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Comment Re:Should X be mandatory? (Score 5, Informative) 861

Well, the problem is that landfills are actually *made* to handle toxic substances, so filling them up with things that don't belong there wastes *lots* of money and time. They usually put landfills in empty rock quarries, so that the waste doesn't leach into the soil and water system. In addition, they are usually treated in such a way as to encourage it *not* to break down, and therefore it is less of a hazard. If you spend all of that landfill area on stuff that *could* be composted away, you are just wasting valuable space.

Comment Re:Wrong (Score -1, Flamebait) 861

Why do you think we must go to expensive doctors for healthcare? They haven't even existed for most of humanity. The problem is that government regulations *prevent* people from offering healthcare at reasonable prices. They don't allow nurses to operate without the supervision of doctors, they are trying to push herbalists out, and if you were to make a splint for your neighbor's broken arm... God help you.

The problem isn't that we lack healthcare, it's that the government has mandated that all health care be done by expensive doctors, rather than by each other.

On top of that, we have developed a societal expectation that we should have everything just because we want it. Why should you be guaranteed dental care by a specialist after drinking cokes for decades?

There are many people who would and could help, but we demand that our help comes only from experts and specialists, and then we demand that someone else pay for it.

Comment Re:Fundies just can't stand the heat (Score 1) 943

Actually, just to be clear, a large number of Catholics, especially those in the upper hierarchy, are ID-oriented evolutionists. Most people don't realize that there is a large contingent of ID who agree with common ancestry, but doubt the mechanism of natural selection. This is the position of many in the Catholic church.

Comment Re:Fundies just can't stand the heat (Score 1) 943

Also with regard to the Galileo affair, Feyerabend argued quite persuasively that a fair assessment of the evidence available to observers at the time of Galileo actually point to Galileo being wrong. In fact, Galileo's "clenching" argument that the Earth moves is the tides, which Galileo thought occurred by the sloshing of the waters as the Earth moves in space. Galileo thought that the geocentric idea that the moon caused the tides was rediculous nonsense.

Anyway, just to point out that the way knowledge progresses is always much more messy than the stories that get told.

Comment Re:Fundies just can't stand the heat (Score 1) 943

Actually, Catholicism isn't nearly as single-minded as your post implies. There are many parts of the Catholic church with many different perspectives. There are YEC groups and evolutionary groups and everything in-between. The Catholic church is quite a diverse place, and the idea that it is a singular unity is basically a myth. The "orders" of the catholic church have about as much variance as the Protestant denominations.

Comment Re:Lameness (Score 1) 1613

In anything, you can get people to work around the clock. What made Apple tick was that Jobs organized that work towards a common, definable goal. It is great to have a great crew. But there are a very small number of crews, no matter how great the individuals, who will work in a unified effort without the strong efforts of a leader to provide direction.

Comment Re:I'm skeptical (Score 1) 312

I think this is completely silly. Don't even understand the point. If, instead, he had limited the string to single-characters, he would have been finished in at most a few minutes. So it looks like he is taking an impossible problem, cheating, and then covering for it by making the string long enough to require real work.


Submission + - Intel unveils 50-core maths co-processor card (

arcticstoat writes: Intel has officially taken the wraps off its next generation ‘Knights Corner’ processor; a dedicated 50-core maths co-processor chip based on the technology from Intel’s abandoned Larrabee graphics project.

Intel confirmed that the 50 x86 cores used in Knights Corner will be fabricated using the same 22nm Tri-Gate process as next year’s Ivy Bridge processors, meaning the processors will use the very latest transistor technology. The processors will also be packaged on a traditional 16x PCI-E card, so they'll potentially provide an easy upgrade for any workstation that requires a little extra processing grunt.


Submission + - Worried your staff emails are compromised? Check h (

mask.of.sanity writes: An Australian security researcher has developed a portal that searches millions of stolen databases for compromised email addresses.

Dozens of government agencies and big businesses have had their domain names crop up in the compromised databases because staff used them to register for services. Hackers know this and they have managed to reuse emails and passwords on a variety of websites.

But businesses fearing that reused staff work passwords and emails have been caught in the hacks will be able to check an entire employee register in one swoop.

Researcher Daniel Grzelak plans to write a batch capability in the next few days, and already users can check individual addresses.

Submission + - Are Mutations Random? (

johnnyb writes: Here's a short video which questions the standard view of genetic mutations as haphazard events. Are mutations possibly cell-directed rather than accidental?

Comment Re:No problem (Score 1) 1251

"the DiscoTute will create new journals for the purpose (same as the homeopathy whackjobs do"

I think this is a bit of "the pot calling the kettle black". Some of the current mainstream evolutionary journals (the journal Evolution, for instance), started because a group of authors/editors didn't feel that their views were being taken seriously by other scholars, so they merely created a new journal that they published in. This isn't too unusual. It is true that the quacks do it. It is also true that everyone else does, too.

Comment Re:Sure (Score 1) 1251

A friend of mine (Norbert Smith) was well-published in the scientific literature. He researched the regulatory changes that alligators use to dive deep underwater. The BBC even did a documentary on his research. When it came out that he was a creationist, they fired him. It isn't about peer review, research money, or anything like that. There is open discrimination against non-Darwinian opinions.

Recently, an *astronomer* was denied employment because of his views on *evolution*. The position had nothing to do with biology, or even astrobiology, but because they didn't like his views on evolution.

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