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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

cheesybagel Re:Tip of the iceberg (596 comments)

AFAIK the Orthodox also include the apocrypha. Blame Martin Luter for including it in a separate part of this translation of the Bible (probably couldn't be assed to translate the entire thing in one volume) and maybe the Jews because it actually isn't in their Ancient Testament (whoops). Allegedly the earliest copies are in Greek.

Heck I dunno.

yesterday
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

cheesybagel Re:Tip of the iceberg (596 comments)

Supposedly the angels, also created by God, are immortal too. Calling them gods is extreme. They are supposedly supremely powerful but still servants of God. Although since they possess free will they can rebel. As that other dude you talked about.

What I find a lot more fascinating is the story about angels from the sky killing a Dragon. Since this matches more or less Japanese myth as well. For the story to spread that far it must be pretty old.

yesterday
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

cheesybagel Re:Tip of the iceberg (596 comments)

Well the Ark of Noah episode is actually a rather blatant ripoff of the Epic of Gilgamesh. Well perhaps ripoff is too strong a word since the Jewish people allegedly also migrated from Mesopotamia and the story was probably transmitted orally along the ages. It's in Summerian and Akkadian myth.

yesterday
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

cheesybagel Re:Haleluja ... (596 comments)

It is called a retcon. God does it all the time. Stan Lee at Marvel did it all the time.

yesterday
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16-Teraflops, £97m Cray To Replace IBM At UK Meteorological Office

cheesybagel Re:Cray? (120 comments)

I thought that architecture from Tera had been cancelled long enough. Never heard about much sales from it. It was interesting but if you read the description of what it does and think about how a modern GPU works you will see you are probably much better off buying COTS GPUs.

yesterday
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16-Teraflops, £97m Cray To Replace IBM At UK Meteorological Office

cheesybagel Re:Cray? (120 comments)

The current Cray probably only keeps the logo of the original Cray. There was an additional purchase besides Tera that is not listed there.

yesterday
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

cheesybagel Re:Not a chance (627 comments)

Nothing a large enough database cannot fix.

2 days ago
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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

cheesybagel Re:Good job, India! (86 comments)

It is correct that is was hard for the Soviet Union to support a theocratic state like Iran for ideological reasons. But despite intermittent reports I have heard of no major weapons sales to Iran.

The Soviet Union at one point supplied Egypt, Syria and Iraq in their fight against Israel. While Israel, which used to be supplied by the French and British, later lost that support and got US support instead. Egypt eventually dropped out of the Soviet sphere after the Camp David accords so now they are an US weapons consumer since they basically get them for free. Iraq was more of a mixed bag as they buy all kinds of hardware since Saddam fell. Syria is the one still only having Russia as a weapons supplier. There are reports of the rebels having access to Chinese small weapons bought with Saudi and Qatari money but if the Chinese actually support the Syrian opposition it makes little sense as they have current oil interests in Iraq and would be better served by a stable government there. It is probably just the usual problem of the Chubese selling too many weapons to too many people.

about a week ago
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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

cheesybagel Re:Good job, India! (86 comments)

You don't get it. Iran was never a major weapons client of the Russians. In the time of the Shah their major supplier was the US/UK and ever since they have dealt with a motley collection of rotting equipment. Iraq was the state being supplied by the Soviet Union back during the Iran/Iraq war while the Iranians used previous stock, weapons dropped by Iraqi soldiers, or whatever. The major weapons clients of Russia have been India, Venezuela and China to a degree.

Syria is a strategic matter of having some degree of control over that area of the Mediterranean they are not a particularly large or rich country so they will never be a major weapons client.

about two weeks ago
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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

cheesybagel Re:Bigger fuckup than John Akers (84 comments)

In other words their future is being a patent troll. As usual.

about two weeks ago
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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

cheesybagel Re:Bigger fuckup than John Akers (84 comments)

Motorola and IBM were screwed by Apple more than they screwed Apple. Back when Apple opened up the Mac clones market a lot of competitors showed up which increased the demand for PowerPC chips. As a result it was profitable to sell PowerPC to the desktop back then. Once Apple killed the Mac clone business the demand for PowerPC chips fell off a cliff. Did you ever think one vendor with less than 10% of the market could sustain two chip vendors like IBM and Motorola? I would not be surprised if they sold a lot more PS3s than Macs. Let alone the XBox360s and Wiis.

