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Comment: Re:I have your conversion right here... (Score 2) 860

by eam (#46412067) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

Unless you share your home with children.

When our silverware (decent, stainless steel, not cheap, but not silver) started disappearing, I determined it was because of yogurt. Our kids would open a yogurt cup, grab a spoon, eat the yogurt, and toss the cup...and the spoon.

I've stopped trying to figure out why. My mother says they'll stop being stupid when they live on their own and have to pay for their own spoons. However, her and my mother-in-law both confirm that none of their children were as dumb as ours.

My solution: I bought a 36-pack of cafeteria grade stamped stainless steel spoons & another one for forks (knives didn't seem to be disappearing as fast).

After 10 years, I just had to buy another set.

Strangely, they get excellent grades, and do really well outside of our house. They are admired by all the other parents. My wife and I are the only ones suffering, and I have maintained that I consider that reasonable.

However, In another 8 years, I'll be able to legally throw them all out of the house. I look forward to changing the locks and having nice things again.

Comment: Re:Internet of Things (Score 1) 76

by eam (#46209973) Attached to: Hackers Penetrate Top Medical Device Makers

I haven't re-read the article to see if I've missed something, but it seemed more about corporate espionage than causing heart attacks. Seems like the perpetrators were looking for a quick and easy path to the top of the medical device manufacturing food chain.

Would be morally wrong to set up a honeypot loaded with subtly but fatally flawed designs such that the manufacturer stealing said designs would be destroyed by the resulting lawsuits from their customers and/or victims?

Comment: Re:"Creationism" is overbroad here. (Score 1) 1774

by eam (#41154845) Attached to: Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children
Chaos Theory allows God a place in evolution.

If you believe that God is truly omniscient, then creating the universe as it exists (or as it will exist) is trivial via evolution. One well placed fart & the entire universe would spring into being (over millions of years - insignificant to a being that is infinite). It's the butterfly effect taken to the ultimate extreme. There wouldn't have to be any fingerprints, because the initiating action is so far removed from the results we can see that there is no hope of us ever being able to detect the cause. However, there could still be far reaching intent, if the being initiating the process could truly know everything.

This is incompatible with a fundamentalist view of God. However, so is just about everything else. The fundamentalist's God is a stupid, stupid being. Incapable of using metaphor to communicate...individually hand crafting every single life form from scratch...then wasting time planting fake evidence to disprove his own existence...just doesn't make any sense.

...and yes, if God created the universe, I believe it started with a cosmic fart. It makes sense to me.

Comment: Re:Speaking of Sodom... (Score 2) 1774

by eam (#41154401) Attached to: Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

I never took the pillar of salt thing to be a punishment for looking, but rather merely the consequence of looking. It would be as if the angels said, "Whatever you do, don't touch the hot stove with your hand or your hand will be burned." Lot's wife wasn't being punished. That's just what happens when you look directly into the wrath of God.

At least, that's how I read it.

Now, if you want an example of God's pettiness, read Job.

It's basically the movie "Trading Places", only with God & Satan making the $1 bet about whether Job would turn from God if God turned his life to shit. God's response when Job calls him on it, "where were you when I created the universe", seems like a bullshit response to me. God should have said, "yeah, sorry, I was an ass, but I'm God, so suck it." It would have been more honest.

Comment: Re:There are no Facts (Score 1) 1469

by eam (#41154153) Attached to: The Mathematics of 'Legitimate Rape' and Pregnancy

I propose we standardize things and call the point at which you can claim a person as a dependent on your taxes also the same point at which they are considered "alive". It seems a little odd that people insist that a growing fetus is alive, but you sure as hell can't claim a fetus as a dependent.

No no no! You've got it all wrong.

A fetus becomes a viable human life when it gets a job and moves out of its parent's house. Before that it's just a cluster of cells.

Abortion should be legal up to the 79th trimester.

Comment: Re:Unfortunately, UK has become Uncle Sam's lapdog (Score 2) 1065

by eam (#41008407) Attached to: UK Authorities Threaten To Storm Ecuadorian Embassy To Arrest Julian Assange

It isn't a question of arms. In the U.S., Pennsylvania alone has enough privately held weapons to overthrow the government. It's people that matter. Everyone always brings up the violent overthrow of the government as the next step in the U.S. Despite everything that's wrong with the U.S. (and the U.K., and every other "true democracy"), we don't need an armed rebellion to change things. All we need is the will of the majority of the population.

So, it isn't that we're good people who just can't change the government that is forced on us. We're apathetic people who could change everything at the next election if we cared enough to do it.

Don't deny the guilt of the populace. It bothers me when people say they like Americans, but hate our government. No matter how much it might feel better to deny it, our government is still "of the people and by the people", and if it is no longer "for the people", that's our own fault.

Until we stop pretending we have no power, we never will. We have the power, we just don't have the unified will to use it. If 90% of Americans wrote a letter to their representatives demanding something (disbanding TSA, ending PATRIOT act, patent reform, whatever) it would happen THE VERY NEXT DAY! We just don't care.

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