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Comment: Re:Gotta love... (Score 1) 1131

Tim McVeigh was heavily involved in many extreme right wing Christian enclaves in the central united states. What he did was not 'in the name of Christianity' so to speak, but the political ideology to which he ascribed was heavily motivated by Christian religious views. Some of the militia-type enclaves with which he associated were led by Christian pastors and they encouraged his violent political views explicitly.

Comment: Re:Patience! (Score 3, Interesting) 454

by Theswager (#31477624) Attached to: SETI Is 50 Years Old; No Sign of ET
Language allows humans to communicate effectively, the Neanderthals had larger brains and more advanced tools than the Homo Sapiens at the time, but the Homo Sapiens had a more advanced ability to vocalize made possible by a more complex Larynx. Humans out-competed these smarter hominid species in no small part due to communication, so I do accept your premise that intelligence is more than technology. Intelligence is a purely human concept, because of this the human notion of intelligence ought to be what humans value (ya know, because where all human and such). Just having a large capacity for cognitive processing is not enough to constitute the intelligence that humans value. Our intelligence is all about intellectual evolution made possible by infrastructure. Writing allows people to solidify their ideas for the next generation so that knowledge is not lost when the brain dies. Farming allows for humans to have a small minority provide food for an entire society to survive and have surplus, thus allowing other members of society to focus on improving other parts of society for themselves and the next generation. You can sit in the comfort of your home with plentiful food and a controlled temperature at your computer tying out asinine comments on the good ol' global communications network because of the infrastructure of knowledge and technology built by countless human lives before you. All while the dolphins that people are so irrationally fond for (don't get me wrong dolphins are cute and there is no reason that we need to be killing them) spend every day of their lives searching for their next meal in a harsh environment . Do you think that dolphins ponder their existence? Or even have cognitive processes which extend beyond survival and mating? They don't have time to because they need to search for their next meal or die. This is because no matter how intelligent dolphins get their body lacks the ability to build anything significant. Even if Dolphins had more advanced brains than we do (which they do not) it would not matter because humans can write and build. In the realm of humans biological evolution is irrelevant because our intellectual evolution moves at a much quicker pace and has enabled fantastic progress in a short time life expectancy has more than tripled from 20 in the Neolithic to about 67 today. Dolphins on the other hand have been doing pretty much the same things for a very long time and they will most likely keep doing that for a while.

Comment: Re:"I reject notion of separation of church and st (Score 2, Informative) 999

by Theswager (#31462010) Attached to: Texas Approves Conservative Curriculum
if you read the first amendment in a historical vacuum then yes is forbids an establishment and does not explicitly speak about 'separation'. However if you read what almost all of the major 'founding father' figures were writing at the time, and what they said about it afterwards it is obvious that they intended to separate church and state affairs. Of the major 'founding fathers' that everyone hears about (Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Paine, Madison, Adams, etc.) they were all secularists at the very least but many of them were outspoken Deists who were nothing if not hateful of organized religion both philosophically and as it relates to governance. Furthermore 'separation' is an arbitrary distinction from a lack of establishment, both of those words have different meanings depending on who is arguing at a given moment and those meanings always meld to fit whatever agenda they are pushing.

Comment: Re:Wonder if "MiFi" would be cheaper tho? (Score 1) 1713

by Theswager (#30928264) Attached to: Apple's "iPad" Out In the Open
Who is going to have 2 or 3 iPads? I family might have multiple ones but they would either be at home where they could use regular WiFi, or separated during the day where MiFi would be useless for all of them. Now that would make sense for someone who had an iPod Touch and a Laptop that they wanted to use when they were out of the house rather than buy an iPhone+Data-plan and Laptop+3G adapter.
The Media

Newsday Gets 35 Subscriptions To Pay Web Site 177

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the now-thats-lucrative dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "In late October, Newsday put its web site behind a pay wall, one of the first non-business newspapers to take the pay wall plunge, so Newsday has been followed with interest in media circles anxious to learn how the NY Times own plans to put up a pay wall may work out. So how successful has Newsday's paywall been? The NY Observer reports that three months into the experiment only 35 people have signed up to pay $5 a week to get unfettered access to newsday.com. Newsday's web site redesign and relaunch reportedly cost about $4 million and the 35 people who've signed up have earned Newsday about $9,000. Still publisher Terry Jimenez is unapologetic. 'That's 35 more than I would have thought it would have been,' said Jimenez to his assembled staff, according to five interviews with Newsday employees. The web project has not been a favorite among Newsday employees who have recently been asked to take a 10 percent pay cut. 'The view of the newsroom is the web site sucks,' says one staffer. 'It's an abomination,' adds another."

Comment: Culture of SAS (Score 5, Interesting) 183

by Theswager (#30885906) Attached to: SAS Named Best Company To Work For In 2010
As someone who lives about 1 mile away from SAS, knows lots of people who work there, and has talked to a lot of local business owners about SAS, and has eaten in their 'cafeteria'(gourmet restaurant for employees). SAS is an amazing place to work. At the same time many of the people who work there are not motivated like people in places like Google or other silicon valley type companies. SAS has a few cash cow products that they maintain and beyond that there is not much innovation. Jim Goodnight is a control freak about what the company does and is surrounded by 'yes men' executives. Many people who start to work there never leave and it functions as a self sustaining source of money with low work hours for all involved. That being said I do like the statistics software from them that I have used(JMP)
Businesses

SAS Named Best Company To Work For In 2010 183

Posted by kdawson
from the must-like-north-carolina dept.
theodp writes "If you're in the market for a new job, Fortune has just published its list of 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2010. Topping the list this year is SAS (SAS jobs), the largest privately held software company, which Fortune notes is populated with more statisticians than engineers or MBAs, and led by a Ph.D. founder whose first love is programming. Google (jobs), which once viewed SAS as model for employee perks, took the #4 spot, and Microsoft (jobs) checked in at #51."
Encryption

How To, When You Have To Encrypt Absolutely Everything? 468

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the first-step-is-teaching-people-how-not-to-be-stupid dept.
Dark Neuron writes "My institution has thousands of computers, and is looking at starting an IT policy to encrypt everything, all hard drives, including desktops, laptops, external hard drives, USB flash drives, etc. I am looking at an open source product for Windows, Mac, UNIX, as well as portable hard drives, but I am concerned about overhead and speed penalties. Does anyone have experience and/or advice with encrypting every single device in a similar situation?"

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