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Comment: Re:Must be an american thing ??? (Score 1) 54

by damn_registrars (#47942133) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot
Sorry that I missed this message in the chatter in this discussion. Considering what you have been through you are probably one of the toughest people I've ever met online. I'm very impressed at your ability to bounce back from all that so quickly, I hope things start getting better for you.

I can also tell you that from some of the research I have been proximal to over the past decade or so, we could probably reach a point of an eye implant (something equivalent to what the Cochlear implant does for the ear) within the next couple years. Unfortunately that kind of work mostly only gets done when the US government wants to fund it, and NIH funding is atrocious right now. Maybe some of your friends from the retinal super-center (I'm trying hard not to think of Walmart when I see the phrase "super-center") can recruit some American researchers to go up there and they can tap into the scientific research money that various Canadian government agencies are willing and able to dole out.

Maybe that could be your campaign promise - "bringing the best American medical research to Canada so we can benefit first" - if you do decide to run. It wouldn't be the first scientific coup for Canada; IIRC back in 2008 Stephen Hawking accepted a post at Waterloo University.

Comment: Re:Look at it this way... (Score 1) 54

by damn_registrars (#47926255) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot

PS - I liked it better when we had ads for mail-order-brides on the front page. At least that was something that performs a useful service. The GOP can't claim that.

...with the GOP, you have an even better chance of getting screwed.

As I've said before, the democrats promise to improve things and - either through incompetence or evil - end up screwing me instead. The GOP campaigns on promising to screw me.

For now, I'll take the fantasy. I like to think that I could keep a job here in this country.

Comment: Re:Must be an american thing ??? (Score 1) 54

by damn_registrars (#47923701) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot
The whole apk bit I find generally ... amusing. I almost never see a post from the actual apk user, pretty much they are always AC posts claiming to be him. Granted, accounts on slashdot aren't goo for establishing identity anyways but seeing an AC claim to be someone is something I find humorous.

That said the AC/apk posts directed at you are certainly meaner than the typical AC/apk posts here.

Comment: Re:Must be an american thing ??? (Score 1) 54

by damn_registrars (#47918761) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot
It could well be an American thing. Frankly I would expect that if anyone from any other country (sans perhaps Afghanistan or Somalia) saw ads for American politicians and knew what they actually stand for, they would go running far, far, away from this site.

On a different note, slashdot won't let me add you to my friends list yet. I see you put me on yours but the option does not exist for me to reciprocate. It doesn't seem to be a case of having too many friends, as I can get to that for other users, so I presume it is because your new account is so new?
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I had a little bit of downtime yesterday afternoon with my phone in my hand and decided to see how awful slashdot is with the default browser on Android. It is - as one might expect - rather bad. More so, the front page actually had conservative advertisements on the page (beyond the usual collection of conservative stories). The first ad was touting Paul Ryan being scheduled to appear at a conference about medicare and medicaid. Being as I was not logged in to slashdot through my phone at a

Comment: Not familiar with NIH funding, then? (Score 4, Informative) 190

by damn_registrars (#47914651) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future
The National Institutes of Health are one of (or perhaps the, depending on whom you ask) largest funding sources for research from the federal government. I know many people who have reviewed grant applications there, and they would be rather astonished to see

Roboticist Srikanth Saripalli makes this interesting point: "If the government has to decide what to fund and what not to fund, they are going to get their ideas and decisions mostly from science fiction rather than what's being published in technical papers."

Because at NIH indeed you are placed on a grant review board because of your techical knowledge of the matter. On top of that, the applications are all supported by citations in technical (and peer-reviewed) papers.

As best I understand funding at DOE and NSF works much the same way; your odds of getting funded are astronomically better if you have good primary literature to support the experiment you propose. Now, if your funding plans revolve around convincing your favorite congress-critter to write in a line (or a full bill) to get you some money, that might work too but it generally isn't the most reliable way to establish a career path.

Comment: Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (Score 1) 901

by damn_registrars (#47914619) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

The bigger failure, from my vantage point, is that people who call themselves "atheists" today often have faith in there not being a god.

A circular argument.

No, for the argument that I presented later in the same post. The problem I have is the modern hijacking of the term atheist.

All the word smitihng doesn't convince me that there can be faith in "nothing" if a person is inclined to be an atheist.

If one declares there to be no god, they are making a statement of faith. It is of the same magnitude - though opposite orientation - as one made by someone declaring there to be a god.

Similarly, the classic definition of agnostic was a "doubter", one who questioned the existence of a deity. Then some of the "atheists" took on a faith of their own and pushed the classical atheists out in search of a new term to describe their standing.

Having faith that things I've never heard of that don't exist just seems like dividing by zero.

Perhaps I wasn't clear on this matter. My point is that people who specifically state a belief in there not being a particular (generally Abrahamic) god are calling themselves atheists when they are showing faith in that very statement. Similarly by the way that the terms "atheist" and "agnostic" have been redefined in modern times, one could reasonably describe any random person to likely be agnostic towards a deity that they have never heard of (unless they specifically subscribe to the existence of a different one in a way that prevents them from accepting any other).

Comment: Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (Score 1) 901

by damn_registrars (#47909479) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Do athiests go on missions from their atheist church to convert people - to nothing?

You've nearly hit the nail on the head, there - though I suspect perhaps not in the way you had intended. A lot of people who embrace the term "atheist" today do go and try to convert people. This in reality means that they are not atheists in the classic definition of the word as they are expressing a faith and a drive for that faith.

The bigger failure, from my vantage point, is that people who call themselves "atheists" today often have faith in there not being a god. At that point they are not truly atheists as the term means "without faith". They have instead hijacked the term to now mean "anyone who believes there to not be a god"; indeed it takes just as much faith to believe there to not be a god as it does to believe there to be one.

This is why while I am classically an atheist, I use the term agnostic to describe myself in the modern world.

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