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Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

kanweg Re:Chromebook Shmomebook (160 comments)

Getting it to run is probably more appropriate description.

I've made several attempts to install Ubuntu. Following Canonical's instructions didn't work.

I've also enlisted the help of an open source installation tool. I did get to a couple of screens for making basic installation selections and then I believe the installer was supposed to do its magic but the screen turned fully black and remained that until I forced a restart.

Bert

yesterday
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

kanweg To learn for a possible switch to a linux server (585 comments)

A recent article confirming my own experience, Apple's software is deteriorating. The newest mini's don't come with a server version anymore, so Apple has lost interest (for a change).

Access with the last few OS X versions to a Mac OS 10.9 server is terrible, so my latent interest in Linux got a boost. I've been trying to get it running on an external HD. However, I can't get Ubuntu to install using Canonicals instructions. I tried a utility, but that didn't work either.

Bert

about a week ago
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New Collaborative Project Wants to Systematize Complex Problem Solving Online

kanweg Off topic (grammar) (42 comments)

I'm not a native speaker either (too?). I think I can fix the second sentence
(Anyone will look for google or quora to the response of a usual question that requires one single answer
Anyone will look for Google or Quora for the response to a usual question that requires one single answer
but I would probably write the sentence differently anyway)

but what is wrong with lately in the first sentence?

I would have written recently myself, but according to the dictionary it means the same.

Bert

about a week ago
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6 Terabyte Hard Drive Round-Up: WD Red, WD Green and Seagate Enterprise 6TB

kanweg Re:What? (190 comments)

Hey, the S looked like it was crossed out, OK?

Bert

about a month ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

kanweg Re:Kind of disappointed in him. (681 comments)

He provided the mathematical description. People were using kinetic energy of objects hurled at great speed to the other party before he did that.

Bert

about a month ago
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Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

kanweg Re:Pretend capitalism (275 comments)

The interesting thing was also that the Fox rep said: "Hopefully they will vote with their hard earned money". I can't imagine that it was Fox insisting on a lower compensation for their shows. So, Dish could choose either to increase the rate for the customers and take their hard earned dollars for Fox or cough the money up themselves. Is it that Carry is too stupid to realise this (just uttering one of the typical cliche expressions) or what?

Bert

about a month ago
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How Birds Lost Their Teeth

kanweg Re:Wasn't there a book about this? (138 comments)

Every member of a species is an in-between stage. You carry with you mutations in your genes. Yes, useless. Doesn't prevent you from procreating. If you do, your genes will end up in another individual who happens to get another mutation. Perhaps that does something; perhaps it does and it tweaks a protein's specificity. Mutations that don't have an effect now may have one in the future when more mutations build up. Mutations are not directed, occur without purpose (selection is directed: you get offspring or not).
Glucose oxidase (GO) oxidises glucose. That's what it does, in every organism that has it. Glucose oxidase (GO) of a human and a chimp are very similar. Those of a rose and a dandelion to each other too. As their purpose is just to oxidise glucose, it would have been the death of the theory of evolution if a human's GO and one of the plant GO were more similar than that of the chimp's. But that's not the way it is. It is just one of the powerful tests that the theory of evolution passed, and even better provides an explanation for.
There certainly is a lack of knowledge how everything evolved; but that's not a problem. The only problem the theory of evolution suffers from is people's lack of understanding, or willingness to take the effort to understand.

Butterflies? They didn't evolve in one generation. The earth is very very old. Insects are the most popular animals. Lots and lots and lots of mutations resulted in a plethora of different species. Amazing, yes. God of any particular flavour required? No.

Bert

about a month ago
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Apple Antitrust Case Finds New Consumer Plaintiff

kanweg Re:Singles ad? (39 comments)

To reap their planned benefits, the law firm representing the plaintiffs could easily handsomely *pay* the volunteer because if the suit were fall through because of the lack of a plaintiff, then there is no victory and only financial loss.

Bert

about a month and a half ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

kanweg Reading about sin is sin? (289 comments)

“I’m Catholic; we do not contracept,” Ms. Smith said. “It is a grave sin.” By including those pages in the curriculum, she added, “you have violated my religious rights.”

Assuming that contraception is a sin, is reading about how it works a sin?
Killing is a sin. Reading about killing is a sin?

What is a sin and what is not is not up to Ms. Smith to decide for others, just for herself. The page didn't put her on contraception, so her rights don't appear to have been violated.

