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Comment: Re:Hold on... (Score 1) 112

by dudpixel (#46234971) Attached to: Can Electric Current Make People Better At Math?

Ever heard the phrase "let me put my thinking cap on" ?

This kind of makes that a real thing.

Thinking on a much bigger scale - can this kind of technique be used to raise the limit of human intelligence? Can the world's brightest minds benefit from this? Is there potential for this kind of research to eventually aid in driving humanity further than we could otherwise have gone?

Fascinating possibilities if this is true...

Comment: Re:what if... (Score 2) 716

by dudpixel (#46225447) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

I think the analogy is flawed.

Software development is probably more like engineering and building a bridge.

You need to compare with something where not everything is known at the outset.

I'm sure that bridges sometimes have "bugs" - problems that were not though of in the planning phase. I'm sure no one fixes those for free.

Is the construction of the bridge equivalent to the software development? or the software release and implementation?

I think you could perhaps design a model where developer fix their own bugs on their own time, but don't expect the model to look like the current one. Developers will want more, and the work will take longer, as testing now takes a higher priority (in my experience many companies only give lip-service to proper software testing because it's difficult to quantify how much money it makes).

It's a valid question, but let's not expect we can just stop paying developers for bug fixing and have the world continue on otherwise unchanged...

Comment: WTF? (Score 1) 247

by dudpixel (#45981899) Attached to: Wikimedia Community Debates H.264 Support On Wikipedia Sites.

The unencumbered WebM and Ogg versions would remain our primary reference for platforms that support them. But the MP4 versions 'ould[sic] enable many mobile and desktop users who cannot view these unencumbered video files to watch them in MP4 format.'

Something is fucking wrong with this situation...

Comment: Re:Science isn't critical thinking... (Score 1) 710

by dudpixel (#45522349) Attached to: Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

This creator must be some sort of evil, violent,psychopath to design: cancer, hiv, fig wasps, malaria, a universe where pretty much all of it will kill his favorite creation, parasitical wasp Dinocampus coccinellae, old age, lupus, etc...

Or, maybe there is no sign of a creator and it all just evolved.

Well he might not be able to cure cancer and stop children from starving to death but hey, he's right there helping 'bobbied' preach to us and will watch over him and get him home safely....

See, you gotta pick your battles.

or, maybe this god doesn't exist...or isn't interested.....or has a really sick sense of humour.

Comment: Re:Science isn't critical thinking... (Score 1) 710

by dudpixel (#45522327) Attached to: Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

But the logical problem now becomes yours, not mine. If you wish to assert there is no creator, then I ask you to present your proof using evidence.

I didn't see anyone asserting there is no creator. I see people asserting that no creator is REQUIRED to explain the universe / life etc. That absolutely has evidence, and I'd encourage you to do some reading of the relevant scientific literature. Then get familiar with Occham's razor.

The problem for you is that there is no logical way to prove the non-existence of something.

No, that's a problem for you. See, if your theory is not falsifiable, then it probably doesn't belong in a science textbook.

Comment: Re:Science isn't critical thinking... (Score 1) 710

by dudpixel (#45522303) Attached to: Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

So do you want to hear about my evidence for the existence of ghosts, aliens, and the tooth fairy?

Good luck disproving those...

Perhaps we should teach kids about these things in school too?

You really need to take a look at your argument.

Let's take it a step further. Even if it WERE possible for a creator to exist (anything is possible right?), good luck proving that it is the biblical one. That's another giant leap of faith again.

You can't just take all of the things we don't know and make up whatever hypothesis you can think of, and ask for that to be taught in school as an "alternative". That's not how science works.

Comment: Re:ya know... (Score 4, Informative) 710

by dudpixel (#45522135) Attached to: Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

The truth is, we have enough of the old texts that it has been shown that the actual edits in the bible are minor. They do exist, but the core of it is there.

I know you probably know what you mean when you say that but it has the potential to be very misleading. Some naive christian will read that and think you mean that what we have are basically the "very words of God", which of course is not what you said.

You may be referring to the similarities between the dead sea scrolls (dated to something like 300BCE - 50 CE) and the MT (masoretic text, earliest manuscripts around 9th century CE).

Here's what wikipedia has to say:
"The biblical manuscripts from Qumran, which include at least fragments from every book of the Old Testament, except perhaps for the Book of Esther, provide a far older cross section of scriptural tradition than that available to scholars before. While some of the Qumran biblical manuscripts are nearly identical to the Masoretic, or traditional, Hebrew text of the Old Testament, some manuscripts of the books of Exodus and Samuel found in Cave Four exhibit dramatic differences in both language and content. In their astonishing range of textual variants, the Qumran biblical discoveries have prompted scholars to reconsider the once-accepted theories of the development of the modern biblical text from only three manuscript families: of the Masoretic text, of the Hebrew original of the Septuagint, and of the Samaritan Pentateuch. It is now becoming increasingly clear that the Old Testament scripture was extremely fluid until its canonization around A.D. 100"

(emphasis mine).

So we know there were changes. Sometimes "dramatic" changes.

So that's just the OT. What about the NT?

Supposedly written within the latter half of the first century CE. The earliest fragment we have at present is from ~125CE and is the size of a credit card. The earliest complete manuscript is in the 4th century CE. The earliest gospels are I think late 2nd century.

It's worth mentioning that there were no copy machines in those days. Everything was copied by hand. We don't have the original documents, because they have most likely not survived. We don't have the copies, nor the copies of the copies. What we do have is probably well down the line of copies and although we'd like to think we have something close to what was originally written, we have ABSOLUTELY NO WAY TO FIND OUT.

Not only that, but we do have very solid evidence of tampering of other writings by christians, and also a lot of interpolation of writings by competing sects in the early 2nd century.

How reliable is our English Bible today? Here's the real truth, NO ONE KNOWS. We can speculate that it's "fairly accurate" and "well preserved" but there is absolutely no way to be sure. So next time someone talks to you about needing faith, just remember that they first need faith that they're actually reading the right words...

Comment: Re:What is a 100Mbit connection good for? (Score 1) 327

$100 / month for 100Mbps still sounds like pretty good value to me.

I pay $70 / month right now, because I don't have access to ADSL2 outside of Telstra, and rely on fixed wireless (@ 12Mbps, or up to 40Mbps for local traffic) instead.
I live only about 30 mins from the CBD.

FTR, how much cheaper will the FTTN plans be?

Nothing is rich but the inexhaustible wealth of nature. She shows us only surfaces, but she is a million fathoms deep. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson