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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

Ginger Unicorn Re: Dumps, you say? From the anus? (523 comments)

Also that remark at the end of the summary about driving a manual transmission car being something people do for the sake of it- that's a rather US-centric attitude. Most cars in the UK are manual because automatics drink a siginificantly larger amount of petrol.

about three weeks ago
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BT Blocking Private Torrent Sites?

Ginger Unicorn inneffectual Whack-a-mole (80 comments)

Presumably they aren't allowed to block proxybay.info because that is always up, and just gives you the working pirate bay proxy du jour. I'm not sure what the significance or notability of them blocking a members only torrent site is though. Irrespective of what access people have to it, it's still a torrent site. Or am I missing something?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Around Terrible Geolocation?

Ginger Unicorn VPN or Proxy (100 comments)

You could subscribe to a VPN or Proxy service that is based in the U.S. Bit galling to (I assume) pay for a service to fix the issue of course.

about a month ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

Ginger Unicorn Re:Alternative? (377 comments)

You expressed your point by saying " the same way that homeopathy can cure major illnesses. i.e. it may be true". All anyone gets from reading that sentence is that you're saying Homeopathy hasn't been thoroughly discredited as a scientific concept, which it clearly has. It "may be true" in the same sense that I may spontaneously teleport to mars due to quantum chance.

about a month ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

Ginger Unicorn Re:Its prison (356 comments)

I agree, pills don't help unless you have some kind of identifiable chemical deficiency. But i'd argue that anger is pretty much the fuel of depression. You can't be happy until you let go of anger. Sure you can feel some visceral satisfaction in directing your anger at other people, and it's much less painful than repressing it or turning it on yourself, but in the end, you're still angry, not happy.

about a month ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

Ginger Unicorn Re:Its prison (356 comments)

We can set aside the distinction between clinical/nonclinical depression, because for both of those cases you're implying that somehow the sufferer deserves the condition they have presumably due to what you regard as neglect, cowardice or laziness, and they should be given no consideration as requiring any kind of outside assistance or special care. They are just "sad" and should get over themselves. For both clinical and non-clinical depression that is a gross misunderstanding of the situation.

It's about you, and how you perceive the world.

And unfortunately, a lot of the time that perception is sufficiently distorted that the sufferer has no hope of correcting it without therapy and outside assistance. It's not like they can just "man up" one day and abracadabra, they're cured, because after all, they were just choosing to feel sorry for themselves all along. The emotional pain inflicted by depression exerts tremendous influence on what the sufferer is able to believe.

It's not some mystical force.

And neither is human willpower. The concious decision making part of the mind is heavily manipulated by the emotional part, and often outright controlled by it.

about a month ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

Ginger Unicorn Re:Its prison (356 comments)

You understand nothing about clinical depression. You should be grateful that you don't.

about a month ago
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Stan Lee Media and Disney Battle For Ownership of Marvel Characters

Ginger Unicorn Re:Disney never lose (152 comments)

Don't make me Stan Lee. You wouldn't like me when I'm Stan Lee.

about a month and a half ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Ginger Unicorn Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

There's a couple of hundred prophesies about Jesus, some obvious, some you'd never realise without it being pointed out.

If they were truly prophecies about Jesus, passed down from God, you would think it would be a matter of sufficient importance that he would ensure the prophecies were unambiguous and clear. In fact, being from God, you would expect them to stand out as a slamdunk of miraculous and inexplicable prescience.

Instead you have something that looks exactly like the handwaving after-the-fact postdiction of the likes of astrology and the quatrains of Nostradamus.

Why couldn't God do better than those deluded fallible humans? Because the bible was written by deluded fallible humans, and the God described in it is their invention. It's just so clear and obvious to someone without a pre-determined conclusion. Don't wheel in a load of special pleading and rationalisation. Don't load yourself up with all this cognitive dissonance.

We wouldn't have those expectations (omnipotent, omnisicient, loving) without the Bible telling us that's what God it like.

That's putting the cart before the horse. The only source material you have to base any of your expectations on is the Bible. If you're going to be reasonable and rational, you have to be able to trust what the Bible says. If the bible is demonstrably unreliable you just can't do that.

It goes double if the bible purports to be an expression of omniscience and infallible integrity. Any demonstrated shakiness or holes in the story immediately puts the lie to the entire premise. Given it's claims, the bible needs to be an awe-inspiring paragon of resplendent perfection. But it's not be any stretch. It's a mostly tedious and sketchy hodge podge of confusing inconsistent mythology, patched together over hundreds of years in several acts of historical revisionism aimed at wedding different religions together to maintain social stability.

God doesn't conform to our expectations or predetermined conclusions.

That shouldn't be used as a critical thinking ejector seat. Once you do that you're lost forever in the story, because then absolutely no amount of logical inconsistency, hypocrisy and self-contradiction can slap you in the face hard enough to wake you up to the fact that all of it is quite obviously the ad-hoc conglomeration of the imagination of several disparate groups of humans.

Say that I wrote a book about how I was the creator of the universe and I rebuffed any questioning of the veracity of claims by saying that it all makes sense, it's just that whenever it seems like doesn't, it means people aren't capable of understanding it, but that you should just trust me anyway. Given that situation, if you applied the level of rigour to which you hold the bible, you would be just a justified in believing my half-assed story as you would the bible.

about 1 month ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Ginger Unicorn Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

The "all the rules change when Jesus shows up" rationalisation does nothing to explain away why any of these ludicrous and ethically reprehensible rules were applied initially. It doesn't matter how you grease the cognitive dissonance. If you look at the bible with an open mind, asking the question "is this book the ineffable word of an omnipotent, omniscient and all loving supreme being?" you see that it's clearly not. Looked at with a genuinely neutral, open-mind and rational pair of eyes, it is so obviously an ad-hoc conglomeration of often unrelated and incompatible myths and folklore, about which there is fairly decent explanation of the history of where all the bits came from and how they were brought together.

If you look at the bible with a predetermined conclusion that is must be the word of that supreme being, and ask the question "what laundry list of post-hoc explanations do I need to memorise so that I can keep squinting at it in just the right way that I can convince myself none of the glaring inconsistencies are there?" you can, along with absolutely any other fantasy, keep yourself trapped in the delusion for as long as you like.

about 2 months ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

Ginger Unicorn Re: Missing option (219 comments)

The only objective meaning of life is to procreate and continue one's own genetic legacy.

I would argue that that's not a meaning, but just a necessity of the process.

It seems to me that meaning is always subjective. It's an arbitrary value judgement based on the factors that feel significant to the person ascribing it. You could argue that the closest you could get to an objective meaning is if you got every conscious entity in the universe to all agree to something, but I don't think even that would be technically true.

If there were no conscious entities in the universe, there would be no meaning, because there would be no one for anything to mean anything to. Unconscious life could carry on indefinitely in a meaningless universe.

about 2 months ago
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How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

Ginger Unicorn Re:It's always been a myth (239 comments)

This depends on what people mean when they says "gamers". Speaking as someone who owns a shop that sells Tabletop games like Warhammer, Magic the Gathering, D&D etc, men outnumber women about 20 to 1. But then the reverse is probably true for stuff like Candy Crush on facebook. But lumping all that stuff together under the umbrella term "gamers" paints a gigantic gloss stroke over some significant differences. There is a big divide between the stuff that involves "being a geek" and stuff like facebook games that don't. Anything that involves "being a geek" has a drastic preponderance of men. Obsessing over made-up fantasy worlds, and taking fanciful nonsense incredibly seriously, aggressively competing to establish prowess. That is apparently (whether it be cultural or not) mostly male behaviour.

I have no axe to grind, I would make twice as much money if more women were into this stuff too. But the reality is, in this large region under the umbrella group of "gamers" barely any of them are. I don't think it makes sense to lump all kinds of gaming together, as it is far from homogeneous.

about 2 months ago
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Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs In China and Germany

Ginger Unicorn Re:Snowden (228 comments)

but each time they are "revealed" after the first two or three just sounds like repetitive droning that no one pays attention to. If everyone let it slide as "the NSA need to be allowed to lie" after the first few, that isn't going to change after the thousandth muted bleat from the distant back-row of reported news 15 years later.

about 2 months ago
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Linux 3.17 Kernel Released With Xbox One Controller Support

Ginger Unicorn Re:Linux games (114 comments)

There's another way of thinking about it. When people say there are "no games" for a system, they mean no games that they care about. If you had a system that only had the 200 top selling titles on it and nothing else, the feeling among the general population wouldn't really be that there were no games for it.

When linux has ports of the vast majority of the top selling PC titles, then people will stop saying there are no games for it, irrespective of the size of the long tail of guff no one cares about and creative/interesting indie games that the general population haven't heard of.

Personally I see more value in the creative/interesting indie games. Unfortunately if they're not in the public consciousness, their mean contribution drops off a cliff in terms of Linux adoption/perception as a gaming platform.

about 2 months ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Ginger Unicorn Re: Looney Tunes (320 comments)

Multiculturalism literally made America.

about 2 months ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Ginger Unicorn Re: Speaking for myself (320 comments)

I remember watching those cartoons being re-aired in the 80s, I found them tedious. Likewise any hanna-barbera stuff. I loved all the warner bros stuff and tom & Jerry, etc from the 40s & 50s though. In retrospect the glorified action figure advertisements that I grew up on like he-man, transformers, thundercats, turtles were all probably crap. Mysterious Cities of Gold is probably still quite good.

about 2 months ago
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UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

Ginger Unicorn Re: No alternative system is available ? (145 comments)

you can't renew any earlier than two weeks in advance. I normally do it at the last minute and drive around without the disc for a couple of days. The police round here don't care, they can check to see if you've paid. Technically you can get fined for not displaying, but the police don't really care about the piddling crap - it's just more work for them.

about 3 months ago
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South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

Ginger Unicorn But but but... (169 comments)

I wanted a Mad-Max style gasoline-fueled hellscape. It's like they're actively trying to prevent that from happening :(

about 3 months ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

Ginger Unicorn Re:12kW/day? (268 comments)

I've always thought it'd be much easier to avoid this confusion if the nomenclature was Joules and Joules per second. Whenever I see KWh I have to stop for a split second and think "this isn't the rate, even though it mentions a unit of time"

about 3 months ago

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LHC Homes In On Possible Higgs Boson Around 126GeV

Ginger Unicorn Ginger Unicorn writes  |  about 3 years ago

Ginger Unicorn (952287) writes "In a seminar held at CERN today, the ATLAS and CMS experiments presented the status of their searches for the Standard Model Higgs boson. Their results are based on the analysis of considerably more data than those presented at the summer conferences, sufficient to make significant progress in the search for the Higgs boson, but not enough to make any conclusive statement on the existence or non-existence of the elusive Higgs. The main conclusion is that the Standard Model Higgs boson, if it exists, is most likely to have a mass constrained to the range 116-130 GeV by the ATLAS experiment, and 115-127 GeV by CMS. Tantalising hints have been seen by both experiments in this mass region, but these are not yet strong enough to claim a discovery."
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