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Comment: Re:Well That Was a Depressing Read (Score 1) 388

Nice phrasing, but no.
Tests are themselves discarded when they fail to provide any evidence, either for or against. Then better tests are devised. Hypotheses themselves are discarded when the testing is capable of providing evidence against the hypotheses.

Let me know when that happens with religious belief.

Comment: Re:The biggest problem (Score 1) 388

Everyone has some beliefs without scientific evidence. No one, no matter how skeptical, can take the time to prove EVERYTHING they believe, before they believe it. Now, religion is in an odd category, in that its not irrational, so much as it's arational (if that can be a word). The fact that it cannot be disproved in general principle may not be to its credit, but it's not actually a point against it either. For religious people, religion provides a community tradition, and potential answers to questions that science is not prepared to answer. It is also experiential. Somewhere, a poor person in dire straits has prayed and prayed for financial aid and just won a 10,000 dollar jackpot. Statistically seeking, it had to happen to someone, but is it really wrong for his family and friends to see this as evidence for the power of prayer?

The problem comes not from believing without proof. The problem is when one takes that and extends it into the realm of science. It's when one uses religion to replace science, instead of holding it alongside of science. A person who says dinosaurs never existed because the earth isn't that old is replacing science with religion, and yes, this definitely hinders scientific progress. A person who says that the bible is clearly wrong because the earth is older than it states is replacing science with religion and hindering their religious experience. Obviously we'd rather have person B in charge than person A, but these aren't the only two options. The third option is for a person to recognize that a timeless infinite God can spend only 6 days creating a much older earth because screw time anyway. This is a person that doesn't limit science with religion or religion with science. He has the potential of both a good scientist and a good priest, and as such, should he really be mocked for his faith?

Rhetorical question. This is Slashdot, so I already know the answer :P

Comment: Re:Not scientific, but not unreasonable (Score 3, Informative) 397

by Lewis Daggart (#40879805) Attached to: Mathematician Predicts Wave of Violence In 2020

While I agree that the sample size is small, there is certainly reason to think that if the political discourse continues as it is now, in eight years we could be in for that talk to start manifesting itself physically.

You have to be very careful with this kind of reasoning. It is close to saying, "Even though he doesn't have to evidence to back his claim, it fits my world view so I will use it to reinforce my current beliefs." This is the same kind of thinking that spreads conspiracy theories and group think, and it is an extraordinarily easy trap to fall into.

Comment: Maybe not so bad (Score 1) 234

by Lewis Daggart (#39390779) Attached to: Microsoft Patent Monetizes Your TV Remote
When I first read this I thought it was dreadful, but what if it was used smartly. What if the cable companies introduced a lower tier of service, where it costs less for the base subscription, and you're charged for every commercial you skip, up to a price a little higher than the next tier service? They could grab a larger percentage of people who think that cable isn't worth it at current prices, while showing investors and advertisers a model with less risk. The micro transactions could give the consumer a feeling of value and choice over when to skip commercials.

Comment: I have to disagree (Score 5, Insightful) 267

by Lewis Daggart (#38768758) Attached to: SOPA Goes Back To the Drawing Board, PIPA Postponed
I really have to disagree. These laws were made with bad intentions. Hear me out for a moment.

Murder is wrong. Murder is against the law. Murder still happens. Even assuming the intention was good in broad strokes, which I will dispute in a moment, the idea that we will continue piling laws up against murder until it goes away entirely is inherently abusive toward our liberties and impossible to actually enforce. Murder is illegal and penalized with incarceration or death depending on where you live. Nobody likes murder, but we arent clammoring to make it *more* illegal.

Likewise, copyright infringement is already illegal under the relevent codes. Making it *more* illegal simply blurs public perception about what crime is being committed. If the law simply made it more illegal, it's already in the wrong, but it does worse than that.

Imagine if, in order to stop murder, we created a law that said anyone who suspects someone of murdering their family member may hold them prisoner, possibly indefinately, with the burden of proof on the accused to show that he is not guilty. We would be legalizing vigilante enforcement at the hands of the most biased party, with the presumption of guilt until proven innocent.

This is what SOPA does, and it is incidious. It is not establishing the rule of law. It is using the cloak of law to legitimize lawless percecution. And I don't think for one moment that it's accidental.

Comment: Re:Microsoft Succeeded (Score 2) 185

by Lewis Daggart (#38692018) Attached to: Microsoft 'Trustworthy Computing' Turns 10
If an operating system marketed at users gives users a better interface, how exactly is this a bad thing?

You are not their demographic, the "luser" is. As a developer, I would hope that you would understand the need to cater to the users, instead of maligning them for not being as knowledgeable as yourself.

As an aside, the issues that I recall everyone complaining about back in the day were blue screening and degradation over time. I can't speak to your experience but I haven't need a reformat since getting Windows 7, and blue screens and black screens are a thing of the past. The BETA was more stable than previous iterations, the only problem being its lack of driver support.

I guess the fact that I notice and appreciate these things makes me a Luser. Uh... down with MS. Here's a hilarious picture of Nazi Bill.

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 Announced 152

Posted by Soulskill
from the you're-doing-it-wrong dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Square-Enix has announced Final Fantasy XIII-2 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. According to Gamespot, 'The newly christened Final Fantasy XIII-2 continues the adventures of Lightning and her team of RPG vagabonds in a brand new adventure, utilizing the long-in-development engine (and, probably, some of the art assets) that powered the original game. And because Square doesn't have to spend all of that extra time developing the engine, players won’t have to wait nearly as long to get their hands on this newest iteration of the game. According to Square Enix, Final Fantasy XIII-2 (which, in case you haven't guessed, is a game title that is just as terrible to type out as it is to say with your mouth) is on track for release in Japan this year. [The game] should be available in English-speaking territories by "next winter."'"
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New App Mixes New Drinks With What You Have 127 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the I'll-have-a-squashed-strawberry-alley-cat dept.
Pickens writes "The magic of a new app called 'Top Shelf' is that if you want to mix a new drink, the app thinks the way most of us do — instead of going out to buy the ingredients, it shows you how to build a new drink with the ingredients you have available. Feeling indecisive? Let Top Shelf pick a random recipe for you. You can get a random drink from the entire database, a specific category, your favorites, search results, or the liquor cabinet."
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Real-Life Frogger Ends In Hospital Visit 314 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the going-for-the-logs dept.
BigSes writes "A 23-year old man has been hospitalized after police in South Carolina say he was hit by an SUV while playing a real-life version of the video game Frogger. Authorities said the 23-year-old man was taken to a hospital in Anderson after he was struck Monday evening. Before he was hit, police say the man had been discussing the game with his friends. Chief Jimmy Dixon says the man yelled 'go' and darted into oncoming traffic in the four-lane highway. Has it come time to ban some of the classics before someone else goes out and breaks a few bricks with their heads after eating a large mushroom?"

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