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Comment Atmospheric Pressure (Score 1) 144

But wouldn't the column of air above the scale in the one region be a different weight than the other? That means that the starting '0' displayed on the scale would be different - thereby giving a false starting point to begin with. IOW if the scale were empty in one region it would disply '0' then when they took it to the other region - without any adjustments - when it had nothing on it, it would not display a '0' correct?

Comment Obligatory ... (Score 0) 174

Say I'm working at the DARPA, and somebody puts a code on my desk, somethin' no one else can break. Maybe I take a shot at it and maybe I break it. And I'm real happy with myself, cus' I did my job well. But maybe that code was the location of some rebel army in... ...North Africa or the Middle East and once they have that location, they bomb the village where the rebels are hiding... Fifteen hundred people that I never met, never had no problem with get killed. Now the politicians are sayin', "Oh, Send in the marines to secure the area" cus' they don't give a shit. It won't be their kid over there, gettin' shot. Just like it wasn't them when their number got called, cus' they were off pullin' a tour in the National Guard. It'll be some kid from Southie over there takin' shrapnel in the ass. He comes back to find that the plant he used to work at got exported to the country he just got back from. And the guy who put the shrapnel in his ass got his old job, cus' he'll work for fifteen cents a day and no bathroom breaks. Meanwhile he realizes the only reason he was over there in the first place was so that we could install a government that would sell us oil at a good price. And of course the oil companies used the little skirmish over there to scare up domestic oil prices. A cute little ancillary benefit for them but it ain't helping my buddy at two-fifty a gallon. They're takin' their sweet time bringin' the oil back, of course, maybe even took the liberty of hiring an alcoholic skipper who likes to drink martinis and fuckin' play slalom with the icebergs, it ain't too long 'til he hits one, spills the oil and kills all the sea life in the North Atlantic. So now my buddy's out of work. He can't afford to drive, so he's walking to the fuckin' job interviews, which sucks because the shrapnel in his ass is givin' him chronic hemorrhoids. And meanwhile he's starvin' cus' every time he tries to get a bite to eat the only blue plate special they're servin' is North Atlantic scrod with Quaker State. So what did I think? I'm holdin' out for somethin' better. I figure fuck it, while I'm at it why not just shoot my buddy, take his job, give it to his sworn enemy, hike up gas prices, bomb a village, club a baby seal, hit the hash pipe and join the National Guard? I could be elected President.

Submission + - Oracle and Apple Announce OpenJDK Project for OSX 1

jasonmanley writes: "Good news all around! Oracle and Apple announced the OpenJDK project for Mac OS X. Apple will contribute most of the key components, tools and technology required for a Java SE 7 implementation on Mac OS X, including a 32-bit and 64-bit HotSpot-based Java virtual machine, class libraries, a networking stack and the foundation for a new graphical client. OpenJDK will make Apple's Java technology available to open source developers so you can access and contribute to the effort.

Furthermore, the JCP Executive Committe has approved the JSR "quartet" for Java SE 7 and Java SE 8. With this ratification, the Java standard will progress through the JCP while the open source reference implementation will be delivered through the OpenJDK project. See you on OpenJDK!"

Comment Re:M.A.D. (Score 1) 703

Yeah but it is obvious to you that Germany were the bad guys right? When I look at WW2 all I see is a Germany trying to do to Europe what Europe did to the rest of the world in the preceding centuries. I mean Britain enslaved people, forced its religion, language and culture on them had concentration campus - Germany tried to do the same and became the bad guys. America tries to control the world and impose its will through financial institutions and political and trade pressures but when someone else does it by whatever means they have necessary then they are terrorists all of a sudden. Don't get me wrong I am not saying that they are not bad - I am saying that we all are! No one can claim purely clean hands in this world. It is just whoever you can convince to buy your story more than others.

