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Comment: Re:Yawn... (Score 1) 496

by Some_Llama (#48042839) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

I see your luke and raise you a

1Corinthians 6:2

"Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? 3Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! "

Most people don't understand the passages in the bible and since understanding is given by god, it's hard to know what you know... that's why it's better to worry about your own plank than try to solve the specks of others...

  the judging not passage has more to do with mercy than telling people not to judge, as mercy triumphs over judgement, so you can judge (how would you live life without making judgements?!?) but be warned, if you are going to judge others by a strict interpretation of biblical theology, you are held to the same standard.. and you will fail just as those you judge fail

if you need to figure out who is "christianly" because you want to avoid "false christians" jesus goes on (from that luke excerpt) to talk about the things people do, not what they say:

Luke 6:43
“For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, 44for each tree is known by its own fruit."

Comment: Re:Islam and Math / Science (Score 1) 496

by Some_Llama (#48042495) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

"While there were Christians who fought slavery, the idea that slavery is immoral is not based on the Jewish nor Christian sacred texts which explain in detail who can be a slave, and how to treat slaves. 10 commandments, none of them even hint that slavery is bad."

Maybe you haven't read it in detail but in these texts were the first ever commandments that slaves be given rights, and eventually freed as well as punishmnets for mistreatment of slaves.

  if that's what you mean by "how to treat slaves" then i apologize but it seems a gross oversimplification of the fact that before the old testament and foundation of judiasm, slaves had no rights and would never be free.

" Gay rights? Nope."
In texts that propose that sexual perversion is evil and evil is bad, no i don't think it would champion "gay rights".

"Women's equality? Nope."
the old testament gave women rights above what had existed previously, the new testament elevated women to equality with men in the eyes of god...

Religious freedom?
"Religious freedom", wow ok, maybe the old testament but definitely not the new... the new testament forbids anything other than loving your neighbor so i don't see how anyone could associate anything else with christianity without blatantly overlooking the stated intent of it's founder.

  Freedom of speech?
wtf? i'm not even sure what you're talking about.. grasping at straws i guess...

"If you mean in some magical sense where the universe or reality at its core cares one way or another, no values are better than other values. But I assure you, some values lead to more flourishing and some values lead to more suffering."

the one value the universe holds which is pretty self evident, is one of balance, which is pretty much the core value of the old/new testament too.. so.. if i had to guess you hate anything religious and this attests to the slant and bias your post is full of...

Comment: Re:Fine! (Score 1) 363

by Some_Llama (#47997761) Attached to: Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

"but once you have 80 billion dollars, they can't do much to take that money away from you. They can only take new money that you earn using that money."

Where do you keep it? In a bank? accounts are only insured to 100k per account?

invest in stock market? crashes, overseas accounts? nationalized, property? Values fluctuate.

I'm not sure how you would maintain that wealth but maybe because i don't have it.. but i'd be interested to know...

Comment: Re:illogical captain (Score 2) 937

by Some_Llama (#47930143) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

"Obviously, the existence of a god is a complex notion and hence cannot be the the default, but is something that must be demonstrated, i.e. must have supporting proof to be accepted."

Like water turning to blood, raising people from the dead, turning water to wine, etc, or like God speaking from a mountain, food falling from heaven, a fire in the sky at night and a cloud during the day?

The problem with continually asking for proof is that 2000 yrs down the line another guy is sitting there demanding proof from a god that has given more than enough already.

god then has two choices.. sit there at your side for constant proof which no one would choose sin, or well i guess one choice since atheists won't be happy otherwise.

If you want proof, there is a book that god wrote that gives many many examples as well as ways to test his promises and existence.. but you have to be willing to try......don't listen to any other man's interpretation of this book go read it yourself.. find the promises and examples yourself and test them for your own knowledge.. if you don't but yet still spout this self serving tripe.. well then i assume you're like every other atheist i've ever met or heard talk about god.

Comment: Re:illogical captain (Score 1) 937

by Some_Llama (#47922505) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

" I imagine your position would suddenly reverse if government assets were used to promote a hate group that targeted [] you. []"

Nope, as a christian (who i'm guessing your throwing this assertion towards) we are told to turn the other cheek, to be allow persecution for our beliefs gladly.

It's the highest glory/honor to be murdered by someone because i'm a christian... just like christ. Fuck yah, bring it!!!

