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Comment: Re:Europe, here I come! (Score 2) 77

by Zumbs (#46696397) Attached to: European Court of Justice Strikes Down Data Retention Law

Having a state religion is not necessarily as bad as it sounds. In Denmark (where I live) the state religion is Lutheran Christianity, run by the People's Church. And the name is intended to be taken literally: At the local level, the Church is controlled by the Congregation Council, whose members are elected by the members of the congregation. Among other things, they hire the local priest(s). Priests (and other religious officials) are not allowed to use the Church floor (or in any other official capacity) to do political propaganda, whether it is against abortion or for a certain politician. The People's Church is also open to a wide array of ideas among its members - it is acceptable to believe in reincarnation, that the bible is just a book of wisdom. A priest even managed to get away with publicly stating that he did not believe in a creating god.

In Denmark, the effect of having a People's Church is that the Church plays no political role. Even though I am an Atheist, and ideologically opposed to the idea of having a state religion, I cannot help realizing that this particular instance helps secularization rather than impede it. I am also not a member.

Comment: Re:Knowledge (Score 1) 1037

by Zumbs (#46685857) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Yes, he put the tree right there in front of them, then forbade them to eat from it. And it was intentional. He told them what he wanted them not to do, and then gave them free will, and the choice whether or not to obey. That is a pattern throughout the entire Bible. Rather than calling God an "asshole" for giving people the ability to decide what to do for themselves, why not consider the idea that God values peoples' ability to think for themselves more than he values their unconditional obedience?

If God valued their free will not to obey, why did God punish Adam and Eve?

Imagine you created the universe and everything in it. How interesting or rewarding would it be, day to day, if you had created people without the ability to do anything besides what you told them to do?

So, you are basically arguing that human history is a giant reality show for the Abrahamic God to enjoy?

Comment: Re:Knowledge (Score 5, Insightful) 1037

by Zumbs (#46675963) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Especially since, being omniscient, he must have known that they will break his law. Being omniscient, he must have known that they will not heed his law. So he punished them for doing what he knew they would do, which he himself could easily have avoided.

You are missing something: If God is all knowing and all powerful, it follows that God intentionally created Adam and Eve so that they would break the divine commandment. In effect, Adam and Eve may not have followed the word of the law, but they did follow the intention of God. Given how meticulously theologists have been studying and considering the Bible, I would be surprised if someone had not already followed this line of thought and come up with some conclusions.

As I remember it, there are two creation myths in the Bible, and the myth of Adam and Eve is believed to be the older of the two. There is the possibility that the myth of Adam and Eve predates the Jewish switch from many gods to just one (who may not have started out as being almighty), so it is likely that the story was written to be taken at face value.

Comment: Re:Let me guess... (Score 4, Insightful) 107

by Zumbs (#46543131) Attached to: DirectX 12 Promises Lower-level Hardware Access On Multiple Platforms
According to this:

The firm wouldn’t comment on whether Windows 7 would support DirectX 12

This makes it pretty clear that MS are not planning to support Windows 7, but that they know it will be an unpopular move or that it may be possible to pressure them into supporting Windows 7. After all, why would a game developer use DX12 over DX11 (or even DX9) if it is only supported by a small subset of their market?

Comment: Re:Producing good TV is Expensive... (Score 4, Interesting) 116

by Zumbs (#46259991) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Crowd Funding the Future of Sci-Fi?
It is possible to raise some impressive amounts, e.g. Wayside Creations raised $130K for Fallout: Nuka Break season 2, Zombie Orpheus raised $400K for The Gamers: Hands of Fate, and Far From Home raised $125K for Star Trek Continues. By comparison, a top-of-the-line production like Game of Thrones costs $6 million per episode, so one cannot assume similar production values from a crowd funded project. On the other hand, the projects mentioned earlier are of a decent quality. As noted by the submitter, the price of reasonably good visual effects is falling, which will make it a lot easier to produce on small budgets while still making it look okay. I'm not sure that crowdfunded TV will displace the networks, but it is a good alternative for independent film makers to raise money for their projects. Hopefully, we will get a lot more brave and high quality TV from that.

Comment: Re:Well yeah (Score 2) 127

by Zumbs (#45911731) Attached to: Pirate Bay Founder's Custody Extended to February 5th

For the love of Pete. Has this American sickness infected everyone?

This one is more like a Danish sickness festering. The sad reality is that Denmark has been a habitual user solitary confinement of suspects for a long time. A long time both in terms of how long it has been used (the first explicit rules on its use came in 1978) as well as the duration of solitary confinement: Often it will last until the trial is over, a long time after the actual investigation has ended. Sometimes suspects are confined in solitary for more than a year. Fortunately, it seems that the solitary confinement is over for Gottfrid.

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