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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

RespekMyAthorati Re:This study is... (123 comments)

I'd torture Haselton for free!

about a week ago
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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

RespekMyAthorati Re:We have one in the US, too (231 comments)

If the government mandates that everyone purchase a product (such as health insurance), then there is no incentive for those selling that product not to fix prices.Such a mandate gets rid of most rules of an open market.

But, they don't mandate who provides the product, thus encouraging competition.
Which is the whole point of an open market.

about a week ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

RespekMyAthorati Re:I am not reading that. (243 comments)

Was it ever valuable?
Clearly, Haselton has something over the /. mods. Pictures of them jerking off to Hentai?

about a week ago
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A Worm's Mind In a Lego Body

RespekMyAthorati Re:Of course it scales (200 comments)

Penrose bases all of his ideas on the assumption that there are limits on computational methods that apply to machines but not to humans.
There is no basis for that assumption.

about two weeks ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

RespekMyAthorati Re:Anyone still going to the movies? (357 comments)

Waiting half an hour to buy a ticket for about ten bucks, then suffering for 3 hours in 100+ degrees heat to ensure you need to buy something to drink

What country do you live in?
I haven't had an experience like that since I was a kid in the 1960's.

about a month ago
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Breaching Air-Gap Security With Radio

RespekMyAthorati Misdirection (80 comments)

I think the "Top Secret" message on the screen is misleading, as places that handle top-secret data are all Tempest shielded.
The real issue would be where a malicious employee adds the keylogging code
to a PC used by an IT staff member, which would then allow anyone using their app
to read anything typed in, including the superuser password.

Once you have that, you can do pretty well anything.

about a month ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

RespekMyAthorati Re:they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

you really are not winning points with anyone

ISIS isn't trying to win points with anyone. They just kill anybody who may have more points than they do, which amounts to the same thing.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

RespekMyAthorati Re:Let's see your portfolio. (392 comments)

I guess you have to have a LibArts degree to understand a reference to item #5 in a 4-item list.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

RespekMyAthorati Re:Ya, but... (392 comments)

FYI critical thinking skills are developed through courses in logic.

But not English, PoliSci, or pretty well anything ending in "Studies". Which accounts for about 95% of Liberal Arts grads.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

RespekMyAthorati Re:Ya, but... (392 comments)

My experience is that if you are looking for people who readily accepts, even embraces, every kind of mindless superstition from
Astrology to Homeopathy, you will find them among Liberal Arts grads.

Which, of course, is the exact opposite of "critical thinking".

about 2 months ago
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

RespekMyAthorati Re:Spoiler (191 comments)

Damn I loved that game!
Anybody know of anything similar that's still available?

about 2 months ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RespekMyAthorati Re:read some actual philosophy (937 comments)

From the NPR article:

Noe received his PhD from Harvard in 1995 and is a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley,
where he is also a member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Center for New Media.
He previously was a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
He has been philosopher-in-residence with The Forsythe Company and has recently begun a
performative-lecture collaboration with Deborah Hay.
Noà is a 2012 recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.

Which illustrates the pathetic state of academic philosophy.

about 2 months ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RespekMyAthorati Re:atheism has nothing to do with science (937 comments)

You can be religious and an atheist: there are many atheistic religions.

Religion: the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.

That is exactly what atheism isn't.

about 2 months ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RespekMyAthorati Re:Poor understanding (937 comments)

Atheism is a belief that there are no supernatural deities.

Wrong!
Atheism isn't a belief at all. Atheism is the acceptance that these is no evidence that any supernatural deity exists.

about 2 months ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RespekMyAthorati Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (937 comments)

If you tell me something that's true, but you can't be bothered to try persuading me of it, shall I flatly refuse to believe it?

Yes, but not believing that the assertion is true, does not mean that you believe it to be false.
It just means that, for the moment, you must reserve judgement.

Regardless of the idea's underlying merit?

Who says the idea has any underlying merit? And why?

about 2 months ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RespekMyAthorati Re:Fallacy (937 comments)

it's just a common thing philosophers do when they like being right.

FTFY.

about 2 months ago

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