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Creationist Bets $10k In Proposed Literal Interpretation of Genesis Debate

dark grep Re:sounds simple enough (1121 comments)

A lawyer told me once 'No case is judge proof' - which was very true, as our 'iron clad' case was shot down by the judge because she thought we had been delaying proceedings, whereas it was the other side, and the judge got is mixed up.

about a year and a half ago

Direct-to-Vinyl Recording Makes a Comeback (Video)

dark grep Makes a Comeback.... (166 comments)


This news is about as current as 9/11. Double pressed vinal records have been in my local music store for at least the last 10 years,and I first heard about them at least 15 years ago. Turntables have never stopped being manufactured and there have always been specialist high end audio shops selling them, along with valve amps.

about a year and a half ago

Study Finds Universe Is 100 Million Years Older Than Previously Thought

dark grep Re:The difference between science and religion (245 comments)

"Christianity is the youngest religion on the block and certainly not the largest. What makes their version of the unexplainable the correct one?"

Except for Islam, which post dates Christianity by about 400 years. There are plenty of 'younger' religions than that too, even if you don't count sects of a main religion. Scientology for example is not even 50 years old.

Christianity is however the largest religion, with 1/3 of the worlds population, and has the largest single denomination - Roman Catholic - with 1 Billion people.

Nor are supernatural powers only attributed to ancient leaders. Today, most reigning monarchs are considered to be appointed, and anointed' by God. The King of Thailand is the Avatar of Vishnu. The Emperor of Japan is of divine descent. And anyone beatified is both the provider and receiver of supernatural miracles.

about a year and a half ago

European Parliament Decides Not To Ban Internet Porn

dark grep Beta (397 comments)

I suppose if a government wanted to go the way of Betamax, banning porn would do it.

about a year and a half ago

Bomb Blasts Alter Brain Lipid Levels

dark grep Only 99 Years (105 comments)

So it has only taken 99 years to come up with an explanation for what was bleeding obvious since WWI. Shell shock is nothing new.

about a year and a half ago

Golden Spike Working On Private Moon Flights

dark grep Time to save (121 comments)

I expect something like a 30 year time from project start to launch. Which is good news - because it gives me time to save the $1,4bn. On the other hand, will septuagenarians be able to go?

about 2 years ago

Experts Warn About Security Flaws In Airline Boarding Passes

dark grep Obvious High Risk (199 comments)

I don't know about 'hidden codes' - a few years ago I took my family on an around the world trip, traveling west from Australia via Dubai and London. All our US boarding passes were stamped with big red 'SSS' letters, except for my wife, who has a British passport.

At every security gate my three kids and I got the full treatment of pat-downs and extra screening, even being pulled out of the normal line and taken aside in some cases.

The reason, I supposed, was because we came to the US from Dubai arriving on the east coast of the US, we clearly posed a 'high risk' in the view of US border protection. My wife, being on a British passport, posed no such risk, coming that way from London.

The ever alert US border security did prevent my 8yo son bringing a pair of paper scissors into the country.

about 2 years ago

If I was to be killed by science-fiction villains, I'd rather:

dark grep The Cat (405 comments)

my choice - be put in a Schrodinger cell, where I exists in a superposition of alive and dead, as long as no one looks.

Snoo snoo is also a good option.

about 2 years ago

If I had a time machine, I would first visit...

dark grep Where, not when (658 comments)

A neatly overlooked flaw for time travel is that there are 4 dimensions of space/time, and time travel only accounts for moving though one. Say you travel 100 years into the future, relative to your present position in space. Meantime the earth, the solar system and the galaxy has moved on 100 along the other three space dimensions, leaving you alone in cold, deep space.

This makes the assumption that the time travel mechanism also removes inertia, which may not be the case. But is there any reason to think gravity, or any other external force, would be felt by the time traveler? Time travel would require a warp if space/time much greater than the feeble amount of the earths gravity, or the sum for that matter. So if inertia remains the same, then the time travel device is simply going to sail off at a tangent to the earth and the sun in their respective orbits.

For short time jaunts, this probably wont be too much of a problem, assuming there is some method the device can use to travel in space to the future or past location of the earth. But for very long trips, predicting the space location is going to be problematic to say the least. My guess is would require a number of shorter trips, stopping to re-orientate and realign along the way.

