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Comment: Re:Jesus isn't that influential (Score 1) 231

Even if you aren't Christian, your civilization has probably been influenced (converted, overrun, allied) by one that was acting in Jesus' name.

So this person "that was acting in Jesus' name" should clearly be considered influential.

In fact, there were at least hundreds of them who were acting in Jesus' name on a higher political level (massively supported by emperors, kings and their respective armies) and thus be regarded as highly influential.

Some of these persons, the early ones, are called "church fathers", some others, later on, just "popes".

Comment: Re:Carl Linnaeus? Here's why: (Score 1) 231

It's more influential than you or I, but it's not more influential than Jesus.

Advantage Linnaeus.
Linnaeus is a person of history.

Jesus is not.
So the early "church fathers" who designed and developed this character should be considered influential (very influential, that is), not their work of fiction (or any part thereof).

Comment: Re:What about the dud that came up with fire? (Score 1) 231

Prometheus?
No birth or death dates given for him.

Or, rather the guy (note, it might have been a gal as well) who came up with the techniques to start, to maintain, and to utilize a fire, way back in stone age?
Over some millennia, there must have been many of them, hundreds, even thousands, in many different places of the world who achieved this, independently from each other.

Alas: No birth or death dates given for them, either. Not even first names.

Comment: Re:OK... (Score 1) 205

by walter_f (#46115595) Attached to: Valve Offers Free Subscription To Debian Developers: Paying It Forward

The FOSS nutjobs don't want to allow you the freedom to give up a particular freedom of your choice for a particular time in exchange for something. They are selfish, they want to propagate their ideology of "freedom" by restricting your freedom of choice.

Don't like freedom? You choose, go for serfdom.

The latter option ain't GNU, it isn't even new.

And as to

to give up a particular freedom of your choice for a particular time in exchange for something.

Good ol' Benjamin Franklin had to say a bit about that. Ever heard his name?

Comment: Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 1) 458

by walter_f (#46071623) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'

Clearly christianity (as well as the contents of most other theistic beliefs) isn't compatible with tthe Second Law of Thermodynamics?

Just imagine an allegedly almighty god, helplessly aging towards the "mildly warm" soup that will be the final state - and "fate", so to speak - of everything...

Comment: Re:Eventually people will look up... (Score 1) 894

"The NSA and other Alphabet Agencies only wish they had the authority to do what the Gestapo and Stasi did."

They don't have it yet. (There are still obstacles left to be cleared on the way, Judges like Richard Leon* among them.)

But they (the Alphabet Agencies) are looking forward to getting comparable authority eventually.

* The Federal Judge who ordered December 16, 2013:
"... for all the above reasons, I will grant Larry Klayman’s and Charles Strange’s request for an injunction and enter an order that (1) bars the Government from collecting, as part of the NSA’s Bulk Telephony Metadata Program, any telephony metadata associated with their personal Verizon accounts and (2) requires the Government to destroy any such metadata in its possession that was collected through the bulk collection program. ”
—Judge Richard Leon,"

"... However, in light of the significant national security interests at stake in this case and the novelty of the constitutional issues, I will stay my order pending appeal. In doing so, I hereby give the Government fair notice that should my ruling be upheld, this order will go into effect forthwith. Accordingly, I fully expect that during the appellate process, which will consume at least the next six months, the Government will take whatever steps necessary to prepare itself to comply with this order when, and if, it is upheld. Suffice it to say, requesting further time to comply with this order months from now will not be well received and could result in collateral sanctions."

http://judgepedia.org/Richard_Leon

Comment: Re:Android compatibility (Score 1) 307

by walter_f (#45546581) Attached to: Jolla's First Phone Goes On Sale

When the native apps are better or just simply faster?

Hopefully, this might be a crucial point.

Still, the sheer number of android apps could turn out to be overwhelming in the eyes of some aspiring developers of native ones.

(And yes, I'm massively biased in favour of the Jolla/SailfishOS. Bon voyage, brave little Jolla dinghy!)

Comment: Mars, or How To Maintain an Atmosphere (Score 1) 55

by walter_f (#45458781) Attached to: MAVEN Ready To Launch Today

"... with magnetic fields strong enough to maintain an atmosphere"

I guess this concept works best with an atmosphere that consists of magnetic nitrogen, magnetic oxygen, a dash of magnetic carbon dioxide and so on.

Sounds fancier than poor old gravity maintaining a boring non-magnetic atmosphere.

"Let's sing another song, boys. This one has grown old and bitter."
- Bob Dylan

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

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