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Comment Re: Those who something, something (Score 1) 473

Mark 16:15-16

And he said to them, âoeGo into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Matthew 28:19

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Matthew 24:10-20

And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. ...

And that was just 3 minutes of cursory research.

The point being, we're all living in the same glass house and it behoves all of us to be sparing with our rocks :).

For the record, in the 'none of the above' camp, being a follower of the flying spaghetti monster, may His noodley appendages flavor your life with aromatic spices.


Comment Re: Those who something, something (Score 1) 473

And I would put it to you that once again, you could swap places with Christianity and Islam in your statement. Even as a total outsider to both cultures, the simple math when you consider there's 2.08 BILLION Muslims in the wold will tell you that if anything more then a "small subset" (I'd say very small myself) of them wanted to "spend their entire lives trying to spread Islam" we'd notice, because they'd be at our doors every day!

The argument is even more striking when you consider how small a proportion of that 2.08B must be who favor violence, given that we're both still here to argue with each other.


Comment Re:Stupid (Score 2) 203

You cannot haul loads of people or freight on batteries

Logic and reality means nothing to these officious, ignorant twits.

Yes, because ad hominem attacks are the solution to our problems. If only there was a solution for moving people without desiel, but such a thing is obviously not possible right?


Comment Re:Time to create a distinction? (Score 2) 80

Isn't that basically what humans do all the time? We're really good pattern recognition systems (sometimes too good, that's why we keep seeing the Flying Spaghetti Monster in our grilled cheese sandwiches. Humans are notoriously bad for finding patterns in randomness and attaching significance to it.)


Comment Archives (Score 1) 348

I once did a stint working for govt, in the dept of Education. Interestingly, that department also had responsibility for libraries and archives.

We had an effort underway to in the 1990s to copy records form 8" disks to 3.5 inch floppies in order to ensure their viability. It was non-trivial to find a working 8" floppy, but fortunately most of the data was in flat text which made it easier then dealing with proprietary formats.



Hackers Seed Torrent Trackers With Malware Disguised as Popular Downloads ( 64

An anonymous reader writes: Cybercriminals are spreading malware via torrent distribution networks, using an automated tool to disguise the downloads as trending audio, video and other digital content in an attempt to infect more unsuspecting victims. Researchers at InfoArmor say they have uncovered a malicious torrent distribution network that relies on a tool called RAUM to infect computers with malware. The network begins with a torrent parser, which collects information about some of the most popular torrent files circulating around the web. Computer criminals then apply their RAUM tool to create a series of malicious files. Some are fake copies of those popular torrent files that in reality hide notorious malware such as CryptXXX, Cerber, or Dridex. Others are weaponized torrent files, while others still are parsed torrent files that rely on a high download rating, a reputation which the attackers artificially inflate by abusing compromised users' accounts to set up new seeds.

Comment Re:No It Doesn't (Score 1) 70

This find raises no such question

I respectfully disagree. I'd argue the find suggests that it is theoretically possible to find or interpolate an intact DNA strand from a long extinct creature. That SHOULD raise the question of weather it's right to do so.

It takes time to come to a cultural consensus on these things. The right time to have the conversation is now, not when some grad student shows up at her university's ethics panel saying "I can haz baby Tyrannosaurus Rex?"

That moment is far too late and we'll have lawmakers falling all over themselves in reactionary hysterics. I've seen that movie (pun intended). Let's instead have the sober adult discussions NOW so that when the foreseeable happens we can say "Yep, we knew this was coming, and have given it a lot of thought and..."


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