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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.


Nvidia Announces 3D Blu-ray Format For 2010 178

Barence writes "Nvidia has announced that 3D Blu-ray movies will begin appearing in 2010. A spokesman confirmed that the Blu-ray Association — to which Nvidia is a contributor — had settled on the 'proper parameters [for] what constitutes a 3D Blu-ray' and claimed the first 3D Blu-ray films would hit the shelves 'towards the end of Summer 2010.' Nvidia will support the standard through its 3D Vision technology, using bit rates of around 60Mbits/second — twice that of a standard movie — although HDMI 1.3 'should have sufficient bandwidth' to ensure smooth playback. New files will be encoded using the MVC-AVC format, which is based on the AVC format currently used by Blu-ray movies.' Update: HotHardware has some additional details, including images of demo hardware.

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.

A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you. -- Ramsey Clark