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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

Pedrito Re:America! (223 comments)

In all seriousness, though, I think Sony ought to release the movie and I think everyone who believes in free speech ought to buy a ticket, whether they see it or not. Let's turn this movie into a blockbuster! That's the American thing to do! Well, at least back when Americans acted like Americans.

yesterday
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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

Pedrito Go see the movie (180 comments)

I wasn't planning on seeing the movie, but I'm going to see it if they release it now and I think ever American who believes in free speech ought to do what they can to make this movie into a blockbuster. You don't even have to watch it if you don't want to. Just buy a ticket. How better to show that free speech will not be run off by a bunch of hackers. Or are we going to tuck tail and run? Right now it's looking like tuck tail as movie theaters are pulling it and Sony might even pull it. How pathetic.

yesterday
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

Pedrito Re:Only YEC denies it (669 comments)

As someone who lives in the U.S. South (Arkansas), this is not the belief of most evangelicals. My wife is a devout Christian and our church is an evangelical church (though not like most that you're probably familiar with. Our church is very into being Christians and not so much talking about how Christian they are. They spend the vast majority of their money helping people in poverty while meeting in a Boys & Girls Club gym instead of building a real church.) But among the religious around here, there's very little belief in evolution or the big bang. That said, the local Christian university (John Brown University) has a pretty good evolutionary biology program. So there's some hope for the future, but not as much as I'd like. Science is definitely taking a back seat with evangelicals in the South. It's a pretty tragic state for the future of science in this country. The South certainly won't be contributing a lot to modern cosmology or evolutionary biology.

about 1 month ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Pedrito Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

But they're trying to sell it as a scientific debate, but they're only using religion. Religion vs. Science doesn't work. There's not enough common ground.

about 2 months ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Pedrito Re:We NEED more public discussions at universities (1007 comments)

That's all fine, but when people want to have "scientific debate" but they don't want to bring their science along, it's no longer a scientific debate. They want to try to "debunk" evolution and big bang, but to legitimately do that, they need to bring science into the equation and they can't, because they don't have scientific claims that can be validated. I'm perfectly fine with them having a conference at a church or wherever people want to debate religion. But it must be sold as a religious debate to be fair, not a scientific debate. The bottom line is creationism isn't science and to try to sell it as such as disingenuous at best, fraudulent is more apt. It's faith. And science doesn't have a place for faith (which is not the same as saying science doesn't have a place for people of faith). Once they have a testable hypothesis, I'm all about letting them join the scientific debate.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

Pedrito It's in the license! (572 comments)

The FTDI driver license states "The license only allows use of the Software with, and the Software will only work with Genuine FTDI Components. Use of the Software as a driver for a component that is not a Genuine FTDI Component may irretrievably damage that component. It is your responsibility to make sure that all chips you use the Software as a driver for are Genuine FTDI Components." Surely they neglected to share this with their lawyer. You can't punish users because the manufacturers are breaking the law. How is my mother going to know if she has a genuine FTDI chip or not? That's just asinine.

about 2 months ago
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Cox Comm. Injects Code Into Web Traffic To Announce Email Outage

Pedrito Re:Is this News? (271 comments)

Actually, that's exactly what I'm going to do now. I was already pissed because my connection has been going down a lot lately. Then they pull this crap. Bye Cox!

about 2 years ago
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Cox Comm. Injects Code Into Web Traffic To Announce Email Outage

Pedrito Re:Is this News? (271 comments)

No, not like this. At least I've never seen it before. This is intrusive. I've had it show up in my browser at least 3 times in the past couple of hours and it's about a service I don't even use. I don't care if their e-mail is out. I don't use their e-mail. I don't want this stuff and there ought to be a simple way to opt out.

about 2 years ago
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Are You Sure SHA-1+Salt Is Enough For Passwords?

Pedrito Re:Okay...waitaminute.. (409 comments)

This just in: HTTPS is insecure when an attacker has rooted your machine. News at 11.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Makes Chrome Play H.264 Video

Pedrito In a related story... (535 comments)

The Internet Explorer team said, "WTF?"

more than 3 years ago
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3D Cinema Doesn't Work and Never Will

Pedrito Never... (436 comments)

Yeah, 3D cinema will never work. Look at Avatar. It was a complete disaster. Nobody went to see it because the 3D experience just didn't work at all.

more than 3 years ago
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New Programming Language Weaves Security Into Code

Pedrito Doesn't allow insecure code? (216 comments)

The compiler enforces the security policies and will not allow the programmer to write insecure code.

Oh really? I'm an expert. I can write insecure code in any language. Guaranteed!

more than 4 years ago
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10/10/10 — a Nice Day To Celebrate the Meaning of Life

Pedrito Re:It's (296 comments)

My wife is very pregnant and started having contractions at 11:00pm Friday night. We went to the ER last night because the pain had really gotten unbearable (my wife is quite tough, so if she couldn't take the pain, it must have been excruciating). They sent us back home, but we're scheduled to go to the hospital at 5:00pm tonight where they'll give her prostaglandins to "ripen" the cervix. The plan was originally to induce Monday morning, but given that she's been in labor for about 36 hours now, the prostaglandins will likely be all she needs.

