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Comment: Re:When applied correctly homeopathy is GREAT! (Score 1) 319

by amber_of_luxor (#49128493) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

You do realize that 100% of the published peer-reviewed research, where the patients were diagnosed according to the standard protocols of homeopathy, resulted in a 100% cure, don't you.

And you do further realize that 70% of the published peer-reviewed research on homeopathy does not diagnose the patient according to the standard protocols of homeopathy, don't you.

Comment: Re:The abacus is on? (Score 0) 257

by amber_of_luxor (#49107981) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Parental Content Control For Free OSs?

>A fucking 360 didn't have a 45 minute boot time.

I had a Dell laptop running Win7 that took about an hour to boot up. I took two videos:
* The first one was from when I clicked on the mouse, to restart the system, until the login screen after rebooting was displayed;
* The second one was from I clicked on the mouse, to shut the system down. Then pressed the start key, and watch the entire boot process, until the login screen is presented;

When I uploaded them to YouTube, they were rejected, due to their length. To this day, I have no idea why Win7 took so long to boot up.

I also had a BSD box that took about ten hours to boot up. That was because it ran a disk integrity checker, then tripwire, and then something else. Roughly three terrabytes of data files to check, every time it booted up.

Comment: Re:Duck Duck Go (Score 1) 155

For most sites, the two most critical things to track you are:
* Originating IP Address;
* User-Agent String;

However, I've noticed an increasing number of sites that are not functional, when there is no referring header, or when adblock, or one of its variants is installed.

Comment: Re:This tired old saw again. (Score 1) 755

by amber_of_luxor (#48702303) Attached to: Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

Proving the existence of anybody who was born more than roughly 500 years ago, is, at best, problematic.

Finding any evidence of a person who was a nobody from the backwoods of an insignificant country, when they lived two thousand years ago is pretty much guaranteed to be "not going to happen".

A country bumpkin, without political authority, spiritual authority, or money is usually going to be a nobody. 2000 years ago, it would have been a nobody. That is what Jesus was.

That we have biographies about Jesus, is something to ponder. The way you prove that there was no Jesus, is by categorically rejecting any evidence that might support the thesis that there was a Jesus.

Comment: Re:Atheists *are* believers ... (Score 1) 755

by amber_of_luxor (#48702161) Attached to: Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

Athiest: There is no god.
Theist: There is a god.
Polytheist: There are many gods.

Gnostic: I know.
Agnostic: I do not know.

Claiming a theist is an athiest, becuase said theist appears to doubt the existence of one diety, whilst accepting the existence of another diety, is as illogical as it is irrational, as it is delusional.

Comment: Re:Religions codify survival info ... (Score 1) 755

by amber_of_luxor (#48702067) Attached to: Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

>And I'm pretty sure Buddhists are okay with gay

Whilst there are variations, the primary "Thou Shalts", and "Thou Shalt Not" mandate celibacy.

Of course, those precepts do not apply the masses, becuase they are unwilling to do the work required for spiritual progress, preferring the insecurity of their delusions.

Comment: Re:It was us? (Score 1) 197

by amber_of_luxor (#48702005) Attached to: CIA on UFO Sightings: 'It Was Us'

> Mitchell and Cooper were both nuts. In which case how did they qualify as astronauts in the first place?

At least one report issued by Project Blue Book stated that there were cases that they could not explain. The majority of these cases appeared to have been close encounters of the third kind. Both Mitchell and Cooper were interested in those encounters.

To get more information about those encounters, they had to be willing to talk with anybody, about any alleged event. Furthermore, in those discussions, they could have done "damage control", by suggesting avenues of exploration, that were far removed from the cause of the event, but whose research would have been of interest to the military.

Comment: Re:Fucking Hell, Harper needs to go! (Score 1) 122

by amber_of_luxor (#48595059) Attached to: Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems

> someone isn't going to make more than $18k because that work just isn't that valuable

In some places, the minimum wage is US$15.00 per hour.
For a full time job, that means an annual income of US$30,000.

>Perhaps part of every welfare program should include some money and financial management counseling.

If your gross monthly income is US$1,500:
* Tax: US$180;
* FICA: US$180;
For a take home check of US$1,140:
* Prudence dictates that one spend no more than 25% of one's gross income on shelter, including utilities.
Most landlords insist on a take home check that is at least three times the monthly rent.
* Using the prudent formula, your shelter costs should not exceed US$375 / month;
* Using the landlord formula, your shelter costs should not exceed US$380 / month;

It doesn't matter how good your skills at keeping a budget are, if there is no shelter at a price that either prudence, or landlords will accept is affordable for you, the renter.

As a home owner, the options are slightly better, but even there, property tax can prevent financial prudence.

Comment: Re:Not sure who to cheer for (Score 1) 190

by amber_of_luxor (#48570257) Attached to: Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

>How the guys running the fraud bots get anything out of the deal is a bit mysterious

No mystery.

The fraud-click is part of generating a cover story for the individual bots.

The big revenue generation comes after each bot has a credible cover story, and presence on the various social networking sites.

If, as a result of generating a cover story, a competitor of a friend's business no longer advertizers on the Internet, so what?

Comment: Re:... Everything? (Score 1) 528

by amber_of_luxor (#48532827) Attached to: The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

The only reason your company doesn't have your medical information, is becuase they don't want it.
HIPPA is best described as "your medical data is legally available to all and sundery, upon request."

HIPPA does zero for actual patient privacy, but a lot for security theatre, and medical theatre. It also provides an easy way for some people to make a lot of money, doing absolutely nothing.

Comment: Re:This is news.... because? (Score 4, Insightful) 89

by amber_of_luxor (#48518563) Attached to: Fraudulent Apps Found In Apple's Store

The issue is that Apple claims that each app is vetted for potential security issues. By most definitions of the term, "fraud" falls under the category "security issue". Consequently, the discovery of even one fraud app means that Apple is not vetting apps in a manner consistent with what they claim.

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