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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Zalbik Re:Trolling (366 comments)

Nope. just had ice cream, your opinion is invalid

I'm lactose intolerant, you insensitive clod!

In any case, everyone knows sorbet is far better than ice cream.

Your move.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Zalbik Trolling (366 comments)

I like to play a game called "Troll the Internet"

You pick some category (music, books, movies, etc) and then ask a question along the lines of "Which is better?". You can even do it with entire categories (e.g. "What are the best songs to have in my music collection?" "What are the best books to read?")

It's hilarious watching the infighting and attempts to justify responses to a subjective question.

The game has gotten a bit out of hand though. I've even seen it being played on popular tech forums like "Slashdot".

yesterday
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Zalbik Re:This is good! (513 comments)

that last sentence *is* pretty clear about forbidding intelligent design, or young earth, or anything like that being taught.

Really? I read that last line as:
"prohibit political or religious interpretation of scientific facts in favor of another political or religious interpretation".

I just wonder who decides what a "political interpretation" is?

Could a teacher teach the "political" interpretation that the fossil record implies evolution in favor of the "religious" interpretation that God created the fossil record to test man's faith?

It's just stupid legislation, likely crafted to show that originators stood up to Washington and their "common core" standards.

2 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Zalbik Re:"focus on" scientific knowledge (513 comments)

Explain again how a "focus on scientific knowledge " somehow magically prohibits teaching knowledge of microorganisms? About that Bible thing - I guess you missed "prohibit religious " in the law.

Simple: "focus on academic and scientific knowledge rather than scientific processes;"
If microbiology isn't a process, I don't know what is.

That entire section of the bill is terribly worded, incredibly vague and leaves it open to a great deal of misinterpretation. It is an blank cheque to allow legislators to bring in what they feel is "correct science" and get rid of whatever they think is "bad science".

Take the following line":
"prohibit political or religious interpretation of scientific facts in favor of another."

It looks like this means a teacher cannot favor a political or religious interpretation of scientific fact in favor of a different political or religious interpretation. Who exactly get's to decide what a political or religious interpretation is?

Is the idea that homosexuality is a genetic trait a political interpretation of science? Does this go against (some) religious interpretations that it is a punishment for sin?

Is the interpretation of the fossil record as evidence of evolution political?

How about the interpretation of the temperature of white dwarfs putting a limit on the minimum age of the universe? This goes against the 6000-year old creationist interpretation that "God did it that way"

And if this is such a grand idea for science, why not the same for mathematics? Why not have mathematics "focus on academic and mathematical knowledge rather than mathematical processes".

Because that would be insane. Just like this bill is.

2 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Zalbik Re:Facts, not Al Gore's theory of the process (513 comments)

I kind of prefer scientific knowledge myself.

So basically you want to limit what we teach to simple observation, with no grasp of what to do with those observations or how to advance knowledge based on it.

Teacher: Ok, class today in biology we're going to learn that penicillin kills bacteria

Little Johnny: How does it do that?

Teacher: Sorry Johnny, that's a process question. We've talked about this, I can't answer process questions.

Little Johnny: Well, how did we find out that penicillin kills bacteria?

Teacher: Well, there was this very smart man named Alexander Fleming who discovered it. I can't tell you how he discovered it, but just trust this big book of Science on my desk. That book says penicillin kills bacteria, and Alexander Fleming discovered it, so you can be sure that it's true.

Teacher: On another note, there's another big book on my desk you should all recognize from Sunday school. You can trust what it says too! After all, we all know that no one interpretation of facts should be favored over another!

2 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Zalbik Re:So you agree with this bill. Cool. (513 comments)

If you skip past the BS /. headline and read the bill, TFS, or even the subtitle of TFS, the bill basically requires teaching science

Really? Because that's not what one of the bills sponsors said. If you even bothered to RTFA:
"he told The Columbus Dispatch that the bill would open the door to instruction on intelligent design"

And
"he said it's all about the political interpretation of science. And his example of politicized science, naturally, was climate change"

So basically he wants the bill passed to get intelligent design in the classroom and climate change out. Wow, that really helps out in teaching science!

