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Comment Re:Bullshit isn't the same as "lie". (Score 1) 365

So you are saying that people only ever use language to establish stable beliefs in propositions, and that they never say anything purely to achieve emotional effect?

No, I never said anything resembling that statement. I stated that people either tell the truth, or they lie.

Your statement claimed that a dishonest statement claimed to be "bullshit" is not a lie. Which is _wrong_. If you claimed that in an alternative plane of existence it may be the truth, you are lying further.

You attempted to make a distinction between bullshit, lies, and honesty. I claimed rightfully that bullshit is a lie.

Comment Re:Disagree (Score 1) 891

Fair enough, but I still think you are being a bit blind to what goes on on the right. I'll agree that the whole gender issue has been blown out of proportion. We seem to need perhaps more than two genders, but not 72.

Baseless allegation with no supporting facts, followed by a complete denial of science. I study the right as much as the left, so your claim is not only lacking supporting facts it has no place in reality. There are no "Right" wing platforms performing any of the actions I listed for the Left. The last bit is quite telling, since there are only 2 biological genders. If you claim that you need more, you are denying science and living in delusion.

Yeah, but again, I see the same on both sides. The Republican position on abortion is certainly "Live like we demand and the Government should punish you if you don't". They're even talking about restricting birth control now, which is just pants-on-head retarded to my mind.

The Republican position on Abortion is that it should be a State issue, not a Federal issue. Federal funding of abortions and birth control is not within the Federal Governments Constitutional Powers. What people rallied against recently was the Federal Government stopping the funding of Abortions overseas through planned parenthood. So your tax dollars were not simply supporting people here, but people across the world. That fiscal irresponsibility should really bother people. We are broke as a Country, with an accumulated debt of 240Trillion dollars. We have poor people of our own, poor education, and a massive amount of unemployment and underemployment.

For the State issue, I'd recommend the study what a Federation of States really means, and why we are not a big blob Government like England, or China, or France, or Russia. I would highly recommend as reading, the Federalist and anti-Federalist papers.

And when it comes to Abortion, Justice Anton Scalia said it brilliantly. I'll need to paraphrase a bit, but here goes. The act of abortion is not new to our century, in fact the practice goes back through thousands of years of history. Yet the founding fathers did not place any mention of abortion in the US Constitution, Bill of Rights, or anywhere else in our Founding documents. If the Founders thought the issue was worth mandating or denying through Federal powers, it would have a place in those documents. The fact that it's not there means that the power is a State issue. States can create laws independent of the Federal Government as long as they do not assume powers _from_ the Federal Government. The States should decide which is right and which is wrong, and the people who live in those States should be the ones who decide.

Comment Re:we've been stuck at 4 core for too long (Score 1) 190

There are certain scientific and data processing applications

Amazing, that's exactly what I need them for! More the merrier. If you see me on Facebook, it's because I'm waiting on my PC to do something. I use "the cloud" for jobs that are worth the effort of setting up there. But most of the time I'm waiting on my local PC, and double the number of cores would approximately halve that wait.

Ditto. I'm regularly maxing out local i7s on long simulations and computations. I look at all that GPU area on the die and think it would be nice if they added a few more cores instead. I think there are more of us out there than people think. Not everything is serving crappy XML over crappy REST protocols.

 

Comment Re:Doing more with less.. (Score 4, Insightful) 84

That being said, this happens more and more. Someone is responsible for renewing certificates, but as we renew them for longer and longer periods, that means we simply start to forget about them.

An alternative viewpoint is that this is one of the ludicrously bad failings of PKI. Requiring someone to remember to do an infrequent and short task at a point 1 or 2 years in the future, or the whole system collapses when they forget or leave or get booted. We could fix (I.E. delete and replace) PKI and this specific failure would not happen, so the overworked IT staff can go back to deploying Windows NT patches.

Submission + - Scientists Seek To Reinstate Pluto As A Planet - And Many More

Rei writes: After several years of publicly complaining about the "bullshit" decision at the IAU redefining what comprises a planet, New Horizons programme head Alan Stern and fellow planetary geologists have put forth a new definition which they seek to make official, basing planethood on hydrostatic equilibrium. Under this definition, in addition to Ceres, Pluto and other Kuiper Belt objects, large moons like Titan and Europa, as well as our own moon, would also become planets; "planet" would be a physical term, while "moon" would be an orbital term, and hence one can have a planetary moon, as well as planets that orbit other stars or no star at all (both prohibited under the current definition).

The paper points out that planetary geologists already refer to such bodies as planets, citing examples such as a paper about Titan: “A planet-wide detached haze layer occurs between 300-350 km above the surface; the visible limb of the planet, where the vertical haze optical depth is 0.1, is about 220 km above the surface”

Comment Yes, you see it here in S.E. Asia (Score 4, Interesting) 389

So I'm very familiar with two countries, Vietnam and Thailand.

Vietnam, as you all know, went through a difficult occupation by the French, then the Americans, before having their country divided in two and then suffering a devastating civil war which killed millions of people (4 million?) before unification. The result? Everyone, more or less, started out very poor (during the late 70s and early 80s starvation was a real fear). So everyone was equal. Now though, inequality is climbing (fast) as the winners have "capitalized" (ironic comment intended on the supposedly communist country) on their ability to extract a greater and greater portion of the country's rising wealth. Still, for a time, society was remarkably fluid and anyone could be anyone (for example the ex-prime minister came from humble beginnings).

Thailand has not been conquered by a foreign power (ever?), certainly not by the westerners who did so to every other country in S.E. Asia. (That was due to the astuteness of their past king(s) who played the foreigners off against each other). So the power structures in Thailand have remained static for hundreds of years. In the last century, because of the great increase in wealth coming from modernization and technology, much of it was captured by the ruling class. Thus you have an urban elite that was (until recently) running the show from Bangkok (the "Hi So" or High Society) and getting richer and richer in the process. A populist (yet corrupt) billionaire politician used this great divide to sweep himself into power (sound familiar) only to be ultimately blocked by the military (acting on behest of the existing power structures).

Comment Re:Yup (Score 4, Informative) 389

The Declaration may not be "Law", but it is _the_ single most important document in American History. The Declaration of Independence is what founded the country. The document provides both the reason for discarding rule from England

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

And the principles that the Country should, and would, have.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

I'd recommend reading the whole Document. The Constitution is the Law used to protect the rights declared.

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