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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

zerobeat Re:Only in America (1431 comments)

You know I have to disagree with the "Score:0, Flamebait" on this post. It points out a very relevant point. In poor, third world countries with corrupt policing you see this sort of thing.... and the USA. But not else where. Why is life so cheap in the US? This isn't in Mendellin, Colombia or Waziristan. But I guess for some people it is.

about 8 months ago
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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

zerobeat Re:Only in America (1431 comments)

The dead guys daughter would probably disagree with you if she could understand what just happened. In 20 years time she just might come hunt you down for your callousness.

about 8 months ago
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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

zerobeat Re:Double bind (1431 comments)

Completely unproven. It could have been an even bigger bloodbath.

about 8 months ago
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Cheerios To Go GMO-Free

zerobeat GMO is worse than heavy processing? (419 comments)

So, GMO is scary, but the fact that Cheerios barely resemble the produce they are derived from, no problem. All that processing couldn't possibly "change" the food in a bad way. The consumer is an idiot.

about 9 months ago
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If UNIX Were a Religion

zerobeat Ugh, religion (392 comments)

Nothing is more trite than comparing the evolution of X to the evolution of Y. But, please, why compare something useful (UNIX) to something useless (Religion)? Its journalistic masturbation. No one enjoys articles like this more than the person who wrote it in the first place.

about 9 months ago
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Harvard Bomb Hoax Perpetrator Caught Despite Tor Use

zerobeat Re:"because it originated from the wireless networ (547 comments)

And in lesson three, we'll learn the age old trick of going down to the local busy Starbucks with a fresh install of *OS and then use the Tor. This might extend the time it takes the feds to knock on your door to over 24 hours!

about 9 months ago
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George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

zerobeat Re:stop it. (1737 comments)

boohoo, you wont be missed

about a year ago
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Pope To Resign Citing Advanced Age

zerobeat Re:Infallible? (542 comments)

I see you are familiar with the catholic pope, but not the others.

about a year and a half ago
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Pope To Resign Citing Advanced Age

zerobeat Re:Infallible? (542 comments)

Two infallible people at the same time would have to agree on everything. What I don't understand is is he infallible now? I mean, he admits he can't continue - surely a sign he is not infallible. Or does he only project into the future that one day he will no longer be infallible so he better get out now. But even then this is a sign that he is not infallible. This is the sort of thing that can keep you up at night until you realize what a load of horse shit this all is and you wonder why some people still bother with it. BTW why is he referred to as the "Pope". Other religious groups have popes too. Can we at least always refer to him as the "Catholic Pope".

about a year and a half ago
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The Motivated Rejection of Science

zerobeat Re:Science and conjecture (771 comments)

I think there are many reasons to lump disbelief of global warming with the distrust of vaccines. Both groups of people have these beliefs, despite an overwhelming volume of data that says otherwise. Worse yet, showing these people data that contradicts their beliefs bizarrely reenforces the baseless beliefs. There is a common phenomenon (psychological) going on here, and it is worthy of study.

about 2 years ago
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The Motivated Rejection of Science

zerobeat The researchers are socialists? (771 comments)

Its remarkable how many people criticizing this study have concluded the authors are socialists. How do you know? What is your evidence? You have already made up your mind that these researchers are just colluding with other scientists to make a political point that deniers of science are conspiracy nuts.

But you have no evidence at all. How many of you have already run off and read the paper yet... thoroughly? And yet, here you are condemning it. Wow! Good way to prove the authors point but announcing a conspiracy when you see science you don't like (but haven't read). Their work has just been beautifully f*$king demonstrated here in the comments section of /.

about 2 years ago
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Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

zerobeat Re:Darwinism is Survival of the Fittest (1774 comments)

False analogy.

There is no equivalence between the biblical story and the scientific evidence. Firstly, one is a story, the other is evidence. Secondly, the bible then goes on to make several incorrect statements about the order of events that happened on earth, not to mention getting the time scale very very wrong. The final nail in the coffin is the story of the Ark. There are more species alive today than could possibly be stuffed into the Ark - and we 'know' the size of the ark well from the bible. Not to mention all these carnivorous animals, once off the ark somehow didn't eat one of the two non-carnivorous animals hence making that line extinct before the waters even receded. Lastly, how on earth did the Koala, which only eats a few species of eucalyptus leaves - only found in Australia - walk the long trek from the middle east, not eating anything along the way, to Australia and promptly wait for the local trees to regrow their leaves so they didn't starve to death?

