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+ - Stack Overflow turns 5-> 1

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Sklivvz (167003) writes "Stack Overflow is celebrating its 5th birthday, and would like to hear some (hopefully positive) user stories: "Stack Overflow officially launched on September 15, 2008. In five short years, you’ve answered over 5 million questions on more than 100 sites, and helped hundreds of millions of people find the answers they needed. Today, we want to celebrate how, together, we changed one small corner of the Internet for the better. We want to hear your stories about how someone on Stack Exchange helped you.""
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+ - Incredibly painful Apple recall process->

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Sklivvz writes "This is a short story about how painful was the process to get my iMac fixed by Apple after a recall:

I was told that: 1. You don’t do back ups at the Apple Store, and my data would be lost if you fixed my hardware that was defective — in that it would lose my data. I was advised to buy a hard drive at my own expense and back up my data myself at the store. The ludicrous excuse was that it’s for “data protection”. I guess you never heard of waivers. 2. It would take 14 days to replace a simple hard drive at a Apple store. It didn’t need to go anywhere, only upstairs. An operation that takes 15 minutes at most, since you don’t restore my data, takes your “geniuses” 14 days?

Is Apple grown worse after Job's demise?"
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Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 1123

by Sklivvz (#32395300) Attached to: What Scientists Really Think About Religion

Consider Christian charities that give without quid pro quo. There are Islamic charities that do similar work. There are Jewish and Buddhist and Hindu charities which similarly give help merely because helping others is good.

Consider non-religious charities that give without quid pro quo. They similarly give help merely because helping others is good.

If you are going to damn every religion because of fanatics, you can choose to damn every human endeavor, no matter how good, for those who would pervert it. You have no depth of perception, and in fact, are no better than the those who you would damn.

I do not damn Christianity because of pedophile priest. I damn it because of their active cover-up of such individuals. I do not damn Muslims because of the Taliban — on the other hand, I am not aware of an active interest in condemning such practices by a large part of Muslim authorities, and actually they seem at least tolerated, and in some Muslims environment, supported if not sponsored.

Saying that religion is "bad" for humanity is an overall kind of argument, i.e. the bad is more than the good. If it were all bad, there would be no religions.

Comment: Re:But what was the point? (Score 1) 1123

by Sklivvz (#32395250) Attached to: What Scientists Really Think About Religion

This world is here for a reason. You are here for a reason. You are not an accident. The implication: Your life has a point. There is something you, and no other, are meant to do. Find it, and live up to it.

Erm, it does not say that, not even by a long shot. The hypothesis that the universe has been created does not imply that it has a purpose. Also, if God created the universe who created God?
From this you deduce that we all have a fate or a point? Sorry, but I think you are deluded. It's called wishful thinking.

Could this simple message, only casually hidden, have helped people you've known in your life?

No, because delusions don't help them. The truth does.

As I side note: what do I think is the truth? I don't know, however — I think it's probably better not to assume that there is a predefined purpose unless there is some firm evidence of the contrary. I am quite happy thinking and defining my own purpose. It's called philosophy.

Comment: Re:It's so very odd..... (Score 1) 1376

by Sklivvz (#28765313) Attached to: Ireland Criminalizes Blasphemy

Fantastic, then I am ignostic too! Thanks for the nice article.

For clarity of speech I call myself atheist...

Regarding that:
- Although it's totally true that god is meaningless etc... I think that people have a generic "god idea" related to their religion. In that context I am atheist. I don't believe in the old dude with the beard.
- A meaningless, non falsifiable concept can simply be defined to be false, until properly defined (see Russell, for example). In this context I could call myself atheist too.

Comment: Re:It's so very odd..... (Score 1) 1376

by Sklivvz (#28760429) Attached to: Ireland Criminalizes Blasphemy

I totally agree with you... but faith is NOT rational. Faith is believing IN SPITE OF rationality. I do not have a Faith, therefore I am an atheist. Also, do you really think that an agnostic thinks that the answer is 50/50? I guess that is not true for the vast majority of people.

The truth is that nobody knows whether god exists. That said, the atheists think it's hogwash.

"Who knows, maybe the Law of Conservation of Mass Energy will be disproven in the future. In the meanwhile let's give the perpetual motion lunatics the benefit of doubt..."

If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.