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Comment: Re: Yes, because moderation is oh so hard to do (Score 1) 384

by Silverhammer (#45797643) Attached to: Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity

Perhaps you think it's among the best because you are part of that hivemind or groupthink. There is clearly a certain orthodoxy here, and if it is questioned, flamewars erupt. Hell, the Slashdot staff routinely takes advantage of this to drive traffic; you don't think all those posts about global warming and governmental abuse are actually meant to inform anyone, do you?

Comment: Re:Iran or SA - maybe not. (Score 1) 674

by Silverhammer (#45673135) Attached to: New Documentary Chronicles Road Tripping Scientists Promoting Reason

So far as I can tell he has never managed to []

That's an interesting choice of words. If he really was more tolerant, you would say "he doesn't want to". But you didn't, because he isn't. He wants to abolish all theism and impose atheism, he has said as much many times, he takes advantage of the tolerance of others in order to advance his agenda, and he can get away with it because he doesn't dare go where there is true, "we will behead you" intolerance. And that was the point.

Comment: Re:Iran or SA - maybe not. (Score 2) 674

by Silverhammer (#45657881) Attached to: New Documentary Chronicles Road Tripping Scientists Promoting Reason

The point is that there's nothing particularly daring or insightful about what Dawkins et al. are doing. Their antics are tolerated because modern, predominantly Judeo-Christian nations are, by definition, tolerant.

Which brings us right back to the inescapable conclusion that Dawkins et al. are the oppressors, not the oppressed. You're not allowed to believe what you want to believe, even if you're not hurting anyone else.

Comment: Is it science? (Score 4, Informative) 398

by Silverhammer (#45524493) Attached to: Science Museum Declines To Show Climate Change Film

From TFA:

Director Ben Kalina says he hoped that an event at the museum would spark dialogue, especially because the museum is across the street from the state Capitol. “I thought this would be a great opportunity to invite people from state legislature, people working on issues in the state, and the public to discuss these issues.” Kalina says he made a balanced film that is not a polemic, although it does contain a scene from The Colbert Report, in which the comedian mocks North Carolina politicians for the bill. “I’m sure some people wouldn’t appreciate that,” he admits.

That's not science.

Comment: Re:Good Man + Absolute Power = Bad Man (Score 2) 289

by Silverhammer (#45100663) Attached to: CPJ Report: the Obama Administration and Press Freedoms

I reject your premise. Good people do not seek power in the first place.

That's not to say there are no good people with power. But those who have it almost always have it forced upon them by the circumstances of the moment, and when the moment has passed, they try to get rid of it as quickly as possible.

Comment: Re:This may be a stupid question... (Score 5, Insightful) 95

by Silverhammer (#36486618) Attached to: US Warns of Problems In Chinese SCADA Software
Not necessarily. SCADA is "Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition", which simply means collecting process data for presentation and analysis. Yes, many packages (disclosure: including the one I work on) allow SCADA functions to be performed over TCP/IP networks, but it is not a fundamental part of SCADA. Everything can be done on a single workstation, if that's how you're set up.

Comment: Re:Trollololololo (Score 0) 473

by Silverhammer (#36479778) Attached to: No, We're Not Headed For a New Ice Age
I'm not interested in having the discussion. The writer of TFA — and by extension the person who submitted it, the editor who approved it, and you who are defending it — are the ones who are trying to. Yet all of you keep using this bizarre tactic of smacking me with one hand, reaching into my pocket with the other, and expecting me to thank you for both.

Comment: Re:Trollololololo (Score 0) 473

by Silverhammer (#36479716) Attached to: No, We're Not Headed For a New Ice Age
Regardless of what you personally think of the other side, the other side exists. And thanks to certain economic and political realities, the other side is winning. Throwing your little temper tantrums and cursing the other side for not acknowledging your brilliance only drives them further away, which is a profoundly stupid thing to do since you need their money and cooperation to do what you want to do.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming