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Comment Re:No they aren't denying it (Score 4, Insightful) 641

That religious meme is mainly confined to evangelicals and southern baptists in the US. It's not their own dogma, it was deliberately fed to them by politicians. Many other Christian sects use the same passages to argue god gave us ownership of the natural world and therefore we are responsible for keeping it in working order. At no point does god say "Don't worry, if you screw up this planet I will replace it"..

Comment Re:No they aren't denying it (Score 3, Interesting) 641

Actually the Catholic church has been down with Science for many years. They don't perceive a contradiction between science and religion, modern catholics consider science a "tool to better understand creation". For example, it was a Catholic priest working in the vatican observatory who came up with the big bang theory, they have accepted evolution as "god's handiwork" since the 60's, they're still dragging their feet on birth control but I think they will arrive at the same place as protestants in the not too distant future.

Comment Re:No they aren't denying it (Score 1) 641

Conspiracy - organising people to achieve a specific hidden goal. What you are describing is what Karl Popper called "The republic of Science". There is no "we" in Science to conspire, there's no central authority picking winners or handing out funds, there's just a endless list of groups and individuals with competing ideas and explanations. It doesn't surprise me at all that 3/4 of the papers submitted are never published, they can't all be interesting and many will be just plain wrong. These days people and groups can publish their own papers on the web, IMO it's easier than it's ever been for a wannabe Galileo to get a leg up.

PS:I figure you already know that..

Comment Re:This is my shocked face (Score 2) 272

The Chinese also had a plan to deorbit over the ocean, loss of control has screwed that plan. As for Skylab, as an older Aussie I remember it quite well, it was a huge news story here, NASA were not confident they knew where it would land (even with full control), Melbourne and Perth were real possibilities but they were hoping for the ocean. At the end of the day it landed closer to Perth than the ocean.

Comment ah well (Score 4, Interesting) 57

I had a Windows phone and the OS was head and shoulders above its mobile OS competitors. Intuitive and fast interface, and amazing performance for the hardware. Unfortunately there was an astonishing lack of apps, so I had to switch back to android. It was kind of 1995 in reverse: I gave up a better Windows-based OS for an inferior Linux-based one because the Linux-based one had better commercial software support.

Comment Re:Ellison is a terrorist (Score 2) 156

You may not like Windows (note: none of my computer equipment, phones, or work machines run Windows), but it normalized a pretty significant set of operating system features ranging from preemptive multitasking to pluggable filesystems to a workable fast userspace mutex. Windows also maintained a *wildly* long history of binary compatibility well beyond virtually any other OS out there.

They did some next level shit.

I was an Amiga user, a Mac user, a Linux junkie, etc. To call Windows "playing with a toy" is to demonstrate an utter lack of awareness of the depth of that operating system and its facilities.

Of course, I'd rather use Linux or mac OS (and there were others, like NeXTSTEP, along the way), but let's give credit where it's due.

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