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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

benjfowler Re:Baby steps (348 comments)

Insightful. Wish I had mod points. Dumping all that waste heat is nontrivial at best.

4 days ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

benjfowler ISIS (376 comments)

I could imagine the US being keen not to openly advertise the presence of these horrible weapons to the terrorists overrunning the place.

The reasons for wanting to keep it quiet are very pragmatic and sensible.

Iraq is already in a bad situation, with us having to wipe the arabs' stupid, corrupt and inept backsides for them as it is, without having to worry about additional complication of ISIS getting any more ideas, and trying to get their hands on Sarin and mustard gas.

The evil motherfuckers have already been experimenting with chemical and germ agents. Why push our luck any further?

Common sense, really.

about a week ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

benjfowler Re:Not New information (564 comments)

Did they fuck up their units in that article?

They're talking about 100mW prototypes. I think they meant 100 _MW_...

Science reporting... huh.

about a week ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

benjfowler Re:Awesome! (771 comments)

Or a mail client and newsreader ;-)

about two weeks ago
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The Single Vigilante Behind Facebook's 'Real Name' Crackdown

benjfowler Re:What an asshole (305 comments)

Because Jesus.

about two weeks ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

benjfowler Re:Time for a new date (201 comments)

It looks like the date for "peak cheap oil" just pushed out awhile, again.

FTFY.

about three weeks ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

benjfowler Dumb idea (385 comments)

If people end up with too much food waste; they'll find other ways of disposing of it. Like fly-tipping it.

about a month ago
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jQuery.com Compromised To Serve Malware

benjfowler Re:The key piece of info that you need to know (103 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.

about a month ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

benjfowler Re:Pretty Much Sums it Up (795 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.

about a month ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

benjfowler Re:Pretty Much Sums it Up (795 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.

about a month ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

benjfowler Re:bullshit alert (795 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.

about a month ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

benjfowler Re:Pretty Much Sums it Up (795 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.

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

benjfowler Re: they will defeat themselves (981 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 month ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

benjfowler Re: they will defeat themselves (981 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 month ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

benjfowler Re: they will defeat themselves (981 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 month ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

benjfowler Re: they will defeat themselves (981 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 month ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

benjfowler Re: they will defeat themselves (981 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 month ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

benjfowler Re:US is next? (981 comments)

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

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

benjfowler Re:propaganda (981 comments)

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

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

benjfowler Re:What Else Is New? (981 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 month ago

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