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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

claar Re:Like DRM? (448 comments)

> Worst case is you lose the remote destruct ability if you lose the servers with the remote detonate pads.

More like worst cast is it accidentally is triggering due to component failure or impact from a high-moving projectile/explosive..

about 3 months ago
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Household Robot Jibo Nets Over $1 Million On Indiegogo

claar Confused about 1.1 million amount (61 comments)

Currently Indigogo says that 2,575 people have contributed $1,175,564 ($457 per person).

But if you add up the people and amounts for the various perks, you get 330 people contributing $73,874 (223 per person).

Can someone explain the difference?

about 4 months ago
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New Tech Super PACs Could Tap Into Google Riches

claar PAC is Politicial Action Committee (52 comments)

For those clueless like me, PAC stands for Politicial Action Committee

I can forgive the headline and summary for not defining the acronym, but when the article itself also doesn't say, it's getting ridiculous.

about 6 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

claar Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (1116 comments)

Way to miss the point. According to Wikipedia, in 2012, 73% of Americans self-identified as "Christians".

Applying strong labels like "irrational" and "unintelligent" to that large of group of people is "irrational" and "unintelligent".

about 7 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

claar Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (1116 comments)

You're dealing with Stanch Atheists. Don't expect them to be rational or intelligent. They've gone tribal, circled the wagons, and are now locked into anti-religious flame wars and are unable to learn better.

Isn't painting with broad stokes fun! There's surely no actual rational, intelligent creatures in these enormous labels!

about 7 months ago
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A New Use For Drones: Traffic Scouting

claar Re:Kill Beta! (144 comments)

Simple explanation on this, actually. That article has a ton of comments, so I had to click "Load More Comments" before I could see your reply #46185253.

about 10 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

claar Re:Not even half the story (770 comments)

Nothing. So why did you claim that Evolution does not make falsifiable predictions?

I was speaking tongue-in-cheek about the religion of evolution, not the science of evolution. Certainly, scientifically speaking, evolution has falsifiable predictions; not that it matters to the zealots.

That's not my experience at all [ ... ] It's not like there's much to teach regarding creationism in any case, from a scientific point of view.

You contradict yourself. You seem to believe by faith that there is no substantive research possible toward creationism.

Tens to hundreds of thousands of scholars throughout the ages have devoted considerable portions of their lives in the study of God and creationism, yet secular scholars of today refuse to even examine the evidence or even acknowledge its existence.

about 10 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

claar Re:Not even half the story (770 comments)

Wow, a rational response in this thread; nice to see.

I don't agree that Intelligent Design (ID) is an argument from ignorance. In fact, it's exceptional to find opponents to ID that have actually investigated the matter with any rigor.

about 10 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

claar Re:Not even half the story (770 comments)

Religious absurdity ... failure to think ... discredited archaic beliefs ... utterly deranged wingnut ... alternate-reality

I'm always amazed that those who would consider themselves "quality thought-leaders" need to resort to name-calling to discuss evolution. It's no different than the Slate article; why bother with facts when propaganda will do?

about 10 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

claar Re:Not even half the story (770 comments)

As a creationist with a scientific background, I don't have a problem with either Evolution per se or abiogenesis per se. Science is merely observing and attempting to explain with a best-fit model what is seen -- what's wrong with that?

Instead, I have a problem with the religion of Evolution/abiogenesis and the battle of its priests against the church. I'm not claiming all or even most scientists fall into this realm, but the vast majority of the vocal anti-creationism crowd certainly does.

about 10 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

claar Re:Not even half the story (770 comments)

of course it is, only dumbass creationists think its not

A falsifiable theory wouldn't need religious zealots for its defense. Q.E.D.

about 10 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

claar Re:Not even half the story (770 comments)

What a fool believes, he sees, no wise man has the power to reason away.

What a fitting signature.

about 10 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

claar Re:Biology workbook (770 comments)

Shouldn't the opening of the Biology workbook alone be enough to get this squashed?

Who knows that it actually says in the context. You certainly can't expect Slate to be forthcoming when it's trying to incite the masses.

It might say, "In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth" is the first sentence of the Bible. In the section below, explain why you do or do not consider this to be a valid theory for how life came to Earth".

about 10 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

claar Not even half the story (770 comments)

When technical stories are posted that have crappy summaries (and articles) like this one, out come the internet sleuths to show that the real story is something altogether different.

But apparently obviously quarter-truth stories like this one get a free pass, because it's always in style to "come for the Socialists/Jews".

Just because this textbook teaches that there exist alternate theories to evolution doesn't make it bad. It's funny that "information wants to be free" until it's information you disagree with.

about 10 months ago

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Ditching the cell phone for VOIP

claar claar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

claar (126368) writes "I'm almost always near a Wi-Fi connection, so I'm about to cancel my phone service, grab a mobile hotspot with a low data cap for those rare occasions when I'm not near Wi-Fi, and use one of the various apps for calling POTS lines. I figure my wife and I will end up paying $40 to $60/month — a far cry from our current charges.

Has anyone else done this? What apps and mobile hotspots have worked well for you? I just don't understand why I don't hear about more people doing this — enlighten me?"

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