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Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief

Sciros Re:Not just analytic... (1258 comments)

Knowledge and belief are orthogonal to one another. You can believe and not know (religious people), you can not believe and know (everyone with respect to anthropogenic deities that they do not believe in), you can not believe and not know (this usually involves some nebulous, poorly defined concept of 'god'), etc.

As far as claiming that affirming nonexistence of a god concept is just as invalid a position as affirming its existence, let's first define that god concept. Go with "Thor" or "Set" or "El" and I'd say that you have a much stronger case for nonexistence than existence, seeing as many falsifiable claims have been made regarding these god concepts, and these claims have been falsified.

about 2 years ago

The Elder Scrolls Return With Skyrim

Sciros Re:I recommend months to a year later (158 comments)

My home PC isn't beastly enough to run Skyrim (barely manages Oblivion), so I've picked it up for my Xbox 360 and will play it to death on there until my PC either dies or I get fed up with it and upgrade it sometime in 2012, at which point Skyrim for PC will be exactly what it ought to be. Even as it is right now, Skyrim on 360 is far and away the most awesome game I've played on this console in a long, long time, and possibly ever.

more than 2 years ago

Are You Prepared For the Zombie Apocalypse?

Sciros Re:I do think about this time to time (515 comments)

Because criminals would never think about getting a gun illegally, right?

Lots of people aren't criminals until they make the mistake of actually using their gun. The "only criminals will have guns" angle only works if the proportion of gun fire that results in injury or homicide which happens to come from people with existing criminal records is so high as to render illegalization negligible.

more than 2 years ago

Should Science Be King In Politics?

Sciros Re:Am I Reading the Onion? (737 comments)

If you were to have stopped short at "religious" you'd be right. Since you continued on to the more general "ideological" I don't think you're right. I have seen non-Republicans guilty of some serious anti-science because it didn't gel with their view of the world.

more than 2 years ago

Game Devs Predict Death of Flash, Installed Games

Sciros Re:Not with our current tools (295 comments)

Dang, someone's a little narrow-minded. You can be proud of being an indie game developer all you want, but until dev houses like Bethesda, Bioware, Team Ico, and the like disappear, you're going to have your work cut out for you trying to match the combination of story, immersion, "resonating with people," and visual fidelity that they are capable of on "locked-down console" _and_ PCs.

Play good console (and PC "installed") games so that you know what to aim for when you're working on your own product. Play just bad ones that you consider "shiny paper-thin and hollow" and you merely hold yourself to lower standards.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Plan "Artificial Volcano" Climate Experiment

Sciros Re:Man-made global famine? (292 comments)

So what we should be working on is "climate stabilization"! >_>

We are talking about the idea of duplicating the effects of a volcanic eruption so as to "counter" ... warming. Not ocean acidification. Not cooling in some regions vs warming in others (climate change, indeed, is different in different parts of the globe). No. Particulates limiting the amount of sun that reaches the surface leads invariably to cooling.

more than 2 years ago

Why Google Wants Your Kid's SSN

Sciros Re:TL;DR Version (391 comments)

Actually, the guy you replied to isn't wrong. City of birth isn't necessarily an indicator of citizenship. My city of birth is Leningrad, USSR (now St Petersburg, Russia). I am a US citizen. Dun dun duuuunnnnn!

more than 3 years ago

If I'm the driver, I like to go ...

Sciros Re:5 Over (717 comments)

Not quite. It's not fun to do but if you look into the kinds of vehicles involved in accidents where one has serious injuries and fatalities the other has everyone with barely a bruise, the first thing you will notice is the former will be a light car while the latter is a heavier truck or SUV. The gist of it is this: you only need one vehicle's crumple zones to actually crumple in the collision. You will notice that the heavier vehicle stays close to fully intact while the light car gets its crumple zones (and then some) smashed in. This is due to a number of factors, sometimes even including smaller vehicles having better-designed (i.e. more likely to crumple) crumple zones, what parts of the vehicles actually collide with each other, etc. In any case this is all clearly demonstrated every time you see a collision of a semi with a regular car. (Hardly anything happens to the semi and its driver, and the other car often has fatalities.) Indeed, the other car sustaining greater damage really _does_ mean you are more likely to live because the less damage your car sustains the less chance of anything but an airbag smashing into you.

more than 3 years ago

If I'm the driver, I like to go ...

