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Comment Re:A good exception to this would be (Score 3, Informative) 1258

Einstein did not believe in god much less a deep belief. Where he's referred to the word God he's talking about the Universe

"It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it."

"The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish"

Comment Re:Scientists, not science (Score 1) 1128

that is why we usually insist on double blind experiments in areas where bias is a factor.
'We' insist on double blind experiments because they're more stringent and exacting... not a matter of whether or not you trust the scientist
About AGW etc most of us (at least on slashdot and to a great extent anyone willing to devote some spare time) to understand the data. Instead of trusting what you read in the media (liberal, conservative, neutral whatever) go and read the papers and the data directly and based on those figure out what is going on. Yes it'll require a bit more time but will give you a better idea

Comment Re:Headline Is So Very Wrong (Score 1) 1193

Straight off the bat, yes that does sound insane but you're not factoring in what they're paying taxes on

From wikipedia

The bottom 25% have no net wealth
the middle 50% (25-75) have 13% of America's wealth
While the top 25% control 87%

From another source, the top 10% control 70% of the wealth while only paying 55% (from your figures) while those holding 30% of the wealth pay 45%

Comment Re:So much for Apple's 'flawless' execution (Score 1) 446

I just returned my Evo. Waiting till december and getting whatever new one is out though sounds like a sound idea. My issues with that compared to the iPhone 1) Battery life was horrible, I had to actively kill tasks with a task manager that mysteriously popped up again (sprint tv etc) 2) The phone randomly didn't charge / the battery heated up (presume that was simply a faulty device) 3) No option for a federated backup. When I called in about the charging issue they asked me to take it in and swap it out but no complete backup solutions made it slightly more involved then it should've been 4) A couple of apps that I use aren't on the Android yet (Skype / RedFin / Facebook.. the current one is shit ) I'm presuming with the speed increases coming down the line with 2.2 the above would be somewhat better and with 3.0 slated for October they'll clean up the power usage more. Also the apps I mentioned should be out (since they're all saying coming soon!!)

Submission + - Installing Android 2.2 "Froyo" on the Nexus One (gadgetopolis.com)

gjt writes: I awoke this morning to see TechCrunch's MG Siegler post what appeared to be the first news of Froyo's availability. I frantically went to my phone's settings and tried to check for an update -oe but no luck. Then I went to xda-developers.com and sure enough there was a very long thread (now over 132 pages) of fellow eager beavers waiting for release (and trying to figure out how to get it). Several hours went by waiting for a semi-technical user to get the update and check the Android logs for the download location. It turns out you can get it straight from Google. With the information scattered around in different places I decided to consolidate the How-To into a single post over here.

Comment Re:I have seen the lecture you are referring too. (Score 2, Interesting) 502

Get a copy of the the incoherence of philosophers by ghazali and read it, you'll find gems like fire intrinsically has no capacity to burn - only through divine intervention does the burning effect occur

Go through a list of major scientific figures from the dark ages. They rapidly accelerate till around 1100AD followed by a sharp falloff. Science had all but stopped centuries (1300AD) before the renaissance began. Can't find anything better put together googling @ the moment but - this should give you an idea

Also read up on the mutazilah who dominated the scientific (scholar) community until Ghazali gained popularity resulting in them dying out (including many being killed outright) and the asherite (conservative) school attaining dominance

Comment Re:What? No Due Process? (Score 1) 301

Nobody is trivializing it - Innocent until proven guilty? If they're actually guilty then you can argue over the merits of this - otherwise it's plain wrong.
Personal anecdote: A friend of mine that was pulled over, passed all the roadside sobriety tests, passed the field breathalyzer and was arrested anyways, he then passed the test at the detention center which resulted in them calling immigration on him (I'd presume because he looked middle eastern :)).

FWIW He was not on a visa and the judge threw out the case and had his record expunged.

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