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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

penguinoid MAD to rely on these things (307 comments)

If a rational person wouldn't use nukes due to Mutually Assured Destruction, what is to stop another rational person who has nukes from simply taking whatever he wants and if you try to stop me it's nuke time? After all, rationally speaking the worst result possible is turning your country into a glass parking lot. So, if you want your ownership of nukes to defend you against other things, such as bombing with conventional weapons or invasion, then you need to be willing to be the first to use nukes. But if that's allowed, nukes go from being an expensive defense against getting nuked to an invaluable general defensive weapon, and everyone will want one. This is something people should think about when they say that nukes prevent WWIII -- this requires the various nations to be willing to launch the first nuke.

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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

penguinoid Re:The WHO (453 comments)

"hope I die before I get old"

I hope to cure aging before I get old. Other creatures don't age so why should I?

yesterday
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Service Promises To Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You

penguinoid Not a chance in hell (95 comments)

It's not that hard to arrange for info to be distributed should something happen to me.

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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

penguinoid Re:Summary is Troll Rant (727 comments)

For we live by faith, not by sight. -- 2 Corinthians 5:7
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. -- Ephesians 2:8-9

So you see, Biblical faith is exclusionary -- if you have proof, it is no longer faith. Yet certain Christians are ashamed of acknowledging their faith, so they try to instead rely on "the wisdom of this world".

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. -- Hebrews 11:1-3

But Creationists claim that it is by cleverness and science that they can prove that the universe was formed at God’s command, rather than by faith as the Bible says.

yesterday
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

penguinoid Re: RAID-proof? (141 comments)

Raid proof. Not RAID.

As in, resilient to police officers not disk failure.

Relevant Assortment of Incriminating Data?

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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

penguinoid Re:Summary is Troll Rant (727 comments)

Science is the pursuit of the subset of truth that makes predictions about the real world. Yet this simple definition seems to be lost on so many people. The worst offenders are the ones who think science is the pursuit of Truth in general, or about being right, or about explanations.

As an example, consider "Creation Science", whose objective is to explain, not predict, information about biology. And because such explanation is, in the eyes of the public, a decently good explanation, people accept it. And hardly anyone calls them out for failing to make predictions, and thus not even being science. It's like if you have two weathermen, one predicts every day whether it will rain or not, and the other collects a list of every time the first weatherman made a mistake. The second one may be right all the time, but he's still useless. Thus "creation scientists" do not focus on the mathematics of sediments and sorting of dead things, or the impact a population bottleneck will have on current genetics, or their own mathematical predictions concerning radiometric dating, but rather on explanations for these, all of which shows that they themselves don't even believe what they're pretending to support.

As for science and religion, consider this: many Christians will tell you that the core of Christianity is faith in God. And then they'll turn around and try to "prove" God's existence, demonstrating that they believe testing God is superior to having faith in God. But if the world with God and the world without God are indistinguishable from each other, only then can you say believing in God is an act of faith. Else you could scientifically test for God's existence, and then where would faith be?

yesterday
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Researchers Propose a Revocable Identity-Based Encryption Scheme

penguinoid Something seems off... (75 comments)

If the email address is the public key, and then you generate a private key from that... what's to stop someone else from generating your private key from the email address?

2 days ago
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

penguinoid Re:One more reason (184 comments)

1) Find wife's FB password.
2) Keep account active by visiting pages and liking stuff.
3) Get judge to agree to serve legal papers via FB.
4) Profit!

2 days ago
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Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

penguinoid Re:To answer the last question (177 comments)

What's wrong with American drivers? Well to begin with, they all drive like assholes.

American drivers drive like Americans!

2 days ago
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The Myths and Realities of Synthetic Bioweapons

penguinoid Re:Poison Ivy (36 comments)

Poison ivy is self-replicating and transmissible to another plot of land.

4 days ago
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Once Vehicles Are Connected To the Internet of Things, Who Guards Your Privacy?

penguinoid Fight the cartel! (130 comments)

Don't let your car tell on you. You can mod me down now.

4 days ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

penguinoid Re:No surprise (218 comments)

Fighting for mates is always one vs one, winner take all, and yes they are trying to kill their opponent.

Not true. In many animals, fights are intentionally non-lethal. Much like a fistfight, when both have knives. But if one unsheathes their claws (or whatever real weapon), then the other will too and they both run the risk of being maimed or killed. This works because the non-lethal dominance competition correlates pretty well with what would happen if they were fighting for real.

4 days ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

penguinoid It's a win-win (504 comments)

The benefits of this new system are obvious: more privacy for users, less resources needed by Apple for responding to warrants.

4 days ago
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The 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes Will Be Awarded Tonight

penguinoid Re:Gak! (30 comments)

Ducks are notorious sex offenders. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." is true for ducks because they have evolved a maze-like vagina for just that occasion.

And now I decree that you will never think the same way again about having "all your ducks in a row".

