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Should Colleges Ban Classroom Laptop Use?

xonar Re:Yes, you are right (804 comments)

Meekness does not equal anxiety disorder. It's an invaluable trait though some consider it a sign of weakness; the fools.

more than 3 years ago

Why WikiLeaks Is Unlike the Pentagon Papers

xonar Re:Hypocrites (696 comments)

"Would you mind uploading your email archive to a web server for the rest of us to look over?"

At my place of work every email can be subject to review, also every single packet of information that leaves my computer. I would even daresay they have the right to monitor my computer screen remotely.

My employer has the right to this information, and since the Government is our employee, we do too.

more than 3 years ago

Internet Usage Catches Up With Television In US

xonar Re:Some people do not even watch TV (119 comments)

Someone who "Watches TV" IMO means watching more than three 30 minute shows a day regularly, or if you watch more than one movie per day.

When I considered myself completely TV free, I wasn't watching anything on any medium, whether it be netflix, torrents, or plain old TV. Now that I have become addicted like usual when I begin watching anything with any regularity, I'm watching episodes of very particular shows for 3-4 hours per night on various "" sites...

I used to fill that time with personal projects, music production and mixing, exercising, light-gaming, and in general doing anything productive at all once I get home from work. Now it's the default to just come home at 6:00pm and flip on the episodes while cooking dinner, eating, and then sitting there watching either the same show or two to three different shows until it's time to go to bed. My g/f is now playing Aion (an mmo) from the time she wakes up til the time she goes to bed, quite literally. She'll do laundry, clean up a bit, and take care of our two big huskies; but her brain is completely melting atm (our car is broke down so I take the bus to work. She has literally not been off of our property for almost a month now). We're literally starting to have trouble with speech and pronunciation because we hardly ever talk, only type (even to each other).

I know everything should be done in moderation, but it's become rather hard to bring myself to do anything other than vegetate explicitly when I'm not at work. When I'm at work my desire to do things is completely bonkers and I end up researching stuff and planning stuff out that I never do with a firey passion, until it dies completely when I get home...

TV is alright if you're not watching it regularly (every day seems bad to me), but when consuming video content becomes your sole activity it does something to your brain...

more than 3 years ago

Moodle 1.9 Extension Development

xonar Re: Another PHP (57 comments)

PHP is far from dead

more than 3 years ago

Father of Java, James Gosling Unloads

xonar Re:Kick in the balls! (337 comments)

And nothing of value was lost

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Is Down

xonar Re: Facebook Is Down (448 comments)

I use facebook to keep people in my City and elsewhere up-to-date about a weekly show, a monthly show, and various other random events that I help run and promote for. We have a website and use an email/sms contact list, but it's among the many tools we use to keep regular people in-the-know.

The biggest problem I hear people say over and over with them attending electronic-oriented shows is them not knowing where to look to find one. I used to think they happened every month or two but in reality there's 2-3 events per week, you just have to know where to look.

I try to make it as easy as possible for people who give me money to find me.

more than 3 years ago

Hawking Picks Physics Over God For Big Bang

xonar Science and God are one (1328 comments)

"Because there is a law such as gravity" If there is a God, who do you think created such laws?

Why is it that science and God are always held at opposition. Isn't it naturally logical that a hypothetical God would have used natural laws that he likely put into motion to begin with? God wouldn't just use magical fluff, he'd obviously be the greatest mathematician and scholar in existence.

"the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist"

Isn't God often attributed to have always existed or having created himself?

Even Stephen Hawking can do nothing but grasp at ideas when it comes to literally proving the existence or lack thereof, of a creator god.

about 4 years ago

Man Wants to Donate His Heart Before He Dies

xonar Re:a psych eval..... (456 comments)'s not necessarily a case of wanting to die, it's a case of being willing to die, but wanting to do something in the process.

^ This

more than 4 years ago

Man Wants to Donate His Heart Before He Dies

xonar Re:Kinda (456 comments)

When does it stop being artistic and become attempted suicide?

In a perfect world, we wouldn't need to make that distinction. Granted it's caused by one's own self, as opposed to forcing it on someone else; obviously.

more than 4 years ago

Man Wants to Donate His Heart Before He Dies

xonar Re:Kinda (456 comments)

Fucking criminal, isn't it?


more than 4 years ago

Unique ID In India Causes 'Fear of the Beast'

xonar Re:That's silly... (725 comments)

Jesus never baptized anyone, it even goes as far as to say it: John 4:2 "although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples."

more than 4 years ago

One Step Closer to Star Wars Holograms

xonar Re:Nothing new (122 comments)

Well, because there is only horizontal parallax, and not vertical parallax for one thing. If you had an image of a pair of dice behind a playing card you could move left or right to look behind the card to see the dice, but you could not move up to look over the card to see the dice.

"but you could not move up to look over the card to see the dice." It seemed to work just fine in the video.

more than 4 years ago

Chatroulette Working On Genital Recognition Algorithm

xonar Re:GREAT IDEA! (364 comments)

Don't block them, just limit the dudes whacking it to connecting with other guys whacking it lol.

more than 4 years ago

Police Officers Seek Right Not To Be Recorded

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

"The cop is less likely to smash some heads if you have a camera on him [and knows it]."


more than 4 years ago

Reproducing an Ancient New World Beer

xonar Re:Inhaling Beer? (175 comments)

Equating the responsible enjoyment of a truly interesting, historical, fine craft beer with illegal drug abuse is not funny. Not even when you put a :) after it.

"Ethanol is one of the oldest recreational drugs."

more than 4 years ago

Pakistan Court Orders Facebook Ban Over Mohammed Images

xonar Re:Blasphemy? (949 comments)

That's exactly why the concept of God is so controversial. Singular and supreme authority doesn't sit well with some, especially when that authority is not voluntary and relative. It also brings up the pesky problem of giving official purpose of life, which is often romanticized as to being individual and self-determined.

more than 4 years ago



True circadian rhythm mechanism discovered

xonar xonar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

xonar writes "University of Michigan mathematicians and their British colleagues say they have identified the signal that the brain sends to the rest of the body to control biological rhythms, a finding that overturns a long-held theory about our internal clock."
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