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Turkey's Science Research Council Stops Publication of Evolution Books

kyriosdelis Re:Is good news! (444 comments)

For Greeks

Uhhh, not really (I'm Greek). The last thing we want is a neighboring country that has reverted back to such a primal and anti-intellectual state, that it is fertile ground for nationalistic and other bat-shit crazy ideologies. Oh, look, I accidentally just described Greece. We are being pretty much brainwashed since childhood to hate the Turkish and hope to one day "take back what is ours". I know they are being taught similar fairy tales, and it's all hogwash. And hell yes, being a secular humanist myself, Ataturk is the politician I admire the most, even though he handed us our arses back in 1921-22.

about 2 years ago
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Torvalds Uses Profanity To Lambaste Romney Remarks

kyriosdelis Re:Come on Slashdot, seriously? (1223 comments)

From bash.org :

Cthon98: hey, if you type in your pw, it will show as stars
Cthon98: ********* see!
AzureDiamond: hunter2
AzureDiamond: doesnt look like stars to me
Cthon98: AzureDiamond: *******
Cthon98: thats what I see
AzureDiamond: oh, really?
Cthon98: Absolutely
AzureDiamond: you can go hunter2 my hunter2-ing hunter2
AzureDiamond: haha, does that look funny to you?
Cthon98: lol, yes. See, when YOU type hunter2, it shows to us as *******
AzureDiamond: thats neat, I didnt know IRC did that
Cthon98: yep, no matter how many times you type hunter2, it will show to us as *******
AzureDiamond: awesome!
AzureDiamond: wait, how do you know my pw?
Cthon98: er, I just copy pasted YOUR ******'s and it appears to YOU as hunter2 cause its your pw
AzureDiamond: oh, ok.

more than 2 years ago
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Man Arrested In Greece For "Blasphemous" Facebook Page

kyriosdelis Petition... (412 comments)

...to repeal the Greek blasphemy law is here.

more than 2 years ago
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Mad Cow Disease Confirmed In California

kyriosdelis Re:Dang (274 comments)

Enjoy dying horribly from contaminated spinach, tomatoes, lettuce, et celera.

If eating is going to kill me, I choose to die by the steak.

FTFY

more than 2 years ago
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Nuclear Emergency Declared At 2 Plants In Japan

kyriosdelis Re:There's video (752 comments)

Meh, use the "element hiding helper" addon for Adblock plus, to keep all Youtube comments permanently hidden!

more than 3 years ago
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Internet Dismantling the State Church In Finland

kyriosdelis In Greece (547 comments)

..this can only be accomplished by visiting the register office in person. There are no fees, as far as I know.
More information about leaving the (Greek Orthodox) Church, here.

more than 4 years ago
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Possible Treatment For Ebola

kyriosdelis Re:This Is Great News ... (157 comments)

Assuming, by their name (anti-sense) that these drugs take advantage of the RNA-interference pathway, the molecules used, short interfering RNA (siRNA) don't need to have a 100% specific match to a messenger RNA (mRNA) in order to silence it. When the match is 100%, then the viral mRNA is cleaved (by means of a complex called RISC), and there is no chance of it translating into protein, whereas non-perfect matches don't result in RNA cleavage, but at the same time still block the enzymes that perform the translation (because the siRNA remain stuck to the viral mRNA). Therefore, small mutations in the virus might not have an effect in the drug's efficiency. It's a win-win situation for us.

more than 4 years ago
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Superheroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church

kyriosdelis Re:Still doing that? (631 comments)

His arguments are laughably bad when he strays outside the area he knows (evolutionary biology) and into a region he knows nothing about (theology).

You, sir, need to read The Courtier's Reply :

I have considered the impudent accusations of Mr Dawkins with exasperation at his lack of serious scholarship. He has apparently not read the detailed discourses of Count Roderigo of Seville on the exquisite and exotic leathers of the Emperor's boots, nor does he give a moment's consideration to Bellini's masterwork, On the Luminescence of the Emperor's Feathered Hat. We have entire schools dedicated to writing learned treatises on the beauty of the Emperor's raiment, and every major newspaper runs a section dedicated to imperial fashion; Dawkins cavalierly dismisses them all. He even laughs at the highly popular and most persuasive arguments of his fellow countryman, Lord D. T. Mawkscribbler, who famously pointed out that the Emperor would not wear common cotton, nor uncomfortable polyester, but must, I say must, wear undergarments of the finest silk.

Dawkins arrogantly ignores all these deep philosophical ponderings to crudely accuse the Emperor of nudity.

Personally, I suspect that perhaps the Emperor might not be fully clothed — how else to explain the apparent sloth of the staff at the palace laundry — but, well, everyone else does seem to go on about his clothes, and this Dawkins fellow is such a rude upstart who lacks the wit of my elegant circumlocutions, that, while unable to deal with the substance of his accusations, I should at least chide him for his very bad form.

