It was the insinuation of who burned them down that I was referring to. Tinfoil hats sell well in your area?
There is not much commercial imperative to do some interesting science though.
Ah yes, the old "burning down cottages" myth. Apparently they faked the moon landings too.
If you know you will get emergencies you should have an agreed plan of who to contact and who will take overall responsibility when one occurs.
You think young Americans have early exposure to chaos theory and non-linear systems...
YES, I am sure of that. Some of the concepts of chaos theory and fractals, especially those concepts that can be vividly presented in graphics, are as well understood by today's grade schoolers as atomic theory and rocket engineering were understood by grade schoolers in the 1960s.
Can you name any grade school syllabuses which have chaos theory on them? Fractals?
Which is not to say that today's average youngster (a kid less than 40 years old) have any real grasp of these subjects. It is just that some of these concepts have influenced their world views as those views were being formed (and not as bolt-on additions, which is all that us older guys have to work with). E.g., for those under 30, that some things are fractal (self-similar at every level of scaling) has as much impact on their world view as Newton's third law. So the ancient astrology expression "as above, so below" carries more truthiness for them than it does for us older ones who grew up in a cause and effect (and nothing else) universe.
That "ancient astrology expression" is hardly well-known and obviously has zero to do with fractals. Or sanity. You are joining very far-away dots to draw this picture and it seems rather contrived. One might almost say it's totally made up.
Also please explain the phrase "cause and effect (and nothing else) universe". Quantum theory allows for a non-deterministic universe but somehow I don't think you're thinking of this.
which makes them more likely to believe in astrology?
NO! I would not go that far. HOWEVER, youngsters are much less likely to dismiss astrology out of hand, since they are aware that there are other things affecting their world than just cause and effect chains. I think they are much more likely to accept that there are other forms of science (of self-consistent bodies of knowledge) than the cause and effect sciences that are all that classical western thought allows.
Astrology is not self-consistent. It's self-contradictory, provably imprecise and has no evidence to back it up. The "science"-iness of it comes from marketing by astrologers, who are either frauds or braindead morons.
So to correct you, the reason youngsters are less likely to dismiss astrology out of hand is because they're been conned by the name (it ends with "-ology") and by an industry based on people's gullibility.
You think young Americans have early exposure to chaos theory and non-linear systems which makes them more likely to believe in astrology?
Taxes. The best bit about this is the tax the public pay for that health care ends up less than the money the public pay for the insurance.
No. They aren't comparable. Wikipedia has millions of pages of original content. Slashdot is news stories with discussion. Its value is in the ability of the discussion software and quality of the stories linked to.
It's just a news site. There are loads of others. Calm down.
Because those are the countries whose corrupt inefficient systems lead to bad choices?
Incompetence in doing things like collecting taxes is left to go unchallenged. Money is spent on things that aren't needed because politicians are bribed. Services are unfairly provided due to nepotism.
Would love to know what your thoughts are on this then: http://www.tnmoc.org/news/news...
This says a lot:
In translation: the Bletchley Park Trust are doing over the National Museum of Computing.
This is why we write filters though. This is not a unique problem to Slashdot and is solved elsewhere. That is the most annoying thing.
Then again given how badly the sites works on my mobile device, perhaps I should expect poor engineering throughout?
This is a real BBC report. They were filming in the real Bletchley Park. That's definitely the real Jeremy Cooke.
This is actually the most insightful response. Given the utterly ludicrous comparison with Nazi Germany, Tom Perkin's comments have absolutely no merit whatsoever. Best leave this total crap alone.