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Comment: Re:This has been doctrine for decades. (Score 2) 669

by Allasard (#48259847) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right
And a Catholic priest proposed the Big Bang in the first place:


It was ejected by the scientific community for a while since it was too close to a 'creation' story.

This is not news for people who have been paying attention to such things.

Comment: Re:a CATHOLIC university is talking about evolutio (Score 2) 185

by Allasard (#47724347) Attached to: New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells
You don't know much about Catholics.

Pope Benedict XVI endorsed this statement (before becoming pope):

"According to the widely accepted scientific account, the universe erupted 15 billion years ago in an explosion called the 'Big Bang' and has been expanding and cooling ever since. Later there gradually emerged the conditions necessary for the formation of atoms, still later the condensation of galaxies and stars, and about 10 billion years later the formation of planets. In our own solar system and on earth (formed about 4.5 billion years ago), the conditions have been favorable to the emergence of life. While there is little consensus among scientists about how the origin of this first microscopic life is to be explained, there is general agreement among them that the first organism dwelt on this planet about 3.5–4 billion years ago. Since it has been demonstrated that all living organisms on earth are genetically related, it is virtually certain that all living organisms have descended from this first organism. Converging evidence from many studies in the physical and biological sciences furnishes mounting support for some theory of evolution to account for the development and diversification of life on earth, while controversy continues over the pace and mechanisms of evolution." - Communion and Stewardship: Human Persons Created in the Image of God, plenary sessions held in Rome 2000–2002, published July 2004,

Evolution, and most other science is fine with Catholics.

Comment: Re:Not that bad (Score 5, Interesting) 116

by Allasard (#46480101) Attached to: Conservation Communities Takes Root Across US
I'm a member of a CSA in the wonderful state of Pennsylvania.
I pay around that much. (although in one annual payment for May-Nov)
My farmer has 2 acres of land and about 30-40 members if I recall. So that's the same order of magnitude.
We get more veggies than we can eat. The fridge is always stuffed full of whatever's in season. Lettuces; cukes; peppers; tomatoes; kohlrabi; squash; potatoes; parsnips; etc; etc.
I still sadly need to throw stuff away since we can't eat it all in time. But it's just the fresh stuff and storage veggies. We don't get grains. Corn has a horrible yield density.

They aren't making a killing. I actually had a pair of farmers for the first few years of the CSA, but they decided it wasn't possible to both live off of it, so she went off to do something else.
I did the math a few years ago. It's probably somewhat less than it costs at the grocery store, but it much fresher. You can't compare the taste of tomatoes from a store and something you just picked. (You can pick some of your own stuff also. I'm pretty damn sure he isn't trucking anything in.)
I get to be on a first name basis with my farmer, and I'm helping someone with a local business. He would get pennies on the dollar selling to a store, so it's win-win. And my kids get to see where their food comes from. Anything he has leftover gets sent to a Food Bank.

It would be awesome if I didn't have to drive to pick up the veggies, like these planned towns. Cool idea.

Comment: Re: oh my god!! (Score 2) 212

by Allasard (#46434525) Attached to: <em>Portal 2</em> Incompatible With SELinux
OMG. This has always been sheer laziness by people who don't want to understand SELinux. Almost all of these problems could be solved by creating a new context rule to allow access that is needed. It's just that it takes a certain level of expertise to understand the concepts. Many RHCEs can to do this. Then they could add that command-line to their install instructions or scripts. There is no reason to disable SELinux.

Comment: Re:Easy... (Score 1) 1121

My kingdom for some Mod Points!

The above is absolutely true and people who get pissed off about Xmas and Xian don't realize they are Greek short forms for Christ that have been used since the 3rd centurty. Heck, does that mean the Chi-Rho symbol used extensively in churchs is also an slur? (Aw, slashdot won't let me insert HTML Greek char codes)

Please feel free to continue to use Xmas and Xian. There is no war on Christmas or Christ. As you were...


+ - US Army Has First Test Flight of Mach 6 Weapon-> 2

Submitted by
Stirling Newberry
Stirling Newberry writes "In a terse press release the US Department of Defense announced the first test of the the AHW, which uses rockets to launch and then glides to its target, in a manner similar to the Space Shuttle's re-entry. Earlier ABC News posted a story with animation video of the concept. Over at DefenseTech they argue that the trajectory being different from an ICBM is meant to show that it is not a first strike, but even the comments don't think that explanation flies.

More likely it is the speed of deployment, the ability to strike targets without going high enough to be seen by many advance warning radars, and without using nuclear warheads makes it a precision surprise attack weapon, a kind of super cruise missile for surprise asymetric attacks."

Link to Original Source

+ - MythTV 0.24 Released

Submitted by wagnerrp
wagnerrp (1305589) writes "Following with the accelerated development schedule, MythTV 0.24 is now available six months after the release of 0.23. MythTV is a distributed Linux-based PVR and home theater application. Highlights of this release include a brand new theme-able playback OSD, playback of HD audio formats, multichannel and 24/32-bit audio output, Bluray playback, and multi-angle DVD playback. A full listing of changes is available on the MythTV wiki."

+ - 3D printing may face legal challenges->

Submitted by
angry tapir
angry tapir writes "A coming revolution in 3D printing, with average consumers able to copy and create new three-dimensional objects at home, may lead to attempts by patent holders to expand their legal protections, a paper from Public Knowlege says. Patent holders may see 3D printers as threats, and they may try to sue makers of the printers or the distributors of CAD (computer-aided design) blueprints, according to digital rights group Public Knowledge."
Link to Original Source

Sharp Rise In Jailing of Online Journalists; Iran May Just Kill Them 233

Posted by timothy
from the your-ethics-may-vary dept.
bckspc writes "The Committee to Protect Journalists has published their annual census of journalists in prison. Of the 136 reporters in prison around the world on December 1, 'At least 68 bloggers, Web-based reporters, and online editors are imprisoned, constituting half of all journalists now in jail.' Print was next with 51 cases. Also, 'Freelancers now make up nearly 45 percent of all journalists jailed worldwide, a dramatic recent increase that reflects the evolution of the global news business.' China, Iran, Cuba, Eritrea, and Burma were the top 5 jailers of journalists." rmdstudio writes, too, with word that after the last few days' protest there, largely organized online, the government of Iran is considering the death penalty for bloggers and webmasters whose reports offend it.

"Pascal is Pascal is Pascal is dog meat." -- M. Devine and P. Larson, Computer Science 340