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Comment Re:Science does require faith (Score 1) 1486

That would be merely a religion of humanism. If you judge a religion merely by its effect on a person, then you are essentially saying, all that matters, is humans.

Miracles are *THE* most important part of religion. Yes, they do "prove" a religion. The biggest problem in that area, is whether a person is content to accept proof of a miracle occurring in the past, as proof of a religion, or whether they require that they get ongoing, yearly/monthly/daily "miracles" occurring in front of them.

I'm not saying that humans are all that matter. I'm saying that we are the best guages for measuring the impact of the divine in our own lives. If you see someone walking on water, for example, it should certainly get your attention, but it doesn't prove much by itself. Instead, the miracle is an invitation to learn more. The Bible speaks of people of people who deceive others by performing false miracles. And our own perception is sometimes flawed. So, don't be too hasty to accept miracles as proof.

The only miracles that constitute proof are the ones that happen in your heart. These are the ones that nobody else can see. These are the ones that change lives the most.

Problem with that is, what kind of person says to the creator of the universe, "keep me entertained, or I'll stop believing in you when I dont see miracles any more"?

I'd say, someone who is either an idiot, or who has WAAAYYY too high an opinion of their own importance.

I completely agree. These are the people who depend on external miracles rather than allowing God to work on them from the inside out.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 1486

Faith and science are both backed by plenty of evidence. In science, the lab exists all around you. In faith, you are the lab.

Even the best scientists often disagree with each other. Add to that all the junk science being thrown around out there, and you'll see that your argument about various religions just doesn't stand up unless you're claiming that science is useless.

The real proof of faith comes from the improvements you see in your own life when you follow correct teachings. Don't see the improvement you're hoping for? Then try a different religion. This is starting to sound a lot like the scientific method, isn't it? The main difference is that it's very difficult to describe your internal changes in a quantitative way. This makes it hard to know if someone else has reproduced your findings. But it doesn't prevent you from discovering your own personal evidence of faith.

Comment Re:Science does require faith (Score 1) 1486

Miracles don't prove religion. They never have. The real proof comes from the improvements you see in your own life when you follow correct teachings. Don't see the improvement you're hoping for? Then try a different religion. This is starting to sound a lot like the scientific method, isn't it? The main difference is that it's very difficult to describe your internal improvements in a quantitative way. This makes it hard to know if someone else has reproduced your findings. But it doesn't prevent you from discovering your own personal evidence of faith.

Comment Re:Climate science is just a big weather forecast. (Score 1) 672

I have some bad news for you: Newtonian physics may well be just a lot of quantum mechanics.

That's exactly why the analogy works. Newtonian physics is a lot of quantum mechanics. And climate forecasting is a lot of weather forecasting. And yet, because of the huge difference in scale, you have to use very different models to predict each one. Just because you understand elastic collisions doesn't mean you know anything about electron tunneling, or vice versa.

Operating Systems

Submission + - Contiki: from Niche Hobby OS to PhD Thesis

blboo writes: Remember the Contiki operating system? A few years back it was used to run web servers and web browsers on really old home computers such as the Commodore 64 and the 8-bit Atari. Today Contiki has grown up and moved from being a cute hobby project to a serious embedded operating system used in research into networked embedded systems and wireless sensor networks. In fact, it has matured so much that Adam Dunkels, the author of Contiki, earlier today announced his PhD thesis on Contiki and its components; protothreads and the uIP embedded TCP/IP stack. It is an interesting direction for a niche hobby OS to take and probably quite different from what people expected Contiki to become when it first was released.
Microsoft

Submission + - Over One Fifth of Windows Installs Non-Genuine?

snib writes: "Microsoft disclosed Monday that, according to reports collected by the notorious Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) tool on millions of users' PCs, 22% of all Windows installs do not pass its validation tests and have therefore been deemed non-genuine. From the article: 'Since WGA launched in July 2005, over 512 million users have attempted to validate their copy of Windows, Microsoft said. Of those, the non-genuine rate was 22.3 percent. 56,000 reports have been made by customers of counterfeit software, which grants that user a free replacement copy of Windows.'"
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Is Online Choice Not Only Good But Profitable Too?

jg21 writes: In what he calls "the old TV world", blogging venture capitalist Sim Simeonov notes that 'consumer choice == less money' since you'd make the most money if you could just turn all the TVs on in every household, tie people to their couches and prop their eyelids open. But in the age of Web 2.0 and user-generated content, the game has changed. Simeonov instances the upcoming site Flip, aimed at teenage girls, in which the girls themselves can apparently decide which brands' ads will appear during the setup phase. Seems like the long-awaited (dreaded?) future of online ads that target at the level of the individual consumer has finally arrived. In other words, nowadays 'consumer choice == more money'! [From the article: "To online businesses — both the majors and those serving niche content — choice is good and the Net's ability to support infinitely many discoverable 'channels' is the key enabler for segmenting the audience into ever smaller, better targeted, more engaged, higher margin groups."]
Novell

Submission + - Wal-Mart taking advantage of the Microsoft-Novell

AlexGr writes: "By: Martin LaMonica, CNET News.com, January 22, 2007 Microsoft and Novell announced that Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, became the latest customer to take advantage of the new interoperability collaboration between Microsoft Windows and Novell's SUSE Linux. Wal-Mart is a long-standing Microsoft partner and intends to expand its infrastructure using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. http://news.com.com/Wal-Mart+eyes+Microsoft+for+We b+build-out/2100-1017_3-6152247.html?tag=nefd.top"
Handhelds

Submission + - The First iPhone imitation? Made from China

KESETRUM writes: Can't wait iPhone to be release? China did first (CECT Korean/China Phone Manufacture). Probably this is first iPhone imitation made by China. This Indonesia mobile online shop sell the iPhone like. According their site, this GSM phone has specs, touchscreen, screen can be rotated, touch pad, phone can be shake on built-in dice Game, camera, mp3, mp4, game and another feature. Slim form factor, and can write color drawing on screen (like graffity or jotter on PALM handheld), this online store offer delivery order for Jakarta City. The price is Rp. 1.750.000 or US$ 190. For alternatife access, see attached image from imageshack.us. This local forum discuss about this phone.

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