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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

vistic What's the point? (226 comments)

Do you feel the job of science advisor on a show like BBT is pointless since actual smart people / nerds don't like it or watch it?

Why care about scientific accuracy for an audience that won't notice, check, or care anyway?

about two weeks ago
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

vistic Re:That kinda sucks (172 comments)

The hardware seemed like it was pretty solid.
But their interface on the readers themselves was pretty bad, and their desktop app to load books onto the reader was absolutely the worst.

about a month and a half ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

vistic Re:Nerd Blackface (442 comments)

Well put.

A lot of people I know love this show, and I have a hard time articulating what exactly it is about the show that I find so frustrating or annoying.

In this case it's not even that people think they understand geeks/nerds from watching this show... it's that they think they ARE geeks/nerds because they watch this show. "I love BBT! I'm such a nerd!"

We are spoiled now with great shows on TV... we aren't desperate. I don't understand why BBT exists. There's no need.

about a month and a half ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

vistic Re:Diesel? (377 comments)

I think maybe performance has improved. I have a hard time starting from a full stop and not squealing my tires a lot of times.

about 3 months ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

vistic Re:Diesel? (377 comments)

So far I love it. I got my Insight in July 2009. So coming from 5 years and 85,000 miles of driving a Hybrid almost anything is going to feel pretty powerful. But the TDI has a turbocharger and I feel it kick in all the time (may also be due to how I drive). I don't have experience driving really sporty cars, but I can say it's definitely more powerful and handles better than any of the cars I owned before the Insight hybrid (namely: Jeep Cherokee, Pontiac Grand Am V6, Honda Civic).

about 3 months ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

vistic Diesel? (377 comments)

I switched from Hybrid to Diesel.

(2010 Honda Insight to 2014 VW Golf TDI).

They're popular in Europe, and I guess finally starting to get a little more popular in the US now. This year Mazda is introducing a Diesel in the US for the first time (I think) with the Mazda 6 SkyActiv-D.

about 3 months ago
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200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

vistic Everyone creates arbitrary lines (628 comments)

Vegetarianism is about the minimization of cruelty and suffering.

Plant life does not factor into it because they can not suffer. They can’t suffer because they have no nervous system with which to think. They also have no physical mechanisms with which to feel pain. And even if they did, they have no thoughts, so the pain would mean nothing. They have no fear, panic, or sadness. They live, but they live without consciousness. So you can not torture a plant or make it suffer.

On the animal spectrum, not all animals are the same since some animals have small brains and simple thoughts and other animals have complex brains and complex thoughts. At the top of the animal spectrum you have humans with the most complex brains and abstract thoughts and intense sensations of fear. Humans have a high capacity to suffer. On the other end of the spectrum you have animals like spiders with comparatively simple nervous systems and simple thoughts. They have a much smaller capacity to suffer. That’s why it would feel more painful to watch someone rip the legs off a spider than watch someone rip the legs off a cat or horse or chimpanzee. So there’s a spectrum of animals ordered by how self-aware they are and how complex their thinking is: spiders, fish, chickens, ravens, octopus, cats, dogs, pigs, cows, horses, dolphins, gorillas, chimpanzees, humans... roughly something like that. Everyone draws a line on the spectrum, whether consciously or unconsciously, what they are comfortable with. Some people are fine eating fish and chicken, but not pigs and cows. Other people are fine eating pigs and cows, but not chimpanzees, who are almost human. Some people are even fine eating chimpanzees and feel no empathy when they shout and panic. Almost everyone at least agrees that it’s not ok to eat humans. But some people even do that. A vegetarian draws the line at it being not ok to eat any animal.

Some people argue that oysters, despite being animals, are vegetarian. They aren’t, by definition of the word vegetarian, but it is true that the argument for plants applies to oysters. Oysters do not have a central nervous system, no consciousness, and no thoughts. So they can not suffer.

Not all vegetarians are vegetarian for the same reasons. Some people have a spiritual belief that all life is sacred and equal, but that’s not my belief and not something that’s supported by any facts I’ve seen. What I outlined above, though, is simple fact and simple reasoning.

about 8 months ago
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Musk Lashes Back Over Tesla Fire Controversy

vistic Re:How about NEW cars? (487 comments)

Why are you confusing the magnitude of the speed with how common the speed is? High speed doesn't become slow speed just because most people regularly drive at high speed.

about 10 months ago
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Movie Review: Ender's Game

vistic Re:It's a shame homophobephobes won't see it (732 comments)

Oleophobic phone screens also object to these false "phobias"... it's not like they have a fear of oil.

