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Comment Re:Star wars missile defense (Score 1) 330

One can find plenty of arguments and lots of scholarly papers written that are both for and against SDI and Reagan's impact on the USSR. I suppose it partly depends on which way one leans, doesn't it? Anyway, here's a nice article summing things up over at the WSJ. I think anyone denying that SDI was at least an accelerating factor is really just sticking his head in the sand. :)

Comment Re:Well, that's embarrassing (Score 1, Insightful) 622

It is interesting that EVERY bit of data examined about the Shroud (pollen studies, linen study, weaving techniques, post-mortem "autopsy" study, a study of the dirt around the heels, the blood type of the stains, the image itself) ALL support the notion that the Shroud is authentic. The only study that supports a medieval origin is the carbon dating, which has also been challenged.

There are two interesting questions (at least) from that:

1) When there is a massive amount of factual data supporting authenticity and only one data supporting fraud, should all of the supporting data be ignored?

2) How did the supposed fraudster carry out such a detailed fraud?

Then there's the image itself. Although there have been a few (maybe one) success at creating something that looks like the image on the Shroud, there have been no successes at creating an image that matches the physical AND chemical composition of the image. We still don't know how that was done, fraud or not.

My point is that there is still a great deal about the Shroud that is highly controversial, allowing the faithful to continue to hold to their beliefs with not requirement to be stupid or uninformed.

Comment Re:Very sad - but let's get legislation in place N (Score 2) 706

All of this seems to presume that a site CAN be made 100% hacker-proof. I don't think that is likely.

This position reminds me a lot of the folks that want to sue gun companies when someone commits a murder with a gun. The people who released this data have the blood of the two (so far) victims on their hands - they're at least partly resonsible for their deaths.

Comment Re:Could someone ELI5 how Macbooks retain value? (Score 1) 435

They are not commodity computers. There is a "commodity" cpu, the chipset, but the rest of the MB is totally unique, designed by Apple, and made from top shelf components. Then there's the shell, which is made from a solid piece of aluminium. It adds a lot of nice stiffness to the thing. Of course, this may be of no value to some folks.

Comment Re:What a clusterfuck (Score 4, Insightful) 676

First she claimed she did no official business on that server, then claimed it was only for convenience, then claimed there was no classified emails on it, then claimed it had all been erased. Turns out none of that was true. Massively lying, she had to know she was going to get caught.

This implies there is something there she is desparate to hide. If she is not hiding something, why all the lies?

Even if there is nothing there except highly classified material, then she has broken the law and lied about it repeatedly. Does that make her a qualified Presidential candidate, or a criminal?

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