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Comment: Re:As a former muslim (Score 1) 880

by bidule (#48600875) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Remember that in the middle, and late middle ages, the Islamic world was the advanced, progressive, cultured and tolerant civilization, far ahead of western Europe. Christian Europe was a place of endless war and bickering and of religious zealots.

From 700 to 1400, roughly. Then they fell into obscurantism. We should be good for another 100 years before we fall too.

Comment: Re:Modern board games (Score 1) 171

by bidule (#48560105) Attached to: Preferred Type of Game?

Good chaos comes from player actions. Bad chaos comes from random dice rolls.

Trivia - We never play Cathan because luck is too big a factor : player A always win every game he plays, player B lose every game he plays. The only time player A lost was when player B purposefully selected the same numbers. They both lost.

Now, compare this from Puerto Rico which needs no dice to bring chaos, or Ra which manages to be fair even if utterly random.

To take a computer game analogy, if a player is unbeatable at Mortal Kombat there's no fun. But you have so little control over your fighter that whoever wins is purely random, it's just as bad.

Comment: Re:Never mind that Steve Jobs was not gay (Score 1) 430

by bidule (#48306635) Attached to: Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

Of course it is. That's the whole basis of the secret american gay bomb, which russian intelligence reports was in development 20 years ago, so it must be completed by now.

Way longer than that... Enola Gay.

And don't be fooled by the minor spelling change, that african epidemic is a failed experiment.

Comment: Re:Consensus is not Correctness (Score 1) 770

by bidule (#47856861) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

The Greeks had figured that out nearly 2000 years before Columbus ever accidentally ran into the Americas on his way to China.

And IIRC, academician gave Columbus lots of trouble because the ignorant fool believed Cathay to be way closer than it was. He really conned Queen Isabella.

Comment: Re:Blame the Players, not the Game (Score 1, Troll) 127

by bidule (#47492363) Attached to: Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

Most people I know who shit on D&D either never played it, or had a lame experience in a lame campaign.

Your friend the Computer disagrees and reminds you that D&D is a gateway drug into secret societies revering Cthulhu, mutants calling themselves "superheroes" or knowledge of the Outside such as "mouse" and "vineyard".

Comment: Re:There is no "safe" amount of ionizing radiation (Score 4, Insightful) 230

by bidule (#47492259) Attached to: EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

I'm sick and tired of the notion that it's OK to pollute, as long as you don't pollute "too much."

If it isn't "too much", it isn't pollution.

In a sense, breathing and pissing are polluting but as long as the ecosystem can handle it you are in a sustainable pattern.

FORTRAN rots the brain. -- John McQuillin