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Comment What about belief through reason? (Score 1) 1486

Lets see about this. I woke up on my memory foam mattress (result of science), and drank a cup of coffee that was brewed 45minutes before I woke up (a result of science). Got dressed in my clothes that were, most likely, made on a computerized sewing machine (result of science). Grabbed my laptop, smartphone, and tool bag (results of science), and hopped in my truck (result of science). No, I really don't think I'm relying on faith to make my determination on how I feel about this.

Comment Nail his ass to the wall (if he's actually guilty) (Score 1) 844

onsidering the nature of what was allegedly done, and the position held by the defendant, I think it's perfectly reasonable to go for the maximum punishment. IMHO, It really doesn't matter what the documents were that were leaked. Hell, they could have been a top secret souffle recipe, and I would still want to see the offender properly prosecuted!

P.S. Mmm, souffle. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/cheese-souffle-recipe/index.html [Food Network – Alton Brown]

P.P.S. Maybe I shouldn't have skipped breakfast this morning...


Stem Cell Tourists Take Costa Rica Off the Agenda 206

An anonymous reader writes "Stem cell tourism is a booming and troubling industry, in which clinics in places like Mexico, China, and India offer rich tourists experimental stem-cell-based treatments, none of which have been approved by the FDA here in the US. (Check out some of these creepy sites that offer treatments for everything from autism to MS, and even the 'very common ailment called aging.') But in one positive development, Costa Rica just shut down its top stem cell clinic. Said the country's health minister, 'This isn't allowed in any serious country in the world.'"

Comment Re:Bluff City is south of Bristol Motor Speedway (Score 1) 680

I don't understand people that think speed limits are moral imperatives that fall on the same line as murder or arson. You people act like I just raped somebody if I want to go 55 in a 50 mile an hour zone.

I live in Houston on I-10, and due to a huge environmental/safety push they lowered the speed limit from 70 to 55. It was a joke, the highway is built for speed and it has excellent lines of visibility and

  • intelligently designed merging sections

, and they make you crawl down it. Nobody did the speed limit so they upped it to 60, which didn't really help. As a result you get fast swerving traffic trying to move at the natural pace down the highway, moving through slow road bumps.

If they would pick a reasonable speed limit based on the design of the road, and not the result of some safety pissing campaign then I bet you could get people to actually follow it.

I'm betting that the Texas DOT had more to do with those merging sections than God... Crazy Texans, always trying to push intelligent design.


The "Scientific Impotence" Excuse 892

chichilalescu writes "I've had the feeling for a long time that people refuse to listen to scientists. The following is from an article on Ars Technica: 'It's hardly a secret that large segments of the population choose not to accept scientific data because it conflicts with their predefined beliefs: economic, political, religious, or otherwise. But many studies have indicated that these same people aren't happy with viewing themselves as anti-science, which can create a state of cognitive dissonance. That has left psychologists pondering the methods that these people use to rationalize the conflict. A study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology [abstract here] takes a look at one of these methods, which the authors term "scientific impotence" — the decision that science can't actually address the issue at hand properly.' The study found that 'regardless of whether the information presented confirmed or contradicted [the subjects'] existing beliefs, all of them came away from the reading with their beliefs strengthened."

Apple Is Nintendo's "Enemy of the Future" 272

Pickens writes "The San Francisco Chronicle reports that video game industry revenue fell by 26 percent in April, adding more concerns about the health of the industry in the worst year-over-year decline since July 2009. But the big news is that the decline in portable sales makes up 61 percent of the overall monthly decline, suggesting that the Nintendo DS platform is losing steam but also reflecting the growing clout of the iPhone platform as the iPhone and iPod Touch continue to draw in more casual gamers, the iPad offers a bigger screen experience, and Apple announces the 'Game Center' — a social gaming hub with console-like online gaming features. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata is understood to have told his senior executives recently to regard the battle with Sony as a victory already won and to treat Apple, and its iPhone and iPad devices, as the 'enemy of the future.' 'If Nintendo's future mobile platforms are to be any kind of success, the company will have to figure out how to take on the ease of use afforded by the App Store,' writes Nicholas Deleon. A large part of Nintendo's faith in reviving its efforts hinge on the 3DS, which may ship in the fall, the first truly major handheld introduction for Nintendo since the original DS in 2004. He adds, 'Maybe Nintendo should just release a phone?'"
Open Source

Law Professors Developing Patent License For FOSS 41

Julie188 writes with this quote from a Networkworld article: "Two law professors from UC Berkeley have come up with a novel idea to protect open source developers from patent bullies. They call it the Defensive Patent License. They hope the DPL can address the objections FOSS developers have with patents the way the GPL addressed them for copyright. The DPL is similar to the concept of a defensive patent pool, but is not the same. The DPL is a bit more radical. It requires a bigger commitment from its members than the typical toe-in-the-water kind of pool, says Jason Schultz, former staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. 'The perception is that bigger companies only commit their least-effective, least-important patents to a patent pool,' he says. Schultz isn't pointing fingers at any particular pool. However critics of IBM's open source patent pledge often said it didn't cover the patents most relevant to the FOSS community."

Comment Great road rage tools (Score 1) 594

I like to keep pockets of pennies for when I go out riding. When someone decides that they want to attempt to kill you, whether by not seeing you, or by trying to pass you illegally. You simply destroy their paint job, by throwing a random amount of pennies at their car.

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