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Comment: It's democracy, stupid. (Score 5, Insightful) 508

Sigh. We've known for a long time that in autocratic regimes of any type, levels of interpersonal trust are lowered. After all, your neighbor might be an informer, and the state itself is a liar and propagandist. Similarly, low levels of social trust correlate with all sorts of antisocial behavior, from cheating and intolerance to distrust of democracy itself. So all this experiment really proves is something we already know: living a long time under an oppressive regime generates distrust which legitimizes cheating and so forth. Capitalism and "socialism" have little to do with it.

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 1) 1293

by trewornan (#44903743) Attached to: Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

Jews and Christians don't claim the bible was actually "dictated" by god but they do claim it was "divinely inspired" which can mean all sorts of things but often something very close to dictation.

And although big chunks of the New Testament were almost certainly written in greek other big chunks were almost certainly written in aramaic. The reason this is so virulently denied in some quarters is that the oldest texts we have are greek and therefore translations not perfect copies of the originals. A big problem for some believers although others will simply claim the translators were also "divinely inspired".

Comment: Re:The Computer Models were "a bit off" then ? (Score 2) 490

by trewornan (#44858117) Attached to: Dialing Back the Alarm On Climate Change

So whether Global Warming is real or not, fear of it has influenced everything from automobile to refrigerator designs to become more "earth friendly". That's a good thing in my book....

Yeah screw all the plebs who died unnecessarily because money that could have been spent on health care, research, foreign aid, etc was spent on emission targets to combat global warming "real or not".

Comment: Re:NSA (Score 1) 356

by trewornan (#44831023) Attached to: Can the iPhone Popularize Fingerprint Readers?

You leave a veritable trail of fingerprints (and DNA and a host of other things we don't want to talk about here) everywhere

Yes but it's very expensive and time consuming to get DNA/Fingerprints/etc that you can reliably tie to an individual unless they can be persuaded to volunteer.

Nobody cares about a single fingerprint

The UK police have been testing a roadside fingerprint scanner which works of a single print (it's not as accurate as a full all finger scan) so a single print is certainly of interest to them.

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