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The Advent of Religious Search Engines

LKM Re:"belief" (583 comments)

You're misusing the word "know" in the same way that Christians do.

That was the point. When I was explaining how christians use the word "belief", I intentionally used the word "know" to point out that Christians don't make a difference between religious beliefs and actual knowledge.

more than 3 years ago
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The Advent of Religious Search Engines

LKM Re:Atheist (583 comments)

Most atheists would grant that it is possible that everything they see is just a figment of their imagination. They have no religious faith in reality, they merely live their lives under the assumption that what they see is actually not just a figment of their imagination.

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The Advent of Religious Search Engines

LKM "belief" (583 comments)

The problem with your statement is that atheists use the word "belief" differently from how religious people use it when they talk about their religion. When a religious person say "I believe in God", they mean that they have absolute faith that their god exists. They know that their god exists.

When an Atheist says "I believe that there is no God", that person means "given the current evidence, I've come to the conclusion that it makes sense to live my life under the assumption that no god exists."

Atheists use "believe" in that sentence in the same way most people use it when they say something like "I believe it will rain tomorrow", not in the "absolute faith" kind of way.

And let's also note that atheism per se doesn't require that you believe that God doesn't exist. Atheism merely requires that you don't believe that a god exist. A lot of atheists are agnostics as well. In other words, the absolute absence of faith in a god is not the same as absolute faith in the absence of a god.

more than 3 years ago
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The New Difficulties In Making a 3D Game

LKM Your eyes don't change focus when playing 3D games (190 comments)

In 3D-WoW, the interface is closer to you than the game world, so if you're focusing on something in the world, your interface elements all split into 2. This is particularly weird when trying to click on things in the game world. If you focus on the creature or whatever, you have 2 mouse cursors. If you focus on the cursor, there are two creatures.

Are you entirely sure? This is something I haven't experienced while playing 3D games, and it strikes me as extremely strange, since your eyes don't actually change focus when you play 3D games. They always focus on the TV. Even though some things appear to be farther away than other things, they should all be in perfect focus.

To put differently, you have infinite focus when playing 3D games, unless the game itself decides to artificially put stuff out of focus, but in that case, changing the focus of your eyes wouldn't do anything either, since the game would determine to focus point.

more than 3 years ago
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The New Difficulties In Making a 3D Game

LKM Re:If you can turn it off (190 comments)

If you can turn the feature off, then it is a gimmic.

Not everybody can see 3D on these TVs, and some people get headaches from viewing 3D content. So there are good reasons for letting people turn it off.

Having actually played 3D games, I can tell you that it is not a gimmick. Especially for racing games, 3D helps you figure out where to drive to, and it helps you gauge distances.

more than 3 years ago
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Germany To Grant Privacy At the Workplace

LKM Actually, I've changed my mind (450 comments)

There are studies.

The University of Melbourne study showed that people who use the Internet for personal reasons at work are about 9 percent more productive that those who do not.
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"Short and unobtrusive breaks, such as a quick surf of the Internet, enables the mind to rest itself, leading to a higher total net concentration for a days' work, and as a result, increased productivity," he said.

more than 3 years ago
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Germany To Grant Privacy At the Workplace

LKM Re:Their equipment, their choice. (450 comments)

Yah, but for the 1 guy whose performance increases 10x after using Facebook, 100 other employees performance will decrease 2x.

You're merely making an assertion without offering any evidence. People have found ways for slacking off even before the Internet was invented. Instead of standing around the water cooler, they now use Facebook. Is making a comment on Facebook "better" or "worse" than chatting at the water cooler? I don't know, and without any evidence, none of us knows.

more than 3 years ago
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Germany To Grant Privacy At the Workplace

LKM Libertarianism (450 comments)

That would be like me saying I can't put a GPS on my car to keep tabs on where it goes when my son drives it.

You're making the Libertarian argument; in other words, you're describing your conviction that the government should not be able to legislate what a private company does to the things it owns. That's okay, but it's kind of a meaningless argument, since you're merely implying that everybody should follow your ideology, without giving reasons for why they should do so.

