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Comment: Re:Wait a minute... (Score 3, Insightful) 78

by Shakrai (#47430023) Attached to: Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

I don't know about Acetaminophen, but I've heard compelling cases made that if Aspirin were discovered today it would be a prescription drug. Think of the side effects, the modern day "think of the children!" attitude, and pathetic need of the body politic to feel "safe" from any and everything.

Comment: Re:So what happens... (Score 2) 77

by sumdumass (#47429979) Attached to: Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

They already do this. Check points in Iraq and other countries like Israel are known for being blown up. Buses are more typical because they are enclosed making the blast more effective. The thing is that the death toll usually isn't much higher than a bad car wreck compared to other methods so i think they are targeting the mechanism moreso than what we consider terrorist goals to be. But thats just my limited guess to why they aren't more popular in weatern nations.

Comment: Re:Yet another proof creation doesn't work! (Score 1) 87

by sumdumass (#47429825) Attached to: Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus

Lol.. stop trying to be funny.

We do know that religion (some anyways) holds those principles to be true. The "we know" statemment was clearly qualified by "if we follow the religious examples". Your personal knowlegde of a god or validity of a religious doctrine is completely unimportant to the context. The context is of what people who do belive could understand- not whether they were accurate or not or even convincing.

Please follow along.

Comment: Re:Yet another proof creation doesn't work! (Score 5, Insightful) 87

by sumdumass (#47428543) Attached to: Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus

Why does there need to be a creationist explanation?

Do you really understand what creation means? It means something was created and in the case of religious creation, everything was. Why was it created? It's hard to say but nothing here is proof that creation doesn't work. It's just evidence that creation isn't needed to work. It's like a car, you can use a key to start it but you can also hot wire it and start without a key. That doesn't mean the key no longer works- it just may no longer be necessary to work in order to start the car.

In fact, if you follow the religious examples (creationist), god gave man dominion over his creations. He also gave him knowledge. And we know in the new testament, that Jesus says God is still working and so was he. So in essence, you would search and find an understanding that didn't require the need for a God to create anything in order to understand it and have dominion (rule) over it. We also know that God gave us free will and you will either go to God or reject him/her. Nothing prevents anything from being created when a being is above the laws of nature that we are bound by and understand, including our understanding of those creations which may be by design of the creation.

Expecting a supernatural explanation for natural events and understandings is not very scientific.

Comment: Re:USB DACs (Score 2) 360

I never really liked USB for sound. Might be another old habit too.

The problem as it was last time I messed with it was that USB power would start causing issues when you chained more devices to it. It was important to make sure you used powered hubs if connecting something (several devices) with more power consumption than a mouse or keyboard.

Perhaps I should give it another look. It's been a while.

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