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Comment: Re:I'll just let my sig do the talking (Score 1) 312

by HeckRuler (#47975687) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

No, I'm pretty sure there are not always "bad people we need to shoot at". Indeed, I'd be fine with just shooting at the ones that came over here. If the Department of Defense was more on the defensive, rather than trying and failing to be the world police, that'd be cool.

Ah, so the broken window fallacy is completely ignorable if there is a middle-man. While it's a complete waste to have the glazer make a new window, the money the glazer pays the coal-man to keep his furnace going, THAT'S totally legitimate commerce!

No, that's silly. It's wasted effort, wasted resources, and the broken window is a drain on society.

Some military is always needed, but we don't need THIS MUCH military. But that's a bit of an aside. My point is that claiming that the military provides a welfare service to the poor by providing them jobs is an empty argument. Likewise, claiming that military contracts produce economy is also an empty argument. If you want to piss away money employing people to create software, uniforms, vehicles, and support infrastructure in a welfare/make-work/might-as-well-toss-it-into-a-volcano sort of way, I'd rather the output of those efforts be something more useful like software, uniforms, vehicles, and support infrastructure for the healthcare system?

Comment: Re:The campfire gave rise to two things (Score 1) 80

by lgw (#47975405) Attached to: Ancient Campfires Led To the Rise of Storytelling

But you forget about message degradation the further down the line

I think that's just what "oral history" means. However, it's not so random as you imply, when you have a class or caste of people dedicated to accurately repeating the tales through the generations.

Of course, written language has been around for longer than most modern religions. How much got written down when, and how texts changed over the centuries due to scribes' errors and deliberate manipulation, is itself a fascinating geeky field, and quite scientific.

Comment: Re:I'll just let my sig do the talking (Score 2) 312

by HeckRuler (#47975359) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

Remember, you are a citizen of your state first and a THEN a citizen of the United States.

Fuck the Governor! I'm backing my Mayor's god-given authority over man and we'll fight tooth and nail if the state troopers try and pry the hard-earned cash from our poor hungry neighbors. You've got to have community! You've got to stand up together and fight the oppressive gubernational tyrants! What do I care if some shmuck in a city way out over there has a tornado plow through his home, what's that to me? I don't know that guy. He's not my neighbor.

If those farmboys think they can get fat off of the hard-working city-man, then they have another thing coming! GOGO CITY POWER!

And pay no heed to these poor rabble-rousers that think groups of people WITHIN the city need representation. We either stand together under the mayor, or we all fall apart.


Comment: Re:The campfire gave rise to two things (Score 1) 80

by lgw (#47975351) Attached to: Ancient Campfires Led To the Rise of Storytelling

They also tend to contain a lot of superstition, prejudice, ignorance, outright nonsense, and religious/social/political spin.

It's polite to call that "customs and values of ancient peoples", no? Or don't you think humans centuries in the future will see your beliefs the same way?

Comment: Re:I'll just let my sig do the talking (Score 1) 312

by HeckRuler (#47975009) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

But that wouldn't be legal.

So? Corporations do all sorts of illegal things and still operate with a profit and still get defended by congressmen.

What if the people they robbed didn't enjoy the protection that the US constitution provides? Like illegal immigrants* or Iraqis*?

What if they taking oil reserves rather than petty cash?

*which is debateable

these jobs often are reserved ONLY for US citizens

Blackwater/Xe/Academi, or whatever they're calling themselves by the time you read this, employ a lot of people that aren't US citizens. And they get contracts from the state department and the DoD.

God, that was depressingly easy to shoot your argument full of holes. I mean, sure sure, I get your point a company whose business model was blatantly illegal should be busted up pretty quickly. And that the army provides a job to a lot of poor people in the USA. But so what? If you REALLY want some sort of welfare make-work project, there are more productive things to train the poor in rather than killing people. I'm a big fan of the Hoover dam. That was cool. The golden gate bridge looks nice and is kinda useful.

And yeah... as sad as it is... if you're a big enough company embedded deeply enough into the military industrial complex, it really doesn't matter if you operate outside of the law.

Comment: Re: Science vs Faith (Score 1) 709

by HeckRuler (#47974795) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

AH! You've redefined "nothing" to somehow exclude a complete void. So that "absolute nothingness" somehow involves "layers of multi-dimentional abstract", whatever that is. I think I see where you're coming from, and I've remembered why that little red dot is there.

Anyway, when people are talking about the whole "where did all this stuff come from?" quandary, when someone replies with "from nothing", they're using the more common definition of "nothing" rather than your meta-physical definition.

This whole thing where fundamental terms keep shifting depending on who you're talking to gets kinda frustrating. I wish they'd invent new terms rather than highjack the ones we previously used.

Comment: Re:Know who to sue (Score 3, Interesting) 150

by HeckRuler (#47974111) Attached to: Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

Walking in blind here, so help me out.

