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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

wrf3 Re:No excuses left (390 comments)

But, but, but... regulation is the antithesis of the Capitaist way that our republican Democracy has weaned its children on since it was formed!!


Regulating what to make is the antithesis of Capitalism. Regulating what to charge is the antithesis of Capitalism. Regulation of abuse of monopoly powers is not.

about a month ago

How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

wrf3 Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

If there is such a thing as absolute moral law, then it really has to be absolute, meaning God isn't exempt from it.

That's a big "if". How would you go about showing that there is one moral law to which both man and God are accountable? And what does it even mean to hold God accountable to something? God is existence itself. Surely you cannot undo existence. The best you can do is close your eyes and pretend it has gone away.

And the God you refer to is guilty of multiple genocides.

And you're right back to the "in my opinion God is evil" accusation. But you don't have anything behind it other than your notions of good and evil. Your notions of good and evil are, in part, formed by nature's use of the iterated prisoner's dilemma to ensure some cooperation between individuals where extended cooperation is necessary for raising young. This, in turn, drives the notion that God must (in some way) cooperate with man. When He doesn't, He offends our moral sensibilities. The problem with this is that God does not need our cooperation, so it's a mistake to think that He has to follow our rules.

If he exists, then it is mankind's duty to find him and drag him to Le Hague for trial.

And then what?

about 4 months ago

How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

wrf3 Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

Essentially, that makes God a really king size asshole.

Notice what you did. You made a value judgement which requires knowledge of good and evil. Instead of judging God to be good, you've declared Him to be evil.
But that is something you logically cannot do, since God is the ultimate arbiter, not you. There is no moral yardstick that is external to God and to which both God and man must conform in order to be "good." He, himself, is that yardstick. But, instead, you've made yourself the yardstick.

God has put you in a bind in which there are only two possibilities: either man is "broken" or there is no God. Since we don't like to think of ourselves as broken (and, heaven forbid, agree with what the Bible says about us) some choose the "no God" path. But, since it's based on faulty reasoning, it's akin to whistling past the graveyard.

about 4 months ago

5-Year Mission Continues After 45-Year Hiatus

wrf3 Re:Chris Doohan & Grant Imahara (283 comments)

And don't forget Jamie Bamber as Simone. I didn't recognize him in his spacesuit. When I saw his name in the credits I went back and looked again. Sure enough, another Apollo. Deep stuff -- one Apollo dies, another lives.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

wrf3 Sea of Glass (1365 comments)

by Barry B. Longyear

about 2 years ago

Arizona Attempts To Make Trolling Illegal

wrf3 Re:Remember: (474 comments)

... I have no idea where people came up with the notion they have some inalienable right to not be offended.

Moral relativism run amok. Since each individual decides what is right for themselves, and we have the right to be secure in our own possessions, and our mind is our greatest possession, you don't have the right to upset the world I've constructed in my head. In other words, we've confused feeling good with being good.

more than 2 years ago

Watch IBM's Watson On Jeopardy Tonight

wrf3 Re:On valentine's day (293 comments)

Lot's of techie folks have DVRs. In fact, I just used my iPhone to instruct my DVR to record these Jeopardy episodes.

more than 3 years ago

Watch IBM's Watson On Jeopardy Tonight

wrf3 Re:Yes, Thank Turing We're Not the Media Hype Mach (293 comments)

Watch tonigh and prepare to believe a machine can think.

Being able to answer a certain class of questions (ok, determining a correct question from an answer) does not demonstrate self-awareness. I'm not sure that extrospection without introspection qualifies as thinking, at least, not in the human sense.

more than 3 years ago

Racy Danish Tabloid May Sue Apple For App Rejection

wrf3 Re:Porn. (319 comments)

Oh, lookie... Moderators that disagree. Isn't that cute? I love me some abusive moderators. This is slashdot's strength, ladieez and gentlemen; hiding posts the mods disagree with. C'mon, mod me down some more. No, no, a little to the left. There you go. Ah!

And thus, the "modded TSA" tag was born...

more than 3 years ago

State Senator Admits Cable Industry Helped Write Pro-Industry Legislation

wrf3 Re:System is rotten (426 comments)

The feeling is mutual. The politicians want to get rid of you.

Nothing like biting the hand that feeds you.

What's worse is that we keep voting for these idiots.

more than 3 years ago

Broadway Musicians Replaced With Synthesizers

wrf3 Re:What is the issue? (319 comments)

There are some people who enjoy going to the same live show multiple times. They relish in what is the same as well as what is different in each performance. A synth is not even close to a live performer. A recording gets mundane to those who go to multiple showings.

There's no reason that a synthesizer has to generate the same performance each time. I'm sure someone will come up with heuristics to give a synthesized performance a "live" feel.

about 4 years ago

Police Officers Seek Right Not To Be Recorded

wrf3 Re:Obvious abuse of power (1123 comments)

Of course you don't subdue them with impact forces. You use impact to get them down so that you can try to restrain them. And when someone goes on a rampage in short quarters, you use what's at hand. I am not a cop, and I'm relating a real-life incident from an officer that I happen to trust. And the incident was 10-15 years ago, so my memory may be faulty. YMMV.

more than 4 years ago

Police Officers Seek Right Not To Be Recorded

wrf3 Re:One Fundamental difference: (1123 comments)

There's a lot of reasons why you can't point a gun at a cop. ... the fundamental difference is that a Camera is not lethal.

I'd write a Law & Order episode where a suspect reached for a camera, the cop thought it was a gun and shot the suspect. It was dark, the area was poorly lit, and the officer is acquitted. Has it already been done? Well, it doesn't matter now that L&O is off the air.

more than 4 years ago

Police Officers Seek Right Not To Be Recorded

wrf3 Re:Obvious abuse of power (1123 comments)

Ever tried to subdue someone on PCP? Six police with batons sometimes can't slow them down.

more than 4 years ago

Police Officers Seek Right Not To Be Recorded

wrf3 Re: A police officer's view (1123 comments)

Right. That's why cops have video recorders in their cars. That's why cops have flashlights with video recording capability.

Sauce, goose, gander.

more than 4 years ago

Chameleon-Like Behavior of Neutrino Confirmed

wrf3 Re:What if... (191 comments)

Why couldn't the particle stay the same, but the whole universe oscillates around it?

Did Spock come from the future to tell you that you discovered this?

more than 4 years ago

China Is Winning Global Race To Make Clean Energy

wrf3 Re:You cannot compare... (346 comments)

There's nothing particularly difficult about understanding this, and nothing special, or evil about the rich doing it. The vast majority of us peons would do the same given the opportunity. If not for yourself, then for your children. No? Don't you believe in evolution, and survival of the fittest?

You've run afoul of Hume's Guillotine. What "is" (survival of the fittest) does not imply what "ought" to be (the strong preying on the weak).

more than 4 years ago


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