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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

stonecypher Re:Sorry, this is Fox (667 comments)

As a matter of viewpoint, I see this quite differently.

I think science didn't actually reject the various religious ideas. They all get tolerated. They've all been tested. There's contrarian data.

I don't find it discriminatory to give something a chance, then learn from detail that it isn't correct.

I think science is actually wildly tolerant of bizarre ideas.

about 1 month ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

stonecypher This is more than a little bit naive. (712 comments)

For one, more plants would just spring up. Even if part of the buyout was "you may never go into coal again," someone else may. The economic structure of energy is why coal is still king, and buying out the current players won't change that.

For two, the cost of shutting that industry down does not cover the cost of starting new energy industries to replace it. Or were we just going to go without 37% of our electricity?

For three, coal works efficiently and predictably at far smaller scale than most energy technologies. Many of the locations coal services today cannot be practically services by other generation methods.

about a month ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

stonecypher Re:Wow, what a LOAD of bullshit (917 comments)

You do know that in Modern times the first decriminilazation of homosexual activity was en-acted under Napolean, in 1811?

Why, yes. I even said that, in my comment, though I named the country instead of the leader. Search my comment for France.

You spelled his name wrong, you got the wrong leader, and you got the year wrong. It was during the French Revolution, not under Napoleon; it was in 1791, not 1811; it was the Constituent Assembly, in replacing the penal code, not by a single leader. .

NOTHING with regards to human rights started in the US.

Lol okay :) .

You are so fucking ignorant you make Fox News seem informed.

Says the guy who tried to make a correction to a comment that already contained what he wanted to say, and in a single factual claim made three fundamental errors.

I mean you at least got which country it was right, at least.

This isn't Reddit. Generally slashdotters are expected to hold better behavior than this.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

stonecypher Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

Did it ever occur to you that this might be more complicated than it seems from the outside, and that the politics going on here might not actually reflect the bulk of the population?

Would you like to tell us what country you're in, so that we can share with you how we feel about your country's choices?

The modern homosexual rights movement started in the United States, and has derived the vast bulk of its force from the United States. The United States has the first gay rights group, the first gay bookstore, the first gay bar, the first gay political group, the first gay autobiography in modern times, the first magazine openly for gays and about gay culture; we invented and performed the first sex reassignment (Sweden was the first to make that legal, but that's because it was never illegal here; we performed the first one seven years before anyone else made it legal;) we were the first to successfully fight discharge over orientation, though far from the first to allow gays in the military directly; we were the first modern Western country to have a gay leader at the senator level, though we have not yet hit the presidential level and Iceland has; if you remove France, who got it in the late 1700s, we were the first Western country to eliminate sodomy laws; we had the first gay kiss on a major magazine cover (probably first at all, but who can exhaustively search minor magazines?,) we started the transsexual rights movement, the first officially sanctioned university group for gay advocacy, we invented pride parades and hold them everywhere; we created gay as a protected class for discrimination, also trans, and we'll probably be the first to poly; we had the first gay ordained minister; we invented the rainbow flag (sorry, I wish it was less ugly) and thereby probably the first major pride symbol (but I can't exclude so maybe there's something earlier?,) we started the Gay Games, we missed the first statuory discrimination ban by months, we had the first city and first territory (state, thank you) to extend marriage benefits to gay partners, we came to terms with AIDS way ahead of the pack, we did gay adoption first, etc.

Are you sure Americans are anti-gay, and not just a country of a third of a billion people who have a handful of bad apples, a media system faking controversy to generate viewership, a slashdot reader who's forgotten what percentage of the internet is trolling, and a parochial political system pandering to margins to get voted in?

The phrase "utter fucking cunts" suggests the UK, and to look at Wikipedia's gay rights map, it looks like the US and the UK are world leaders, and that the US is ahead of the UK.

Looks like England is ahead of the US, but hey, California's ahead of England, and California is both larger than and nearly as populous as Britain, so I think that's the actual natural comparison. You guys don't have national gay marriage observation yet. We *do*. (We don't have national performance yet, but that's no big deal; just take a $200 trip to California. It's still binding in every hateful corner of the South. The UK has no such privilege.) North America is the only continent where this is wall to wall legally supported; Eastern Europe misses it by four countries (no illegal but four no recognition,) and South America by six (five no recognition, one illegal.)