Speaking of oil... oil molecules object to being called "hydrophobic"... it's not like they're actually scared of water.

Or maybe you don't understand language very well. I suppose you could go to Merriam-Webster's website and search for "-phobia" and read the fascinating ways this suffix is used in the English language, but that's probably too much trouble.

about 10 months ago
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Popular Science Is Getting Rid of Comments

vistic Re:Moo (473 comments)

In Korea, only old people comment on Slashdot.

about a year ago
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Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For Ender's Game Movie

vistic Re:Who Cares? (1448 comments)

Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia which ruled on anti-miscegenation laws... at that time, mixed-race marriage had less popular support than same-sex marriage does now.

Based on your arguments, I am assuming you disagree with Loving v. Virginia and think it was wrong for the court to force acceptance of people of different races marrying each other.

Sometimes you have to do what's right because its right rather than wait for popular opinion to catch up.

about a year ago
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Kobo CEO Says Not Selling Washing Machines Key To Overtaking Amazon

vistic Re:Kobo #2? Really? (207 comments)

Kobo has made a big push internationally where other companies aren't really doing much e-book business.

about a year ago
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Kobo CEO Says Not Selling Washing Machines Key To Overtaking Amazon

vistic Re:Except its a lie. (207 comments)

I joined Kobo when they had about 50 employees and worked there for a year and a half. They had recently spun-off from Chapters/Indigo and renamed themselves from Shortcovers to Kobo.

The Rakuten acquisition happened shortly after I left, but I imagine the only real impact to Kobo is in terms of having more financial backing and maybe it even helps them partner up with different book retailers in different companies.

I can guarantee washing machines aren't on anyone's mind at Kobo HQ.

about a year ago
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Life After MS-DOS: FreeDOS Keeps On Kicking

vistic Re:That's awesome! (255 comments)

I'm trying to figure out if you're referring to Shawn of the Dead, and mistakenly thinking that the "Blue Monday" New Order record was a real 5.25" floppy disk.

about a year and a half ago
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Updated Model Puts Earth On the Edge of the Habitable Zone

vistic Re:Wow (264 comments)

They were making a valid point about how this would indicate we are not right in the middle of a goldilocks zone, which one would expect if creationism were true.

Then you went crazy. Quote a single word that indicated bigotry? The only hatred I see is in your rant.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Microsoft's Surface Pro Could Fail

vistic Re:Stupid (442 comments)

To run full x86 applications will drain battery

Huh?

about 2 years ago
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Radio Shack's TRS-80 Turns 35

vistic Re:vintage computers (231 comments)

I have that cart... and I always wanted to get into it but never could. Maybe its because I didnt have the manual and I was always just guessing at what the commands / syntax could be.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Place To Relocate?

vistic Re:I'm from Canada too, but I disagree with you. (999 comments)

I'm from the USA and lived in Canada for a while, now back in the USA again. I've visited UK, Australia, India, China, and Brazil. I think long term however many years down the line I'd like to go back to Canada eventually.

more than 2 years ago
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Radio Shack's TRS-80 Turns 35

vistic Re:vintage computers (231 comments)

Many models of Color Computer II?

I think there was just one, with maybe a few different options for how much RAM you got.

There were two different looking versions of the original Color Computer though, as I recall, one silver and one beige, with maybe different keyboards. But the Color Computer 2 (roman numerals were for the Apple) looked pretty much like the Color Computer 3.

more than 2 years ago
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Radio Shack's TRS-80 Turns 35

vistic Re:vintage computers (231 comments)

I can still fire up the ol' Tandy Color Computer 2 and put those 64Ks through their paces with a rousing game of Pooyan, Demon Attack, or Dragonfire.

more than 2 years ago

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FL Rejects Evolution as Reason Universe Formed

vistic vistic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Corby Ziesman (556838) writes "Daily Kos reports that the Florida Citizens for Science have discovered Taylor County has passed an Intelligent-Design-friendly resolution asking that the "State Board of Education direct the Florida Department of Education to revise/edit the new Sunshine State Standards for Science so that evolution is presented as one of several theories as to how the universe was formed." This seems quite reasonable, as most scientists would also agree that the Theory of Evolution does not describe the formation of the Universe."
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