Obviously, not everybody subscribes to your ideology. So rather than arguing that we should all follow your ideology, why not discuss this law based on its merits or problems? Ideology aside, isn't it a good thing that the government has rules in place detailing what levels of privacy an employee can expect when using the employer's computer?

more than 3 years ago
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Genetically Modified Canola Spreads To Wild Plants

LKM Re:capitalism again. (414 comments)

Rather, it's to ensure they do not exercise market power to the detriment of the consumer

Yeah. We sometimes forget what a nation is actually supposed to be: It's a bunch of people coming together to form an entity that can do things individual people can't do, for every person's benefit. We can't all build our own little streets, it makes more sense if we all pay a bit, and a larger entity builds a consistent system of streets for us. Likewise, we can't all enforce our own law, so we come together, come up with a law most people can agree with, and pay for a police who can enforce it.

Democratically elected governments are supposed to make our lives better.

Often, that goal aligns with a free market. We all tend to profit from free markets. But sometimes, it doesn't, and when it doesn't, we shouldn't assume that a free market is somehow a goal of its own; it's merely a tool to be used when it is in our best interest.

more than 3 years ago
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Genetically Modified Canola Spreads To Wild Plants

LKM Re:capitalism again. (414 comments)

But even if a farmer deliberately cross-bred the seeds (and clearly, not all farmers involved did this): Shouldn't he be allowed to do whatever he wants with the seeds he bought? If Monsanto doesn't want buyers of their seeds to cross-breed them, why don't they create a product that doesn't offer that feature? That feels kind of like jailbreaking an iPhone to me; Apple doesn't want me to do it and they won't offer support if I do it, but that doesn't mean it should be illegal for me to do it.

more than 3 years ago
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100-Sq.-Mile Ice Island Breaks Off Greenland Glacier

LKM Re:This is not about the earth (323 comments)

There's no "done" in science

Yes, of course. When I said "this has been done", I meant "scientists have made a determination with a reasonable degree of confidence." I did not mean "this is done forever, scientists will never be able to change their mind about this, ever again."

more than 3 years ago
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100-Sq.-Mile Ice Island Breaks Off Greenland Glacier

LKM Re:This is not about the earth (323 comments)

It's important to determine with a reasonable degree of confidence that the current warming is caused by humans, rather than having some natural cause we have no control over.

I disagree. First of all, this has been done. Here's one example of the conclusion: "Most of the observed increase in globally averaged temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations." (from the IPCC)

Second, it really doesn't matter when it comes to deciding whether we should fix the problem. The problem exists regardless of who the source of the problem is. The evidence is clear: We either fix it, or it's probable that the earth won't be able to sustain current human populations in the future. What the cause of the problem is is relevant when it comes to finding solutions. It's not relevant when it comes to deciding whether to do something about the problem

more than 3 years ago
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100-Sq.-Mile Ice Island Breaks Off Greenland Glacier

LKM Re:Who are you refering to exactly? (323 comments)

Why is it, when this topic comes up, so many people that are on the side that says human centric global warming is a fact; tend to use the argument that anyone who does not agree with them is a right-wing gun toting SUV driving mentally crippled slack jawed idiot?

What, are you new to humanity? Humans have a natural tendency to turn everything into an us-vs-them thing, where the own group is seen as intelligent, and the other group is seen as evil. See also: politics, operating systems.

Having said that, there are some additional reasons why this happens with AGW. For example, science has pretty much come to a consensus a decade ago, so it's somewhat fair to assume that many of the people who hold out either suffer from cognitive dissonance (e.g. they drive an inefficient car and don't want to be feel bad for it, so they don't believe in AGW), or have monetary motives (e.g. they sell oil). Not all of them, obviously, but as a generalization, it doesn't seem overly unfair.

more than 3 years ago
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100-Sq.-Mile Ice Island Breaks Off Greenland Glacier

LKM This is not about the earth (323 comments)

Why do people always talk about whether the earth will survive, or whether it has survived something like this before? Who cares about this rock. Global warming won't kill the earth; it'll be here long after humanity has gone. It doesn't matter whether earth has gone through this before, because we're not trying to save the earth. We're trying to save us.

What matters is whether the current population of humans can survive a sudden, drastic temperature increase, not whether the earth can.

more than 3 years ago
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100-Sq.-Mile Ice Island Breaks Off Greenland Glacier

LKM Re:Clearly a sign of AGW (323 comments)

Analogies are not straw men. GP didn't say that anyone had the beliefs he came up with. He said "if you believe what you believe, then, using the same logic, the following clearly absurd things could also be said, hence the logic of your beliefs must contain flaws."

more than 3 years ago
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Chip Guru Papermaster Loses Signal At Apple

LKM You're confusing a few things (374 comments)

Once an asshole, always an asshole, and running Apple has NOT improved his demeanor nor his attitude, not one iota. Wozniak, on the other hand, was a rare spark of true genius.

Are you implying that assholes can't be geniuses? I'm pretty sure the two things are not mutually exclusive. Jobs may be an asshole, but he's definitely also a genius. Your personal feelings of the guy (a guy you presumably don't even personally know, btw) have no bearing on the matter.

Woz is a hell of a smart guy, and it seems he's also a hell of a nice guy. But without Jobs, there would be no Apple. Without him returning to Apple in the 90s, there would be no iPod, no iPhone, and probably no Apple anymore, either.

more than 3 years ago
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New Photos Show 'Devastating' Ice Loss On Everest

LKM Re:You're making my point. (895 comments)

You misread what I wrote. I did not, in fact, write that individual scientists (or even research groups) don't fabricate research. I wrote that, quoting what you just quoted, "There is no incentive at all for thousands of scientists to be part of some kind of insane global conspiracy that misleads everybody else". Science is a self-correcting endeavor; as you yourself have pointed out, scientists actually investigate stuff like fabricated research themselves. One of the goals of every scientist is to prove another scientist wrong, especially if it's about something that is widely accepted as true.

And yes, a lot of the research into the climate was eventually shown to be wrong, or not precise enough, and a lot of the data we have now will eventually be shown to be imprecise, or even wrong. In fact, that's the whole point: if people wouldn't find flaws in the existing data, they could just stop researching it and call it a day. "Hey, we know everything there is to know about the climate, let's go home and watch some Futurama!"

The fact that there is still a ton of research in this area is because we don't have all the answers, and a lot of the stuff we have is imprecise or possibly wrong. That's science. Today, we know more than we knew yesterday (and no, that doesn't mean that yesterday's predictions are useless, just not as precise as they could have been).

I believe your issue is that you believe scientists you support do not lie.

Again, you don't understand how science works. You don't "support" a bunch of scientists and then believe everything they say (well, you apparently do, but it's not what you're supposed to do).

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New Photos Show 'Devastating' Ice Loss On Everest

LKM You're making my point. (895 comments)

How Many Scientists Fabricate and Falsify Research?

That's the point I was making. Other scientists replicate results, so sooner or later (usually sooner), when scientists falsify results, it always comes out. As you yourself point out, there's even scientific inquiry into how often scientists do this kind of stuff!

more than 3 years ago
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New Photos Show 'Devastating' Ice Loss On Everest

LKM Re:I am not scared (895 comments)

Glacial growth is an interruption in the water cycle.

Well, that's true in some ways, but it's not a bad thing. Glaciers grow when plants can't, and they give back the water when plants can grow, so during growth, they ensure a steady stream of water. This is a good thing.

more than 3 years ago

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Unlocked iPhones officially available in Germany

LKM LKM writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LKM writes "It's finally happened: officially unlocked iPhones can be bought. T-Mobile sells them for 999 Euros in Germany, due to a lawsuit by Vodafone D2. Here's the press release (Google Translation). German iPhones bought after 19.11.2007 can be unlocked for free. Let's see how long it takes for hacks to appear which replicate the official unlock, resulting in hacked iPhones that can be updated."
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Ars Technica's Review of Mac OS X Leopard

LKM LKM writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LKM writes "This is it. The one you've been waiting for. The definitive Review of Mac OS X Leopard. John Gruber writes about the review: "Six major releases of Mac OS X. Six times, the same guy has written the best review." The guy's name is John Siracusa, and the review can be found over at Ars Technica. Quote from the part about improvements to the Mac OS X file system:

"With the addition of a public API for asynchronous file system notifications, Mac OS X has finally achieved feature parity with BeOS in all major areas of file system technology. There were compromises along the way, but also many advances. BeOS never had a persistent log of file system events, nor did it provide metadata indexing on non-BFS volumes. Leopard provides that and more (Spotlight can actually search across servers now too), all with a collection of extremely conventional userspace libraries and daemons running on top of only the barest few kernel hooks.

