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Comment: Re:I hope.. (Score 1) 46

by multimediavt (#47911189) Attached to: Chinese City Sets Up "No Cell Phone" Pedestrian Lanes

the cellphones lane ends with a hole in the ground. So that all those idiots who are too busy looking down at their phone to look forward, fall in it and die.

Ummm, they're looking down and will see the hole. I think a nice beam about nose high so it hits them in the head might be more effective at getting their heads up and some poetic justice.

Comment: Re:Send them into traffic (Score 1) 46

by multimediavt (#47911145) Attached to: Chinese City Sets Up "No Cell Phone" Pedestrian Lanes

... seriously, sent the texting/chatting group into a lane that walks them right into traffic. That way, you address China's population problem, and you remove lots of idiots from the genepool (hopefully), or at least take out some of those who endanger the rest of us (I can only imagine how those types drive...). The one's who don't walk into traffic survive their Darwinism test.

If you look at the picture closely you will notice that they did make the sidewalk lane closer to traffic the one for the unobservant cell phone users. I do not think that was a mistake.

Comment: Mystified (Score 1) 887

by multimediavt (#47910761) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Wow, almost 800 comments and NO ONE even mentions the word "mythology" when speaking of religion. Atheists, like myself, reject mythoogy as "Truth". All religion is mythology. The Romans believed as hard about their Gods as modern Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Wickens, Satanists, etc. do about their current God or Gods. So did the Greeks, the Phoenicians, the Aztecs, the Egyptians, and all the societies that had religions before them. What do we call all those completely valid at the time beliefs today? Mythology. Why? Because it was replaced by a new more accepted one? Nope. Sorry. Don't buy it. Anything involving the supernatural is mythology, including all current religious texts. Sorry. They are books of parables.

Another thing that a lot of atheists exhibit is a lack of trust in "blind faith", the "because I said so" schtick. Again, no.

The morality argument is tired. If religion was so great at instilling morality then all criminals would be atheists. Enough said. STFU about religion and morality. More atrocious things have been done in the name of religion than for any other reason in human history since religions came about. Especially, the current Abrahamic sorts. We've got more than a few live demonstrations of this lunacy going on right now! Hypocrites, the lot of them.

I am also not missing anything by not having religion or some "higher belief" in my life. Meaning to life comes from inside you. The joy you take from what you do everyday. Knowing that we all live in a wonderful universe that is full of mystery. That there might be no limit to the things we still need to learn about our universe in order to understand it. Everyone has the capacity to find meaning in their own life no matter what their beliefs are. If the only meaning you derive from life comes from religion, then I am sad. There's plenty more places it can come from. The proof is all around.

P.S. To limit confusion I put the links in to definitions of words that may have different meanings to different people. I don't care what you think the word means I am going by what it means. When you invent your own language you decide what words mean. If we're using English we go by the definitions. I have also read most modern religious texts (for analysis and comprehension, not just skimmed and put down) including, Torah, Bible, Qu'ran, many Hindu texts and Buddhist texts. I have attended many denominations of services and rituals and enjoy learning above all. I am not closed minded and tend to make deliberate, educated decisions while keeping in mind that new information may change things in the future.

Comment: Re:How about sharing legitimate advice? (Score 1) 151

by multimediavt (#47883637) Attached to: To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

EMP does not equal CME

There is no EMP issue with CMEs. CMEs can cause power outages due to overload (charged particles building up in the electrical system). EMP comes from nuclear bomb blasts and if we're preparing for that the best thing to do is bend over and kiss your arse goodbye. BTW, see my earlier posts about the foil thing. CMEs are producing high energy protons. Six feet of lead won't stop that. You have to put distance and/or a lot more mass between the CME and whatever you want to protect than you have ready access to, unless you own a mine.

Comment: Re:Backup My Data (Score 1) 151

by multimediavt (#47883551) Attached to: To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

I don't actually prepare for coronal mass ejections, but backing up data just always makes sense.

In fact, I think I'll go back it up right now.

I did, but the whole foil thing is a joke. High energy protons aren't going to be stopped by aluminium foil. Get farther away from the sun, or put a big mass between you and it (be on the far side of the planet, leeward) are your options for avoiding CME damage. Foil, lead, concrete won't do a thing to help; not unless you're also at the bottom of a very deep mine shaft.

Comment: Re:Stupid, stupid stupid (Score 1) 314

by multimediavt (#47852659) Attached to: GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

To the people who want to run Gnome3 on BSD: it sucks to have made a stupid choice. Wake up, kick it to hell and use a better DE or WM.

Or, stick to a command line on a server! Few people run BSD as a desktop OS. Most are servers and get the fscking GUI OFF THE DAMN THING AS YOU LEAVE MY LAWN!

Comment: Re:Based on your link to examples (Score 1) 187

by multimediavt (#47739613) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?
Oops, just saw the binocular recommendations. [face palm] Of course that would be a much better choice and be useful for more than just star gazing. Might get them interested in optics in general, photography, etc. I'd go with a nice pair of $35-$65 10x50 binocs and a good app.

Comment: Based on your link to examples (Score 1) 187

by multimediavt (#47739529) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?
I'd go with the Orion SpaceProbe 3 Altazimuth Reflector Telescope. It's a more modernized version of the one I first used as a youngster. I think I still have it somewhere but will have to look. Aiming the thing is probably the hardest to learn with any telescope and I'd stress that to the children you are going to give this to. That's the number one thing that turns children off to telescopes is trying to find the desired object in the sky. It takes a lot of patience and practice and if the child doesn't have the personality characteristics they will lose interest quickly. Sky watching can be amazing good fun, especially now that there are good apps that can help you find things in the sky easily. That might be another thing you spring for, a good app (desktop or mobile) for them to use to help them find things to look at.

Comment: Shenanigans! (Score 4, Interesting) 371

by multimediavt (#47630517) Attached to: Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time
'snydeq' isn't a member of the community, he's a paid writer. Go look at his submissions v. comments. This whole site is a sham anymore. This will be my last logged in post. Complete troll bait anymore. Have fun being cogs in a money making scheme. Like Facebook they're done making money off me.

Comment: Re:Objection! (Score 2) 102

by multimediavt (#47623125) Attached to: Massive Russian Hack Has Researchers Scratching Their Heads

If these people have knowledge of a crime, aren't they legally obligated to report it to law enforcement?

Normally, one could claim no knowledge of a crime but in this case, they have announced that they have knowledge of crimes.

Depends on the laws in their HQ location, but in most civilized nations this is called extortion by Hold Security. They are most likely in the cross hairs of law enforcement as I type this. If this turns out to be a bogus or inflated claim (like it smells) they could face some serious criminal and civil charges, regardless of what country they are in.

How many NASA managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? "That's a known problem... don't worry about it."