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Comment: Re:Because The Children (Score 1) 171

by ZeRu (#47592795) Attached to: Critics To FTC: Why Do You Hate In-App Purchasing Freedom?
In the 20th century, people feared that Orwellian state will control people by supressing thinking and limiting information.
But the situation become even worse - we have people who don't want to think and instead rely on The Government to decide what's good for them, and information is so widely available that people became saturated with it and no longer desire it.

Comment: Re:Turing test not passed. (Score 1) 285

by ZeRu (#47422611) Attached to: The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

Many slashdotters have difficulty with reading comprehension and simple logic.

If you think that uneducated or trollish users are a problem on Slashdot, then you've probably never been to 4chan or reddit (I guess that Facebook deserved a mention too). Granted, trolls and haters actually exist on Slashdot (just like with any other site on the Internet), and sometimes they will crawl out and hit you with their ignorance hammer when you least expect them, but their number is remarkably low for a site that allows commenting without an account and I haven't seen them take over a topic in years.
And Slashdot isn't today exactly among the Internet's most popular sites so I think that most of them are just passerbys with sudden "rebruttal" urges.

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 493

by ZeRu (#47122129) Attached to: Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

Well except mutants aren't real and can't doom us all whereas unvaccinated people can.

In case if you haven't figured it out, X-Men is really about gay people, and of course, they can doom us all, since we'll just stop reproducing. So the analogy still says.
Of course I know that gay people won't ever become a majority and the above was just a sarcasm. But the same could probably be said about unvaccinated people.
But of course, *merely* having a registry of unvaccinated people is still way better than having mandatory vaccination like in my country. Until they refuse to give you a medical treatment because you haven't been vaccinated against leprosy, or you don't pass at job test because your parents thought it's not a good idea to let you take some vaccine that has so far been tested only on rats.

Comment: Nothing to see here, move along. (Score 4, Insightful) 91

by ZeRu (#47091761) Attached to: Twitter Capitulates To Governments, Censors Users
This shouldn't surprise anyone. Wasn't there a case years ago where Yahoo helped Chinese authorities arrest a blogger?
Even the "Don't be evil" company would happily turn you to authorities if you happen to use their search engine to find out how to construct a homemade bomb (their "autocomplete/suggestion" feature isn't really your best friend), and it doesn't matter if you live in a 3rd world country or not, since a suspicion of terrorism is enough to have you detained indefinitely even in a "land of the free".

Comment: Re:"Obliged to keep records of users' access" (Score 1) 132

by ZeRu (#46835171) Attached to: Brazil Approves Internet Bill of Rights
So, what when someone uses an Internet to reveal their plans of a terrorist attack? How would the police get them if their IP cannot be traced?
This seems like a well-written law for a change, and Brazilian government wasn't very Internet-friendly in the past as they used to block YouTube and ban video games (even rather innocuous ones like CounterStrike).

Comment: Re:The important stuff (Score 1) 313

by ZeRu (#46723367) Attached to: Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

There are quite a few rumors / gossip she is gay or in a lesbian relationship herself.

So, she could be both gay and lesbian? I thought you can be only one of the above, unless you're implying that she's both male and female. And I thought it was only a phrase when people said that she got balls.

Comment: Re:Whatever (Score 1) 529

by ZeRu (#46553361) Attached to: Religion Is Good For Your Brain

Science doesn't need to explain everything, it only needs dedication to facts.

That's a privilege that religion doesn't have. It's hard to win an argument against someone who thinks you're guilty until proven wrong.

That's one of the biggest differences between science and religion. A religious person will make up stories and outright lie. A scientist will say "I don't know. Let's find out.".

Everyone lies, not just religious people. I've been trolled by being called a creationist many times just because I defended religion, without even mentioning anything about creationism of course. Also, scientists tend to dismiss every natural phenomena that they are unable to explain as superstition, or even call some stuff that has little to do with science, and is not a threat to it (like conspiracy theories) as "dangerous pseudo-science".

Comment: Re:Whatever (Score 1) 529

by ZeRu (#46503463) Attached to: Religion Is Good For Your Brain

Why? I am an atheist and I meditate regularly. It's my method of relaxing, clearing my mind of extraneous thoughts and focusing upon those that are foremost. It is a way of being able to think through life issues calmly and rationally. There is absolutely nothing religious or magical about it.

Can science explain mediation? If not, then it's magic. Of course you could simply say that you use meditation because "it works". But every religious person will also say that prayer works. As I said (and you failed to prove me wrong, instead you obviously replied as AC so you can mod my post as troll - of course I wouldn't expect better from the likes of you), it's much like prayer, even though the other person who replied to me pointed out one difference which I don't disagree with. Both things are still very spiritual, and spirituality - not "magic" as you call it - is what religion (any religion) is all about.

I hope you haven't run out of mod points.

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