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Comment: Re:Tax dollars at work. (Score 1) 102

by hawkfish (#48186991) Attached to: Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

Ummm -- that patent troll was a typo - is not natural - many here identify any non-practicing patent related entity as patent trolls.

Take your head out of your own arse and realize that your mistake is and was your's not mine. I can admit the twit of the week nomintation is now undeserved because of an honest error, can you admit that you did not correct your mistake until you were called out on it?

Sorry, you get twit of the week for not being able to figure the typo out from the original context...which was pretty bloody obvious.

Comment: Re:That's nothing! (Score 1) 276

by hawkfish (#48112917) Attached to: No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Not to mention they gave the same prize to Arafat, but not to Gandhi.

Well Kissinger got the nobel peace price. What a joke, the greatest mass murder in modern history right after Stalin.
Kissinger should be rotting in a prison alongside his prize.

"Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger got the Nobel Peace Prize."
    -- Tom Lehrer,

Comment: Re:What 20 years of research on pot has taught us (Score 1) 263

by hawkfish (#48112661) Attached to: Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

Awesome find! Thanks!

LOL, marijuana is just as "deadly" as potato chips. That will make it easy to remember. :-)

Really? Even with that short term memory loss?!

And we can't ignore the fact that pot leads to the munchies which leads to excessive consumption of... ...potato chips!

Comment: Re:Yes, and No True Scotsman also (Score 1) 247

by hawkfish (#47766281) Attached to: Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

I've been on Slashdot for many years now and I'm just starting to finally get tired of the general level of complete idiocy of most posters here. Am I getting old or is the internet population at large just getting dumber? Not sure.

Speaking as a fellow old fart, I think we are getting smarter - or at least more knowledgeable. Having to pass on this knowledge to ignorant young punks with more energy than us is what makes us grumpy old men.

Comment: Re:Astrobiology (Score 2) 39

by hawkfish (#47567305) Attached to: Enceladus's 101 Geysers Blast From Hidden Ocean

I predict it will be DNA and/or RNA similar to that on Earth. And I'm a Jesus freaky Christian, so I'm asserting God put it there and Jesus is Lord.

Of course, if nothing's found there, ignore me. Otherwise, if it's truly alien DNA, I will be very shocked. Alien DNA would definitely screw with my Christian belief system. Especially if we didn't even have the same nutrients in common.

Why? It didn't bother C. S. Lewis.

Comment: Re:Why is there a debate at all? (Score 1) 278

by hawkfish (#47478401) Attached to: The debate over climate change is..

That's not what he's arguing, he's arguing that having more efficient versions of things can save you money. Replacing lightbulbs with CFLs in my house paid for itself purely in terms of energy cost after a few months, and those bulbs lasted several years.

I don't know about you, but I hate shopping. One of the cost savings I got from CFLs was fewer shopping trips to buy bulbs.

Comment: Double blindness (Score 1) 57

by hawkfish (#47474991) Attached to: Biofeedback Games and The Placebo Effect

There was some survey done in the UK a few years back where the researcher went around and asked a bunch of people in various disciplines how often they used double-blind experimental designs. The results were kind of depressing. Physics was the worst at about 0.5% or something. Medical stuff was around one third. Oddly enough, the highest rate was for... ESP researchers.

So this sort of thing seems pretty widespread.

Comment: Re:Anyone have Cliff Notes? (Score 1) 128

by hawkfish (#47467309) Attached to: With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto

What do they expect to find on such a distant clump of rock and why is it they thought it to be a good investment to go snap a few slefies around it rather then use that money to go where things really ought to be interesting like Io and Europa?

Please return your 4-digit ID.

Second the motion.

Comment: Re:Not surprising. (Score 1) 725

by hawkfish (#47407451) Attached to: When Beliefs and Facts Collide

All of science is based on the idea that something for which there is no evidence probably doesn't exist. Maybe gravity is actually based on the actions of invisible fairies, but unless and until you have *evidence* of the existence of such fairies the broader scientific community is going to say you're nuts. Similarly claiming the mind has it's roots in magic/soul/etc. Unless and until you have evidence that there is something outside normal physics involved, the default assumption is that there is not. Occam's Razor is not without it's flaws, but it is extremely efficient in trimming out the vast bulk of magical thinking from the scientific community.

Physical laws are - by their very definition - non-material. Ideas like the holographic universe suggest the primacy of information over matter. We should proceed cautiously, but pure materialism seems pretty obviously wrong to me. There are even suggestions (e.g. the small variations in the gravitational constant over time) that physical laws may be "habits". I have no idea what this implies, but it suggests we should look at non-material processes.

Comment: Re:I thought weather was not climate... (Score 2) 379

by hawkfish (#47047977) Attached to: Studies: Wildfires Worse Due To Global Warming

So the fuel just built up everywhere and then when something happens to ignite it, be it lightening or a cigarette, the little fires have a greater probability of becoming bigger fires. Time means more fuel, greater risk. Tick tick tick. So then after awhile we get these huge fires. What do those smart intellectuals do? Do they review their suggestions of the past? Take into account the bureaucratic BS that contributed to these fires? No! First, they smoke a bowl and later .... they say "Let's help that farmer who lost his ranch. Let's help those people who lost there homes. Let's explain to them that it is all mankind's fault." They then go on to explain BS like carbon foot prints and how that is why fires are worse. It is also why flooding is worse or droughts or pretty much anything, and the only way to fix it is to accept global collectivism. Yup, only with global collectivism can we prevent forest fires.

Leaving aside your rabid ad hominem remarks about collectivism, your claim that increased fires are due to increased fire load has in fact been studied and discounted . In other words, those of us in the "reality-based community" (i.e. "libtards") are a lot more self-critical than you. Which is why we do science and you do politics.

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