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Your StarCraft II Potential Peaked At Age 24

hawkfish Re:The older I get, the better I once was. (100 comments)

As I get older I am noticing that I have lost my twitch reaction speeds, so I can no longer play Quake, or Team Fortress very well. However, what I have lost in speed reaction, I have gained in cleverness.

Well, there is the old saw that "age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill." Does that count?

yesterday
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

hawkfish Re:Climate lobby won't accept this as an answer (340 comments)

What they want is control over global industry, insane amounts of unaudited "international aid money" and absolute moral authority.

Solve the problem and you take away their power, their money, and their claims to moral superiority.

This is something they will never let die.

If we fixed the climate tomorrow they'd still be harping about it.

Citation needed...

yesterday
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

hawkfish Re:Vaccines did contain some questional ingredient (584 comments)

This was replaced with an aluminum compound, and aluminum is correlated with diseases like Alzheimer’s. Of course, we have no evidence that aluminum accumlation causes Alzheimer’s; it could just as well accumulate as a side-effect. Still, it’s cause for investigation. .

No it isn't. And the best current theory on what causes autism is that is developmental disruption of the cortex during pregnancy, not "toxins".

yesterday
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

hawkfish Re:If you make this a proof of God... (593 comments)

I'm never sure if I want there to be an afterlife or not. And I'm Catholic. I have faith in God, but I can never know.

Really, what bothers me more than anything is the concept of hell. The exact nature of hell isn't really laid out in the Bible. It's described as being cut off from God and his goodness, permanently, which would be torment to us who were created by Him. But that doesn't tell you if it's really lakes of fire and demons with pitchforks (which was really just Dante's depiction that inspired everyone who came after), or if it's just some shitty shanty town...or if it's this reality we're in right now. But, if it is the whole 'torturing forever' thing, first thing I'm doing when I get to heaven is I'm tugging on God's cape and saying, "hey, can we get those people out of there?" I have no idea how I'm supposed to party forever in heaven with Jesus if there's even one soul suffering in hell.

While I have faith in God, I also kinda hope I'm wrong and there's simply nothing after death, because I would rather have there be nothing for me than torture for anyone.

This is an old question, and the best answer I know of is C. S Lewis' proposal in the Great Divorce that "the gates of Hell are locked from the inside".

about a week ago
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MtGox's "Transaction Malleability" Claim Dismissed By Researchers

hawkfish Re:Flawed assumption (92 comments)

You don't seem to understand the purpose of Bitcoin, or what a Ponzi scheme is. Ponzi schemes have nothing to do with exchanging money for virtual items, and Bitcoin itself has nothing to do with investment (although some people might use it for speculative reasons). The cause of all these recent Bitcoin problems is shady characters running the exchanges. But that is a problem with all currency, virtual or not.

You don't seem to understand why Bitcoins are a Ponzi scheme (and neither does the GP who brought it up.)

Bitcoin mining is designed to decrease over time until all 21 million coins have been mined. This means that the folks who got in early (i.e. the inventors) make out like bandits and the late arrivals are left holding the bag. The best part is that they have all sorts of true believers out there running interference for them in tech forums like /. It's like printing (real) money. Oh, wait...

about a week ago
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Why Are We Made of Matter?

hawkfish Re:It tastes better (392 comments)

"Hearts full of youth, hearts full of truth. Six parts gin to one part vermouth!"

FTFY.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

hawkfish Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

Atheism isn't a faith. Though religious types like to believe it is. Just another of their false beliefs.

It depends what you call a "faith". In the sense that you assume a particular ontological and epistemological position called "scientific realism", then yes, you have a faith.

about two weeks ago
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Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

hawkfish Re:"Victims" (357 comments)

What about fist control? You can beat someone to death with your fists. Maybe they should require everyone to have their hands removed, or to be surgically altered so they can't curl their fingers into a fist.

As a kickboxer, I think I might support this ;-)

about two weeks ago
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Geologists Warned of Washington State Mudslides For Decades

hawkfish Re:Indian names (230 comments)

There's a story in Washington State that all of the river names here, Snohomish, Skykomish, Skokomish, have the postfix "ish". Which is an Indian term meaning "This is a flood plain, idiot. Don't build your house here."

But by "Indian", do you mean Hindi, Punjabi or Urdu?

He means "American". If you ask North American native peoples what term they use, it is "Indian", so please lose the uninformed pedantry...

about two weeks ago
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Last Week's Announcement About Gravitational Waves and Inflation May Be Wrong

hawkfish Re:No confirmation (194 comments)

We are just going to have to recreate another big bang and then see what happens and therefore settle this debate once and for all.

Sadly, if they were climatologists, this is exactly what would be demanded of them in some quarters...

about three weeks ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

hawkfish Re:Whatabout we demand equal time of our views ins (667 comments)

Of course no one but a church could possibly hope to run charities, food shelves, hospitals and orphanages.

