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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

bugs2squash Re:How about... (223 comments)

When they are asked to stay at home they should be provided with their salary and an allowance for home delivery of provisions.

yesterday
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

bugs2squash Re:Of course... (649 comments)

Being logical is foundational to religion. Axiomatically, logic governs our existence, if the same logic did not also govern the existence of any fantastic god-like being then there would be no basis for that being to relate to us. For example, if there were separate god logic and human logic and god says "I promise you XXX" then the promise means nothing if there is some hidden mechanism by which a promise might not be binding on god.

2 days ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

bugs2squash Re:So What? (649 comments)

I was challenged to read the bible and as I had kind of wanted to do it for a while and had never got around to it I did. The challenger had, it turned out, only intended that I read the new testament, but to be honest I found the old testament to be a much better read. For a start, how often does one read a book from an iron age perspective - it was fun just to see things through their eyes, see what mattered to them. It was also interesting to see how the religion grew and solidified the Israeli power base. I also enjoyed seeing bits of 17th century english (I read the KJ version) that had survived to present day in different forms that I have used without thinking about the meaning too much

My reading only solidified my opinion that it was all made up to secure political advantage and power, as a piece of manipulative politics it was pretty well constructed, YMMV

I have started reading the Koran, but I did not get very far - I should find a better translation, the one I have is hard to follow and there don't seem to be as many internet resources to help understand what's being said as there were for the bible (at least, not as good as biblehub.com which I found really helpful), but my initial impression is that it's very similar to the old testament

I also started to read the book of mormon, but it was so obviously artless crap that I gave up

2 days ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

bugs2squash Re:Of course... (649 comments)

Fine, call it god for all I care. But to go from there to explaining why this thing would have an opinion on world politics is just jumping the shark.

2 days ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

bugs2squash Re:Only YEC denies it (649 comments)

The theology is only interesting as an example of how contorted the reasoning can get when you start with "we want to believe X" even when contradictions crop up like "if god's omnipotent then how can anyone be held accountable for malice ?". I'll say one thing for the theologians - they are creative.

2 days ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

bugs2squash Re:Tip of the iceberg (649 comments)

The Romans did the same, Pluto, Mars, Venus... it's all the same god.

2 days ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

bugs2squash Re:Tip of the iceberg (649 comments)

when it says... "like one of us" ... then presumably the "one true god" still had compatriots at that time, it was before he threw the rest of them out in the 82nd psalm. Aside from the devil (clearly another god) and the archangels (clearly gods too) how many of these other gods are there supposed to have been and where are they now ?

2 days ago
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XYZPrinting Releases All-In-One 3D Printer With Internal Laser Scanner

bugs2squash 7.8" square (45 comments)

if it is printing objects up to 7.8" square, then it's just a 2d printer.

3 days ago
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

bugs2squash Re:She's.. (233 comments)

The control key stuck down on my keyboard a while back. There was a "d" in my password. Fucking gubmint kept shutting down my session every time I tried to enter credentials.

3 days ago
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"Police Detector" Monitors Emergency Radio Transmissions

bugs2squash Police should embrace this (215 comments)

What a great way to make it look like they are out patrolling an area when they are not. Use simulated signals to herd criminals to a small area and then arrest the lot of them. Convince the perp he is surrounded by officers when in reality there's just a couple of cops. Of course, to make best use of it the authorities must complain about it loudly, thereby publicizing it and making it more desirable to criminals.

3 days ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

bugs2squash Re:By yourself you know others (582 comments)

if it's that smart, it can advocate for itself. The thing I most look forward to in AI is the further development of ethics.

4 days ago
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Momentary pushbutton switch, push button, pushbutton switch plates, momentary

bugs2squash stop it (25 comments)

you're just pushing my buttons

about a week ago
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Navy Tests Unpowered Exoskeleton

bugs2squash This is a brilliant idea (79 comments)

it's not just the tools that are heavy. I find it tiring just holding myself in position all pretzled up under a sink to undo the trap/water feed/popup drain stopper paraphernalia. I could see somethign like this being wildly popular in the building trades

about two weeks ago
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Secretive X-37B Military Space Plane Could Land On Tuesday

bugs2squash Godspeed (81 comments)

I hope the crew of oompa loompas get back safely (ignore my sig).

about two weeks ago
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Despite Push From Tech Giants, AP CS Exam Counts Don't Budge Much In Most States

bugs2squash Re:Don't bother with AP CS (144 comments)

A quick look at the Barrons AP CS Book on Amazon led me to believe that there is little more to it than "Learn Java". I could see there being real use for an AP class in something like "data processing for non-CS majors" but Java would not be my first choice of language for that.

As it is, it seems to me that the intended beneficiaries of the exam are the politicians and the schools (to tout their getting girls into CS credentials) and whoever most benefits from having Java programmers (the big SAS providers perhaps). Benefit to the kids taking the exam doesn't seem to be high on the list of priorities.

about three weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

bugs2squash Re:Magic Doesn't Help (478 comments)

I was listening to someone on the radio saying that some cultures have developed superstitions that may have a positive effect though. I can't remember the word he used, but there is a superstition that puts family disputes on hold, puts someone who has survived infection in the past in charge of caring for the sick, limits sex, there were some special eating practices etc. Many of these things sound helpful even if they are not backed by clinical trials.

This can't be the first time Africa has seen outbreaks of infections diseases

about three weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

bugs2squash Re:What A Weapon (478 comments)

or, what the hell, you and a few friends make "hazmat suits" out of visqueen and blue tarp, go for a walk through times square.

about three weeks ago

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robot projects for K-5

bugs2squash bugs2squash writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bugs2squash (1132591) writes "Some of the parents of kids at my son's elementary school would like to set up a robotics club for the children. I see that Lego has a new line of robotics bricks called wedo and that seems to be the path of least resistance to doing something. But I wanted to ask...

What experience do all y'all have of running a robotics club for this age group (5 thru 10 years-old) and what factors made it a success (or failure) ?

Did you use a commercial kit of parts or brew something from scratch ?

What kind of projects work well with kids this age ? — I was thinking maybe making robot flowers (yes, I know they'd all rather build robotic sharks with lasers)"

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