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Ask Richard Dawkins About Evolution, Religion, and Science Education

Pooua Re:Your Favorite Misunderstanding of Your Own Work (1142 comments)

Scientists generally will tell you that answers we have today from science are not the final word. That is the nature of science; it changes as new information comes along. It is, after all, compiled by fallible humanity. Those who would set up science as the ultimate truth really are praising the cleverness of man. It is worth pointing out that a study found that half of all peer-reviewed scientific papers reached invalid conclusions, due to errors in research. Other research has uncovered the fact that fraud is disturbingly common in scientific research.

As science is fallible, changing and limited, we do well to make major social changes derived from science slowly.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Richard Dawkins About Evolution, Religion, and Science Education

Pooua Science is a Wonderful Servant... (1142 comments)

...but a lousy master! Do you disagree?

What is the solution to evil?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Richard Dawkins About Evolution, Religion, and Science Education

Pooua The Nature of Infinity (1142 comments)

A characteristic of God is that He has some attributes that are infinite. He exists infinitely past and future (the Alpha and Omega), knows all and so forth. Yet, when challenging religious concepts of god(s), atheists insist on treating god(s) as finite beings subject to approximately the same limitations as humans. Why do atheists pick and choose the characteristics of god(s) when trying to discredit religion?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Richard Dawkins About Evolution, Religion, and Science Education

Pooua Re:Widespread religion (1142 comments)

God is infinite; no one made Him. He transcends physical laws (indeed, He is the origin of them).

about 2 years ago
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Ask Richard Dawkins About Evolution, Religion, and Science Education

Pooua Re:Your Favorite Misunderstanding of Your Own Work (1142 comments)

I thought of Proverbs 25:2,

"It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter."

about 2 years ago
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Elon Musk Shows off the Dragon Capsule, Back From Space (Video)

Pooua Re:Transcript (106 comments)

Here's my go on the UI parts of the transcript:

00:40) Charles: "If I look inside this, to be quite honest, it's like uh, it's like a space habitation module. I-, I-, I've been in one of those, which is really neat, because uh, it's like a home away from home and you can, you can live in there, you can sleep in there, you can do everything else. One of the other things that's really neat about it is how clean it is. [-ui-] In fact, I think [ISS astronaut] Don Pettit made the comment on orbit how pristine the vehicle was when he went inside, he talked about it smelling like a new car."

01:06) Elon: "In Florida and uh, California, uh, people are used to launch, launches occurring in Vandenberg and Cape Canaveral. If it's a new place, people aren't used to it, then you can get some people that like, just, kind of file legal actions. They don't have a lot of merit, but they can just, really, really grind things to a halt.
So we're just looking it to be considered.. a rocket launch should be considered on par with, say, with some of the protections that are all afforded to use of gunfire, and fireworks, and lawnmowers *laughs* Literally, it's like, just add rockets to the list of, you know... That seems like a reasonable request *laughs*
Like you can't sue someone 'cos somebody's got a lawnmower next door, right? Rockets don't have that protection, so we gotta have a little, just, something like that."

02:49) Reporter: "Are you planning on adding more jobs to this facility?"

02:52) Elon: "Yeah, absolutely, we expect to grow quite a bit in the coming years.
We absolutely expect over the next several years to have several hundred direct jobs added in McGregor.
And then, of course, there's an amplification factor, so if, um, if every employee that we hire brings their family, and that generates jobs in terms of automobiles, housing, you know, plumbing, electricity, hotels, restaurants, so usually it's a 5x multiplier in terms of jobs creation, so effectively it would result in thousands of jobs in the McGregor/Waco area."

03:44) Elon: "Well what we're talking about would be an orbital launch facility, whereas in New Mexico it's a sub-orbital, so it's basically-- sub-orbital it's you just go up and you fall down, with orbit it's you go up and you stay up, so it's you've got a ground track that uh, that, uh, when you're orbiting Earth, you are circling Earth, that's it has to be on the coast, because if you're overflying a lot of cities, which you need to do to get to orbit, then you're putting people at risk.
That's why an in-land launch facility for an orbital space flight is very difficult to do and still achieve... and still be safe, for people on the ground.

