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New Documentary Chronicles Road Tripping Scientists Promoting Reason

wazzzup Re:Hate comes in many forms (674 comments)

Was there a way to measure the mass of a black hole or the level of gamma radiation released from it in 1589? Did black holes exist in 1589?

about 4 months ago
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New Documentary Chronicles Road Tripping Scientists Promoting Reason

wazzzup Re:False equivalency. (674 comments)

(1) Simply because science has no definitive means to describe a particular phenomenon does not disprove the whole of science, or any particular theory or hypothesis, nor represent evidence for a deity or set of deities. Nor does it mean science will forever not have a way to.

Never said it did. Anywhere. I love science.

(2) The older couple passing out DVDs are not trying to tell you what legally consenting adult you can or can't fuck, or that you should remain indoors on a particular day, or that you should devote any amount of time to praying in a particular direction every day, or whether or not you can eat meat on a particular day, or that the members of the other gender are less than you, etc. What they might push is a stay in school mentality. The horror.

So, you're equivocating relatively recent rules espoused by a man-made institution with some sort of evidence of the non-existence of the supernatural?

(3) Of course there are bad apples among atheists as with any group, but no soldier has ever killed a man, woman or child in the name of atheism. Aside from greed, God is the only other cause of war.

The title of my post is "hate comes in many forms", not "hate comes in identical forms."

(4) For all the intellectualism you would no doubt like ascribed to your post, from the undeserved rating to the overt "I'm above even he" mentality, you are owed none of it. For one thing, the nonsensical "atheists are just as bad" view you've adopted / espouse is the common neckbeard position on forums and imageboards the world over. For another, whoever originally came up with the view was clearly not aware of Dawkins' actual views or work. He freely admits his errors. He freely points to where science has gotten things wrong.

I start out by saying "I have no qualms against atheists nor people who believe in the supernatural. I do have an issue with those in these groups..." and end by saying "ignoring the veracity of the content of Dawkin's beliefs, simply recognize Dawkin's actions." I don't see where I ascribed all atheists as having a negative message, just Dawkins and his followers. That was the point. The irony that Richard Dawkins and his followers have the same negative message as the people he is so against.

Have a lovely day.

No intellectual touché or overt "I'm above even he" to be taken from that, is there?

about 4 months ago
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New Documentary Chronicles Road Tripping Scientists Promoting Reason

wazzzup Re:Hate comes in many forms (674 comments)

The flaw in this statement makes the assumption that, "I am now going to believe in this because somebody said this."

Many, previously non-religious people - atheists and agnostics alike - have had religious or supernatural experiences that they lack the ability to explain. Just because our language is inadequate or that people inadequately apply language to describe an experience doesn't mean the experience wasn't genuine.

about 4 months ago
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New Documentary Chronicles Road Tripping Scientists Promoting Reason

wazzzup Hate comes in many forms (674 comments)

I have no qualms against atheists nor people who believe in the supernatural. It doesn't bother me that either group of people exists. I do have an issue with those in these groups that ascribe to a system of hate and exclusion in order to identify the who's with them and who's against them. Ironically, the most extreme members of these particular types of folks so often fail to see they are what they hate. They operate in the same ways - they identify themselves as part of an enlightened, exclusive group that is superior to the other and engages in spreading that belief to others.

I was recently at our local high school football game and an older couple was passing out Richard Dawkins DVDs to the crowd. How is that any different than a holy roller passing out Bible tracts at a football game? How is Richard Dawkins going off on a barnstorming tour to save the world from religion different than Billy Graham going on a world tour to save the souls of the lost?

Science tells me that its understand of the laws of physics stops at a black hole's singularity? Does that mean I disbelieve the singularity exists because science has no way of describing the singularity? Superstring theory tells me that 10 dimensions of spacetime exist and bosonic string theory 26. Is it then possible that, if true, we can't (yet? ever?) comprehend events or life that takes place beyond our 3 dimensions of existence or that events from these dimensions can affect the reality of ours? Why is it when we speak of entangled quantum particles separated by billions of miles affecting each other instantaneously as a valid theory yet the very real experiences a significant amount of humanity have had and can only explain that it was God (does it matter that they call that experience Buddha, Jesus, Marduk, or Zeus?) as ignorant ramblings? That is, why exactly hasn't religion gone away after all this time?

I guess all I'm saying is, ignoring the veracity of the content of Dawkin's beliefs, simply recognize Dawkin's actions for what it is: I'm better than those folks over there and if you're smart you'd join my side and liberate yourself from your current misguided life. Personally, I choose to keep a more open mind to possible explanations of reality than Dawkins and (insert religious fundamentalist figurehead here) choose to.

about 4 months ago
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Google Raises Campaign Funds For Climate Change Denier

wazzzup Do No Evil... (365 comments)

...up until that point in which it becomes advantageous to do evil.

about 9 months ago
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Xbox 720 Could Require Always-On Connection, Lock Out Used Games

wazzzup Re:If these rumors are true (592 comments)

Mod up. Parent is spot-on.

I have an Xbox and my kids have an Xbox. I have to go through great pains to be able to get both of us to play DLC. The Steam DRM scheme would be quite welcome in our scenario. No DRM would be most welcome but that goes without saying. Sure, they would need to play on the same account so things like achievements would be meaningless but...meh, who cares.

Regarding always-on DRM, we have access to a vacation cabin in the mountains and the boys like to play Xbox at night after a day of fishing and hiking. So, the new scheme would make an Xbox a brick in that location? No thanks. I'm already soured that I can't relax playing my copy of Diablo III there.

This is why I won't be buying a next-gen console. The current DRM scheme has me at my limits. Adding more and you will lose a customer. I've spent thousands of dollars over the life of the 360. Now you will get $0 from me. Will your always-on DRM recoup that loss? Maybe. Seems awfully risky though.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Releases Batch of Windows 8 Input Devices

wazzzup Wedge (Puck) Mouse (156 comments)

It looks like Microsoft is taking a page from Apple and emphasizing design now - along with the warts that go with it. I've never used the wedge mouse but instinct tells me that using one will invoke carpal tunnel induced rage like Apple's Bondi iMac puck mouse and clit-scroll Mighty Mouse.

about a year and a half ago
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12 Dead, 50 Injured at The Dark Knight Rises Showing In Colorado

wazzzup Re:Willing to bet.. (1706 comments)

Well, Rush did claim that Bane, the main villain who has been a Batman character in the comics for at least a decade or more, was propaganda against Mitt Romney because Romney's venture capital firm is named Bain.

So, lets get back to the theory that some right-wing nutjobs that have undue influence over stupid people.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Resources For Identifying Telecom Right-of-Way Locations?

wazzzup Re:County Recorder Office (107 comments)

Forgot to mention, you can contact the local Public Utilities Commission and they made be able to help too.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Resources For Identifying Telecom Right-of-Way Locations?

wazzzup County Recorder Office (107 comments)

Identify the public lands you're interested in and then go to the county government offices (recorder probably) and research easements on those properties. Many counties are starting to put that information up online. Not sure if easements on public lands would show up on tax maps but that would be a place to look as well.

about 2 years ago
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BioWare Announces Free DLC To Add More To the Mass Effect 3 Endings

wazzzup It's not the storytelling of the ending per se, (235 comments)

...it's the way the ending was implemented.

Battle Readiness high or low? Doesn't matter, same cutscene.
Geth or Quarians alive? Doesn't matter, same cutscene.
Rachni queen alive or dead? Doesn't matter, same cutscene.
Renegade or Paragon? Doesn't matter, same cutscene.

Regardless of plot holes and deux ex machina, what pissed me off was that the last 10 minutes of the game was antithetical to the way the entire series - hundreds of hours of playtime - functioned up to that point. The whole frickin' point of Mass Effect was that your choices mattered but ultimately they just didn't. And the fact that choosing control, destroy or synthesize only ended up changing the color of the explosions (okay plants had circuit boards in their leaves if you chose synthesize) was a fart in a bathtub.

I had a Paragon save and a Renegade save from Mass Effect 2 and played the Paragon first. There is no incentive whatsoever to play the Renegade save. I'm not even interested in any DLC because it's all pointless.

about 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs Dead At 56

wazzzup Breaking News (1613 comments)

I just heard Bill Gates tried to kill himself but botched it and is recovering in a Seattle hospital.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask William Shatner Whatever You'd Like

wazzzup Xbox Live Handle (368 comments)

I once saw a XBL gamertag that was Shatnermouth. Is that you? If so, wanna play some Star Trek Legacy sometime?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask William Shatner Whatever You'd Like

wazzzup Re:"Musical" career (368 comments)

Has Been was a very good album. For real. Check it out.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask William Shatner Whatever You'd Like

wazzzup Fanbase (368 comments)

So what are the fans like at the T.J. Hooker conventions?

more than 2 years ago
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Khronos Releases OpenGL 4.2 Specification

wazzzup Re:Are they nuts? (98 comments)

PARENT LINK IS GOATSE

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Releases Mac OS X Lion, Updates Air

wazzzup Re:Why? (453 comments)

I have cable internet with no download caps. However it's looking like my Lion download will be taking 5-6 hours.

Why?

Because Time Warner oversold my node. This became very apparent last week when a thunderstorm briefly knocked out power in my neighborhood my throughput speeds went through the roof - for a little bit. Speeds regularly dip into dialup threshold between 6-8 on weekdays.

Why don't I switch providers? Because they are my only option for internet access aside from dialup and I suppose satellite. So I would imagine that for a great number of people with cable internet and no caps this upgrade still going to be a multi-hour affair.

Count yourself lucky.

more than 2 years ago
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With regards to beer, I prefer it to be:

wazzzup Re:Now I know I'm among friends here on slashdot (840 comments)

It's not being a beer snob. American brews truly are watered down compared to most beer the rest of the world brews. Try a taste test with an MGD 64 and a St. Pauli Girl and the Miller product will have much less flavor in comparison (but you may prefer that). Plus American beers taste awful unless they are ice-cold. A standard brew will taste okay at far warmer temperatures. Also, American beers are all relatively the same. Pour a Bud, a Miller and a Coors in a glass and you'd be hard pressed to tell them apart. They don't have the variety of selection like wheat beers, nut-brown ales, dark lagers, etc. Is it snobbery if someone likes a little variety?

Now, if you prefer the watered down taste that's fine but it's not snobbery if someone prefers a more time-honored and traditional brew.

more than 2 years ago

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