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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

bidule Re:As a former muslim (871 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.

3 days ago
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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 week ago
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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 two weeks ago
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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 a month and a half ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 5 months ago
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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 5 months ago
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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 5 months ago
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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 5 months ago
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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 6 months ago
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I suffer from jet lag ...

bidule Re:How can I tell? (163 comments)

You are not alone. My mind is always a few TZ away from my body.

about 6 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

bidule Re:Gee Catholic judges (1330 comments)

While I am not religious, I do respect the rights of religious people. It is unconscionable for them to be forced to provide benefits that are in opposition to their morals. However, I am in favor of ubiquitously available contraception (for everyone, not just women, I'm egalitarian that way...).

I don't know. They are forced to pay for many things through taxes, which includes blood transfusion and the like.

If we define a minimum set of benefits for all citizens, noone should have the right to forbid them. It's not the corporation's right to decide how its employees will behave, it's the employee's right to decide not to use those benefits because it goes against the employee's religion.

Should an atheist be penalized because he works for a religious corporation?

about 6 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

bidule Re:Atheism (1330 comments)

Ahem!

Theism: Belief that there is at least one god.

Atheism: Belief that there is no god.

Both are beliefs.

about 6 months ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

bidule Re:waste of time (380 comments)

Buckaroo Banzai, is that you?

about 6 months ago

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