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Initial Tests Fail To Find Gravitational Waves

James Skarzinskas Re:what to do, what to do (553 comments)

A fluffy metaphor, to be sure, but that's the whole of it. Your basic angle of attack sits on a flawed premise.

There is not, cannot be, any supernatural. That's not a proof you have, it's an assumption that you start with.

And a perfectly valid, logical assumption it is; for to lend credence to, and to posit the supernatural would be to assert a positive claim for which no evidential support can be provided on behalf of the claimant. Failing to accomodate for the insubstantial is not a misguided assumption--it is a rational, sane default.

While I enjoyed your unique perspective on the subject, we're hardly nomadic worshippers roaming the open teal plains of the Windows 95 desktop, paying devout, pious tribute to the seemingly stochastic methods of an almighty oversized mouse cursor. O, the tumbleweed of questionable JPEGs adrift in the sandstorms of this barren, biblical expanse. Truth is, our registers just aren't being rewritten. The inexorable march of scientific advancement has been successfully unraveling alleged "miracles" for nearly as long as they've been purported, with no hallelujah of divine tampering left unrattled to this date. Drawing up images of some cosmic debug session is disingenuous and superfluous, at best.

If you were able to approach this post with a checklist of seemingly random phenomena analogous to the passing whims of a desktop user, totally unapproachable and inexplicable through our established fundamentals, I would quite frankly not be tapping out this reply.

However, the reality is that your post, well not inflammatory, and certainly well composed enough to warrant its superficial, positive moderation, is just another passive aggressive manner for creationists to rudely interject at the dinner table with a new spin on perverting the scientific method. "But, but, but, He's outside science and reason, don't you get it? Assuming He's not is just sooooooo presumptuous of you! And gee-whiz, I thought you guys were the scientists!"

I'm sure you had good intentions, but honestly, that's just not how it works.

more than 5 years ago
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Pi Calculated To Record 2.5 Trillion Digits

James Skarzinskas Re:Well... (432 comments)

Then you zoom out a bit and realize you've been goatse'd by the Creators.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Tries To Gag Owner of Exploding iPod

James Skarzinskas Re:Exploding ipod? Don't worry! (475 comments)

Bringing the wrath of Allah down on heathen infidels with a fiery inferno? There's an app for that.

more than 5 years ago
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Australian Police Plan Wardriving Mission

James Skarzinskas Re:Aiding and Abetting? (340 comments)

Do I spy a thinly veiled allegory for DRM?

more than 5 years ago
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Firefox 3.5RC2 Performance In Windows Vs. Linux

James Skarzinskas Re:Don't benchmark it on Ubuntu (240 comments)

I don't mean to rain on your parade, but Microsoft's compiler targets multiple architectures as well.

more than 5 years ago
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Tracking Thieves With 'Find my iPhone'

James Skarzinskas Re:Summary (424 comments)

Many new users generally just assume that you're just turning the iPod/iPhone on and off when you're really just toggling standby. Oops.

more than 4 years ago
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Blu-ray Adoption Soft, More Still Own HD DVD

James Skarzinskas Cheap! (685 comments)

And with HD-DVDs failure, retailers dumped their stock cheap. HD-DVD players, HD-DVD discs, all for next to nothing. People picking up that new HDTV, being advised by a sales rep that they'll need an HD source? Probably going to snag that cheap "get rid of all this crap as fast as possible" HD-DVD package. There are many deceptions within these figures, if the figures themselves are not suspect to begin with.

more than 4 years ago
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Could Betelgeuse Go Boom?

James Skarzinskas Re:Insensitive Clod (383 comments)

Well, who knows? It certainly couldn't hurt your grammar.

more than 5 years ago
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Web Servers Getting Naked, For Weight Savings

James Skarzinskas Re:This is similar to an old school BBS trick (101 comments)

A chum of mine swore by running his computer "naked" in a somewhat modified Walmart mini-fridge for some unconventional cooling. Well, until he spilled a 1L of pepsi on his motherboard.

more than 5 years ago
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Does the Wii Provide A "Watered-Down" Game Experience?

James Skarzinskas Two different worlds (582 comments)

What we're really seeing here is a rapid progression towards a sort of unified, multi-platform "PC-lite" phenomenon. As you've mentioned, the line of distinction between Sony and Microsoft's offerings has blurred significantly in this past generation, but it's a line that's only going to become less and less defined from here on out. Game developers are simply refusing to commit to exclusivity (and why would they? When engines like Capcom's MT framework have been built from the ground up with ease of portability in mind, there's very little monetary enticement either Sony or Microsoft could feasibly offer that would outweigh the profits of a multi-platform release) and gamers are quickly coming to expect the same lineup from both Sony and Microsoft.

Additionally, the ancillary features of these modern consoles mimic those of home theater PCs. Microsoft and Sony are continually embracing the fact that future game consoles may simply be modern gaming PCs with an accessible, simplified, sleek user interfaces to wrap booting games, watching movies, and other trivial PC activities. For those major players, the divide between console gaming and PC gaming is rapidly vanishing. I've kind of gone off on a tangential rant here, sorry.

On the other hand, whether it's with respect to control gimmick or platform, Nintendo still lives in its own slice of alien world - and it's thriving there. Does the Wii provide a watered down experience? Well, technically, yes, but practically, it's just providing a different game experience. If you're trying to compare and contrast it with a beefy gaming rig or a 360 or what have you, you just have to remember where Nintendo is coming from - part of its design ethic is to take dated hardware, twist out a new spin on it, and make it relevant (and fun) today. Truth be told? Nintendo does a damn good job of it. Let's consider the following: at E3, Nintendo and Microsoft both showcased 2D platformer offerings for the coming year; Nintendo displayed New Super Mario Bros Wii, while Microsoft displayed its Metroid-inspired Shadow Complex. Which do you think is going to sell more, by millions? Which do you think will be more technically and visually appealing? Lastly, which will be the more *fun* "game experience"? These questions provide some real insight into the question this story is asking.

more than 5 years ago
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Videogame Places You're Not Supposed To Go

James Skarzinskas Re:OBlivion (261 comments)

coc testinghall

more than 5 years ago
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11-Year-Old Graduates With Degree In Astrophysics

James Skarzinskas Re:Two Year Associate's Degree of Liberal Arts (648 comments)

Olympic grade platitudinous pandering politically correct aphorism.

And so it is my very good honor to meet you -- and you may call me P.

more than 5 years ago
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Black Hole Swallows Star

James Skarzinskas Re:Roving black hole (166 comments)

Well then, I volunteer you to go check for us.

more than 5 years ago
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Anti-Piracy Dog Uncovers Huge Cache of Discs

James Skarzinskas Well, (283 comments)

That's funny, because my dog's trained to sniff out bullshit. She's getting really yappy right about now, too.

more than 5 years ago
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A Curmudgeonly Look At Google Wave

James Skarzinskas Hypothetical interview (197 comments)

A sickening depravity beyond words, beyond recognition. My fingers quivered - I could barely hold my pen to paper; the mere presence of this twisted human perversion was enough to chill my bones. A squeaky phlegm accompanied my nervous stutter, "What, what, how do you even think? What demented trauma's going on in that head of yours?"

"Spam", he gruffly coughed, staring at me through a fisheye lens into reality reserved only for psychopaths and Apple fanboys, an intermittent twitch pulsing his left eyelid, "is not a problem."

more than 5 years ago
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What To Do With 78 USB Drives Next Christmas?

James Skarzinskas Re:Targets! (381 comments)

Christ, what would you do with extra servers? Howitzer practice?

more than 5 years ago

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