Once they lost the console deals the justification to run the fact decreased. But I still think they were fools for doing it. Their mainframe division makes them a lot of money and the only reason they are not killed there by mainframe emulation software running on commodity server is because the hardware they produce is faster at some tasks. If they stop developing the hardware for a long time the emulators will catch up and their cash cow will end.

Then again I did not hear what are their plans for their chip design division.

about two weeks ago
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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

cheesybagel Re:Good job, India! (86 comments)

What is wrong with having dealings with Syria? The regime is dictatorial and is a de facto monarchy but I never heard of them treating their citizens like North Korea does or having an enforced state religion like in Iran. In fact I cannot think much bad I can say about Iran that does not happen even worse in Saudi Arabia.

about two weeks ago
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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

cheesybagel Re:Good job, India! (86 comments)

India has been and is the major client of Russian weapons in the world. At one point, after the Sino-Soviet split, the Russians did not sell any weapons to the Chinese and today they still give preferential access to India. Like the aircraft carrier, the nuclear submarine, T-90 tanks, etc.

India is considered by the Russians a strategic partner and counterweight against other forces in the region namely China and Pakistan. Iraq also used to be a strategic partner at one point. Syria still is.

about two weeks ago
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Direct3D 9.0 Support On Track For Linux's Gallium3D Drivers

cheesybagel Re:Voodoo Glide (55 comments)

I remember people using Glide -> DirectX/OpenGL translation layers on Windows several years back to run UltraHLE and things like that.

So I doubt it is that hard.

about two weeks ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

cheesybagel Re:Hoax (986 comments)

That does not include either the dynamo or the electric motor, two of the most important devices in the history of mankind, both developed by Faraday in the XIXth century BEFORE Maxwell wrote EM theory. Nor a lot of other things. Just because XXth century physics was that way it does not mean it is always that way. Another example is steam engines. People had working examples of steam engines a long time before Thermodynamics were developed to explain how they worked.

about two weeks ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

cheesybagel Re:Hoax (986 comments)

You would still need to explain how the energy was generated.

Some of the people doing LENR have even used neutron detectors in their devices which showed the generation of neutrons inside the devices. The transmutation is not a new thing either. Some people have problem making the effect reproducible due to quality control of unknown factors. But allegedly others can reproduce it easily with processes they usually do not often divulge. To the point where you can use their fuel in whatever device you want according to spec and it works. There are all sorts of theories of why these devices work like they do.

Regardless the usual problem is it generates low grade heat over a really long time. Ask any person who knows a thing about thermodynamics what's the efficiency of recovery of electricity from low grade heat and you will understand why there aren't a lot of people working on this thing.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy

cheesybagel Re:How can you (171 comments)

A lot of companies used CIGS or CdTe. Because you can more easily use print and roll technologies and get fabrication costs down. Examples include FirstSolar and NanoSolar. What the Chinese managed to do was lower the costs enough using conventional technology pushed to the limit that the advantages of low temperature manufacturing without requiring silicon ingot formation, etc of the other models wasn't good enough to compete. Although some also claim the Chinese are practicing dumping. Which may also be true.

about three weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

cheesybagel Re:Lots of cheap carbon stuff (652 comments)

You are ignoring the fact that people are a resource by itself.

The median salaries have been stagnant because corporations only pay as little to their employees as they can afford to and with both people in the house working and easy access to credit that's what you get.

The simple matter is all capital gains are being funneled at the top and worse of all instead of being used to fund new technology investments, raising their workers living standards, or whatever they merely sit on top of it.

Heard about the new Korean Prime Minister wanting to tax corporations sitting on piles of cash? It may start happening elsewhere too.

about three weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

cheesybagel Re:Lots of cheap carbon stuff (652 comments)

I think the other guy's vision of the world is more like Logan's Run.

about three weeks ago

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