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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

SJHillman Re:Take that, Christians! (582 comments)

Nah, the Pope just has his priorities in order. "Argue about shit that doesn't matter a whole lot to the church or God" is waaay down the Pope's list, but waaay up the list of many people who just like to argue because it gives them a sense of superiority.

yesterday
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

SJHillman Re:Tip of the iceberg (582 comments)

That's how we know Scientology is real. I'm not saying it's because of aliens, but.... aliens.

yesterday
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

SJHillman Re:Tip of the iceberg (582 comments)

" How exactly is is he then worthy of worship or awe from us?"

Throughout history, the more technologically advanced societies tend to think they deserve awe, and in some cases outright worship, from the much more primitive tribes they encountered. Why should we think this kind of mindset is limited to humans? Why couldn't an alien species share the same philosophy or take it even further?

yesterday
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Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

SJHillman Re:Spyware status? (109 comments)

It's Linux, if it didn't come with spyware pre-installed, how would Grandma get it installed?

about a week ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

SJHillman Re:Government Dictionary (239 comments)

Many words have a separate legal definition. For example, insanity means something completely different in legal, medical and colloquial contexts. When talking about a legal matter, assume the legal definition is what is meant. And you won't find a legal definition in the Webster or Oxford dictionaries unless it's a word with no alternative meanings.

about a week ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

SJHillman Government Dictionary (239 comments)

""Isn't this the definition of identity theft?""

Nope. It's identity eminent domain.

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

SJHillman Re:Marriage is binary, not linear (447 comments)

I disagree. I think a 54 year marriage is a success even if it ends in divorce. People change over time. After 54 years, both people have changed considerably and it's entirely possible to mutually agree that you're no longer married to the person you want to be.

However, people don't normally change all that much after only two years. So if you get divorced that quickly, then you probably lose.

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

SJHillman At Odds (447 comments)

"Couples who elope are 12.5x more likely to end up divorced than couples who get married at a wedding with 200+ people.");"

"Whether you had a honeymoon (Couples who had a honeymoon are 41% less likely to divorce than those who had no honeymoon).""

Those two seem to be at odds with this one:

"How much you spent on the wedding (The more you spend on your wedding, the more likely you'll end up divorced.);"

Unless they mean that you should invite 200 people to a park wedding with no food, and then honeymoon in the alley behind Dunkin' Donuts to take advantage of their dumpster?

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

SJHillman Re:Perl and VBA will live for a long while yet (547 comments)

"It's way too handy and there's no alternative."

My understanding is that, with very few (and increasingly fewer with each new version) exceptions, anything you can do in VB.NET, you can do in C#. Does Office only understand VB.NET?

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

SJHillman Re:Skipping a version number (644 comments)

I had to look up some of it, but knowing the internal version number can be seriously helpful if you're writing a script that needs to do different things depending on what version of Windows it's running on (such as looking for "C:\Users\Public\Public Desktop\" vs "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\", as a simple example). Getting that version number from the command line is as easy as "ver"

about a month ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

SJHillman Re:Skipping a version number (644 comments)

What part is speculation? The internal version number isn't exactly a secret. Open up a commandline and type "ver". There's a lot of other things about Windows that are well known whether or not you have the source.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

SJHillman Re:Skipping a version number (644 comments)

Here's the thing... those are are marketing numbers, not version numbers. If you go by their internal version numbers, they make a lot more sense, and better reflect incremental changes vs total rewrites.

Windows 2000 - 5.0
Windows XP - 5.1
Windows XP 64-Bit/Server 2003 (incl R2) - 5.2
Windows Vista/Server 2008 - 6.0
Windows Server 2008 R2 - 6.1
Windows 7 - 6.1
Windows 8 - 6.2
Windows Server 2012 R2 - 6.3
Windows 8.1 - 6.3

Before Windows 2000/XP, there were two completely separate OSes (NT and DOS), rather than simply different editions of the same OS. Because 2000 and later are the successors to NT, that's why it starts with 5.0.

So why did NT start at 3.x? Because it started life as the successor to OS/2 1.3 and 2.0, known as OS/2 3.0. When it shifted to become Windows rather than OS/2, it kept the version number.

The DOS based Windows go: 1.01, 1.03, 1.04, 2.0, 2.10, 2.11, 3.00, 3.10, 3.11, 3.2, 4.0 (Win95), 4.10 (Win98), 4.90 (WinMe)

Windows versioning numbers makes a lot more sense once you separate the marketing name from the actual version number. MS Office works the same way (e.g. Office 10 is Office XP).

about a month ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

SJHillman Re:OMFG, stupid (644 comments)

If your Tesla has a gas tank, you might be doing it wrong...

about a month ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

SJHillman Re: MAD (342 comments)

The great thing about nuclear weapons is that they're most effective against cities and other surface targets when detonated in an airburst. The fallout from an airburst causes significantly less fallout of the kill-everything-on-Earth kind, and less uninhabitable-for-a-few-dozen-millennia radiation on the ground than a comparable surface-detonated weapon. This is one of the reasons why Hiroshima and Nagasaki are inhabitable today (both were airbursts), while Chernobyl is going to take... a few more years.

about a month ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

SJHillman Re:It is all pork barrel politics (342 comments)

I'm not seeing what part of your link refutes the ability to navigate a craft up the Chesapeake without it being searched. Nor do I see anything refuting the ability to do this without making landfall (what was clearly meant by "American soil"... not American sovereign territory)

about a month ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

SJHillman Re:More evidence for the existance of the Tech Bub (330 comments)

Why aren't they worth that much? What do you value them at? The value of Minecraft is way, way beyond those 50 million copies sold. Minecraft has a metric fuckton of merchandising out there - people love the merchandise more than they love the game. It would also give them control of the IP to use it in marketing elsewhere as well. Picture, instead of Clippy, we could have Microsoft Creeper.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

SJHillman Re:Throwing chairs was less costly (330 comments)

"a willfully incomplete game"

I don't know which cave you've been in for the last decade or so, but a great deal of games are now sold before completion. Developers, especially indies, realized that people absolutely love putting down $20 for a alpha/beta game that's getting new features added every few weeks/months. I have to say, having Minecraft add new features every few months gave me significantly more interest and play time than if I just started with all of those features already there. It doesn't appeal to everybody, of course, but neither does any finished game.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

SJHillman Re:Microsoft can now kill Java (330 comments)

Last I knew, Microsoft was still the second largest developer of software for Mac (after Apple, of course). There's always hope in that direction *if* there's a market for it.

about a month and a half ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

SJHillman Re:I dont know why this is a bad thing (194 comments)

No, they want to go way past 2014 to a magical time in which no smartphone every experiences glitches, bugs, and has infinite battery life thanks to magic fairy dust.

about a month and a half ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

SJHillman Re:And if I am ridding in the car? (364 comments)

I don't think "treason" means what you think it means. Or "arresting". Or "suggestion". Actually, I'm not sure if you speak English or just pissed on a dictionary and strung together whatever didn't get wet.

about a month and a half ago

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