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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Zontar The Mindless Re:Trolololo (499 comments)

No, the Jesuit concluded that the aliens and their world must be the product of Satan because they had what appeared to be a perfectly moral society but without any knowledge of God. This directly contradicts the view that all knowledge of right and wrong comes only from knowing God.

(He was later disabused of this notion by none other than the Pope, who pointed out that this reeked of the Manichaean Heresy.)

The Lithians did not merely cease to exist: their planet exploded. Most likely due to human mining efforts, but the priest was conducting an exorcism at the time, so it's perhaps a bit ambiguous.

I don't remember the second book very well--I should really order copies of the whole tetralogy--but the last 2 books, Black Easter and The Day After Judgement, are also very thought-provoking.

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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Zontar The Mindless Re:Plus what religion might ET bring? (499 comments)

Everyone having the same religion means no more religious conflicts.

Have you shared this profound insight with the Sunnis and the Shiites?

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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Zontar The Mindless Re:ET would disprove God (499 comments)

uh... angels don't live among us nor do they interact with any other of God's creations - they're not allowed to.

Then for any practical purpose angels do not exist.

In any case, your logic is deeply flawed.

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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Zontar The Mindless Re:Space Trilogy (499 comments)

That's a bit tragic, considering that Lewis was probably hoping to swing you the other way.

I had a similar experience after reading A Case of Conscience when I was in my early teens, BTW.

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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Zontar The Mindless Re:Note: Theologians (499 comments)

The aliens will turn out to have 3 sexes. How the Westboro mob deal with this will provide us much entertainment.

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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Zontar The Mindless Re:Trolololo (499 comments)

And now, in an effort to steer this thread towards something resembling topicality, I offer up the James Blish classic sci-fi series After Such Knowledge, in particular, the first volume, A Case of Conscience .

In which the aliens feel sorry for us because they know our religions are bunk, but feel ethically constrained from telling us so. Turns out they have perfect ethics and no religion, which represents something of a problem, if you're a Jesuit...

yesterday
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Zontar The Mindless Re:Trolololo (499 comments)

Or a long belch followed by, "You Earthlings keep any toothpicks handy?"

yesterday
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

Zontar The Mindless Re:Quick check string (326 comments)

(Something I've been waiting a long time to see happen to someone else. Long story, heh.)

2 days ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

Zontar The Mindless Re:Quick check string (326 comments)

Dump a glass of orange juice in his lap about 30 minutes into a long-haul flight. I recommend iced for best effect.

2 days ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

Zontar The Mindless Re:highly damaging to linux on the server (326 comments)

There are a LOT of organizations re-evaluating the idea of using linux on the server now...

There are lots of orgs thinking about switching to Linux? Well, yeah, thanks for that, Captain Obvious. Tell us something else we already know.

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Zontar The Mindless Re:Why math? (981 comments)

Those numerals originated in India, where the Arabs encountered and adopted them (and later transmitted them to Europe).

3 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Zontar The Mindless Re: they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

Imagine what Europe would be like if some foreign powers came in, colonised big chunks of it for a century or three, then drew borders for new countries that had nothing to do with ethnicity or language. So Milan is now the capital of the Styrian Republic, which comprises Lombardy, Styria, and most of Slovenia; the mix of languages shouldn't be a problem since we're going to educate all their kids in Korean, anyway, right? Then let's draw a nice straight line at an angle across France, and combine the part to the south of that with Catalonia. Let's call it "Franconia"--nevermind the locals already using that name for a different region of the continent--what do they know? And wouldn't it make things more convenient for us to administer if the Rhineland, the Netherlands, and peninsular Denmark were a single entity? And so on... and so on...

Now you know where the most of the national borders in the Mideast and Africa came from. And now maybe you're beginning to see why most if not all of these states are doomed to failure.

3 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Zontar The Mindless Re: they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

When have people from Africa appeared at the borders of any country "cap-in-hand [...] demanding their 'rights'"?

You've not read much news from Europe lately, have you?

3 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Zontar The Mindless Re:they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

God is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Correct--there was no Big Daddy In The Sky yesterday, there isn't one today, and I'm willing to bet there won't be one tomorrow, either.

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

Zontar The Mindless Re:What a fool (298 comments)

Sara Palin was laughed at for saying a lot of things that have been coming true.

Such as...?

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

Zontar The Mindless Re:What a fool (298 comments)

He sounds like he works for Putin.

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

Zontar The Mindless Re:Anarchy??? (298 comments)

What do you mean, "descended" into anarchy? It fucking started that way.

3 days ago
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

Zontar The Mindless Re:May not take apart? What? (173 comments)

I won't use a smartphone unless it has removable storage and a removable battery, one of the many reasons I keep accepting the free Samsung Galaxy phone rather than the free iPhone from my telco every 2 years.

iPhone != "most".

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Yahoo Shuttering Its Web Directory

Zontar The Mindless Re:Yep (115 comments)

I still remember people in 1996 asking me how to change the user's screen res using JavaScript so "they can view my site correctly" and getting all bent out of shape when I tried to explain to them why this was a horrible idea (and not allowed in any case).

4 days ago

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UN, IPCC Report: "Nobody Left Untouched" By Climate Change

Zontar The Mindless Zontar The Mindless writes  |  about 6 months ago

Zontar The Mindless (9002) writes "A major new report from the UN states that the impacts of global warming are likely to be "severe, pervasive and irreversible." Scientists and officials who've been meeting this past week in Yokohama, Japan say this represents the most comprehensive assessment of the world-wide impacts of climate change to date. Up until now, natural systems have absorbed most of the effects of human-induced climate change, but this is beginning to change, with humans set to experience these effects more directly. Quoth the BBC:

This is the second of a series from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) due out this year that outlines the causes, effects and solutions to global warming. This latest Summary for Policymakers document highlights the fact that the amount of scientific evidence on the impacts of warming has almost doubled since the last report in 2007.

The report's summary says that rising temperatures will mount threats to our health, homes, food, and safety. This report is the second in a series expected this year from the IPCC discussing causes, effects, and possible solutions to global warming."
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MySQL 5.5.0 Released

Zontar The Mindless Zontar The Mindless writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Zontar The Mindless writes "Despite all the recent excitement over MySQL, some folks have actually continued to write code, do QA and testing, write documentation, and all that other boring, mind-the-store stuff that people working in software projects generally do. The result is MySQL Server 5.5.0-m2; the "m2" tag means that it's the second milestone from the development trunk, code-named "Betony". This release can be considered beta quality; if you run into any bugs, please report them here.

This release incorporates the changes addressing scalability and performance issues and exploits advances in hardware and CPU design made in MySQL 5.4 (which isn't being developed any further). There's some shiny new goodies in "m2" as well, including: support for a semi-synchronous replication interface; support for the SQL standard SIGNAL and RESIGNAL statements; several enhancements to XML functionality, including a new LOAD XML statement; many new improvements in user-defined partitioning, including better support for date-based partitioning and partition pruning; and version 1.0.5 of the InnoDB plugin.

More info about MySQL 5.5.0-m2 is available in the changelog.

Download and enjoy!"

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