Religion is a hobby; something you do in your spare time. Your hobby shouldn't interfere with other people's lives.

Bert

about 2 months ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

kanweg Why ask the government? (461 comments)

If your deity has all the info already?

If your deity doesn't want to divulge the information, you shouldn't be asking the government for it, should you?

You can always pray for Jane Doe 1, Jane Doe 2 etc. Your deity will know for whom the prayers are meant and will change his plan, just for you.

Bert

about 2 months ago
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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

kanweg Re:Truly disgusting pictures (330 comments)

"Consider the pictures that I link below --- to the Conservatives they are totally inexcusable. On the other hand, to the Liberals, those are consider *MEAT*"

Which is a slight. Just like the pictures in the study, this sentence reveals your political orientation. Plus your (lack of) mental capabilities and lack of honesty. You don't have data on how well liberals agree with this (I doubt the number of liberals in favour of 24 week term abortions is very high). Also, the background of the pictures is lacking. They could be foetuses died in the womb for all we know.

Having said that, it is conservatives that are responsible for the relatively high number of abortions in the US. In many other countries, teens have access to (oral) contraceptives. Religion (a form of delusion more prevalent among conservatives) keeps people from making a rational decision and keeps the abortion rates high.

Bert

about 3 months ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

kanweg Re:It makes you uneasy? (1007 comments)

It would be quite disrespectful to people with an open mind, willingness to change that mind in view of facts and solid reasoning, and honestly discuss their own and the other persons view if the same courtesy were extended to those that (like Ham) are not willing to let themselves be reasoned with (Ham said that there was nothing that could convince him that he was wrong).

Bert

about 3 months ago
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High Speed Evolution

kanweg Re:Falsifiability (282 comments)

Perhaps because people like you refer to them as "nuts" and dismiss their views as "ridiculous", when you clearly don't even understand what their views are.

Their views are not hard to understand. It is hard to understand why they are held, failing the reality check (comparison with what we find in nature).

Christian (and Muslim) fundamentalists do not deny that evolution occurs. There is clear and obvious evidence that it does, and they accept that. What they do NOT accept is that evolution can lead to the emergence of new species, and (more importantly) is the sole explanation for the existence of humans. There is strong evidence that they are wrong,

There is none. Feel free to come up with it instead of remaining silent on it.

I'll give you evidence that what christian/muslim fundamentalist say is wrong: ERVs (endogenous retro virus). Viruses that end up in the DNA of germ lines are passed on from generation to generation. As it turns out, chimps have them at exactly the same location as we humans have. Chance of that occurring by chance: zero. Simple explanation? Animals procreate. You can learn more about it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

There are no black people and white people and yellow people because some god wanted a colourful species. We evolve, like any other animal. Those living in the Andes/Tibet have mutations helping them to deal with low oxygen levels, and they're not the only humans genetically adapted to the place they live.

There is tons of evidence for evolution, independent that scientists have it right (e.g. the fossil record says the same thing as the DNA record. Geological evidence shows the earth is old, so there is time for evolution).

There is fossil evidence, and genetic evidence, for "macro-evolution", but we have never actually observed the emergence of a new species except in the case of bacteria, and even in that case it was due to artificial human-applied selective pressure. There is nothing that we know "beyond the shadow of a doubt". You don't convince people that appeal to absolutes by appealing to them yourself. There is at least a shadow of a doubt that the Sun will come up tomorrow morning.

Yes, but then my bet is that the sun will be there tomorrow when I wake up, and those books are rubbish as you can find out by reading them (Koran: allah tells the sun when to rise? Earth is a rotating sphere: the sun rises at any moment, there is nothing the sun can do about that. No god would claim authorship of those books.

Bert

about 2 months ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

kanweg Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

Correction: The Peace prize is awarded by a Norwegian committee, not by the committee that awards the other Nobel prizes.

Bert

about 3 months ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

kanweg Re:Ah yes, values as a malfunction or manipulation (937 comments)

Bollocks.

Imagine we live in the stone age, (major) religion not having been invented yet. The two of us are out in the wild.

You have found an apple and think, that would be nice for breakfast. In the morning, you wake up, and the apple is gone. You feel hungry, but I don't.
The next night you wake me up and say, let's go hunting. I notice that the firestone axe I worked on for over 2 weeks is in your belt. When I ask you for it, you won't give it back.

I develop a new insight: Taking stuff from another person isn't a good thing.

