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Comment Re:god-botherer? (Score 1) 54

Rather hypocritical of you, seeing how you are spreading the gospel of darwinism you were indoctrinated into absent any understanding, and sprinkled with racism.

I hate to spring to the defence of an AC against another AC, but you seem to be unaware that darwinism also implies an end to racism and even speciesism, because there are no dividing lines.
You need binary thinking to get hate crime, and modern biology is delightfully free of that..

His comment had nothing to do with souls or religion, his point was nobody gets to chose, and you wouldn't be barking that cr@p had you been born in the "wrong place", cuz you'd be jerky drying under the sun regardless of how "fit" you consider yourself to be.

"Being born in the wrong place" is a double absurdity - both because you can no more be the offspring of someone else than you could be the offspring of a wrench and a comet, and also because the human being isn't a binary on/off, but develops gradually with its body - the being is a product of both genetics and environment and becomes progressively more a self over the formative years, until perhaps losing the self again at the end. There is no magical soul involved, with a potential for being transplanted.

Killing poverty is exactly as reprehensible as handing out condoms in this regard. You prevent a lot of potential people from ever becoming aware entities, and open room for others who have a chance of leading better lives. It requires some seriously magical thinking to think one of these as bad and the other good.

As for "fittest", the offspring of people living in Kalahari are, up to modern times, those most fit (or, rather, least unfit) for surviving and reproducing in Kalahari. And the offspring of Inuit seal hunters are, up to modern times, those most fit for surviving and reproducing in that environment. Neither would face good chances of nurturing viable offspring if transplanted to the other environment.

Comment I'm quite ignorant of the KKK (Score 1) 1

All I know about them is they hate blacks, Jews, and Catholics (presumably all non-protestants, but as I said, I'm ignorant). What views do they have that aren't hateful? I'm curious.

As to BLM, the entire reason that movement HAD to happen was because there really ARE people who think black lives DON'T matter, including black gangsters and bigoted whites. You have some citation for BLMers advocating hatred or violence?

Like the late humorist Will Rogers said in the 1930s, "all I know is what I read in the papers" and I have a LOT more newspapers available than he did, thanks to the internet.

Comment Re: Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 674

Another is if it pushes the heat toward areas of weaker insulation and away from areas of stronger insulation. If the outside is cooler than the inside, then the temperature will leak out more rapidly. If the outside is warmer than the inside, then the warmth will leak in more slowly.

You're exactly wrong, and I'll try to show you why:

Consider your two premises for the "hot outside" situation:
(a): There are (at least two) areas with different insulation, and
(b): The outside is warmer than the inside.

If the air is still, you will reach an equilibrium, where the weak insulation spot can't easily cause more heat transfer to the air on the inside, because the air on the inside is already pretty hot. You end up with a room with areas that are hotter than others, and heat transfer within the room is mainly radiation and not convection.

Now, if you circulate the air on the inside, you provide cooler air to the (a) areas. Cooler air which can absorb more heat from the outside. You've disturbed the equilibrium, and go towards a new one where all the air in the room is subject to being heated through the (a) spots.
In effect, you create a convection oven, which works precisely on the principle of bringing cooler air to the heating elements.

Comment Unacceptable! (Score 4, Funny) 140

This sort of reckless openness in communications sends the message that so called 'disasters' are a free-for-all for pirates, child pornographers, and terrorists.

Any right-thinking citizen would agree that a few unimportant people staying buried in rubble is a small price to pay to secure the internet against intellectual property theft and anonymous communication by evildoers.

Comment That's honestly pretty surprising. (Score 1) 164

It's not a huge surprise that the reliability of Apple widgets isn't appreciably better than high end Android gizmos; Apple is hardly the only company in the world that knows how to shove a bunch of solid state hardware into a tight space; and to the degree they are atypically skilled at it they usually end up focusing on extra skinniness and similar aesthetic considerations that don't necessarily enhance reliability.

What is surprising is that 'Android devices' as a whole would perform so well. It is the blessing, and the curse, of Android that pretty much anyone can slap it into almost anything; and vendors take full advantage of that. I would have expected the floods of dire crap to drag down the average reliability rating considerably.

Comment Re:I read the version with the photos (Score 1) 4

Yes, it was. I had the maid show me how to work the coffeemaker later. I'd have known if I'd bothered to read the coffee packet.

Some of the blur may have been because I was so shaky after hiking outside with all those books and falling down. That last photo is bad because there wasn't much light,

Comment Re:I read the version with the photos (Score 1) 4

The blurry pics are from Patty's new Samsung. I reduced resolution as well, because when I run out of hosting space at where the photos actually are (they won't fit in the's 10 megs) it will cost a lot more. The Sith is cropped way down, he was across the room.

That first picture, the worldcon logo, came from Google. The covers to "Random Scribblings" are GIMPed photos I took with the same phone I took to Worldcon.

I would have probably made a fool of myself if I'd gone to the first Midamericon in 1969 in St. Louis, but I was seventeen.

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