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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Jack Griffin Re:News at 11.. (718 comments)

I don't call it theft. If you read my post I called it copyright infringement. I was arguing that the definition of theft is not only the one you described, as many dictionaries and lawyers will happily point out to you. Taking someone's stuff, using it and then giving it back is still considered theft, yet you haven't deprived anyone of anything.

5 days ago
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Cuba Says the Internet Now a Priority

Jack Griffin Re:Uncensored Access for All (114 comments)

Because the NK military wouldn't even think to shoot anyone caught with such a device...

5 days ago
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Viacom's Messy Relationship With YouTube and The Rise of Stephen Colbert

Jack Griffin Re:Can't find anything on Youtube anymore (76 comments)

The root cause of all this is that for a short period in history, the creative arts had a monopoly on distribution, so got to charge whatever they liked for their product, and hence vastly overvalued their self worth. Now the balance is swinging back they can't accept they shouldn't be paid millions of dollars for simply telling a story or singing a song. Tough shit, we shouldn't be propping up their outdated business model with legislation. Let them die and a new generation of 21st century entertainers take their place.

5 days ago
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"Infrared Curtain" Brings Touchscreen Technology To Cheap Cars

Jack Griffin Re:Multi touch while driving? (123 comments)

I just bought a brand new top of the line 2014 Mazda CX5 and the touch screen (and GPS) suck shit. Why even bother when my phone does all of it better? Surely the best way forward for car manufacturers is a universal smartphone dock with downloadable car specific apps? Oh and I agree, a touch screen is a bad idea, gimme tactile buttons that I don't need to look at to use, so I can avoid running people over while trying to change the radio station.

5 days ago
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How a Massachusetts Man Invented the Global Ice Market

Jack Griffin Re:Incidentally... (83 comments)

Hmm.... not sure I totally buy this. Insulated, iced, box cars were being used to ship meat and fruit in the USA before 1900. My recollection is that...

You were alive in 1900?

5 days ago
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Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

Jack Griffin Re: Best of 2009? May be, but we live in 2014. Rig (132 comments)

I find tapping slightly faster than swyping, but swyping far more comfortable, and I prefer comfort over speed. I still have and use a BB along with my Note3. The Note3 shits all over the BB in every area.

about a week ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Jack Griffin Re:I deny that San Francisco underwater by 2010 (718 comments)

I suppose I'm a global warming denier, by the common standard here on Slashdot. The global warming alarmists and pitchmen said "San Francisco will be underwater by 2010". Unfortunately, it's still there.

You, like a lot of people, might be confusing media or politics with science. If you could cite the publish the science paper that made such a claim I'd lover to read it. Until I'll put you in the basket with stupid people who should probably not participate in this discussion.

about a week ago
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Scientists Discover That Exercise Changes Your DNA

Jack Griffin Re:What does this mean...? (56 comments)

I am smart because I had good parents and teachers, and I choose to work hard at it. Not that I got the smart gene.

Or maybe you got the gene that responds better to instruction than others? Maybe others have genes that favour shorter attention spans, or favour hyper activity so can't sit still in a classroom, and hence aren't as equipped to learn complex subjects ?

Or I have a few extra pounds on me because I chose to eat that cupcake when I should have picked an Apple,

Or maybe your gene for triggering pleasure from sugar is stronger than others?

or decided not to go to the gym.

Lacked the gene that gets pleasure triggered by exercise

It is easier to say I have the Fat gene.

Easier, or maybe something like that actually exists?

I personally think Nurture is a larger influence in nature.

I think free will is over-rated.

Sure some factors my natural colors, gender, height and perhaps chances to get some generic conditions. I may not control, but if I went out more my skin would be darker, or stayed in more it may be lighter. When growing up if I exercised a different amount or had a different diet I may an inch taller or shorter.

