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Creationists Silence Critics with DMCA

Vicissidude Re:religion (585 comments)

Actually no, as I said, that's what YOU believe. Interesting that you state "no life from death". But in these cases of Jesus and probably Genesis, you back down. That goes to show your absolute mantra of "no life from death" isn't absolutely true. To you it's just relative to whether YOU think God was involved, as if it can't possibly be true otherwise - just like when the church said it can't possibly be true that the Earth isn't the center of the solar system before it imprisoned Galileo. You are all to ready to accept without evidence that God "transcended the laws of the universe."

Well, I have something to tell you. What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence, to paraphrase Christopher Hitchens. There is no "transcending the laws of the universe". There is no outside of the universe, which doesn't make sense anyway because the universe is defined as all that is. God must be part of this universe to interfere in this universe. Then we can see that interference, measure it, and record it. We can record and measure God. And you know what? No one has EVER made such a recording - BECAUSE HE DOES NOT EXIST.

Evolution is still correct since it does NOT deal with how life was created in the first place. Evolution deals with how that life changes over time ONCE IT IS HERE. Your little rant about "no life from death" doesn't dispute evolution AT ALL. It disputes abiogenesis, which this topic was NOT about.

You prefer to view the world the same way as it was first explained to you as a child, with no room for additional information or change. You are literally too stupid, too stubborn, and too closed-minded to realize that.

about 7 years ago

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Comcast Cable Law Enforcement Handbook

Vicissidude Vicissidude writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Vicissidude (878310) writes "The role of telecommunications companies in intelligence surveillance is under increased scrutiny as the Bush Administration seeks to shield the companies from any liability associated with their cooperation in what may be illegal warrantless surveillance. As part of that scrutiny, a copy of Comcast's Comcast Cable Law Enforcement Handbook was recently obtained by Secrecy News. The cost of your privacy and the privacy of all Comcast customers? Upon lawful request and for $1,000.00, Comcast, one of the nation's leading telecommunications companies, will intercept its customers' communications under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The cost for performing any FISA surveillance "requiring deployment of an intercept device" is $1,000.00 for the "initial start-up fee (including the first month of intercept service)," according to the manual. Thereafter, the surveillance fee goes down to "$750.00 per month for each subsequent month in which the original [FISA] order or any extensions of the original order are active.""
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The Need For Unions?

Vicissidude Vicissidude writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Vicissidude (878310) writes "AT&T mobility informed its nationwide help desk employees that their jobs will be outsourced to IBM beginning next year. The company told the employees in an email and a nationwide conference call on October 4th, "This is to let you know that your job functions and position will be transitioned to IBM effective January 1, 2008." At least 100 employees in the Bothell, WA location will lose their jobs, and scores of other workers around the country in locations such as CA, NJ and GA will also be impacted. However, their jobs could have been saved. WashTech, a union for high-tech workers, attempted to organize the Bothell IT department in 2005, but failed in gathering a majority of workers in signing union recognition cards. Union organizers at the time raised the outsourcing issue noting that without the protections of a union contract, the company can outsource these jobs at any time. Employees at the time cockily responded that their jobs would never be outsourced."
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Man survives getting partially sucked out of plane

Vicissidude Vicissidude writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Vicissidude (878310) writes "A Boise man says he's lucky to be alive after he was sucked partially out of a medical evacuation airplane 20,000 feet in the air. Chris Fogg is a critical-care nurse with an air ambulance company. He said he was flying with a patient from Idaho to Seattle last Wednesday when he got out of his seat on a two-engine turbo prop to fetch a water bottle. When he sat back down he heard a loud boom and the window next to him exploded. He hadn't yet buckled his seat belt, and his head and his right arm were sucked out of the window."
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Robots to Replace Migrant Fruit Pickers

