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Comment: Re:You are going to see that where Science conflic (Score 1) 462

by mrchaotica (#46822451) Attached to: The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

if we can prove that something is true or false, and a religion teaches the opposite, then the religion should be updated. People make mistakes, we're only human, right?

But according to cargo-cult Christians (i.e., fundamentalist "religious-right" types), the Bible is the "literal Word of God" and therefore cannot be wrong (even when it's self-contradictory).

Comment: Re:Difference between erratic & erotic (Score 1) 462

by mrchaotica (#46821767) Attached to: The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

There's a big difference between someone who doubts the big bang because they evidence isn't conclusive and it's just the best hypothesis we have right now and someone who doubts the big bang because an 1700 year old book says a sky man created the earth in 7 days.

Clearly, the survey used the wrong terminology. It should have asked something like "do you disbelieve (or maybe, "reject") these theories?"

Comment: Re:That's a strange definition of "rich" (Score 2) 294

by mrchaotica (#46815079) Attached to: In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

In the article (by the economist, which is usually pretty decent) it compares how currently the higher you go in the income scale, the more you work.

To a point, that is. The article talks a lot about college-educated knowledge workers (i.e., the upper-middle class), but it conspicuously fails to mention how many hours C-level executives etc. (i.e., the actual "rich") work.

Comment: Re:It is just so horrible (Score 1) 280

by mrchaotica (#46813741) Attached to: Our Education System Is Failing IT

Linear time should be expected (if it takes longer per ticket when there are more, thats bad, but non-polynomial, thats just horrid)

Log(time) is neither polynomial nor horrid (and also achievable by a really good IT person, since frequent similar problems should start getting solved more efficiently or permanently).

Comment: Re:Comcast are greedy (Score 1) 95

by mrchaotica (#46813713) Attached to: Scammers Lower Comcast Bills, Get Jail Time

If you don't like Comcast, switch to satellite or cut the cord and use the internet.

I did "cut the cord," so now I complain about Comcast's rates on Internet service. There is no alternative (I live in an older neighborhood with shitty copper, just far enough from the Wi-Max towers to fail to get a signal).

Comment: Re:False dilemma (Score 5, Insightful) 433

by mrchaotica (#46811713) Attached to: Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

But you as an investor will never get rich that way. People want to buy into something like Google, Apple, Amazon, whatever (remember the Netscape IPO?) - that starts out at $30 a share and zooms to $300 a share. The only way that happens is if your company grows! So while never growing is fine, it only appeals to a limited set of investors. Most investors want to buy a stock that will go up in value over time.

And of course, the real issue here is that it's completely and utterly inappropriate for a regulated utility to be that kind of "growth company!"

You can not get anything worthwhile done without raising a sweat. -- The First Law Of Thermodynamics