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Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

sudon't Antibiotics Should Be Schedule 1 (122 comments)

I have long thought that recreational drugs should be legalized, while antibiotics should be treated the way we treat controlled substances. After all, recreational drugs hurt no one, except in a minority of cases, the user, while misuse of antibiotics threaten everybody. Besides, it'll provide employment to drug cops once we've finally ended prohibition.

2 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

sudon't Science Should be Spockian (898 comments)

Science should be conducted in a "Spockian" manner, however difficult it may be to do that. That is the only way to get to truth. But it's absurd to say we don't find meaning in these truths. Knowing the true vastness of the universe is so much more inspiring than imagining God walking around above our heads in the heavens, with Earth as the center of focus. Imagining the evolution of life over vast eons is way more mind-blowing than imagining God, like a cheap magician, poofing things into existence. That some people are too small-minded to see it, doesn't make that the fault of how science is, and must, be done.

It is a Spockian universe. There is no intrinsic "meaning" to it, except that which we as individuals ascribe to it. Allow me to quote, (or paraphrase, if my memory doesn't serve me), the great philosopher, Robert Crumb:

Flaky Foont: "What does it all mean?

Mr. Natural: "It don't mean shit."

Those profound words have stuck with me since I first read them, as a child, back in the late sixties/early seventies. Nihilism is not a philosophy of despair. It merely shows us we have to derive our own meanings.

4 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

sudon't Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (898 comments)

Pretty much what I was going to mention. The US has a very active Christian fundamentalist contingent, which is constantly trying to insert their beliefs into public life, including into schools. Atheists have been forced to organize and push back here in the States. Then again, as an atheist, I can't imagine dating a theist. How could I respect someone who believes obvious nonsense? Same goes for friends, really. I would find it difficult to view them as peers. But I never have any desire to discuss the topic. It seems pointless. I would love to live in a society where the topic never came up.

4 days ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

sudon't Re:I plan to wear my finest tinfoil hat! (151 comments)

I'm sure there's a word for this, but "tinfoil," like "dashboard," is one of those words that stuck around, and was repurposed, long after the original item disappeared. But I would suggest that aluminum foil is every bit as effective, for all uses, as actual tin foil. Just use Reynold's Heavy-Duty.

4 days ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

sudon't Backup My Data (151 comments)

I guess I could've said, "backup my data," but I do that anyway. I also already stock up on toilet paper and water because I hate shopping. You can only shoot one gun at a time, so stock up on ammo if you like. But I don't think it'll repel a coronal mass ejection.

4 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

sudon't Re:What is the Point? (587 comments)

What's the point of these statistics? There are thirty to forty-thousand deaths each year caused by cars, and nobody is calling for the abolition of cars. Yet, any time the gun subject comes up, everyone trots out their fave statistics. We have an unfortunate tendency to think we have the right to curtail the rights of others, simply because they may, or may not, harm themselves, whether physically or morally. Even worse, is this idea we can pre-empt crimes by curtailing rights. This is where the debate should be.

We already have laws, in most cases, against harming others, (apparently, it's perfectly legal to destroy the economy for your own gain). What gives us the right to dictate how others should live? The idea of liberalism used to be that we don't have that right. But now, those that call themselves Liberals have adopted from the Right, the idea that we do have the right to coerce others "for their own good," or gods help me, "for the children." Hence anti-gun, anti-soda pop, anti-smoker, anti-fast (and inexpensive) food legislation, etc., etc... How is this different from, say, the Right's blue laws? This is how we end up with travesties like prohibition. I would submit that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights deny us the right to pursue happiness only when we trespass upon the right of our fellows to do the same. Statistics have no bearing on this topic.

4 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

sudon't Re:What about other devices? (418 comments)

The difference in the case of Macs is that you're not being charged extra for the OS, and of course, both items are made by the same company. Perhaps they figure that cost in, but it is much different than buying a Dell computer preloaded with Microsoft Windows, and being asked to pay extra for Windows. TFA also mentions having to buy non-free, compatible software. This is also not an issue with Mac OS.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

sudon't Maybe I Need to See the Commercial (471 comments)

Full disclosure: I've been using Apple computers since 1986, so yeah, I'm an Apple fan.

