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Comment: Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (Score 4, Insightful) 448

by kamapuaa (#47799597) Attached to: Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Except no...a little Googling shows that first mention of the number is in a widely distributed book from 2nd century Christian author Irenaeus, who affirms that the number is 666, and mentions some texts with the wrong number. The only evidence for 616 is an old papyrus from the 3rd century. It may be the oldest known copy of the book of Revelations, but it wasn't the original copy, the text was written 150 years earlier. Furthermore, papyrus was valuable and was often re-used, so it may not even be the oldest known version of Revelations.

In order to prove that the original number was 616, one would have to find either the original version of the text, or a large number of texts (from various locales) which wrote 616, or perhaps have a well-regarded and well-preserved early Christian author like Irenaeus or Augustine say that the actual number was 616.

Comment: Re:Today's "Natives" eliminated the Clovis culture (Score 2) 54

by kamapuaa (#47797111) Attached to: DNA Reveals History of Vanished "Paleo-Eskimos"

There is a lot of scientific reasons to doubt the Solutrean hypothesis, and very little scientific reason to back it. For instance, the lack of DNA or linguistic similarities. As of now, it is a theory mostly supported by the Discovery channel and such.

40 thousand years of contact, with no evidence to show for it? It seems very unlikely. There's been pretty good written records in Europe for more than 2,000 years, surely if there was constant contact with the New World there would have been some kind of record. And monopolization of the East-West trade didn't cause exploring. The lack of Mongolian monopolization was the reason for the push. Pre-Roman civilization simply wasn't complex enough or sea-going enough to travel across the Atlantic.

Comment: Story is false (Score 4, Insightful) 117

by kamapuaa (#47792645) Attached to: Google's Megan Smith Would Be First US CTO Worthy of the Title


Prior to his career in government, Park was the co-founder of two successful health information technology companies.

So a man who started two IT companies by the age of 35 doesn't have a background in Technology, because he got a graduate degree in business?

Comment: My wife makes fun of me... (Score 2) 610

by kamapuaa (#47788243) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

My wife makes fun of me, but

1) Film cameras...I have a bunch but mostly use the Olympus Stylus Epic. Get them developed & scanned at Costco for a few dollars. I also have (and use) a phone camera and a DSLR, but film cameras are pocket-able and pictures look great.

2) Records - Mostly it's just for fun, but fuck the haters - my 180 gram jazz LPs sound WAY better than any CD or MP3 and NO it's not psychosomatic.

3) Dreamcast - shit is fun, although the HD re-make of "Jet Set Radio" makes my Dreamcast far less essential.

4) 1950s Yamaha Guitar - not a classic, but the age helps, mostly it's sentimental (my grandmother gave it to me).

Comment: Better ways to track users (Score 5, Funny) 76

This is good technology, but not as good technology as that thing where people call the bad guy and have to stay on the phone with him for 20 seconds in order to trace the call. If I can offer one recommendation: they should work on making that like 19 seconds. Because 90% of the time the bad guy knows it takes 20 seconds, and has a stopwatch by the phone, and hangs up at like 19 seconds, just to toy with the good guy.

Comment: Re:Looks like some editorializing by the submitter (Score 1) 89

by kamapuaa (#47699919) Attached to: Blackberry Moves Non-Handset Divisions Into New Business Unit

BlackBerry Ltd. has created a new business unit that will combine some of its most innovative technology and patent portfolio as the company focuses away from handheld devices[....]

Independent technology analyst Carmi Levy said the new unit reinforces the fact that Blackberry's days primarily as a handset vendor are behind it as it moves "very aggressively" toward a different business. "This is probably the most tangible evidence yet of the company's transition into something very different than it was even a year or two ago," Levy said.

Forty two.