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Comment Re:Toilet paper and timber? (Score 2) 225

With paper, the tree is crushed. Why would you need a large straight tree for that? Economics re-enforces this. You're not going to pay extra for a large tree just to crush it

What? Have you even been to an active paper company forest?

This reminds me of the Mike Rowe's TED talk about how a lot of people talk about things they think they know.

Yeah.

Comment Re: hacking (Score 1) 101

I've actually been thinking of changing my open "Guest" SSID to "Password is guestaccess" and put WPA2 PSK on it, for better guest privacy. I wouldn't consider it hacking for somebody to use it. Just be careful with terminology and specificity before somebody carelessly outlaws more useful things (like the firmware that letd me do those useful things).

Comment Re:Mogensen and Aimbetov will only stay until 11 S (Score 1) 36

The Danish crewman was bringing up some special Lego models that are going to be used as prizes in school competitions, but I'm surprised by the short duration as well...

http://www.theguardian.com/sci...

it seems his mission is a short one anyway...

http://blogs.esa.int/iriss/201...

Comment Re:Depends on desired service. (Score 1) 179

I'm going to have to disagree with the comment about rain. I had a wireless ISP with the base station a few miles from my house and there was no density of rain that change the speed at all. This included an ex-hurricane and several rain fall events that caused flooding in lower areas. I do have to admit I was at 4 Mbps.

Comment 1. Prove it's a globe; 2. Prove it's warming (Score 1) 247

That's my answer to "global warming".

See "Zetetic Astronomy", which contains a number of proofs that it's not a globe.

"They"[1] have their work cut out for them, but of course, they placed one in the first classroom we were ever in, thus indoctrinating us before our critical thinking skills kicked in.

[1] -- They talk a lot, don't they. -- Pulp Fiction

Comment Re:Wrong dates, and more info ... (Score 1) 613

In theory, yes you are correct. For this specific case, it is unlikely.

I detailed that in my comment.

The professor who did the research says that it is not a palimpsest, i.e. the parchment has not been reused and rewritten on, e.g. like the Sanaa 1 Manuscript, which is a palimpsest, with older writing on it.

In the case of the Birmingham manuscript, I doubt very much that someone created parchment and it was left blank for a century.

Besides, the use of the Hizaji script shows that it is within 50 years or so from the start of Islam. After that date, the Kufi script dominated almost all Islamic writing for a century or two.

Comment Re:So to sum up (Score 1) 613

No, Islam is specifically misogynistic. Sharia law values the testimony of women less than of men. A man can divorce his wife just by uttering words; a woman cannot divorce her husband.

A quote from the Koran: "Men are managers of the affairs of women because Allah has made the one superior to the other."

A quote from the Koran regarding inheritance: "The share of the male shall be twice that of a female."

Islam is also misanthropic, but it reserves special vilification for women. So my comment is the truth and no "lie of omission".

If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.

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