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Brain Scans of Rappers and Jazz Musicians Shed Light On Creativity

Walkingshark Re:Cue the hatred of hip hop artists (92 comments)

If it takes someone years to explain why I should like something, it isn't worth liking. There are more productive uses of that time that are equally enlightening and enriching and don't require me to duck my head into the cesspool of pompous ramblings that is modern music education.

about a year and a half ago
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Brain Scans of Rappers and Jazz Musicians Shed Light On Creativity

Walkingshark Re:Cue the hatred of hip hop artists (92 comments)

A violent, war-like culture?
Why do you have to bring the USA into everything?

about a year and a half ago
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YouTube Refuses To Remove Anti-Islamic Film Clip

Walkingshark Re:It's already out there... (622 comments)

You are just trying to pick a fight so don't be surprised when you get one.

That's what the video did too and they got a fight: the embassies being attacked. To then say that it is wrong and violence isn't the answer is being naive. In the real world, people respond to vocal provocation with physical force.

 

So it's justified if I'm at a bar and someone talks shit to me, for me to fly to whatever shithole you live in and beat your skull in with a hammer? Sound logic.

about a year and a half ago
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The Motivated Rejection of Science

Walkingshark Re:Suprising how? (771 comments)

Meanwhile the libertarians argue that they can somehow create an economic utopia

That's a straight out lie.

What world line are you tunneling in from? In this one it's totally true.

about a year and a half ago
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Victory For Apple In "Patent Trial of the Century," To the Tune of $1 Billion

Walkingshark Re:it's nokia that should sue samsung (1184 comments)

You realize TNG started in the 80's, right?

about a year and a half ago
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Why Making Facebook Private Won't Protect You

Walkingshark Re:An easy solution (550 comments)

You're under the delusion that there is a difference between a 'government' and 'the people.'

Government is an emergent property of a system of two or more people. Just like people are an emergent property of the correct configuration of organic molecules.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Making Facebook Private Won't Protect You

Walkingshark Re:An easy solution (550 comments)

Tuition is much higher now.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would Real Space Combat Look Like?

Walkingshark Re:Laser Beams (892 comments)

Your forcefields are good, but my teleporting is better.

more than 2 years ago
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Journalist Arrested By Interpol For Tweet

Walkingshark Re:and where is exactly the problem? (915 comments)

Unalienable rights are unalienable by religions.

The concept of unalienable rights is a product of the 18th century and inextricably linked to religious belief: rights are inalienable because they are endowed by a Creator. Since modern societies find it increasingly unlikely that there is a Creator, that religious basis is no longer tenable and most of the West (with rising nations like China) now follows some variant of utilitarianism where rights are a convenient and mutable legal fiction to ensure general quality of life.

You've completely missed the substance of Enlightenment thinking and what the concept of "Creator" meant to most of the people who put this country together. More study needed.

more than 2 years ago
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Journalist Arrested By Interpol For Tweet

Walkingshark Re:Problem here is "racism" (915 comments)

"It's the same God".

Bah. Different holy books preaching different ideologies and virtues in the name of God. The Gods mentioned can hardly be called the same.

So basically, this is like All Star Superman, Red Son Superman, Old School Superman, and new 52 Superman? All the same character, just different canons? :)

more than 2 years ago
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Journalist Arrested By Interpol For Tweet

Walkingshark Re:Problem here is "racism" (915 comments)

The invisible wizard of Islam is, historically, the invisible wizard of Abraham: the invisible wizards of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are, as a matter of fact, one and the same.

True, but Islam is a pretty nasty fork of the original codebase.

more than 2 years ago
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Don't Worry About Global Warming, Say 16 Scientists in the WSJ

Walkingshark Re:Global warming has been offset recently (1367 comments)

So you're saying a bunch of people who don't know anything about the field all agree with each other, but because there are lots of them I should believe them. Then you offer me advice on how to be persuasive. I've come to accept that some people are just parrots who are incapable of thinking. I guess you're one of them.

more than 2 years ago
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Alan Moore on V For Vendetta and the Rise of Anonymous

Walkingshark Re:England & the UK don't know how good they h (286 comments)

Your argument breaks down, though, in that if it really were just a bunch of bad apples, their fellow cops would arrest them for breaking the law. Instead, they support their brothers in blue no matter how clearly obvious it is that a crime has been committed by someone with a badge. In so doing, they become accessories to those crimes and invalidate their own badges.

I'd really like to see, just once, a cop arrest another cop at one of these protests for excessive use of force. But not a one of them has the backbone to even try.

more than 2 years ago
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Pirate Bay Founders Lose Final Appeal

Walkingshark Re:Gee, I wonder what Slashdot will think (307 comments)

The President can refer something to the Justice department for review. Hell, they should just unleash Patrick Fitzgerald on these guys with a mandate to investigate all bribery and corruption in congress and unlimited funds to do so. That'd be fun for the whole family right there.

more than 2 years ago
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Cystic Fibrosis Gene Correction Drug Approved by the FDA

Walkingshark Re:TIme, GS, just give it a little time (264 comments)

An impressive display of martial prowess there. I've never seen one man knock over an army of straw men so efficiently. Truly impressive.

more than 2 years ago
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Cystic Fibrosis Gene Correction Drug Approved by the FDA

Walkingshark Re:TIme, GS, just give it a little time (264 comments)

Well said sir. I'm going to post a link to this comment to some people I know.

more than 2 years ago
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Don't Worry About Global Warming, Say 16 Scientists in the WSJ

Walkingshark Re:Global warming has been offset recently (1367 comments)

I guess it stings when people attack your religious beliefs, doesn't it?

Considering the complete lack of credibility of the "scientists" who signed this letter, no. No, not really at all. This is more like bad comedy.

more than 2 years ago
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White House Petition To Investigate Dodd For Bribery

Walkingshark Re:WTF (596 comments)

Try to reset your cookies, I've heard that works.

more than 2 years ago

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White House Petition to Investigate Dodd for Bribe

Walkingshark Walkingshark writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Walkingshark writes "Chris Dodd's recent statements complaining that the congressmen the RIAA and MPAA bribed aren't staying bribed has spawned a firestorm of anger on the internet. Among the bits of fallout: a petition on the White Houses "We the People" site to investigate him, the RIAA, and the MPAA for bribery! This petition gained more than 5000 signatures in 24 hours and is still growing.

When the petition reaches 25,000 signatures the White House is obligated to respond to it in an official capacity. At that point, one way or another they will have to go on record either supporting the RIAA and MPAA or pushing them under the bus. Either way, it should be quite enlightening to see what their response is."

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Open source geographic tracking?

Walkingshark Walkingshark writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Walkingshark (711886) writes "I work for a company that needs to track people and equipment across the US as they move to, work on, and leave jobs. The boss has been looking at the typical mix of closed, proprietary software and has also considered building off our existing 10 year old SQL database (with the kind of clunky interface you'd expect from a program built in the late 90's). I'd like to be able to bring him a good open source alternative but so far I haven't been able to find anything that can do what we need. Ultimately, we need to be able to keep track of a few thousand separate pieces of people and equipment, and to move them in dynamically created groups from our locations to and from jobsites in a way that is sharable among between workstations, with updates to location entered at one station being broadcast to all clients in real time. Ideally, this program needs to also give us access to road routing similar to the capability found on Google maps. We'd doubtless need to be able to modify the source for customization, but I was hoping there was something we could find out there that had the core functionality we're looking for."

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