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US House Science Committee Member: Evolution Is a Lie From Hell

hasdikarlsam Re:Big Bang is not against the Bible (1113 comments)

Aha, someone is wrong! Even if they died a while ago. Let me correct that.

The big bang theory suggests there's a finite amount of past, but that doesn't mean the universe "was created a finite time ago". Time itself is part of the universe; it's a dimension, which only differs from the other three in how you calculate distances in space-time. (It's r^2 = x^2 + y^2 + z^2 - t^2, not plus as you might expect)

This is literally the only difference between time and space.

At this point you may be asking where causality comes from. Ah, but that's a different question, you see. If you're very curious, I would suggest reading The Clockwork Rocket (fiction, *very* well made, set in a universe where it's plus instead of minus..), or visiting if you'd rather hear directly about this universe.

tl;dr: People tend to conflate time (causality) and time (the dimension). This works well enough for normal life, but not well enough for border conditions such as, oh, the big bang. Or some laboratory experiments. The universe is bounded in time, but that doesn't mean it was created anymore than the existence of a north pole lets you ask what is north of the north pole. "Why does the universe exist" is a valid question, but not one that can be solved by adding a creator, and one that would apply just as well to an eternal universe.

about 2 years ago

New Apple MacBook Pro Reviewed

hasdikarlsam Re:As someone with a race-to-the bottom Dell lapto (627 comments)

The screen is a sticking point for me.

I want a 1920x1080 (or 1920x1200 or higher, but that seems like wishful thinking) screen, and I want it in a 15.6" or smaller form factor.

Apple won't give me that, so I won't go to apple. Otherwise I would.

more than 3 years ago

1Gbps Wi-Fi Coming Soon To a Billion Devices

hasdikarlsam Re:The fine print. (202 comments)

Actually, I'm getting ~200Mb/s from 802.11n. It does happen.. if you're lucky, and pick the right card/AP combination.

(Intel 4965 and DAP-2553, for the curious)

more than 3 years ago

Egypt Goes Dark As Last ISP Pulls Plug

hasdikarlsam Re:Egypt Goes Dark (323 comments)

The light gets shut down, and it goes dark?

That's.. poetic, I guess, but it's not irony.

more than 3 years ago

Comics Code Dead

hasdikarlsam Re:Troll summary (316 comments)

Princess Mononoke?

Do tell. I expect that was an amusing scene, unless the kids started crying enough to ruin your enjoyment. It could be worse, though - I sat through the same situation, with *Ghost in the Shell*.

For kids. Right.

more than 3 years ago

When Should I Buy an Android Tablet?

hasdikarlsam Re:Wait for dual core (396 comments)

That's silly. There's nothing in Honeycomb that would require a dual-core CPU.

It may be that it'd run faster on a dual-core (doh?), but I'm not sure how you would even go about making an open-source OS that would genuinely fail to run on single-core machines. Not to forget that it's actually running Linux, which definitely has no such restrictions..

more than 3 years ago

The Clock Is Ticking On Encryption

hasdikarlsam Re:Quantum Encryption (228 comments)

So you check the answer and, if it's wrong, try again until it isn't.

The probabilistic correctness isn't an issue except in toy problems, especially as you could in the limit just repeat the operation until the chance of it going wrong is less than the chance of the operator going wrong.

more than 3 years ago

A Third of World's Spam From One Russian Man

hasdikarlsam Re:somebody should kill the bastard (233 comments)

Once the expected future time cost of a spammer exceeds a human lifetime, it becomes possible to consider killing him.

This guy costs probably several hundred lifetimes a year.

Any questions?

more than 3 years ago

AVG 2011 Update Causes Widespread Problems For 64-Bit Windows

hasdikarlsam Re:Antivirus? (318 comments)

By that logic there's no difference to swimming in shark-infested and jellyfish-infested waters - you could die in either one, so who cares that the sharks are roughly a thousand times less likely to attack you?

(I wanted to make an analogy with some kind of *safe* waters, but.. um... today's internet. Shark-infested it is.)

more than 3 years ago

Google, Microsoft Cheat On Slow-Start — Should You?

hasdikarlsam Re:Misread the RFC (123 comments)

As people keep saying, you *may* use this optional standard.. as a replacement for an older standard where startup is *even slower*.

Odd how that goes.

more than 3 years ago

The State of Linux IO Scheduling For the Desktop?

hasdikarlsam Re:Perhaps you should.. (472 comments)

Are you quite sure that's actually Chrome? Slashdot's javascript does rather suck.

more than 3 years ago

The State of Linux IO Scheduling For the Desktop?

hasdikarlsam Re:It sucks I agree (472 comments)

This would be why we use extents rather than pure bitmaps, these days.

more than 3 years ago

The State of Linux IO Scheduling For the Desktop?

hasdikarlsam Re:It sucks I agree (472 comments)

Don't remind me. I still have nightmares of trying to implement rename() for a distributed filesystem.

more than 3 years ago

Rube Goldberg and the Electrification of America

hasdikarlsam Re:Another source of savings: (207 comments)

Do you think this is a good or a bad thing? Why?

more than 3 years ago

Android Software Piracy Rampant

hasdikarlsam Re:Again, the Android pod touch problem (510 comments)

You don't need a data plan to use android market; it works fine on wifi. Just saying. ;)

Though using an android without that is really missing the point. A pay-as-you-go data plan isn't that expensive, is it?

more than 3 years ago

Mega Man Designer Explains Japan's Waning Video Game Influence

hasdikarlsam Re:Indie scene is pretty neat... (315 comments)

And on the japanese side:


more than 3 years ago

Why Broadband Prices Haven't Decreased

hasdikarlsam Re:Why prices don't decrease (336 comments)

Ireland is supposed to have shitty internet connections (thanks mainly to the incumbent, Eircom) - so nowadays, I'm sitting on a fiber-optic 30/3 line.

Which is still terrible compared to what I had in Norway a month ago, but I can live with it. ..what was my point? ...oh yeah. Schadenfreude.

about 4 years ago

Geocentrists Convene To Discuss How Galileo Was Wrong

hasdikarlsam Re:I am not surprised. (1027 comments)

Hardly. Quantum mechanics isn't non-deterministic at all; that's a common misconception. I won't go into the details here; you can read this if you want the details.

about 4 years ago



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