This patch was submitted at 7pm on Dec 31st, 2011, so the only people looking at it were the ones expecting it. I guess they were not disappointed.
As I recall, when Obama was in the Senate he voted in favor of the Patriot Act extension and warrantless wiretaps. I don't know what you are basing your trust on.
I'll have some of what he's having.
Why do people think these simple questions are hard???
I agree. It's almost as if they don't read past the headline.
If you used coal or nuclear energy to create all that anti-matter it would cause a great deal of pollution. Personally, I think we should go green and use solar energy powered death rays.
And that is why we do not hear any intelligent radio transmissions from other star systems.
But does it explain why there's apparently no intelligent postings on Slashdot?
There were originally equal amounts of facts and anti-facts. Computer Scientists are still trying to explain why anti-facts now make up 99.999% of the postings.
Apparently you know a thing or two about the bible, maybe you can solve something that has puzzled me for a while now.
God punished Adam and Eve for eating from the tree when he forbade them. I.e. for breaking his law. So far, so good. But why did he put the trees in there in the first place? He's God. He's all mighty. He could have put the trees wherever he pleases. Especially since, being omniscient, he must have known that they will break his law. Being omniscient, he must have known that they will not heed his law. So he punished them for doing what he knew they would do, which he himself could easily have avoided.
You are missing the point of the story. Before eating the fruit, they didn't know what good and evil were, hence they didn't know that eating the fruit was wrong. It was a certainty that they would eat the fruit and learn right and wrong by committing wrong.
Like many ancient legends it is an explanation of something that people had observed and didn't understand. In this case, why do animals act in innocence and people act with knowledge of consequences? How did we become different from the other animals?
Perhaps being an atheist requires blind faith as well. If you are an atheist you have a belief that all hell won't be applied to you for adopting your belief system.
No. You just have to believe that none of the 20 different afterlifes posited by religions is true, instead of believing that one of them is and the other 19 are false.
Even science itself rests upon articles of faith. For example assuming that the laws of physics are the same all over the universe is irrational and arbitrary.
No. Its just the simplest explanation in the absence of evidence to the contrary. Support for it comes from everything we observe of distant stars and galaxies, which seem similar to our own.
That being the case the entire cosmology presented by science becomes very fishy. Quantum mechanics hints that physical reality is not actual and quite an illusion in itself.
No, Quantum mechanics says that at the realm of the very tiny or the very fast, our everyday model of physical reality is not accurate.
We can postulate that all science does is falsely attempt to decode segments of the illusion. It suggests that a rabid, backwoods, Baptist, in a fever of religious excitement and an atheist are as far as logic goes equals.
That must make the rabid, backwoods Baptists very happy.
Yes, truly on their last leg. I believe a Verizon employee tried to wash my car windshield at light the other day. Or maybe he was going door to door selling FIOS because it is incredibly profitable for Verizon.
I think we should standardize on UTC time everywhere. Forget timezones and 'Savings Time'. One time for all - would it really bother us if we had to wake up at 03:00 and it was daylight?
We have standardized on UTC. We are just following the principle of separating View from Logic.
When I was an engineering student I was required to take an ethics course, so yes, you can teach values.
Conspiracy to commit murder isn't treated much differently than murder. Besides, the chimp might rat you out in exchange for a deal.
Here ya go It's been on the books since 1974. The Federal government is prohibited from collecting personally identifiable on you without notifying you, etc. How's that working out?
The problem is that the phone companies believe that those call records are made on their systems and belong to them. The credit card companies own the transaction records between you and some merchants. Just because your name is in it, they don't believe that it is your information or that you have any control over it. Copyright does not apply to facts and its tough to draw a line anywhere over what should be private.
You've clearly never worked on consumer electronics if you believe a dollar in cost is insignificant. Switches are cheaper than pots.