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Comment: Re:Academic wankery at its finest (Score 1) 154

by Dahamma (#48872767) Attached to: The Anthropocene Epoch Began With 1945 Atomic Bomb Test, Scientists Say

My point was people did use it in many applications (church as well as science) back in the 1600-1700s when it was first used to name species.

And not speaking it in normal conversation doesn't mean it isn't or wasn't used. There are many thousands (tens of thousands? hundreds of thousands?) of scholars *now* who can read it in order to read and study old texts. And in the 1600's when the biological taxonomy was first established, Latin was literally the common written language between scientists of a dozen different countries who may not even have been able to communicate any other way.

Comment: Re:Academic wankery at its finest (Score 1) 154

by Dahamma (#48872717) Attached to: The Anthropocene Epoch Began With 1945 Atomic Bomb Test, Scientists Say

One can argue the Moon is made of green cheese. The obvious rebuttals are 1) computer languages aren't languages, 2) unlike Latin, Perl is in widespread use as far as computer languages go, and 3) nobody argued that a language was dead on the basis of it remaining static over time.

Yet none of your points has remotely disproved the green cheese hypothesis...

Comment: LAPTOP?? (Score 2, Insightful) 78

by Dahamma (#48837611) Attached to: Engineer Combines Xbox One, PS4 Into Epic 'PlayBox' Laptop

Sorry, but this dude looks like he works out 2 hours a day, and I think I heard him grunt when he picked it up. If the 5" thick body didn't already discredit that term (note: the original IBM Portable was NOT A LAPTOP).

You'd probably get bruises on your thighs if you put this on your lap, if you didn't get 2nd degree burns before that...

Comment: Re:I don't think so. (Score 2) 154

by Dahamma (#48837587) Attached to: The Anthropocene Epoch Began With 1945 Atomic Bomb Test, Scientists Say

I don't disagree that coal has had more effect than nuclear on the environment, but your "fact" is completely wrong. Kind of sad, since if you had just kept to the facts it would have been a decent point.

And yes, the top 3 Google results (as per your suggestion) say you are wrong. Feel free to find a citation that contradicts your suggestion, though.

Comment: Re:Anthropocene Epoch. (Score 1) 154

by Dahamma (#48837525) Attached to: The Anthropocene Epoch Began With 1945 Atomic Bomb Test, Scientists Say

Meh. I'm sure there were many cases of species altering the ecology. It wasn't worldwide and (semi-)permanent until MUCH later. We didn't name an Epoch just because a particularly large population of predatory mammals reduced the population of prey in a region (which happens all the time).

Comment: Re:Academic wankery at its finest (Score 1) 154

by Dahamma (#48837517) Attached to: The Anthropocene Epoch Began With 1945 Atomic Bomb Test, Scientists Say

Except it's not really using a *dead* language, it's using a popular academic language that was chosen back when people still LEARNED AND READ LATIN (and really, one with a structure that lends itself particularly well to the purpose).

Your current perspective on it is about as useful as someone 150 years from now saying "why they hell did we standardize one the metric system when we could have used plenty of other systems of measure?"

Comment: Re:Why the lame title? (Score 1) 111

by Dahamma (#48837345) Attached to: Carnivorous Pitcher Plant "Out-Thinks" Insects

Wow, seriously?

You can define words to whatever you want them to be. PEOPLE MADE THEM ALL UP. DUH.

If you want to define a "pizza" as a giant cosmic object that can not be comprehended by humans, go ahead, but the rest of us will continue to think of it as a tasty flatbread covered with tomato sauce and cheese.

Though for you "thinking" seems to be more accurately defined as "mental masturbation"...

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