"I think a lot of people who have been critical, have been critical because of a lack of precedent for what's occurred, and now that we've been able to go to the space station and back, I think that some of the.. I think that we've answered some of their concerns, I'm [not quite sure?] that's definitely done, so I think we're seeing a significant decrease of detractors and.. and you know, just looking at the facts and saying, okay, well, SpaceX is showing that it can be done, and so it's getting.. kind of go with the facts, basically."

more than 2 years ago
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Elon Musk Shows off the Dragon Capsule, Back From Space (Video)

Pooua Re:What should've happened (106 comments)

Except CSPAN wasn't on hand, as far as I could tell ;)

Various other networks local guys were, though, and for all I know CSPAN is happy to buy footage from any of them.

That would be good news....

more than 2 years ago
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Australian Gov't Bans Huawei From National Network Bids

Pooua Re:The picture of naivete (168 comments)

Western nations, including the U.S. and Australia, have their problems, but China has a far more repressive system. We allow people to meet peacefully together on a regular basis. We don't send tanks to run over peaceful protesters. We have a system of law that protects individuals to some degree from the state.

more than 2 years ago
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Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?

Pooua Re:If you enjoy your job, then why not? (948 comments)

doing that for somebody else who takes the lion's share of profit from your 18 hour commitment? That makes you a tool.

Yes, it does, but some managers want only tools working for them. Everyone else can hit the trail.

more than 2 years ago
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Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?

Pooua Re:If you enjoy your job, then why not? (948 comments)

Yes! This is *exactly* the way it should be! Why would someone expect anything else?

more than 2 years ago
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Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?

Pooua Re:If you enjoy your job, then why not? (948 comments)

I do not expect to get laid off with zero notice. I do not expect my company to fuck me over.

Don't go to work in the IT field, or you will be in for a nasty surprise!

more than 2 years ago
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Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?

Pooua Re:If you enjoy your job, then why not? (948 comments)

Maybe you need to look into getting a different job. I assure you that I won powerball I would find the use for the money but I would not leave my job.

I've always wanted to do things that no one would pay me very much (if anything) to do. I would like to travel the world, tinker with machines and start my own space exploration company. Yes, there are ways to get paid doing some of those things, but no one is going to pay me to do them, and in most cases in which people start out doing these kind of jobs, they find themselves eventually spending most of their time filling out paperwork.

I lost my full-time job 2 years ago. I decided to wrap up the loose ends of my schooling with whatever degree would be most convenient, then find another job. What I'm finding, though, is that I don't want another job that is going to require me to be in a room between the hours that someone else determines, doing what someone else determines, for whatever someone else determines I should be paid. I'm happy living in semi-retirement, though the economic realities are going to force my return to full-time work, eventually.

I like playing in my garden, cooking special foods, hiking in the woods and camping. I like photographing nature and finding remote locations without anyone around. I like quiet and tranquility. I like not being under the obligations of other people.

I still keep in touch with my former co-workers. We never hung out when we worked together, but I see them more in their off-work hours now than I did when I had a job.

You know what's boring? Being broke! Being forced to sit in my room and do little to nothing because I can't afford to do anything. I have more things I would like to do than I could ever have time or money to do them. Working on the menial, tedious tasks that usually pays my bills always seemed like a waste of my life to me.

more than 2 years ago
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Researchers Show How Cellular Complexity Can Evolve

Pooua More Misrepresentation by Evolutionists (140 comments)

"The result, they say, is a challenge to proponents of intelligent design who maintain that complex biological systems can only have been created by a divine force."

Oh, come on! You aren't even trying to be honest at this point! No one who can access the Internet has any excuse to give such a sloppy definition of Intelligent Design.

OK, say it with me: "Irreducible Complexity." Do you understand the words coming out of my keyboard? Apparently not! The term is IC, not just C. Even though some evolutionists deny that any complex system is irreducibly complex, that is not justification for distorting the ID position.

more than 2 years ago
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Researchers Show How Cellular Complexity Can Evolve

Pooua Re:So this is not... (140 comments)

And where do you put yourself in this scheme?

What we see is a common property of humanity; the constant attempt to establish a pecking order, with oneself at top and others below. The reason there isn't a dialog is not because the two sides are incomprehensible to each other. It is because the two sides simply reject the other.

I've known a lot of people for whom the facts they accept are just a convenient club with which to beat others. This happens in other human pursuits, too: some people use the law cynically, to get their way, rather than heal injury or achieve justice or even keep the law. People do that in religion, and they do it in science.

Most of the people in the debate between evolution and Creationism are not arguing purely out of intellectual interest in their position. Just by reading your post, I can tell that you don't know much about Creationism, and that implies to me that you might not know more than some buzz words and debate points regarding evolution. The fact that "Nature" stoops to encouraging this sort of behavior simply demonstrates the surely nature of a lot of evolutionists.

more than 2 years ago
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North Korea Threatens South Korea Over Christmas Lights

Pooua Re:More detail (441 comments)

Saturnalia lasted more than one day, though how long depended on the era.
When Julius Caesar created the Julian calendar in 46 BCE, he set December 25 as the Winter Solstice. Over time, differences between the Julian calendar and Earth's actual movements in space caused the Solstice to drift to December 16. In the 16th Century, the Catholic Pope reset the calendar, except for 3 days, making the Winter Solstice fall around December 22.

more than 2 years ago
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North Korea Threatens South Korea Over Christmas Lights

Pooua Re:Pot, kettle, black (441 comments)

North Korea continues to exist because we keep giving it money, food and supplies. At least at importantly, China keeps North Korea alive, if only to keep North Koreans out of China. North Korea is China's ghetto. Kim Jong-il is the slumlord. Whenever the slumlord wants more money, food or supplies, he rattles his cage and makes faces and threatening noises, and the rest of the world tosses him a pacifier to quiet him.

more than 2 years ago
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North Korea Threatens South Korea Over Christmas Lights

Pooua Re:Pot, kettle, black (441 comments)

People in DPRK live to serve the government. They are effectively peasants and serfs, party members are vassals and the top generals are royalty, with the Kim Jong-il clan as the heriditary monarchy. This state is not communist, it's a throwback to the middle ages, when the King owned all the lands. Other than a little bit of planned economy, it's nothing like communism - because communisn is something people would strive for, not have forced upon them at barrel of gun or threat of dying in one dear monster's labor/re-education camps.

North Korea is implementing Communism on at least 2 counts:

1) In Communism, the individual lives to serve the state. Communism is one form of Collectivism, and all forms of Collectivism consider the greatest good to be the benefit of the state, not the individual.

2) Leninism, a form of Communism, states that bloody revolution is essential to converting society to Communism. Leninism advocates violent revolution as much as possible, to spread Communism.

As for the ruling class of North Korea living better than the peasants, this is such a common feature of Communism that Orwell parodied it in "Animal Farm."

North Korea is what happens when the state assumes the role of god. North Korea is what an officially atheistic state always looks like.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: To Hack Or Not To Hack?

Pooua Back Away; You Were Never Here (517 comments)

I'm inclined to agree with those who state this was a honey pot. Maybe it was and maybe it wasn't, but standard security procedure is to have a honey pot open and available for naive, young hackers to fall into. You probably aren't the first person in it, either, if this is a big name institution. I read that an unsecured computer left open to the Internet will have hundreds of attacks compromise it a day, within seconds of going online. So, I would guess those credit card numbers are also fake.

