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Comment: Re:miscreation (Score 1) 312

by Culture20 (#48669319) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

The crap was in the LOTR appendices.

Show me anywhere in the appendices where an elf and dwarf fall in love.
Show me where the barrel-escape is a fast-paced, arrow-laden chase.
Show me the ridiculous fight between Smaug and Thorin's company. Smaug never met any of the dwarves in Thorin's group, and he never saw Bilbo. The whole time, he thought Bilbo was human (but was confused by the scent).
Show me Longshot^W Legolas using his luck powers and hollow bones to run up falling blocks.

Comment: Re:But an unborn baby is not a person. Riiiiiight. (Score 1) 183

by Culture20 (#48658297) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

if you take a full-functioning adult human, scoop out their brain and leave the rest on life support, do you have a person anymore? I'd hope we can agree the answer is no. Well then, at the single-cell stage, you don't have a brain, so you don't have a person. Somewhere along the line, cell-division starts to specialize and eventually there's a little bundle of brain cells. Say there's... a hundred specialized brain cells. Nothing that is capable of cogitation, so again, I'd think we can agree that we don't have a person. Somewhere along the line, things gather enough complexity to support personality, thought, self-awareness, and personhood. That may - or may not - be at 9 months/birth.

Keep in mind that the difference between your two examples is that - all things being equal - one will result in a new brain being formed, and thus is different from the other which will never grow a new brain.

Comment: Re:Meaningless (Score 1) 173

by Culture20 (#48620741) Attached to: Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

"we do not show a breakdown of drives per manufacturer, model, or vintagedue to the proprietary nature of these data". I'm not sure exactly what that means.

Perhaps part of their discount is tied to a deal to provide exclusive data of failure rates to the manufacturers? Same effect as buying silence, but seemingly more legit.

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