Africa has only one country where gay marriage is legal, and Asia has only one (and shockingly it's not Japan) plus six more where it's not recognized.

Uganda just recently worsened their practice to making homosexuality a capital offense. Cameroon, Iran, Nigeria, and Ethiopia all carry the death penalty (these are all nations in the Britain population range.)

The United States is vascillating over whether it's legal for a private business to choose to ask someone to leave over their preference. And we're so shocked by this that there's a national uproar.

We've had several states where this has been legal for decades, and our states are often the size of what you think of as small countries.

So slice it and dice it however you want, but I think the US is actually doing quite well with regards to homosexuality law, thanks.

Please don't blame me and my countryfolk for the things that happen on TV.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

stonecypher Re:Hear hear (917 comments)

No.

Kicking puppies is awesome.

about 2 months ago
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Paraguayan ccTLD Hacked, Google.com.py Redirected, Internal Database Leaked

stonecypher A note (44 comments)

Nothing needs to be hacked to get that same estimate of revenue.

Just download their zone file and multiply by their annual. The zone file even tells you when they were registered and when they're registered until, allowing you to take account of public discounts for registration length.

It's still an upper bound; you don't know what other offers or freebies are in there. But still. It's a better upper bound than the hack ostensibly provides.

about 2 months ago
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IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share

stonecypher Re:the funny bit (390 comments)

It's actually the heaviest use browser today, by a fair margin.

Please be more careful about your sources. Of *course* an extremely SEOed, low quality web tutorial source has an abnormal demographic. (And of *course* slashdot fell for this.)

Best estimate from Alexa numbers (500 top sites on the web = ~93% of traffic) is that IE is currently 39% of browsers, and that IE8 alone outweighs every other browser across all versions.

about 3 months ago
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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

stonecypher Re:This should be good! (611 comments)

It's a trap. Creationists are experts at this kind of non-debate.

Nye is as well. Trap vs trap. If you watch the two men, I think you'll notice a pretty significant skill disparity. .

Basically they rely on presenting a positive image of themselves and FUD. Debating with them just gives them a legitimate platform to work from.

Or the opportunity to take away their positive image.

This isn't Nye's first time taking one of these people apart. He'll be fine.

about 3 months ago
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OCZ May Be On Its Last Legs

stonecypher Tiniest violin (292 comments)

They burned too many customers with "enterprise" devices that'd fail almost immediately, then treating the customers like shit when they did.

They bet too heavily on high performance, while not maintaining the kind of behavior that would bring back the customers who want devices like that.

The reason Dell and HP can get away with burning customers is simple: there's always another person who needs a cheap laptop.

Not many people need a new PCIe SSD.

Good riddance.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Fight Usage Caps?

stonecypher Generally speaking (353 comments)

Generally speaking, if you call the host and say "I need a line without caps, can you quote me a price," they will.

Oftentimes you'll have to call it a business line though.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Fight Usage Caps?

stonecypher Re:everyone caps speed (353 comments)

Verizon FIOS caps are so far in the sky that you're unlikely ever to hit them.

about 7 months ago
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Comcast Working On 'Helpful' Copyright Violation Pop-ups

stonecypher Those assholes (284 comments)

Would be nice if they'd work on getting their service working instead.

Six months of having to use Google DNS because they can't run a goddamned DNS server.

about 9 months ago
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George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

stonecypher Re:Reasonable doubt was all that was needed (1737 comments)

Emotions are just really,really bad stuff to use to make law.

Frustratingly, the same thing can be said of the law which started this whole mess in the first place.

If this was self defense rather than "stand your ground," the whole thing would have been far simpler.

about 9 months ago
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George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

stonecypher Re:Reasonable doubt was all that was needed (1737 comments)

it is an insistence that Zimmerman's right to presumption of innocence be taken to absolutist heights of absurdity

Sorry, no. In the United States, if there is not proof, you are not guilty, no matter how often you might use begging words like "absurdity."

There is a legitimate, plausible alternative explanation, and the medical examiner said that Zimmerman was one or two skull-whacks from dead.

That *is* reasonable doubt, whether you agree or not, according to a jury of his peers. .

Zimmerman's rights must be weighed against Martin's

RIghts weighting happens in civil cases. Never, ever in criminal cases. .

Martin's right to life is treated in such relativist terms

You're just mis-using legal sounding words and waving your hands around. Court operates by strict rules. There was only one question on the docket: can we prove that Zimmerman did this? The answer came back "no."