Back at the tribe, someone irks me. I plant my (spare) axe deeply into that person's body and toss him outside the camp to avoid stench. Problem solved. I'm the last one to go to sleep. When I go to my fur rug, I hit someone's foot. That person wakes up grumpily, grabs his axe and tries to kill me.

I develop a new insight: Arbitrarily killing another person is not a good thing. It could happen to me.

This suggests that morals develop as soon as brain functions develop, possible future consequences can be understood, and future actions of others can be predicted and controlled. Religion isn't the source of those morals. Religion certainly helps to maintain them. If I'm strong and you're weak, religion gives you some control over me: Don't kill me, or the god Faket will punish you for it. Hmmm, I could easily crush you, and while I don't mind crushing you, I don't want to be crushed by Faket. So, I leave you alone and you get to reproduce.

Here's a fairness study for monkeys
http://www.upworthy.com/2-monk... ... ext?c=upw1

Here's another article on altruistic behaviour in monkeys
http://www.madisonmonkeys.com/...
starting with this; "Previous work in our laboratory(1) had demonstrat- ed that most rhesus monkeys refrained form operating a device for securing food if this caused another monkey to suffer an electric shock.".

Morals are not a feature exclusive to humans, and with the above stone age scenarios, the 'god-tells-human(s) about what is moral and what is not' hypothesis remains unsubstantiated speculation. And if your source is a religious book that says that people should be stoned for wearing cloth made of two types of fiber, how much time do you need to realise that book (and that god) is a human fabrication?

Bert

about 4 months ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

kanweg Re:You confuse atheism with agnosticism (937 comments)

Atheists are lazy/efficient. It doesn't take much to show that a religious book contains an error, something that can be proven wrong without doubt. Combine that with the premise of the religious followers for that book that everything in that book is true and the word of their god, and the conclusion is that the religion is BS. After you've done that for a couple of religions, you get the picture and don't bother with checking each and every further religion. If there's news of evidence for a god, it will make the news. Do you think that Vatican would hide it if there were a new message from god, after 2000 years that the boss of the Vatican didn't show up?

An atheist will take your word for it that you had a ham/cheese sandwich for lunch. For an atheist to believe something extraordinary, it takes extraordinary evidence. If not even a shred of evidence, is offered, yes, the atheist draws his conclusion. The number of possible unsupported assertions is probably infinite; who'd bother to waste his time on that?

Bert

about 4 months ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

kanweg Re: illogical captain (937 comments)

When a relative dies, christians (etc.) cry That would be illogical. They should be happy, their relative has gone to heaven! And while it may take a couple of years, they'll be seeing that relative again, right? Then why the tears? The coping mechanism (delusion) doesn't work very well in the beginning.

Bert

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

kanweg Re:No comments here yet... (471 comments)

No need to tap, nor to look. The phone vibrates when you have to move direction, different for left and right.

Bert

about 4 months ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

kanweg Re:No simple solution (300 comments)

Non sequitur. (If you believed your post was of such good quality, why did you post anonymously).

The killing of Foley was propaganda. What I proposed was a similar yet different angle as the Main Topic, which in my case is: just make their propaganda backlash. Come to think of it, it would be quite easy to put the scene (cropped. Top of jumpsuit with Foley and the nutter with a shawl next to him) on a T-shirt with the two labels hero and nutcase on it. With the colours (blue sky, orange jumpsuit, black nutter), it could easily be not very graphic yet quite recognisable. I would like it if a boatload of such T-shirts were produced and worn. It would be a great protest.

The T-shirt could have a QR label on it. If a conversion on the T-shirt is started, it would be easy to get people to a website with the explanation.

Bert

about 4 months ago

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How civilisations can spread across a galaxy

kanweg kanweg writes  |  about three weeks ago

kanweg (771128) writes "If you look at the milky way at night, it appears not much is changing. But over time, stars get closer and further to each other. Coryn Bailer-Jones, an astrophysicist at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, found that of 14 stars coming within 3 light years of Earth, the closest encounter is likely to be HIP 85605, which now lies some 16 light years away in the constellation of Hercules. It will get a close as the Oort cloud.
Human or alien civilisations could practice star hopping. Why travel 16 light years through space when you can just wait until a star with a suitable planet gets close and cover only the last stretch with an artificial spaceship? Take your time for a thoughtful response; it will take another 250,000 to 470,000 year before the close encounter."

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