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Comment: Re:*shakes magic 8 ball* (Score 1) 147

by DaveAtFraud (#47923677) Attached to: I think next winter will be:

That's harsh I remember when a 3 day weather forecast was crazy talk, not they do 10 day with reasonable accuracy.
Of course, the suffer from pedantics in they if they say it's going to be 93, and it's actually 94, people are like see, wrong again!

They do OK here in Colorado during the top of summer and the bottom of winter. Spring and fall they might get the current conditions right if they looked out the door... but it would probably change before they could report it. But they still try to do a 7 or 10 day forecast. Once in a while they get it right but don't plan on it.

Cheers,
Dave

Comment: Re:Clarification (Score 1) 905

by DaveAtFraud (#47914633) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Two very different things: why does the universe exist and how did the universe come to exist. There is no why for the universe. It is. Looking for a why is what theists do.

Clarifying the clarification: I was only attempting to answer the question, "Why do atheists flock to science?" My answer was simply that, rather than arguing something vacuous, they simply say, "Meh, the scientific explanation will do for me." That is hardly flocking but just throwing a "good enough" explanation back at the theist that they will hopefully leave us alone.

Cheers,
Dave

Comment: Re:Ready for spring already! (Score 1) 147

by DaveAtFraud (#47914353) Attached to: I think next winter will be:

Last year's winter was not fun in PA. We had basically no summer, with very few hot days. I suspect this winter will be a little worse.

Same here in Colorado. We had a cool, wet summer. I think we only had one day that broke 100F. Saved a bunch on the water bill though. Barely had to water the lawn.

Cheers,
Dave

Comment: Re:Clarification (Score 1) 905

by DaveAtFraud (#47902169) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

What's wrong with saying 'I don't know?' Demanding that atheists know how the Universe came to be seems just as wrong as demanding that you explain how God came to be. Except that the atheists can at least claim to have at least some evidence that the Universe exists (even if it could all be false), so they can at least start their search for an answer with relatively solid footing.

If you are in a normal discussion as to how something knowable works but of which you have no knowledge, saying "I don't know," would be quite reasonable. Unfortunately, quite a few of the "true believers" seem to take someone saying, "I don't know," in this context as an invitation to be "educated" with their particular mystical explanation. So, unless you want to hear the current mystical explanation, just say the scientific explanation works well enough for you and let them expend their energies attacking that. It's usually much more entertaining than the lesson you get with "I don't know."

Maybe, "I'm OK with not knowing," would work better than "I don't know." Trying to convey that you're more comfortable with a blank slate than one that is filled with mystical gobbledy-gook is hard to get across to those who embrace the mystical gobbledy-gook.

Cheers,
Dave

Comment: Clarification (Score 1) 905

by DaveAtFraud (#47900197) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Seems silly to point out but, if you don't believe some god created the universe, life, etc. then you need some explanation for the universe around us and us as observers of that universe. The flying spaghetti monster is one alternative but it sort of makes sense that quite a few atheists will just say that the scientific explanation of the universe works for them; no more, no less. It's not something to be carried on your sleeve. I'd hardly call that "flocking to science." I haven't heard of too many militant atheists picketing some religious get together with signs saying, "Believe in string theory!" or "Quantum Gravity has the Answer!"

Cheers,
Dave

Comment: Re: No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (Score 1) 905

by DaveAtFraud (#47900131) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Many atheist have a belief that god does not exist. They want others to join them in their belief.
Sounds like a religion to me.

Believing that there isn't a god is a belief: the acceptance of an assertion without sufficient evidence. Accepting that there probably isn't a god due to the total lack of objective evidence isn't a belief. It's just accepting observable, objective reality. Still, a good atheist maintains a scientific doubt about atheism.

Cheers,
Dave

Comment: Re:Only complaint about decaf (Score 1) 228

by DaveAtFraud (#47859363) Attached to: DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

Ah, but I like my caffeine to be naturally coffee flavored and I control any other ingredients (half and half first thing in the morning, straight up through the day and then maybe a little Bailey's or similar cream liquor in the evening). Never any sugar! So, none of artificial stuff in "energy drinks", thank you very much.

Cheers,
Dave

Comment: Re:Bingo! (Score 1) 826

by DaveAtFraud (#47762023) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

... I come down on the systemd side when I want my laptop to correctly connect to the appropriate WiFi network (but only if not connected to a wired network).

The NetworkManager is written by literally the same people who work on the SystemD.

If it hadn't worked before, why you think it would work afterwards?

It works better than the alternative for managing dynamic network connections. That isn't saying much since the alternative is doing it manually or with handcrafted shell scripts.

I usually call it NetworkMangler.

Cheers,
Dave

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