Comment Re:Cynicism (Score 1) 511

Does "not believing" bring baggage with it and can I have the right to discount atheism on grounds of the baggage?
My feeling is that we all have baggage - it is the human condition. I was born in South Africa during the apratheid days and I never ever whipped a black man or did anything overtly racists (subtly - I wonder). But when I started to get invoved with non-whites there was an attitude toward me that I felt I didn't deserver - but then I figured out that it was 1 000 000 time bitten - very shy.
I guess religion is like that.
People know more about what christians are AGAINST than what they are ABOUT.
And usually they seem to be against most liberal lifestyles and laws.
but hey no one is perfect we are all just trying to figure it out as we go right? I know I am.

Comment Re:Come on mods please! (Score 1) 665

Hello Jason here again.

Hmm ...troll eh? sigh ok here goes ...

The summary said that they had banned all contributions from a certain IP adress right?
Then someone replied by saying that they can post anonymously, so I thought "hey they can pretend to be who they like but their IP address would still be the same."
So I thought I would ask the poster to have another look at the summary and see if they "banned an IP address or username."
But then I thought that maybe "anonymously" meant some kind of IP spoofing and became intrigued.
Now OBVIOUSLY you would do it differently and that's fine - more strength to you - but wow the amount of energy and anger and discontentment aimed at my response is amazing.
Was it really that bad? Drawing attention to the IPAddress vs Username block specifically with regards to "anonymity"?
Wow - I almost feel like apologising - almost!

Comment Re:The Irony (Score 2) 665

Excellent response!
Of course I wonder why I was marked as flaimbait?
I wasn't trying to start a war of any kind just trying to point the poster's attention to the fact that it was not a username that was being blocked but an IP adress. But then I thought - hey I don't know everything about everything - so maybe I am missing something - perhaps if I draw attention to this then an interesting convesation will start and someone will show me what I have missed.
I am humble like that.
But hey, you have a fantastic weekend. :)

Comment Re:Why!? (Score 1) 665

For me truth is not about numbers. Once upon a time only a few people beilived that the Sun was the centre of the solar system.
Does that mean that truth is relative?
Surely it cannot be - there is either a God or there is not.
I believe there is and you disagree - I believe that you are wrong.
I do not think that I am better than you or feel that I can order your lifestyle to conform to my beliefs - to a point.
what if your beliefs ordered child sacrifice - should I say something?
I believe so - but then I am imposing my belief on you.
Who determines true value?

Comment Re:Why!? (Score 1) 665

Absolutely right.
After a life spent searching and questioning, I came to the conclusion that I was a created being - controversial yes - but this was my truth.
No I was not brought up to believe it.
No I am not insane or on psychiatric medication.
No I am no scared and need a "crutch".
I honestly belive this with all my heart.
And if it is true then how do I engage this creator?
What is he / she / it like or about?
So yes there is more than just blindly following something and obeying some rules.
I consider myself a seeker of truth and as such I listen more to the quiet voice of reason and deduction inside me than to the screaming voices of judgement and criticism.
Having said that I am also very open to the voices of reasonable dissent as long as their motives are to understand and help and not just to condemn and mock.

Comment Re:Why!? (Score 2, Interesting) 665

The term "christian" is interesting in its use here.
For example, I am a christian but I do not go to church or have my name on any memberships of any kind. I spend some time studying the teachings of Christ and try and work out what he meant and how to apply it to modern life.
I read Paul's letters and the old testament as well (yes even all the contraversial parts) and try to understand what I am to learn from this.
How much is literal and applicable to today and how much is not.
I consider things like abortion, gay marriage, other religions etc and try and align that to the teachnigs of Christ - the deeper teachings that it - to try and understand how to assimilate these issues (and others) into my world view and value system.
At no point do I carry banners, march, judge or condescend.
But then I know that I would for things like child abuse - but would I for capital punishment?
And if I would do it for child abuse - then what is driving my value system? In medievil times it is reported that some European kings liked the "company" of young boys - if I was alive at that time would I have protested? What is driving my values now - and how do I know I am right and not just "seasonal"? Which values are ALWAYS right regardless of date and time and who decides this? So when the word "christian" is thrown around with contempt I know that is aimed at the institutionailsed members and radicals but also - I suppose - at anyone who believes in invisible fairies :)

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