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Comment Re:I don't like hate speech laws. (Score 2) 305

I would concur that they are a 'threat' to secularism, in that they believe and will preach in opposition to it, but the OP stated "Democracy, Secularism, and the rule of law, and civil rights". Using "and" makes it inclusive, and if even one of the four listed is not true then the whole statement becomes untrue. But I digress.

As for civil rights, I would say that depends on what rights you are looking at. Free speech, self defense, the right to life... all of these are fully supported by Christianity (both in general and specifically Evangelical Protestants) as far as I have ever seen. Now some of the newer ideas of civil rights, like homosexual marriage, are of course contested.

I also wonder what problem you - or people in general - have with someone spreading what they believe their God says? In the case of Christianity, the core message is that we humans are sinful by nature, that as such we deserve death (we all do die, that seems to be a fact), and that Jesus came to earth and died in our place so that while we may still physically die we can be brought back to life and live forever with him. That isn't a message that harms anyone, and it has to be taken pretty far out of context to be used to cause injury or lead people do commit crimes. Sure, people *have* managed to mangle it and other teachings to cause problems... but the same can happen with the philosophy of Darwin (survival of the fittest -> kill those who aren't fit) or numerous other ideologies.

And *if* Christians are right, but they kept the good news to themselves, then you'd be pretty pissed to find that out after you died. So they are in a catch-22, so to speak: tell people what they believe, and be persecuted for it, or don't and disobey their God as well as potentially harm people by not warning them.

Comment Re:I don't like hate speech laws. (Score 1) 305

"Is Evangelical Protestant Christianity a dangerous cult that is a clear and present danger to Democracy, Secularism, and the rule of law, and civil rights?"

I disagree with you - the Christians I know mostly fall into this particular section of the spectrum, and not a single one is a threat to or opposed to democracy or the rule of law. I nearly modded you down, but... free speech is important! You have your opinions, I have mine. An open discussion and dialog is more important than trying to silence our opponents.

Comment Re:Just turn off Windows Updates via Services (Score 1) 68

I tend to manually turn off a lot of that stuff, in so far as possible. Turn off Cortana, don't use the Windows Store (never seem to need it), don't use Edge (prefer Chrome), etc. At work, though, we recommend a program called O&O ShutUp10 for folks who want to automate a portion of that. I'm not sure how well it handled updates, though.


Comment Re:Just turn off Windows Updates via Services (Score 1) 68

Very true. My approach is to only re-enable after there is a major upgrade that would encapsulate lots of smaller patches - the rough equivalent of the old Service Packs. Oh, and back up your drive first! That way you get what should be a fairly stable update all around, and if something does go sideways you can just restore from your backup.

I do agree, though, that having more fine-tuned controls over both when updates happen and what updates you install would be better. I wish MS would stop taking away controls like that: its fine to default to settings that will automatically 'take care' of the less tech-savvy, but let those of us who are capable have more control please!

Comment Re:Smart TV is worrisome (Score 2) 457

That lack of control is part of why I still use a home theater PC. I can control what is going on more, and have access to far more entertainment options than any "Smart" TV or even a plug-in like Roku.

I think my latest TV might actually have some "Smart" features, but I don't use them and never connected it to my WiFi network... so even if it had the capacity to be used for monitoring, being off the Internet prevents any such nefarious use.

Comment Re:Belongs to the suspect (Score 1) 117

If that is correct, then the article linked to in the summary was in error. To quote:

"Amazon is contesting a search warrant from police in Arkansas, who are seeking 48 hours worth of recordings and responses made by an Amazon Echo that belonged to a murder victim."

https://qz.com/917790/amazon-c... (second paragraph)

Comment Isn't it the victim's Echo they want info from? (Score 5, Informative) 117

If so, shouldn't the decision about whether or not to release that info be up to the victim's family - whoever now has ownership over his estate? You would think that if the recordings would help in prosecuting the murderer that they would want to release them. I could see Amazon's argument if they were being compelled to release something belonging to the accused, but that doesn't appear to be the case here.

Comment YouTube RED = No adds, plus other goodies (Score 1) 168

Didn't figure it was worthwhile at first, but tried it on a 3-month free trial... and now I love it. Well worth the money, just like Netflix. No ads, some additional video content not otherwise available, and being able to play (audio only of course) in the background while using other apps on Android - or even with the screen off to save power!

Comment Re:Radiation wrecks robots? (Score 2) 307

It doesn't take years if the flux is high enough and the components are sensitive. Direct neutron damage really can be a problem for electronics.

You are definitely right about all the high energy secondary particles. They cause a whole heap of problems for electronics (including signal spikes etc).

My point really was that there's nothing special about the interaction between radiation and biological intitities (as the original poster was implying). Neutron radiation (including secondary effects) will damage non-biological materials just as well as biological.

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