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Comment: Why not believe in God and evolution together? (Score 1) 1010

by gorfie (#45828037) Attached to: New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution
I don't see why more folks don't believe in God and evolution at the same time. I always interpreted the 7 day thing as figurative meaning each day was a phase and could have taken thousands or millions of years. The concept of an almighty being is also feasible and every single computer science major should believe that. Just ask yourself whether or not it is possible to create a world with millions of sentient beings that you can interact with and control? Maybe not today but how about 100 or 200 years from now? I find the people who argue vehemently against either idea (evolution or God) to be severely misguided.

Comment: Re:Windows Phone (Score 1) 227

by gorfie (#44260417) Attached to: Hands On With the Nokia Lumia 1020
To quell the "anonymous cowards are paid by Microsoft" folks, I too own a Windows phone (Lumia 900) and prefer it over my wife's iPhone 5 and my old Samsung Galaxy (the original). It's great for email, Web, phone calls, and music. I only use free apps and the selection for WP7 is acceptable (not as much variety as I saw in Google's marketplace but I'm not aware of any "killer" apps that I cannot have). The OS makes it easy to launch apps and configure the phone (the tile customization really helps). The search integration is fantastic - I haven't touched Google search/maps in a year. The device itself is very rugged - I've dropped/tossed it several times without damage to the unit. My only complaint about it is the camera - it's lousy - but I hear they've improved that in more recent versions.

Comment: Re:big (Score 2, Interesting) 268

by gorfie (#42941079) Attached to: Bill Gates Says Windows Phone Strategy Was Inadequate
I have a Lumia 900 (after owning a Captivate/Galaxy) and I haven't had any problems with the apps. Some of the apps are significantly better than the Android counterparts in terms of polish and reliability. I know the marketplace isn't as mature as iPhone/Android but it's not dismal either. My "biggest" problem with the Lumia 900? I'd say it's that I paid $100 for it a month before they knocked it down to $50.

Comment: Clancy covered this (Score 1) 589

by gorfie (#42763505) Attached to: Missile Defense's Real Enemy: Math
In an old 1980's book by Tom Clancy (Red Storm Rising), he covered the scenario where an attacker launched a barrage of missiles against an aircraft carrier and the carrier deployed counter measures against what was essentially a wave of decoys. The aircraft carrier had nothing left to stop the second wave. I'd say this is an old problem and the military has probably already thought about it.

Comment: Might be incentive to buy American? (Score 3, Insightful) 543

by gorfie (#41594891) Attached to: Supreme Court To Decide Whether Or Not You Own What You Own
That would certainly deter me from buying products that were manufactured or contained parts that were manufactured abroad. People would be determined to buy domestic products (assuming they even exist these days). That said, it was clear that I could sell my car without permission when I bought it - changing the terms after the sale seems very wrong. If they implement this rule, they should specify that it applies to sales after a point in time in the future.

Comment: Re:So from here on out ... (Score 1) 2416

by gorfie (#40482151) Attached to: Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional
Why stop with obesity? What about other risky behaviors (sunbathing, dangerous sports, promiscuity, alcohol, etc.)? I think we'd all love to have the government monitoring our behaviors and sending us a monthly bill for every deviation from what they deem "good and normal".

For what it's worth, I don't think this health plan will work (i.e. I think premiums will go up).

Comment: Lumia 900 better than Samsung Galaxy (Score 1) 1027

by gorfie (#40331335) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's Your Beef With Windows Phone?
I upgraded from a Samsung Galaxy to a Lumia 900 and I haven't looked back. Let's just say it is very easy to use and I don't have to constantly tweak it. The apps also seem much more polished (not to mention I have all the apps I had on my old phone with the exception of certain games). I also like it better than my wife's iPhone 4S but that doesn't mean it's a better device, I just never got used to that one button does all concept (I really like having a back key and a way to lock the phone).

Comment: Different world back in 1990 (Score 1) 184

by gorfie (#39693847) Attached to: Microsoft Passed On iPhone-Like Device In 1991
I'm sorry, but the technology was very different back in 1990. I remember a world with gray-scale gameboys and $2000 386 machines with 40MB hard drives boasting a screen resolution of 640x480. Phones were mounted to cars or carried around in bags.

Imagine a hand-held touch-screen device using technology from 1990. It would be bulky and heavy. It would run very hot. It would have terrible graphics capabilities and you wouldn't have a popular market place for developers to share their work.

It would have failed miserably.

Comment: It's True (Score 4, Insightful) 275

by gorfie (#38205082) Attached to: Does Telecommuting Make You Invisible?
I've telecommuted before, one day a week, and I found that my presence as a valuable employee was diminished. Things would happen at the office that I couldn't be a part of. My contributions to the team were less evident - especially that immeasurable contribution you make when you participate in discussions and help your peers. If you are competing with your peers for advancement (or simply to keep your job) then you shouldn't be working from home. If you are satisfied with your current role and pay rate, then it's a good deal.

Comment: Re:Will it make a difference? (Score 0) 1042

by gorfie (#36893562) Attached to: House Websites Jammed After Obama Debt Speech
I'd be all for the government taxing the top 5% in that manner. The problem is that I don't trust any of our current politicians to enact such taxes. Republicans are obvious - not so much liars as they are pathetic in their justification for tax breaks for the wealthy. Democrats appear to be more subtle in that they advertise it one way (i.e. increase taxes for people making more than $250,000 per year) yet implement it in another way (i.e. people making millions can afford to exploit loop holes, people making $100,000 per year have an increase because they own a small business or have assets exceeding a certain amount or something like that).

Just consider Reid's debt plan. On the surface, it appears to be a legitimate compromise. Yet in the details, it is obviously a clever ploy to give the appearance of making cuts without actually making cuts (i.e. the cuts were already assumed to be made).

I would just like to see someone step up and announce a clear and concise plan that is truly a compromise. Raise taxes on the top 5% of individual incomes. Publicly ensure that the other 95% will not be impacted. Fix the entitlement programs to prevent/discourage abuse (and simultaneously cut costs). Stop throwing money at unnecessary wars.

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