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Comment: Re:I'd prefer they stay armed, TYVM (Score 1) 57

by Ol Olsoc (#49787437) Attached to: The Marshall Islands, Nuclear Testing, and the NPT

So we've entered the endless small war phase.

Try to find a time in history when the world wasn't in the endless small war phase (other than when the world was in a big war phase of course)

I think you might take a look at Afghanistan and what it helped do to the soviets. Those endless small wars do a great and inexorable job of Bankrupting countries. I'll take a few nukes every hundred years to a bnakrupt country fighting for gawd knows what in gawd knows where for people who want us dead anyhow, and are just using whoever sides with them at the moment.

Are you willing to bankrupt America to support these folks?

Comment: Re:Out of curiosity (Score 1) 291

by Ol Olsoc (#49787025) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

The website I develop for actually sells a product.

THIS! A thousands time this! I buy thousands of dollars every year - and multiple tens of thousands before retirement.

And not once have I "found" a place through a web ad, Not once have I even ever clicked on a web ad.

Granted, by this time I block them all, so for the last 5 years, it's a given.

Last time I saw an ad, I had searched for something, a tire from TireRack, and the next dozen pages I went to had - the tire I had searched for on Tire Rack. Stalking me like no one's business. It would be like going into Sears to check on a tire price, and someone from Sears follows you to every store you go to for a week afterwards.

But I still buy thousands each year online. At least for me, present day ad stalkers paradigm is, what's the word?.....Oh yeah, fucking stupid.

Comment: Re:Why is this dribble on the front page? (Score 1) 416

by Ol Olsoc (#49781951) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results

The "ways" aren't exactly mysterious. You live in the great plains, you're going to get floods and tornadoes.

Sure - be serious! But since we're here, my thoughts on exactly why places like yours tend to the religious.

A drive through the countryside in my area will show a lot of farms with presumably fundamentalist religious owners, if the signs are to be believe. Plenty of "The wages of sin is death" friendly reminders to see.

Giving some thought to the matter, who more likely to be really religious. Religion is the desire to influence events that you have no influence over. A Farmer has to have some sort of trust that the rains will come, the temperatures will moderate, and the crops will grow. Economic and some times actual life critical.

So they pray a lot, and in earlier times, when weather patterns were not known, it was not outside the realm of reason that abundant years were signs of Godly approval, and bad years were signs of offense.

But then you have the odd happening of the "faithful" being hammered by nature like this. Then it becomes silly season. The leaders scurry to find blame and attach it to the usual sources (Katrina, The mess in New Jersey, and Haiti come to mind).

So we have the elite, gay loving people of the northeast getting pummeled by a hurricane as proof of gawd's wrath against homosexuals, and it's accepted by the devout.

And there will be some insane excuses regarding these floods in Texas and Oklahoma that might be completely opposite in nature, but likewise gobbled up as proof of gawd's something something.

But let's take Haiti. One of gawd's mouthpieces, Pat Robertson gave the massive earthquake in Haiti as divine retribution http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/01/...

Now the fact that haiti sits on a shallow plate of geology that has been there long before there were those Hatians that presumably made a pact with the devil, apparently has nothing to do with it.

I wonder what Pat's comments on the present day mess in Texas and Oklahoma are? It will probably be along the lines of having to purge the sinners among the faithful, or if not fully prepared, back to the old "Mysterious ways" catchall.

So back to Oklahoma and Texas. They don't want to believe they have no control over these disasters, they see the destruction, and since humans have this strong approval blame thing going on, they feel they need to do something. Religion to the rescue.

Whereas the smart money says move elsewhere.

Comment: Re:Underwhelming (Score 1) 65

by Ol Olsoc (#49779939) Attached to: Microsoft Bringing Cortana To iOS, Android

, I don't want to have any Microsoft trash in my phone, much less when it is delivered with a name fit for a cheap stripper.

Um... Cortana is a cheap stripper?

Of the 3 personal assistants -- Apple has the cheap stripper name with Siri. Siri is a Scandinavian girls name.

Duckdukgo search "Cortana" Allblue colored woman wearning very little. Stripper? mebbe.

DuckDuckGo search "Siri" only one photo of a pleasant looking Indian woman in a sari. So I suspect a typo Otherwise a slew of Apple's microphone icon.

I call him right - I think you gotta own this one.

Comment: Re:Good, this is the future (Score 1) 40

by Ol Olsoc (#49779903) Attached to: Nerve Cells Made From Blood Cells

I'm baffled as to why my body seems to be able to grow an endless supply of utterly useless hairs and cherry angiomas, but a few microns worth of slippery fat on the end of my bones? Nope. Not happening.

Clearly my cells were able to do it ONCE, can we do it again, please?

This is the future, electronics is mature, computers have become this hermetic playground whose benefits elude me, but biology is really still in its infancy.

It's because we are trying to make science do what we are not made for, You and I have lived long past our useful and biological lifetimes.

I was listening to a Ted Talk on stopping the aging process. It was interesting, but in the end, the people involved sounded rather demented, like Dr Frankenstein only less shrill.

And sad to say, all the years added to our lives are at the wrong end. If I could be in my 30's for an extra 40 years, that might be okay. But even the people who live to be in theier early second century tend to be more like prunes than people. That's what we are attempting to do, live out half our life in nursing homes.

No thank you, I'd trade off being dead now instead of that horrible drawn out death.

Comment: Re:Science is fine... Academic institutions are no (Score 1) 392

by Ol Olsoc (#49779835) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?

Right, I'm in the humanities and there is this running joke that you only need to publish one really bad and obviously flawed paper on a really popular topic, and your career is certain. It's true, one bad paper, a followup book that is even worse published at 'prestigious' publisher like Oxford UP*, and you will get cited

We're talking abourt science, not the humanities.

Comment: Re:Why is this dribble on the front page? (Score 2) 416

by Ol Olsoc (#49779617) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results

Texas, on the other hand, outlawed gay marriage and got deadly floods and tornadoes.

Don't forget another state blessed by God, Oklahoma. They are getting hammered too.I think that falls under the "working in mysterious ways" escape clause.

Seriously I do feel awful badly for those folks. I hate when bad things happen to anyone, even if they hate me with a passion.

Comment: PowerPoint uses (Score 1) 315

by Ol Olsoc (#49779173) Attached to: Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned
I've had people bring down PowerPoint posters like big posters. Doesn't work very well because PowerPoint is not compatible with itself.

One guy actually wrote a freaking report in PowerPoint, then brought it down to be repaired. Had to be totally reset in a real layout program.

One person used the every crayon in the box approach, using every damn transition in the program. The room was just about to go into full freak mode.

But perhaps the worst thing about PowerPoint is the appearance of veracity, where unamalgamated bullshit can be presented in a slick official looking form that acts like propaganda that himmler would be proud of. Hope I didn't just Godwin myself - I think the comparison is accurate.

Reactor error - core dumped!