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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

tolkienfan Re: Haleluja ... (669 comments)

Actually, you don't fully understand causation. I know this because nobody does. Also, the nature of time itself isn't understood. How can there even BE a BEFORE the beginning of time for the act of creation to occur in?

about a month and a half ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

tolkienfan Re: Let me butt in one second. (669 comments)

I've read a substantial volume of atheist literature and blogs, etc. None of it supports your claim. The contrary. Most of the prominent atheist authors point out how valuable christianity has been to science, progress, morality etc. They also point out how much ill has been done in the name of religion, even at the direct instruction of religious leadership. None of this is inconsistent.

about a month and a half ago
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Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops To Deceive Judges About Surveillance Tech

tolkienfan Re:Why are all of you so naive ? (251 comments)

Er, he was suggesting targetting the stngrays not the official cell towers...

about 6 months ago
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How MIT and Caltech's Coding Breakthrough Could Accelerate Mobile Network Speeds

tolkienfan Re:what the FEC... (129 comments)

Is there a paper I could read. This looks ineresting.

about 7 months ago
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Apple's Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

tolkienfan Re:Fix according to Apple is (415 comments)

That makes me wince.

about 7 months ago
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Gen. Keith Alexander On Metadata, Snowden, and the NSA: "We're At Greater Risk"

tolkienfan Re:probabilities? (238 comments)

The NSAs main purpose used to be codebreaking. I bet a number of years ago a report was sent to the top describing how with modern (at the time) methods encryption would be impossible to crack in any reasonable amount of time and resources. So they switched to the alternative of snooping on the data while it was in plaintext, and trying to introduce weaknesses into future encryption schemes, and using side channels to pick up snippets. Hence their whole existance is based largely on mass surveillance.

about 7 months ago
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Glenn Greenwald: How the NSA Tampers With US Made Internet Routers

tolkienfan Re:Fuck the foreigners Re:What about inbound? (347 comments)

That's what we want to change. The biggest problem is that the enemy of the NSA is anyone that would oppose it, or tear it down. It will move to defend itself by using it's considerable power. It needs to be torn down and replaced with an entity with a more targeted mission and more oversight.

about 7 months ago
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Glenn Greenwald: How the NSA Tampers With US Made Internet Routers

tolkienfan Re:Fuck the foreigners Re:What about inbound? (347 comments)

Creator can be a metaphore here. It doesn't need an agent for the passage to serve its purpose. There is speculation that some of the founding fathers were atheists despite much of the language that was used. The salient point is that we have rights from the moment we exist.

about 7 months ago
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Glenn Greenwald: How the NSA Tampers With US Made Internet Routers

tolkienfan Re:Fuck the foreigners Re:What about inbound? (347 comments)

I'm sorry, I the the danger is more "what happens when those with the data decide to use it for nefarious purposes?". The existance of such an enormous body of data will mean some people will misuse it. And they ALREADY have!

about 7 months ago
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Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

tolkienfan Re: No story here, move along (208 comments)

Science is created by man. But some theories are consistent with others. You can't have a physical system with inconsistent math. So, actually, you do have a choice. You choose the theories that are most consistent with theory. Your idea of a physical universe with no irrational lengths would imply untenable consequences. But you can choose to subscribe to it if you wish.

about 7 months ago
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Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

tolkienfan Re: No story here, move along (208 comments)

If you make the statement that the diagonal is quantized, you're either saying you have a measurement problem, or you're throwing out mathematical consistency. I personally think we're much better off keeping the irrational numbers.

about 7 months ago
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Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

tolkienfan Re: No story here, move along (208 comments)

You switched from talking about Planck's constant, saying roughly that it couldn't be irrational, to planck length. But even still, irrational lengths would still exist. E.g. make a square 1x1. What's the distance across the diagonal? It's either irrational or you've given up orthogonality.

about 7 months ago
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Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

tolkienfan Re: No story here, move along (208 comments)

By that reasoning you could choose units such that all measurements are in exact integers, which is ridiculous.

about 7 months ago
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Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

tolkienfan Re: No story here, move along (208 comments)

Are you suggesting irrational numbers can't arise in a "quantized" world?

about 7 months ago
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Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

tolkienfan Re: No story here, move along (208 comments)

No, he's not. There isn't any reason to expect that the ratio of radius to circumference of a physical circle is raional, especially if Planck's constant is irrational. There is also no reason to expect such a ratio to be the same for all such "circles", hence no single constant pi. Personally I prefer the purely analytical definition of pi...

about 7 months ago
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Grading Software Fooled By Nonsense Essay Generator

tolkienfan Re:Architecture School! (187 comments)

I write things for myself, which I will likely never read again. People often write things for the purpose of documenting details which will likely not, but may, be used in the future.

about 7 months ago
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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

tolkienfan Re:Difference between erratic & erotic (600 comments)

I think different people are studying the origins of the universe vs the general population's understanding of science. I for one am interested in both. It bothers me greatly that the people running the country don't generally have much understanding of science. I think it might be handy, esp. for things like the dept of energy, but what do I know?

about 8 months ago

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DOJ to intervene in EFF vs AT&T's surveillance lawsuit

tolkienfan tolkienfan writes  |  more than 8 years ago http://www.eff.org/news/archives/2006_04.php#004613

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