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Comment Re:Great. (Score 2) 89

Am I the only one who remembers QNX? They used to have a decent desktop OS for x86 that booted on a Pentium II 450mhz/128MB machine in about 45 seconds. It had a full fledged GUI (Photon), and was approaching BeOS levels of speed. From what I've seen of the kernel source, it's pretty well written too.

What did Blackberry do with it?

Blackberry bought QNX because they had a ton of cash, and the original BBOS wasn't up to competing with iOS or Android. They to differentiate themselves with a modern proprietary OS -- ruling out any third party OS (Palm's WebOS, Windows Phone, Android, Maemo, etc.)

QNX fit the requirements well, so it was used as a basis for BB10 (much like GNU/Linux was the basis for WebOS, and to a much lesser extent, Android).

QNX is a Blackberry subsidiary, and continues to heavily develop and sell QNX and its entire ecosystem. QNX is used heavily in the automotive and medical industries. Many Android Audio and Apple CarPlay stereos use QNX as the base OS. My own car's stereo unit uses QNX.

I wouldn't be surprised if QNX sales have been a major force that kept Blackberry from oblivion.

Comment Re:To them, evidence is meaningless (Score 1) 660

Creationists HAVE to have a young earth or else it breaks their religion (original sin and atonement).

More accurately, they don't understand their own holy books, their cultural context, and history. A lot of them think their holy book was written all at once, and was always a single collection, instead of the reality of their being assorted writings and stories collected together hundreds of years after the fact and canonized.

They see "six days" and take it literally, without any interest or understanding in the fact that it is a translation of a translation with centuries old grammar and idioms. Some concepts don't exist from one language to the next, and so on...

Even in English, the word "day" has multiple meanings, and they've chosen one definition and made their narrative to fit a "day" as a 24-hour period... rather than the second common definition.

So I don't blame creationists for having to believe in creationism for their religion to be valid.

The problem is one of the recurring themes of humanity: Somebody (politician, theologian, philosopher, artist) says "this is reality", without any citations/reasons/facts, and masses follow, because it's easier than thinking. It's not really a fault of religion, because we see the same behavior independent of religion.

Comment Re:No they aren't denying it (Score 5, Interesting) 660

Climate Change is not a religious issue for those who "deny" it. (The other side, arguably yes...) You're confusing it with Evolution.

But interestingly, the "reasoning" and rhetoric of global warming denial is almost identical to that of evolution denial.

E.g., both promote the notion that they are up against a global conspiracy of scientists.

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