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Comment: Setup a machine for instant re-installation (Score 1) 334

by Marrow (#47933493) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Setup a hard drive or usb key with a re-installation image so that if they do experience trouble, they can just re-image their machine. All updates and software they need already installed.

Or you could have the system dual boot. Normal windows boot, but you can have them grub boot into linux and that will give you a pristine platform to log-in and save files/re-image their machine remotely via partition image. You have them boot into linux, and then you can operate on a comatose window partition without interference via ssh.

Comment: I was simply disagreeing with the term "tool" (Score 1) 589

by Marrow (#47904001) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

I was not disagreeing with gun ownership. I just think a gun is a weapon, not a tool. If you call a gun a tool, then what is a sword? An ad-hoc non-elective surgical instrument? Overgrown Cutlery? Guns are not tools. They are weapons. I have no objection to the ownership of weapons...within reason. I just think calling them a tool seems like an attempt to shroud their importance by mingling them with other more benign implements like screwdrivers.

Comment: Please be specific (Score 1) 905

by Marrow (#47899755) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

To which premise do you refer? I did not make the comment with the expectation of making friends, but rather to incite debate. Anyone who talks about religion and Atheism should expect debate.
That said. Religion is a fundamental construct of western civilization. To claim disagreement with what so many people have born, lived, killed, and died to believe is a very serious thing.
Premise: Atheism is a refutation or dismissal of ALL stories, anecdotes, eyewitness accounts, and historical records that claim the "for real" corporeal or non-corporeal existence of divine beings .
Premise: The refutation or dismissal of the existence of divine beings is incompatible with the belief, first-hand accounts, and historical record of said divine beings.
Premise: A Atheist, by virtue of the first premise, holds that the stories, anecdotes, and first-hand accounts of divine beings are wrong due to error or deception.

Comment: Who told you about the god or gods? (Score 1) 905

by Marrow (#47899271) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Is this an idea you came up with all on your own? Or did a bunch of people get together to try to convince you of these beings? Did they write books, build temples,and hold ceremonies to convince you of the existence and benevolence of these creatures?
Are you disbelieving the idea, or the people who told you the idea? The problem is, the people who told you didn't claim credit for the idea. They told you it was the TRUTH.


Comment: That is very correct (Score 1) 905

by Marrow (#47899177) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Its not much different at all. A "Hard Atheist" may be just as religious and biggoted as any other kind of person devout to their beliefs.

The real question is: Is there a word for people who "Could care less if there is a god",

I think the pasta people might be closest to that ideal, but I could never embrace it.

Comment: Perhaps Atheism is misunderstood. (Score 0) 905

by Marrow (#47898943) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

People say that Atheism is the disbelief of god, but that is not correct. Atheism is the disbelief of people. By being an Atheist, you are in fact saying; "I dont believe anything that anyone has -ever- said in support of the existence of god'. You are saying: "Those people have been misled or deceived in some way and I dont believe them no matter their opinion, credibility, or station in life."

Atheism will never be popular or accepted. Because that acceptance would not be reciprocated. Atheists don't believe in people.

Comment: So, figure a way to hang on the undercarriage (Score 1) 486

by Marrow (#47868459) Attached to: To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

The batteries could even have small motorized wheels of their own that allow them to automatically detach from the bus and self-navigate to a charging station. Then a new battery could crawl up under the bus and hoist itself into position and lock-in.

Don't steal; thou'lt never thus compete successfully in business. Cheat. -- Ambrose Bierce