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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) 866

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:Uh... decompiled and deobfuscated? (Score 1) 354

by geminidomino (#47848997) Attached to: DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

As one who has scratched out a few purpose-built minecraft mods over the past few years, maybe I can clear it up a bit.

It's a multi-step process. The initial de-compilation step is, indeed, just about as useless as you say: lots of

But there's a project called MCP Toolkit, which basically goes through every new release and reverse-engineers as much of it as they can (usually a pretty good percentage too), mapping the obfuscated classes, variables and methods to names which, while possibly (probably) not the names used internally, are at least meaningful.

Minecraft Forge, the officially unofficial mod API, used to include MCPing the minecraft source as part of setting up its workspace. It was really handy when I was learning, being able to trace things back through the code to figure out how they worked, but had its downside. I'm not sure whether they got tired of people needlessly making coremods (mods that altered the "vanilla" classes, as opposed to interacting through Forge), or they were afraid of drawing an evil eye from Mojang, or what, but they've altered their whole setup starting late in 1.6.4 so they don't even download the vanilla jar anymore.

Comment: Re:One bad apple spoils the barrel (Score 1) 1134

by geminidomino (#47827321) Attached to: Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Wait, did I just argue one of Anita Sarkeesian's points for her?

No, you argued one of her critics' points against her: a series of poorly-researched and inflammatory rant-videos accomplishes precisely dick other than to serve as a rallying point for similarly-aligned identity politics, who recursively make their own poorly-researched and inflammatory rants, feeding the current paradigm: a loud, incestuous echo-chamber on one side, convinced that their MO of using shame tactics to make other people do things their way, might someday work, if they can just reach that elusive critical mass of obnoxiousness; until then, they'll keep beating on the status quo like wind against a mountain that (rightly) doesn't give a shit.

The whole approach of Anita et al is fundamentally contradictory: you don't demonstrate "equality" or "agency" by demanding that other people do for you, rather than doing yourself.

Yes, we will be going to OSI, Mars, and Pluto, but not necessarily in that order. -- Jeffrey Honig