Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Beware the Nocebo Effect

millennial Re:No humans are weird (239 comments)

"Maybe it was a placebo effect but no matter, it had an effect." ... It had an effect equal to FAKE treatment. That is... not an effect.

more than 2 years ago
top

Beware the Nocebo Effect

millennial Re:No humans are weird (239 comments)

"Placebo effect can also boost or lower natural immunity"? Seriously? No. A boosted or lowered level of immune system function is an autoimmune disorder. Placebos and nocebos have only EVER been shown to affect SUBJECTIVE factors.

more than 2 years ago
top

The Himalayas and Nearby Peaks Have Lost No Ice In Past 10 Years, Study Shows

millennial Re:The 100% claim is essentially correct (409 comments)

Ah, yes, the God of The Gaps. Your argument is identical to the "we don't know how it was done. so God done it" argument of the creationist crowd (whatever they call them selves this week). It's a bad argument, and it should certainly not be used to make drastic, and very, very expensive change.

It's not even remotely the same. His argument is based on evidence and data, not ignorance. He's asking for an alternate hypothesis that has as much explanatory power as his evidence-based model.

more than 2 years ago
top

The Himalayas and Nearby Peaks Have Lost No Ice In Past 10 Years, Study Shows

millennial Re:The 100% claim is essentially correct (409 comments)

Oh, that's cute. Take a graph where a single pixel is millions of years, and use it to assert that historical CO2 levels were higher than current. There's just one problem, though. See the right-hand edge of the graph? See how it's a thick black line? THAT'S THE CONTINUATION OF THE ATMOSPHERIC CO2 LINE INTO THE LAST SEVERAL MILLION YEARS. All other lines in the graph are *thin* or *dotted* black lines, except for the atmospheric CO2 line. Increase the resolution on that data so that it's even just one pixel per decade and I'm damn sure that you'd see higher atmospheric CO2 levels in the last 200 years than *ever* before.

more than 2 years ago
top

Science and Religion Can and Do Mix, Mostly

millennial Re:Wrong assessment (1345 comments)

I ecourage you to review Genesis 22:7,8.

Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, "Father?" "Yes, my son?" Abraham replied. "The fire and wood are here," Isaac said, "but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?"

Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." And the two of them went on together.

God WILL provide, not God HAS provided. Abraham knew God was not evil and therefore God would not allow Isacc to be killed. Maybe he would resurect him. Maybe the knife wouldn't hurt Isacc. He had no idea how god would resolve the issue, but he knew he would be returning with Isacc.

Okay. So... in essence... what we have is this:

"Daddy, why are you taking me out into the woods with a knife?"

"Well, son, we're going to go sacrifice an animal to God together."

"But daddy, I don't see a sheep or a goat; where's the animal we're going to sacrifice?"

(knowing full well that the plan is to kill his son) "Oh, don't worry about it, kiddo. I'm sure we'll find something we can sacrifice."

This is called "lying to your son so you can obey your god," not having faith that God will provide. There's no evidence at all that Abraham thought God would save Isaac.

about 3 years ago
top

"Wi-Fi Refugees" Shelter in West Virginia Mountains

millennial Re:Just what WVa needs, a new variety of crazy (627 comments)

TFA says some scientists have done such an experiment and it appeared to indicate the subject actually could detect radio waves.

A couple problems: first, a study with a single test subject is not at all scientific (what were the controls?); second, how many people did they go through with negative results before they hit on one with "positive" results?

about 3 years ago
top

McAfee Disclaims Claims of Chinese Involvement in 'Shady RAT'

millennial Re:It's the "Chinese official Xinhua news agency" (56 comments)

That's exactly what I was thinking. Who says that they actually even talked with someone from McAfee, or if they did, that this is what McAfee said? If China's running a massive cyberwar and a security company calls you out for it, what else would they do but claim to have spoken with the security company and gotten a denial? This reeks of Chinese propaganda.

more than 3 years ago
top

Climate Skeptic Funded By Oil and Coal Companies

millennial Re:Did you really need to ask that question? (504 comments)

I think I've been pretty clear in saying that the problem is the hypocricy of one side claiming that the scientists they disagree with are unethical because they are paid to do their research while the scientists they agree with are lilly white despite being paid to do their research.

Yeah... you're kind of equating the two. One group of scientists is being paid to do science; the other is being paid to be whores.

more than 3 years ago
top

Climate Skeptic Funded By Oil and Coal Companies

millennial Re:Did you really need to ask that question? (504 comments)

Protip: Smokers are in the minority. Any business that pushed for the needs of its smoking customers over its non-smoking customers would take a huge financial hit. Apart from cigar bars and the like, you probably *won't* see businesses clamoring to allow smoking in their bars.

more than 3 years ago
top

Brain Cancer Worries? Look Up Your Phone's SAR

millennial Re:only brain cancer? (165 comments)

I'd be more concerned if they bothered thinking about whether or not it's possible for non-ionizing radiation of these wavelengths to cause cancer at all. (Hint: it's not. This is a political move.)

more than 3 years ago
top

The Internet's New Alternate Reality

millennial Re:kind of like the police (869 comments)

There are several major problems with what you just said.

First is the idea that nonbelievers will naturally be more inclined to immorality, or that society can't exist without a "scaffold of morality that is constructed of faith and held together by religion." This is empirically disproved by the examples of nations like Denmark and Sweden where the majority of the nation is secular and they enjoy more stability than most religious nations, including America.

