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

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 http://www.thegreatcourses.com/tgc/courses/course_detail.aspx?cid=1257 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.

more than 2 years ago
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New Apple MacBook Pro Reviewed

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
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1Gbps Wi-Fi Coming Soon To a Billion Devices

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
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Egypt Goes Dark As Last ISP Pulls Plug

The light gets shut down, and it goes dark?

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

more than 3 years ago
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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
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When Should I Buy an Android Tablet?

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
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The Clock Is Ticking On Encryption

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.

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A Third of World's Spam From One Russian Man

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?

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AVG 2011 Update Causes Widespread Problems For 64-Bit Windows

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.)

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

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 4 years ago
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The State of Linux IO Scheduling For the Desktop?

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

more than 4 years ago
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The State of Linux IO Scheduling For the Desktop?

Re:It sucks I agree (472 comments)

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

more than 4 years ago
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The State of Linux IO Scheduling For the Desktop?

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 4 years ago
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Rube Goldberg and the Electrification of America

Re:Another source of savings: (207 comments)

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

more than 4 years ago
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Android Software Piracy Rampant

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 4 years ago
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Mega Man Designer Explains Japan's Waning Video Game Influence

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

And on the japanese side:

Recettear
Ever17
Touhou

more than 4 years ago
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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.

more than 4 years ago
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Geocentrists Convene To Discuss How Galileo Was Wrong

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.

more than 4 years ago
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PayPal Withholding Indie Game Dev's €600,000 Account

Re:PayPal has done this forever (775 comments)

No, it's ridiculously lucrative behaviour.

more than 4 years ago

Slashdot: News for Nerds

Why did the Roman Empire collapse? What is the Latin for office automation?