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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

meerling Re:Its not nothing (593 comments)

Don't forget that science is always trying to figure out what those unexplained things are, but sometimes it is a difficult path that suffers progress by those diligent and extraordinary thinkers that grope blindly into the unknown time and time again until they finally pull back a clue of unique data or conceptualization.

It's kind of like trying to read the mailing address on a parcel when you happen to be sealed inside the aforementioned parcel.

about a week ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

meerling Deja Vu (291 comments)

About every decade somebody makes the same basic prediction/declaration.
This has been going on for more than a century and a half.
(It could be a lot longer, but it's not like I've seen a lot of pointless stupid statements that were quickly proven wrong in most historical documentations.)

about a week ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

meerling Re:Let it die (508 comments)

So I guess we've already killed the paralyzed polio victim culture, and disfigured by smallpox culture. Does this mean we have to stop curing diseases and physical impairments? Don't be stupid.

By the way, and ass is an ass no matter what 'culture' they claim.
I used to ride the bus that went by the deaf school, so there were always deaf people on the bus.
A rather attractive deaf lady was visibly upset, but she didn't do anything. So I asked her what was wrong. She kept insisting nothing, but it was pretty obvious what was going on, so I asked her, "Is it the two assholes there that keep insulting everyone because they think nobody else can understand them?".
She was shocked that I knew what was going on and turned even more red. I explained that I wasn't fluent, but I knew enough. She then confronted the two idiots and chewed them out thoroughly. I never caught anyone doing that on the bus again.

That just goes to show, that separation breeds contempt.
There's no reason that the art and other positive things from 'deaf culture' need to be left behind, just the discrimination and hate that isolation invariably brings.

about a week ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

meerling Re:Easy fix (322 comments)

LAPD are the 'bad guys'. Just look at their track record. Admittedly, there are a lot of good guys in the LAPD, but there are way too many scum. Those that do the illegal actions, and those that stand by and don't stop or otherwise report them for their wrongdoing.

Yes, those that do nothing are bad guys as well since it's their job to stop the illegal activities, especially those of other enforcement officers that are supposed to be stopping crime in a legal fashion rather than performing crimes. (Let the punctuation prefects figure out how to sort that sentence out.)

You ever heard the old statement that "one rotten apple spoils the barrel"? Well, they've got a lot of rotten apples in their barrel. Even their own investigations into themselves have shown that. And it leads all the way to the top as they have consistently done nothing to curb it or punish the wrongdoings that have been identified until it splashes all over the media and they've got politicians breathing down their necks. And even then, they do the bare minimum to mollify the politicians.

There is no easy fix for the LAPD due to the extensive and ingrained corruption from the beat to the big boss in charge. A clean sweep might work, but there actually are some good cops there that would get screwed by that, and more importantly, it would leave the city in a major lurch for far too long to be considered acceptable. On top of that, the cost would be huge and I have no idea if LA could even afford to do something like that, and that's without even taking into account the numerous lawsuits that would inevitably happen from many different sources.

about a week ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Rule On Constitutionality of Bulk Surveillance

meerling Expiration invalid. (141 comments)

"The provision allowing the bulk collection, Section 215 of the Patriot Act, expires June 1, 2015."
Yeah, right. They'll extend it indefinitely, it will never 'expire'. (Just like all the the other things that were supposed to 'expire'.)

about two weeks ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

meerling Re:benevolent dictator. (319 comments)

You don't own your property. Just fail to pay your property tax and see what happens.

about two weeks ago
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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

meerling Re:The symptom, not the true problem. (509 comments)

Of course, the way the system is rigged, not-an-imbecile #1 doesn't get on the ballot in the first place.
It's almost as bad as the old USSR elections, you can elect any member of the communist party that the communist party tells you that you can elect.

about two weeks ago
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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

meerling Re:Don't bother. (509 comments)

Considering the positions of power and influence those fools hold, your statement is pretty much the equivalent of being somewhere lost at sea with a navigator that won't let anyone else navigate despite the fact that he has no idea how to do it, and thinks the compass is some kind of fancy combination lock on a secret stash of fairy dust. The idiots are going to sink the F-N ship and there are NO LIFEBOATS !

