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Comment: Re:Tesla enables Edison to win the endgame? (Score 1) 536

DC motors still have their place, but with the advent of VSDs, not as much as before. That being said, large AC motors/generators still require a DC field current. In the old days this was done by a DC generator on the same shaft(with associated brushes...). Now days we do it electrically (thyristors to make a variable field), but most medium to large AC motors I have worked on have brushes for the field current. Not everything can be self-excited or use permanent magnets.

Comment: Re:Why is this dribble on the front page? (Score 1) 441

by inasity_rules (#49785649) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results

You can disagree all you like, but you miss the point. Few of the reasonable are interested in making you understand. You are completely free to continue in your ignorance of other points of view. Go ahead, I got no problem with that. Your opponents certainly don't understand your POV. Fair is fair.

Should you wish to engage with Christians or other philosophies to your own, you will need to adjust your attitude. The trouble is, because your fundamental set of assumptions are so wildly different from those you argue with, you don't even realise how little sense you make to them, or vice versa.

I make the claim to have some understanding of both Christian and naturalistic philosophy, and I am much happier for it. It may frustrate you however. I don't speak for you.

Comment: Re:Why is this dribble on the front page? (Score 1) 441

by inasity_rules (#49782001) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results

I think the point was to convey the idea that such a being's limitations in doing anything is not in terms of ability, but in terms of character. This concept is common across all theological systems that I have encountered. God could do anything but there are things he won't do, because then he would not be God. Trivial example - if God chose to cease to exist.

Omniscient has a wider range of meaning within Christianity, though all affirm the word. For example, a calvinist would agree with your definition, while a non-calvinist might take it to mean that the end is known, but not necessarily all internal states. There has been some discussion on the topic for some time with extreme positions on both side. It is controversial even within Christianity

As I pointed out to the other poster, specialized vocabulary is not unique to Christianity. You also have to remember that your average nutter crying out in the street that "evolution is just a theory" is not representative of the state of academic or philosophic Christianity. He is, in fact, as far as I can tell, an export of America.

Comment: Re:Why is this dribble on the front page? (Score 1) 441

by inasity_rules (#49781665) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results

It is, of course not possible for words to have specific meanings within specialized contexts.

I am going to put it another way: If a [Insert person whose philosophy/religion/texteditor you disagree with] wants to use a word and you wish to understand their point of view, then you must let them define their terms. You don't get to define the terms.

Language is somewhat fluid. We don't have words for everything, and specialized vocabularies develop quite easily. In this case, not least because the source documents are not English.

If, however, you have no interest in understanding, but just like to rant on slashdot, don't let me stop you. Carry on.

This is the entirety of my point. I feel I have adequately made it, and I have no real interest in discussing the other topics you bring up, as they are tangential.

Comment: Re:It's kinda cute (Score 1) 441

by inasity_rules (#49780793) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results

I do blame America for creationism. Most Christians outside America were quite happy with various interpretations of Genesis until the bullys in America said "If you don't buy our (out of context) version, you're going to hell."

One longs for a time when people understand Genesis literally. As in it is literally a temple inauguration story, and not a material origins story.

Comment: Re:Why is this dribble on the front page? (Score 1) 441

by inasity_rules (#49780755) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results

If the Universe is infinite and probabilistic, then it can't be infinite and deterministic and hence known by an omniscient, omnipotent being, because there is nothing less probabilistic than something that is completely determined by an all powerful, all-knowing being.

There are sections of Christianity that believe in a non-deterministic universe. Omniscient and Omnipotent are defined differently by different people. Basically the two terms are so polluted with different definitions that they are all but useless. For example, by what definition is God omnipotent? Most Christians will assert readily that God can or will not act outside his character. For all intents and purpose that wipes out most definitions of omnipotent. There is more to it than this(the limits of omniscience are debated within christianity and there are other issues), but I think there is disconnect between your understanding of the words and a Christian's understanding. You are using the same words, but they mean different things and thus there can be no understanding on certain topics.

Most atheists/agnostics at this point will insist upon their own definitions. It becomes a semantic argument, and if you insist upon your own definitions, you have effectively erected a straw man. Perhaps this is not the best approach.

Comment: Re:All of you should buy AMD whenever possible (Score 1) 98

It is a bit of Russian Roulette...

The propriety drivers aren't bad on my aging 6630M and run most things acceptably (except KSP, but that may be related to KSP on linux in general...?). Still no support for switchable graphics (in a dynamic and meaningful way), and the thermal management is slightly broken. On occasion I get a thermal shutdown.

Comment: Re:Get over it (Score 1) 190

by inasity_rules (#49645295) Attached to: No Justice For Victims of Identity Theft

Chip and Pin is fairly standard here in South Africa. Even the cheapest savings account with a noname local bank gives you chip and pin. We still have the fallback to magnetic strip though. We also have two step authentication where you get a sms with a pin when you buy something online, though I see it doesn't happen for steam, which is a bit scary.

I had my identity stolen here, but they did not use my credit card. Instead they used a (very obviously) fake ID to get a cell phone contract. It was a mission to sort out and adds all kinds of stress you don't need. If I meet the bastard (I now know what he looks like, but the police can't or won't do anything) in a dark alley sometime, we will have a long chat about the errors of his ways.

Your good nature will bring unbounded happiness.