There is no question of a dead man's right to life in a murder trial until intent is established. .

Otherwise, we would have to conclude that courts can cherrypick when the different rights of people come into conflict.

My opinion is that you have shown no adequate logic which leads to this conclusion. .

If he did attack Zimmerman and had lived, his sentence would have been what...

I'm guessing, since it depends on who prosecuted, what quality of job they did, whether Martin swayed them at all, whether the judge permitted the age to be taken into account, and probably most compellingly, just how bad the assault was.

Since the medical examiner said two more of those whacks and Zimmerman would be dead, I feel that it's quite likely that Zimmerman now has brain damage. Now I don't know about Florida, but I think in California that's an automatic upgrade to PC 245(a)(1) Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and then it's state felony $10k + 2-4 years per count (that is, every time he smashes his head into the ground, it's another 2-4 years) plus restitution (which, for brain injuries, can easily be six or seven figures.)

So what do you figure, four before Zimmerman got the gun pointed the right way? I mean, it's completely hypothetical.

But that's 8-16 for the head to concrete alone. Then there's all the other missteps along the way, and if they're out for blood, they'll charge each one.

about 9 months ago
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George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

stonecypher Re:gun rights are not in question (1737 comments)

It doesn't really matter if Zimmerman is credible.

Innocent until proven guilty. It's a pithy slogan until you have to apply it; then it's gut wrenching to stay austere.

Can you prove guilt?

about 9 months ago
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George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

stonecypher Re:not 'self defense' (1737 comments)

The way the law reads, lethal force is allowed if a reasonable person in his position would think that their life is in danger.

I am not disputing you. However, I have never liked this; it legitimizes fear without evidence as a reason to attack, and lets after the fact judgment of others be an excuse for why.

Yes, I realize a hard line to be taken on this is impractical; how do you know whether you're stopping a rape or two consenting adults in edge play, etc.

But it still makes me uncomfortable, and seems almost certain in my opinion to cause far more harm than it prevents.

This should, in my opinion, fall under "I was being attacked and thought I was in self defense." That's really quite different than standing one's ground; Zimmerman was doing no such thing.

This means, for instance, that if someone has every appearance of intending to beat you to death, you have a right to use lethal force, regardless of what his actual plans were.

Someday, the tragic punchline to this sentence will be "Happy Halloween."

about 9 months ago
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George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

stonecypher Re:not surprised at racism and naive WASPs (1737 comments)

Actually, in most of America it's quite illegal to follow people at night with a loaded firearm.

about 9 months ago
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George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

stonecypher Re:not surprised at racism and naive WASPs (1737 comments)

there is a growing group of people who simply cannot debate ideas

I wonder why you think this is new.

For context, these people generally do not make impacts on history, and are as such forgotten. Next generation won't know about most of our creeps, just like we don't know about most of the previous generation's creeps.

Similarly, people who think classic rock is better than today's music are forgetting everything but the really good stuff. When's the last time you listened to Mott the Hoople?

about 9 months ago
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George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

stonecypher Re:not surprised at racism and naive WASPs (1737 comments)

I think you might be missing his point. Jury selection is not a random sampling, nor is it supposed to be. That jury is supposed to be representative, and it was not.

I think what he meant was "what is the chance that two professional lawyers in a high profile case could go through voir dire and produce a jury this likely to cause later racially toned misapprehension?"

The prosecution should have ensured at least one man, at least one black person, and at least one person from that neighborhood on the jury. The defense should have had at least one man and at least one white person. As much as most Americans (I myself am one) will react poorly to that as if it's a form of discriminatory deck stacking, that's actually how the system is supposed to work; these are the people who, in the decision making process, are supposed to bring germane context to the proceeding. This is why jury nullification is ever a topic in America - in a "queer bashing" there should be a gay person there to explain to the others what it's like to be in the victim's shoes, etc.

about 9 months ago

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Help the Internet Archive After a Fire

stonecypher stonecypher writes  |  about 5 months ago

stonecypher (118140) writes "The offices of The Internet Archive, aka archive.org, aka The Wayback Machine, had a serious fire in the middle of the night Wednesday morning. More than $600,000 of damage to equipment has been discovered, and there are open questions about whether the building may need to be rebuilt. Archive.org has often been an important way to roll back the clock to retain otherwise lost materials, and does a large amount of media distribution for groups which cannot afford it themselves.

