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Why NASA's Budget "Victory" Is Anything But

Kelzar Re:For perspective (267 comments)

Yeah, and they might not even get to host it. We could probably spend their money better. That gives me an idea...

about 6 months ago
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Gov't Report Predicts Cyborgs, Rise of China for 2030

Kelzar Re:Load of Crap! (219 comments)

I'm more optimistic. We reached peak oil in the 19th century, but then we figured out we could also get oil out of the ground. I agree with your point, I just want to point out that the unforseen is... But as far as the middle class having a lower standard of living, could you expand upon that? Are you talking about real estate or what? I ask because I am a relatively poor person, but I think my standard of living is higher than my parents (at my age) simply because of technological innovation. If you want a McManshion and fancy cars, my standard of living doesn't look so hot; if you measure my standard of living based on what I care about, I'm doing great.

about 2 years ago
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Ubuntu 13.04 Will Allow Instant Purchasing, Right From the Dash

Kelzar Re:Good for Ubuntu and Some Users (273 comments)

I had new users in mind. I don't think my grandma would assume her searches would be online.

about 2 years ago
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Ubuntu 13.04 Will Allow Instant Purchasing, Right From the Dash

Kelzar Re:Good for Ubuntu and Some Users (273 comments)

I think 'opt-in' would be better than 'opt-out'. When you radically change the way something works, you should do your best to make sure that the user understands what changes are being implemented. I think there would be much less backlash if there was, for instance, an option during installation/upgrade with an info bubble explaining the feature.

about 2 years ago
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Ubuntu 13.04 Will Allow Instant Purchasing, Right From the Dash

Kelzar Re:Stallman has 1 point that's important... apk (273 comments)

Yeah, I think I'll ditch Ubuntu soon. I used to upgrade every six months, but that stopped after 10.04. Between GNOME 3 and Unity, I've just decided to stay where I am - until now. Upgrading to 12.04 as we speak, but I wouldn't be surprised if I migrate to another distro soon. I figure I'll give 12.04 a chance before I commit to something else. The direction that Ubuntu has been going for the past couple of years just isn't a direction I'm comfortable with. That has become very clear with this whole Amazon deal. Even if you can opt-out, the very fact it exists demonstrates Canonical's priorities. Ubuntu set me free from Microsoft in 2008 and I hate to disavow it now, but there's no sense in being loyal to a product for the sake of what it used to be.

about 2 years ago
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UN Summit Strikes Climate Deal Promising "Damage Aid" To Poor Nations

Kelzar Re:If they can still print the email (212 comments)

I think you've got to have land to have territorial waters and whatnot, so I'd think they would at least want to keep a few bits peeking above the surface. Otherwise I suppose they could either go the route of the Knights Hospitaller see Wikipedia and still have recognition without a jurisdiction, or they could just let their country dissolve.

about 2 years ago
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Strong Climate Change Opinions Are Self-Reinforcing

Kelzar Didi you read the title of the article? (655 comments)

It seems that some of you missed the title of the article. Before you reply to a post, ask yourself, "Does this post sound like its coming from some one with strong climate change opinions?" Chances are, if its a post on slashdot, its a post from one of the highly-engaged Americans who's "highly motivated to disregard anything that says otherwise".

about 2 years ago
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Is Climate Change the New Evolution?

Kelzar Re:General distrust of subject experts (1055 comments)

Sorry internet! I see in retrospect that I failed. I only meant to say that I feel humbled by my ignorance. I shouldn't have made the peasant remark. I meant to say that just as the medieval peasant (who likely didn't know his/her own age) did well to look to his intellectual betters (e.g., Peter Abelard and Avicenna), that is often the best that we can hope for for ourselves. Ideally we should have a firm grasp of science but, by in large (myself included), we don't. Wasn't trying to dispute evolution or anything, especially not the verification principle, just saying I think we should endeavor to educate ourselves as directly as we can with empirical evidence as we can.

about 2 years ago
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Is Climate Change the New Evolution?

Kelzar Re:General distrust of subject experts (1055 comments)

I don't know if I'm a conservative or a liberal, but I know one thing for sure: most arguments I make are arguments from authority. I only believe in evolution and relativity because of what I've read in books. Never looked at a fetus, never danced with the stars... I don't have a lot of money, so I basically rely on the scientific community in the same way that a pre-modern peasant relied on the church.

more than 2 years ago
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Compared to 2011, I expect that 2012 will be:

Kelzar Re:Don't pay cash if you have good credit... (309 comments)

I know people who have gotten around 10% off for paying in cash. It is very possible that a better negotiator could have gotten a similar rate without the cash, but I think we should allow for the possibility that paying in cash might be beneficial in some circumstances. Lets get some grants and see.

more than 2 years ago
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The Curious Case of Increasing Misspelling Rates On Wikipedia

Kelzar Re:Spellink chekers. Duh! (285 comments)

Don't hate. The Labour Party (not that they're alone) communicates in a dialect that speaks to its constituency. Just because you find it incoherent doesn't mean that they're making mistakes.

more than 2 years ago
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In the simplistic left/right divide, I'd call myself

Kelzar Re:False dichotomy (639 comments)

I think they've always been rather authoritarian. Segregation, anti-sodomy laws...

more than 2 years ago
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Better Brain Wiring Linked To Family Genes

Kelzar Re:clearly (189 comments)

Not trying to weigh in one way or the other, but I think this question mirrors the arguments surrounding Galen Strawson's position on free will. Just saying that if you're interested in this question, a lot of really smart people spilled ink on a very similar question. It seems rather thorny to me, and I think the question ultimately reveals the presence of problematic assumptions, but I don't see any better alternatives. Anyway, I apologize in advance to anyone who looks into Strawson's position and finds it unhelpful. Doing my best. Just thought I saw a pattern.

more than 3 years ago
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Japanese Build Robot Toddlers

Kelzar No one saw this coming (81 comments)

Well, with their birth-rate this was kind of inevitable. Kind of awesome too. Future labor shortage averted!

more than 3 years ago
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Military Bans Removable Media After WikiLeaks Disclosures

Kelzar Re:What about others? (346 comments)

Somebody took the Bible too literally. Punch cards never existed in real life, they're just a myth that resulted from a mis-translation from Koine Greek.

about 4 years ago
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Military Bans Removable Media After WikiLeaks Disclosures

Kelzar Re:horse (346 comments)

No? I know an ass who was in Vietnam.

about 4 years ago
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Venezuelan Gov't Seeks Internet Content Bill

Kelzar Re:The final step. (248 comments)

'Democratic' doesn't necessarily mean liberal. Maybe the average Jose is more interested in stability, social justice, or some other such thing. Not saying that Venezuelans are or are not getting those things from the Chavez admin, just saying that "the people" rarely place liberal ideals on the top of the list, especially in the developing world. Look at Russia (and lots of other places). Lots of people there are more interested in prosperity and order than in liberalism.

about 4 years ago
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Stuxnet Still Out of Control At Iran Nuclear Sites

Kelzar Re:Note to self (361 comments)

And that, sir, is why you will never be the leader of a rogue state.

about 4 years ago
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Stuxnet Still Out of Control At Iran Nuclear Sites

Kelzar Re:Iran Saving The Middle East From Israeli Terror (361 comments)

I'm getting mixed signals. Is your comment a bad joke or just a confused rant? Maybe you should use emoticons to clarify in the future.

about 4 years ago

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