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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

stud9920 Re:RIP argument of authority (1037 comments)

I'm also mentioning this in my post, "affirmation of the BS". But at least they get exposed to the differing view.

about 6 months ago

How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

stud9920 Re:Good! (1037 comments)

point 4. "of" is not a verb. Additionally, science never claimed consanguineous children are necessarily unhealthy, it only tells they will be if a defect is not counterbalanced with a healthy gene. This is why hemophiliacs are mostly always males, as females rarely have BOTH X chromosomes fucked up, while the Y chromosome doesn't carry that gene to begin with.

about 6 months ago

How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

stud9920 RIP argument of authority (1037 comments)

The Internet simply destroyed the argument of authority. Whoever has access to the Internet has to possibility to check facts, and will be exposed to debunk of the BS, affirmation of the BS, BS ate my balls, BS's tweets. "Authority says so, it must be true" is doomed with the ease of checking, although this is somewhat balanced by the ease to forward BS you hear on your Facebook account, itself balanced by obsessive compulsive nerds like myself who take a pride in debunking it in less than 12 seconds.
Then seven years ago smartphones came along, and even at the bar BS is easily debunked. Some story some dude tells at the bar can't leave a mark in people's subconscious anymore.

about 6 months ago

Another Possible Voynich Breakthrough

stud9920 Re:EUREKA!!! (160 comments)


about 8 months ago

South Korean Court Rules That Phone Bloatware Must Be Deletable

stud9920 Re:South Korean Government: (138 comments)

Good on anti-trust enforcement..

Then how come they HAVE to run Windows only software in order to do e-gov and e-banking related stuff?

about 9 months ago

Mozilla Is Mapping Cell Towers and WiFi Access Points

stud9920 Re:Privacy (113 comments)

whoa! 2005 is so gonna blow my mind!

about 9 months ago

Creationism In Texas Public Schools

stud9920 Re:Humans are ignorant. Critical thinking IS king! (770 comments)

Do I believe in the lessons in the Bible? Sure I do.

Either you're a dangerous sociopath, either you cherry picked the lessons that make sense and chose to ignore the others. What other holy book did you use as an axiomatic ruleset to do the cherry picking ?

about 9 months ago

Creationism In Texas Public Schools

stud9920 Re:WTF do I care? (770 comments)

If parents want to turn their kids into idiots, that less competition for me when the world needs real engineers to do real shit (stuff that requires real math, not prayer).

I used to think the kids getting more stupid was a good thing for those who don't as it meant less competition. But then I thought that eventually, we'd have to support these dumb fucks, either by some kind of welfare system, either by other solutions all worse. Ultimately, with your level of education remaining the same, you'd be better off with them out-competing then supporting you.

about 9 months ago

Coca-Cola Reserves a Massive Range of MAC Addresses

stud9920 Re:Not cans (371 comments)

The biggest hassles are [...] and learning a new number.

Which is why they print it on a card...

about 10 months ago

France's 'Culture Tax' Could Hit YouTube and Facebook

stud9920 Re: Frogs (314 comments)

...and all the adult jokes removed / replaced by teenage wee-wee poop jokes, because the latter are ok

about 10 months ago

Clam That Was Killed Determining Its Age Was Over 100 Years Older Than Estimated

stud9920 Re:"When the rockets go up.... (366 comments)

...and additionally the logistics behind the V-2 was an economic catastrophe that cost way more to the German war effort than to the British morale.

about a year ago

How Big Data Is Destroying the US Healthcare System

stud9920 Re:Healthcare vs. Insurance (507 comments)

Another important difference is what can be done to correct things. If I am a terrible driver, I can be quite motivated to stop crashing, or stop driving. However, increasing your premiums doesn't make people stop having type 1 diabetes, or magically fixing a bad back. Leukemia? Let's raise your fees, and you'll get better in no time.

Increased premiums, though, ARE what makes a nation of cowards. If you look up any extreme or injury heavy sports, you'll see that there are much fewer participants in the USA.
Take for instance paragliding, for which there are 30x more participants in France than in the USA (if you take hanggliding into account, which is mostly discarded in Europe as an impractical ancestor of paragliding, you'll still get a 6x figure). In Western Europe, any injury short of death is covered mostly free of charge. In the USA you'll have to sell your house (if you have one) to pay the medical bills. In the end, I suspect only wealthy people engage in such sports

about a year ago

Motorola's "Project Ara" Will Allow Users To Customize Their Smartphones

stud9920 Re:Remember when (112 comments)

You could buy computers with backs that opened, and you could configure them with new hardware...

Yeah, too bad you can't swap monitors, graphic adaptors, hard disks or SSDs, cpus and memory anymore. The evil corporations took away that possibility to increase profit. Oh wait, you can still do that.

about a year ago

Bloody Rag May Not Have Touched Louis XVI's Severed Head

stud9920 Re:So What? (87 comments)

Isn't France on a republic or two beyond that one by now?

You're fooling yourself! They're living in a dictatorship! A self-perpetuating autocracy in which the working classes--

1 year,11 days

Why the FAA May Finally Relax In-Flight Device Rules

stud9920 Re:Hope the committee has a better grasp of units (278 comments)

That, plus if you're going to stay in your silly little imperial club with Liberia and Myanmar, you don't get to impose your silly spelling for "metre"

1 year,13 days

Over 100 Missing Episodes of Doctor Who Located

stud9920 Re:Interesting. (158 comments)

I have to wonder exactly how many episodes of, say, daytime soap operas are lost. Many? Most? The airing schedule on some of the longest-running is so frequent that catching up from a series from beginning to end (if it were possible) would take 6 or so years if you tried to plow through at 40 hours a week.

Generally, when you skip a year or so, the same conversation is still ongoing. So watching an episode per season is enough

1 year,14 days

Ask Slashdot: Can Valve's Steam Machines Compete Against the Xbox One and PS4?

stud9920 Re:For me - yes (348 comments)

First, you have the Madden crowd - good luck getting EA to budge on releasing sports games for the PC again.

FIFA 14, running the same engine as your silly ballet with epaulettes, is still being published to Windows

1 year,18 days

Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

stud9920 Re:More importantly (1293 comments)

From Bash
Seppukakke: You know, in the Old Testament, God was full of Wroth and Vengeance. You did bad stuff, he rained brimstone down on your ungrateful ass or harrassed your people with 7 plagues.
Seppukakke: In the New Testament, its like he has turned over a new leaf, you don't hear some much of the nasty things he did to his people (because if you believe in it, everyone on earth is his creation)
Seppukakke: You know what happened around the time between the New Testament and the Old Testament?
Seppukakke: He got laid.

1 year,27 days

NIH Studies Universal Genome Sequencing At Birth

stud9920 Dematerialization (128 comments)

why even take the baby home? Isn't the DNA sequence stored somewhere in the cloud equivalent ?

about a year ago


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