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Comment: Almost all scientific results... (Score -1, Flamebait) 15

by uncqual (#48671653) Attached to: 300 Million Year Old Fossil Fish Likely Had Color Vision

...refute ID or any notion of a god (or, to avoid offense, God).

It's really hard to find a recent (last 40 years) validated scientific result that validates, rather than debases, long held religious beliefs.

Decades ago "factory religions" (i.e., the smart ones, faced with irrefutable evidence, decided to abandon their beliefs and retrench in a new fantasy) abandoned the notion that God (who?) created everything in seven days.

The ignorant and unscientific still cling to "Intelligent Designer" fantasies just as the Taliban (ISIS et al) do to their irrational beliefs. Eventually, all of these will crumble under the advance of logic and reason and the sheer weight of evidence.

Humans, for good ecological reasons, seem to want to create a "supreme being". Even as recently as the Dark Ages, this was probably helpful. When all looks bleak, 1000 civilizations that give up because logic dictates that are are going to fail will fail. One of the 1000 that have the "God Gene" and persevere against all logic may survive and propagate their sperm.

We are all likely offspring of that flawed logic and it is our duty to crush support of that logic just as we, much more recently, reversed our opinions on slavery (i.e., anyone you can beat into submission is now your property).

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 85

by TheRaven64 (#48671595) Attached to: App Gives You Free Ebooks of Your Paperbacks When You Take a "Shelfie"
They only give you the free copy for the photo of the cover for public domain books. If you want to read these, install FBReader (which has a nice search interface for various online collections) and don't waste time with this app. To get copies of in-copyright books, you need to deface the copyright page. If you can do that in a book shop without having to buy the book, then you live somewhere with very tolerant shopkeepers...

Comment: Re:I'm the app's developer. Happy to answer questi (Score 1) 85

by TheRaven64 (#48671583) Attached to: App Gives You Free Ebooks of Your Paperbacks When You Take a "Shelfie"
I already have an app that catalogues the books I own by reading the bar code (which contains the ISBN in most cases). It takes a couple of seconds on my cheap phone (Moto G) to scan each bar code - it takes longer to look them up in a DB. Why would I want to use an app that relies on being able to recognise a cover, which is both more computationally expensive and less reliable (several of the books I own have had a dozen or so different covers for different printings - try looking at all of the covers an Agatha Christie novel has had over the years sometime)?

To claim an eligible title you have to take a picture of your name written onto the book's copyright page

Ah, so I have to deface my books and take two pictures (one of the copyright page, one of the cover)? No thanks.

Comment: Re: Lazy farmer (Score 2) 66

by Rei (#48671173) Attached to: Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones

But it does raise a serious issue - they're studying changes that don't necessarily reflect the selective pressures of present-day life.

Think about it: what are the leading causes of death for people in the prime breeding age (15-34)? Car accidents - by a good margin. So isn't this significant selective pressure to beef up the neck against whiplash, the skull against forehead impact, survival during significant blood loss, etc?

#2 is suicide. I don't know how this rate has changed over time or whether the methods modern humans choose for attempts are more effective than would have been chosen in the past. For example, while men commonly turn to firearms, which are a very effective way to commit suicide, women more often turn to prescription medication overdoses as a method, which overwhelmingly fails.

#3 is poisoning. While humans have always been around poisons, the sheer number that we keep in our houses, most of types that we didn't evolve to, suggests that this may be a stronger selective factor now than it was during our agrarian days, perhaps comparable to that when we were hunter-gatherers or worse.

#4 is homicide. We've definitely gotten a lot better at that, a person is far more likely to die from an intentional gunshot wound than a beating or stabbing. Selective pressures: surviving blood loss, mainly. Stronger, thicker bones may help in against low velocity penetrations.

#5 is other injuries. Again, we're not as likely to suffer from, say "crushed by a mastodon" as an injury, but we've developed plenty of new ways to get killed or maimed in our modern lives.

Then it gets more complicated on the basis that the issue isn't just about survival of the individual, but their social group as a whole, so even nonbreeding members can have a major impact...

Comment: Re:Apple iTunes Store Freeze (Score 1) 195

by clifyt (#48671043) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

I loved the old Mac. It was the most user friendly system out there -- and as a musician I needed just this. I also cut my teeth on unix (specifically SysV), so when OS X came out, it was the best of both worlds.

Give me a unix based system that I can do my research and gives me low latency with an interface that I don't have to think about, and I'll be happy. I can't stand Microsoft at all...it doesn't do userfriendly well, and the nerd side of it sucks (even if you put the GNU tools on it...I don't even know if these exist anymore, but it was the only way I could get by dealing with NT back in the day).

Comment: Re:Apple iTunes Store Freeze (Score 1) 195

by clifyt (#48670551) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

You and me both. Apple has sucked on the network side lately...it is sad, they adhere to the official specs, which as we all know isn't how things are implemented in the real world. If something doesn't work, it doesn't matter if it is right or not...this is one thing I think the community gets right, they do clean room specs, but then they make it work.

I know there was a community fix for this a while back, not sure if Apple implemented this or not.

Comment: Re:Offense: (Score 5, Insightful) 278

by fyngyrz (#48670521) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

No. Offense can surely be given. But trying to magically legislate it away is a horrific, cowardly, hubris-ridden mistake. Offense arises because of difference in opinion and grasp of fact, intentional or not.

Because of this, it can and will always arise, no matter how narrow you choke down the channel of discourse, unless or until all have the same opinions and grasp of facts, which, one hopes, will never, ever come about.

The most productive course is to try not to give offense, and if received, to assess it and take value (warning, insight, stance, new information) from it if possible — otherwise, let it go.

Restricting opinion by legal means is one of the worst ideas ever. Offense is not a legitimate mitigating factor for censorship and repression. When enacted into law as justification for anything, what it tells us is that we need new legislators, because the ones we have demonstrated fundamental incompetence.

Comment: Re:Apple iTunes Store Freeze (Score 1) 195

by clifyt (#48670261) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

Yeah, the media side goes away for XMAS. You can schedule things to go up -- in advance -- things like price changes and all that, but if it isn't in the scheduler, its locked.

On the OS side, this was supposedly a rush release...they made it mandatory, but let us know early it was going to drop. I believe enterprise users had the ability to run a script that would stop it...but I don't know why you would.

Comment: Re:Motive (Score 5, Insightful) 190

by Shakrai (#48670163) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

What would you think if NK released a movie about killing a US president?

They've released propaganda films about nuking us. We didn't mobilize the cyber or real armies over the matter; I guess that's the difference between a modern nation-state and one held together with a pygmy's cult of personality....

Comment: Re:I was suspicious from the moment they denied it (Score 1) 190

by Rei (#48670095) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

To make a political statement? Since when was this "a political statement"? It was an attempt to stop a movie that made fun of the Great Leader. An attempt that mostly succeeded. Which was done after previously threatening Sony about the issue.

What, exactly, is to gain by admitting culpability? Is that usually what criminals do? "Why, yes, officer! I threw the brick through my ex's window to get back at her and scare her. I'm telling you now so that you can go ahead and punish me!"

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