It's often seemed as if Apple has had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the future of file system technology, but at least it has finally come around. Yes, there have been bumps in the road, and things surely have not turned out exactly the way I expected them to. But in the end, it's the results that count."
If you're only going to R one FA this year, make it this one."

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Officially unlocked iPhones, native iPhone SDK

LKM LKM writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LKM writes "When Apple chose Orange as their partner in France, they forgot to put a small detail into the press release: The iPhone will be available unlocked in France.

Apple said Tuesday that it had signed France Télécom's wireless unit, Orange, to be the U.S. company's exclusive seller of the iPhone in France, agreeing for the first time to sell a version of the device that consumers can use on any network.

The move, which ended a month of speculation, is a concession to a French law that forbids bundling the sale of a mobile phone and a mobile operator. Orange plans to sell both a version of the iPhone locked to its network in France for 399, or $560, and an unlocked version, which will cost more, an Orange spokeswoman, Béatrice Mandrine, said.


In other interesting iPhone news, Apple has announced a real SDK:

We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers' hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users. With our revolutionary multi-touch interface, powerful hardware and advanced software architecture, we believe we have created the best mobile platform ever for developers.

It will take until February to release an SDK because we're trying to do two diametrically opposed things at once — provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc. This is no easy task.


Only one question remains: What will we complain about now?"

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Sony BMG: Ripping CDs is Stealing!

LKM LKM writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LKM writes "Sony seems to think we should not be allowed to rip CDs we own to our iPods. In fact, doing so is stealing, and we should all re-buy songs, preferrably one copy for each device. Says Jennifer Pariser, the head of litigation for Sony BMG:

"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song. Making a copy of a purchased song is just a nice way of saying 'steals just one copy'."
I guess somebody should tell Sony about all the devices Sony produces that allow this stealing to occur!"

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Duke to Apple: "Never Mind."

LKM LKM writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LKM (227954) writes "Turns out, unlike reported earlier it wasn't the iPhone that brought down Duke's network, after all.

Cisco worked closely with Duke and Apple to identify the source of this problem, which was caused by a Cisco-based network issue. Cisco has provided a fix that has been applied to Duke's network and there have been no recurrences of the problem since.


Let's see if this gets reported as widely as the original story."

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LKM LKM writes  |  more than 7 years ago

LKM writes "A blog post on the Forrester site (the people putting out the original report) just confirmed that iTunes sales are not, in fact, "plummeting" or "collapsing." They write:
We put out a simple little report about iPods and iTunes based on credit card transactions and publicly stated Apple data. And for those who aren't Forrester clients, I blogged the highlighs. In case you are wondering, we ran the report by Apple, and they declined to comment.

Since then:
  • The New York Times ran a little fairly balanced pieced on the research. This got us on the media's radar screen. Then . . .
  • A UK outfit called The Register and Bloomberg decided to dive in and highlight one finding of the report — that iTunes sales had dropped in the first six months of this year. We got treated to wonderful headlines about iTunes sales "collapsing" and "dropping" and "plummeting" and so on. Now for the record, iTunes sales are not collapsing. Our credit card transaction data shows a real drop between the January post-holiday peak and the rest of the year, but with the number of transactions we counted it's simply not possible to draw this conclusion . . . as we pointed out in the report. But that point was just too subtle to get into these articles.
  • Apple's stock actually did plummet — 3%.
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LKM LKM writes  |  more than 7 years ago

LKM writes "Matt Deatherage of MDJ and MWJ actually took the time to read the full text of Apple's cease and desist letter and figured something out: Apple isn't going after the use of the term "Podcast."
Apple hasn't said word one about tens of thousands of people using the term "podcast," despite Apple's "iPod" trademark and its claim on "Pod" as a portable audio player trademark as well. Apple took action against Podcast Ready because the firm, formerly known as Infostructure Solutions, was attempting to trademark the terms "Podcast Ready" and "MyPodder." That would mean that other companies who wanted to use the term "podcast ready" would have to license it from Infostructure Solutions, even though the term is obviously and admittedly based on Apple's "iPod" trademark. Apple cannot allow companies to register a variant on "myPod" as a trademark if it's defending its own "iPod" trademark.


The article's full text can't be read online unless you subscribe to MDJ's trial subscription."

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