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Comment Re:Makework (Score 1) 1143

Or figure out a way to control population growth. Because you can't continue to "give them money" forever; eventually the well will run dry. Then what?

Why not? It's not like money is a finite resource. Money represents access to resources but if those resources run out that's going to be a problem for everyone.

Comment Re: The Republicans want to make everyone work (Score 1) 1143

The only question is what that does to inflation and whether that creates a de facto "tax" on the economy.

Luckily that question has an answer - printing more money the the (only real) cause of inflation and it will act like a universal tax on everyone, as everyone will pay through the devaluation of their earnings. Inflation is possibly the *most* unfair tax that there is.

Comment Re: Omar Saddiqui Mateen? (Score 1) 1718

Atheism is the *belief* that there's no God (or gods).

No it isn't. Atheism is an absence of belief, not a belief in absence.

No it isn't. Atheism is not an absence of belief. The only way you can have an absence of belief is through ignorance. And atheists are not ignorant; they have made a choice and their choice is to believe that there is no god. Atheism is a belief in the absence of belief.

Comment Re: Omar Saddiqui Mateen? (Score 1) 1718

Beliefs regarding gods are religious beliefs, even if it is nonexistence of those gods.

"“Atheism is indeed the most daring of all dogmas . . . for it is the assertion of a universal negative.” -- G. K. Chesterton


While I agree with you that atheism is a belief, and scientifically un-testable, there is a distinction between religion and belief; beliefs in the supernatural are considered 'spirituality' where religion provides a framework and a power structure, social norms and dogma.

Comment Re: Omar Saddiqui Mateen? (Score 1) 1718

No, it can't. It is lack of belief in deities, and, by extension, the supernatural. Usually the people claiming it is a religion are religious themselves and do it because they can't handle the possibility of people having morality that lacks dependency on the supernatural.

It can if you equate religion to dogma and compliance rather. To put it another way if a religion is made up of equal parts of dogma, social norms, belief and the supernatural then removing the supernatural leaves you with 75% of what religion provides.

Comment Re: OS/2 (Score 1) 211

We ran Linux and FreeBSD on production servers - well I started administering them it was in late 1999. Back in those days you chose the components of your servers carefully to get supported hardware and you weren't surprised when something not listed as being explicitly supported didn't work, and yes you would wait for a couple of months or longer for new drivers to come out. Watching FreeBSD build itself over the internet from a single boot floppy was an experience verging on the mystical; and ports at the time had no comparison to any software distribution system. You could download, compile and build software with three commands, it was pure magic. I know of people that were running headless Linux servers from about 1996 onwards, for things like file and mail distribution and as firewalls. And to compare it to the offerings of the time from Microsoft or Novell - they were pretty damn good.

Comment Re:Corporate lies... (Score 4, Insightful) 161

While corporate hate is hip right now I am sure that Microsoft would have preferred that their Nokia venture worked rather than flopping so hard, so given that they gave it a good shot and it didn't work what else does Microsoft owe Finland? Perhaps the Finnish shouldn't have sold Nokia in the first place.

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