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Comment Re:In Other Words (Score 1) 400

The simulated universe conjecture doesn't lend anything new to the believers of the supernatural that they don't already have.

Oh but it does. One of the greatest victories for the fundamental set would be if they could manage to get their religious beliefs taught as science in the classroom. Angered by biology and evolution, they have been trying every ten years or so to re-introduce their belief into science classrooms. Creation science was rejected by science first, then the creationists turned to Intelligent design, which ostensibly suggests the possibility of their god or aliens - though of course, wink wink, you know who we really mean. Fortunately that was shown to be lying for god.

So now, here we have people claiming that our universe is a simulation. Any Intelligent design advocates will hop on that like crocodiles on a wildebeest.

What does God need with a starship (or simulation)?

If existing, it could do all that without a simulation. So any evidence for a simulation would be evidence against it being a supreme being.

Of course. But how well will your logic play with people who believe things like the Noah's Ark myth being literally true? People who believe that the entire world was covered with water to overtop the earth's highest mountains in a rain event lasting 960 hours raising sea level by 8,850 meters today's Everest height, less at that time due to plate tectonics. I did BOE calculations and it was essentially a solid wall of falling water - the ark would need to be a submarine or else be swamped. Not to mention, all of the animals from Australia would have to swim to the middle east, covering thousands of miles - so they wouldn't drown.

People who believe that would have no problem with a spaceship god, and it's computer simulation.

And it would go against the tenets of free will. Granted, some flavors of godbothering believe in predestination, but most claim there's free will, including creationists.

Free will is another one of those philosophical brouhahas that I prefer to avoid, reminds me of angels dancing on the head of a pin discussions.

Regardless, the same folk who got wood over their incorrect application of the second law of thermodynamics will be really excited to talk about how Neil DeGrasse Tyson agrees with them about a single creator of the universe. Scientists will rue the day they came up with this admission of defeat.

Comment Re:Digital Rights? (Score 1) 202

You DO realize that Steam games are easier to crack than any other DRM, yes? That there are websites that have cracks for damned near every game Steam has ever hosted, including cracks for Steam itself so it will just be locked into offline mode forever? That the majority of cracks out there for triple a titles are based on the Steam version because the Steam version is the easiest to do know this, right? And that Steam has a built in backup tool so you wouldn't even need Steam to reinstall your games at any time?

Worrying about Steam going away is like worrying about CD checks, its technology that has been broken for ages, everyone knows this, but it stops casual copies and helps cut down on cheaters (you can even tell which games have used Steam to crack down on cheaters as you'll see screams of "FORCED UPDATES ZOMFG!" because cheaters had broken the MP on the old version) but keep you from playing your games? Only if you cannot use Google.

Comment Re:Digital Rights? (Score 3, Interesting) 202

And normal Joe's call it "bullshit that pisses ya off and sends you straight to TPB" ala the classic oatmeal strip.

AAMOF the ONLY DRM I've seen that doesn't piss people off and actually gets shit right? Steam. It has offline mode so you can still play your games if your connection goes tits up, and the platform actually does things FOR the consumer instead of simply being a tool for big corps to use against the user. It keeps all your games updated, gives creators of games an easy way to support modders and an easy way for players to use mods with Steam workshop, gives you chat,hassle free matchmaking, its convenient as hell which is what the media companies never seem to grasp, people want CONVENIENCE.

But instead the big corps will shit all over it in their endless greed and fuck it up, they always do. Hell we have a perfect example with MSFT and PlaysForSure. They had a great ecosystem with tons of shops you could buy and rent from, devices at every price point from sub $10 to over $400 that worked with it, both major and minor players supporting it....then MSFT got fucking greedy and killed it for their shitty iPod clone and in less than 2 years completely wiped out every inch they had gained in the market and had nothing to show for it besides a warehouse full of shit brown Zunes.

So don't worry fellow geeks, they will shit all over this thing as they always do. they will have the content split among a dozen different places, half of which won't play nice with the other half and ALL charging too much, it won't work worth a piss with any mobile that is older than 5 minutes ago, and it'll go the way of SecuROM and RMA files because if its one thing we've seen is true of big media? Its owned by a bunch of old farts that have ZERO clue what the consumers want.

Comment Re:Well I'm gonna break up the hate party (Score 1) 111

There is a perplexing amount of GNOME hate in the top comments. I'm a very happy user. I've been using Linux almost exclusively in all capacities since about 1999 and have sampled and/or used a lot of desktop environments. GNOME is the best, IMHO.

If its what you like, it's all you need. Too many slashdot users seem to think that something they don't like must suck.

Comment Re:sunset mode (Score 1) 111

Seriously, why is this a thing?

So someone held a gun to your head and forced you to use it? Go to distrowatch, and get one of the distros that doesn't cause you to blow your stack

Comment Re: Finally, I can switch to Gnome! (Score 1) 111

Don't whinge about Gnome 3 and its applications, just use MATE

Exactly. I don't like Gnome, and I found this incredibly simple trick to avoid it. You won't believe what happens next!

I use Ubuntu Mate. Works a trick. If I didn't use Mate, I'd use Mint. Seems weird about people crying about an interface thy don't like, then there are so many alternatives, a few of them exemplary.

Comment Re:In Other Words (Score 2) 400

Umm no and here's the rebuttal: http://backreaction.blogspot.c...

To tell the truth, I think that the "Universe is a simulation" is just the latest creationist effort. In a simulation, dinosaurs can be put in the ground just for fun, bioogical relations are just that way because the great simulator in the sky wants them that way, and the apparent age of the universe, speed of light, and radioactivity are all 100 percent arbitrary.

So if the universe is a simulation, there is no reason why the Abrahamic God didn't create it in October 4004 b.c.e. as determined by Usher so it is now science, and must be taught in the nation's classrooms. The Bible is now the scientific description of a scientific simulation program.

Solved everything and did the final endrun around those supreme court athiests. Howbow dah?

Comment Re:In Other Words (Score 1) 400

It isn't even a theory though, as there isn't anything to support it.

There is no conclusive proof, but there is plenty of evidence that the universe is a simulation. In many ways, the universe appears to be designed to be easy to simulate. If you were designing a universe simulation, what would you do?

1. Due to limited computational resources, the simulated universe would be granular or "quantum". 2. To limit computation, reality would be held in a fuzzy probabilistic "superposition" state until it is actually observed, similar to how a GPU running OpenGL will skip the generation of hidden polygons. 3. The maximum speed of information transfer would be finite, to limit the propagation of changes through the universe.

All of these are actually true in our universe, ergo, we are very likely a simulation.

I have it even better using the same logic. God made us - let's say the Abrahamic God. We are here, which is completey consistent with God making us, therefore - proven that God made us.

God's running the simulation, and that's all anyone needs to know. It all depends one's ability to give up and stop thinking, because if we live in a simulation, there is no point in studying anything, because at any moment, the great simulator in the sky can turn off the computer, and make a different simulation.

Comment Re:In Other Words (Score 1) 400

it's simply a cool-sounding idea with absolutely no experimental evidence at all.

Unless the simulation has major bugs, the simulated entities will never be able to prove that they are, in fact, simulated, unless the entity running the simulation allows it.

Exactly - no evidence.

And as such, it's religion. The simulation might have been caused by the Desert God, her multiple offshoots Christianity, Judaism, or Islam, Buddha, Dagon, or any of the thousands of other Gods man has created.

Which is another interesting philosophical inanity. If man creates God in his own image, and our existence is a simulation, did man there create his own universe in a simulation?

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