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Comment: Re:Pull your head out (Score 1) 665

by DoomHaven (#46223041) Attached to: South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards
Consider Occam's Razor. If you already believe in an all-powerful sky fairy, then believing that the all-powerful sky fairy did something you don't understand is the easiest, most reasonable explanation. If you don't already believe in an all-powerful sky fairy, creating that belief as part of trying to understand something becomes infinitely more difficult.

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 224

by DoomHaven (#42663161) Attached to: WotC Releases Old <em>Dungeons &amp; Dragons</em> Catalog As PDFs

No, it was to ensure remuneration. Just because the words of the statute don't mention it explicitly doesn't mean that it was not the driving force. If it weren't for the money, we could just skip the entire debate.

No, it was to promote science and useful arts. Ensuring renumeration by offering a limited monopoly is the means to this end but most certainly not the end unto itself.

Copyright protects the livelihood of the creators of works of knowledge or creativity to ensure that they may do so with the knowledge that they will receive just remuneration for their effort.

Maybe once, originally.

In a way, its no different than the ownership of real property - you can't pick up real property and move away with it, and anybody can walk on it.

No, it is completely different than the ownership of real property. Copyright is a temporary monopoly on an intellectual work so a creator can temporarily receive just renumeration, but then said work is surrendered to everyone so that everyone can use it, improve upon it, refine it, for additional profit and to give society as a whole a greater wealth.

Meanwhile, "real property" is something that is owned for as long as the owner wishes, to be used for whatever the owner wishes.

Comment: Re:in 1975, when I was in High school (Score 2) 336

by DoomHaven (#42363775) Attached to: 2012 Another Record-Setter For Weather, Fits Climate Forecasts
You need to understand the following to understand why the turnaround. From 1960-1990, 2-3% per decade less sunlight as reached the Earth's surface. In that same time period, global average temperatures maintained or increased. So... despite the fact that the Earth received less energy from the Sun for 30 years straight, it never cooled as expected.

I'll let that sink in for a moment. Climate is driven by the Sun's energy. The Sun's energy is reduced. The climate, with less energy from the sun, should get colder. But, it didn't.

Now, the trend of global dimming is reversing. And, the climate is warming up faster than it should purely from global brightening. Many scientists believe that the ice age we should have gotten in the 1970s and 1980s was masked by global warming happening back then. But, now, we just have global warming.

I won't lie: there may be people who are jumping of the bandwagons to keep them in the spotlight. I don't know this James Hansen. The one thing to point out is that at least is willing to change his views to match the evidence. Unfortunately, that's a very rare thing today.

Comment: Re:City overpaying? (Score 2) 342

by DoomHaven (#39341831) Attached to: Astroturfing For Speed Cameras
I'm going to play Devil's Advocate here: what's wrong with the "The Chicago Way" style of corruption?

No, seriously. Hear me out.

There are two ways to do a project: follow a proper process to determine who should do a project (advertising the project, getting tenders, proposal analysis), or corruptly award the project to a campaign contributor. Let us make one assumption: end result is of the same or similar cost, quality and delivery date between the two companies. I consider that to be a fair statement, as most "process" chosen candidates simply game the process until they win, and then inflate costs and delivery dates after the fact. If cost( proper_process ) + cost( properly_chosen_company ) > cost( corruptly_chosen_company ) + cost( corruption_incidentals ), why not go with corruption?

After living in Chicagoland for half a decade, I have to admit that Shit Got Done in Chicago. It may have been morally bankrupt, but it worked.
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Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project 687

Posted by samzenpus
from the duck-and-cover dept.
garg0yle writes "Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old's science project, consisting of 'a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,' after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren't being laid against the youth, but it's being recommended that he and his family 'get counseling.' Apparently, the student violated school policies — I'm assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?"
Emulation (Games)

Emulating New Super Mario Bros. Wii At 1080p 76

Posted by Soulskill
from the super-high-def-mario dept.
KingofGnG writes "An impressive confirmation of the Dolphin Wii emulator's capabilities comes from a YouTube video, which shows off recently-added video clips of New Super Mario Bros. Wii in full HD. It demonstrates the growing compatibility of Dolphin with the latest games published for the Nintendo console."
Role Playing (Games)

Online "Guilds" Mirror Real Life Gangs 160

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the you-can't-quit-the-bloods dept.
j-beda writes "In June 2009, Dr. Neil Johnson published a paper titled 'Human group formation in online guilds and offline gangs driven by a common team dynamic' in Physical Review E that found the way in which WoW 'guilds' form can be described by a mathematical model that can also be applied to an unrelated group of people: street gangs in Los Angeles. Since 'Any group that satisfies these fairly autonomous, competitive criteria would also (fit the model),' said Dr. Johnson, the findings are of interest to those combating international as well as local terrorist cells."

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