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Comment: Re:Sorry, this is Fox (Score 1) 667

by stonecypher (#46552753) Attached to: Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

As a matter of viewpoint, I see this quite differently.

I think science didn't actually reject the various religious ideas. They all get tolerated. They've all been tested. There's contrarian data.

I don't find it discriminatory to give something a chance, then learn from detail that it isn't correct.

I think science is actually wildly tolerant of bizarre ideas.

Comment: This is more than a little bit naive. (Score 4, Informative) 712

For one, more plants would just spring up. Even if part of the buyout was "you may never go into coal again," someone else may. The economic structure of energy is why coal is still king, and buying out the current players won't change that.

For two, the cost of shutting that industry down does not cover the cost of starting new energy industries to replace it. Or were we just going to go without 37% of our electricity?

For three, coal works efficiently and predictably at far smaller scale than most energy technologies. Many of the locations coal services today cannot be practically services by other generation methods.

Comment: Re:Wow, what a LOAD of bullshit (Score 1) 917

by stonecypher (#46372295) Attached to: Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

You do know that in Modern times the first decriminilazation of homosexual activity was en-acted under Napolean, in 1811?

Why, yes. I even said that, in my comment, though I named the country instead of the leader. Search my comment for France.

You spelled his name wrong, you got the wrong leader, and you got the year wrong. It was during the French Revolution, not under Napoleon; it was in 1791, not 1811; it was the Constituent Assembly, in replacing the penal code, not by a single leader. .

NOTHING with regards to human rights started in the US.

Lol okay :) .

You are so fucking ignorant you make Fox News seem informed.

Says the guy who tried to make a correction to a comment that already contained what he wanted to say, and in a single factual claim made three fundamental errors.

I mean you at least got which country it was right, at least.

This isn't Reddit. Generally slashdotters are expected to hold better behavior than this.

Comment: Re:First blacks, (Score 5, Insightful) 917

by stonecypher (#46341087) Attached to: Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

Did it ever occur to you that this might be more complicated than it seems from the outside, and that the politics going on here might not actually reflect the bulk of the population?

Would you like to tell us what country you're in, so that we can share with you how we feel about your country's choices?

The modern homosexual rights movement started in the United States, and has derived the vast bulk of its force from the United States. The United States has the first gay rights group, the first gay bookstore, the first gay bar, the first gay political group, the first gay autobiography in modern times, the first magazine openly for gays and about gay culture; we invented and performed the first sex reassignment (Sweden was the first to make that legal, but that's because it was never illegal here; we performed the first one seven years before anyone else made it legal;) we were the first to successfully fight discharge over orientation, though far from the first to allow gays in the military directly; we were the first modern Western country to have a gay leader at the senator level, though we have not yet hit the presidential level and Iceland has; if you remove France, who got it in the late 1700s, we were the first Western country to eliminate sodomy laws; we had the first gay kiss on a major magazine cover (probably first at all, but who can exhaustively search minor magazines?,) we started the transsexual rights movement, the first officially sanctioned university group for gay advocacy, we invented pride parades and hold them everywhere; we created gay as a protected class for discrimination, also trans, and we'll probably be the first to poly; we had the first gay ordained minister; we invented the rainbow flag (sorry, I wish it was less ugly) and thereby probably the first major pride symbol (but I can't exclude so maybe there's something earlier?,) we started the Gay Games, we missed the first statuory discrimination ban by months, we had the first city and first territory (state, thank you) to extend marriage benefits to gay partners, we came to terms with AIDS way ahead of the pack, we did gay adoption first, etc.

Are you sure Americans are anti-gay, and not just a country of a third of a billion people who have a handful of bad apples, a media system faking controversy to generate viewership, a slashdot reader who's forgotten what percentage of the internet is trolling, and a parochial political system pandering to margins to get voted in?

The phrase "utter fucking cunts" suggests the UK, and to look at Wikipedia's gay rights map, it looks like the US and the UK are world leaders, and that the US is ahead of the UK.

Looks like England is ahead of the US, but hey, California's ahead of England, and California is both larger than and nearly as populous as Britain, so I think that's the actual natural comparison. You guys don't have national gay marriage observation yet. We *do*. (We don't have national performance yet, but that's no big deal; just take a $200 trip to California. It's still binding in every hateful corner of the South. The UK has no such privilege.) North America is the only continent where this is wall to wall legally supported; Eastern Europe misses it by four countries (no illegal but four no recognition,) and South America by six (five no recognition, one illegal.)

Africa has only one country where gay marriage is legal, and Asia has only one (and shockingly it's not Japan) plus six more where it's not recognized.

Uganda just recently worsened their practice to making homosexuality a capital offense. Cameroon, Iran, Nigeria, and Ethiopia all carry the death penalty (these are all nations in the Britain population range.)

The United States is vascillating over whether it's legal for a private business to choose to ask someone to leave over their preference. And we're so shocked by this that there's a national uproar.

We've had several states where this has been legal for decades, and our states are often the size of what you think of as small countries.

So slice it and dice it however you want, but I think the US is actually doing quite well with regards to homosexuality law, thanks.

Please don't blame me and my countryfolk for the things that happen on TV.

Comment: A note (Score 1) 44

Nothing needs to be hacked to get that same estimate of revenue.

Just download their zone file and multiply by their annual. The zone file even tells you when they were registered and when they're registered until, allowing you to take account of public discounts for registration length.

It's still an upper bound; you don't know what other offers or freebies are in there. But still. It's a better upper bound than the hack ostensibly provides.

Comment: Re:the funny bit (Score 1) 390

by stonecypher (#46114777) Attached to: IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share

It's actually the heaviest use browser today, by a fair margin.

Please be more careful about your sources. Of *course* an extremely SEOed, low quality web tutorial source has an abnormal demographic. (And of *course* slashdot fell for this.)

Best estimate from Alexa numbers (500 top sites on the web = ~93% of traffic) is that IE is currently 39% of browsers, and that IE8 alone outweighs every other browser across all versions.

Comment: Re:This should be good! (Score 1) 611

by stonecypher (#45977797) Attached to: Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

It's a trap. Creationists are experts at this kind of non-debate.

Nye is as well. Trap vs trap. If you watch the two men, I think you'll notice a pretty significant skill disparity. .

Basically they rely on presenting a positive image of themselves and FUD. Debating with them just gives them a legitimate platform to work from.

Or the opportunity to take away their positive image.

This isn't Nye's first time taking one of these people apart. He'll be fine.

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Comment: Tiniest violin (Score 5, Insightful) 292

by stonecypher (#45175201) Attached to: OCZ May Be On Its Last Legs

They burned too many customers with "enterprise" devices that'd fail almost immediately, then treating the customers like shit when they did.

They bet too heavily on high performance, while not maintaining the kind of behavior that would bring back the customers who want devices like that.

The reason Dell and HP can get away with burning customers is simple: there's always another person who needs a cheap laptop.

Not many people need a new PCIe SSD.

Good riddance.

Comment: Re:Reasonable doubt was all that was needed (Score 1) 1737

by stonecypher (#44292701) Attached to: George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

Emotions are just really,really bad stuff to use to make law.

Frustratingly, the same thing can be said of the law which started this whole mess in the first place.

If this was self defense rather than "stand your ground," the whole thing would have been far simpler.

Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him. - Fyodor Dostoevski