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Comment: New ways to protect privacy are needed! (Score 1) 153

by burtosis (#49166447) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications
We need to make laws to force the public to stop making inquiries as it's seriously imposing undue police and government right to privacy. We need to incarcerate these people and lock them up for twice as long as people who get caught smoking a joint - yes for life!!!


Comment: Re:Sell any stock before they launch this... (Score 1) 356

by burtosis (#49163745) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links

To be fair the Abrahamic religions actually do overlap in many - perhaps the majority - of their cosmological beliefs.

Only if you assume very vague details. When actually questioned in a explicit way, very little actually overlaps. For example is god one entity or three? How about Jesus - prophet or god or neither? When you go beyond a handful of vague agreements you find that there is very little overlap indeed. In fact even within a specific religion or sect it varies by region and even church to church. The whole idea of a personal god, which pretty much always translates into god being exactly as the observer prefers, renders any objective universal coherence invalid.

Comment: Re:Sell any stock before they launch this... (Score 1) 356

by burtosis (#49163703) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links
There is no evidence outside the bible of Jesus. You would have thought with all the miracles, dead comming back to life, and trouble making someone would have noticed. The name Jesus wasn't even invented untill hundreds of years after the new testament was written - it was closer to Joshua in the original Greek that it was written in. Even then no records exist. The authors are actually not who they claim to be, even religous scholars agree on this. Therefore everything is a fiction and false. Yes the original comment was a bit tongue in cheek but if EVERY SINGLE falsifiable fact in the bible is proven wrong, tens of thousands of them, and zero are substantiated, then yes you are intellectually dishonest for beleiving the rantings of a syphilus addled brain bronze age goat herder over repeatable experiment you can see with your own eyes. You obviously don't believe in Thor or thousands of other gods. Have the balls to go just one more.

Comment: Re:Sell any stock before they launch this... (Score 1) 356

by burtosis (#49161583) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links
Ok ok, I'll grant a few true facts on religious websites - such as we had a potluck last Wednesday. But the vast majority of claims are false. My god man they all conflict - Christians, Jews, Muslims - the overlap in concensus is tiny and the facts backing up what is agreed on are basically nonexistent. It takes a seriously intellectually dishonest mind to believe that one must be right at the expense of all the rest. Even more so when you ignore the mountains of facts that show religious revelation false.

Comment: Sell any stock before they launch this... (Score 1, Troll) 356

by burtosis (#49160443) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links
I mean imagine if they *really* did push down pages with incorrect facts!!!?! ALL religious websites - all homeopathy websites - Fox News all down at the bottom. Not to mention how they would handle irony - it would actually be sad to see sites like The Onion punished. It's a nice idea but would require human level strong AI to automate and it still wouldn't be obvious where to draw the line.

Comment: Re:Utilities (Score 2) 206

by burtosis (#49150073) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware
The wheel is one of the most patented devices ever. People reinvent the wheel every day, from new reinforcement designs, to air pressure sensor systems, to folding systems for robots, to electric powered rims for ebikes. As a patent holder for two different wheel based inventions your careless use of a metaphor deeply offends me. Please think of all the hard won innovation and freedom the wheel has given you before you disrespect it so much. Brought to you by the let's roll with a better metaphor department.

Comment: The sad state of climate science (Score 1) 386

by burtosis (#49139719) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics
For a problem that is going to impact everything from rising ocean levels to farming - people should want to know exactly what is going to happen - if humans are responsible or not.

If oceans rise just 5 feet it's going to take tens to hundeds of trillions dollars to do things like move entire cities or create flood barriers. Increases In salinity and changes in rainfall can lead to completely redoing the water supply for entire regions which in turn can completely alter the manner of agriculture in each region. Increased storm activity can take a toll also.

It may look like the US spent 22B in climate research but actual research dollars were only 2.5B of that amount. The global women's shoe market is 80B whereas the global soccer (football) market is much larger. I have done some research and found we spend more yearly on the two than all of climate research ever done since the beginning of science. For a problem with such a high likelihood of being plausible its pretty damn insane more hasn't been done to understand and map the problem. I would not be suprised if the cost of dealing with a changing climate exceeded one quadrillion usd dollars within only 150 years.

We need more satellites that map various temperatures (including ocean), land use, cloud cover, and co2 distributions. We need more studies and data on glaciers - autonomous sensors everywhere. Same goes for ocean currents - also temperatures from deeper that you may not get from satellite. We need better climate models that let us accurately predict the changes that are likely - region by region - something current models struggle with. We cant feed those better models with better data, or more accurately check predictions because we lack the means of acquiring better data. Ultimately, in 100years or so, there may be serious wars fought over the redistribution of wealth that a changing climate will force on us all.

Comment: No real maximum as stated exists (Score 1) 139

by burtosis (#49137447) Attached to: 12-Billion-Solar-Mass Black Hole Discovered
Yes it is true if you assume things like the material is gas, it has random slow motion initially, etc. Then yes you can derive an upper limit based on the balance of radiation pressure and gravity. For special cases unlikely to happen in reality, such as artificial configurations of matter or thought experiment cases, this upper limit is much higher. For example if you fed a black hole neutrinos how would they significantly heat and spread compared to gas? They would not and you could feed a black hole many orders of magnitude more mass if you had a sufficent source of neutrinos. The same goes for electromagnetic radiation of most any kind. Or carefully slow a spinning black hole and feed it large amounts of solid matter such that it tends to not form any accretion disk. Again you can feed it orders of magnitude more matter than the theoretical limit.

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