Since we determined the expected date (10/4/10), I've been hoping for a 10/10/10 birth (almost entirely because in binary it's 42) and I just may get my wish. Not that any of that matters a bit to me right now. The only thing that really matters to me is that my wife and baby are healthy and doing well. Fortunately she's been able to sleep a bit (she wakes for the contractions, but immediately goes back to sleep). But let's face it, it'll be a cool birthdate if she comes out before midnight!

more than 4 years ago
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Scientists Stack Up New Genes For Height

Pedrito True, but... (66 comments)

While I have no doubt it's true that a large number of genes contribute to height, it's very likely there are a handful of genes that have a significantly larger effect than the rest. It's a simple matter of statistics. If you have 100 genes that all have, more or less, the same small contribution, then there would be exceedingly few people who were over 6' and the distribution of heights would be most people very close to the same height and only a handful of outliers. You also wouldn't have unusual heights being very heritable (which they are). There must be just a few genes that have a much more significant effect than others.

more than 4 years ago
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Should I Learn To Program iOS Or Android Devices?

Pedrito If you're only going to learn one... (403 comments)

If you're only going to learn one, go Android. Java is reusable in other environments and frankly, it's just easier.

My personal opinion is that Objective C is pretty tedious and annoying. The syntax is ugly and non-intuitive. Again, this is my personal opinion. But having done years of C, C++, C#, I find it bizarre that Objective C syntax is non-obvious. Not that it is particularly complex, but if you know C++, Java and C# seem pretty obvious, whereas Objective C is just very different in syntax.

Finally, Java is platform agnostic. Objective C has few platforms that it's good for and you have to buy Apple hardware to build iPhone apps which to me is plain stupid and I think in the long run, it's going to be one of the things to hurt the iPhone.

Just my own opinions based on my experience with both. I sat down and immediately started writing Android apps using the SDK and simulator with no previous Java experience. Even after several days of playing with existing iPhone apps, I had difficulty even following what was happening in the code, understanding the stuff I was seeing in the watch windows, and figuring out exactly what the various syntactical crap meant.

more than 4 years ago
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Stuxnet Worm Infected Industrial Control Systems

Pedrito Stupid developers (167 comments)

Developers; Listen up! NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER have a default password in apps you build. The setup should ask for a password if one is needed and the app should not install without one! What is so hard about this? It boggles my mind that things as important as routers, database servers and industrial equipment control software would install with default passwords! Why does that not raise red flags in developers' minds the second it pops into them?

more than 4 years ago
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Preventing Networked Gizmo Use During Exams?

Pedrito Electronic dictionaries? (870 comments)

What non-native English speaking foreign student doesn't have an English to "insert foreign language here" treeware dictionary? Tell them to use that instead. I got by just fine with one when I was living abroad. Not to mention, they tend to be more accurate than most of the online translation dictionaries I've used.

As for calculators, when I took chemistry, physical chemistry and other classes that used math, we were allowed a calculator. It could be one of the advanced programmable graphing ones, or it could be a basic one. Either would have been fine for those exams and I imagine they'll be fine for yours. Students are generally responsible for providing their own. If you'd like to throw in some cheapo simple ones to supplement that for the students who might not have one (what student taking physics doesn't have at least a basic calculator?), you're certainly welcome to, but I wouldn't expect that from a professor.

I wouldn't go too far out of your way and I wouldn't bend over backwards to accommodate them. You're the professor. You set the rules.

The things I've mentioned above have been pretty standard in universities for at least a few decades. I'm guessing this isn't advanced physics and I'm pretty sure basic physics hasn't changed drastically in the past few decades, so no reason you should have to accommodate the latest and greatest tech.

more than 4 years ago
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Another Gulf Oil Rig Explodes

Pedrito Re:Maybe (423 comments)

It still kills fewer americans than getting oil from other places... like the middle east.

The fish will be happy to hear that.

more than 4 years ago
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Julian Assange To Write For Swedish Tabloid

Pedrito Re:Tor Worm (337 comments)

Link or it didn't happen.

more than 4 years ago
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The Possibility of Paradox-Free Time Travel

Pedrito Many Universes Anyone? (421 comments)

It seems to me that the multiverse itself gets one around the grandfather paradox. Granted, it's as theoretical as time travel itself, but still... Go back in time, poof, a new branch of the universe breaks off. The branch where you went back in time (which, of course, is now spawning an endless number of branches itself). Now everything you do affects the branch you're on and not the branch you left from. Paradox-free time travel.

more than 4 years ago

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Bill Gates backing a Perpetual Motion Machine?

Pedrito Pedrito writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Pedrito (94783) writes "CNN has an article about Bill Gates backing startup Terrapower. Whatever you may think of him, Bill Gates is a pretty smart guy, but from reading the promotional material and specifically, this line, "Unlike light water reactors, the TWR can theoretically run forever without ever needing any additional enriched uranium..." One has to wonder, is Bill Gates putting his money into a nuclear perpetual motion machine?"
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