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Robot Makes People Feel Like a Ghost Is Nearby

irrational_design Re:In spite of this and other similar phenomena... (140 comments)

Suspicion of religion by the common man has been traced to their lack of understanding of religion, and that they view religious statements as coming from just another authority figure, equal to a politician or scientist or any talking head nowadays.

about three weeks ago
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Robot Makes People Feel Like a Ghost Is Nearby

irrational_design Re:In spite of this and other similar phenomena... (140 comments)

This. I remember a story about a group of physicists working at a lab around the 1950s who were talking about particles that are too small for a human to see without access to specialized training and expensive equipment. A janitor came in and after hearing what they were talking about proceeded to inform them that he knew they were all liars. His reasoning was that you can't believe in anything that you can't touch, see, etc. Since these particles they were talking about could not be seen, they did not exist. Of course he could have exercised a bit of faith that the scientist were right, went to school to learn physics, then get a job at a lab that had access to the necessary equipment to find out for himself. Or he could have just believed in the authority of the scientists that they were honest and what they said they had experienced via their experiments was real and true. But, he chose the path of doubt and disbelief.

about three weeks ago
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Robot Makes People Feel Like a Ghost Is Nearby

irrational_design Re:In spite of this and other similar phenomena... (140 comments)

I'm not sure I'm following. I assume you are using the term Dualist to refer to those who believe that people have both a body and a spirit (I've never heard this term used with this meaning. Is this something new, something you came up with, or something specific to a particular field of study?) The only thing I can come up with is you are saying something like the following: There is a certain subset of the entire human population who believes that people have both a body and a spirit, there is a certain subset of that group that believes the spirit continues living after death, there is a certain subset of that group that believes that ghosts are a manifestation of spirits of those who have separated from their bodies, therefore this finding will convince those people that they are wrong. If that is what you are saying, then won't their rebuttal be something like "It may be true that a certain percentage of ghost sightings are caused by something going on in the brain (internal rather than external), but this doesn't prove that all ghost sightings are internal constructs. Therefore, ghosts."?

about three weeks ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

irrational_design Re:True... but... (445 comments)

But the people who strap their butts to someone else's bomb aren't being forced to do so. Surely those who pay $200,000 to do this would be considered to be in control of their own fate. I think the Everest analogy is a good one. It is expensive to climb everest and has a high likelihood of resulting in death, but nobody is forced to do so.

about three weeks ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

irrational_design Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (353 comments)

I think every few years is a bit of a stretch. I have a mac from early 2008 that I upgraded to Yosemite (the version of OSX that came out recently) and it works great. This of course depends on your definition of "few". For myself, 6 years is more than a few.

about 1 month ago
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Preferred smartphone screen size?

irrational_design Re:Phones getting too big .. (258 comments)

I don't think this is true (for me). I read tons of books, played tons of games, edited a lot of documents on the 5. I've moved up to the 6 but I don't feel it really gives that much more room. For me you really have to move up to something like the nexus 7 before I see a lot of benefits from a larger screen.

about a month ago
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Preferred smartphone screen size?

irrational_design Re:Phones getting too big .. (258 comments)

I want to moderate you as insightful, but this... so much this. On the 5 I could reach the entire screen with one thumb. On the 6 (not even the plus) I find that I often have to move to using it two handed. I guess I have little hands as well, but for me the 5 was really the perfect size for a phone.

about a month ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

irrational_design Re:hallo, Junis, is that you? (342 comments)

Mists of time? Legendary? Now I feel old. I clearly remember reading his articles. And I clearly remember all the complaints about his articles in the comments. Some things never change.

about a month ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

irrational_design What a sad commentary (253 comments)

"helping women be more productive human beings" More productive than a mother?

about a month ago
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The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

irrational_design Desktop/Laptop NOT Mobile (229 comments)

I'm seeing a lot of comments about iOS, smartphones, Android, etc. This article is about the Mac app store (for OSX, NOT iOS).

about a month and a half ago
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The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

irrational_design Re:Forgot the biggest one: Money (229 comments)

You do realize that iOS app store and the Mac app store are two different things, right? This article is about the latter.

about a month and a half ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

irrational_design Only 5 years of retirement (478 comments)

If I'm lucky I'll be able to retire by 70. 50 years of work and then 5 years of retirement? That sucks.

about 2 months ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

irrational_design Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (981 comments)

You are ignorant. "to do something about the islams who were killing everyone" Islam is the religion, Muslim are the practitioners of that religion.

about 2 months ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

irrational_design Re:Of course they do (981 comments)

Excellent insight.

about 2 months ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

irrational_design Re:Perspective (323 comments)

On the one hand it would be wonderful if there were no sweatshops. On the other hand, they do provide a job for people. I remember a number of years ago Nike had a factory in Honduras (if I remember correctly). A bunch of privileged American college-age people went down there and raised such a fuss that Nike was forced to close the factory and relocate the work elsewhere. The smug Americans celebrated their mission accomplished and moved on to their next cause. Later someone went back to Honduras and followed up with the former workers to see what had happened to them. The majority of the workers had been women and the vast majority of them had turned to prostitution after they lost their jobs. They, of course, were not happy with what the Americans had done to them.

about 2 months ago
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The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

irrational_design The outcome is guaranteed (131 comments)

We the Corporations have replaced We the People.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

irrational_design This is what I do (268 comments)

I copy the pictures/videos from our phones/cameras/etc. to a drive at home. I then use a portable drive to take them to another location. At the other location I transfer them to an external hard drive (I keep everything in folders by year/month/event such as 1995/August/Yellowstone). Every night this drive is backed up using Carbon Copy Clone to another drive. This drive is also backed up to a third drive with Time Machine. The drive is also backed up to CrashPlan each day. I also sort out the best pictures from each month to a fourth drive which is backed up to MediaFire. So, in the end most of our photos/videos end up on about seven drives in four separate locations. Most of it happens automatically. Currently I have nearly 1TB of data backed up in this manner. My next step is to start burning Blu-Rays and putting the backups into a safety deposit box.

about 2 months ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

irrational_design Trade school vs College (546 comments)

You are describing a trade school. Colleges/Universities are about a lot more than training job skills. I see computer science being about theory. Go to college if you want to study theory. I see software engineering being about practical work skills. Go to a trade school/boot camp/etc if you want to study practical job skills.

about 3 months ago

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