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Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance

bidule Re:Crunch all you want... We'll make more! (136 comments)

So is he saying that doctors should keep prescribing antibiotics for illness where they are unnecessary, and that prophylactic application of antibiotics in agriculture should continue? That is, the only thing that needs to be fixed is the manufacturing leakage?

The biggest joke is that if we were to reduce prescription, we would reduce leakage by the same factor if not more.

about a week ago

Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

bidule Re:And in the name of Jihadists... (509 comments)

There was a clear chain of command and structure of authority to decide who gets to be a priest and who doesn't, and set rules as to what areas priests may have authority over with procedures for dispute resolution.

Simony was a big problem in the Middle Ages. HRE Henry IV fought against Pope Gregory VII over who would name the bishops. There was still only 2 players who could name priests, which kept it relatively safe.

And there were Cathars and Bogomils who got written off as heresy by the victors. Much closer to us (10-20 years or so), there were some (swiss?) traditionalist priests who got excommunicated for saying the mass in latin.

All that does not stop some random Westboro Church or fake Caliphate from sprouting, but it might keep them from surviving a century or two.

about two weeks ago

Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

bidule Re:Religions codify survival info ... (755 comments)

True enough. I always note that people make God in their own image, as their God just so happens to hate the very same things they do. So the zealots do their evil in the name of their God who happens to, well you know the rest..

"What God wants, God gets! God helps us all!" (from Radio K.A.O.S.)

about a month ago

Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

bidule Re:As a former muslim (880 comments)

Remember that in the middle, and late middle ages, the Islamic world was the advanced, progressive, cultured and tolerant civilization, far ahead of western Europe. Christian Europe was a place of endless war and bickering and of religious zealots.

From 700 to 1400, roughly. Then they fell into obscurantism. We should be good for another 100 years before we fall too.

about a month and a half ago

Preferred Type of Game?

bidule Re:#4 (171 comments)

Some games depreciate, others keep their value, and some actually increase, where they have gone out of print, or what have you.

Full Métal Planète.

about a month and a half ago

Preferred Type of Game?

bidule Re:Modern board games (171 comments)

Good chaos comes from player actions. Bad chaos comes from random dice rolls.

Trivia - We never play Cathan because luck is too big a factor : player A always win every game he plays, player B lose every game he plays. The only time player A lost was when player B purposefully selected the same numbers. They both lost.

Now, compare this from Puerto Rico which needs no dice to bring chaos, or Ra which manages to be fair even if utterly random.

To take a computer game analogy, if a player is unbeatable at Mortal Kombat there's no fun. But you have so little control over your fighter that whoever wins is purely random, it's just as bad.

about a month and a half ago

Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

bidule Re:Never mind that Steve Jobs was not gay (430 comments)

Of course it is. That's the whole basis of the secret american gay bomb, which russian intelligence reports was in development 20 years ago, so it must be completed by now.

Way longer than that... Enola Gay.

And don't be fooled by the minor spelling change, that african epidemic is a failed experiment.

about 3 months ago

Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

bidule Re:Is ET (534 comments)

"What God wants God gets God help us all!"

Same word, 3 different meanings.

about 4 months ago

How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

bidule Re:Consensus is not Correctness (770 comments)

The Greeks had figured that out nearly 2000 years before Columbus ever accidentally ran into the Americas on his way to China.

And IIRC, academician gave Columbus lots of trouble because the ignorant fool believed Cathay to be way closer than it was. He really conned Queen Isabella.

about 5 months ago

TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

bidule Re:So.. what? (255 comments)

Even solar and wind have some negative affects.

Do not anthropomorphize power generators. They don't like it.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

bidule Re:Not this again. (637 comments)

Nonsense, real CS people should have a year studying butterflies.

Oblig. ref : http://xkcd.com/378/

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

bidule Re:It's open source (430 comments)

The big joke is that half of what you need to do for documentation, you need to do for regression testing. Might as well explain what you are testing and why.

about 6 months ago

Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

bidule Re:Finally! (502 comments)

Blame the idiots who poorly crafted a law.

I am sure they were masterfully crafted. Never attribute to stupidity that which is adequately explained by malice.

about 6 months ago

Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

bidule Re:Blame the Players, not the Game (127 comments)

Most people I know who shit on D&D either never played it, or had a lame experience in a lame campaign.

Your friend the Computer disagrees and reminds you that D&D is a gateway drug into secret societies revering Cthulhu, mutants calling themselves "superheroes" or knowledge of the Outside such as "mouse" and "vineyard".

about 6 months ago

EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

bidule Re:There is no "safe" amount of ionizing radiation (230 comments)

I'm sick and tired of the notion that it's OK to pollute, as long as you don't pollute "too much."

If it isn't "too much", it isn't pollution.

In a sense, breathing and pissing are polluting but as long as the ecosystem can handle it you are in a sustainable pattern.

about 6 months ago

Dwarf Fortress Gets Biggest Update In Years

bidule Re:PeridexisErrant's DF Starter Pack - Get it! (138 comments)

If you can master vi, you are possibly ready to cope with DF's interface.

God, I wish that wasn't true. Not that it will stop me from having fun again ><

about 7 months ago

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

bidule Re:Atheism (1330 comments)

I hope you're beginning to grasp the idea. Lacking belief in a god or gods is not "believing there is no god or gods",

Agnostic then?

If you cannot prove there is no god, then it is just a belief.

about 7 months ago


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