To be fair, probiotics and alternative medicine people have said all kinds of ridiculous things for decades as well. I remember all too well the "ruby infused sun water" that was said to be a sure cure for my ear infections as a kid. That's just one of many similarly silly claims, as by recent protests against scam medical practices by actual doctors purposely trying to "overdose" on homeopathics...
The value isn't in having the "right answer" - it's in knowing which answers are are, in fact, right. "Alternative medicine" types tend to babble incoherently, a practice which does, occasional, manage to burble a right answer.
If somebody stops a theft, but then shoots his way out murdering 100 ppl which were not connected to the theft, is he a hero in your POV?
> Without death, there's no evolution possible
Unless a species can modify its own biology, or the evolution of _technology_ or of _societies_ can be included. And in practice, it is: evolution is not just DNA biology, it involves entire ecosystems and behavior that are effective, but contained nowhere within the biology of a species.
Well, before I get a mortgage on my house, the bank does an assessment on it to see if its actually worth the money I'm borrowing for it. Not because they want to be my friend, but because they understand that if I am overpaying for the house, I'll be more likely to get try and short sale it, or let it get foreclosed. That hurts the bank.
So, why shouldn't the government who is guaranteeing the loan get similar assurances? Its the practical thing to do as a lender.
We were promised flying cars, home fusion reactors and hoverboards for next year. We already should had sent a tripulated mission to Jupiter, and the world should had ended 2 years ago. Sometimes our expectations have no grounds on the real world.
But anyway, maybe believing in some fantasies (like there is such thing as justice, and in this case, living forever) could improve things, maybe with that belief we could finally care about making our world to be sustainable in the long term.
Wait... what? Only a small portion of federal taxes go towards education. The vast majority of public schools are funded by the taxpayers in the school district, city, county, or state they are located in. Are you talking about state colleges/universities? This isn't about private vs public. Its about for profit vs non-profit. Non profit apparently does better in most cases.
I was not referring to the insertion of false data: I was referring to its insistence on doing a local cache, appartnely not part of the system DNS, _after_ switching DNS servers and potentially needing new DNS answers due to being in a different DNS "view". This is common enough practice with various proxy and load balancer configurations, to have a different DNS record on the internal network than on the external network.
Inserting false DNS records is a whole _different_ security risk, one that is an ongoing problem that web browsers can do little about. In theory, it should be noticeable via SSL certificate failures. In practice, there are so many stolen "CA" or "Certificate Authority" records in the wild that can be used to sign arbitrary SSL certificates that we canot rely on a fake website not having a signed, apparently legitimate SSL certificate even for a corporate site like a bank. So poisoned DNS records, which is the problem you are referring to, are a much larger risk than one might expect. And the browsers can do _nothing_ about this. It's a failure of the SSL architecture.
Oh, my. No, I'm afraid it's "greatest common denominator". it's the standard mathematical "term of art" for the largest number that can that two, or more, numbers can be divided by, with no remainder. "Greatest common factor" may be more clear to you, but failure to use the correct label should be a troubling sign with anyone you expect to do mathematical work.