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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

ShanghaiBill Re:Yawn... (259 comments)

most people that I would think are adhering closely to Jesus/Bible, would say that those other people are not real Christians.

If they are adhering closely to Jesus/Bible, then they would not be judging other people.
Judge not, and ye shall not be judged -- Luke 6:37

4 hours ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

ShanghaiBill Re:Yawn... (259 comments)

Just out of curiosity, on what basis do you consider them "Christians"?

Because they self-identify as such.

4 hours ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

ShanghaiBill Re:Yawn... (259 comments)

...just as an example, the early Christian theologians worked out these questions over 1700 years ago.

What "theologians" think has very little to do with what the rank-and-file religious think. I know plenty of Christians that believe in reincarnation, can't explain the concept of the Trinity, and don't know who gave the Sermon on the Mount. Among my acquaintances, belief in UFOs, alien abductions, etc. is much more prevalent among the religious.

5 hours ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

ShanghaiBill Re:Fristy Pawst! (330 comments)

This isn't the 1800s where the army and the individual have the same weapons.

Most of these governments are democracies. People vote for the corrupt government. Africans have a long tradition of "The Big Man" as leader, and tend to vote that way even if it isn't imposed on them.

9 hours ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

ShanghaiBill Re:Fristy Pawst! (330 comments)

By tolerating corrupt government

Ignore the fact that Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone were ALL fighting civil wars at the same time about 5 years before you signed up for Slashdot...

... which was a result of corrupt government.

9 hours ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

ShanghaiBill Re:WHY WHY WHY GO TO WEST AFRICA???? (330 comments)

I mean why would anyone travel to west Africa at this point? Curiosity?

Because the number of deaths from Ebola, even in West Africa, is miniscule compared to other causes, and it is easy to avoid just by washing your hands and using hand sanitizer. Also, avoid touching dead people. Other that that, you will be fine.

10 hours ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

ShanghaiBill Re:Fristy Pawst! (330 comments)

Why SHOULDN'T first world countries get to share the misery of their less fortunate bretheren, anyway?

Because they bring it on themselves. By tolerating corrupt government, they squander resources, and have nothing left to spend on healthcare infrastructure. Corruption also leads to poverty, since people don't work hard if their property will be stolen. It also leads to deep distrust of government and authority, which leads to distrust of health care providers, which leads to looting of clinics.

10 hours ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

ShanghaiBill Re:Completely Contained? (330 comments)

Then how the hell did it end up in Texas?

Most likely it came from somewhere other than Nigeria or Senegal. Most of the active cases are in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.

11 hours ago
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

ShanghaiBill Re:Going Cable! (121 comments)

Wouldn't it be the stinkers that have to be propped up by rules like this?

The stinkers need to earn money to buy better players to become non-stinkers. So policies that hurt the stinkers, mean they will stink even more, and the NFL will become less competitive. Personally, I couldn't care less about the competitiveness of the NFL. The government should not be propping up their business model.

13 hours ago
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eBay To Spin Off PayPal

ShanghaiBill Re:lol capitalism. (69 comments)

Seems like not being open to a hostile buyout would be a good thing?

Good for whom? Hostile buyouts are almost always bad for management, sometimes bad for customers, but almost always very good for shareholders. For a hostile buyout to be successful, they need to offer considerably more than most people think the company is worth. Otherwise, the shareholders will not approve of the deal in the face of management opposition.

If directors take action to ward off hostile takeovers, they are putting their own personal interests above the interests of the shareholders they have a fiduciary duty to represent. In my opinion, these actions should be illegal. In some countries they are.

13 hours ago
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

ShanghaiBill Re:Gladwell (181 comments)

Gladwell sets off on an argument that, no, if you spend enough time practicing you can be great.

The problem is that this is nonsense. Unless you have a LOT of innate talent, you are unlikely to be "great" at anything. When I was in 7th grade, I joined the school band, and I practiced and practiced and practiced. One day the school music teacher took me aside, and advised me to quit. She explained that I basically sucked at music, and no amount of practice was going to make much difference. She suggested that I go join the computer club instead. That was the best advice I ever had, and it changed my life.

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Medical Records Worth More To Hackers Than Credit Cards

ShanghaiBill Re:Calls from Credit Cards on "Suspicious Activity (77 comments)

Federal law makes your liability a maximum of $50

That is only true if you dispute a fraudulent charge in writing within sixty days of the charge. If you don't notice an odd $20 recurring charge, you are screwed out of all but the last two charges. Also if your credit card is stolen, the $50 limit only applies to charges made in the first 48 hours after the theft.

