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Comment: Doctors (Score 1) 733

by Arancaytar (#46742425) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

> medical doctors would be useful, as would most scientists and engineers

A small subset of them would be able to apply a small subset of their skills and knowledge. Without infrastructure and technology, very little of what scientists or engineers learn is remotely useful, and most of that is stuff they learned in high school. The medical doctor only fares little better unless they specialized something like trauma surgery.

Without electricity and advanced industry, we're nothing but particularly clever monkeys.

Comment: Re:Evolution (Score 1) 178

by Arancaytar (#46713269) Attached to: UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

Yep, but the hacking claim is completely unrelated to the claim of the drone striking the ground. This just means that "drone footage shows it hitting the ground" and "victim got hit by propeller" are not contradictory claims. Whether he's pulling the hacking thing out of his ass is another matter entirely.

Comment: Re:Poor poor bigot (Score 1) 1112

by Arancaytar (#46699833) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Sure, marriage is a religious institution untouched by civilized, secular society, which is why we still have forcibly arranged, polygamous and/or incestuous marriages that cannot be divorced, rape is punished by forcing the victim to marry the rapist, and adultery is punished by stoning. The courts and the government have no power to redefine or recognize marriage, which is why the non-existing divorce cases are never decided by secular courts, courts never handle custody battles, and there is no such thing as a joint tax statement.

not opposed to gay people. He just wants them to prevent them from ruining the (religious) institution of marriage

This is literally the same argument racists used a few decades ago to argue against letting black and white people marry.

Comment: Headline contradicts summary, film at 11. (Score 1) 1112

by Arancaytar (#46699657) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

He wasn't fired, he left. The employees protest did not violate this law for the same reason that this law exists in the first place: The political actions of an individual employed by a company aren't controlled by that company. Mozilla had no authority to either order or forbid their employees to protest Eich's appointment.

Comment: Maybe, maybe. (Score 1) 105

by Arancaytar (#46682011) Attached to: Sand in the Brain: A Fundamental Theory To Model the Mind

But any time a scientist (particularly a theoretical physicist; they're especially prone to that) claims, within minutes, to revolutionize a different field of science in which everybody has apparently been wrong for decades, this should be taken sceptically. Obligatory xkcd:

What is worth doing is worth the trouble of asking somebody to do.