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jQuery.com Compromised To Serve Malware

benjfowler Re:The key piece of info that you need to know (76 comments)

Probably not that dumb. If it's a watering-hole attack to go after developers rather than end-users to steal IP or go after high-volume websites in a less-indiscriminate way, then that would make sense.

6 hours ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

benjfowler Re:Pretty Much Sums it Up (727 comments)

"high priests"

I read that phrase to mean, "I am too fucking lazy or stupid to get myself a cheap and easily-accessible" science education". It's a crank's version of sour grapes.

yesterday
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

benjfowler Re:Pretty Much Sums it Up (727 comments)

It doesn't matter. There is no such thing as absolute truth; only increasingly (and sometimes, as in the case of QM, extremely) accurate approximations of the truth. "Truth" is the ability of an idea to explain or predict. Now the meaning of the models concerns philosophy, not science, and has little bearing on how (say), the band gap in a transistor works. Here, we're discussing science, not philosophy. Let the philosophers wank themselves in public about the various interpretations of QM, as they have been for the last 50 years. It does *NOT* invalidate science, as weirdos and cranks would have us all believe.

Our best guess of how QM works, is that the world is inherently nondeterministic and random; it *doesn't* mean that the large-scale statistical behaviour of QM systems can't be modelled very, very accurately. So are far as we're concerned, it's "true", in the sense it's our best guess about how the real world works.

yesterday
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

benjfowler Re:bullshit alert (727 comments)

If recent news is anything to go by, religion has taught me that most religious people are cunts, and best serve the world by being turned into cheap fertilizer.

yesterday
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

benjfowler Re:Pretty Much Sums it Up (727 comments)

Not every opinion is of equal worth. Not every opinion is informed. Not every opinion is distinguishable from a feeling or hunch.

Democracy pertains to politics, where there is no objective reality -- only competing sets of values and subjective opinion.

In more objective areas of life, you live and die based on whether or not your ideas are objectively defensible. Science is a way of knowing: and the worth of an idea is usually based on its ability to explain or predict. That's the key ingredient that most people don't understand.

yesterday
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

benjfowler Re: they will defeat themselves (952 comments)

Then explain how white colonies in Africa became rich after settling with nothing but the clothes on their backs -- before Africans kicked them out penniless?

And explain how Spain ended up an impoverished basketcase for centuries, only a few short years after the colossal amount of gold and silver they looted from South America ran out?

Explain how Japan is so rich, despite having no natural resources, and despite being left utterly penniless and broken after WW2?

No -- you can't -- because you can't admit even to yourself that culture matters, and that our worth as human beings hinges on our culture and education, or lack thereof. CULTURE is real wealth. Money and resources are a fleeting, insignificant thing in comparison.

about a week ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

benjfowler Re: they will defeat themselves (952 comments)

The last time people from 'rich' countries moved en masse to 'poor' countries, it was decried as colonialism, and rightly so.

(I suppose the fact that Western colonies full of actual Westerners thrive everywhere they go is awfully inconvenient for the 'blame-white-people-first' crowd. Contrast the Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Nigerian, Turkish, Moroccan colonies in Europe, which are invariably dysfunctional and dirt-poor, despite massive amounts of welfare spending.)

about a week ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

benjfowler Re: they will defeat themselves (952 comments)

Plenty of ex-colonies are doing just fine. Plenty of shit countries are awash with guns. And there are places that do just fine even with the influence of the RC church -- I know some Irish and Catalans that'd like to have a word with you.

Your sneering attitude to Western culture marks _you_ out as the bigot. Not all cultures are made equal. And I don't care if you think I'm racist (if anything, you're outed yourself as a cultural Marxist). Name-calling your opponents doesn't change reality -- it all boils down to culture, and there's nothing to gain from denying that some cultures are simply better at fostering human wellbeing than others, and you're a fool if you think otherwise.

about a week ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

benjfowler Re: they will defeat themselves (952 comments)

Nice straw man.

White countries are rich, because they have a large amount of social and cultural capital, which we maintain by having rules and norms that we enforce.

Third world countries are poor because of their lack of culture, lack of law and contract enforcement, lack of morals and respect at street level, and because of general filth, shittiness and decay.

Whitey didn't make you rape and rob each other, or throw rubbish in the streets, or rip each other off. This is readily apparent when you see the filth in Third World areas of major cities like London. The difference is like night and day.

Poor countries are poor _despite_ the influence of evil Whitey, not because of him.

about a week ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

benjfowler Re: they will defeat themselves (952 comments)

"asylum seekers"

You mean, greedy Third World swine with nothing to contribute, who think that they're "entitled" to live in a rich country because Whitey is rich and they are poor?

Truth be told, most "asylum seekers" are frauds and fakes who are just out to get the Third World equivalent of winning the lottery. The refusal rate in most countries with rigorous screening of "asylum seekers" is abysmally high, simply because most of these criminals and chancers are greedy frauds.

about a week ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

benjfowler Re:US is next? (952 comments)

Islam these days is by far the worst offender, as a vehicle for promoting Third World degeneracy of all kinds.

about a week ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

benjfowler Re:propaganda (952 comments)

As we should. There are too many useless eaters in the world.

about a week ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

benjfowler Re:What Else Is New? (952 comments)

Goes to show that "poverty" is nothing to do with lack of money.

Poverty is a deep, complicated, multi-faceted thing, which includes, but isn't limited to having a pig shit-ignorant attitude to learning and innovating, moral turpitude, culturally ingrained ignorance, lack of hygiene, disgusting attitudes to women and foreign cultures; and generally being Third World degenerates.

about a week ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

benjfowler Re: they will defeat themselves (952 comments)

Oh, but it will.

As usual for the Middle East and Africa, they'll completely fuck up their own societies, blame Whitey for their problems, and then show up cap-in-hand at our borders, demanding their "rights" (namely, free money and housing).

about a week ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

benjfowler Re:External IP (210 comments)

Don't use your own machine, use a honeypot/goat machine.

Presumably, a bit of work is required to hit back at the scammers in the first instance; a little extra effort couldn't hurt.

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

benjfowler Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

That's BS. There are 2.5+ billion Christians in the world. 1.2 billion Muslims.

Getting tired of reading the same old lies and fabricated statistics about Islam being the biggest/fastest growing religion.

about three weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

benjfowler Re:Oldest stone complex? (246 comments)

The Muslims are flattering themselves. There are stone structures all over Europe far more ancient than anything in the Middle East.

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

benjfowler Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

I wouldn't be so sure. Putin knows that if he breaks Ukraine, he owns it. He's cunning -- and will avoid this.

Likely, Putin will be happy to see a crippled and broken Ukraine that serves as a buffer state against what he and his minions see as NATO encroachment. AFAICT, the instability and division in Ukraine is a feature, not a bug. Note that he was quite happy to see Ukraine dysfunctional and poor under Yanukovich, at least until the old kleptocrat overextended himself, and found himself in exile in the land of his masters.

How to stop Putin? Not sure -- but one thing's for certain, we (the West) can't be seen as weak. Like Muslims, Russians respect strength and despise weakness. I suspect that only the threat of NATO flooding the future state of Western Ukraine with troops and hardware will cause him to step back.

about three weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

benjfowler Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

In order for a Northern European to evolve fair skin and hair, there has to be something that will kill a human of dark skin and hair. Since people with dark skin can survive in Northern Europe, it is not through evolution.

Rickets.

about a month and a half ago

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