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Comment Re:4th amendment? (Score 1) 420

...I dont see it as a 4th amendment issue anymore then someone on the street overhearing what you are doing inside your house.

Yup, you're right; it's not a 4th amendment issue. It's a ninth amendment issue -- the lost and forgotten amendment which, if we could only rediscover it, would stop all of this nonsense handily.

Comment Re:So how did this interact with pop culture? (Score 1) 300

The Navy tried to develop an approximately circular airplane, with conventional propulsion, during WW2 -- long before the 1947 incident that added "flying saucer" to the vernacular. Google "Flying Flapjack".

Little known fact: before being invaded during WWII, the French military was working on a top-secret aircraft dubbed "the flying souffle". It was unfortunately too delicate for active warfare and was infamous for its trouble with stable vertical lift.

On the other hand, it was quite delicious.

Comment Re:Just like Sheldon (Score 2) 398

I keep a D10 handy for just such mundane decisions - those where the outcome really doesn't matter - and it makes life interesting. It's actually fun not knowing what you are going to do all the time.

It is also a bit relaxing to know that I don't have to waste any time on those thoughts; just roll the die and get on with life. I can't say I apply it to getting dressed, but choosing what to have for breakfast falls into that category.

Actually, now that you mention it, I think it'd be freakin' awesome to roll the dice when it comes to choosing what to wear -- especially if a critical fumble means you then have to wear your underwear on your head for the rest of the day.

Comment Re:Is this really that uncommon? (Score 1) 398

It's not the clothes that I'm concerned about. There are far larger matters at stake every day of our lives as one day we will die, and the best that we can hope for is that we leave a better world for friends, family and other people to live in.

Well, it's the clothes I'm worried about. I mean, when I'm invited to a dinner party, I do my utmost to not clash with the Robertsons, naturally, but I also dress so I don't clash with the drapes. It would be utterly beastly of me to do either.

Comment Re:Maybe I'm missing something (Score 1) 184

I was unclear. I was saying that as an agnostic, I don't see how either side are so sure of themselves. There's no clear evidence that I can see either way. So, to me, atheists and theists both are making unproven assertions of faith.

Oh, alright, I appreciate your clarification.

My main point is that, depending on what god is described, it certainly can be (and has been) disproven. In these instances, it is not a mere assertion that this particular god doesn't exist. Also, due to the null hypothesis, it's reasonable, rational, and logical (i.e., normal) to have a stance toward any god-concept to be that it/they do not exist without providing some sort of positive evidence of that existence. Again, no faith required for the null hypothesis; in other words, no faith is required to firmly state that gods do not exist without having some evidence to support this existence.

There is also ample evidence that gods have been and are invented by humans and do not have any kind of existence outside of imagination. So there is that then as well.

Any way you slice it, there is simply no equivalence between theists and atheists, even if some atheists have arrived at their particular conclusions in an illogical or purely irrational manner. The irrationality of some atheists and their particular manner of concluding the non-existence of gods does in no way support the theist perspective of the existence of gods.

Comment Re:Maybe I'm missing something (Score 1) 184

I wonder if you could just point out that atheism by some standards is just as much a religion as theism.

Oh, this old canard again? Yawn.

You believe there are no gods,

Firstly, a lack of evidence isn't a belief no matter how hard the theists try and spin it. Secondly, the null hypothesis states that gods do not exist unless evidence is shown for them.

you can prove it only as much as one can prove there ARE gods.

Thirdly, on those rare occasions where a theist puts forth a coherent, rational god concept, it's found to be easily disproven, thus your statements are incorrect.

Comment Re:Wonderful Support... (Score 1) 627

I also believe that the GP is incorrect. Using your market power to literally exclude other competitors is textbook monopolization and I'm sure MS wouldn't do that.


What they would do, however, is to offer huge discounts if you use an all-MS shop. You can use GPL software for stuff like Apache or Pidgin, but desktops would be much cheaper if you all used Windows and Office, for example.

True, plus another thing that I guessing is keeping non-MS software out of some businesses is that the MS rep says something along the lines of, "Oh, sure, you can run whatever software you want, it's your shop. We won't support it though. We'll of course still charge full price for support of our software whether you use it or not."

This will keep many businesses from obtaining other software more so than any kind of supposed contract.

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