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Medical Records Worth More To Hackers Than Credit Cards

ShanghaiBill Re:Ironically, blame HIPAA (77 comments)

You had me at HIPAA, lost me at Obamacare. Wouldn't new regulations been a perfect time to upgrade those legacy systems?

HIPAA doesn't require secure systems. It requires completed checklists. As long as the legacy systems pass the checklist, why replace them?

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Blood For Extra Credit Points Offer Raises Eyebrows In Test-Mad China

ShanghaiBill Re:4-8 LITERS?! (89 comments)

... 16.5 liters, or a bit over 4 gallons.

I got you beat. Last year I made my 80th donation, and was admitted into the ten gallon club. the Red Cross gave me a FREE T-SHIRT to prove it. Anyway, China has a big problem recruiting blood donors. There is a strong cultural taboo about losing blood. Even in America, where hospitals try to match patients with donors by ethnicity, there is a big shortage of Asian blood. My wife is Chinese, and she objected to me donating blood, insisting it would shorten my life, until I showed her that there was plenty of evidence that donating blood is good for you and may lengthen your life.

2 days ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

ShanghaiBill Re:Police?? (296 comments)

They are not police but more like a paid thugs or enforcers working for a group of corporations.

Corporations have a legitimate interest in fighting piracy. It interferes with shipping, and endangers the crews. But it seems silly for the London Police to be involved. It would be more reasonable for anti-piracy to be handled by the Royal Navy, as part of a coordinated international effort. This could include arming merchant ships, providing convoy escorts, and/or retaliation against ports providing sanctuary to pirates.

2 days ago
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Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

ShanghaiBill Re:Largest Ponzi Scheme Ever (113 comments)

So, no studying PtoE, company fundamentals, etc. etc. Further proving that the Stock Market is almost entirely disconnected from the underlying companies.

It proves no such thing. Of course PE ratios and fundamentals are important, but other people are doing it for him. He just follows their lead.

Basically, it's a Ponzi scheme.

You either have no idea how the stock market works, no idea what a Ponzi Scheme is, or both.

2 days ago
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Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

ShanghaiBill Re:See mom? (113 comments)

The article does not state how big his trading account is so I had to use the $15 billion total figure for my calculation

This is almost certainly wrong. You don't need $15B to make $15B in total turnover. He could be buying and selling hundreds of times a day, or tens of thousands of times a year, rolling over the same money.

I'm safely assuming that he must be trading with a few hundred million dollars alone to reach trillions in trading volume.

The "trillion" refers to yen, which are worth less than a penny each.

2 days ago
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Sierra Nevada Corp. Files Legal Challenge Against NASA Commercial Contracts

ShanghaiBill Re:Boeing bought more politicians. (125 comments)

I don't think low-bidding should ever be a consideration. That's how Thiokol got in to the STS

Baloney. That is the opposite of what happened. The boosters were made in Utah because a senator from Utah headed the appropriations committee that dealt with NASA. The explosion had nothing to do with low-ball capitalism, and everything to do with sleazy pork barrel politics.

3 days ago
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Sierra Nevada Corp. Files Legal Challenge Against NASA Commercial Contracts

ShanghaiBill Re:Boeing bought more politicians. (125 comments)

but how could companies justify plowing in a whole bunch of cash if they don't have assurances in place that the cash will be recouped?

How could companies justify plowing money into oil wells, semiconductor plants, toy factories, apple orchards, etc. if they don't have assurances in place that the cash will be recouped? Yet people invest in those things everyday. What makes launch services any different?

3 days ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

ShanghaiBill Re: Good to see this kind of crap (333 comments)

Uh no. Iowa has been right wing for a long time.

Tom Harkin is likely the most left wing senator. Iowa elected him repeatedly for decades. The legislature is balanced, with Democrats controlling the Senate, and Republican the House, neither with much of a majority. The governor is Republican, but the last two were Democrats. Iowa may be right wing compared to, say, France, but by American standards it is centrist.

In addition. Nearly all of the other states, are rabid right wingers in control.

Two of the states with the most strict car dealer franchise laws are Maryland and New Jersey. Tesla is locked out of both states.

3 days ago

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