Comment: Re:illogical captain (Score 1) 937

by Some_Llama (#47922457) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

" then you are an evil person at heart, merely constrained by religion."

muslim/judaism/christianity (pretty much all religions as well?) say people are evil at heart.. that anyone born to this world is of the evil inherent in the world, and the teachings of those religions are a path to free yourself from that evil.

the carrot and stick is not an approach or constraint of evil (as any atheist loves to point out) as evil abounds in even those who profess to be religious, but a guarantee of justice professed by all three. hell is not the reason to find salvation, the path to salvation is there for those who would choose it because they prefer it over evil. it's a choice.

Comment: Re:A solution in search of a problem... (Score 1) 326

by Some_Llama (#47921675) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

I had a truck try to split an over pass embankment and end up rolling 4 times across 5 lanes of traffic while next to me, only because my wife yelled out when she saw this happening was i able to speed forward and avoid being crushed/part of the accident.

The driver had been texting, i knew this because before we got on the on ramp i was behind him at the light before the on ramp which he did not notice change and which caused me to "beep" slightly to get his attention (i watched him look up, etc.. and saw the phone), he did something similar two times before actually getting on the road.



Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction 326

Posted by Soulskill
from the no-behavioral-incentive-strong-enough dept.
An anonymous reader writes: While legislators and police try to tackle the epidemic of distracted driving through education, regulation, and enforcement, Scott Tibbitts is trying to solve it through engineering. He developed a small device which, when plugged into a vehicle, would determine which phone belonged to the driver and shut off its texting and voice call capabilities. "The telematics box sends a wireless message that the car is moving. The phone sends its own message about its location. Both sets of information — from the car and phone — are sent to Katasi's servers. Then, an algorithm weighs the incoming data with other information, like the location of the phones belonging to all the people who drive the car and the starting point of the trip; if the trip starts at Junior's high school, and mom and dad's phones are at work, the driver has been identified — Junior is driving."

The problem is that Tibbitts can't get anyone interested in setting up a system to make these devices ubiquitous. Consumers can't be sold on such a product: all evidence suggests people are increasingly unwilling to be cut off from constant communication. So, he tried working with carriers. Sprint partnered with Tibbitts long enough to test the device, but they were afraid of the legal risks involved. Now, Tibbitts is nursing the technology along, looking for a way to get it into cars and make people safer.

Comment: Re:Men are obsolete (Score 1) 387

by Some_Llama (#47603547) Attached to: Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

"Why on earth would you ever encourage ANYONE to line up for work in a coal mine?"

Do you hear anyone complaining that girls are under-represented in coal mines like they do about high paying low physical exertion jobs?

I'm pretty sure that's the analogy here. do you not understand analogies? it's used to compare two things that are similar but different so to maximize the point in the comparison that they both share but might be overlooked. In this case it's feminists demanding partial equality in jobs but masquerading their complaint as demanding full equality in jobs.


Extracting Audio From Visual Information 142

Posted by samzenpus
from the what-the-bag-says dept.
rtoz writes Researchers at MIT, Microsoft, and Adobe have developed an algorithm that can reconstruct an audio signal by analyzing minute vibrations of objects depicted in video. In one set of experiments, they were able to recover intelligible speech from the vibrations of a potato-chip bag (video) photographed from 15 feet away through soundproof glass.

Comment: Re:Peak Water (Score 1) 377

by Some_Llama (#47567237) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

you said:

"Fracking doesn't poison ground water".

Weird, taking a second and googling "fracking poisoning groundwater", the top hit was this:

" Records from disparate corners of the United States show that wells drilled to bury this waste deep beneath the ground have repeatedly leaked, sending dangerous chemicals and waste gurgling to the surface or, on occasion, seeping into shallow aquifers that store a significant portion of the nation's drinking water.

In 2010, contaminants from such a well bubbled up in a west Los Angeles dog park....."

the second hit was this:
"...How can drinking poisoned water be safe? Numerous scientific studies have concluded that fracking poisons the local water supply by adding carcinogens and radioactive materials. According to Dr.Sandra Stenigraber, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College and Science Advisor to Breast Cancer Action, there have been over 1,000 different cases of water contamination near fracking sites."

So um where exactly do you get this bit of logic? oh from the oil/natural gas companies you shill for? that would be my guess.

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