All illusions of free will. All your thoughts and response to environment (eating, exercise, study, compliance to authority etc) can all be explained by nature. Nurture is the excuse people use when they want to feel like they had some control in the outcome. I've never seen any evidence of this.

about a week ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Jack Griffin Re:News at 11.. (718 comments)

When I first read this I thought it said "code niggers".
I always thought the best way to de-power a phrase is not by prohibiting it, but by overusing and re-using it so it loses any negative connotation. eg imagine if all programmers called themselves code niggers? After all the initial fury died down, within a generation, people would associate the word nigger with a computer programmer rather than pejorative term for black people, and there'd be one less reason for people to be angry. Of course it will never happen because people like to have reasons to get angry rather than solve problems.

about a week ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Jack Griffin Re:News at 11.. (718 comments)

Theft: The unlawful taking of someone's belongings with the intent to deprive them of their use.

I know copyright infringers like to throw this definition around as if the more the say the more it might become true, but as someone who use to break into cars and steal stuff, stealing (or theft) is not about the intent to deprive the owner their use, it's about taking something that doesn't belong to you, and getting stuff which normally cost money, for free.

about a week ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

Jack Griffin Re:von Neumann probes (390 comments)

Only hard to us, at this point on time. That is not the case for all instances of life in the universe over the period of millions of years.

about a week ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

Jack Griffin Re:Well, duh (390 comments)

I always thought the new Dr Who could've done more with the Daleks and Cybermen. Sure it's nice to pay homage to your roots, but in 21st century they simply do not cut it as enemies. Surely there could've been something more creative with a Dalek reinvention that kept the voice and style but made them a bit more mobile? It's like they said hey but these things suck, I know let's make them fly!

about a week ago
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Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

Jack Griffin Re:What percentage... (114 comments)

Global Warming is long term, so you don't have to change 32000 ships at once, you can integrate the newer design into and new ship designs, or maintenance plans of existing vessels. Combined with other ideas I've seen such as green roofs (putting plants on billions of house roofs instead of tile, steel on concrete), this global warming challenge might be achievable after all.

about a week ago
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Birds Fled Area Before Tornadoes Appeared

Jack Griffin Re:I'll never forget the summer of '87 in Edmonton (99 comments)

I moved to a subtropical area a decade ago, we get strange flash storms in November December most years, unlike what I'm used to. It can be perfectly hot and sunny 27 deg (80 for people still living in the dark ages), then suddenly solid black clouds, twilight conditions, thunder, lightning even hail, then 15 minutes later it's sunny again. It freaked me out the first couple of years, but you learn to pickup on it. I'm not sure exactly what the sensation is, but you feel it in the sky. Some sort of stillness, or ominous colour of light or something like it's about to get evil. If you were living a few thousand years ago it would certainly convince there was a super being up there controlling shit.

about a week ago
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Birds Fled Area Before Tornadoes Appeared

Jack Griffin Re:So the question is... (99 comments)

Are these the same birds that fly into jet engines and wind generator turbines?

about a week ago
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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

Jack Griffin Re:Hackers for hire? (236 comments)

Or even better, just pay off the sysadmin. There's a whole ton of socially inept admins out there who run corporate networks. It wouldn't require too much effort to wine and dine them with promises of big cash and prostitutes in exchange for data. To make sure, you give them the choice of riches and regular sex, or we kill your family. This is espionage 101, no Russians required.

about a week ago
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

Jack Griffin Re:Red Light Cameras (281 comments)

Where is this? Our cameras are all infrared, no visible flash needed. Prior to this it was a requirement that all flashes were positioned facing the rear of any potential targets.

about a week ago
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

Jack Griffin Re:Old news. (281 comments)

Ticket: I have to pay. Rear ended: His insurance will pay for it.

The choice is obvious. Fuck safety.

I'll take a few hundred dollar penalty than be forced to deal with the problems of whiplash for the rest of my life...

about a week ago
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

Jack Griffin Re:Old news. (281 comments)

Running red lights is not safe.

Depends, I used to have a moped that didn't always get picked up on the light sensor. I could sit at a set of lights indefinitely until a bigger vehicle came along and triggered the lights for me. I learnt from that point to treat a red light the same as a stop sign. Use your brain, ensure traffic is clear then go.

about a week ago

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