Second is the idea that it's valid to build a moral code around fiction. If there is no God, any theistic moral code is simply an arbitrary construct built around a convenient concept. There's no guarantee that this kind of moral code will provide good moral standards - just a moral standard. Why not just excise the good moral concepts from the supernatural nonsense and the hordes of bad moral concepts (e.g., stoning homosexuals, enslaving foreigners, killing purported witches, etc.)? Not to mention that such a system, based on fiction, would be without grounds to say that dishonesty is immoral, seeing how it would require massive amounts of dishonesty just to assert an absolute source for the moral code.

Third, there is no real-world benefit that a religious moral system can provide that a secular one can't. None. However, there are many damaging things that organized religions have promoted that couldn't be justified by a secular system. The indoctrination of children with incredible amounts of false information, for example, or religiously-motivated bigotry, or holy wars, or any number of other things that spring quickly to mind. Fourth, you seem to be implying that the solution to intellectual laziness is dishonesty. If people aren't willing to think things through, you're saying it's better to lie to them about the reason something is right or wrong than to give them a reason to think about it. A moral system based on organized religion, when there is no god, is simply an arbitrary set of rules. Many of these rules would necessarily involve performing the will of a nonexistent being, and lying to the people who are too intellectually lazy to think things through. There are no benefits to such a system that couldn't be gained without the lies.

more than 3 years ago
top

The Internet's New Alternate Reality

millennial Re:kind of like the police (869 comments)

"both sides are claiming superior "knowledge" while actually relying solely upon faith"? Really? Do you understand the concept of a logical contradiction?

more than 3 years ago
top

The Internet's New Alternate Reality

millennial Re:kind of like the police (869 comments)

No, and neither has any god ever answered a prayer.

more than 3 years ago
top

The Internet's New Alternate Reality

millennial Re:kind of like the police (869 comments)

Exactly. There can never be any supporting evidence that bigfoot does not exist, so abigfootists who claim with certainty that there is no bigfoot are first class fools. They go around talking about the null hypothesis and scientific process as if that somehow validates their irrational belief that there is no bigfoot, when in fact the truth of the matter is they just don't know. TROLL HARDER NEXT TIME

more than 3 years ago
top

The Internet's New Alternate Reality

millennial Re:kind of like the police (869 comments)

This is utter idiocy. It's like saying that if the world is really 4.6 billion years old, then the people who say the world is 4.7 billion years old are just as wrong as the people who say it's 6,000 years old. You're making absolutely no distinction in the kind of reasoning here.

more than 3 years ago
top

FBI Releases Document Confirming Roswell UFO

millennial Re:yes yes (481 comments)

You just did even more magical hand-waving. Thanks for proving my point.

more than 3 years ago
top

FBI Releases Document Confirming Roswell UFO

millennial Re:yes yes (481 comments)

You're invoking "allowing enough time and research" as a magical solution to the fact that this is something that ONLY WORKS ON THE SUBATOMIC SCALE, and thus scaling it magically upward to the classical scale.

more than 3 years ago
top

FBI Releases Document Confirming Roswell UFO

millennial Re:yes yes (481 comments)

LOL! I love that you think experiments involving subatomic particles TODAY have anything AT ALL to do with something 61 YEARS AGO.

more than 3 years ago
top

Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

millennial Re:No. (1486 comments)

"All I can offer for empirical proof is the testimony of several of Christ's contemporaries, most of whom went to their deaths defending their statements."
We have no such things. None of the identities of the Gospel writers have been agreed upon by Biblical scholars, and there are no extra-Biblical contemporary accounts of his life.

more than 3 years ago
top

Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

millennial Re:No. (1486 comments)

Nitpicking time!
"Historically, we can demonstrate the existence of Jesus, due to the historical events of Pontius Pillate and Ceaser and other shit happening around that time lining up, and something about some annoying beggar-preacher that they executed. "

Not even that much. There are no events in the life of Jesus that can nail down any dates. Even the census that was supposed to be going on while he was in utero was supposedly taken by a guy (Cyrenius) who wasn't in the right position of power to do it for at least another decade after Jesus was supposed to have been born.
Carry on...

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

top

millennial millennial writes  |  more than 7 years ago

millennial writes "According to a news release on Lik-Sang, Sony's recent lawsuits against the Hong Kong gaming retailer have forced it to close up shop permanently. Lik-Sang notes their disagreement with the legal actions, including Sony's apparently false claim that PSP and PS3 systems imported from Lik-Sang were potentially dangerous and did not comply with European safety standards. They also point out that along with hundreds of countries around the world, many top figures at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have purchased their own imported PSPs through Lik-Sang."

Journals

top

millennial millennial writes  |  more than 9 years ago I posted as AC about how I made a comment earlier that was given -2 mod points, and when someone else made the exact same comment, they were given +2. I linked to my original comment. Apparently someone didn't like that, so they went through my 'latest posts' list and modded a whole bunch of stuff down. Three Redundants, one Troll, and an Offtopic. I went from Excellent to Good karma.

Bitches.

top

millennial millennial writes  |  more than 9 years ago I've decided that I'm not going to mod ACs anymore. There's just no point. I'd prefer to help/hurt someone's karma for good/bad posts than waste it on someone who won't put a name to their words.

top

Note: Don't mod yourself down.

millennial millennial writes  |  more than 9 years ago When entering a post on Slashdot, don't put things like "Sorry to sound like a troll" or "I'm sure I'll get flamed for this" in the subject. You're sure to get modded just as you don't wish to be, because people are idiots.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?