When I first heard Apple was coming out with a phone, I was very skeptical. I mean, it's just a phone, right? I couldn't think of any reason why I'd want one. Then I saw the first iPhone commercials, and knew immediately that I needed an iPhone.

Now, I cannot think of a single reason why I'd want an Apple Watch. I wonder if I'll be swayed, once I see what it can do? Somehow, I think not. But, I've been wrong before. So, to answer the OP's question, I cannot think of a single thing.

about a week ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

sudon't Re: Broken light bulbs. (173 comments)

You should know better than to drink and post!

I'm not sure what specific problems are caused by mercury exposure, but lead from leaded gasoline has been correlated with the rise in crime during the twentieth century. To my knowledge, gasoline contains no significant amount of mercury, if any. I think most of our mercury exposure comes from seafood and coal plant emissions. Is mercury thought to be responsible for behavior problems, as well?

about a week ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

sudon't Re:Empirical Data Trumps Information Theory (211 comments)

There's a difference between the colloquial use of the word "theory" and the scientific use, which many people don't understand. In the colloquial use, "theory" means "hypothesis," so that the layman becomes confused when it's used in science. Hence expressions like, "only a theory." Even educated people will use expressions like, "Gravity is only a theory," as if that explained anything.

But this is how language works. Meanings shift through use (or misuse) over time. Think of how the word "addiction" is now used to describe anything from actual addiction, to compulsive behavior, to anything you might enjoy, or do, often. The meaning has become so watered-down that I believe we may need a new word to describe actual addiction. Perhaps the same is true of "theory?"

about a week ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

sudon't Helium? (296 comments)

You guys are discussing the helium reserves? I want to know how long it'll be before I can get one on Amazon for $99.

about a week ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

sudon't Re:please (307 comments)

If I remember correctly, the attackers were able to work out the answers to the account's "secret questions" because, you know, celebrities, and thus change the password. So, if you call that a brute force attack... I'd be very surprised to learn that a true brute-force, or a dictionary attack was employed. Very surprised.

about two weeks ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

sudon't Re: Broken light bulbs. (173 comments)

Are you confusing leaded gasoline with mercury from coal emissions? Because I haven't yet heard of mercury being blamed for the rise of criminality in the twentieth century.

about two weeks ago
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

sudon't Re:well... (246 comments)

Yes. This whole business of corporate welfare needs to stop. What we have now is an arms race of tax breaks, with states like Texas giving up 50% of their tax revenues to large, well-established corporations. It's one thing to help a business get a leg up, but quite another when states constantly fight to underbid one another just to entice business to their states.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

sudon't Re:Today's business class is the 70s' economy clas (814 comments)

I can confirm that, and add that flying actually used to be fun. Fun! Imagine that. Kids, I'm going to tell you, it was a flying cocktail party, (excepting morning flights, of course). If you made it there fifteen minutes before the scheduled departure, and you didn't need to check baggage, you had plenty of time. Sure, you had to take the metal out of your pockets, but if you had a little dope in there, no one was going to look. Now, you're treated like a convict entering a prison. An over-crowded prison, at that.

I used to love flying. Now I hate it with a passion.

about two weeks ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

sudon't Is This a Real Problem? (595 comments)

Is this a real problem? How many guys are slipping Mickeys these days, that the ladies need to wear testers when they go out? Are things really so uncivilized today? In my day, you politely asked a girl whether or not she'd care for a Quaalude. But then again, you could be certain the answer would be, "Yes!"

about three weeks ago
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Study: Social Networks Have Negative Effect On Individual Welfare

sudon't Re:"Moderation?" Don't you mean "Censorship?" (76 comments)

Facebook (and Google) is already deciding what you will see, based upon who they think you want to see. Or, in the case of Google, what you want to see. You can try to get more neutral search results by never signing in, and by tossing cookies regularly, (or using a different search engine), but you cannot do that with Facebook. It really annoys me that Facebook decides who I get to see in my feed. Just because I don't reply to someone's posts doesn't mean I don't want to see their posts.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

sudon't Re:Double-edged razor (635 comments)

I still shave with my sword. I keep a clean chin so that my enemy has nothing to grasp. And, if it's not sharp enough to give me a close shave, then I know it's not ready for battle. It's the manly way to shave, (and my wife never tries to borrow it). I'm sorry but, safety razors are for girls.

about three weeks ago

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