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Comment Matthew 7:15 (Score 1) 117

I'm pretty sure this story calls for a little Bible verse, from the book of Matthew.

"Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye."

Now brothers and sisters, please join me in a song from page 126 of your hymnal, "Open My Eyes That I Might See".

Comment Re:What show did they watch? (Score 5, Insightful) 667

Naw, the eye thing is passe for creationists. Their new tactic is claiming that "intelligence only comes from intelligence". It's from the book "Darwin's Doubt" from the Discovery Institute. Big best-seller on the god-botherer circuit.

Here's the way the argument goes (I'm not kidding): "A human brain is like a computer. And only intelligent entities can design computers. Thus...Intelligent Designer!" In other words, "there is too much information in DNA for it to have come from anywhere but the mind of Jehovah because screw Hindus".

Yep. That's it. Game over. Pwned. Until you suggest that it means the Intelligent Designer must have also come from a previous Intelligent Designer so we're looking at polytheism all the way down. Then, the argument rapidly devolves into, "The Christian Deity is the only possible explanation".

I'm telling you, I prefer the Young Earth creationists, who at least put their mythology right up front. They're honest about "God made it". These ID people are trying to subvert reason and science to get to the same place as the Young Earthers in the most dishonest way possible. All while pushing this notion of "teach the controversy", which is basically code for allowing people to proselytize for a particular religion in public schools.

Comment Re:This whole thing seems like an ad for the Wii U (Score 1) 126

Yes, I'm sure 2014 will be the year where having a second screen off the TV is a gaming essential for the next generation of gamers.


Oh, I'm sure it will eventually be sold that way, but if you're already looking at a 60" mega-screen, what possible advantage is an ipad on the coffee table over a picture-in-picture?

This whole thing sounds suspiciously like a marketer's press release. Somebody's trying to sell something that they weren't able to sell before because nobody wanted it the first time.

By the way, this is another reason why PC gamers are superior: we have ALT-TAB and don't need some extra device to give us additional functionality that we don't want anyway. And even if having a second screen off the TV did gain popularity, it will be very shortlived because it's just dumb. VR head gear like the Oculus Rift will make it obsolete before it comes to market.

Comment Re:Jenny McCarthy (Score 1) 395

Yeah, I knew several kids growing up who I'm pretty sure were somewhere along the autism spectrum, but people just figured they were odd and that there was nothing to be done.

My friendship with a guy with an Asperger's diagnosis has really made me reflect on just how hard it must have been for people from previous generations who suffered with it.

I wish you well friend, and your son.

Comment Re:Jenny McCarthy (Score 1) 395

In this case, herd immunity theory, as proferred by Fox in his Measles paper, uses a Reed-Frost statistical model consisting of a closed population of 1000 hosts.

You say that as if it was a bad thing.

The measles virus, like diptheria, does not follow the herd immunity theory.

But poliomyelitis, pertussis, small pox, and many of the other diseases for which there is an effective vaccine, do.

There are actually several ways unvaccinated children put the entire population at risk.

But be careful, you may find the dreaded Reed-Frost statistical model therein.

Comment Re:Jenny McCarthy (Score 0) 395

You're saying "disease outbreaks and dead children" as if it were an evil thing

Libertarians, man. They're a hoot, ain't they?

That pressure should come from the outside, not the inside, or the diversity will suffer and progress with it.

And why should the pressure come from "the outside" and not "the inside"?

I posit that human evolution has already slowed down to a crawl in the first world, due to risk aversion and longer life spans.

"Hey, there's no evolution because I ain't seen none today!"

You are a funny fellow. I bet you're the life of your dorm.

Comment Re:Jenny McCarthy (Score 5, Informative) 395

Now who said anything about children "dying in droves due to not being vaccinated"? But there are some very troubling statistics. Like the outbreak in measles in NY, and polio being on the rise. Kids dying of whooping cough which hasn't happened for decades.

I don't know if you're old enough to remember polio. It was a disease that crippled thousands of young kids and because of vaccination was wiped out until these knuckleheads decided they didn't want to vaccinate their kids.

Here's an assignment. Look up "herd immunity". Read about it and come back here and tell us what you've learned. I know you want to be well-informed on this subject, and herd mentality is why refusing to vaccinate your kids is a hostile act toward the rest of us.

Comment Re:Jenny McCarthy (Score 2) 395

I learned recently that the wife of the quarterback of my beloved Chicago Bears is one of these anti-vaccine people, based on the notion that vaccines have "chemicals" in them. So they don't get their kids vaccinated, endangering the lives of others.

Here, if you really want to be scared, is an interview with noted genius Kristin Cavallari, explaining that the reason she doesn't get her kids vaccinated is because she's "read too many books".

No kidding, you've got to see this:

Comment The Enlightenment (Score 0) 397

There is nothing better than a Slashdot comments discussion of racial issues. You know you're always in for a dose of thoughtful and intelligent views on race relations.

It always makes me feel so good about my fellow man. The first post (in this case, with the subject line: "Fuck that guy") usually sets the tone and it just gets better from there.

Usually, it's just a matter of time before the first mention of the GNAA and the fact that black people have a "special bone in their foot that prevents them from playing hockey". Look it up.

Comment Re:Did Fluke request this? (Score 0, Troll) 653

And it has numbers on it just like a Fluke. Plus, it exists in three dimensions, the same way a Fluke does. Are you kidding me? And they even tried to fool people, but putting a brand name other than Fluke" on it, which shows they're trying to rip off Fluke, because a Fluke has a brand name on it too.


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