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Comment Re:But what created the law of gravity? (Score 2, Insightful) 1328

And I was being a pedantic one, sorry.

And also thinking that, shit, give someone a few million years to mull it over and maybe, assuming the Buddhists are right, the Christians might be able to say "well holy shit, I don't think this here Jesus guy is working for us, what with all the constantly being reborn and suffering and all." That might be optimistic.

Comment Re:But what created the law of gravity? (Score 4, Insightful) 1328

Just a minor quibble, but if it turns out the Buddhists are right, Christirans won't spend eternity being reborn and suffering - they only spend as long as it takes to figure out that the Buddhists were right and to get with the program. Unlike Christianity, Buddhism isn't one of those you get one chance, don't fuck it up kind of religions. (And yes, all of the above is just a huge fucking oversimplification - I am aware of that, but the point stands).

Comment Re:Not to say he's long winded or anything (Score 1) 157

The thing is, I don't mind all the long windedness. I personally think he's a good enough writer that he can be long winded and still be, by and large, entertaining. What I'm not super excited about is him being long winded in a non-text media. Does anybody remember that music video thing that accompanied (or prefaced, I don't recall which) Anathem? It was kind of a bit crap.

Comment Interesting idea, but we're redefining novel (Score 2, Interesting) 157

Or perhaps we aren't. I'm still not sure how I feel about this. It is one thing to have a book with appendices and glossaries and indexes and illustrations. But this thing seems to be something else entirely and I don't know if I am really interested in this. I like open ended stories as much as the next wannabe post-modernist, but a novel that you subscribe to? Where you are interacting with other readers in a social media-esque way? Where the thing never really ends?

Still trying to decide how I feel. I suppose the thing is, while I like things that are unfinished, sprawling and messy (which is why I've never really given a damn about Stephenson's inability to write a coherent ending), I'm still attached to the notion of the messiness being constrained between the covers of a book, that I can close with a happy sigh and say, "Damn, that was good." That might be weirdly old fashioned. Stephenson may be getting at something here and, 100 years from now, this is what "novels" will look like. But I suspect that if that is the case, we may stop calling them novels.

Comment Re:GOOD RIDDENCE OL TEDDY BOY (Score 1) 512

b) may not have actively revelled in his own evil.

I hope you don't mean the "evil" that he was completely exonerated of.

He was railroaded for political gain, and that's it.

"Evil" was straight up hyperbole. I was never a fan of his politics. But the dude was human and I'm just not the sort of person who can jump up and down and say "Yippee is dead!"

Comment Re:GOOD RIDDENCE OL TEDDY BOY (Score 4, Insightful) 512

Perhaps because, though he was a dipshit, he was a) human and b) may not have actively revelled in his own evil. So it seems kind of odd to be all happy that he's dead. Personally, I won't miss the guy, but I'm also not really going to say 'Good riddance.' Something about the latter is a little cold blooded for my tastes.

Comment Re:Yeah, but where does this get ME? (Score 1) 973

If we can't take care of Spaceship Earth, and learn how to live on board it in peace, we're not going to do any better on any smaller spaceships we build.

On the other hand, if we have a bunch of little spaceships out there, there's always the chance that the population of one will manage to get its shit together and stop being retarded. The way things are currently, it's all our eggs in one basket. A very large basket, to be sure, but a single basket nonetheless. I like our odds (which are probably pretty low no matter what we do) better if we spread out.

Comment Re:All I knew (Score 1) 350

But you can use Gmail even if your friends/coworkers/etc. don't have it. If you're the only one in your social circle on Wave, it's useless. I tried it, thought oh, maybe this would be nice if more people are on it, but that never quite happened fast enough.

Comment Re:way to drive (Score 2, Informative) 375

Lawsuits against god have been filed. Wikipedia lists at least two factual instances (and numerous fictional ones). And I have a dim recollection of reading, at some point in the past, about a few additional suits vs. the deity that didn't make their way into Wikipedia's hallowed pages.

Lawsuits vs. god

Comment Re:Flow of Information (Score 1) 531

While modern Turks are certainly descendents of people who have been living there a good long time, they did, in fact, originate in Central Asia. "Turk" was sort of generic designation, adopted by Arabs, applied to most of the Turkic speaking tribes they encountered in Central Asia. Eventually, some of those tribes ended up in Turkey.

My point, which you so very cleverly missed, is that Turks are not Arabs. If, as you claim, you knew that in the first place, than your original statement - "Turks are arabs, no matter how much they pretend otherwise." - is a touch disingenuous.

Comment Re:Flow of Information (Score 1) 531

I don't think that being Muslim means that one necessarily must demand that one's government is Islamic as well. Just as there are Christians in the US who don't necessarily want a Christian theocracy, why is it so shocking that Muslims in Turkey (which, as you pointed out, has a long history of being fiercely secular) would feel similarly. You might be a little confused as to what being Muslim entails.

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