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Comment: Babelfish are go. (Score 2) 122

by MRe_nl (#48813985) Attached to: Google Aims To Be Your Universal Translator

Now, it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mind-bogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some have chosen to see it as the final proof of the NON-existence of God. The argument goes something like this:
"I refuse to prove that I exist," says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing."

"But," says Man, "the Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves that You exist, and so therefore, by Your own arguments, You don't. QED".

"Oh dear," says God, "I hadn't thought of that." and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.

Comment: Re:Oh bullshit on a stick (Score 1) 772

by MRe_nl (#48558839) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

There is no such thing as a terrorist. But it must be nice to see the world in black and white, saves you the trouble of having to actually think about or empathize with other humans.
"Wer mit Ungeheuern kampft, mag zusehen, dass er nicht dabei zum Ungeheuer wird. Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst, blickt der Abgrund auch in dich hinein."

Comment: Re:News? (Score 1) 83

by MRe_nl (#48496045) Attached to: Probe Into NSA Activity Reveals Germany Spying On Germans

Let me put it simply: We are not allowed to spy on our own citizens. Everybody else is fair game. Nobody ever said we couldn't share data with other (allied) intelligence agencies, so we got around the rule by spying on each others citizens and sharing the data. But now that we have been tasked with near impossible tasks we have turned to spying on our own citizens directly, and this is a new development for foreign intelligence services, whether you are aware of it or not. The fact that these are nationals living abroad is the main loophole.

Comment: Re:Depressing News (Score 1) 171

by MRe_nl (#47879287) Attached to: Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

"And it came to pass that AC learned how to reverse the direction of entropy.
But there was now no man to whom AC might give the answer of the last question. No matter. The answer -- by demonstration -- would take care of that, too.
For another timeless interval, AC thought how best to do this. Carefully, AC organized the program.
The consciousness of AC encompassed all of what had once been a Universe and brooded over what was now Chaos. Step by step, it must be done.
And AC said, "LET THERE BE LITHIUM!"

And there was lithium---- "

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?

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