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Comment: Re:Let me get this right (Score 1) 839

by gameboyhippo (#48172517) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

I simply do not think like you. I can imagine a sports conversation with you,

You "So do you like the 49ers?"
Me "No... I'm not into footb---"
You "I knew it! You're a Broncos fan!"
Me "Well, no... I just don't foll--"
You "You already said you didn't like the 49ers. So you must be asserting that you're a Broncos fan!"
Me "What?"

Not being swayed simply means that. If someone gives neither reasons nor citations (you just need one in informal conversation) for thinking something is true, it just doesn't sway me. It doesn't mean I took the other side. But at least the guy or gal in favor of the Fair Tax explained why he liked it.

Comment: Re:Let me get this right (Score 1) 839

by gameboyhippo (#48171387) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

"Scientology has been torn apart many times."
By your logic, pointing that out is a statement supporting Scientology.

How do you figure? By my logic it says that you can't use "weasel words". It doesn't attempt to determine if the comment is correct or the opposite is correct.

"The Fair tax as been torn apart many times." By whom? What studies? Maybe it doesn't work, maybe it does. But just telling me that it's been torn apart many times doesn't convince people like me, nor does it persuade me in the opposite direction.


Google Fiber To Launch In Austin, Texas In December 88

Posted by samzenpus
from the setting-a-date dept.
retroworks writes WSJ blog reports on Austin, the third city to get fiber-optic high speed internet networks laid down by Google (Kansas City and Provo, UT were the first and second). The service averages 1 gigabit per second, about 100X the average US household speed, and costs $70-120 per month (depending on television). Google promotes the roll-outs by holding "rallies" in small neighborhoods. The sign-up process starts in December, focusing on south and southeastern parts of Austin, a Google spokeswoman said Wednesday. It was announced that fiber was coming to Austin back in April.

Comment: Re:Fallacy (Score 1) 937

by gameboyhippo (#47911973) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

It seems odd for you to start out by saying that everything I say is wrong, but follow up with points that actually agree with and validate my position

Fair enough. I guess what I was trying to say is that the idea that "Science" never caused anyone to do any of the things you mentioned was incorrect. Yes, religious people are encouraged to marry within their religion for the same reason you stated. Though I am surprised that you wouldn't mind your children growing up to have the inability to "follow logic and reason".

But you know what's really weird about your response. You keep proclaiming "open-mindedness" while clearly showing an intolerance towards people of faith. A bit amusing, don't you think?

Comment: Re:Fallacy (Score 1) 937

by gameboyhippo (#47909027) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

I can appreciate what you're saying, but everything you just said is false. I understand it will upset you because you wish what you said was true, but it isn't.

First Science isn't one man's idea or philosophy just like there are many sects to Religion. Some people, like Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss, encourage ridiculing or mocking religious people. But you excuse it because Science® is Right. I'm sure the murderers who killed 3000 people 13 years ago thought they were Right too.

"Science doesn't demand we marry other people from the same denomination; marriages between a physicist and a biologist are just as sacred" That's a categorical error. In Christianity, a pastor and a music director can marry just like a biologist and physicist can. But you are correct that Christianity demands that people marry who have the same belief system. This is perfectly normal. You wouldn't marry a devout Christian, right? They'd get on your nerves and it would make a crappy marriage.

"Science doesn't force us into indoctrinating our children into our faith in the one true meaning of Dark Matter." Right, but you would not be happy at all if your children became Christians, right? Obviously someone who actually believes that there is a God out there that loves, cares, and forgives you of sins would want their children to know about Him too, right?

"Nobody has fought a war to eradicate the filthy heretical." WWII - need I say more. Anyway, I can go on, but the point is, "Science is objectively morally right" is just wishful thinking. When there are humans involved - no matter their philosophical beliefs - there will be "Bad Stuff" happening.

Comment: Re:"Counterfeit detector pens" don't exist (Score 1) 160

by gameboyhippo (#47854231) Attached to: The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

I can tell from your comment that you're far more enlightened than us normal people. So while I find your explanation of why counterfeit pens don't work fascinating, I even more interested in your solution to this problem. If an old lady wants to buy shelves from me that I'm selling on Craigslist, how should I make that financial transaction?


GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model 185

Posted by samzenpus
from the look-mom-no-hands dept.
cold fjord notes that drivers will be able to switch a new Cadillac model to partial auto-pilot. General Motors Co. (GM), the largest U.S. automaker, will introduce a Cadillac model in two years that can travel on the highway without the driver holding the steering wheel or putting a foot on a pedal. The 2017 Cadillac model will feature "Super Cruise" technology that takes control of steering, acceleration and braking at highway speeds of 70 miles per hour or in stop-and-go congested traffic, Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said yesterday in a speech at the Intelligent Transport System World Congress in Detroit. GM declined to release the name of the model that will carry the feature. Barra also said GM in two years will become the first automaker to equip a model with so-called vehicle-to-vehicle technology that enables the car to communicate with other autos with similar abilities to warn of traffic hazards and improve road safety. GM will make the V2V feature standard on its 2017 Cadillac CTS sedan, debuting in the second half of 2016, she said. The Super Cruise feature will be on a different Cadillac model and goes beyond similar technology available on some Mercedes-Benz models that operates only at low speeds.

You can do this in a number of ways. IBM chose to do all of them. Why do you find that funny? -- D. Taylor, Computer Science 350