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'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

amicusNYCL Re:This is asinine in the extreme. (124 comments)

These prizes should go to people who contribute to the scientific community in such a way as to better humanity. no one gives 2 shits about why banana peels are slippery.

Somewhere right now, someone is posting an outraged message on Facebook about how scientists got a Nobel Peace Prize for research on banana peels, and suggesting that we cut all science funding.

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

amicusNYCL Re:US is next? (950 comments)

The two do tend to contradict when religious teachings make incorrect claims about natural phenomena.

4 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

amicusNYCL Re:they will defeat themselves (950 comments)

I don't even think it's just the Kurds. The Sunni and Shia populations don't have a great record of getting along either. It sounds like each of them need their own country, instead of the European-drawn borders of Iraq and Syria. Those borders need to be re-drawn along religious lines instead of some arbitrary border. Break up the two countries and replace them with a Shia state, a Sunni state, and a Kurdish state and things might quiet down for a while. Sadly, countries like Iran and Turkey would not be happy about that, because their Kurdish populations would want some Iranian and Turkish territory to become Kurdish. There are a lot of different aspects to this thing, and everyone is looking out for number 1.

4 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

amicusNYCL Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (950 comments)

Jesus is quoting the priests' law and calling them hypocrites.

You sure about that? To me, it sounds a whole lot like Jesus is quoting God's law.

Jesus replied, "And why do you, by your traditions, violate the direct commandments of God? For instance, God says, 'Honor your father and mother,' and 'Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.' But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, 'Sorry, I can't help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.' In this way, you say they don't need to honor their parents. And so you cancel the word of God for the sake of your own tradition. You hypocrites!"

That looks a whole lot to me like Jesus, the literal Son of God and Savior of all humanity, is quoting God, his father, the creator of everything, as saying "Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death." Are you reading that differently than I am? You're pretty quick to dismiss the criticism, so what do you know that I don't?

4 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

amicusNYCL Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (950 comments)

Let us not forget that there's nothing inherent to either Christianity or Islam when it comes to fundamentalism.

I think that both religions go a pretty long way to make sure their followers understand that the holy book is the literal word of God. The book itself says so, after all. That's fundamentalism right there. The bible doesn't say that you're allowed to follow the rules you want and ignore the others, they are all supposed to be followed.

By favorite part of the bible is how Eve got everyone evicted from paradise for eating forbidden fruit from the Tree Of Knowledge. It looks like ISIS is right on board with that. God doesn't want people to have knowledge, and ISIS is happy to lead the charge.

4 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

amicusNYCL Re:they will defeat themselves (950 comments)

No, I think the only option is to go in and kill every last one of them, like the vermin infestation that they are.

Congratulations, you thought of the same strategy as them.

4 days ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

amicusNYCL Re:Intelligence is highly heritable (269 comments)

Here's my own anecdote:

My maternal grandfather had a PhD in organic chemistry, was an inventor, a professional chemist, and taught at a university. He had a son, who would eventually go on to work for Apple and retire early. That son had a daughter early in life, although he never acknowledged her. She tracked him down decades later and that's when I even became aware of her. She, without any knowledge of her family, pursued a degree and career in aquatic biology, a science profession like her father and grandfather. She shares a lot of common interests and aptitudes without ever knowing her family history while making her academic or career decisions. For what it's worth, I'm a programmer and I'm also fascinated by a wide range of scientific fields.

about two weeks ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

amicusNYCL Re:Looking in the wrong place (269 comments)

Did they look at the CVs of those 100,000 people? How many where self-made *gasp* one-percenters?

I'd wager about 1,000 of them.

about two weeks ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

amicusNYCL Re:Great news (269 comments)

That account probably defaults to a rating of 2 because of higher karma in the past, people didn't necessarily moderate it up.

But me with my creationinst christian views gets a bad karma rating.

That does tend to happen.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

amicusNYCL Re:generic® (405 comments)

Aspirin is a trademark or Bayer.