4 days ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

penguinoid Re:Provided (325 comments)

Famine, Plague, and even War have been on the decline for years, despite what modern media coverage would have you believe. There's plenty of room for our growth, if we don't mind killing off a bit more of the remaining habitat of other species.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Lays Off 2,100, Axes Silicon Valley Research

penguinoid Year of Linux on the desktop? (109 comments)

Maybe Nadella got tired of hearing about the year of Linux on the desktop, and decided to finally make it happen? Anyhow, good luck without your researchers. I hope it was the ones responsible for Windows 8.

4 days ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

penguinoid Re:Does HFCS count? (294 comments)

Fructose is the nasty sugar, which makes high fructose corn syrup also nasty. Sucrose is only 50% fructose and 50% glucose. Glucose is the "standard universal" sugar used to make everything from starch to cellulose. And artificial sweeteners are the "weird new thing" which our bodies haven't adapted to yet.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

penguinoid Re:Masochist (334 comments)

Might I suggest a Chromebook? In this case, being partly crippled is a feature.

Clearly, anonymous reader is a masochist.

Indeed. Remote tech support for people who will regularly need it is bad enough, when they're your relatives it can be worse (and you can't bail).

5 days ago

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10 evolutionary commandments

penguinoid penguinoid writes  |  more than 8 years ago

So, what are the 10 commandments as evolution would have them?
1) I am the gene your God, who brought you out of the land of non-existance
2) Thou shalt have no other gods besides me.
3) Thou shalt not swear falsely in my name. (root word for testify is testicle)
4) Remember that your genes run in many things, to keep them alive.
5) Honour thy father and thy mother (for they share half your genes) that thy days may be long upon the land which the gene thy God giveth thee.
6) Thou shalt not use birth control
7) Thou shalt not commit adultery, unless you can get away with it.
8) Thou shalt not steal, unless you can get away with it.
9) Thou shalt not not bear false witness, unless you are bribed or it is advantageous to do so
10) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbours stuff. See rules 7 and 8.

Anyone care to improve on this?

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Funny/Overrated murders karma

penguinoid penguinoid writes  |  about 10 years ago

So I posted a joke to a story about estimating. Now it wasn't a particularly good joke, but evidentially quite a few people thought it was very funny, others didn't. Results:

* +11, Funny
* + 1, Insightful
* - 9, Overrated

* Karma:Exellent --> Karma:Good
* "Your IP has been temporarily blacklisted due to bad posting"

Now I have heard that +1, Funny and -1, Overrated will change karma by different amounts (specifically, funny will only add a little while overrated will take off a lot). If that is so, I really think that it should be changed in the following manner: Overrated should take off just as many points as the current positive attribute the post has. If the post is at or below the karma level it was posted at, remove a different amount of karma

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The scientific view of religion

penguinoid penguinoid writes  |  about 10 years ago

It seems my sig,
The scientific view of religion is not atheism. The scientific view is agnosticism and simplicity.
seems to have generated quite a bit of commentary. So I will explain, and feel free to post your views.

I regard atheism as the religious, totally unfounded belief that the set of all gods is { } (the empty set). This is not to be confused with agnosticism with leanings toward atheism, which starts with no preconceptions but tends to believe in atheism because of some rational reason. This might be based on science (especially Occam's Razor), or on the belief that several million scientists are probably right (which is not such a bad argument).

Likewise, I regard the term agnosticism to mean simply "no preconceptions as to the set of gods" and thus not a religion. I wouldn't require an agnostic to justify his views, because there aren't any to justify. (As opposed to the stronger version of agnosticism, who believe that the question of whether there is a god or not can never be answered, who could be asked to justify that belief.)

And yes, I pulled these definitions out of my ass.
And yes, I would have written my sig clearer if it did not have a 120 char limit.

And finally, I will mention that I am annoyed by people who think atheism does not count as religion and is therefore an acceptable point of view for schools/government without any further justification. Don't say atheism is not a religion. Call it a religion, or if you prefer, anti-religion. It is not neutral. It has its set of gods.

As for my own views, I am a confused person who grew up with a Bible in one hand, and an encyclopedia in the other. I see the Bible as a valuable guide on how to be a good person and as a history book (not necessarily completely accurate, but you can verify lots of the important events). Likewise, I try to figure out how the world works through the scientific method. However, I find the moral advice given by the theory of evolution to be disturbing.

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Broken surge protector

penguinoid penguinoid writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I left my computer rurring during a thunderstorm recently, and I think that my surge protector got blasted. Now, the surge protector shuts off randomly (about once a day). Is it normal for broken surge protectors to do that? Is it bad for the computer/OS to be shut off like that frequently (I have EXT3 and Debian 2.4.18)? Or should I just get off my arse and buy myself a new surge protector? Thanks!

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Karma == Excellent

penguinoid penguinoid writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I have achieved Excellent karma, on my 139th post. One of my posts was modded up +5, down to +3, now up to +4, changing my karma down to good and back to excellent.

PS: It's my first time using Slashdot. Also, I have not posted AC since I signed up.

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