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Comment Re: Uhm... (Score 1) 493

Sometimes H1B visas absolutely are the best talent. Not every company is optimizing for minimum wages.

Undoubtedly. But that's real talent, and not people provided by Wipro or similar outsourcing companies for a pittance.
People with neither highly paid prior work experience nor a degree from an internationallly accredited university should, IMHO, never get a H1-B visa, because the risk is high that they're only going to be employed to save a penny, and not because resident workers can't be found.

Comment Re: 4 billion years before the earth existed ... (Score 1) 66

We're not referring to their clock, we use our own since that's where we are. It's 8 billion light years away (our clock). Earth is 4.5 billion years old (our clock). Still roughly 4 billion years before the earth existed and we are now seeing it...

There you use that word again, "before". It makes no sense at relativistic distances. There will be frames of reference that disagree on what is "before" and what is "after". You cannot apply our frame of reference and clock to their location, which is what you do here.

Comment Re:Cost (Score 1) 53

Scanning & handling paper - 0.004 cents per page

Per month. A million pages will be $4,000 per month, or $52,000 per year at this introductory rate.

The risk seems great that a corporate manager will fall for the temptation of saving the company a chunk of reoccurring expenses, and at the same time erasing its historical records.

Comment Longevity (Score 1) 53

They're charging .004 cents per page -- for every month that it's stored in the cloud.

And that's why I am worried about approaches like this. Documents that were maturing for posterity in a basement are now subject to a rental fee, and once a bean counter decides not to pay that, they're gone.
That may be okay for documents that aren't of any value to future document diggers, but I fear that much of future history will be lost if subject to a rent troll.

Comment Re:4 billion years before the earth existed ... (Score 2) 66

OK, so 4 billion years before the earth existed, we're finally seeing what happened. But it's cool that we can see that far :)

"4 billion years before" doesn't make any sense for relativistic distances where we don't have a common clock that ticks for both places - that galaxy, and ours.

In our frame of reference, it happens now. In their frame of reference, we have no idea, because we can't apply our time frame to theirs.

Comment Re:In Other Words (Score 1) 413

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.

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

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.

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.

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