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Comment Re:Climate has never not been changing. (Score 0, Troll) 369

You know, other people who are disagreeing are at least attempting to make an intelligent argument. You are posting little "quips" that you must think are very clever barbs. The first is this accurate predictor of the quality of your future posts,

"You see the difference between here and Ars on the climate threads. Slashdot is full of spastics like you who can't face reality and take comfort in spouting meaningless shit like this. Beyond pathetic."

That's actually hilarious, since Ars is kind of known for being an echo chamber, full of armchair scientists. The difference is that Slashdot is full of armchair scientists of a more varied and diverse background. The next is this well-sourced, point by point refutal of the parent's argument,

"The fact that you think that any of that is evidence against AGW speaks volumes."

And the amazingly awesome straw man,

"Yeah congrats you're playing the role of the creationist, but in the climate arena. Take a bow son."

Next, a challenge,

"Make your own prediction, let's see what happens. Put your money where your mouth is."

Then, an apology,

"Sorry, your disingenuous characterization of people who accept the overwhelming evidence is fucking pathetic. Nobody wants this to be true. There are people who accept it, and people who immaturely and childishly talk shit because they're too fucking cowardly to face up to it, and you are clearly of the latter."

Aren't you the big man? Spend a few more years out of high school, and perhaps you can join the rest of us immature adults here in some vitriolic discourse of a more elevated sort.

Comment Re:You obviously don't know what real autism is (Score 2) 345

In years gone by, this would have been more accurately described as severe mental retardation. Unfortunately, society has decided to abandon the term "retarded" due to perceived stigma. I feel this is unfortunate, as the term is actually quite accurate. Any term can, and in fact historically has been, co-opted to become a pejorative describing people who don't actually fall under the classification of some disability.

Many parents, faced with having a child with a severe mental deficiency, leap to "autism" as a way of internally mitigating the greater negative internal emotions that would follow a diagnosis of mental retardation. Medical professionals accommodate this psychological need of the parents, or buy into the classification themselves due to modern conditioning.

I think that as time goes on, and more knowledge is gained, diagnoses of "autism" or "Asperger's" will eventually be more limited. A huge portion currently diagnosed will be seen as just being socially awkward as youth. Anecdotally, many children in my school environment in the 70's and 80's would today be characterized as being "on the scale". They were shy, didn't make friends, and didn't know how to "get into a group". Due to the demographic nature of my town (few leave), I can say that I cannot think of one of those people who would consider themselves to be "on the scale". At different times in their lives, they got over most of their shyness, and they participate very effectively in local businesses, charity organizations, and social clubs. They may not be boisterous, but they carry on conversations and speak up when they have something to say.

The ones who have a true mental disability will be classified in ways that reflect the actual reason for their deficits. This will increase our ability to mitigate the risks of children being born with or developing a disability. It will also give us a better chance at treating such people. Sweeping everyone under one grand carpet will do less to address the individual issues of each person.

Comment Perhaps Google should lead by doing this one... (Score 1) 227

Google is one of the worst offenders, as they purport to be "non-intrusive", yet happily accept ads from "companies" that deceive people into believing that they are offering genuine support for any number of companies. Search for Dell Support, HP Support, Gateway Support, etc. (which the elderly and less savvy tend to do) and you will be given a link called "Dell Support" or similar which has a toll free number posted next to it.

Typical "support" scam follows, including false claims of infection, need for optimization software, and of course a nice fat $375 support agreement.

Searching for Apple support no longer seems to result in these ads, by the way. I'm not sure if Apple threatened legal action or if enough people complained. For those who think it is just by chance, and they have no knowledge of the scams, take a look at the Chrome store. For years, when searching for Adblock Plus, Google allowed phony apps called Adblock Plus to appear in the list above the real extension. Now, they seem to have finally banned the name, but are allowing such nonsense as "Addblock Plus", again posted above "adblock plus", the extension (apps show first)

Comment Try taking it in context (Score 1) 1350

Your snippet is too short to give context. Romans 1:18-32 should be followed by Romans 2 for context. It was a letter, and meant to be read in its entirety.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Romans 2:

Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
For there is no respect of persons with God.
For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,
And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;
And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,
An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.
Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?
Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?
Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?
For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.
Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?
For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Comment City folk deciding how country folk should live (Score 1) 413

This study is attempting a purposeful deception. There is another reason for setting up districts this way, which is to curtail the influence of highly concentrated urban populations picking representatives for people whose lives and issues they know nothing about. If you look at the NY statewide election, the only reason Cuomo won re-election was that 3 urban centers overwhelmingly voted for him. Every other county, in a massively large state, voted for the other guy.

Now you could argue that those urbanites are just so much more intelligent than the country folk. Talk to people in NYC and ask them why they voted for Cuomo, despite his self-inflicted corruption scandal. Even his competitor in the primary could have trounced him absent the urban vote.

If it were not for gerrymandered districts, these same lackluster voters would be picking representatives who had no interest in representing those who live anywhere else farther than 20 miles from NYC, Buffalo, or Rochester (and those just barely).

Comment Re:Tempting (Score 1) 181

Non-sequitur? He gave money to support a proposition that upheld society's longest existing institution against an onslaught of hyper-liberal hand-wringing. Your ad hominem of homophobe is applied to anyone who happens to agree with the current gay agenda of establishing a protected class with special rights and accommodations.

