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Comment: Re:How is this news for nerds? (Score 1) 1054 1054

by tbannist (#50016471) Attached to: Supreme Court Ruling Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Except when the argument is actually right. But I guess you already knew that right?

Really? the article you linked says the opposite of what you claim:

Today many Christian denominations regard marriage as a sacrament, a sacred institution, or a covenant, but this wasn't the case before marriage was officially recognized as a sacrament at the 1184 Council of Verona. Before then, no specific ritual was prescribed for celebrating a marriage: "Marriage vows did not have to be exchanged in a church, nor was a priest's presence required. A couple could exchange consent anywhere, anytime."

Jewish and Muslim Marriages are fine, they are all the same religion.

I'm not sure a lot of Jews and Muslims would agree to that classification, but sure, they're all descended from the same god. But I guess that means Buddhists and Hindu are barred from marriage, instead?

Atheists don't need to get married as they can get a civil union, and that is what you get when you stand in front of a judge and say I do.

Actually, it doesn't actually matter who you stand in front of, what you get is a marriage when you sign the piece of paper that the government issued you. You can go in front of a priest and say your vows, but if you don't sign the paper you're not married. Priests get no say in who marries and who doesn't, they can only choose to perform or refuse to perform a ceremony (of course, in so far as they own private property they are also allowed to deny use of such space for the same purposes).

The government needs to stop trying to control every damn thing.

Frankly, maintaining the registry of people who are legally married seems like exactly what the government should be doing. Maybe you want the damn government to keep it's hands off the legal system too?

Marriage comes from religion, the word originated in Latin, the language of the Catholic church to describe a ceremony that they performed called Holy Matrimony. If you don't like that it originates in the Catholic church, invent your own damn word for it.

Except you are 100% wrong, marriage predates the concept of Holy Matrimony which was introduced as a Catholic sacrament in 1184, we know that the earliest recorded marriage contracts are from around 660 BC. So that's over 1,800 years before it was associated with Christianity.

If another religious denomination wants to marry a homosexual couple, good on them.

Then we are agreed, the government should not be enforcing a ban on same-sex marriages. Whether it's because you believe that everyone should be treated equally or because you don't think the government should be preventing the Episcopalians, the Unitarians, the Anglicans, and the Presbyterians (among many others) from performing same sex marriages, the end result is the same.

Comment: Re:How is this news for nerds? (Score 1) 1054 1054

by tbannist (#50014191) Attached to: Supreme Court Ruling Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Fixing the disparity between marriage and civil union would have been the proper path, rather than taking a religious ceremony and perverting it to no longer have a religious element.

We've been down this road before, while you can take a civil institution (marriage), hang your religion on it, and claim you own it, it doesn't make it true.

Frankly, it's astonishing how often this profoundly ignorant line of argument comes up. What? Are you going to also declare that Jewish, Muslim and Atheist marriages shouldn't be allowed either? What about the other branches of Christianity that don't agree with you? Are you going to allow Catholics to get marriage? Protestants? What about the Christian churches that want to marry gay couples? Would you bar them because you disagree with their interpretation of the Bible? Why should we limit marriages to only the ones you specifically approve of, because some marriages don't confirm to your particular interpretation of a 2000 year old book?

Comment: Re:So the work begins again (Score 1) 64 64

by TechyImmigrant (#50002751) Attached to: NIST Updates Random Number Generation Guidelines

To find out where the NSA put the twist.

Well P-224 isn't twist secure, if that's what you're hinting at.

In reality the backdoor isn't in SP800-90A, B or C. It's in FIPS 140-2 section 4.9.2. In a FIPS certified module, that procedure applies to all RNG outputs 16 bits and above. A test that changes the data to create a stream of known algebraic inequalities. Genius.

Comment: Re:Why should we trust NIST encryption? (Score 1) 64 64

by TechyImmigrant (#50002733) Attached to: NIST Updates Random Number Generation Guidelines

NIST recklessly broke our trust in them by allowing known to be broken encryption into their standard. Their new document may come with all the best intentions, but it will take years to rebuild that trust. Let's wait for what the crypto community has to say about these documents, before we blindly follow their latest standards.

Well you could go with the ANSI or ISO RNG specs.

Oh wait, they're written by the same people.

Comment: Re:sigh... (Score 1) 937 937

by TechyImmigrant (#49983307) Attached to: The Vicious Circle That Is Sending Rents Spiraling Higher

I think that there is one difference in this cycle though. I think that a lot of the ARM mortgages were eaten up in the great recession. Most of the loans nowadays are conventional, or in the case of investors, just cash.

I've saved 10s of thousands of dollars with ARM mortgages over the last 15 years.

Comment: Re:de SEC suitz hunt0rin haxx0rz nao (Score 1) 20 20

Queue up the internet insider trading frame up scenario.

#1 Hack A, a competitor to B, finding that A will do X.
#2 Hack B, leaving hints that it was A that did it.
#3 Leak to gullible idiot in B that A is doing X.
#4 Trade on X happening.
#5 gullible idiot trades on X happening.
#7 Trade on B being found out by the SEC
#6 SEC throws gullible idiot to the dogs.
#7 Profit!

Comment: Re:the battle of the selfless (Score 2) 305 305

by tbannist (#49961351) Attached to: Lawrence Krauss On the Pope's Encyclical: Not Even Close?

According to Jared Diamond in Guns, Germs and Steel, that is most likely a consequence of Native Americans not having access to any arable staple crops. Once the option to grow corn for food became available, the Native Americans began settling down into cities. Unfortunately for the Native Americans the difficulty in acquiring a staple crop left them thousands of years behind the Europeans in their development and the subsequent exposure to European Germs wiped out the Native American cities. Somewhere around 95% of the city dwellers were wiped out during the initial contact with Europeans.

So that means that Native Americans had already discovered "economic development" when Europeans arrived, but the vast majority of those practising it were killed by simultaneous epidemics of smallpox, typhus, measles, influenza, bubonic plague, cholera, malaria, tuberculosis, mumps, yellow fever, and pertussis all introduced (at about the same time) to North America by Europeans.

Comment: Re:reverse Amazon shopping (Score 2) 116 116

by JanneM (#49958275) Attached to: Amazon Overhauling Customer Reviews

I usually buy direct in store. Shipping time zero. Prices have adjusted, at least around here, so that in-store prices aren't much different from the online ones.

Typically I'm browsing at a book store on the way home from work, and discover a book I might like. I could order it and get it a few days later, or walk out the store, book in hand. I'm an adult, with disposable income, so a hundred yen or two price difference doesn't matter to me. Being able to get the book right then does. Amazon is great for finding out what other people think about the book before I buy it.

Another example was my used oscilloscope. Buying second-hand things online is a gamble, and returning it is a major pain (get a cardboard box, arrange for the return and get and fill in a return label, be home to do the delivery). I went to a local shop instead. They hooked it up right in the shop to make sure it worked and to show me the basics of using it. And had there been a problem they would have come by in a car to pick it up directly. Much better. But Amazon did tell me which of the available models were better for me.

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