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Comment: What is really happening here? (Score 1) 947

by Bruce Perens (#47930483) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
We are in a War on Faith, because Faith justifies anything and ISIS takes it to extremes. But in the end they are just a bigger version of Christian-dominated school boards that mess with the teaching of Evolution, or Mormon sponsors of anti-gay-marriage measures, or my Hebrew school teacher, an adult who slapped me as a 12-year-old for some unremembered offense against his faith.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1) 947

by Bruce Perens (#47930331) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Hm. The covenant of Noah is about two paragraphs before this part (King James Version) which is used for various justifications of slavery and discrimination against all sorts of people because they are said to bear the Curse of Ham. If folks wanted to use the Bible to justify anything ISIS says is justified by God's words in the Koran, they could easily do so.

18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.
24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Comment: Never mistake consensus for truth (Score 1) 770

by rs79 (#47870305) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

"From the article: "Fiction author Michael Crichton probably started the backlash against the idea of consensus in science. Crichton was rather notable for doubting the conclusions of climate scientists—he wrote an entire book in which they were the villains—so it's fair to say he wasn't thrilled when the field reached a consensus."

It's almost like TFA doesn't know that at best, consensus ~= truth but they're often just nothing to do with each other. Jury is still out on whether Crichton was right, certainly no warming in sixteen years doesn't help the other side.

Also: "97%+ of geologists agreed the continents were stable. It was Settled Science. Hundreds of research papers supported it. Overwhelming consensus. And wrong. And, oddly (not really, if you think about it a moment), it was not a geologist but a meteorologist, Alfred Wegener, who ultimately showed all the mutually agreeing geologists they had it all wrong; the continents move." - Dr. Michael K. Oliver

Comment: Read the paper yourself and make your own mind up. (Score 1) 55

by rs79 (#47843177) Attached to: Survivors' Blood Holds Promise, But Draws Critics, As Ebola Treatment

Say you've been told you have Ebola but have read this. What do you do?

Say, "oh, it sounds too risky, I'll tough it out"? I'm guessing not.

Any chance this is astroturfing for the company with the Ebola drug? The natural antibodies are a fierce competition to what is now a multi billion dollar market.

Comment: Re:Dealth by Ebola or AIDS (Score 1) 55

by rs79 (#47843167) Attached to: Survivors' Blood Holds Promise, But Draws Critics, As Ebola Treatment

People live with HIV. Ebola, not so much.

In 1933 the only psychiatrist to ever win a Nobel prize did so for discovering Malaria cures syphilitic dementia. Malaria is no joy but it's better than your brains turning to soup (three years later antibiotics were discovered).

You might die of HIV. You will almost certainly die of Ebola.

Comment: Re:The diet is unimportant... (Score 1) 588

by rs79 (#47811523) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

You do understand no two people have the same biochemistry right and that no one diet fits all?

That's sort of the easiest way to tell is nutritional info is bunk - if they don't know this, ignore them and find somebody that actually knows about the biochemistry of nutrition.

For one thing, 1/3 of the wold lacks the gene that lets them digest lactose, so no cheese, while 1/3 also lack the gene that lets you digest gluten, so pizza is a deadly choice for a 2/3 the world.

You're so wrong. Diet is everything. Please do some reading, you really so not know what you're talking about.

Comment: Won't work, here's why. (Score 1) 108

by rs79 (#47811493) Attached to: The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

This has been talked about for ages. The reason it's never done is their habitat is gone. They lived in old growth oak forests and there's none left now.

We can bring the species back and it might do ok in zoos, but they can't live in the wild any more - their wild is gone. We killed all the trees as well as all the birds.

All this cloning talk, where's the common sense? Close an extinct born with no food supply or habitat? Right.

Clone a mastodon? Right. What do you think can gestate a Mastadon? Not an elephant, too small. What's your next choice?

Comment: Is that so? (Score 1) 247

by SmallFurryCreature (#47764691) Attached to: Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

Since the idea is that this universe is a simulation, who says it is a simulation of reality? Maybe we are some kids crazy fantasy world in which the container has to be larger then its contents! FREAKY!

The trick to thinking outside the box, is to stop thinking the box is real.

IF this is a simulated world, there is no reason to assume the rules in the simulation are the same as the ones of the world in which the simulation is running.

Comment: Re:Not the first, just the most egotistical. (Score 1) 116

by rs79 (#47606661) Attached to: Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

Why? The IP network was tiny back then and the uucp network was enormous ans had all the apps. There were no people passing packet back then because nobody wanted to - they didn't need to. You could get everything the network had to offer via uucp.

Except telnet. But there was nowhere to telnet to. Back then if you needed to telnet you had a line in your house. What else would your boss say "ok, we need you to telnet it. I hear a third ISP opened in the US, so use that."

Comment: Re:My contribution... (Score 1) 116

by rs79 (#47606643) Attached to: Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

"(local for-sale stuff and the like)"

ie., porn.

This fueled a lot of the early net. I knew an deign engineer that wanted the engineering groups. They wouldn't spring for a uunet feed from DC to Irvine so buddy got smart and gve his boss a floppy of porn from home. He said you get one of these every week if I get a full feed, Capish? He got a full feed and friday afternoons had to download and pay the porn tax. You did what you to, that connection in Irvine was at the time strategically important to the growth of the network. Now we had LA, San diego and orange county online.

Comment: Re:Definitely not the first (Score 1) 116

by rs79 (#47606593) Attached to: Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

"but they aren't sufficient to make you an ISP."

Of course they were. What does the I in ISP mean? "Internet".

If what you offer can interoperate with the network, you're an ISP. What do you think the ip network looked like before the web? Hint: nobody really used Gopher (other than .ca whois) and 99% of all activity was mail and news. Which came from uucp and was ported to IP. But until the web came along there was simply no reason for a pain in the ass SLIP or PPP connection cause you could do anything important with a uucp connection.

ftp wasn't the only way to move files around. And as a user of the network you couldn't tell if those other people were on uucp or the ip network, it was all transparent to you - Interoperability.

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