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Comment: Re:Actually against Islam (Score 1) 679

by Firethorn (#47932435) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

It's basically a redux of Afghanistan with the Taliban, where a militant group takes over a failed state. Except my understanding is that they're being even more brutal.

The end result of de-emphasis on core education will result in their regressing even more, eventually leading to 'the caliphate' being seen as another North Korea type situation if they're 'lucky', and being invaded like Afghanistan if they're not extremely lucky.

Basically, AQ has been around for decades. ISIS might be mostly gone in a couple years.

Comment: Re:the usual question is, who will buy it? (Score 2) 242

by charyou-tree (#47931419) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

You're delusional if you think I want a new car . You wrecked the economy, crushed the housing market, and saddled me with student loans that can never be forgiven and that will garnish my wages even after death. until last year, i didnt have a chance in hell of getting health insurance. Most of my friends work more than one job, not many of them earn a programmers salary like me and even if they did theyd be furious to find out most of it (after the universities generous cut) is going to an apartment owned by a capital investment firm that doesnt care about my broken shower. I've never met my landlord but i sure as hell know who my loan officer is. A car represents tax, title, license, maintenance, and fuel money I dont have. It represents parking tickets and accident insurance and a parking space. Not only do i lack the cash to buy this car, but chances are likely i'll never have the credit rating you did.

So you're saying, that because sales stats show young people didn't buy very many cars during the worst recession since the Depression, that young people don't want cars?

That's like saying teenage boys don't really want pussy because they can't get any. Your entire post is one bitter rationalization of how you don't really want the things you don't have money to buy.

I live downtown and I reverse-commute to the exurbs because the traffic is easier and im not as frightened of minorities as your generation was.

Nice touch tossing in the ad hominem racism attack at the end there.

I hope tomorrow is a happier day for you.

Comment: Re:Not answered in review (Score 1) 152

by fyngyrz (#47931327) Attached to: iOS 8 Review

You *do* know IOS has a search, right? Makes it kind of difficult to fail to find an app you're actually looking for.

As for the rest, different strokes, etc. I have no objection if you choose not to use such a feature (for that matter, perhaps the OS could contain a switch to turn it off for those who are unable to manage more than a single level of folders.

As for not being useful, you're not qualified to say what's useful to me.

Comment: Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (Score 1) 885

by fyngyrz (#47931245) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Missed this, sorry:

Perhaps they have never even thought about the topic at all (no thoughts == no knowledge). Nor do they form their identity through comparison with others.

These are not the issue, though. If they hold a belief in a god or gods, they are theist. If they don't, they are atheist. You can change from one to the other, in fact many times, but at any point in time, you *are* one or the other.

That's all the theism / atheism issue addresses. Belief in a god or gods -- or not. Has nothing to do with why, how, which or one's idea of identity. It's a state of being, like being alive, or not, or being able to hear, or not.

Comment: Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (Score 1) 885

by fyngyrz (#47929897) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Is there a difference between knowledge and belief

Yes. Always.

Knowledge is based, either directly or through a proxy, upon known facts that are some combination of repeatable, consensually experiential, and testable. Sound travels at a particular speed in our atmosphere. This is knowledge.

Beliefs are based upon faith, and cannot be proven, although they can be described and so passed along. Animals cross the rainbow bridge when they die. This is belief.

Either one can be mischaracterized as the other, but examining the issue at hand for the required elements of knowledge will very quickly determine just what it is you're dealing with. Likewise, conviction isn't the issue.

The thing to remember is that just because you have an idea in your head, that doesn't qualify it as knowledge.

Comment: Not answered in review (Score 1) 152

by fyngyrz (#47929739) Attached to: iOS 8 Review

Did they enable nested folders yet? The current single level folders are limiting and create unnecessary clutter.

For instance, it'd be nice to have one games folder, inside which might be a folder for board games, one for shooters, one for tower defense, etc.

One that would be of interest to me would be arranged around photography. One main folder, then one for editors, one for astrophoto conditions and apps, one for auroral conditions and apps, one for IR work, one for special effects, etc., one for a DB of my lenses and cameras, one with my portfolio, one with links to photography websites, etc.

Folders within folders is a very natural way to arrange things in a hierarchy; I have never understood Apple's resistance to giving its customers tools they can use to make using IOS easier. In the case of nested folders, you don't *have* to use the feature if you don't want to, anyway... but if you need it, you probably *really* need it.

So here's hoping.

Comment: Actually against Islam (Score 3, Interesting) 679

by Firethorn (#47927543) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Okay, I'm not a Muslim, nor am I an expert. I've been over in majority Islamic countries a few times though and had a few 'cultural appreciation' lessons.

Isis is violating a good amount of Islamic teachings with this ban.

Though I can't see how they're still allowed to teach chemistry(even if they have to say it's due to Allah's rules and law) if they're not allowed to teach math, so it might be an error in the article. Math may have been de-emphasized against teaching their propaganda.

Comment: Re:Natural immunity (Score 1) 107

by Firethorn (#47927441) Attached to: Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

Sorry for the delay, but I find angel to have a compelling argument - in order to grow cows need nutrients. It's not just 'grow fat' or 'heavier', if they simply weighed more because they had 100 pounds of feed stopped up in them, the meat packing industry would be pissed and start buying on the basis of gutted carcass weight or something. In order to get said nutrients they need their gut bacteria to break down their food, otherwise it'd inedible to them. In a sense Cows digest the bacteria, not the plant matter they consume.

If there are 'bucket loads' of scientific studies, it shouldn't be hard to give a reputable source. I'll admit that I haven't studied the issue. I know there's weight gain when growing animals are given antibiotics. I know they'll maintain weight/growth if given less food along with antibiotics. Why? That's trickier.

For example, this report shouldn't be taken to heart because it's by a student, not curated or peer reviewed, but it's at least simple and lists more references. It says that the growth isn't because food processing is being disrupted, but because the animal isn't spending resources developing immune responses it otherwise would and that most of the bacteria effected are in the large intestine, which provides minimal nutrition extraction as opposed to the bacteria in the stomach and small intestine.

Also, 16% more growth on 7% less feed is significant, which is why a lot of pig farmers today are perfectly willing to give up on routine antibiotic regimes for pigs in other stages where it's much less effective, but want to keep it during the starter/weanling stage.

Comment: Re:Natural immunity (Score 1) 107

by Firethorn (#47924487) Attached to: Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

You seem to be under the same misapprehnsion as much of the farming community -- that high doses of antibiotics are dangerous, whereas the reverse is true.

'Seem' would be right, because your belief in my belief is false. ;)

When using antibiotics allows animals to grow faster or eat less food and you'd end up using them anyways when animals get REALLY sick, on the first order the low doses make sense.

Resistance is more problematic.