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Comment: Since the rewards are _air_miles_... (Score 1) 54

...I would've thought that fact alone would be enough to discourage anyone (who's not actually suicidal) from stuffing around with onboard systems.

After all, if you win air miles, aren't you and/or friends & family that much more likely to be onboard when a hacked system goes titsup?

Or am I giving the average hacker too much credit for common sense?

Comment: Re:Qualifications (Score 1) 479

Gee, I wonder why you didn't just type "resume female name acceptance" into Google. That'll get you a whole slew of citations.

Why didn't you do that utterly trivial task, instead of shooting, er, downmodding the messenger?

It couldn't possibly be because you can't handle the truth? Naaahhh....

Here, silly little AC, since you'd rather go LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU than type four measly words into Google, have some citations.

http://blogs.scientificamerica...
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/bu...

These are far from the only ones out there. If only you could be bothered to look.

And just for a bonus, here's a citation (from those same four simple words you can't be bothered typing into Google) that shows racism biasing hiring in the same pervasive, insidious ways sexism does.
https://selfuni.wordpress.com/...

Comment: Re:Null hypothesis (Score 1) 556

Nor do most of the people who profess a belief in God, Allah, or Jehovah. What's your point?

Oh you silly little anonymous coward you. You're not seriously arguing that religions don't think that being religious is morally superior to being atheist? Seriously? I could start quoting chapter and verse from various "holy" books, but I'd wear out the keyboard. And I do have this thing called a life, which is why I won't be bothering with any further replies. (I don't usually feed anon!trolls, but just this once, since I'm having a quiet few minutes for a change...)

And it's perfectly possible to hold a high political office without believing in God. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L... [wikipedia.org]

*dying of laughter* Oh really? Get back to me when there actually IS an atheist US President. FYI, I only had to go 3 entries down your US list to see someone "who was nearly denied his position because of his atheism" (Yes I'm talking about the US, I'm in the US, as I'd be willing to bet that the US has the largest number of Slashdot readers/subscribers.) Name one person who was ever even nearly denied US political, legal or other public office because of their Christianity. And a similar list of "Religionists in politics and law" would be long enough to choke any browser cache: could that be any more of a comprehensive category?

And you and I both know that it is a remarkably small minority of Christians[/Muslims] who are doing anything of the sort.

I see even you don't deny that religious extremism is the motive that drives religious extremists to extreme actions to restrict others' rights - up to and including murder. (Yes I do hold similar opinions of Muslims as I do of Christians: fundamentalists of any religion are all irrational and destructive as each other.) And the lack of impactful, action-backed condemnation of extremists' crimes (as opposed to the bare minimum of meaningless lip-service) by their co-religionists speaks volumes.

BTW, nice attempt to shift the goalposts, little anonymous coward. Since your reading comprehension is obviously so abysmal, I'll spell it out for you. I wasn't talking specifically about the WSJ article; I was replying to the previous poster's question, the one I quoted at the beginning of my answer. Do at least try to keep up! ...Aaand that's my annual anon!troll feeding over. *yawns, shrugs and ambles off*

Comment: Re:Null hypothesis (Score 1) 556

Why is it only religious people who get singled out for so much disdain, simply for expressing something irrational? Billions of people around the world do irrational shit every day, but I don't see you rushing to single them out for ridicule.

That's easy.

Because people who are irrationally afraid of flying don't condemn those who aren't afraid of flying, as somehow being "morally inferior". It is perfectly possible to hold a high political office without being afraid to fly.

People who are irrationally afraid of flying aren't actively working to strip everyone else of the legal right and the physical means to fly. They aren't willing to close down airports or shoot pilots.

Religion is the only type of irrationality that has ever received that much of a free pass.

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