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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

IHateEverybody Re:Subject bait (379 comments)

Vader was Luke and Leia's father and embittered by years of service to the emperor. He deliberately hired incompetent engineers and starship captains in hopes that his children would be able to fix his mistakes and help him kill the emperor.

about two weeks ago
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Map of Publicly-Funded Creationism Teaching

IHateEverybody Re:Texas Barely Registers (544 comments)

I think you're conflating several batshit insane religious nutjob theories. I've heard some Mormons for example suggest that black people suffered from slavery because they were descended from Cam, Noah's youngest son who was cursed for ridiculing Noah who was the one who got drunk and naked in his tent.

The part about the lost tribes of Israel I've seen comes from certain evangelical groups as a justification for America's westward expansion (and the death and destruction for American Indians that came with it). Basically Jacob, the ancestor of all the Isrealites, promised his favorite son Joseph that his own sons, Manassas and Ephraim, would give rise to great nations of their own. Flash forward a couple thousand years and somehow these two lost tribes of Israel go on to found England and another group of them breaks away and founds a little country called the United States of America. So basically according these groups, WASPS (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants) were destined for greatness by God because they are a lost tribe of Israel. This was a hugely mind-blowing idea when I first heard it at age twelve.

The point of all this nostalgia for a more superstitious time is that the same people who are coming up with all these crazy ideas are the same people who are trying to make Creationism sound scientific. And a lot of them are perfectly nice, friendly people so it's not like you want to (or even can if they're family) cut them out of your life. Eventually mocking them with tales of Flying Spaghetti Monsters gets tiring and you just find yourself talking about sports.....

about 6 months ago
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US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

IHateEverybody Re:Fuck religion. (903 comments)

You've just described the prevailing attitude during the Jim Crow era.

about 7 months ago
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US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

IHateEverybody Re:Fuck religion. (903 comments)

Since private companies began offering health insurance as a form of compensation in lieu of higher salaries. So yeah, your company is not actually paying for your medicine, it's paying for the insurance that pays for your medicine. That's the way health insurance works in the US. Now that may be a bass ackwards way of doing things but it is how they get done these days. The argument here is about what this health insurance should cover.

If we had a single payer system, this would not be a problem. But we don't, so we have a million bean counters out there asking "do we really have to pay for that?" And now the bean counters have been joined by prudes saying, "hey! We can't get laid, why should we have to pay for you to sleep around?"

about 7 months ago
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US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

IHateEverybody Re:Fuck religion. (903 comments)

But even the First Amendment does not guarantee an absolute freedom of any and all religious practice. Just ask a polygamous Mormon. I very much doubt that a Jehova's Witness surgeon who refused to preform blood transfusions could use the First Amendment to prevent the loss of his medical license. And just to be facetious for a moment, human sacrifice used to be rather popular with some religions and while I am not a lawyer, I think I'm pretty safe in concluding that the First Amendment would not protect anyone trying to bring back this practice. A less facetious example would be animal sacrifice which actually does come up as an issue from time to time - usually with bored prisoners looking for an excuse to sue the prison by "converting" to satanism or voodoo.

This issue is somewhat similar in that health insurance is a form of compensation. Allowing the Catholic Church to dictate that say, a receptionist who is not Catholic but who works at a Catholic institution, cannot spend any part of her paycheck on condoms because they are a form of birth control and the church opposes birth control would strike most people as a violation of the rights of that receptionist. So why should health insurance be any different? If she pays for condoms out of her own pocket, she's doing it with money she earned working for a Catholic institution. If she gets birth control pills from her health insurance plan, that's still money that she has earned working for a Catholic institution. In both cases, the church should have no right to dictate how she should spend the money which she has earned.

about 7 months ago
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Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users

IHateEverybody Re:The REAL cool kids are all using IRC (457 comments)

The Egyptian protesters who used Twitter and Facebook to organize protests that drove two dictators from power say "hi."

about 7 months ago
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Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users

IHateEverybody Re:Too complicated (457 comments)

Of course they're features. They are very important features for Facebook's real costumers. [1] Advertisers.

[1] Even though you have a Facebook account you are not a customer of Facebook. You're its product.

about 6 months ago
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Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users

IHateEverybody Re:Yogi Berra (457 comments)

And I'm one of those millions of users even though I can't remember the last time I actually posted something on Google+ or even looked at it. And as somebody else already pointed out, the only reason a lot of Google+ users have an account is because Google goes out of its way to foist Google+ on users of its other services. And since when does a service have to be a failure for Google to abandon it? *cough* Reader *cough*.

Having said that I doubt that Google will end Google+ any time soon. At this point Google+ is to Google what Internet Explorer is to Windows. You may not like the former but if you want to use the latter, you're going to be stuck with the former anyway.

about 6 months ago
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PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES

IHateEverybody Re:Ugh (564 comments)

Maybe if you could run both Windows and Android apps at the same time. Oh wait. I can already do that with the Blue Stacks app that came with my Asus laptop. Or at least I could until I realized how pointless it was and uninstalled it.

about 7 months ago
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"Perfect" Electron Roundness Bruises Supersymmetry

IHateEverybody Re:Has Anything Ever Validated Supersymmetry? (150 comments)

Well it's been suggested that some of the Supersymmetric particles might be an explanation for Dark Matter which does appear to exist. Other than that, I'm not sure that Supersymmetry has much going for it these days.

about 7 months ago
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"Perfect" Electron Roundness Bruises Supersymmetry

IHateEverybody Re:Invisible unicorns in a garage (150 comments)

More accurately, The Standard Model is the best theory we have right now but it's incomplete since it doesn't account for gravity and has a lot of parameters that are just there without a good explanation for them. Supersymmetry is an idea that is the basis for a lot of people's pet theories because it helps explain a lot of what the Standard Model does not by bringing in a lot of extra particles.

Those particles, if they exist, make other particles like the electron behave just a little differently than they do under the Standard Model. And this experiment provided evidence that supports the Standard Model and rules out a number of Supersymmetric pet theories. Whether or not it will rule them all out remains to be seen.

about 7 months ago
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Exponential Algorithm In Windows Update Slowing XP Machines

IHateEverybody Re:Remove, replace with apt (413 comments)

Fine, we'll install WINE along with apt. They'll never know the difference.

about 7 months ago
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Larry Ellison Rejuvenating Hawaii's Sixth-Largest Island (Which He Owns)

IHateEverybody Re:impossible (297 comments)

This is impossible, no private enterprise builds infrastructure, works on long term projects, etc. Only governments do that.

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For the sarcastically challenged: Ellison is expecting some form of a return from this purchase, all purchases that are not for consumption are investments and he is not going to 'consume' his properties, so whatever it is he does with infrastructure, etc., it's all designed to try and create revenue streams, which is what private enterprise does and which is why infrastructure projects should all be privately funded, then their economic viability, success or failure are on the backs of the owners and not tax payers.

Well once someone owns nearly everything as Mr. Ellison does on the island of Lanai, is the distinction between government and the one super wealthy individual in question really that distinct anymore?

about a year ago
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Larry Ellison Rejuvenating Hawaii's Sixth-Largest Island (Which He Owns)

IHateEverybody Re: impossible (297 comments)

Well once someone owns nearly everything as Mr. Ellison does on the island of Lunai, is the distinction between government and this one super wealthy individual really that distinct anymore?

about a year ago
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Supermarkets: High-Tech Hotbeds

IHateEverybody Re:Yes we have no bananas. (126 comments)

This is just as creepy as all the prism crap:/

At least at the grocery store you can get beef, beer, and potato chips. Now try getting that from the NSA.

about a year ago
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John McCain Working On Legislation For 'a La Carte' TV Channel Packages

IHateEverybody Re:WHY!? (614 comments)

The same Palin that had quotes miss-attrributed to her that were spoken by a half rate SNL actress...

