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Comment Re:Please (Score 1) 305

Nice reply, thanks! Yes, I was being glib with that comment. It was in response to an openly hostile post, and I thought that was the best approach.

Interesting you say you weren't trying to correct me. Your question very much comes across as corrective; asking me to question my comment doesn't quite say "hey, here's some more information you may be interested in".

Belief is very much part of the organisation that is the Catholic church, or any religion, really. Their beliefs are set by their leaders and their founders, and taught by their clergy or denoted members. Of course, individuals also have beliefs, but they are generally guided by the organisation that they're a part of.

I'd actually argue that all organisations use belief in one way or another, and that a shared belief is often necessary for the construction of one.

Otherwise, definitely agree that Catholic, and Christian, people have had great influence over science. Being the dominant religion of the western world, it would have been very difficult for science history to progress otherwise.

Comment Re:Please (Score 1) 305

Your question was ... am I sure about that? Sorry, I thought that was rhetorical.

Yes, I'm sure. I consider John Paul II to be the first leader of the church to properly acknowledge evolution. Sure, you could probably argue Pius XII as the first, but that was a very neutral statement on his part. No affirmation one way or the other.

You did imply lack of affirmation to be the same as affirmation. My statement: "only taken them around 150 years to officially acknowledge evolution as true". Your reply: "They never stated it wasn't true before now". If you were trying to correct my statement, it implies you believe "not stating it wasn't true before now" to be equal to "they stated it was true before now", the latter which would be necessary to prove my statement wrong, assuming the "now" occurred during that approx 150 year period.

Members of an organisation can have quite different opinions from the organisation itself. The only members that can set the beliefs of an organisation are its leaders. Hence, my statement still stands.

Well, hopefully my statement makes more sense to you now.

Comment Re:Recommendations: 4 fiction and 2 non- (Score 1) 259

Just recently finished "The Name of the Wind" and "The Wise Man's Fear", based on a recommendation from a friend. Great read! The second was even better than the first.

The series is not without its issues. I'm not convinced about the whole Kvothe/Denna relationship. It seems like contrived tragedy. The series hasn't finished, and already I know where that's heading. It's also hard to write about a young genius without the inherent arrogance upsetting your empathy for the character.

Otherwise, the world he has created is fascinating. The protagonist gets himself into such situations, you beg to read another few more pages, or one more chapter, just to find out what happens. The resolution can surprise. Still lots more questions to be answered, so looking forward to the next book.

Comment Re:3D movies (Score 1) 399

VR is your salvation here. You can already watch 3D blurays with the Vive or Rift. Not yet on the PSVR, but it's expected that software will eventually be updated to support it.

Comment Re:VR (Score 1) 449

Well, this is the first generation of VR that looks acceptable. Decent even. It'll need more resolution before it begins to really look good.

Almost no content? Granted, most existing content is rather short, but it's fairly plentiful, and definitely growing. I think it's over 100 titles now. Even better, most of them do _not_ make people nauseous, due to developers deliberately avoiding continual motion, and using discrete motion instead.

VR is a new and attractive style of gaming. Now. With over 1 million VR headsets estimated sold (Vive, Rift, and PSVR ... not counting Gear VR), there's a user base which developers can start to make a business case for. Games will always push the VR envelope, and I estimate that applications will follow possibly in the next generation. Though there are possible applications now, though virtual tourism, design prototyping, and training. It'll be interesting to see how it develops.

Comment Re:Init alternatives (Score 1) 338

Until the error message that appears on bootup quickly scrolls out of view, and then out of the virtual console buffer. I've been burnt by this before. It's incredibly frustrating! For all its perceived faults, systemd definitely has an advantage here over sysv init.

Comment Re: All 400 active users will love this! (Score 1) 112

Yep, I agree. It's actually a really good game to chill out and spend an hour or so playing. If you spend too much time in it at once, it does wear thin, but an hour here and there is great pacing for the game.

I've already got my money's worth out of the game, so these updates are just a bonus. Also, reading all the angst, from people decrying HG for their lies, is pretty amusing. I guess more people have now learned that even developers don't fully know how their game will eventually turn out. Never set expectations about a game until it has been released.

Comment Re:The console advantage. (Score 1) 86

Have you tried a PS4? You'll find your windows PC updates much more frequently. Sounds like you don't fire up the console all that often. Also, PS4 updates can download in the background while you play.

Game patches can also be downloaded while you play, though multiplayer games would require you to install the patch before playing.

If you don't want to play multiplayer, the subscription fee can be avoided.

Fixed hardware targets aren't quite as anachronistic as you think. Just ask Batman Arkham Knight players.

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