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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

liquidpele mod points (158 comments)

These "mod points" slashdot gives just censors everyone, comments should be freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!eleven

about three weeks ago

Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

liquidpele Re:Big Data (181 comments)

Why, of course! What IDIOTS they are to have never ever considered such things! You should probably start your own competitor, except like ebay and facebook but better. I hear you can hire people on craigslist.

about a month ago

US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

liquidpele Re:Vaccine is coming (409 comments)

More like a shitload of mass production work to be done. Making a few vials and 4 million vials is a big difference.

about a month and a half ago

Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

liquidpele Re:And nothing of value (415 comments)

Avoiding oracle and Java idioms has value.

about 2 months ago

Fasting Triggers Stem Cell Regeneration of Damaged, Old Immune System

liquidpele Re:And Ramadan is coming... (148 comments)

Probably won't stop Muslims from adding this to their list of "science in the Quran" though :/

about 3 months ago

Lose Sleep, Fail To Form Memory

liquidpele Re:College (85 comments)

Well, if you haven't done *any* studying before that night, it's still better to cram and forget some than sleep and not know anything.

about 3 months ago

Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

liquidpele Re:Mathemathical proof (612 comments)

Pot meet Kettle.

about 5 months ago

How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

liquidpele Re:unfiltered information will make people THINK! (1037 comments)

It happened to me when I first started visiting Japan and realized that there is a completely different way to look at the world.

There's an asian eyes joke in there somewhere...

about 5 months ago

Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

liquidpele Re:Um, right. (278 comments)

holy FUD batman!

about 6 months ago

Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

liquidpele Re:Um, right. (278 comments)

It probably seems that way to a lot of adults... but such methods are usually for younger kids and many are proven effective. Sure, it's easy to look at that picture and think it's stupid when you already know how to subtract, but it's not tailored to people who already know how to fucking do it.

about 6 months ago

The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

liquidpele Re:"Tell the families"? Really? (461 comments)

That starts to make the $100k look like savings.

Except multiply that by the number of planes out there... approx 7185. So it's actually over 7 billion dollars.

about 6 months ago

School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

liquidpele Re:yeah. (417 comments)

Disclose to who? All the people who have no clue what a certificate even is?

about 6 months ago

Oregon Withholding $25.6M From Oracle Over Health Website Woes

liquidpele Re:Good if they succeed. (132 comments)

Honestly, while oracle boasts a slew of awesome sounding features, I've yet to ever see a large Oracle-backed system run well... maybe just me but I've never seen nearly enough benefit given their cost (and the cost of hiring consultant after consultant to debug issues).

about 6 months ago

AOL Reverses Course On 401K Match; CEO Apologizes

liquidpele Re:This is the problem with private-sector benefit (123 comments)

I left... good benefits but a terrible company to work for if you want to actually advance in your career. Lay off the oligarchy talk, you just sound bitter and silly. Pensions sound better if you ignore all the corruption and people getting screwed... they were a mess.

about 7 months ago


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free will, or predefined future

liquidpele liquidpele writes  |  more than 10 years ago Ok, so I've been thinking on whether or not we really have free will. Granted we can choose to do this or that, but one can argue that at the end of they day, all the things we did and choices we made were predefined.

Lets say you have a choice of a red or blue pill. Say you take the red one. It can be argued that was meant to be, and the probability that you would have taken the blue pill was zero.

Now suppose you could see the future, and saw that if you took the blue pill, life would suck, so you actively choose to take the red pill because the outcome would be benificial to you. Take that further and just suppose you could make all your choices by your actual preference of the future.

How can you predict the future? It would take an unreal amount of thought/computational power, but you could model the universe down to every atom and run a simulation, or at least a scaled down version of this. But what if there are other beings that can predict the future? it them becomes unpredictable!

Furthermore, if nothing can predict the future, then we have free will, because nothing can effect your choices by their preference. If they were to act on their preferences, you would be effected (assuming you have contact with them) and hence no more free will.

I think that it begins to boils down to this:
We have free will assuming that nothing can predict the future, or it chooses not to excercise that gift.

Assuming we have free will, that makes any predictions by God impossible, else he has chosen not to excercise his ability. Not trying to go all religous here, as I am not very, but it makes you wonder. What this means is that there are no miracles or interactions will god anymore, or at least they are very limited, or else we don't have completely free will because God would guide us.

Do you prefere something guides you in your choices? Many would say yes, but many would also say no. So does God only effect those who seek him first, because effecting others would be taking some of their free will? I guess when you accept God, you are forfitting some of your free will in order to have his guidance, assuming that he acts on his abilities at all.

I'm at work, and MAN AM I BORED!

Thoughts? anyone? eh?

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