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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

eegad Re:Why not? (961 comments)

Evidence please.

Evidence: Cats don't ask other cats for evidence of their dignity or debate the nature of it in public discussion forums. ;) At least not that we can detect...

about 5 months ago
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

eegad Re:Why not? (961 comments)

A few thoughts...

Human dignity isn't results based. It doesn't depend on whether someone recovers or not. It also isn't dependent on how someone is treated. When someone is mistreated, we understand that it's mistreatment *because* of their inherent dignity. Nobody can take away that dignity - they can only respect or ignore it.

How we treat the suffering and dying has importance and implications for the rest of us too, not just those suffering. It affects how *we* view and treat everyone else and how we view the gift of life and the human person in general. Ditto for the treatment of the unborn.

Suffering can be redemptive. Even if you don't believe in any religious significance, it's clear that suffering can radically change a person's outlook on their life and the purpose of life and the relationships in their life. Those things are important. To them and us.

about 5 months ago
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

eegad Why not? (961 comments)

Because human life has a dignity and purpose far beyond that of a cat. And because suffering can be meaningful and important even though it's difficult. If you want an example, look at a crucifix.

It's interesting that someone who's supposedly so concerned about the sufferings of a person can wish a slow and painful death on someone else. Nobody who believes in and fights for the dignity of the human person *wishes* for your dad to suffer, Scott. Don't let your sorrow and grief turn into hatred and malice.

about 5 months ago
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Google Doodle Celebrates Birthday of Douglas Adams

eegad Actually, the tea is... (104 comments)

... a strong Brownian Motion producer, which is essential for the Infinite Improbability Drive which powers Zaphod's stolen spaceship, the Heart of Gold.

So Adams must have mentioned tea in more than one body of work, which isn't too surprising for an Englishman.

BTW, editors, it's Douglas Adams' birthday, not Douglas Adam's birthday. Although, according to infinite improbability, there is probably a Douglas Adam whose birthday it is today as well. Oh dear...

about a year ago
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Facebook Test Will Let You Message Strangers For $1

eegad potential problem: activist targeting (325 comments)

So, let's say that a lot of facebook users are so ticked off at a company that they organize a campaign to spam the owner. The owner suddenly has hundreds of thousands or millions of facebook communications, all costing $1 to each sender. And yes, this can and has been done with postal mail, but it's a lot more likely to happen if it's a click of a button away.

In fact, I suggest we all write to Mark Zuckerberg right now and complain...

about a year ago
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IBM Predicts the Next 5 Years of Computing

eegad Thermostat anyone? (93 comments)

Yes... the innovative device that can sense its environment and make it better. Welcome to the 1880's IBM.

about a year ago
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Earth Avoids Collisions With Pair of Asteroids

eegad Re:"Lunar Length" ?! (256 comments)

Actually, isn't lunar length a measurement of time?

about a year ago
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More Evidence That Multitasking Reduces Productivity

eegad context overlap (133 comments)

Without having read the article, it seems like this study might have a flaw. The brief description seems to imply an overlap in the two tasks: memorizing read words and hearing unrelated words. I'm not sure most types of multitasking are like this. I can context switch as long as there's enough switched. Besides, isn't real multitasking the ability to make progress on one task and then ignore it for a bit while making progress on another task? I hardly ever attempt to do *simultaneous tasks*.

about a year and a half ago
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Reports Say Apple Is Shrinking Its Docking Connector With iPhone 5

eegad Hmm... Won't this be iPhone 6? (427 comments)

iPhone
iPhone 3G
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4
iPhone 4S ...

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Dr. Ramsey Faragher About Navigation/Positioning Technology

eegad Wow is this a job interview? (104 comments)

Why does this news story read like a resume?

about 2 years ago
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Iran Deleted From the World's Banking Computers

eegad Re:The people will be the ones who suffer (667 comments)

The whole reason that Iran and North Korea even began pursuing nuclear weapons is because of that incredibly stupid "Axis of Evil" speech that George Bush made in 2003.

This Axis of Evil term was one he used "describing governments that he accused of helping terrorism and seeking weapons of mass destruction." I think the whole reason they began pursuing nuclear weapons is that they already pursued WMDs and nukes are just the shiniest of them all. Blaming something Bush said is incredibly naive.

more than 2 years ago
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Majorana Fermion May Have Been Spotted At TU Delft

eegad At the risk of losing any nerd cred I ever had... (73 comments)

I can't help admit that my first thought was, who the hell is Majorana Fermion? I dunno, but I like her already! I'm glad they found her!

more than 2 years ago
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Test-Tube Burgers Coming Soon

eegad oblig... (276 comments)

harvesting the methane gas produced

Master Blaster runs Bartertown!

more than 2 years ago
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Swiss To Build Orbital Cleaning Satellite

eegad Interstellar Dumpster Diving (147 comments)

Could be a great way to scoop up abandoned bits of technology and analyze them and/or profit from them...

more than 2 years ago
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Twisted Metal Designer Rails Against Storytelling Games

eegad Two Types of People (313 comments)

Without speculating which category Jaffe falls into, I've noticed that there seem to be two types of people - those who go through life looking for meaning in it and those who go through life just trying to figure out how to get to the next [fill in the blank]. While meaning may not be strictly necessary for a challenge/reward based game, it certainly is appealing for some.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Working On Siri Competitor Majel

eegad To complete my geek glee... (360 comments)

they need to figure out a way to synthesize Majel Barrett's voice based on current samples so that the Majel interface can respond with her voice.

more than 2 years ago
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Have Walled Gardens Killed the Personal Computer?

eegad Re:Angry Nerds (848 comments)

No way, Angry Nerds will not be in the App Store!

It has to be! Although I haven't quite figured out how to knock down the silicon chips on level 5 yet with only 2 Bill Gates heads.

more than 2 years ago

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Ask Slashdot: Time for Optional Pay Business Models?

eegad eegad writes  |  about a year ago

eegad (588763) writes "I've been thinking a lot about how much information I give to technology companies like Google and Facebook and how I'm not super comfortable with what I even dimly know about how they're handling and selling it. Is it time for major companies like this that offer arguably utility-like services for free in exchange for info to start giving customers a choice about how to "pay" for their service? I'd much rather pony up a monthly fee to access all the Google services I use, for example, and be assured that no tracking or selling of my information is going on. I'm not aware of how much money these companies might make from selling data about a particular individual, but could it possibly be more than the $20 or $30 a month I'd happily fork over to know that my privacy is a little more secure? Is this a pipe dream or are there other people who would happily pay for their private use of these services? What kinds of costs or problems could be involved with companies implementing this type of dual business model?"
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SOPA and PIPA Votes Delayed After Internet Protest

eegad eegad writes  |  more than 2 years ago

eegad (588763) writes "Looks like Congress finally realized that the groundswell backlash against SOPA and PIPA warrant giving the proposed solutions more thought before voting. Score one for internet protesting! This is only a hold on the current version of the bill which means that continual vigilance will be required for the next time these come around in an altered form."
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Facebook Inaccuracy Regarding Friend Finder Usage

eegad eegad writes  |  more than 3 years ago

eegad (588763) writes "After seeing many of my friends being advertised as having used the Friend Finder tool on Facebook, I began to question this, because these friends seem the type to be more security conscious than to type their email address and password into a Facebook tool or upload their contact file. I've just confirmed with one of those who had been named that they have never used that tool. Is this an error on Facebook's part, some allowable form of advertisement that we've all agreed to or just a big fat lie to get more people using the tool? In any case, it can't be good."

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