Until Dawkins has trained in the shops of Paris and Milan, until he has learned to tell the difference between a ruffled flounce and a puffy pantaloon, we should all pretend he has not spoken out against the Emperor's taste. His training in biology may give him the ability to recognize dangling genitalia when he sees it, but it has not taught him the proper appreciation of Imaginary Fabrics.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook, Others Giving User Private Data To Advertisers

kyriosdelis Join "Adblock Plus" fan page on Facebook (154 comments)

And let's see if advertisers will continue to be interested in your personal info after that... Hopefully sometime in the near future, when this or similar fan pages will grow large enough, advertisers will start excluding people that belong to them.

more than 4 years ago
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Human Males Evolve At a Faster Pace Than Females

kyriosdelis Old News... (454 comments)

This has been known for a long time. It is called "male driven evolution". This happens because in humans (and most animals) the cells producing sperms divide about 6 times more than the egg cells. And guess what: studies in a human gene that has a homologue in both X and Y chromosomes, showed that (you guessed it) the Y homologue changes about 6 times faster than the X one.
Did I say old news? 1947 old:
“The primordial oocytes are mostly if not all formed at birth, whereas spermatogonia go on dividing throughout the sexual life of a male. So if mutation is due to faulty copying of genes at a nuclear division, we might expect it to be commoner in males than females.”
“ we should expect higher mutability in the male to be a general property of human and perhaps other vertebrate genes.”
J. B. S. Haldane. 1947. The mutation rate of the gene for haemophilia and its segregation ratios in males and females. Ann. Eugen. 13:262-271.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Photos Lead To Cancellation of Quebec Woman's Insurance

kyriosdelis Re:Depressed or Bi-Polar? (645 comments)

But seriously, this is a bit out of hand, hasn't anyone at her insurance carrier ever had a picture taken? What does the photographer usually scream at you? SMILE!!!

I usually scream "pretend to be happy", or "say 'testicles'". Both work like a charm!

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Discovers Life's Building Block In Comet

kyriosdelis Re:Tin Foil Hat (148 comments)

It also supports the theory that some other planet full of life went *KA-BOOOM*

Then where is the KA-BOOM? There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering KA-BOOM!

more than 5 years ago
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Prehistoric Gene Reawakened To Battle HIV

kyriosdelis Re:Wonderful post (360 comments)

Well, a significant amount of papers can only be accessed via subscription to the respective journal, therefore for most of the /. readers, a link to the paper would be pointless. Good thing this one was published in PLoS Biology, one of the best open access journals.

more than 5 years ago
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Finally, a True Green Laser

kyriosdelis Blackadder (274 comments)

Oh, Edmund... can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of purest Green?

more than 5 years ago
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Who is your favorite fictional doctor?

kyriosdelis The Doctor from "The Authority" comic series. (860 comments)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authority_(comics)
Quoting Wikipedia:

Jeroen Thornedike, a Dutch heroin addict, was destined to become the next Doctor and a member of The Authority. Jeroen was "a multimedia millionaire by twelve, a dot-com billionaire by twenty, and staring into space in a psychiatric home by the age of twenty-one". He eventually gave away all his money and tried to have an ordinary life until the original Doctor died and Jeroen inherited his abilities. Jeroen refused to accept the responsibility and instead spent his days shooting heroin, watching pornographic videos of horses having sex with women and playing Sonic the Hedgehog.

Dude, this guy rocks :p

more than 5 years ago
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Could Betelgeuse Go Boom?

kyriosdelis Re:when it will happen (383 comments)

It's probably gonna blow the next time Lydia yells Betelgeuse 3 times.

Lydia the Tattooed Lady?

Oh Lydia, oh Lydia, say, have you met Lydia?
Lydia the Tattooed Lady.
She has eyes that folks adore so, and a torso even more so.
Lydia, oh Lydia, that encyclopedia.
Oh Lydia the queen of tattoo. On her back is The Battle of Waterloo.
Beside it, The Wreck of the Hesperus, too.
And proudly above waves the red, white, and blue.
You can learn a lot from Lydia!
La-la-la...la-la-la. La-la-la...la-la-la.

/ducks

more than 5 years ago
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Greece Halts Google's Street View

kyriosdelis Re:lunacy (192 comments)

...and beautiful women.

That's true, we have a lot of hot tourist girls.

more than 5 years ago

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"Creationist intro" Origin of Species distributed

kyriosdelis kyriosdelis writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kyriosdelis (1100427) writes "On November 18th, creationist Ray Comfort had an edition of Darwin's Origin of Species with a 54-page creationist foreword, distributed to more than 50 major university campuses across the US (original list here:http://www.rationalresponders.com/forum/18717#comment-267224). The intro itself has been described as "a hopeless mess of long-ago-refuted creationist arguments, teeming with misinformation about the science of evolution, populated by legions of strawmen, and exhibiting what can be charitably described as muddled thinking."
The giveaway was originally scheduled for the 19th, but it was rushed to the 18th, to prevent the scheduled organized reaction by each campus' freethinkers. Fellow slashdotters from these universities with an interest in evolution, are encouraged to seek people with no biology background that got any of the books, and help them get their facts straight."

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