Vicissidude Vicissidude writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Vicissidude (878310) writes "As if the debate over immigration and guest worker programs wasn't complicated enough, now a couple of robots are rolling into the middle of it. Vision Robotics, a San Diego company, is working on a pair of robots that would trundle through orchards plucking oranges, apples or other fruit from the trees. In a few years, troops of these machines could perform the tedious and labor-intensive task of fruit picking that currently employs thousands of migrant workers each season. The robotic work has been funded entirely by agricultural associations, and pushed forward by the uncertainty surrounding the migrant labor force. Farmers are "very, very nervous about the availability and cost of labor in the near future," says Vision Robotics CEO Derek Morikawa."
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Vicissidude Vicissidude writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Vicissidude (878310) writes "Ford supplanted Toyota as the leader of the pack in initial quality rankings, taking the top spot in five of 19 segments in the 2007 survey by J.D. Power and Associates, released on Wednesday. Porsche again dominated the overall ranking of brands, averaging 91 problems per 100 vehicles as it had last year. That compared with a 2007 industry average of 125 problems per 100 vehicles. Last year it was 124. Ford Motor Co. earned segment awards for the Ford Mustang, Lincoln Mark LT, Lincoln MKZ, Mercury Milan and Mazda MX-5 Miata. Toyota Motor Corp., which grabbed the top spot in 11 segments last year, captured only three this year, as did Mercedes-Benz. Toyota's 2007 awards were for the 4Runner, Sequoia and Tacoma. Ford's Lincoln brand took third in overall nameplate rankings, averaging 100 problems per 100 vehicles. It was behind Porsche and Toyota's Lexus luxury brand, which averaged 94 problems per 100 vehicles."
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Vicissidude Vicissidude writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Vicissidude (878310) writes "Does America need more scientists and technical workers from abroad? The idea of a scientist shortage is "almost universally accepted [in political circles], and there's almost no one in Washington and no one on the Hill who says that there's a glut of scientists," says Ron Hira, a policy expert at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC. Despite these perceptions, tens of thousands of PhDs, many of them American-born and American-educated, are stuck in dead-end positions, struggling to find careers commensurate with their training and experience. Many others with technical expertise watch companies use H-1B visas to move their jobs offshore. Far from signaling a shortage of trained scientific talent, current conditions suggest that what this country fails to produce is suitable career opportunities for thousands who have extensive scientific and technical training. Regardless of the citizenship of these scientists, the arrival of additional people with comparable qualifications has been shown to depress income and increase competition. Still, "the only two organizations that I know about that have been actively involved in the debate on immigration" on the side of workers represent electrical engineers and computer programmers. "I don't see any scientists involved in this at all. ... What is confusing to me is who's representing their interests. Nobody, as far as I can tell.""
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Vicissidude Vicissidude writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Vicissidude (878310) writes "As an ice cream melts in your mouth this summer, take a moment to contemplate the protein that may be bringing you that sense of cool relief — and numbing your tongue. Researchers have pinned down the particular protein in mice used by the body to sense cold temperatures, and think that a similar one in humans does the same job. Mice rely on a single protein, called TRPM8, to sense both cold temperatures and menthol, the compound that gives mints their cool sensation. The sensor also controls the pain-relieving effect of cool temperatures, but does not seem to play an important role in the response to painfully cold temperatures below 10 C. TRPM8 is in the same family as the protein that detects heat and capsaicin, the compound that makes peppers hot. These proteins lie in the cell membranes of select neurons, and form channels that open and close in response to external signals."
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Vicissidude Vicissidude writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Vicissidude (878310) writes "With the expiration of a key patent, major gas-grill manufacturers have scrambled to bring infrared cooking to the masses. The grills are still powered by propane and have traditional gas burners that heat mostly by convection — or hot air. But they also can cook foods with radiant heat generated by one or more infrared burners. Char-Broil says its advanced burners operate at 450 to 900 degrees, hotter than the 450 to 750 degrees of standard gas burners. And unlike charcoal, which can require 20 to 30 minutes to reach its 700-degree cooking temperature, heat from the infrared burners can be adjusted quickly. Bill Best, founder of Thermal Electric of Columbia, S.C., developed the technology in the 1960s, primarily to give automakers a faster way to dry the paint on cars."
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Vicissidude Vicissidude writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Vicissidude (878310) writes "When discussing fourth grade reading, the National Assessment of Educational Progress's report Comparing Private Schools and Public Schools Using Hierarchical Linear Modeling says, "the average private school mean reading score was 14.7 points higher than the average public school reading score." But the next sentence is quite interesting, "After adjusting for selected student characteristics, the difference in means was near zero and not significant." What does that mean? It merely means if they divide the fourth graders up into smaller pieces of pie (such as divisions based on race, income level, and so forth) and compared equivalent pie pieces between private schools and public schools, there was no statistical difference between private schools and public schools. How can this possibly be? This is the result of a statistical phenomenon known as Simpson's paradox. In a nutshell, Simpson's paradox says that the successes of several groups appear to be reversed when the statistics are combined. One more thing: you know all of those doomsday stories about how America's schools are falling behind those of other nations? Those reports are similarly flawed because of Simpson's paradox."
