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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

onkelonkel Re:It's OK to attack mythology and superstition... (254 comments)

Too true. People believe, because they were taught to believe, from an early age by people they trust. The vast majority of Christians (insert religion of your choice here) are Christian by an accident of birth. They are Christian because they had Christian parents. Had they been born in Mumbai, to Hindu parents, they would be Hindus.

If you want a good laugh ask a Christian why they believe in God and Jesus and the Holy spirit, but not in Zeus or Odin or Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. If you get anything other than circular logic or "because" let me know.


Facebook Cleans Up News Feed By Reducing Click-Bait Headlines

onkelonkel Re:"facebook", if your not paying for the ad... (61 comments)

I must be doing facebook all wrong. I don't ever recall seeing ads. If I could get my sister in law to stop posting "It's not the breaths you take, it's the moments that take your breath away" type crap twice a day it wouldn't be too bad.

4 days ago

Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

onkelonkel Re:Open Source Integrated email/calendar/phones/et (579 comments)

Must be a different Lotus Notes than the one I had to use back in the 90s. That one had a an actively user-hostile interface. It actually looked for ways to break your heart and spirit and make you cry. It was forged from pure evil. Shat from the very buttocks of Satan. Well, anyhow, it wasn't very good.

about two weeks ago

Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

onkelonkel Open Source Integrated email/calendar/phones/etc (579 comments)

Work has recently added Lync to our standard MS environment. It's far from perfect, but we now have integrated everything. I do mean everything. We get IM/VOIP telephony/email/shared calendar/book rooms and meetings/desktop sharing/n-way calls/webcam video conferencing/etc, all in one package.

Is there any open source equivalent that has all these features? Because that is what MS is bringing to the fight.

about two weeks ago

The Benefits of Inequality

onkelonkel Re:always a lack of middle ground (254 comments)

"Only a Sith deals in absolutes." - Obi Wan Kenobi

Every time I see that quote I have to add "Do or do not. There is no try."

about two weeks ago

Google Is Backing a New $300 Million High-Speed Internet Trans-Pacific Cable

onkelonkel Re:So which agencies' backdoors are in there? (135 comments)

"I practically got a proctological exam just crossing over into Canada this summer"

That's probably because of the guns. Too many Americans "forget" they have a Desert Eagle in the glove box, even after the customs guy asks them 3 times.

about three weeks ago

Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

onkelonkel Re:Hamas Forces Having Sex With Goats (95 comments)

There is a "No True Scotsman" joke in here somewhere, but I just can't seem to find it.

about 1 month ago

Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

onkelonkel Re:*Yawn* (119 comments)

"Most" - You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.

"Try to remember that most people don't use their cars to commute 15 minutes to work and back home every day." That's right, most people commute about 25 minutes or less. Still not a problem for an electric car.

"Try to remember that most people don't live within 5 miles of everything they need to get to. " Most people live in cities, and have the things they need within 5 miles.

"Try to remember that most people don't want to live in a huge city packed in like cattle." I don't know if they "want" to live in cities (neither do you), but most people do live in cities. In the USA 80% of people live in urban areas.

about a month ago

Metamason: Revolutionizing CPAP Masks With 3D Scanning and 3D Printing

onkelonkel Re:Lose weight (59 comments)

To be fair, not all Sleep Apnea is due to obesity. However, about 60 or 70 % of adult Sleep Apnea is weight related.Alcohol consumption and smoking apparently also play a role.

You could argue that it is a self-inflicted condition for most people.Since most people can't lose weight and keep it off long term I guess you are stuck with the mask. Do you sound like Darth Vader when you wear it?

about a month ago

Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

onkelonkel Re:What about range on this smaller car? (247 comments)

You nailed it. My neighbor drives a big dodge pickup with a hemi. Drives it 60 miles every day to work round trip. Gets 15 mpg tops. Bitches constantly about the price of gas. Why not drive a commuter car with double the gas mileage and save $2k a year? Because once a year he hauls his boat to the lake and once a year he hauls it back. (Honestly I think he just likes driving a big ass truck, and the boat is an excuse.)

about 2 months ago

Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

onkelonkel Re:Bears? (333 comments)

For the nocturnal badgers. Vicious. Kill you as soon as look at you.

about 2 months ago

Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

onkelonkel Re:One switch to rule them all? (681 comments)

Can we give the ribbon thing a rest? It has been out for 7 years, you should have figured it out by now.

about a month ago

Norway Scraps Online Voting

onkelonkel Re:What logic! (139 comments)

"There's an awfully lot of overhead behind polling stations" - Not so much. Around here polling stations are some folding tables in a church hall or school gym. We use paper ballots and cardboard ballot boxes. Total cost = pennies per voter.

about 2 months ago

The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

onkelonkel Slashdot should get some editors (254 comments)

"Why" "is" "Paradigm" "in" "quotes"? Secular? WTF is secular decline? Is that as opposed to ecclesiastical decline?

about 2 months ago

1958 Integrated Circuit Prototypes From Jack Kilby's TI Lab Up For Sale

onkelonkel Re:Microchip (76 comments)

"What's wrong with microchip?"

How quickly memory fades. It was regarded as a dumb-ass conflation of micro-circuit and chip. An IC should be called a chip. Just chip, no micro- in front. Micro-chip implies that there are much larger full sized chips, which is nonsense. Also a "micro" was a microprocessor, so a micro chip might be an 8085 or Z80, but not all chips were micros.

Then as now, nerds were sticklers for precision in language.

about 2 months ago

NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

onkelonkel Re:Change is coming for car dealers (455 comments)

pendant - a hanging ornament. I can't tell if you are being subversively sarcastic or just can't spell pedant.

about 2 months ago

1958 Integrated Circuit Prototypes From Jack Kilby's TI Lab Up For Sale

onkelonkel Microchip (76 comments)

Are we still annoyed at people who say "Microchip" or have we gotten over it? I remember when it was a suitable target for nerd rage.

about 2 months ago

Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

onkelonkel Re:Laws of Physics have become Heresy? (649 comments)

You are correct. Life on earth can't get more complex over time, because that would require energy and the sun doesn't exist.

about 2 months ago


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