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Comment Re:No they aren't denying it (Score 5, Interesting) 629

Climate Change is not a religious issue for those who "deny" it. (The other side, arguably yes...) You're confusing it with Evolution.

But interestingly, the "reasoning" and rhetoric of global warming denial is almost identical to that of evolution denial.

E.g., both promote the notion that they are up against a global conspiracy of scientists.

Comment It's a sign of continuing centralization (Score 1) 203

In the past it was trivial to just mirror websites as they typically only consisted of some HTML pages and some images. If something like that happened in the past, you'd just have mirrors popping up everywhere.

Today websites are much more complicated. Even something as simple as a blog is now dynamically generated every time its loaded. You cannot simply mirror that.

Comment Re:And how did this help Justina? (Score 2) 294

Did you know she even existed yesterday?

No, but his actions didn't bring me any closer to knowing the unbiased facts about her case. Knowing about her only means I know about yet another unresolved problem.

The only thing publicizing his statement did was ensure that lots of underinformed+unqualified people now hold a strong opinion on it. Depending on the facts, that could hurt her more than it helps her.

Comment Re:Last resort (Score 2) 294

How can we condemn the "last resort" actions of any individual trying to bring about just and proper changes?

Where do we draw the line?

Deciding to take action because you believe -- rightly or wrongly -- that there's an ongoing injustice that no one else is going to fix, is the recipe for terrorism, without regard to ideology.

A line needs to be drawn somewhere. I doubt that it's possible to create a society where no one ever gets screwed (even to death), but it would be far worse if we didn't try to draw a line and enforce it.


Comment Well about the "Frogs" (Score 1) 73

There were no references to French people as such particularly since nation states apparently did not exist any more. There was one reference to "Frogs" being a kind of animal. In the series there were just blurry shapes with glitter. There actually was a French version of that series which seemingly got lost in the mists of time. Only one fragment exists.

The reason why there were only so few episodes was that it was _really_ expensive to make. Multiple German TV stations had to cooperate to finance it. Since it was filmed just before TV stations invested in colour, it didn't get sold abroad very much. There were plans to make a second series in colour but those were abandoned.

What really drew new generations of viewers to that series are the sets and the dancing. Both incredibly goofy even for a 1960s show.

Comment Re:Most techies have no real free will to do so (Score 1) 537

Well most 'technies' are also unable to solve any decently complicated problems because of incompetence.

You don't need to be a good software developer to write the 457th version of Candy Crush, but you may need to be one to actually solve an important problem.

I mean there would be lots of things like building a secure mobile device. The problem is that your average "Java jockey" won't understand that their desire to make everything complicated is part of the security problem.

Also most problems in the world cannot be solved by technology. You cannot solve the problem of few people owning most of the world with technology. In fact if you are an incompetent "techie" you commonly even make it worse. A typical example are websites today. HTML used to be something simple, something everybody could do. Today it becomes more and more complex, so complex that there's just a hand full of working browser engines around.

Comment Re:Lets hope its better than the last few series (Score 1) 153

It's a controversial opinion, but while I thought season 7 was mostly terrible, I actually liked where they went with the last season and actually hold it up as a rare example of a show managing to breath new life into something that's gone stale by introducing a major plot development near the end.

Nothing beats the scene of Kat trying to get sent to the hospital.

Comment Re:Russia would have nada If the US system was hon (Score 1) 531

The current 2 party duopoly is a corrupt manipulative mess [...].

The parliamentary system sounds much fairer, but is more subject to letting radicals get total control of a country.

Both Hillary and Trump are AWFUL candidates.

Hillary is only AWFUL if you believe all the right-wing smears. I've actually come to think more highly of her after following all the bogus scandal stories we're being fed.

People on the left generally wish she was more liberal. Bernie's views matched mine better than hers do, but there's about a negative chance that he would get a congress that would let him pursue his agenda. (Even centrist Hillary probably won't.) Also, Bernie showed several times that he's too hot-headed for the job.

Comment Re:So then Hillary is the warmonger (Score 1) 531

Trump is working for Trump and is not going to work for either the Russians or the American people.

I almost feel sorry for all those social conservatives who say they're voting for him due to the all-important supreme court nominations. As if he actually cares about their agenda.

Comment Re:Why bother? The overt stuff is bad enough (Score 1) 531

Also Trump himself is already going on about how the election will be rigged - he's deliberately sowing distrust in the election.

What's funny is that he has also said the primaries were rigged. Where does that leave his nomination?

Frankly I don't think he's "sowing" anything - he's just saying whatever crackpot idea crosses his mind while he's talking.

Comment Re:Wrong (Score 1) 76

Right. Levinthals paradox makes the Earths age a DONTCARE. Order-of proton life-time to form one amuzing polypeptide. Since life can't happen at all, it can only happen once.

Actually it's about folding into a specific configuration rather than "forming". Also it assumes no mechanism other than chance, which is where lots of these arguments go astray.

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