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Comment Re:You jest (Score 5, Interesting) 730

Seventh-day Adventists actually can be categorized quite nicely into conservative evangelicalism. They step outside the mainstream on issues like the weekly sabbath, the state of the dead and by maintaining a historicist approach to prophetic interpretation. They also have an unusually strong emphasis on religious liberty and the separation of church and state. But their soteriology/christology/etc... tend to be very orthodox evangelical.

Source: Grew up Adventist, still am a practicing Adventist, MA in Religion, and I read the work of many non-Adventist theologians and scholars.

Comment Loved this line (Score 1) 15

"Tolerance is only a virtue if the thing you are being tolerant of is a sin; when that thing ceases to be a sin and becomes instead a model, tolerance quickly turns to enabling and intolerance for those who don't fit that model."

This sums up the modern concept of tolerance. Thank you for that.

Comment Re:Was it justified (Score 1) 372

You're actually more correct than you know. The term "scapegoat" actually came from "escape goat". It goes back to early English translations of the bible (Tyndale and KJV) and references the goat that is sent out of the camp during the Day of Atonement ceremony.

Feel free to look up the term scapegoat on Wikipedia.

Comment Yup. (Score 1) 5

Absolute agreement.

There is something to be said for the state legislature picking electors and senators, freeing them from the need to be in constant campaign/PR mode that they're in these days. The "public" is swayed so easily by the media and the opposition party that it makes it impossible for politicians to look beyond their next election. The end result is politicians passing bills to buy votes.

Comment Re:Wow... (Score 1) 629

In most (all?) states the camera has to show that the light was red before you entered the intersection. Two pictures are taken - one of you outside the intersection with a red light and one of you in the intersection with the red light.

Oh, and the citations in Maryland include your speed. Can't speak for any other states.

Comment Re:AMD price : performance linear (Score 5, Insightful) 214

It's because Intel dominates the high end. AMD can't sell a processor with a premium pricetag because its performance would compete with Intel's midrange which is priced pretty reasonably.

AMD is the loveable underdog, but don't forget how expensive their X2s were when they were dominant. AMD isn't cheap because they're doing us a favor, they're cheap because they have to be.

Comment Re:How can anyone be against net neutrality (Score 1) 409

Poorly written net neutrality legislation could cause problems and reduce service quality.

For example, Akamai could work out a deal so that Comcast could cache Akamai's most popular content close to the end user. This requires less internet bandwidth and so Comcast could deliver the content to their users at a faster rate (a higher tier).

Poorly written net neutrality legislation could stop this from happening.

This is why there is some push back on net neutrality. If the legislation is screwed up, QoS and local caching that benefits the end user could end up inadvertently outlawed.

Comment Re:More detail, please (Score 1) 18

I'm quite conservative and I enjoy listening to Limbaugh. I find him incredibly entertaining whether or not I agree with him.

The aggravating thing with this is that now there are going to be 100 stories on sites like Digg proclaiming him and the entire conservative movement frauds simple because of the misstatement.

Comment Re:More detail, please (Score 1) 18

Fair enough. I've read your journal long enough to know how carefully you parse words, so I immediately focused on his choice of words:

"We believe that the preamble of the Constitution contains..."

I'm embarrassed to admit that I had to look it up to verify my assumption.

Comment Re:the computer is not just the cpu (Score 1) 115

Actually, I had to look that up recently. It's not 3GB, it's 4GB. Here comes the science:

RAM starts from address 0. The BIOS allocates RAM from 0 up to the bottom of the PCI memory addresses mentioned above, typically limiting available RAM to between 3 GB and 3.4 GB."

I actually learned something last week, thought I'd pass it on...
*Cue the "The More You Know" logo*

Looks like you ended up arguing his point. 32-bit Vista/XP are limited to a little over 3GB. How much over 3GB is determined by your hardware.

Federal grants are offered for... research into the recreation potential of interplanetary space travel for the culturally disadvantaged.