The organization is emphasizing the importance of donations to help rebound from the damages. You can act directly at their web page, or through the crowdfunding site CrowdTilt to encourage viral distribution.

https://archive.org/donate/index.php

https://www.crowdtilt.com/campaigns/please-help-the-internet-archive-after-their-offices-were-destroyed-in-a-fire"

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Journals

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stonecypher stonecypher writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I wrote something in my journal the other day about the new NSP, and it seems to be gone. Wonder if I just forgot to hit post? Anyway, will replace soon.

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stonecypher stonecypher writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I just got more down mods in three hours than I've gotten in the rest of my eight years on slashdot put together. Most of them don't even make sense; I'm getting flamebait on two-page long posts where the person I'm actually responding to said "I enjoyed this conversation."

It's fairly clear that I'm being stalked by an out of control abuser. Pity of the problem is that Slashdot doesn't allow me to say "ah, it's this person who set *all* of my down mods."

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Bloggy. Bah.

stonecypher stonecypher writes  |  about 8 years ago

Yeah, so I bit the bullet and made a blog. Granted it's not like this journal was ever particularly active anyway; still it's a more natural format, so off it goes.

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Wifi Bounty!

stonecypher stonecypher writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Huhu. I can't believe the DS WiFi Bounty that I set up hit slashdot, g4 tech tv, arstechnica, hackaday, gamedev.net, and so on.

I also can't believe it's up to eighteen hundred dollars. Huhu indeed, I say; huhu.

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Brain ... are ... teh ... nhhurtttgnnngh

stonecypher stonecypher writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Guh. My rat bastard NN/GA/MTD(f) templated breeding arena monstrosity is almost done, but it's late at night and I can't focus. I just spent an hour and a half explaining simple C++ concepts to what will almost certainly be an unreceptive crowd (due no doubt in no small part to my obvious hatred of bad advice and novices which don't know that they are novices.)

Stupid fucking C can't return arrays. God damnit. So stupid. What a useless limitation. Yay for writing entire templates just to get around simple crap like that.

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First Post

stonecypher stonecypher writes  |  more than 10 years ago

'cause I mean really, when the hell else am I ever gonna write that? :D

So, I looked into friends and foes and whatnot today, for the first time. Much to my surprise, I have fans, and even a foe. I have no idea who he is, though the name rings a bell; kinda wish I knew why he hated me. Heh.

So I'm bored, right? That's why I'm writing in my SlashDot journal? I got completely the wrong idea of a project as my first project at this new job that I've got. So today it has to be done, and earlier they told me that DataTac, which we don't have seriously any documentation for whatsoever, apparently has this disgusting paucity of upstream. And I'm feeling stupid because I read the motorola docs about the thing, and it said best of class data transfer, and somehow it never occurred to me to look at the dates in the publication.

I'm having to start over. :D It's 6:43 and I need to replicate a low-bandwidth IRCish chat system and client before I go home.

Time to read Slashdot. (sigh)

Really, I need to let my mind congeal a bit. But this'll be cool. I can do this. I'm invincible. Read some slashdot, let the back of my head work on the problem for a second. Start wondering about my fans, too. What the hell came flooding turdlike out of my mouth that they apparently liked? I do two things here: I rant on a few topics that I know better than the average bear (emphasis on the word few,) and I make fun of people because of bad argument and bad grammar, which usually elicits more of both.

(Actually, I think I had someone stalking me for a little bit. Tres paranoid, I know, but still, I had the same kind of bizarre halfspeak, very heavy on sexual preference jokes and high-and-mighty-ism, following me around as an anonymous coward on anything I said for a few days. Seems to be gone. Maybe it's the citronella.)

But, I donno. It's cool. I like working here. The people are laid back and can laugh, everyone's making enough money so there's no getting-by stress, and they're okay with me screwing around for ten minutes every so often while I work on a problem.

They understand nerds.

So, this week I've been called an arrogent fucktard, a condesending bastard, and a jackass. I'm not a fucktard. The rest... well, great work, sherlock. Do I look insulted?

Enough ranting. I'm still not funny. I'm starting to think that KFC gets me high; I have a buzz and all I've really done today were some crispy strips. (In a needle.)

Have fun, kids, and maybe I'll write something else in a year or two.

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