Heroin used to be also. They marketed it as a non-addictive substitute for morphine.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

amicusNYCL Re:To be fair... (405 comments)

Nonsense. Football announcers always have clear and lucid insights into the game. Like these:

"We've got two physical teams here." - insider information from Tommy Jackson

"The Giants will have to play physical football to beat the Panthers." - Daryl Johnson pointing out that a psychological strategy will probably not work

"You have to do well on third downs." - Joe Buck demonstrating his mastery of the nuances of the game

"The team that plays the best defense is going to win this one." - Mike Ditka pointing out that the team which allows the fewest points will generally win

If it wasn't for people like that, I wouldn't realize that the team that scores the most points wins (I've also heard an announcer helpfully point that out during a game).

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

amicusNYCL Re:football can cause brain damage (405 comments)

In fact, the whole "i-Thingy" is probably dead now.

As someone who doesn't like the Apple Machine, I was a little disappointed when I heard that Apple's payment system was not called "iPay". It really would have fit their brand.

about two weeks ago
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Why Google Is Pushing For a Web Free of SHA-1

amicusNYCL Re:I don't care. (108 comments)

Because I had to worry about clients using XP SP2, I'm stuck using ROT-1.

You joke about that, but we just had to switch a major client's SSL certificate back to SHA-1 because their users in China couldn't use the new certificate since they were all on XP pre-SP3. We charged them something like a $500 stupidity tax for making us go through the process to install a less secure certificate.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

amicusNYCL Re:Numeric equality in PHP (729 comments)

What operator should the programmer use if he wants 1 to equal 1.0 but not '1', where integer numbers are equal to float numbers but strings aren't equal to either?

How about just checking if you're dealing with a string and casting it if necessary?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

amicusNYCL Re:a fucking slideshow? (729 comments)

That was my experience. I opened the page, clicked Next past the intro slide, saw a picture of apples and oranges, some text talking about "+" in Javascript, clicked Next again, it faded out to show an ad that I blocked, and I closed the page. Bunch of crap.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

amicusNYCL Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

Since you bring that up, considering that Alaska used to be part of Russia, would you say that Russia has any claim to that territory today?

about three weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

amicusNYCL Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Utah - need I go on?

Skip ahead a bit, brother.

How about Hawaii? It was a kingdom in the late 1800s, ruled by Queen Lili'uokalani. In 1893 she was overthrown and the government was replaced with a provisional government, led by an American lawyer. President Cleveland commissioned a report which found that the overthrow was illegal. The provisional government ended the following year and was replaced by the Republic of Hawaii. In 1898, despite opposition from a majority of native Hawaiians, and despite letters written by Queen Lili'uokalani also in opposition, the US passed a resolution which annexed Hawaii as a US territory. In 1959 it would become the 50th state. In 1993 the US Congress would pass a joint resolution signed by Clinton which apologized for overthrowing the government of Queen Lili'uokalani.

Or, how about Guantanamo Bay Naval Base? We invaded and captured that land in 1898 (good year for the US, I guess), refused to give it back, built a military installation on it (our only one in a country with which we do not have diplomatic relations), and Cuba has been protesting every year since 1959 that the occupation of it is illegal. But US interests.

about three weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

amicusNYCL Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

Why is that information only available there? If the letter is open, where is the original?

about three weeks ago
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Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

amicusNYCL Re:sensationalism, ahoy (237 comments)

Learn to use encryption and quit your whining.

That was the more interesting part of the article for me, I wasn't exactly shocked that there are government cell towers out there. With the phone mentioned in the article where they talk about endpoint-to-endpoint encryption, is that for any connection? It sounds like that type of communication would only work when the person on the other end supports and also uses the same encryption, that's true right? If I call my parents' land line, or some random iPhone, that call wouldn't be encrypted unless they had a phone that supports the key exchange and encryption, correct? If so, does that mean that encryption is only useful if basically everyone you're communicating with supports it?

about three weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

amicusNYCL Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

Not forced into a corner exactly, but there are a lot of people who regard themselves as Russian living there and who he is expected to defend.

Why is Putin expected to defend people living in Ukraine? Isn't that the job of Ukrainians? There are Mexican nationals living in the US as citizens, is it the job of the Mexican government to protect and defend those people or is that the job of the US government?

Their government, whatever you think of it, was overthrown and they wanted to go back to Russian rule.

The solution for that problem is to move to Russia. That's where Russian rule is. If Ukraine is under Russian rule, then that's an obvious problem in itself.

about three weeks ago

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