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Comment Re:More than five centuries (Score 1) 235

Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir: three bags full
One for the master and one for the dame
And one for the little boy who lives down the lane

I assume that you will be able to distinguish the rhyme above from the actual argument I am making here. The argument has nothing to do with black sheep or the feudal system that was prevailant at the time that rhyme was written. I say you should be able to distinguish the rhyme from the argument because they take different forms. In particular, the rhyme has a meter, and (as the name suggests) the ends of each pair of lines rhyme. But I could have included a descriptive analogy which would have a more similar form to this and you still would have been able to distinguish it from from a factual argument. Humans are smart that way (at least, when they want to be).

As to who gets to say which is which; you get to decide which is which. But if you make unreasonable declarations, don't expect people to take you seriously.

As to 'a translation of translation of a translation', that hasn't been true for more than 400 years (not that I'm saying it was true before that; just that I've never thought it important enough to investigate the translation process of non-extant translations – but now I'm kind-of curious). These days it's translated from the earliest known manuscripts. These reach back to before 100CE for the NT (that is with 35 years of when some of them were written) and back at least 100BCE for parts of the OT. And comparing the older manuscripts with newer ones show the only changes over time have been in the spelling of words (particularly names).

But are you saying that translations have to be 100% accurate to be useful and trustworthy? Because for most cases, nobody would expect them to be (because it is somewhere between impossible and impractical). If, however, you are determined to never trust a translation, feel free to go back to the original languages (Hebrew and Ancient Greek). You can buy bibles published in the original language. In fact, a lot of the original manuscripts are available online. There are courses which will teach you how to read those languages. You don't have to take anyone's word for it.

Of course, I don't expect you to listen to any of this. You know you're 'right' and you'll come up with some lame excuse to discount it all.

Have a good day.

Comment Re:More than five centuries (Score 1) 235

Let's examine your claims:
  • 'Established': You could argue that the world is established; in that there hasn't been any significant changes since that time. Or on the basis that the Earth is no longer a protoplanet. Then again, you could argue that a world is never really established, only still extant and changing or not extant. There are many options for defining the Earth as established or not depending on your definition of the word.
  • 'Cannot be moved': This isn't saying that it is impossible to move the Earth. On the contrary, it is simply saying that we cannot move it (at least, not in any significant way). This hasn't really changed since then. I mean, there are theoretical ways we could move it; but none of them are practical in any sense of the word...
  • 'Firm and secure': Well, I suppose we have climate change and the extremely rare asteroid catastrophes which could challenge the 'secure' bit. But even then they don't really threaten the world so much as the life on it. That said, Psalms is a book of poetry/song lyrics. This is like judging human science based on the comments of a rapper...
  • 'Middle of the land', 'Visible to the ends of the Earth': This is a vision. Visions aren't known for realism; far from it! What they show is purely symbolic, like the statue made of different types of metal – nobody ever believed that actually existed somewhere. The important part of a vision is the message conveyed through the symbolism. Imagine someone gave an analogy of a car which could go 700km/h, how stupid would someone need to be to invalidate the argument because such a car doesn't exist?
  • 'Circle of the Earth': Most of the time this verse is quote in support of a belief in a round Earth. The Hebrew word is used for 'circle', 'oval', 'sphere', 'round', etc. That it was translated as circle does not make it wrong. The writer may have meant 'circle' or 'sphere'; we have no way to know.
  • 'Why this should be relevant': I'm not going to argue that it should. But you appear to have set out with the approach of demonstrating it to be wrong, and lo! you succeeded in convincing yourself that you have achieved that. Congratulations! That ranks you right up there with the intellectual giants like B.o.B. and the creationists you so deride. If you earnestly want to be actually right (as far as that is even possible), you'd be better off spending your energies earnestly trying to prove yourself wrong. Measuring yourself against stupid people can only progress you a little further than them.

Comment Re:Dashboards (Score 1) 423

The M5 East tunnel in Sydney is a great example of why that information would be useful for a navigation system.

The tunnel was completed in 2001 with enough capacity, as stated, to last 20 years. It started to exceed its capacity within 5–10 years of completion.

The position my Garmin is usually fairly accurate. This is probably because the slowing of traffic begins before the tunnel while the device still has signal. When the traffic is at its worst, however, the Garmin decides that since I was moving at 25km/h when I entered the tunnel, I should have been out of the tunnel by now and thus there must be something else blocking the GPS signal—when in reality I'm still stopped somewhere in the tunnel waiting for the traffic to move again.

If the stated information was available to the navigation calculations, it would know that I had slowed, stopped, moved a bit, stopped, inched forward a bit more, stopped, stopped, still stopped, grown incredibly impatient and started to curse the government which built a tunnel with very a short life expectancy and without any thought for expansion, etc.

Comment Re:Other prisons are the same (Score 1) 142

Vah, amicus! Et dedisti mihi, squilla, rudis! 'Pissed' plures significationes. Tu magis sonant plus sicut a doletium 'pom', Britannus.
Ego obtuli, 'aerogard' ultimum volutpat vestibulum.
Si non intelligitur, spero gallina ad 'emus' pullis vestra delenda ad latrina.

Disclaimer: my Latin is terrible.

Comment Re:Superb! (Score 2) 33

It's either the thing you launch coming back down on the head of a young child; or its that the thing you launched is found by a group of people who think it's the most wonderful thing ever until it starts causing societal break down and leading to one of those people embarking on a journey to the edge of the earth to dispose of it.

Comment Re:Not a troll but.... (Score 2) 708

I really don't get this build quality argument. Up until recently the main consideration in my laptop purchases was price: whatever was cheapest was what I bought. All of those laptops lasted for at least 6 years before they were discarded - not because of failures, but because they were replaced with something faster. My brother dropped one of my laptops from a height of about 2 metres onto a tiled floor: the screen cracked, but the computer continued to work fine.

Seriously, what is so magical about Mac build quality?

Comment Re:Pay attention to the road! (Score 1) 206

The worst thing I've ever seen was on the hilly motorway between Wollongong and Sydney, in rain where I could barely see out of the front wind-shield with the wipers on the fastest setting. I'm usually a faster driver, but I slowed down in those conditions (but was still going about 100km/h ;) ). Coming up behind me was a Land-cruiser doing a much higher speed than I was. They either didn't know or didn't care that they were snaking across both lanes - and sometimes venturing into the stopping lanes. Given the way this car was going, both I and the only other car I could see pulled off the side of the road until it had passed. As it passed I had a look; the lady behind the wheel had one hand holding a phone to her ear, the other was waving around just above the wheel.

Worst driver ever.

Comment Re:Why has it taken 50 years? (Score 1) 585

You misunderstand me. My point is not that you should believe something without evidence - that is obviously stupid. My point is that miracles do not have to screw up our understanding of the universe. Further, I am saying it may not be a case of 'there is no evidence', but possibly 'there is no clear evidence' - which in such cases is a significant difference.

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