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Comment Re: 23 down, 77 to go (Score 1) 866

Regarding the atrocities committed in the name of fervor (of which religion is a subset) ... there's no defending the indefensible. But let's not lose sight of a bigger picture. How many institutions of education, healing and social reform were born from religious motivation? Just one example of millions: William Wilberforce didn't tirelessly champion the abolition of slavery due to a strong agnosticism or atheism. He did what he did precisely because he compelled by his fervent faith ... and I'm not talking about a weekend of making posters or organizing a few fund raisers, but roughly forty years of fighting the system ... and we're all better off for it. Fervor isn't intrinsically bad. Like so many other things, it's not that you have it, but what you do with it.

Comment Re:The diet is unimportant... (Score 1) 588

When people exercise only without eating cleanly, they might lose "x" amount of weight. When people eat cleanly and workout rigorously, they lose "4x" amount of weight (depends on level of exercise). When people eat cleanly without exercising, they lose "3x" amount of weight. When it comes to weight loss, exercise is important, but eating right is much more important. I'm a long distance runner, and the saying "you can't outrun the fork" is truth.

Comment Re:calories consumed = calories needed (Score 2) 461

I'll second the value of using myfitnespal. It's cross-platform and much of the data is contributed. Very powerful software that works surprisingly well. Don't have a source, but I've heard that people who journal their food intake are twice as likely to lose weight over those who do not journal. For many, just keeping a record of how much you consume helps keep it under control. Adding light to moderate exercise on top of it, and that's 90% of everything you need to know to effectively lose weight.

Comment Re:we need a litmus test (Score 1) 1113

If you are religious, you should be prohibited from serving in public office. Further, you should have a guardian assigned to look after your affairs, since obviously you are very weak intellectually.

Probably bring about end of war, famine, disease, poverty, and all evil in the world, if we could just keep the religious from having influence.

/. was founded by two Christian college students, right?


Submission + - Google Doodle - A Turing Machine Puzzle (

mikejuk writes: The Google Doodle is often a masterpiece of design but this time it is a masterpiece of computer science. The doodle is a complete Turing Machine that you can interact with in an attempt to solve a puzzle. You have to select which logical elements are needed to convert one number on the tape into a target number. The article explains the increasingly difficult steps of the puzzle but then lets you solve it — but there is a YouTube video that simply gives you the answers if you really get stuck.

Submission + - Wet Hot Microsoft Summer 2

theodp writes: If you're on a budget, GeekWire notes that Microsoft is offering free Summer Camps for kids aged 8-13 at multiple Microsoft Stores across the country. The 2-hours-a-day, week-long mini-camps include Digital Movie Madness, Digital Art Smarts, Game Masters, and Office Unleashed. Tickets appear to be going fast (Microsoft World Wide Events site is currently down for maintenance).

Submission + - 40 Years of Tech Ads' Finest: '80 Mbytes of storage for under $12k!' (

CWmike writes: "After looking over four decades of Computerworld in print given the publication's 40th anniversary, we found some smokin' deals — and some really funny stuff: Guess which 80MB disk system costs less than $12k — and even better, 300MB for under $20k! What the heck is electronic mail? That's the question posed in this Honeywell ad, which explains: 'Simply put, it means high-speed information transportation.' What year do you think an advertisement would be using a model in hot pants? Headline hints: 'Univac 9700 Offers Compatibility, Price'; 'Technology Makes Move Out of Core City Feasible.'"

Submission + - The World's First Supercavitating Boat? (

An anonymous reader writes: For decades, researchers have been trying to build boats, submarines, and torpedoes that make use of supercavitation---a bubble layer around the hull that drastically reduces friction and enables super-fast travel. Now a company in New Hampshire called Juliet Marine Systems has built and tested such a craft, and says it is the world’s fastest underwater vehicle. The ship, called the “Ghost,” looks like two supercavitating torpedoes with a command module on top, and can carry 18 people plus weapons and supplies. The company is in talks with the U.S. Navy to build a version of the ship that can guard the fleet against swarm attacks by small boats. The question is how well it really works, and whether it can be used reliably and effectively on the high seas.

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