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Comment: Re:It's the devil (Score 2) 108

by Stinky Cheese Man (#46229209) Attached to: Massive New Cambrian-Era Fossil Bed Found

I can't defend the appalling behavior of your street-corner preacher, for "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" and "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."

But C. S. Lewis had a good answer to your question about the square circle (or the more often heard question of "could God make a rock so large that he could not move it.")

"His Omnipotence means power to do all that is intrinsically possible, not to do the intrinsically impossible. You may attribute miracles to Him, but not nonsense. There is no limit to His power.

... meaningless combinations of words do not suddenly acquire meaning simply because we prefix to them the two other words, 'God can.'

It remains true that all things are possible with God: the intrinsic impossibilities are not things but nonentities. It is no more possible for God than for the weakest of His creatures to carry out both of two mutually exclusive alternatives; not because His power meets an obstacle, but because nonsense remains nonsense even when we talk it about God."

Comment: Re:It's the devil (Score 1) 108

by Stinky Cheese Man (#46228953) Attached to: Massive New Cambrian-Era Fossil Bed Found
The poll questions, as well as your comments, reveal more about the misconceptions and prejudices of the speaker than about the actual beliefs of the respondents. A thoughtful YEC (Young Earth Creationist) could not answer "yes" to "do you believe humans and other species are unchanged from the beginning of time?" First of all, in the Genesis account of creation living creatures were created on the fifth and sixth days, not at "the beginning of time" (the first day). Second, no one in the YEC community believes that "species are unchanged". YECs allow for natural variation within created "kinds", which roughly correspond to the "family" in scientific classification. For example, a YEC would believe that most Felidae species descended from an original "proto-cat" (my term) through a designed process of limited adaptation. What a YEC does not believe is that inanimate matter plus chance plus time led to the great diversity and complexity of life that we see today.

+ - Antarctic Climate Research Expedition Trapped in Sea Ice

Submitted by Stinky Cheese Man
Stinky Cheese Man (548499) writes "An antarctic climate research expedition, led by climate researcher Chris Turney of the University of New South Wales, has become trapped in heavy ice near the coast of Antarctica. The captain has issued a distress call and three nearby icebreaker ships are on their way to the rescue. According to Turney's web site (http://www.christurney.com/), the purpose of the expedition is "to discover and communicate the environmental changes taking place in the south". Read the fine article at http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/25/antarctic-expedition-scientists-trapped-ice"

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 329

I wish I had points to mod you up. This is the "Let them eat cake" philosophy of energy development. You can't afford coal? Here, use these expensive, unreliable, and inefficient technologies that only survive in our country due to massive government subsidies instead! (Hydro is an exception, but is not an option in most countries that don't already have it.)

Comment: Re:Union (Score 1) 135

by Stinky Cheese Man (#44107619) Attached to: Perspectives On the Latest IBM Layoffs

Cutting costs not to go broke? Where have you been the last 40 years? Companies don't "cut costs" to avoid closing. They "cut costs" to appease wall street and the financial sector.

Exactly. What is all this angst about? Did IBM lose money last quarter? No -- they made $3.00 per share (which was in fact an improvement over the previous year) instead of their projected $3.05 a share. And for this they are laying off thousands worldwide. Employees, and even customers, are not a priority anymore. The only thing that matters is the stock price.

The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-day-for-a-flight dept.
skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Comment: Re:How to treat a loyal customer (Score 3, Insightful) 571

by Stinky Cheese Man (#42180905) Attached to: Microsoft Steeply Raising Enterprise Licensing Fees
Ignore the trolls. I am a programmer on the reservation system of a worldwide hotel chain that handles millions of transactions a day. Large parts of this system use mysql on a Linux platform. Just yesterday I was working with a mysql table containing 1.3 billion (1,300,000,000) records. mysql is just as reliable as other commercial products that we use.

Comment: Re:I feel it all the time (Score 1) 693

by Stinky Cheese Man (#20706769) Attached to: Berners-Lee Challenges 'Stupid' Male Geek Culture

And whenever I come to work dressed somewhat fashionably I get weird comments, not compliments, they are actually making fun of me I think.

FWIW, AF, I am a male computer guy who would love to work with someone like you. In fact, I'll give you a compliment just based on your description...

<smiles> Hi AF, you look great today! </smiles>

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