I am always amazed how people can believe such stories after mankind came to understand the actual diversity of life on earth. It is truly an embarrassment to believe these old stories.

about 2 years ago
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Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

zerobeat Re:Evolution just isn't that relevant (1774 comments)

Well, engineers that solve problems in biological systems will use 'that'. But there is an additional problem with your comment. An engineer that accepts electrons can move through a metallic conductor when a voltage is applied because the evidence says so, but refuses to believe evolution despite the overwhelming evidence that it is true, is an engineer acting on faulty principles.

No, I don't trust them.

about 2 years ago
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Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

zerobeat Re:Not so sunny (1774 comments)

Please tell me you are some kind of time lord from the past and have just entered our time-line so you could post that comment.

I think I'll spend the rest of the day prying my palm from my forehead.

about 2 years ago
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Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

zerobeat Re:So which field of engineering (1774 comments)

Never heard of biochemical engineering? Why is this even moded up to a score of 2 already?

about 2 years ago
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Confessions of a Left-Handed Technology User

zerobeat Re:Going a bit too far (267 comments)

Im a leftie and wear my watch on my left. I remember as a kid wearing it on my right and being called the F word (three letter F word) for doing it. So I wore it on the left and still do to this day. What wrist you have your watch around is not a telltale sign of anything. And to prove a point - to myself - I'm swapping sides for the rest of the day. I wonder if anyone will notice. hehehe - swapping sides - no pun intended.

about 2 years ago
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Confessions of a Left-Handed Technology User

zerobeat Re:Silly (267 comments)

Actually, lefties do become righties all the time. At least for certain tasks. As I posted above, left handers are forced to insert their ATM card into an ATM with their right hand, or do so very awkwardly with their left. So most just use their right. I cut paper with my right hand for the same reason.

about 2 years ago
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Confessions of a Left-Handed Technology User

zerobeat Re:Silly (267 comments)

Im a lefty too and I don't usually have problems in this right handed world - I deal. But then, I am fairly ambidextrous. You may be too.

I have never met a left hander who really had a lot of problems in this right handed world, but I have met many right handers who simply can not use a "left handed" piece of equipment either by using their left hand or by "flipping in their minds" how to use it. I have heard/seen of TV some left handers are also equally unable to do this, perhaps because they are extremely left handed.

I think the thing that is most annoying is when a right hander can not understand why you may be a little slower doing something with a right handed tool. It took me a long time to master using right handed scissors when I was a child. You have to use them with your right hand otherwise you can't see where you are cutting - I wonder how many right handers are aware of that? I no longer have any problem but I was "slower" than my school friends and yes I do remember my teachers and class mates interpreting that negatively - like I was some kind of 'retard'. ATMs are another device that comes to mind. I now get my card in my right hand when I approach, but this is not natural for me. If most right-handers encountered an ATM with the slots on the left, they would not be able to cope well at all (until they learn). Imagine the excuses they would use (like I have used) when they flub it. "Stupid design, who dreamt this up?". Most right handers simply do not understand how the world is designed for them.

On a side note, I once overheard a conversation where a guy was showing off an elaborate computer mouse to a co-worker. When asked by my co-worker if all these features would make it very hard for a left hander to use, this guy just snarked "who cares... who is left handed anyway?". This isn't exactly "handism" but I was pretty pissed off to overhear that. I wonder if that guy ever wonders why I never responded to his 'friend' requests on facebook and linkedin. Its not just because I barely know him.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot - Careers In Computer Science That Keep You Physically Active?

zerobeat Re:work time is not 24h/day. (220 comments)

Sure, its 1300 kcal/day when you are lucky enough to have to ride uphill, both to and from work. Some of us aren't so lucky.

more than 2 years ago
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Emperor Penguins Counted From Space

zerobeat Re:More but still "global warming" (102 comments)

Well I dont know if you are serious... but an increase in population could be expected for some species due to global warming. The only expected outcome from there being nor global climate change is populations would stay the same.

more than 2 years ago

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Bits of Tassie Tiger Brought Back from Extinction

zerobeat zerobeat writes  |  more than 6 years ago

zerobeat writes "Scientists from Melbourne, Australia have managed to resurrect the gene responsible for the development of cartilage and bone from the now extinct Tasmanian Tiger. The gene was expressed in a mouse embryo so the full reincarnation of a full Tassie Tiger is a long way off. You can listen to an mp3 of ABC Australia's Robyn Williams discussing the results with the lead scientists. This is the first time DNA from an extinct species has been made to live again in a live animal."
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