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Comment: Um, no! (Score 1) 199

by s.petry (#48033253) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

No, Hinduism and Atheism are NOT compatible. The easiest way to demonstrate that you are wrong: Hindu people believe that failures in morality/karma/dharma result in a corrupt soul and may result in reincarnation as a lesser creature as punishment.

You don't have to study the religion very far to know that much. And sure, maybe you live in the backwoods someplace and can't find an Hindu to talk to about Hinduism. You could have had the courtesy of reading past the first paragraph in the Wiki page too, where you would have seen in the first sentence "In Hinduism, dharma signifies behaviors that are considered to be in accord with rta, the order that makes life and universe possible. A soul, reincarnation, and "an order that makes life and universe possible" are all superstitious and incompatible with atheism.

Good grief man, stop believing everything you are told.

Comment: I'd like Bulls*&t for 1000 Alex! (Score 4, Insightful) 199

by s.petry (#48032549) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

And the answer is "How many logical fallacies can you fit into a paragraph." *ding ding ding*

Perhaps "I'd like Trolling Slashdot for 1000", and the answer is "Mention Religion in a summary, more than one preferably"

No, discussing alien life is not "new" and no, this is not some interesting twist on the discussion. Claiming that "we are going to find alien life by XXXX date" is akin to claiming "the world is going to end by XXXX date". I don't believe in your tarot cards, your phrenology, or what ever else you claim gives you the power to see the future. We all know that the potential is there, but.. well you can read the definition of the word on your own.

You hopefully stopped reading when the guy correlates finding planets with finding life, knowing it was a troll.

Comment: Re:Funny, however.. (Score 1) 123

by s.petry (#48032445) Attached to: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

From further reading, the ruling is based largely on the Chairman's testimony. There is some corroborating testimony from other employees backing requests from executives to upload "popular" music to their service to seed. Logs and actual evidence are not provided, and searching a bit found nothing. I'm not digging through PACER for this, be my guest if you are inclined :)

Transcripts are not available so it's impossible to know if context, however the Chairman is quoted stating they "bet the company on the fact that [it] is easier to ask forgiveness than it is to ask permission” to use plaintiffs’ content. Id. Escape discussed the possibility that its strategy of illegally growing its user base before settling with plaintiffs might permit it to collect information about Grooveshark users’listening habits, which it could then sell to plaintiffs for more than Escape."

This would put liability on the company, but I would suspect that it would require backing evidence which we can't see. Considering that there are personal charges brought against 9 other employees, there is an obvious concern that a plea bargain could contaminate testimony of the Chairman. That said, backing testimony does exist.

The plaintiffs claim that logs and source code were destroyed in discovery, but this is a normal claim by RIA lawyers when facts don't yield what they want. Of course the RIA is mentioned all over the court findings, including the initial lawsuit started by UMG and RIA. The initial law suit was over material that was recorded prior to 1972 and was not subject to copyright protection.

I'm so glad that the Copyright laws are here to ensure that the Hendrix family receives money from Jimmy's works. Oh wait, they fuck over everyone they can and pocket everything.. nevermind.

Comment: Re:What did this kid do again? (Score 2) 24

by s.petry (#48032273) Attached to: Joey Hudy: From High School Kid to Celebrity Maker to Intel Intern (Video)

I agree with the premise, but not the conclusion. Obviously these are opinions which are perspective based, so I'd be happy to have more data on how you came to your conclusion.

IMHO (not really that humble most of the time) I don't believe it's so that they can tell people they are worthless as much as they can claim that certain people and projects are much better than reality dictates. We can claim all of these Government programs really work if we hype small things like this, and of course ignore the fact that people are accomplishing exactly what you could have seen in a school science fair back when I was a kid. Not only that, but you can become a celebrity by doing so.

No matter which of us is closer to the truth in our opinionated conclusion, the fact remains that this is propaganda and not "News for Nerds". The unknown is what the purpose of the propaganda is, which often stays hidden for a very long time.

Comment: Re:More eugenics propaganda? (Score 1) 177

by s.petry (#48031335) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

It is impossible that you are clueless regarding the term genetics. It is further impossible that you can not know that genetics includes traits such as skin color and slant of eyes. Therefor any claim that genetics makes a person smarter, or dumber, must include racial traits in order to be valid. This is not complex deductive reasoning.

This is explained in the previous posts so you either chose to selectively read what was written or you are just trolling.

Comment: Re:Funny, however.. (Score 1) 123

by s.petry (#48030847) Attached to: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

No offense is intended, but I refuse to simply take someone's word for it. I'll try to read through the piles of evidence this evening and see what is there. Sure, it may have not been sensational enough to make a headline, but you don't provide any evidence either.

I would not be surprised if there is no evidence, because this would not be the first time we have seen a Kangaroo court in action. I have seen copyright be grandfathered in some cases by the MPAA/RIA so this would surely come as no surprise.

The surprise however is the passivity of the people when these things have occurred in the past.

Comment: Re:Say what? (Score 1) 100

by s.petry (#48030751) Attached to: Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

Whether I like him or not does not make any difference to my point. His fame is due primarily to being a very savvy business person, not because any dish he touches tastes like gold (sorry, I can't come up with a universally acceptable flavor analogy for "awesome").

You mistakenly took my comment as an attack, and that is far from the truth. Chefs are certainly in two categories, and finding pairs working together yields 5 Star dining establishments. The first kind of Chef is the artist, that is the guy that makes food that wins awards. The Artist want's the best of everything all the time, even if he would lose money using the best of everything all the time. The second kind is the business kind, and they get awards for salvaging failing restaurants and making businesses very profitable. Ramsey is the latter kind, and he's very good at it.

And to be sure there is no confusion, I never said his goal was to make money for himself. He has at least one TV series where he is turning financially failing businesses into very profitable ones for other people. He understands the business side of Culinary arts very well, and that is his strength. That does not imply he's not also a competent cook, more that the old saying is correct. A jack of all trades is a master of none.

Comment: Funny, however.. (Score 2, Insightful) 123

by s.petry (#48030465) Attached to: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

First a disclaimer, I don't feel like reading everything TFA links. Perhaps there is something incriminating in the details, but at least what the summary states is hardly illegal.

"Please share as much music as possible from outside the office, and leave your computers on whenever you can. This initial content is what will help to get our network started—it’s very important that we all help out! ... Download as many MP3’s as possible, and add them to the folders you’re sharing on Grooveshark. Some of us are setting up special 'seed points' to house tens or even hundreds of thousands of files, but we can’t do this alone." He also threatened employees who didn't contribute.

I don't see any statement about stealing MP3s to share, ignoring copyright claims by artists, or copying personally purchased music into the service. Those things would surely be illegal, and perhaps that is in the evidence somewhere and just didn't make the summary.

Comment: Re:Not guaranteed memory problems (Score 1) 187

by s.petry (#48028117) Attached to: The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

I appreciate the clarification, and happen to agree that interrogation and clarification is severely lacking in dialogue. That said, statements such as "You appear to have a poor understanding of electricity." are purely speculation and opinion and don't seem to match your claim of tendency and interests. This serves as precisely as an appeal which you claim to ignore.

No harm done to my ego, and hopefully not yours either. I enjoy good dialogue, and try to practice as often as I can (not easy on Slashdot either).

Comment: Re:More eugenics propaganda? (Score 1) 177

by s.petry (#48028033) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

So you say that everybody can pick up a skill equally? Look around you, talent is not equally distributed.

"Yes", followed by "There is no evidence that the bias is only, or even measurably, hereditary genetics" (I'll explicitly state "hereditary" since a generic use of "genetics" may be missing the point). The point is, and was, that hereditary genetics is not as big of an impact as economics and social standing. Several sociological experiments were done proving exactly this. In the best experiment, a very young black male was raised in a wealthy English household. Not surprisingly, the black male learned as well as any "white" male and was just as successful as any "white" would have been.

The article hints that it is strongly based on genetics and why should it not be?

Because it's not science, it's bigotry. Anyone claiming that hereditary genetics is the main factor with intelligence is just as wrong as Hitler was, though they will probably refuse to see their own biases (speculation I agree, but fair given history).

Claiming that genetics has nothing to do with it is nonsense.

Many problems with capacity to learn are due to stresses after leaving the womb, but we also know that developmental issues can occur in the womb. This obviously indicates that hereditary genetics don't have as much impact as people wish to claim. I would further agree, and stated in my first post, that deformations change the equation.

Genetics is influenced from the time of conception onwards, and if they used this as a measure somehow it's surely not stated or indicated. TFA does however end on the claim that hereditary genetics is the biggest factor, and that should concern people.

Comment: Re:Which users? (Score 3, Interesting) 255

by s.petry (#48027273) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

One of many reasons I am currently developing internal proxy services is due to Windows 8 constantly phoning home, trying to download games and themes, etc.. We can only block the 3rd party requests, so nothing past Windows 7 will be in a PCI cage any time soon. Further, we have postponed any further 'upgrades'/orders which contain Windows 8 until we can determine how much impact the proxy will have. The proxy surely won't fix issues like this proposal since it will talk to "microsoft.com", so I see many others having to adopt the same plan of action you stated.

Comment: Say what? (Score 1) 100

by s.petry (#48026971) Attached to: Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

Gordon Ramsey is not a culinary genius. I think you miss the whole point of the shows if you get that idea. He's a business chef and his goal is to make money, not to make food necessarily taste great. Often times a chef has to cut quality to make a profit, so good and great are two very different things.

It does not take pounds of pepper (implying black pepper) to make something hot. If you would have said "peppers" I'd agree with the you, since the best heat in food comes from various chili peppers. Vegetable heat also seems to be much easier on the stomach. You personally may not like hot food, but many people do. There is no real "normal" when it comes to taste.

I disagree more with the name of the device than the purpose. Consistently measuring heat and acidity is surely something science can do very well. Taste is always subjective, so the machine can not know "delicious". I could surely measure "warm" and "wholly FU$* that is hot!", which I think is a good thing to know.

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