For those with the inclination to read it, The Universe in a Single Atom is a great book about where science and faith meet, how they can learn from each other, and how they're really not at odds. One of the more interesting books I've read in a long time.
I'm okay with any theory being in a science textbook as long as there is some kind of scientific backing.
Evolution has some scientific backing. It should be in a science textbook. It's science, after all.
If someone can find some real scientific support for creationism, that's great. You can put that into the science textbook, too.
Until then, whether you believe in creationism, intelligent design, evolution, some kind of mixture of that, or something else entirely, you have to accept that only science should be in a science textbook.
You don't have to agree with the science. It is just a way of understanding the world, after all, but a science book should have science in it, and not have non-science.
As an analogy, it probably doesn't make a lot of sense to drop the teachings of Hinduism into a new revised copy of the Koran. The Koran is an Islamic text; the Hindu teachings really don't have much of a place there. Doesn't matter which one you believe to be correct, if any. It's just information existing in its proper context.
So please, Texas education people, it doesn't matter what you believe. It's all about putting things where they belong. You can believe whatever you want, I really don't care (unless you want to kill me or something, then there's a problem), but don't put non-science into a science book. It just doesn't belong.
Then, after a major scandal, if US still decided to stick to its guns and not bow down and apologize, you'd have a real cold war on your hands.
I'm leaning toward being okay with this. What ever happened to standing up for principles and calling people out on their bullshit?
The images generated are definitely difficult (and painful) to try to decipher. It's all of the colors and the dots everywhere... Makes me a bit nauseous, actually.
The concept doesn't really seem to be any better than just choosing a secure password in the form of a sentence. You don't need an image for that, you just need users that can remember "1234 is the password to my luggage." instead of "1234".
Absolutely, so that I can tweet about it while I'm there and upload pictures to Facebook.
100m people, but not all at the same time. Aside from the initial rush, day to day traffic would be comparatively minimal. You don't need the hardware sitting around to support 100 million people every single day. Don't be silly.
So spend the money to develop the architecture and software properly, then provision servers on an as-needed basis during the demand spikes. Servers from AWS or some other provider would provide capacity and cut back on costs.
You should check into the site on the first few days like I did. You'll see an obscene number of requests to load a single page. The system practically mounts its very own DDoS attack on itself. It's extremely amateurish. Also check out the "Success URL" from a day or two ago. Did they even test this thing before release?
We are talking about over half a billion dollars to build this damn thing, and years to do it.
And again, President Obama, a recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize (for having done nothing at all), is putting people in harms way, getting involved in someone else's business, and in general being, ah, not peaceful. At least this gives him an excuse to indulge in his assassination drone fetish.
many known electrical signatures of consciousness exceeded levels found in the waking state
You mean that the brain's capabilities were put into overload, allowing it to do things it might not normally be able to do in a normal state?
Sounds to me like this could do more to further belief in the supernatural than anything else.
I'm not sure how much an episode costs, but it is very expensive. People need to operate the lights, the cameras, the microphones, build and tear down sets, write and proofread the scripts, direct the thing, do the makeup and clothing, do all the post-production work, and then you have to pay the actors, and advertising for the show. On top of that, there's the standard cost of the building itself, maintenance, electricity, water, etc., etc. I'm sure I've left out a ton of stuff.
That said, when some (note: not all) actors are getting paid over a million dollars per episode, I don't feel particularly sympathetic when broadcast companies complain about falling revenues.