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Vicissidude Vicissidude writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Vicissidude (878310) writes "US intelligence agencies believe China performed a successful anti-satellite weapons test at more than 500 miles altitude January 11th, destroying an aging Chinese weather satellite target with a kinetic kill vehicle launched on board a ballistic missile. The United States, Australia, and Canada have criticised China over the test. Neither the Office of the US Secretary of Defense nor Air Force Space Command would comment on the attack, which followed by several months the alleged illumination of a US military spacecraft by a Chinese ground based laser."
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Vicissidude Vicissidude writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Vicissidude (878310) writes "At the National Targeting Center, the ATS program harvests up to 50 fields of passenger data from international flights, including names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers, and uses watchlists, criminal databases and other government systems to assign risk scores to every passenger. When passengers deplane, Customs and Border Protection personnel then target the high scorers for extra screening. Data and the scores can be kept for 40 years, shared widely, and be used in hiring decisions. Travelers may neither see nor contest their scores. The ATS program appears to fly in the face of legal requirements Congress has placed in the Homeland Security appropriations bills for the last three years, which states, "None of the funds provided in this or previous appropriations Acts may be utilized to develop or test algorithms assigning risk to passengers whose names are not on government watch lists." The prohibition most recently appeared in section 514(e) of Congress' 2007 appropriation, which was signed into law by President Bush on Oct. 4th. Marc Rotenberg, the director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said he was unaware of the language but that it clearly applies to the Automated Targeting System, not just Secure Flight, the delayed successor to CAPPS II. "Bingo, that's it — the program is unlawful," Rotenberg said. "I think 514(e) stands apart logically (from the other provisions) and 514 says the restrictions apply to any 'other follow-on or successor passenger prescreening program'. It would be very hard to argue that ATS as applied to travelers is not of the kind contemplated (by the lawmakers).""
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Vicissidude Vicissidude writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Vicissidude (878310) writes "General Motors has begun work on a mass-produced plug-in hybrid vehicle as part of what the world's biggest car maker sees as an inexorable shift towards electrically-powered cars and trucks. The concept of plug-in hybrids, with more powerful batteries than the conventional hybrid petrol-electric vehicles already on the road, has enjoyed growing attention in recent years. The batteries of plug-in hybrids would typically be recharged at night. Plug-in supporters estimate fuel costs at half those of conventional hybrids. The vehicles would cut greenhouse gas emissions in half. A small number of conventional hybrids have been converted to plug-ins, but the cost and weight of the batteries have so far discouraged commercial production. Rick Wagoner, GM's chief executive, said that GM aimed to mass produce a plug-in hybrid version of the Saturn Vue crossover utility vehicle."
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Vicissidude Vicissidude writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Vicissidude (878310) writes "Software industry body Nasscom has warned that India faces a shortfall of half a million skilled workers by 2010. Nasscom President Kiran Karnik told a conference in the city of Hyderabad that the IT industry in India needed 350,000 engineers per annum, but no more than 150,000 of the most highly-skilled engineers were available each year. This was creating severe shortages of talent, Mr Karnik said. There was a huge number of graduates and engineers, but people with the technical, communications, and team-working skills that were required were often lacking."
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Vicissidude Vicissidude writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Vicissidude (878310) writes "Earlier this year, responding to citizen complaints, Everett Police discovered that on-line marketplace Craigslist has become a popular selling vehicle for the world's oldest profession. Now it has become part of the Everett vice detective's everyday tools for finding and arresting prostitutes. The ads are on Craigslist by the thousands. Listed under "erotic services," listed by city, listed by county — you can find anything, anyone, and any sexual service you might want. So officers merely answer the explicit ads the ladies have placed on-line, set up a meeting, and arrest them once an offer of sex-for-money is made."
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Vicissidude Vicissidude writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Vicissidude (878310) writes "Millions of viewers of NBC's Heroes know actor Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura, the bored young Japanese office worker who discovers he has the power to alter time and teleport. What they probably don't know is that Masi Oka's been working behind the scenes for years as one of Industrial Light & Magic's top programmers. Since graduating from Brown University in 1997, Oka has worked on more than 30 big-budget Hollywood films at ILM. During that time he has written more than 20 programs and 100 plug-ins for the leading special-effects house. While audiences might not have known his name or face until Heroes, they've seen his programming magic on the big screen in films like The Perfect Storm, Star Wars: Episode II, Terminator 3 and the first two Pirates of the Caribbean movies."
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Vicissidude Vicissidude writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Vicissidude (878310) writes "A team of American and British researchers has made a cloak of invisibility. In their experiment the scientists used microwaves to try and detect a copper cylinder. Like light and radar waves, microwaves bounce off objects making them visible and creating a shadow, though it has to be detected with instruments. If you can hide something from microwaves, you can hide it from radar and visible light. In effect the device, made of metamaterials — engineered mixtures of metal and circuit board materials, which could include ceramic, Teflon or fiber composite materials — channels the microwaves around the object being hidden. When water flows around a rock, co-author David R. Smith explained, the water recombines after it passes the rock and people looking at the water downstream would never know it had passed a rock. The first working cloak was in only two dimensions and did cast a small shadow, Smith acknowledged. The next step is to go for three dimensions and to eliminate any shadow."
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Vicissidude Vicissidude writes  |  about 8 years ago