What's wrong with using the same data in in two different experiments? I mean, if you have an image of mars, and you want to analyze how much rust is in there and you also want to analyze how much the ice-cap changed.... why can't you use the same image? If you already have the data, why not use it again?

Did he work on two different experiments that were essentially the same thing? Like, he was double-dipping the grant pool for the same work?

Comment: Re:I'll just let my sig do the talking (Score 3, Insightful) 312

by HeckRuler (#47973949) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

He's falling for the common mistake that "job creation" is good for the economy, regardless of what that job is.
We could form companies that employed people to literally rob you in the street and some politicians would argue that they need a tax break "FER DA JERBS!"

The classic example is the broken window fallacy. Just as breaking windows does not produce a net gain for society, "running through inventory" does not help society, even if a few people are paid to clean up the mess afterwards.

As assuredly as a rising tide raises all boats, the drain on society that the DoD represents sinks all boats. They are a burden bringing us down and, frankly, making us non-competitive with China. We need some defense, but not this much.

Comment: Re:Phone size myopia (Score 1) 209

by Rich0 (#47973919) Attached to: Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

Yup. I think part of this is the whole surface-area vs volume relationship. Battery capacity is almost entirely a function of volume. When you have something like a phone which already has a considerable screen surface area just adding a fraction of a millimeter of thickness gives you a substantial amount of additional volume inside for more battery. On the other hand, when you're talking about a watch face that has to be the size of your wrist, adding a bit more thickness adds much less volume, and to really have a decent battery you start to get into something that looks like a cube that straps onto your wrist. If wrists were all the same size I guess you could start to have more of a wrap-around design. It would look super-ugly, but I guess another option would be a watch that adds an extra compartment on the other side of your wrist - no screen, just a big box for battery/components/etc. I guess you could stick a camera in there too if you wanted to and just hold you your wrist to shoot video out of the back of your wrist.

If anybody is wincing at these kinds of highly-utilitarian product descriptions, that would explain why the phone still contains all the smarts.

Comment: Re:I'm pleasantly surprised. (Score 1) 209

by Rich0 (#47973873) Attached to: Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

I just got a Oneplus One and wasn't quite sure how I'd like the screen size. I have to say that I really like the size, though it is definitely on the upper edge of usability. One thing I do like about it is that the keyboard doesn't feel like it is stealing so much screen real-estate, though it is perhaps getting to the upper-limit of swype-style keyboarding.

I also am tall with large hands, and I imagine that is a definite factor. One thing I do notice is that if I'm in a one-handed situation I have to manipulate the phone a bit to get from the bottom of the screen to the top. Usually, though, I have a second hand free so that isn't a problem at all.

I'm going to be interested in what impact the Apple move has on mid-sized tablets. I've seen even a lot of iOS users comment that they like tablets like the Nexus 7, while I never really saw a need for it and preferred the 10" format. I think that this may have been driven by the need for an intermediate size for people with really small phones like the past iPhones. My past Android phones were more in the 4" range but even so they were adequate enough for browsing/etc that I didn't feel the need to have another portable tablet that I could always have in a coat pocket/etc. Now that I have a 5.5" phone I REALLY don't need to carry around another tablet that is only 1.5" larger, and I'm wondering if the Apple move will take away another large segment of demand for this size.

Comment: Re:In lost the will to live ... (Score 1) 709

by HeckRuler (#47973359) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

You have options available to you. You're 45, but old dogs can learn new tricks if they're pushed.

If you can't bring yourself to dumping her, are you willing to let her walk away? If she simply chose to leave, would you let her?

If so, then you can lay down the law, get a split bank account again, do what you want, and generally try to enjoy life while also being married. This change will, most likely, upset her. And there will be a time of adjustment which may or may not be comfortable for everyone involved. Such states are not usually sustainable and something will give.

But it doesn't have to be you.

And you will either have a better marriage, or be free to do what you wish.

Comment: Re: Science vs Faith (Score 1) 709

by HeckRuler (#47973205) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

That's something from nothing

Yeah, I know right? It's mind-blowing. I ran across this when the stories about the Q-thruster were going around. Regardless if the thruster is a real thing, it lead me to the Casimir Effect and the idea of Quantum Fluctuations, where "nothing" (ie, the dead void of space where nothing should be) actually wobbles a bit and briefly makes matter and anti-matter, the "somethings". Usually they quickly combine and anull each other so we don't typically observe this happening. You could say that it's reality splitting in two if you want to be poetic about it. Or a vacuum splitting in two.

Anyway, this is established, known, observed science fact. So go figure. Something from nothing.

Your contention is false. This notion might fly in the face of common sense, but it's observable fact. I guess the platform common sense you've pinned your philosophical beliefs upon has had one of it's legs removed. No worries though, it blew my mind too. Give yourself some time to figure out how this new knowledge re-adjusts your world-view.

If you aren't rich you should always look useful. -- Louis-Ferdinand Celine