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Comment: Re:If you make this a proof of God... (Score 1) 607

And in all of the examples you gave, that would make the Programmer a needlessly cruel and sadistic bastard.

Anyone creating such a simulation would know full well the "simulated" suffering he would inflict upon his "simulated beings" by running the simulation.

Comment: Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (Score 1) 1113

by Zalbik (#46707955) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

I'm not certain I understand your point (or perhaps I failed to describe mine sufficiently).

I see very little difference between the following things:
- boycotting a corporation due to disliking the stance of the corporation on certain issues (e.g. oil companies & the environment, tech companies & Chinese factories, etc)
- boycotting a corporation due the the particular stance of their CEO on certain issues.

For me to treat these differently requires me to treat a corporation like a person, which is something I adamantly refuse to do. Corporations are made of and lead by people. If they want to have personal opinions, fine...they should just be aware that publicizing an opinion may have consequences.

Yes, there were a few nutjobs on Twitter who were harassing Eich personally, which I do not agree with, but it appears that the major reason that Eich resigned was due to OKCupid's actions against Mozilla.

This is not a political discussion, it is an ethical one. I have no issue with "calling out" people who support a callous disregard for basic human equality.

Comment: Re:If they *do* find it... (Score 2) 44

by Zalbik (#46705973) Attached to: Last Month's "Planet X" Announcement Was Probably Wrong

Seriously? It's 8 names in order....just memorize them.

Look, I'm all for mnemonics (although there are better methods) when needing to memorize multiple-dozens of pieces of information, but for a list of 8, I can't believe people use a mnemonic.

Do you also use a mnemonic to remember the days of the week in order? Months of the year?

Comment: Re:Wierd headline (Score 1) 130

by Zalbik (#46699661) Attached to: Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

They need to decide if they're going to be ad-supported or subscription, because you can't be both

Isn't standard cable and/or satellite both subscription and ad supported?

I'm fairly certain magazines and newspapers are both subscription and ad supported as well. And movies. And some streaming / satellite radio services.

And there's this whole "world wide web" thing that I've heard of. I hear it is also supported by both a monthly subscription cost, plus advertising.

Comment: Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (Score 4, Insightful) 1113

by Zalbik (#46698765) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Why is it OK to have a hate campaign against Eich and what he believed in?

For the same reason it is OK for Eich to speak about what he believes in.

As much as the interwebs are desperately trying to make someone the villain here, I don't have a problem with either side.

1) Eich contributed to a political cause he believed in - fine
2) A segment of the public was in opposition to his cause, and spoke out opposing his viewpoint - fine
3) A website stopped allowing Mozilla on their site due to being in opposition of his viewpoint - fine
4) Mozillia & Eich realized that the situation was fubar, and Eich decided to resign - fine

A few commentators have had serious issues with (3), claiming that this could lead to any corporation with enough cash forcing certain opinions out of favor. To this I answer:

a) This already happens
b) This can typically only happen when there is significant public support for a particular position.

Sure, it's not ideal for corporate entities to be the "stick" via which social change can come about, but given that the opponents to certain changes tend to be very wealthy and powerful individuals, some sort of stick is often needed.

Comment: Re:The best the SCOTUS could do is wipe software p (Score 1) 192

by Zalbik (#46626639) Attached to: Supreme Court Skeptical of Computer-Based Patents

I'm guessing if you lost your job because someone stole your ideas/methods and ran you out of business, you'd look more favorably at patents.

Or maybe you're just stupid.

No, if my source of income was based on an idea that was easily copied and I ran my business so poorly that I couldn't handle the inevitable competition, THEN I'd be stupid.

BTW, you can't "steal" ideas, only copy them.

Comment: Re:Autism is too broad and other problems (Score 1) 558

Please, stop with the hyperbole. It doesn't help the case for autism at all.

If one in 68 children were missing limbs at birth, there would be an international outcry

Autism is a spectrum disorder...ranging from barely noticeable to completely life-dominating.

The equivalent would be 1 in 68 children ranging from missing their left arm to having a slightly shorter fingernail on their pinky.

Why aren't we investigating more? Why?!

12% of people (1 in 8!!!!) DIE from cancer.

Why aren't we investigating more? Why?!

Funding rates for autism are similar to funding rates for epilepsy, which has a similar incidence rate. Lot's of investigation is being done, but unfortunately it is very difficult to research.

It's inaccurate to simply put it all under that one umbrella and treat things under a "common core" and ultimately unhealthy to do so.

Cancer also ranges from a mild irritation (skin cancer) to a life-altering extremely serious issue. Guess what? The cures for each are pretty much the same. Just because the intensity of the effects vary, this does not mean that it is inaccurate to treat them similarly.

but we do have some basic facts we can at least point to:
1. The rate is high and climbing still.
2. The problem isn't being studied properly.

1. High compared to what?
2. You have provided absolutely no evidence that the problem isn't being studied properly.

This problem definitely fits the definition of "epidemic" and yet somehow it doesn't warrant investigation and study? Is it because important business models will be threatened? I believe that will be of high likelihood.

If you are serious about this, you may want to consider seeking professional help. The level of paranoia required to believe it is "highly likely" that big business or the government is inducing autism in the population for their own nefarious reasons is quite disturbing.

Comment: Re:real answer (Score 1) 108

by Zalbik (#46597837) Attached to: Did Facebook Buy Oculus To Counter Google Glass?

Yes, but I think the GP's point was that FB doesn't make enough revenue to be buying multi-billion dollar speculative investments as rapidly as they are.

It certainly appears as though FB is just casting about randomly, hoping to latch on to the "next big thing". Whatsapp was a particularly strange investment as their income entirely depends on the business model of telecom companies. The minute telecoms wise up and just package SMS in with data, Whatsapp's revenue stream dries up.

It's as though Zuckerberg wants to be as cool as Jobs (in the prior to being dead way)....but has no idea how to do it.

Comment: Re:PoE $0 D3 $60 + $40 (Score 1) 166

by Zalbik (#46578851) Attached to: <em>Diablo 3</em> Expansion <em>Reaper of Souls</em> Launches

Yeah...played Exile up to the point where I realized I'd screwed up my talent tree. Then realized it would be prohibitively expensive for me to fix it. Moved on.

Yes, Diablo 3 is more casual. I like that. Strangely, I want games to be fun, not work. The minute I need to spend offline time researching how to best min/max my video game character is the minute I stop playing. Some people enjoy doing that...but I'm just not one of them.

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