Vicissidude (878310) writes "A 3-D reference atlas of the genes that are active in the mouse brain is now complete. The atlas was declared finished on Tuesday, although scientists have been using it regularly for more than a year. The project began in 2002 with $100 million from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. "Since mice and humans share more than 90 percent of genes, the Allen Brain Atlas has enormous potential for understanding human neurological diseases and disorders affecting more than 50 million Americans each year," the Allen Institute for Brain Science said. These include Alzheimer's disease, which affects 4.5 million Americans, autism, which may occur in one in every 175 births, epilepsy, which affects 2.7 million Americans, schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease."
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Vicissidude Vicissidude writes  |  about 8 years ago

Vicissidude (878310) writes "In a species of fruit fly, the frequencies of so-called inversions, in which a piece of chromosome is flipped around, were observed decades ago to correspond to the latitude at which the flies were found. In nearly all the sites where the flies have recently been sampled — a span of three continents — the frequency of specific inversions has increased hand in hand with climbing temperatures. "It's a very clear signal that climate warming is going to have a big impact on our environment," says Raymond Huey of the University of Washington."
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Vicissidude Vicissidude writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Vicissidude writes "A study by Hamburg Sex Researcher Professor Dr Werner Habermehl looked at the sex lives of hundreds of German women and compared them with their hair color. Habermehl says, "The sex lives of women with red hair were clearly more active than those with other hair color, with more partners and having sex more often than the average. The research shows that the fiery redhead certainly lives up to her reputation." Finally! Some science that actually helps the Slashdot geek's everyday life. Go forth and search out the redheads!"

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