I am guessing a lot of the semi-sentience of a TARDIS goes into solving just this problem.

about 2 years ago

Chinese Man Builds His Own Prosthetic Hands

dark grep Re:Handy (144 comments)

Hey, at least he has come to grips with the digital age.

more than 2 years ago

Chinese Man Builds His Own Prosthetic Hands

dark grep Handy (144 comments)

He must have become progressively handy over the years, since he did it himself and no one gave him a hand. I wonder if we will hand off the project now? I guess if nothing else, he has become more handsome as a result of his efforts.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Best Setup a School Internet Filter?

dark grep Good Kids (454 comments)

Many years ago I connected an Internet feed for a private girls school - a very conservative, christian, and very well respected one - in Sydney. During the setup I was talking to the Headmistress about if she had any concerns regarding the content the girls might access. I thought her response was particularly enlightened; her comment was something like 'Whatever you try to restrict will make them want to access it more, which they will do secretly and unguided. If we don't make any restrictions then it will never be a big deal, and anything they feel uncomfortable about they can discuss with their teacher. Good kids will know to do the right thing, and all our girls are good.'

If I had a daughter, I probably would have sent her to that school.

more than 2 years ago

Indian Prime Minister Formally Announces Mars Mission

dark grep Why so hard? (212 comments)

I don't know why it would be so difficult to put a spacecraft in orbit around Mars, or land on the place. I mean, it's not rocket science... hey, wait a minute...

more than 2 years ago

Sci-fi Author Harry Harrison Dies at 87

dark grep Hammer and Stripes (91 comments)

Let's not forget the 'Hammer and the Cross' and the 'Stars and Stripes' series. Both well researched and great alternate history trilogies. Even if he does indulge in a bit of Britt bashing, Stars and Stripes is still one of my favorite Civil War alternate history novels, and as I recall HH was regarded as an authority on that era too.

more than 2 years ago

Sci-fi Author Harry Harrison Dies at 87

dark grep Yellow and frail (91 comments)

Very sad to hear this news. He was too one of the authors I most read during my teens. It is clearly time to crack open the yellowing pages of my old paperbacks and give the SSR and Deathworld novels are re-read - possibly the last before they fall apart. Then probably off to Amazon to replace with whatever's available in hard cover. For some reason I would rather pay $50 for hard cover copy of the 'old classics' than $2.50 for the ebook edition.

more than 2 years ago

Peter Jackson Announces Third Hobbit Movie

dark grep None at all (303 comments)

I don't want to see Jacksons 'interpretation' of Middle Earth. The more I see Jacksons LOTR, the more it irritates me. The parts that follow the book are great, and the casting, effects and cinematography are fantastic. I completely get that things like Tom Bombadil and the scouring of the Shire had to be left out. But it's the things he put in, completely unnecessarily, that cause growing annoyance over time. Dwarf tossing, Orcs swarming like cockroaches, men of Gondor no more than orc fodder. Bah I say.

It's like Jackson thought 'well here's a pretty good book, by a talented writer, but I am more creative, and I can improve the story.'

What a conceited idiot he is.

LOTR was polished and perfected over more than 30 years, by the mind of a shining intellect. LOTR movie is brilliant because of the strength of the story it is based on, and lots and lots of money. LOTR movie totally fails because of what some Kiwi yob with a degree in ego has added to it.

I am very sad to hear he now wants to spread his ruin to other parts of the tale. He is doing the work of Sauron if you ask me.

more than 2 years ago

Study Finds New Pop Music Does All Sound the Same

dark grep The ghost of Phil (576 comments)

No pun intended, but Phil Specter knew that 49 years ago. The son 'Da doo Ron Ron' was deliberately made to be the sum of all pop songs, which was the theory behind the Wall of Sound', and IMHO has artistic merit for that point alone.

more than 2 years ago

Should Journalists Embrace Jargon?

dark grep Jargon makes sense.. (184 comments)

It depends on the audience. A physics review journal or a medical publication for doctors is going to be very unappealing if it's written in laymans terms. On the other hand magazines like New Scientist and Scientific American do a pretty good job of making scientific news accessible to everyone, and take the effort to explain jargon terms when used.

OTH, IMHO, I LMAO at the irony of where journalism is heading in general. DUCY?

more than 2 years ago

Melinda Gates Pledges $560 Million For Contraception

dark grep Re:Philanthropy (451 comments)

So your point was?

My point was; I would like to be rich enough to give away $500M too.

more than 2 years ago

Melinda Gates Pledges $560 Million For Contraception

dark grep Philanthropy (451 comments)

Many may well consider such acts of philanthropy completely altruistic. Whether you agree with the cause or not, only the most cynical of people would view it as 'marketing' or 'self promotion', and even if it actually is that; so what? The people who will benefit from it wont care - it doesn't matter what the motivation for doing it is, the end result is what is important.

Personally, I think the motivation is truly altruistic and comes from a genuine desire to do good in the world. The point I would make is; anyone 'richer than God' is going to acquire the same philosophy. Why are mega rich people altruistic? Because they can be. When every conceivable want and desire is met, what is left but to be generous to your fellow man?

I for one would welcome the opportunity to do exactly that myself. If only I had some software I could sell to IBM.

more than 2 years ago


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