the project to a campaign contributor. Let us make one assumption: end result is of the same or similar cost, quality and delivery date between the two companies. I consider that to be a fair statement, as most "process" chosen candidates simply game the process until they win, and then inflate costs and delivery dates after the fact. If cost( proper_process ) + cost( properly_chosen_company ) > cost( corruptly_chosen_company ) + cost( corruption_incidentals ), why not go with corruption?

After living in Chicagoland for half a decade, I have to admit that Shit Got Done in Chicago. It may have been morally bankrupt, but it worked.

more than 2 years ago
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Michael Jackson Themed MMO In the Works

DoomHaven Re:Is this really just... (180 comments)

You, sir, are one awesome, glorious, bastard.

more than 3 years ago
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Is LGP Going the Way of Loki Software?

DoomHaven Re:Is this really surprising? (124 comments)

Have you done any configuring of Wine to make Starcraft run better? I don't know and can't find the settings to make it smoother, and I find that playing it with Wine feels lagged or delayed.

more than 4 years ago
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How Old Is the Oldest Computer You Regularly Use?

DoomHaven The web server (543 comments)

I am currently running LAMP on Vectorlinux Light (6.0) on a K7 600MHz box with 768MB of RAM I originally bought in 1999. It still works, but I imagine it will die within a year or two.

more than 4 years ago
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Outage Knocks Gmail Offline For Many Users

DoomHaven Re:Thunderbird Public Service Announcement (209 comments)

I have four big problems with using Hotmail on Thunderbird:

1) is that it doesn't support Hotmail folders
2) it doesn't download all my e-mail, and craps with hundreds of messages left on the server
3) it generates 100s of MB of error messages after a couple weeks of usage that I have to route out and delete
4) it won't delete files on the server when I delete them in Thunderbird

So, to me, I can't just as easily use Thunderbird as Outlook Express / Windows Live Mail on Linux.

more than 5 years ago
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US Officials Flunk Test On Civic Knowledge

DoomHaven Ouch! (334 comments)

I'm not even an American (though I did live there for almost 6 years) and I got 27 out of 33 correct, which is 81.23%!

Here is what I missed:
Question #4 - B. Would slavery be allowed to expand to new territories?
Question #7 - D. Gettysburg Address
Question #12 - B. the Supreme Court struck down most legal restrictions on it in Roe v. Wade
Question #13 - E. certain permanent moral and political truths are accessible to human reason
Question #14 - B. stressed the sinfulness of all humanity
Question #33 - D. tax per person equals government spending per person

more than 5 years ago
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Massive Martian Glaciers Found

DoomHaven Re:Time to move... (314 comments)

*Unless* we actually got a WoW server *onboard* the ship. Then we would have phenomenal ping times, as well as a lack of gold sellers/spammers/scammers.

And after killing Arthas, we'd get to land on Mars :D

What's really sad about this thread is I haven't read any "Total Recall" references. For shame. For shame indeed.

more than 5 years ago

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