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Comment: Re: Not going to be as rosy as the YES! campaign s (Score 1) 489

by 91degrees (#47934511) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry
I quite agree slavery would have been abolished eventually. The US is actually unusual in that a war ended slavery. Most countries managed to eliminate it peacefully.

I don't think it was just about slavery though. While I'm sure a lot of people in the north were sympathetic, the idea that so many were sympathetic enough to actually risk death seems a little too heroic for a typical person. The southerners would have been fighting not for *their* right to own slaves, but for some rich landowner. The actual reasons must have been more complex.

Comment: Re:it is all going to go horribly wrong (Score 1) 489

by 91degrees (#47926651) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

No, adopting the Euro is a requirement for new entrants. Countries that were previously part of the EU and did not adopt were grandfathered in and don't have to change, but for new entrants it's not optional.

But the requirement is not to do so immediately. A country can effectively hold off forever.

Comment: Re:Not going to be as rosy as the YES! campaign sa (Score 1) 489

by 91degrees (#47926593) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry
I guess there's probably other things the UK could do. Ultimately, Scotland isn't going to get independence until an agreement that both sides will accept is reached. The UK will not budge on currency union, or allow Scotland to simply shrug off the debt, and I wonder if sanctions could be imposed.

If the independence talks do stall, presumably it will be negotiated with a third part mediator. Perhaps I'm biased, but I don't see a third party accepting Scotland's demands here as reasonable.

Comment: Correlation/causation? (Score 2) 270

by 91degrees (#47924651) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class
While it's quite reasonable that the extra pay is because these people get good jobs developing COBOL, is it perhaps possible that it's more about the mentality of the person who takes such a course?

For example, if I'm interested in making lots of money I'll go into financial software. A lot banks still use COBOL, so doing a course on that increases my options in this area. Even if I don't use it ever again, and don;t even go into banking, I'm still a lot more likely to work for a company that pays a lot because money motivates me.

Comment: Re:Atheism is not science (Score 1) 905

by 91degrees (#47903511) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk
If an atheist decides God doesn't exist, because they can't comprehend an evil god then they're an atheist, even though they're not scientific about it.

A deist who decides that God is outside the realm of science is a theist yet can still be a scientist.

An omniscient god is demonstrably false when he is recorded as calling "Mulligan" on creation and staging a do-over after the Noahide flood.

A god can be a god without being omniscient. There are god concepts other that the judeo-christian concept of god. Deists believe in a deity with absolute power over creation but don't believe in the Noahide flood, or any other myths of traditional religions.

Comment: Atheism is not science (Score 1) 905

by 91degrees (#47900989) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk
Science is purely logical, purely rational and morality free!

Atheism is a much more general and also a much more loaded philosophical concept, that has absolutely nothing to do with science. Many atheists are very passionate about the fact that humans are moral, and, in fact, God, is not!

Stop trying to conflate the two.

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