2 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Zalbik Re:Eh, not exactly (513 comments)

I am kind of curious what he meant by it though.

You could, you know, RTFA and find that one sponsor for the bill:

"told The Columbus Dispatch that the bill would open the door to instruction on intelligent design: “I think it would be good for them to consider the perspectives of people of faith. That’s legitimate."

And
"he said it's all about the political interpretation of science. And his example of politicized science, naturally, was climate change. ...as evidence of climate change's political nature, he cites past estimates of agricultural productivity and the availability of fossil fuels."

So basically he wants intelligent design on the table and climate change off the table. Hmmm...I wonder if he has some sort of agenda?

2 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Zalbik Re:This is good! (513 comments)

don't ask why it just is memorize it and every other result of a process!

You've just described 90% of the software developers I've had to work with. No idea why a routine works, but it was highly rated on stackoverflow, so it must be the right answer!

2 days ago
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Princeton Nuclear Fusion Reactor Will Run Again

Zalbik Re: Spherical Torus (147 comments)

... and sixty years later we were walking on the moon. Sixty years after the first fusion reactor, where are we?

So are you saying we should shut down most medical research? Modern medicine has been around for at least sixty years and we still don't have a cure for cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's, ALS, Parkinson's or internet stupidity.

As well...my analogy was incorrect. The analogy should be the time from the first research into powered flight until the first successful powered flight.

Guess what....that was a heck of a lot longer than 60 years.

3 days ago
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Princeton Nuclear Fusion Reactor Will Run Again

Zalbik Re: Spherical Torus (147 comments)

How come no one mentions that the world's most powerful fusion reactor consumes more energy than it produces?

The first airplane only flew 120 feet. Clearly air travel should never have been researched after such an abysmal failure in one of the first attempts.

4 days ago
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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

Zalbik Re:Aaaand there goes the lizard squad (131 comments)

That's it's only a suspicion, rather than "drawing conclusions based on life experiences and circumstantial evidence".

Damnit, I need more coffee. I keep words in my sentences. That should read:

That's why it's only a suspicion, rather than "drawing conclusions based on life experiences and circumstantial evidence".

4 days ago
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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

Zalbik Re:Aaaand there goes the lizard squad (131 comments)

No, just circumstantial evidence.

That's it's only a suspicion, rather than "drawing conclusions based on life experiences and circumstantial evidence".

4 days ago
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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

Zalbik Re:Aaaand there goes the lizard squad (131 comments)

If everyone waited to be spoon-fed facts about the world around them, rather than drawing conclusions based on life experiences and circumstantial evidence, we'd still be trying to figure out that whole "fire" thing.

Funny, I'm suspect the NSA terrorist identification manual has a very similar idea in it.

Once we start relying on gut instinct and circumstantial evidence to determine who the bad guys are, we've gone a long way down the path of becoming the bad guys ourselves.

4 days ago
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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

Zalbik Re:Misleading headline (131 comments)

can cause so much havoc and panic that everything comes to a stop.

A plane landed in Phoenix instead of San Diego.

It doesn't appear that this involved "so much havoc or panic", or that "everything" depended on John Smedley reaching San Diego on time.

If it did, my Emergency Broadcast System must be broken. They should test that thing some time!

4 days ago
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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

Zalbik Re:Aaaand there goes the lizard squad (131 comments)

Yea, that's almost as crazy at the NSA hacking and tracking pretty much everything and everyone. Oh wait...

I'll take "Things we actually have evidence of" for $100, Alex.

Just because a major hacking incident by a corporate/government power occurred, doesn't mean that they all occurred.

4 days ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Zalbik Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (419 comments)

If the US DoD were spending enormous amounts of money developing those comic books with the express purpose of making war look as glamorous and consequence-free as possible, then yes, I would still let my kids read them, because I disagree with intellectual censorship in any form, at any age. But you can bet I'd talk with them about what they were reading, who wrote it, and why they might have written it.

