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Comment: Re: the only relevant line of your post... (Score 2) 138

by Dr. Manhattan (#48931595) Attached to: The Quantum Experiment That Simulates a Time Machine

Time travel is possible but not in the way you think about it. It exists going backwards but is tied to alternate realities, or tied to multiple universes.

Or not. Until we can find or set up a region with a closed timelike curve, we won't be able to test such things, and it all is, well, entirely theoretical. There are several possibilities.

Comment: Perpendoxes, not paradoxes. (Score 4, Insightful) 254

by Dr. Manhattan (#48766001) Attached to: Heinlein's 'All You Zombies' Now a Sci-Fi Movie Head Trip
If the movie follows the story, there actually aren't any paradoxes. Instead, there are stable time loops (once called 'perpendoxes' because they are 'orthogonal to paradoxes'). Such loops don't contradict themselves like a paradox does. Killing your grandfather so you don't ever have existed, so you couldn't have killed him - that's a paradox. Becoming your own grandfather is a stable time loop.

(Yes, I've thought about this too much.)

Comment: One other 'philosophical' problem (Score 4, Insightful) 1051

Right now, religions - at least, some religions - get extra legal benefits that the non-religious don't. Government employees get extra time off for relgious holidays; the non-religious get nothing. Religion is family of metaphysical worldviews, and non-religious philosophies are another branch. Why do certain philosophies get extra privileges?

If a rule really is a good idea, then it should apply to everyone. If we can get by with some people not complying, then it doesn't need to be mandatory. Religion has nothing to do with it.

In terms of vaccines, we just need to arrange for consequences. Your kids not vaccinated, and can't demonstrate a medical reason why not? Fine. No public school for them, sorry. Quite probably other benefits are now off-limits, too.

Comment: Re:"Rather than Android proper?" (Score 1) 69

by SirSlud (#48489351) Attached to: A Rift In OnePlus, Cyanogen Relationship

"Cyanogenmod is in many was less customized and more like stock Android"

So not stock Android, eh? What was your point again? I'm consistently impressed by the amount of whining that happens here these days. Years ago, we used to whine about things that were actually significant to professional developers, not whiny users whining about their phones.

Comment: No, this is absolutely normal SOP these days. (Score 2) 299

by Dr. Manhattan (#48410473) Attached to: Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists
For example:

If the oil and gas industry wants to prevent its opponents from slowing its efforts to drill in more places, it must be prepared to employ tactics like digging up embarrassing tidbits about environmentalists and liberal celebrities, a veteran Washington political consultant told a room full of industry executives in a speech that was secretly recorded.

Comment: No, this is absolutely normal SOP these days. (Score 5, Informative) 299

by Dr. Manhattan (#48410457) Attached to: Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists
For example:

If the oil and gas industry wants to prevent its opponents from slowing its efforts to drill in more places, it must be prepared to employ tactics like digging up embarrassing tidbits about environmentalists and liberal celebrities, a veteran Washington political consultant told a room full of industry executives in a speech that was secretly recorded.

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