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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Sperbels Re:Over 18 (631 comments)

You know, doing your taxes (and filing) in something like TurboTax takes like 30 - 60 minutes (assuming your taxes aren't complicated). Easy money.

about two weeks ago
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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

Sperbels F2P Games Are For Kids (181 comments)

F2P games are riddled with 12 year olds who smack talk everyone by calling them fags or some other juvenile insult. It gets tiresome.

about two weeks ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

Sperbels Re:Max RAM? (353 comments)

People just running a browser for email and surfing don't need more than 4 right now. I get by with 8 at work and I'm using running 2-4 instances of Visual Studio and several instances of firefox, office, and various other programs.

about three weeks ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

Sperbels Re:Max RAM? (353 comments)

I have 16 GB in my mac mini and i dont see a future of me using it all.

This statement is a bit reminiscent of my fellow nerdy friends when I was growing up who could not fathom filling a 100 megabyte harddrive.

about three weeks ago
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Lego Robot Solves Rubik's Cube Puzzle In 3.253 Seconds

Sperbels Re:Hold the phone (60 comments)

What makes you think it wasn't also timed by another device?

about a month ago
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Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

Sperbels Re:Huh? (334 comments)

You think someone is trying to impose death on you?

Indirectly. I'm seeing several people arguing to let nature take it's course. I'm seeing people argue against transhumanist goals.

Do you really believe in the possibility that 1) there will be a transhumanist "solution" in your lifetime and 2) that you are going to be able to afford it?

No. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try.

about a month ago
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Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

Sperbels Re:Huh? (334 comments)

Should I be more afraid of the .1% who seek immortality for themselves, or the self-righteous "geeks" who seem to want to impose nature's normal expiration date me.

about a month ago
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43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Remains Offer Strong Chance of Cloning

Sperbels Re:"LONG extinct"? Hah. (187 comments)

Yes.

about a month ago
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43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Remains Offer Strong Chance of Cloning

Sperbels Re:"LONG extinct"? Hah. (187 comments)

Is it ethically justifiable to permanently subject wild animals to such conditions?

Yes. As restored species they would be protected by man and then have a shot at continued existence in the event humans die off or evolve passed the necessity for a biosphere.

about a month ago
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43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Remains Offer Strong Chance of Cloning

Sperbels Re:"LONG extinct"? Hah. (187 comments)

but it also strikes me as arguably sounding like animal cruelty. I'd suggest that the scientific discoveries we might make by doing this may be heavily outweighed by the ethical considerations involved.

Your logic seems to be that it's unethical to bring them into a world that they can't survive in. But they all endured the waxing and waning of ice ages before that. The current thinking is that either humans or some sudden climate catastrophe caused the Holocene megafaunal extinctions, and not an inability to adapt to post ice age climate conditions. The only thing that seems to be preventing most of these species from thriving today is humans themselves.

about a month ago
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Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

Sperbels Re:Evolution less useful than math (431 comments)

There is no convincing controversy. Your ideas are "fringe" science that nobody takes seriously. It's not a conspiracy to keep theists down. It's just that your arguments are not convincing.

about a month and a half ago
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Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

Sperbels Re:Evolution less useful than math (431 comments)

'evolution facists' (facist as in trying to control other people's thoughts)

Eh? Teaching evolution in a *science* class is now controlling other people's thoughts? The whole reason this is an issue is because hardcore theists want to prevent it from being taught because they think it conflicts with one cultures interpretation of a creation story. Is that not attempting to control people's thoughts?

about a month and a half ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

Sperbels Re:Rejects (921 comments)

We used to say the same thing about people with cell phones...until everyone could afford them.

about 2 months ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

Sperbels Re:not in use? (921 comments)

soon we will see signs posting that say something like " no filming, and no recording devices ".

Which means, no cell phones. No bar owner would dare post that.

about 2 months ago
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Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

Sperbels Re:Geez... (333 comments)

When I was a kid, I coded for fun. I met a lot of guys in highschool who did this too. In college, I met even more. How many women have I meet who coded for fun since they were kids? Zero. That's telling. I think a lot of people here will say the same thing. You say there are barriers...what barriers are there preventing girls from downloading a compiler and googling some "learn to code" websites?

about 2 months ago
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Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

Sperbels Re:I thought this had been settled long ago. (491 comments)

He implied that illegal immigrants are NOT taking STEM jobs....not that they can't do them. Jesus....some people just see racism everywhere.

about 2 months ago
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Ubuntu 14.04 Brings Back Menus In Application Windows

Sperbels Re:Nice to have the choice (255 comments)

Why oh why do people lend these arguments any credence? Change is not automatically awesome because it's "change". Unity is a shitty UI...just like Win8. They changed with the menu's so it's more difficult to find and launch applications. So now making things harder is good change? And it's also somehow related to my political beliefs? Why was this post even modded up? It's ridiculous.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?

Sperbels Re:No (421 comments)

I thought it was the infra-red filter that prevented you from seeing through bathing suits.

about 2 months ago
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Google Fiber Pondering 9 New Metro Areas

Sperbels Re:Exchanging one bad master for another (172 comments)

No they have made mistakes but they try to not be evil more often then not, and that is far more than I can say about most other companies in their line(s) of business.

They might not be so evil at present. But what happens years down the road when they decide to be evil? They'll have this enormous treasure trove of data, and widespread control of information infrastructure. You know it's inevitable, right? They will not have this anti-evil philosophy forever...and in the meantime they chum the water...we eat happily...they begin pulling the net in around us.

about 2 months ago

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