It is only through the flooding of the airwaves with propaganda and brainwashing of ignorant youth that same sex marriage has gotten the marginal support that it has. Surely it will grow, since the formative years of children are now filled with misinformation campaigns regarding homosexuality and its classification as an inherent trait similar to color or ethnicity that should be celebrated and honored.

In the meantime, there are still many people left who were not recipients of such "special education" and who have respect for the idea of marriage. Everyone has the same inherent right to marry. A male who has reached the age of consent may marry a female who has reached the age of consent, as long as they are not related too closely and meet the other requirement of not having a living spouse (and vice versa). These are not harsh restrictions, and they apply equally to all people. Note that there are no requirements to love one another, though presumably this should be the primary reason why the two would want to be wed.

Eich supporting these normal restrictions, as loose as they are, on marriage is not an act of discrimination.

Comment What a crappy of options! - no Pinochle? (Score 1) 274

Pinochle wipes the floor with the rest of these. There is chance involved (based on the deal), wagering, trump cards, having a partner whose cards you are not fully acquainted with, and various styles of play that have all sorts of good and bad consequences based on all of the above, as well as the opponents style.

Comment Re:rich people go back to paying taxes? (Score 1) 335

I'm actually specifically excluding those to make a point. Take out the athletics. That's right, the horror! Wanna participate in sports? Sign up for Little League, Soccer, etc. on your own. My own children were in Little League, had to buy uniforms (not needed when I was a kid, just a hat and a shirt), and the Little League is not funded by the school. Same for traveling soccer leagues. Gym is called the playground. The teacher is certainly capable of watching the kids do some pushups, sit-ups, and some running. Mix it up if you want.

I counted regular real estate, but the kids don't need an expensive gym. And the total compensation of the teachers at 116,500 includes their retirement.

The only thing that is lacking is admin staff. That is also on purpose. Though, conceivably across those 13 grade levels you can find some money for one super and one secretary. The lack of staff will keep them from getting any spendy ideas, as they will be too busy doing the work they should actually be doing, limited to hiring staff and corresponding.

Comment Re:So in other words, it will be just like Firewir (Score 1) 355

I would disagree. The actual production cost difference was small, but manufacturers wanted to shave pennies, rather than raise the price and worry about the competitor getting placed in stores due to a $1 per thousand unit discount resulting from USB only implementations.

Consumers definitely noticed the slow speed of USB. Think back to when scanners became a desktop reality, before MFPs. USB was 12Mbps, and firewire was 400Mbps. Scanning was atrociously slow over USB. Also, when external hard drives were becoming more common, customers were frustrated at how long it took to transfer even over USB2. And the more you transferred, the slower it got. God forbid you try to use the computer during that time.

No, Firewire was killed by retailers and other penny pinchers. Consumers did not care about $2 on a $1000 computer, or $2 on a $100 scanner.

Comment Re:rich people go back to paying taxes? (Score 1) 335

So you are saying that the 10% of children who might actually have special needs require more than one teacher at any one time? How many more? For example, in our school district, how many more teachers are required to teach the special ed children, assuming the non-special ed teacher has 10 students.

Also, you are obviously not familiar with children with disciplinary problems who get sent to private schools by their parents in an attempt to get them out of their hair. Where do you get your data on prep schools kicking out students for getting C averages?

Comment Re:rich people go back to paying taxes? (Score 3, Interesting) 335

Here in my upstate NY town, we spend $27,000 per student per year, almost on the nose. I just looked quickly at the cost of prep schools. Rutgers Preparatory was one of the first results from Google. It's yearly tuition is $28,240. They have a little over half of the enrollment of our school district. Tell me again how spending on kids has gone down, and tell me how we are going to improve their education by spending more money?

You could take each class year (90 students per class year), hire 9 teachers, for 10 students per teacher, and get:

a 1 million dollar building (more than what you need, and only need to buy it once every 40 years)
2 full time custodial staff at $90,000 total compensation per custodian
$200,000 yearly maintenance/heat/electric on the building.
and pay those teachers 116,500 per year in total compensation.

Now, if you would like to add some features, go ahead and do so. I think I am being very generous with the million dollar property. After all, you could spend 1 million more each year on property and buildings and still not have an issue excepting increased maintenance costs, and that's just for the kindergarteners. I'm sure you have a much more nuanced understanding of what is needed to educate our children. Why don't you enlighten us further?

Comment Re:Wait... wha? (Score 1) 1482

Who said anything about love? Love and marriage are two separate things. You are demanding that society recognizes a union between two people of the same gender. Something that is biologically incorrect. And as we have seen, those people who demand that recognition will also feel justified in compelling others to provide goods and services to them, when a heterosexual couple can compel no one to do the same thing. They will feel justified in seeking a man's firing in response to that man's expression of his right to political speech and participation, which is otherwise protected by our constitution. In fact, they will go so far as to dig through donation records to seek out individuals to vilify.

You aren't looking for equal rights. You are looking for extra rights. What's really entertaining is that some people worry that legalization of gay marriage will lead to the legalization of polygamy. Funny thing is, polygamy is a lot more natural than a homosexual relationship. This is despite the distasteful behavior of many of its practitioners.

The fact that you or others may or may not be gay is not disgusting. What is disgusting is your blatant trampling of the constitutional rights of others in your attempt to obtain rights which are not due you.

"I've finally learned what `upward compatible' means. It means we get to keep all our old mistakes." -- Dennie van Tassel