Admittedly she must have been a reasonable actress if people were quoting her and thinking that they were quoting Palin.

Tina Fey is an excellent actress and her "I can see Alaska from my house!" joke wasn't too far from Palin's actual words.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXL86v8NoGk

about a year ago
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John McCain Working On Legislation For 'a La Carte' TV Channel Packages

IHateEverybody Re:Missing a supporter. (614 comments)

That's fine with me. They can have their ABC Family and Christian Broadcasting with their family friendly TV and I'll take my HBO with its Game of Thrones.

about a year ago

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Solar Wind Rips Up Martian Atmosphere

IHateEverybody IHateEverybody writes  |  more than 5 years ago

IHateEverybody writes "Scientists have found evidence that the solar wind is ripping off chunks of the Martian atmosphere which could possibly explain why Mars has such a thin atmosphere today. The chunks are being ripped up along "magnetic umbrellas," which are bubbles of magnetic fields which rise from the ground and extend above the Martian atmosphere. This is surprising because scientists previously thought that these magnetic umbrellas protected the Martian atmosphere. Now it looks like exactly the opposite might be true."
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Love, Hate, and the Great Lizard

IHateEverybody IHateEverybody writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I love Mozilla. I hate Mozilla. It's a complicated relationship. And it became an even more complicated recently.

I had heard some good things about the nightly builds of Mozilla 1.3. So when the Alpha came out, I decided to download and install it on my aging Windows 98 machine. Then the troubles began. Suddenly, new windows wouldn't open, my bookmarks refused to appear in my sidebar, and other tools, like the Mail and Newgroups and Composer wouldn't open. Then Mozilla wouldn't shut down on its own. Its process had to be killed now. Luckily, I had the tools to do this and to monitor its behavior.

It was time to fire up Google. Apparently, this was not an uncommon problem. I followed the advice I found and nothing happened. I kept trying some more things but with the holidays and family in the general area, this was a slow and frequently interrupted process.

I finally decided to uninstall Mozilla 1.3a and go back to 1.2.1. But the problems still remained. After a couple of uninstalls and reinstalls of both versions and of a nightly build, I decided to get rid of everything -- to wipe out the last remnants of Mozilla and start fresh. I copied my bookmarks file to another folder and deleted my profile.

This worked. My cookies, preferences, and passwords were gone but Mozilla was working perfectly. I upgraded it to version 1.3a again and it continued to work perfectly.

Now it was time to rebuild. I imported my old bookmarks file and retrieved my old passwords from my Palm Pilot which over its various physical incarnations over the past three years has proven to be far more reliable than either Mozilla or any Windows computer I've owned. I reinstalled some add-ons that I've found that I just can't live without, Leech and Radial Context Menus worked with the new browser but apparently Diggler does not. Apparently many new themes don't work with it either -- disappointing but no big loss.

Time will iron out these incompatibilies. In the meantime, Mozilla is now faster and I have some new toys to play with. I haven't used Mozilla much for e-mail but its new spam filtering capacity may yet win me over.

The pop-up manager is back but some websites still manage to outsmart Mozilla's pop-up suppression mechanism. I've found that the best way of dealing with them is to kill pop-ups altogether. But this leads to problems when some geek decides to use pop-up windows to do something useful at his website. Fortunately, Google as always, has allowed me to find a solution for this problem as well.

This is not the first time that a new version of Mozilla has been b0rked. For some reason, Mozilla 1.2.1 rerouted my Palm directory to a temporary directory called ns_temp. I had to fire up the registry editor and change the "Path" string under the [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\U.S. Robotics\Pilot Desktop\Core] key to fix the problem.

So why put up with all this crap? Simply because Mozilla is the best browser I've ever used; tabs, built-in password and cookie management, pop-up suppression, Internet keywords, the list goes on and on. As annoying as Mozilla can be to install at times, it's no worse in this regard than a lot of Windows applications and has the advantage of working sweetly and smoothly when it's finally working right.

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