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Comment: Re:"Stranger in a Strange Land" (Score 1) 78

by Archtech (#47976255) Attached to: It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

As I happen to be re-reading "Stranger" at the moment, I see a parallel with Heinlein's expressed views on metaphysics. He said that the questions it poses are invaluable, even though they have no answers. "Stranger" is a bit like that: it raises all sorts of profound and stimulating questions, but it doesn't offer any (serious) answers. You have to think the issues through for yourself.

Comment: Re:Funny how this works ... (Score 1) 116

by smooth wombat (#47976083) Attached to: Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video
our so-called representatives voted to bail out the supposed `too big to fail` organizations.

Which was the direct result of the financial industry whining that the proposed regulations would make them less competitive in the markets.

I have an article at home which outlines how the proposed regulations would have either mitigated to a significant degree, or even prevented, the bailout such by requiring higher capital requirements, more diligent use of mark-to-market, risk analysis and so on.

One can blame Congress and the President for agreeing to the bailouts, but there is a direct line between the bailouts and the lack of regulations.

Comment: Re:Let me tell you (Score 1) 394

by koan (#47974781) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

I worked for Apple, you got lucky.
As far as PC's go I build my own, which means I can swap out hardware easily and cheaply, can not do that with a Mac, in addition Win7 running the Adobe suite is rock solid and stable, the GPU rendering works flawlessly.

I moved all my audio recording gear and video gear/software to the PC, it's just better, it just doesn't crash, not so with the 2 iMacs I owned, they crashed constantly and guess what I was using? That's right... Apple software.

And yet Apple, who make their hardware, who writes the software for that hardware can't to do any better than: goto fail, which I believe would have been caught by a real audit of this software considering the size and resources available.
So I am left sure in my own mind they were complicit.

Comment: Re:Funny how this works ... (Score 1, Insightful) 116

by smooth wombat (#47974775) Attached to: Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

Exactly. Look at how great limited regulation fared in 2006-2008 when the financial industry whined and complained about the "burdensome" regulations that were proposed regarding their use of derivatives, capitalization and related matters.

Not having regulations worked out really well, didn't it? It only cost us taxpayers a few billion dollars to clean up the mess.

Comment: "Stranger in a Strange Land" (Score 1) 78

by Archtech (#47974587) Attached to: It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Preferably in the uncut edition published at Mrs Heinlein's behest after RAH's death. After all, it was deliberately written as an attempt to offend as many moral beliefs as possible - and, I think, succeeds brilliantly in that. It's also clever, entertaining, thought-provoking, and very funny indeed (in parts). Recommended for anyone too young to have caught it yet.

Comment: Re:Very sad (Score 1) 209

by garcia (#47974409) Attached to: Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

For the first time since I started w/the iPhone (the 3G was my first one), I see absolutely nothing of value with this major release version which makes me want to upgrade to it.

I'll be paying $99 for the 5S and be happy w/it. Sorry but unnecessarily bigger sizes and a better camera is not worth $200+contract renewal.

Comment: Re:MAD (Score 1) 288

by Archtech (#47972447) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

It's also quite something to reflect that Hitler did a far better job fixing his country's economy between 1933 and 1939 than Roosevelt did. Things are seldom what they seem.

“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”
  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

Comment: Re:MAD (Score 1) 288

by Archtech (#47972431) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

"Hitler would have pushed the button just before he pulled the trigger".

As would Obama, Dubya, Clinton, GHW, all the way back to Kennedy. (Maybe Eisenhower wouldn't have). If his plans for global conquest had failed utterly, the USA was a shambles from coast to coast, and Russian soldiers were approaching a couple of blocks away intending to give him what Qadafi got before he died.

Comment: Trolling? Or just crap? (Score 2) 711

by khasim (#47966159) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Here's the full quote from that partial in the summary:

This is how you get the phenomenon of philistines like Richard Dawkins and Jerry Coyne thinking science has made God irrelevant, even though, by definition, religion concerns the ultimate causes of things and, again, by definition, science cannot tell you about them.

He's wrong. The problem is that the concept of "God" is un-falsifiable. So you can always tack "because God wanted it that way" onto anything.

And then it gets worse:

You might think of science advocate, cultural illiterate, mendacious anti-Catholic propagandist, and possible serial fabulist Neil DeGrasse Tyson and anti-vaccine looney-toon Jenny McCarthy as polar opposites on a pro-science/anti-science spectrum, but in reality they are the two sides of the same coin.

Normally I'd say that that was trolling. Why toss irrelevant insults into a discussion? But I think it is an attempt to bolster an argument that he knows cannot stand on its own.

Both of them think science is like magic, except one of them is part of the religion and the other isn't.

And then he COMPLETELY skips over how Tyson believes that science is "like magic". He makes that insulting statement and then fails to support it.

This bizarre misunderstanding of science yields the paradox that even as we expect the impossible from science ("Please, Mr Economist, peer into your crystal ball and tell us what will happen if Obama raises/cuts taxes"), we also have a very anti-scientific mindset in many areas.

He thinks that Economics is a science. That's how wrong he is.

Not because science is "expensive" but because it requires a fundamental epistemic humility, and humility is the hardest thing to wring out of the bombastic animals we are.

Please look up the definition of "bombastic".

TFA could be a great example of trolling or Poe's Law or such. But I think it is just crap writing from someone who does not understand the subject.

If you aren't rich you should always look useful. -- Louis-Ferdinand Celine