Of course not. There are plenty of charities that do this that are not churches. Even the government (in theory) does some of this work too.

Unfortunately, they do not do enough of it - especially in this political climate of "makers and moochers" - so despite what you may hear about a few "wealth theology" abominations, most churches (and synagogues, and temples and mosques etc.) actually do a lot of work to patch up the truly evil state of the US "safety net". Just near me, local churches provide homeless shelters, food banks, cheap to free meeting space for support groups and if all else fails, a steady stream of volunteers for simply doing such work. BTW, I live in fairly large, affluent and nominally "liberal" city and these problems are still widespread.

And this is why churches have traditionally been given tax-exempt status - along with other organizations that do such work. Not because they are churches but because of the work they do.

The vast majority of us in worship communities would welcome help of any kind. For my part, I don't care if you are an atheist or an animist: If you want to do the work of the Kingdom, then I say that what we have in common is far more important than a few ontological squabbles.

about three weeks ago
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Earth Barely Dodged Solar Blast In 2012

hawkfish Re:ZOMG a bad thing didn't happen! (202 comments)

Yeah, because politicians have real long term goals, you know with having to get elected ever 2-6 years. They really plan for the future. rofl

I'll take two years and democratic control over 3 months and no leverage any day.

about a month ago
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Scientists Publish Letter Saying, "We Need More Scientific Mavericks"

hawkfish Re:Surprised Freeman Dyson is not listed (126 comments)

Why is it that "heretics" need to indulge in easily debunked ad hominem attacks like this:

It is much easier for a scientist to sit in an air-conditioned building and run computer models, than to put on winter clothes and measure what is really happening outside in the swamps and the clouds. That is why the climate model experts end up believing their own models.

Here are some people wearing winter clothes and measuring what is really happening outside. Perhaps Professor Dyson should get out of his "air-conditioned" Princeton office and do some climatology field work.

about a month ago
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More Troubles For Authors of Controversial Acid-Bath Stem Cell Articles

hawkfish Re:Science, I think not (99 comments)

Give me the publicantions (sic) and research where Pro-AGW factions engaged in scientific fraud.

Well, this comes to mind. Why cover up the data? Maybe he was cleared of all wrong-doing, but this was one of the first hits when I searched for "Global Warming Fraud".

You typed something into Google and got hits. Wow, now that is deep research! Did you notice that at the top of your link was this?

about a month ago
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More Troubles For Authors of Controversial Acid-Bath Stem Cell Articles

hawkfish Re:Science, I think not (99 comments)

Removing data points that did not fit their model, apply transformations to the data points that are not uniform across the entire dataset, using a filter that generates the same output even if the input was noise. Need I go on?

Yes, because you are repeating hearsay. The GP requested citations. You have provided nothing.

about a month ago
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Why Did New Zealand's Moas Go Extinct?

hawkfish Resurrection? (180 comments)

According to TFA, the work was based on extensive analysis of Moa genetic material obtained from bones. The evidence was that the Moa was in fact thriving (becoming more genetically diverse) until humans came along and ate everything Moa-related. Eggs, adults, you name it. This makes me wonder if the Moa might be a better candidate for cloning and reintroduction than something like a Mammoth. Use an Ostrich as the donor and then let them loose on the South Island. NZ is pretty eco-aware these days so it seems like they would do just fine.

about a month ago
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Recent news events re: Bitcoin ...

hawkfish Re:changed my view of it for the better (192 comments)

Even disregarding the profound changes that a distributed, decentralised and free wealth transfer system can afford us, let's talk money.
I have made upwards 40,000$ from being an early adopter, from an investment of ~80$. Naive me.

Note how you express your wealth in dollars...

about a month ago
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Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

hawkfish Re:In my experience (384 comments)

It's a western thing. Westerners think they are just not good at some things, and never will be. In the far east it is accepted that anyone can learn pretty much anything if they put in enough effort. Therefore saying "I'm not good at maths" in Japan or South Korea is actually saying "I'm too lazy to master this".

Of course they also have a lot of kids killing themselves due to the pressure, and some people do have genuine learning difficulties that they can't do anything about.

As someone who has studied a martial art for about 30 years, despite having little talent for it, I have to say that I love this Oriental attitude. Most MA classes are built around the idea that everyone can learn the basics of this stuff if they just practice regularly, and damn if it isn't true! Probably added 10-20 years to my life (or at least improved its quality.)

about a month ago
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Astronomers Catch Asteroid Striking Moon On Video

hawkfish Re:Units (69 comments)

In the second link in the summary Phil Plait goes so far as to translate the crater size into football fields, but perhaps we shouldn't fault him as that standard unit is neither "English" nor "archaic".

When was the last time you were in Florida?

about 2 months ago
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US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

hawkfish Re:Bah, fake posturing. (401 comments)

And I guess you have a clear and viable plan on what to to with the waste?

Reprocess it into more fuel, like France does?

about a month ago

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