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Comment Re:So this is not... (Score 1) 140

And where do you put yourself in this scheme?

What we see is a common property of humanity; the constant attempt to establish a pecking order, with oneself at top and others below. The reason there isn't a dialog is not because the two sides are incomprehensible to each other. It is because the two sides simply reject the other.

I've known a lot of people for whom the facts they accept are just a convenient club with which to beat others. This happens in other human pursuits, too: some people use the law cynically, to get their way, rather than heal injury or achieve justice or even keep the law. People do that in religion, and they do it in science.

Most of the people in the debate between evolution and Creationism are not arguing purely out of intellectual interest in their position. Just by reading your post, I can tell that you don't know much about Creationism, and that implies to me that you might not know more than some buzz words and debate points regarding evolution. The fact that "Nature" stoops to encouraging this sort of behavior simply demonstrates the surely nature of a lot of evolutionists.

Comment Re:More detail (Score 1) 441

Saturnalia lasted more than one day, though how long depended on the era.
When Julius Caesar created the Julian calendar in 46 BCE, he set December 25 as the Winter Solstice. Over time, differences between the Julian calendar and Earth's actual movements in space caused the Solstice to drift to December 16. In the 16th Century, the Catholic Pope reset the calendar, except for 3 days, making the Winter Solstice fall around December 22.

Comment Re:Pot, kettle, black (Score 2) 441

North Korea continues to exist because we keep giving it money, food and supplies. At least at importantly, China keeps North Korea alive, if only to keep North Koreans out of China. North Korea is China's ghetto. Kim Jong-il is the slumlord. Whenever the slumlord wants more money, food or supplies, he rattles his cage and makes faces and threatening noises, and the rest of the world tosses him a pacifier to quiet him.

Comment Re:Pot, kettle, black (Score 2) 441

People in DPRK live to serve the government. They are effectively peasants and serfs, party members are vassals and the top generals are royalty, with the Kim Jong-il clan as the heriditary monarchy. This state is not communist, it's a throwback to the middle ages, when the King owned all the lands. Other than a little bit of planned economy, it's nothing like communism - because communisn is something people would strive for, not have forced upon them at barrel of gun or threat of dying in one dear monster's labor/re-education camps.

North Korea is implementing Communism on at least 2 counts:

1) In Communism, the individual lives to serve the state. Communism is one form of Collectivism, and all forms of Collectivism consider the greatest good to be the benefit of the state, not the individual.

2) Leninism, a form of Communism, states that bloody revolution is essential to converting society to Communism. Leninism advocates violent revolution as much as possible, to spread Communism.

As for the ruling class of North Korea living better than the peasants, this is such a common feature of Communism that Orwell parodied it in "Animal Farm."

North Korea is what happens when the state assumes the role of god. North Korea is what an officially atheistic state always looks like.

Comment Back Away; You Were Never Here (Score 4, Interesting) 517

I'm inclined to agree with those who state this was a honey pot. Maybe it was and maybe it wasn't, but standard security procedure is to have a honey pot open and available for naive, young hackers to fall into. You probably aren't the first person in it, either, if this is a big name institution. I read that an unsecured computer left open to the Internet will have hundreds of attacks compromise it a day, within seconds of going online. So, I would guess those credit card numbers are also fake.

Your best bet is to leave it alone. If this isn't a trap, that's for the company and the customers to deal with it, and the repercussions that follow. The fact that you need to ask here what to do about it leads me to suspect that you are in over your head.

Comment Re:No such thing as being a "good guy" anymore (Score 1) 517

And not just in the tech world. You can be sued if you do CPR and crack someone's ribs if you're not certified.

"there has never been a successful suit brought against someone performing CPR." I get sued


"if you give assistance, including CPR, for a medical emergency Good Samaritan laws cover you." the Good

You can be prosecuted if you shoot an invader in your house (at least in the UK).

That's why I live in Texas.

Comment Re:There was another browser (Score 1) 246

There was still NCSA Mosaic, which (despite its family connection to Netscape) would not have fallen into Microsoft hands and would have remained available for users.

Why would that have happened? How would MS' purchase of Netscape have kept Mosaic available? MS was bent on monopolizing the browser market. You really think they would have let that slip?

Comment Re:Who Cares (Score 1) 246

Many people predict the future, starting from now. What's different about that from predicting it from the past? Well, for one thing, when predicting from the past, we do know how one outcome actually came out, and some of the reasons it may have come out that way. We can compare this to alternate ways the event might have played out.

Comment Shenanigans (Score 1) 161

I wonder how much porn and illicit downloading goes through the military networks? In all the other computer networks I've seen, if no one is holding users accountable, the network will be abused.

So, tell me, again, how the virus got on the machines? A "thumb drive," you say? And, the virus keeps returning? Hrmmm...

Who thought this network infrastructure arrangement would be a good idea?


Submission + - How to Hire a Programmer to Code 3D Modeling Softw

Pooua writes: I submitted a brief version of this story earlier, but Tim Lord said that I need to include more details. Here is a link to my earlier submission:

For about the last 15 years, I have wanted to produce a driving simulator using actual video images. I've bought and used progressively better equipment for the last decade, though limited by a modest budget, to shoot stills and videos as I drive. Camera technology has improved enough to provide quality video streams easily and inexpensively, but a true simulator should allow more freedom of movement within the simulation than just a replay of pre-recorded clips. I think that would require a 3D model, with the video overlaying the model's forms. What I need is a program that could create this 3D model automatically, extracting all the required information from the video streams. This would allow someone to change lanes or angles of view within the virtual world created by my video clips. I don't know of any off-the-shelf software that could do this, I'm unable to write such code on my own and I've never put together a programming project. How would I go about hiring someone to write this program, and what might be an estimate of its cost? Am I even going about this with the right approach?

Comment Texas Improper Photography Law (Score 3, Informative) 544

Texas has what is known as an "Improper Photography" law. Relax, those of you who couldn't take a good picture to save your life. This law is aimed squarely at people whose photography offends other people, generally the people who shoot photos of complete strangers. The message seems to be that we don't tolerate street photographers in Texas. Now, that isn't how the law is sold to the public. This is supposed to be an anti-unwitting porn star law. It was born of the need to stop people from photographing strangers in locker rooms, dressing rooms and other places where they would have a reasonable expectation of privacy. However, the law goes beyond that. If you stand at a children's football game and shoot photos of the children, you stand a good chance of an angry confrontation, followed by police investigation. One professional photographer was arrested because people thought he was shooting too many photos of women at a street festival (his case was dismissed). IOW, the people who are being arrested under this law aren't in private places; they are out in public. Most of those arrested people who are now reported in the press do seem seriously sketchy, but nothing in the law would discourage someone from pressing charges against any photographer who shoots photos of several strangers in public.

In theory, the Supreme Court says that I have the Constitutional right to shoot videos of anyone who is in a public place. In practice, several Texans have informed me that if they see me shooting photos of anyone's children, they will inflict on me significant bodily harm. This law is part of their justification that they are in their legal rights to do so.

Comment Re:Get a life (Score 1) 544

You make a good point, but why stop just at photography? Why do people need to spend so much time, money and effort in sports events? Think of how much more advanced the human race would be if, instead of spending time and money watching a ball or an animal race around, we were to invest in new materials processes, science and exploration! A city near my home recently spent nearly a billion dollars (US) building a sports stadium. Why not build a rocket complex? Why not build a particle accelerator? Oh, speaking of which... my country just shut down its only large particle accelerator. But, we are building sports complexes all over the place!

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