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Comment: What is really happening here? (Score 1) 947

by Bruce Perens (#47930483) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
We are in a War on Faith, because Faith justifies anything and ISIS takes it to extremes. But in the end they are just a bigger version of Christian-dominated school boards that mess with the teaching of Evolution, or Mormon sponsors of anti-gay-marriage measures, or my Hebrew school teacher, an adult who slapped me as a 12-year-old for some unremembered offense against his faith.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1) 947

by Bruce Perens (#47930331) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Hm. The covenant of Noah is about two paragraphs before this part (King James Version) which is used for various justifications of slavery and discrimination against all sorts of people because they are said to bear the Curse of Ham. If folks wanted to use the Bible to justify anything ISIS says is justified by God's words in the Koran, they could easily do so.

18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.
24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Comment: Re:The big question is 'why' ? (Score 0) 327

by Alomex (#47910155) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

A long long time ago Microsoft was able to compete in the open marketplace. Then Digital Research DR-DOS happened, which was technically superior to MS DOS. In a panic upper management authorized the insertion of codes disabling aps from running on DR-DOS.

Microsoft has never looked back from that key moment. Since then the entire game for MS has all been about leveraging market share rather than quality applications. This is why they can't turn the XBox into profitable division, because as successful as it is in terms of market share, it has not yet become a monopoly. Any other half alive company (no Sony doesn't count) would be raking in the billions with this type of market share. Not so Microsoft

Comment: Re:Well of course (Score 1) 203

by Alomex (#47858811) Attached to: Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

And would people actually have voted for him in 2008, if he was just another white guy?

This is a statement that actually can be statistically tested. We can compare whether he got more or less votes than a fellow white democrat in every state. People have looked into this and Obama mostly less (in the South, obviously) or the same votes as the white democrat. So yes, people would have voted for him if he had been another white guy, and won by an even larger margin had he been white.

That's why I believe the color of his skin got him where he is now.

Which as I said, makes you a racist. And no, I don't say that lightly, but you've earned it. If you are a good person you will re-evaluate your unwarranted prejudice against the manner he got elected. If you are on the other hand a closeted bigot pretending not to be one you'll simply dig your heels further.

Comment: Re:Well of course (Score 1) 203

by Alomex (#47841039) Attached to: Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

Nor do I buy your assertion that the above people didn't outperform the stock indices.

Of course you won't, a republican choosing ideology over facts, what else is news?

his first job as leader of a non profit based on nothing more than having a college degree and a car,

Which is false. He got the job for the same reason he won the coveted Harvard Law Review editorship: he was damn bright one you could tell. The first time I read a speech from him in the early 2000s I knew he would one day be president, because you see, some of us can recognize talent while others like you cannot see past the color of a man's skin.

And sorry, but no, being promoted to VicePresident of dad's company like the Koch Jrs. is not an actual job accomplishment (or promoted to Captain in dad's navy for that matter). You are just reiterating the "born in third base, claim to have worked your way up there" point I was making. Thank you.

Comment: Re:Well of course (Score 1) 203

by Alomex (#47839799) Attached to: Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

That's not "the" question, not least because no one, including you, has yet to ask it.

The world exists outside your limited universe. The question has been asked and answered, and no, they have not outperformed the stock indices, which is why I brought it up.

And yet, he got where he is through the color of his skin and not by his merits.

Dude, he got where he is in spite of the color of his skin. I mean, in spite of racists like you who are so disconnected with the world that they think a black person would have an advantage in todays societyy simply because a few token morsels thrown their way in the name of affirmative action.

See where I'm going with this?

I do, and it doesn't bode well for you dude, with your racist comments about Obama.

Comment: Re:Well of course (Score 1) 203

by Alomex (#47838985) Attached to: Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

Sorry, but the question is "have they done sginificantly better than if they had simply invested their parents wealth in the stock market" and the answer is no. So "running successful businesses" when all they can do is match the stockmarket is a red herring.

McCain was the son of an Admiral and last in his class. He would never have been a senator without those paternal qualifications.

Hillary is there because of her husband and Kerry is well known to have been born in the right place, just like the Kennedys. No one else is pretending otherwise. Yet republicans born in 3rd base always act like they earned it and make derogatory comments about people who are trying to work their way around the bases (e.g. the 43% comment from Mitt). That is why my list is biased towards one party.

Obama is the furthest you can be from being on 3rd base. This is such an indisputable fact that you lost all credibility there.

Comment: Re:Well of course (Score 2) 203

by Alomex (#47833945) Attached to: Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

You left out the biggest factor: the end of the meritocracy.

We are fast moving to a system where the person in charge, be it at a company or in government is no longer the most capable, but the one born in third base. Have a look at GW Bush, Mitt Romney, John McCain, Koch brothers, Donald Trump, etc.

The repeal of the inheritance tax will only amplify this effect.

Comment: Are you sure of what you are watching? (Score 2) 355

by Pathwalker (#47769711) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

It sounds like you are watching traffic inside of your network, and not the interface between your edge router, and the ISP device.

You could be missing many things; incoming traffic that your edge router drops, retransmissions between your edge router and the ISP device, and firmware/config updates for the ISP device.

We really need more detail.

What the large print giveth, the small print taketh away.