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Comment: Re:Homeopathy Works (Score 1) 408

No, that's not a good example at all. Live exists, we're here so we know that. The proposition that life might exist on other planets can be made but right now we don't have any way to test that besides going out there and look for it. But still we can hypothesize that based on our current understanding of the universe it's likely but such and such an amount. (An amount which in recent years has only been going up now we see that planets are much more common than previously thought)

Homeopathy is exactly the opposite around. All our understanding of the universe says it can't work. And all the (proper) experiments that have been done don't show any evidence for it working. So there is a "lack of evidence".

But in the same way there is a lack of evidence for unicorns and the flying spaghetti monster.

We have a lack of evidence for the existence of unicorns and strangely enough scientists don't give a rats ass about trying to "prove" that (you can't prove non-existence after all), it's just too ridiculous. For scientists homeopathy fits that same category as unicorns. The only reason *any* research is done at all is because there just so many damn **** that believe in it. So they try to come up with ways to prove that unicorns don't exist and believers (because in the end that's what they are) just keep coming up with stranger and stranger reasons for why they're failing (your virgin was too old/too young or it wasn't a proper full moon, or, or)

Comment: Re:Does it really cost $100k? (Score 1) 461

by quintesse (#46462009) Attached to: The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

Ehm sorry? I would definitely *not* pay another $100 dollars on the off chance that *if* my plane crashes (very very unlikely) my remains will *perhaps* get found a little bit sooner. Really, I'm dead already, I won't care. And my family isn't going to pay that $100 either. "Hey you want to pay $100 for my flight so you can rest assured that if I die you'll know exactly where?". I'm sure they'll be thrilled.

The plane won't be any *safer* for that $100, not one bit.

Comment: Re:So instead of diving for hours with an air tank (Score 2) 375

by quintesse (#45974431) Attached to: Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own

Well besides the fact that when you get a leak somewhere with a tank you still have time left (hopefully) to get to safety (depending on the size of the leak). A problem with the gills results in having no air whatsoever instantly. Dunno, I think I prefer tried and true technology in this case :)

Comment: Kindle store useless (Score 1) 382

by quintesse (#45771553) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Do Mobile Versions of Websites Suck?

I have this with the Amazon store from within the Kindle app. It's completely useless compared to the desktop website. Even things as simple as turning the author's name into a link to their other works just isn't there. And that's just a simple link, so it can't be because they need to make it work for simple devices. So they only reason I can come up with is that they simply don't care.

+ - Red Hat releases Ceylon language 1.0.0->

Submitted by Gavin King
Gavin King (3267013) writes "Ceylon 1.0 is a modern, modular, statically typed programming language for the Java and JavaScript virtual machines. The language features:
  • an emphasis upon readability and a strong bias toward omission or elimination of potentially-harmful constructs,
  • an extremely powerful type system combining subtype and parametric polymorphism with declaration-site variance, including first-class union and intersection types, and using principal types for local type inference and flow-dependent typing,
  • a unique treatment of function and tuple types, enabling powerful abstractions,
  • first-class constructs for defining modules and dependencies between modules,
  • a very flexible syntax including comprehensions and support for expressing tree-like structures, and
  • fully-reified generic types, on both the JVM and JavaScript virtual machines, and a unique typesafe metamodel.
  • More information about these language features may be found in the feature list and quick introduction.

"

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:HD is not enough (Score 1) 104

by quintesse (#44050467) Attached to: Oculus Rift Raises Another $16 Million

*You* might find it unacceptable, but most people I showed it to (non-gamers all of them) find it a really nice experience. Yes, they notice the low resolution and some of them even mention the screen door effect. Most of them even get nauseous. And still, what they *really* want is something to do! Ok, nice demos, but *now what*?

You seem to forget they made really nice and hugely popular games when all they had was 4-color 640x480 monitors.

Of course I want higher resolution VR without screen door, but only because it will allow us to do so much more with it.

The *only* real obstacle I see is what was mentioned before: the motion sickness. If we can't get that down to more acceptable levels I wonder how many people will feel like going through the "training" to get accostumed to it...

Comment: Re:Oh no! 18+ (Score 0) 87

by quintesse (#42556549) Attached to: Game Receives First R18+ "Adults Only" Classification In Australia

Sure, but a party is not your own home, so either it's a public place and that would be illegal yes or at another private residence and how would you've gotten your hands on alcohol legally there? The owners aren't allowed to give it to you and you can't have brought it yourself. But in you own home you could legally drink. (At least that is how I understood US drinking laws)

Comment: Re:Irony (Score 4, Informative) 87

by quintesse (#42556255) Attached to: Game Receives First R18+ "Adults Only" Classification In Australia

Irony definitely doesn't need to be negative (and often isn't), are you maybe confusing it with sarcasm? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irony

"incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result."

So in this case, of all the publishers, Nintendo is the last you'd expect to apply for this rating exactly because they're known for their family-friendly games (implying they wouldn't need 18+ ratings) , hence the irony.

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