Your best bet is to leave it alone. If this isn't a trap, that's for the company and the customers to deal with it, and the repercussions that follow. The fact that you need to ask here what to do about it leads me to suspect that you are in over your head.

more than 2 years ago

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How to Hire a Programmer to Code 3D Modeling Softw

Pooua Pooua writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Pooua (265915) writes "I submitted a brief version of this story earlier, but Tim Lord said that I need to include more details. Here is a link to my earlier submission:

https://slashdot.org/submission/1813438/converting-video-to-3d-world-model

For about the last 15 years, I have wanted to produce a driving simulator using actual video images. I've bought and used progressively better equipment for the last decade, though limited by a modest budget, to shoot stills and videos as I drive. Camera technology has improved enough to provide quality video streams easily and inexpensively, but a true simulator should allow more freedom of movement within the simulation than just a replay of pre-recorded clips. I think that would require a 3D model, with the video overlaying the model's forms. What I need is a program that could create this 3D model automatically, extracting all the required information from the video streams. This would allow someone to change lanes or angles of view within the virtual world created by my video clips. I don't know of any off-the-shelf software that could do this, I'm unable to write such code on my own and I've never put together a programming project. How would I go about hiring someone to write this program, and what might be an estimate of its cost? Am I even going about this with the right approach?"
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Converting Video to 3D World Model

Pooua Pooua writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Pooua (265915) writes "I need a program that can create a 3D model based off a video clip. Does this exist? If not, how much would it cost to hire someone to create it for me?"
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Interactive 3D Graphics on Webpages

Pooua Pooua writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Pooua writes "I would like to create a 3D world on a Website such that users could move around the world, zoom in and out and launch active content from the map. Long ago, I considered using VRML for this task. What sorts of software of this type exists today that is reliable and easy to use?"
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IBM Researchers Develop Nanophotonic Switch

Pooua Pooua writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Pooua writes "IBM researchers have developed a nanophotonic switch 100x smaller than the diameter of a human hair. The goal is to use light instead of electrons to move data inside a computer chip. Previous IBM advances towards this goal are also mentioned."
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New transparent plastic strong as steel

Pooua Pooua writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Pooua writes "A new, transparent plastic, made of clay and glue, is as strong as steel and as thin as a sheet of paper. It is built up of nanoscale clay structures applied in sheets with glue. It takes a few hours to build up the 300 layers used for a single sheet."
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NASA & Google Collaborate On New Moon Map

Pooua Pooua writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Pooua writes "NASA and Google have teamed up to update Google's Moon map to match NASA's coordinate system. Additional multimedia content has been added to the site. From the "Moon Daily" website,

"New higher resolution lunar imagery and maps including NASA multimedia content now are available on the Google Moon Web site. Updates include new content from the Apollo missions, including dozens of embedded panoramic images, links to audio clips and videos, and descriptions of the astronauts' activities during the missions. The new content is overlaid on updated, higher-resolution lunar maps. Also added are detailed charts of different regions of the moon suitable for use by anyone simulating a lunar mission.

"'NASA's objective is for Google Moon to become a more accurate and useful lunar mapping platform that will be a foundation for future web-based moon applications, much like the many applications that have been built on top of Google Maps,' said Chris C. Kemp, director of strategic business development at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif."

Moon Daily: NASA Maps The Moon With Google

Google Moon"

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Digitized Apollo Flight Films Available Online

Pooua Pooua writes  |  about 7 years ago

Pooua writes "SpaceRef reports that NASA and Arizona State University have teamed up to offer all of NASA's Apollo lunar images online at no charge. The images are scanned at high resolution, then offered as 16-bit TIFF or 8-bit PNG or ISIS files. The project is expected to take 3 years, but some images are already available. The ASU-NASA website is Arizona State University Apollo Image Archive"
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Pooua Pooua writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Pooua writes "Bill Gross, chairman of IdeaLab, has developed a 3D printing technology that could allow 3D printers to sell for under $1,000 in 4 years. The printers use powdered nylon that is melted by a halogen bulb to make 3D plastic objects.

Beam It Down From the Web, Scotty"

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