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Comment Re:Feels weird agreeing with scientologists (Score 0) 265 265

But we apparently evolved to have the inclination to do just that. So religious belief can't be considered an "illness." Delusion yes. Illness no.

What about all the people who think they have free will?

Or the ones who can look straight at a penis vs. a vagina then declare that gender is "socially constructed?"

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1, Insightful) 310 310

This brings up an interesting consideration. Why do a bunch of astronomers get to decide this, or anyone else for that matter. I simply refuse to stop calling Pluto a planet. Whether I conform or not to the changing definitions of scientists has no bearing on what Pluto actually IS, or even what I understand it to be. Furthermore, isn't the categorization hierarchical? Why can't "dwarf-planet" be a subset of "planet?" So then calling Pluto a planet or dwarf-planet makes no difference, both are equally correct, though the latter conveys more information.

Comment Re: we prefer Little Planet (Score 1, Insightful) 310 310

This is the correct answer. Since we can "define" whatever the fuck we want, we could have simply let Pluto stay defined as one of the 9 "original" or "classical" planets and been done with it. I don't buy the argument that keeping Pluto a planet means a whole bunch of other junk in space must now be taught in schools as the "list of planets." Just mention, "there's now known to be a whole lot of other dwarf planets like Pluto. Scientists spend endless years mentally masturbating about which to categorize as planets, vs. dwarf planets. If such pedantics interests you, a career in science might be your future!"

Comment Re:When it's quite inconvenient... (Score 1) 297 297

Anyone who is doing anything with computers more than fooling around and consuming "content" is a fool to have anything less than triple redundancy.

I learned to take it even a bit further (archives, as well as backups) after a Windows crash in 1993 took out 8 hours of work on a term paper out of about 40 hours total invested. It ate my HD and backup, while in the process of making the backup. The 2nd backup, 8hrs of work ago, saved me from the loony bin.

Comment Re:Equality (Score 1) 490 490

WHY? Why isn't the argument being made to do the same thing for men? So we should start punishing anyone who calls a guy a "fag" when the guy wants to wear a woman's dress? And all the "pressure" must be removed that makes men not choose careers in all the fields in which women dominate too.

Isn't all this just a bit absurd?

Doesn't anyone even question the initial assumptions--that "equality" is a good thing?

Who the fuck are we to try to engineer society when 1. we have no predictive model for individual or societal human behavior; 2. we still have barely a clue what our "nature" is? 3. There is no BASIS for asserting that the ratio of women:men in ANY field SHOULD be anything. It's just a made-up goal that someone "feels" like they want. 4. Whatever reason there is for why the ratio in STEM is different now than it once was probably involves at least 10x more variables than nearly anyone is aware of, and stands a good chance of not even involving the variable that most people think is the reason--at all!

Comment Re:Airline Problem (Score 1) 257 257

With FPGAs you have to ensure that a toolchain compatible with the particular model of chip is going to be available for that entire timespan, long after the chip has been discontinued--since to date no FPGA vendor has openly documented their low level configuration bitstream generator. Some time after that, the manufacturer's tools will stop targeting the old FPGA. I don't see how it solves anything, just by using an FPGA. The problem may even be worse than with CPUs, where at least for many architectures there are multiple compilers including open-source ones.

Comment The premise -- collectivism (Score 4, Insightful) 317 317

is of course, that you do not own your existence. So if you "threaten" suicide, you may be forced to continue living.

I predict that there will be very little overall objection to this premise in the discussion that follows, as the present culture is rapidly converging toward the complete realization of the nightmare "the personal is the political" in which every aspect of everyone's life is going to be everyone else's business. With the individual a bit player.

Exist, dammit, or we'll put you in prison!

The fancy is indeed no other than a mode of memory emancipated from the order of space and time. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge