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Comment Re:Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith (Score 1) 451

Phil is in his windup, here comes the pitch, it's a meatball, waist high and ready to go for a ride...

Yes, Phil, economics IS a real science, like tea leaf reading and astrology.

Let's call it the Pinnochio Science.

and I thought "dark matter" was some kind of annoying anomaly, an irritation, one thread out of place in an otherwise carefully woven work of art(science) but noooo, it turns out that it's 95% of matter in the universe or somebody is really wrong about something else...seriously disillusioned in Mountain View.

Comment ANSWER KEY (Re:Cue the following:) (Score 1) 1306

1. False, I've met some very bright people from
2. True, but it is only one of the reasons
3. True, more often than not
4. False, Creationism, ID, it's all the same
5. Possibly, but I'd need to see a complete
                          sentence first
6. a) True, IDers are certifiable
      b) Deceptive, nobody I know says evolution is
            unassailable, just better supported by
            data than the alternatives offered by
            religious nutballz.
      c) Deceptive, Relativity was not held back by
            dogmatic people, it was held back until
            someone came along who was smart enough to
            see the world differently and express it
            mathematically. Supported by experimental
            evidence, it has become generally accepted.
      d) True, that's why we teach evolution today

Comment Re:Evolution is flawed (Score 2, Insightful) 1306

Evolution is not "flawed", it is incomplete, a work in progress. It is adjusted as we go to deal with new data. Unlike the the bible which is inherently not factual and really hasn't seen any progress in centuries.

Evolution is not taught as fact, it is only perceived by narrow-minded dingwallies as being taught as fact.

Religion sucks moosebladderthroughahairystraw. All religion.

That concludes this series of disjointed comments and attacks.

Comment Reason (Score 1) 921

I would like to think that, as a lifelong non, un and anti-pious person, my choices in an end of life scenario would be ruled by reason. I would not refuse extreme measures if the likely outcome were acceptable, nor would I greedily demand all measures if the likely outcome were unacceptable.

Define likely, acceptable and unacceptable according to your personal taste.

I have to admit that I do find the implication in the headline that the pious value life more highly than the non/un/anti-pious to be typical religious bullcrap - they're always buying all the tickets to their own show..

Comment Popular Culture (Score 1) 106

The earliest virtual worlds I remember were described in Vernor Vinge's "True Names" and William Gibson's "Neuromancer" Don't these count as prior art? How about that silly game Adventure, sure it was only one user when I first saw it but it had other characters and action. How about email lists? Those are multi-user virtual worlds. They have their own community, libraries, written and unwritten rules. Seems like the culture itself has produced sufficient prior art to make the patent absurd.
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Submission + - The Grapes of Wrath

OldFish writes: I experienced a vivid recollection of Henry Fonda in Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" when I heard about a tent city in Sacramento.

It turns out that these are popping up in other places too. Seeing the pictures, it seems that we haven't quite achieved the necessary scale for the Great Depression analogy to be solid, but we're headed there.

Meanwhile, Silicon Valley unemployment is getting up there at ~9.4%

We're apparently ahead of the national average which seems to be about 8.1%

But be careful when you say that we're nowhere near the Great Depression level of ~25% since we may be measuring things differently today.

Meanwhile, our ever-vigilant politicians have made no changes to the H1B visa program which represents some 85K new entrants to our job market.

I'm not saying that I think that the H1B program is the cause of our economic woes, it isn't. But maybe now is the time to suspend the program indefinitely, stop wasting our domestic talents, invest in education and educate and employ citizens first. Am I selfish? Yes. And your point is?

Comment Re:Bill of Rights (Score 1) 205

I respectfully disagree. What if I write encrypted documentation on paper? The key is in my memory, only my direct testimony can recover the encrypted contents. The encrypted hard drive case is identical to the encrypted hardcopy document: what you see is what you get. The only physical evidence is the encrypted file, any decrypted content is a product of my testimony, my memory. I think my position is quite solid.

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