And what does this have to do with the article? As far as I can tell, the US DoD has nothing to do with the development of Call of Duty.

about two weeks ago
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How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

Zalbik Re:So ... (218 comments)

There are experiments and research paths we do not follow because the intellectual benefit does not outweigh the very real possibilities for misuse.

And do you have evidence that the possibility of misuse in this case outweigh the benefits?

This research is specifically designed to gain an understanding of how viruses mutate in the wild. This is something we must know if we intend to continue on as a species. Mother nature (in her infinite wisdom), doesn't give a flying fig whether the viruses she is continually developing and improving are dangerously lethal to the human species. If we don't outrace her at this game, our time on this planet is limited.

TL;DR: This type of research is already going on all the time in nature. Unless we can understand how and why these changes occur, eventually one of them is going to kill a heck of a lot of us anyways.

about two weeks ago
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The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

Zalbik Re:String theory is not science! (259 comments)

String theory is math. Math is not science. This should not be in the "science" section of /.

General Relativity is math. Math is not science. General relativity should not be in the "science" section of /.

Quantum Mechanics is math. Math is not science. Quantum Mechanics should not be in the "science" section of /.

Thermodynamics is math. Math is not science. Thermodynamics should not be in the "science" section of /.

See the problem?

about three weeks ago
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More Quantum Strangeness: Particles Separated From Their Properties

Zalbik Re:Limits of Measurement (144 comments)

Particles can't really be two places at once. But since we're knocking things around with our light beam, we can't say for sure where it is now -- so we instead talk in terms of probabilities of where the electron is, rather than saying matter-of-factly where it is. This is what quantum mechanics does, it calculates probabilities that the electron is in a certain place, probability it was going a certain speed, etc.

As others have mentioned, you are missing a couple of fundamental points of the double-slit experiement.

1) The pattern observed has nothing to do with the photons being hard to measure (classically photons are sent through the slits),
The pattern produced is exactly the interference pattern expected if light were actually a wave. The peaks and troughs of the two waves cancel each other out which results in the dark bands. Dual peaks or dual troughs reinforce each other, resulting in bright bands.

2) If this was a result of electric field build up and the "detector knocking particles around a bit", then it should also happen for a single slit (it doesn't). It also should not occur for photons (electrically neutral), but it does.

3) "when single particles are allowed thru, we see only single points on the detector"

This is incorrect, and the weirdest thing about the experiment. If two slits are opened, and particles are sent through one at a time, there is still the same interference pattern created. Individual particles behave as if they do not have a fixed location, but only a probability of existing at a specific location.

Heisenberg's principle is a result of quantum mechanics and wave-particle duality, not the cause.

about a month ago
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Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

Zalbik Swing and a miss.... (76 comments)

Looks like a big swing and a miss for Verizon.

They should have advocated on behalf of children instead

"Net neutrality is bad for children! Won't somebody think of the children?!?"

about a month ago

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Best Buy wants to fire employee over iPhone video

Zalbik Zalbik writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Zalbik (308903) writes "In a typical corporate move, Best Buy wants to fire an employee because they won't take down a YouTube video they created which spoofs the iPhone 4. Note that at no point does the video make mention of Best Buy or the employees relationship to them.

I wonder if the Best Buy executive has heard of this little thing called "freedom of speech"?"

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Activision Sued over Guitar Hero....again

Zalbik Zalbik writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Zalbik (308903) writes "It seems that Activision's legal battles over the latest edition of the Guitar Hero franchise are not over yet. Having been sued previously over the inclusion of a song cover that sounds too much like the original, they are now being subject to a class action suit due to the fact that the Wii edition of the game only outputs mono sound, despite packaging claims to the contrary.

Apparently their offer to replace any defective discs free of charge isn't enough for some people, so Samuel Livingston of San Diego (represented by the law firm KamberEdelson, LLC) has filed a class action suit over this issue. previously covered lawsuits over the latest edition of the Guitar Hero franchise."

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