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Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 561

If you want to live out the rest of your life in a stinky habitation module with nothing but red dust outside, be my guest.

I don't see how your romantic appeal about the sufferings of earlier voyagers should make one any more inclined to throw one's life away.

Comment Re:Customer Service Is a Misnomer (Score 1) 370

Everyday I see an advertisement on TV that touts being able to talk to a "real person."

Well what is the point of talking to a real person if they are just some clueless automaton following some script. This Verizon policy is just another example.

Personally, I dread the day when I have to call customer service, and I dread calling tech support double.

Comment Re:1984 (Score 1) 1238

early history of our country believed, and is probably the reason our money has "In God We Trust" written on it.

Not unless you count 1956 as early history.

If you do your homework, our system of government has indeed borrowed from the Bible

"the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion" Treaty of Tripoli - 1797

Comment Re:Taking care of people is not wrong (Score 1) 2044

Hey we could also just throw them into debtors prison if lowering their credit rating doesn't work. Fact is, a signifigant number of people just won't pay. I really don't know where Obama and you get these idiotic ideas. If I go to the emergency room, I'll have to pay for it. I seriously doubt that I can just show up and say, "treat me for free" You call me an idiot and then you show that you have no idea what you are talking about. passed in 1986 during the Reagan administration. Slavery?? REally?

Comment Save power in other ways (Score 3, Insightful) 697

I would bet that your 100 watt server running 24/7 is just a small fraction or your overall usage.

Save money in other places first, have you replaced all your light bulbs with CFL's yet? You won't notice the difference between a 100 watt incandescent and the equivelant 24 watt CFL, but you probably will notice the difference between a 100 and 30 watt server.

Comment Re:Heh... (Score 1) 1721

Haven't read the rest the previous discussion but...

of course there are good evidence based reasons for abstinence. The problem is that these are not the reasons that religions use. The reason they use is that "god says so".

If the reasons were known, instead of divine edicts, we could modify our moral positions when conditions change. For instance, today there is no reason any woman who does not wish too should get pregnant. We have extrememly effective birth control these days -- a very recent development. Our religious morals have not caught up .

In a very backwards form of reasoning, many religions now say that birth control is immoral.... only because it would invalidate the moral rules that they have internalized without question for so long.

summary: of course most "moral values" have reasonable evidence based rationales. The problem comes when we do not understand that these are real reasons, and instead attribute the moral rules it some absolute rigid moral standard.

"Survey says..." -- Richard Dawson, weenie, on "Family Feud"