It's generally considered unwise to ignore the creep with the gun to your head, no matter how stupid and irrational he is.

about two weeks ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

meerling Re:nope! (496 comments)

It's about replacing sideview mirrors with cameras, not throwing away the side view for a rear view.

about two weeks ago
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USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

meerling Re:Hey you, early USB plug apologist (208 comments)

You obviously never had to actually deal with serial and parallel connectors and their little screws to hold them in place.
USB was a freaking godsend!
Of, things can certainly get better, but companies hate jumping into new territory and would rather do it one increment at a time, if they can't avoid changing in the first place.

about two weeks ago
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UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"

meerling Re:Irony (188 comments)

If they had to treat all biological remains from scientific research as biological waste & biohazards and dispose of properly or face jail time and HUGE fines, that would also kill their whaling industry. You can't sell biohazards or biological wastes.

about two weeks ago
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UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"

meerling Re:Japan, a land filled with lies ! (188 comments)

The market for whale meat has been dying for decades and demand is at an all time low last time I saw the reports on it. Of course, the established industry doesn't care and will keep flaunting the treaty because they can and they still make money at it.

about two weeks ago
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UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"

meerling Re:Japan, a land filled with lies ! (188 comments)

It is known that certain types of cetaceans do use personal names to refer to specific members.

about two weeks ago
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UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"

meerling Re:It all winds up on a dinner table (188 comments)

It's known that humans have a unique and specialized digestive system that is adapted for eating cooked foods.
You just don't get as much nutrition, not just calories, from raw food.
It is true that cooking does 'destroy' some of the nutritional value, but if eaten raw, you still receive far less than if you'd have eaten the cooked food.

If you want to lose weight, sure you could eat raw food and exercise, or you could eat less cooked food and exercise, or just exercise more.

about two weeks ago
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Homeopathic Remedies Recalled For Containing Real Medicine

meerling Re:Sarcasm (173 comments)

They believe in the money. It doesn't matter how gullible and ignorant the buyer is, the money is still money and works just the same. Unlike homeopathy, which doesn't work at all.

about three weeks ago
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Homeopathic Remedies Recalled For Containing Real Medicine

meerling Re:Sarcasm (173 comments)

It takes gullibility to work. Well, actually that's required to buy into the scam, but there never has been a shortage of that in ignorant populations.

about three weeks ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

meerling Re:No expectation of privacy (405 comments)

Why the police of course.
You know, the same people that arrest police that violate the laws.
It's not like crime by police is almost always completely swept under the rug unless there's a huge public outcry over it.
We all know it's great idea to let the fox regulate the hen house, right?

All sarcasm aside, if the database exists, it WILL be abused, and most likely by the police.

about three weeks ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

meerling Re:No expectation of privacy (405 comments)

I know some who shot a burglar that broke into his bedroom while he was asleep with an arrow to the leg (sorry, not the knee, it was more of a thigh shot).
What happened?
The police arrested the homeowner and let the burglar press charges.

about three weeks ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

meerling Re:A way to become competent? (405 comments)

Well I guess that explains why they can't type Shakespeare, now could somebody get a makak in here to finish this post.

about three weeks ago

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Star Wars: The Old Republic, included 30 days does

meerling meerling writes  |  more than 2 years ago

meerling (1487879) writes "If you've purchased SWTOR and expect to be able to play on the 30 days included subscription time, before you decide to sign up for a recurring payment plan or buying a time card, you are in for a disappointment. Currently, you will be unable to play for the 30 days you already payed for unless you sign up for more. Some people are reporting that even though EA is saying that you won't be charged until the 30 days is up, it seems they are getting charged immediately. EA says this is a 'temporary charge' and you will get it back in a few days.
EA claims this is policy is mentioned on their retail packaging, this obviously does not include digital purchasers as there is no packaging.
Various forums are discussing/ranting about this."

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