Sciros Re:5 Over (717 comments)

Hmmm... good reason to drive something like a Hummer. No-one's slamming the brakes when the vehicle behind is liable to literally run them over.

more than 3 years ago

Vast Asteroid Crater Found In Timor Sea

Sciros Re:An asteroid 100km across? Err , I don't think s (121 comments)

The last sentence of that summary has _got_ to be a wording mistake. The impact CRATER in Siberia is 100km across. The impactor was (I just looked it up), "either an eight-kilometer diameter chrondrite asteroid, or a five-kilometer diameter stony asteroid." Indeed, an asteroid 100km across hitting the surface would leave something just a tad bit more noticeable than anything we've got so far, heh. And yes it would do really bad things to life on the planet; you're right on that count.

more than 2 years ago

Japanese Company Turns Diapers Into Energy Source

Sciros Re:Just one question... (65 comments)

I think it might already be used for cooking by KFC and White Castle.

more than 3 years ago

Energizer USB Battery Charger Software Infects PCs

Sciros Re:Told you so (260 comments)

Everyone who didn't have their head inside their kiester knew it was a gaping security hole.

Yes but there's no need to plug that hole with your head! You can use... an album cover...


more than 4 years ago

Why Flash Is Fundamentally Flawed On Touchscreen Devices

Sciros COWON S9 (521 comments)

I recently bought a Cowon S9, which is a nice little amoled touchscreen PMP that uses a Flash UI. It's decent out of the box, but what makes it extra great is that one can develop and install custom UIs on it (google "cowon s9 Aero Ultimate", "cowon s9 Dark Evolution", and many others) and those happen to be quite good. And half of them are made by high-school students working on their own in their spare time!

So meh. I think that someone should take a look at actual Flash-based players on the market before coming to the sweeping conclusion that it can't work on touchscreens.

more than 3 years ago

Human Males Evolve At a Faster Pace Than Females

Sciros Re:I thought the Y chromosome contained nothing (454 comments)

If the Y contained nothing, then males would inherit exactly zero traits from their fathers.

That bit is wrong... fathers provide 23 chromosomes in total, just like mothers. Daughters inherit plenty of traits from their fathers, after all, and they don't have a Y chromosome.

more than 4 years ago

Ten Things We Still Don't Understand About Humans

Sciros Re:Missed one: (397 comments)

You can walk up to a girl, and literally say the biggest crap. If it creates the right feeling in her, it will work.

I disagree, I walked up to a girl, and indeed literally said "the biggest crap," and it didn't work.

more than 4 years ago

Canada's Conference Board Found Plagiarizing Copyright Report

Sciros Re:Irony is alive and well (232 comments)

Hah! I thought of Resident Evil 5. So there. (There's an "ouroboros" virus in the game.)

more than 4 years ago

Most vital body part / system?

Sciros Reproduction is numero uno (480 comments)

Without being able to replicate and evolve we wouldn't have any of the above. That is, the first thing that needs to work in any sort of living thing is the ability to replicate. So, I gotta give props to the genitalia! booya!

about 5 years ago

Building a Successful "Open" Game World

Sciros Re:Open worlds are still limited by plots though.. (104 comments)

Depending on the item, you could re-acquire it. If it was the Wraithguard, there was an alternate (pretty cool and non-cheating, actually) way to get it, and it went on your other hand. People that went a little psycho and decided to off Vivec himself ended up having to go this route.

more than 5 years ago

Building a Successful "Open" Game World

Sciros Re:Open worlds are still limited by plots though.. (104 comments)

The Elder Scrolls games (also Bethesda's) are more open then Fallout 3 in that sense -- you can ignore the main quest easier, and even when you complete it, the game continues on.

By the way, Fallout 3's third mini-expansion will change the ending and allow you to continue playing once you complete the main quest. Why they didn't think to do that right away confuses me, since they could have just looked to their Elder Scrolls games from the get-go.

more than 5 years ago


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Vote for Steve Nash!

Sciros Sciros writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I doubt many people here are NBA fans, but those that are: VOTE FOR STEVE NASH for the all-star game!! He's behind Tracy McGrady, what's up with that? McGrady is barely playing, he's always injured and he's rubbish compared to Nash as a player altogether.

While you're at it, vote for some forwards in the West better than Battier.

Rockets players (and Yi Jianlian of the Bucks, who is a write-in) are getting overly large numbers of votes because... of China! See, Chinese people only care about teams with Chinese players -- the Rockets because of my man Yao and the Bucks because of Yi. Yes those guys are good and Yao is rightfully an all-star (and Yi has the potential to be one for sure) but their supporting cast is just not up to snuff and is getting far more votes than they deserve because they happen to be the only players people in China know (presumably because every Rockets and Bucks game is televised in China and the others... not so much)!

So, until the NBA realizes that if there are 10 Chinese players in the NBA the all-star game will look like the Chinese National team scrimmaging and does something about how the voting goes (I'm not sure what), we need to vote for the players that *we* want in the All-Star game.

I don't mean to sound like some anti-foreigner guy since I'm an immigrant myself, but really if it's the NBA, which is very much an American sports organization, then the all-star game should really not be so influenced by another country.

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