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Comment Re:Apples and oranges (Score 1) 55

A single atheist can exist. A group of atheists, will argue theology until the cows come home.

Same with any other fundamentalist.

"Dude, aren't religious rules derived from the holy book/word of god?"

Somebody had to write that book. Long before it was in a book, it was oral tradition. Long before it was oral tradition, it was bedtime stories for kids by parents trying to impart wisdom to the next generation.

Most religions existed long before their scriptures were written. Scriptures are only necessary if you get more than four generations from the founder without the cult collapsing.

"Hunter/gatherers also needed a surplus before some voodoo priest can claim that his magically connection to God helped them find food."

Few hunter/gatherer societies ever achieved a surplus of food- every single day was spent hunting/gathering- and yet they still had priests (who were also hunters/gatherers, you're right as far as a priestly class goes, but the professional priest is a rather recent addition and even today isn't entirely true, every priest I know has side interests and side jobs).

We were better off then because we had the three noble virtues:
https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2016/08/26/the-fading-of-three-christian-virtues/

We were happier back then.

Slavery to lust is still slavery.

Comment But does it run X? (Score 1) 256

Oh, BTW, you may be running Linux or BSD yourself and not even know it -- Android is Linux and Apple is BSD.

And it'd be technically correct* to state that TiVo DVRs run Linux.

But what people mean when they refer to running Linux or BSD on a desktop PC are X11/Linux and X11/FreeBSD. Unlike the majority of window managers for the X Window System, Android prior to Nougat doesn't even have multiple windows on screen as a standard feature, which makes it not ideal for writing one document while referring to another.

* Allegedly the best kind of correct.

Comment Re:Jail time for a vegetable garden; bus hours (Score 1) 241

Some of it is that some people's incomes aren't in fact above the poverty line. There are reports of hardship for residents of U.S. states that successfully sued to opt out of Obamacaid. They don't qualify for a Marketplace subsidy because they don't make more than the poverty level, and they don't qualify for original Medicaid.

And some of it is that the federal poverty level is uniform throughout the lower 48 states, even though some areas have a far higher apartment rent level than others.

Comment Re:When cable TV (Score 1) 241

Citation please! I have never seen a case where the bottom tier internet only subscription is priced above that plus bottom tier TV bundle.

I've been collecting anecdotal reports from other Slashdot users about cable companies charging less for a bundle of Internet and limited basic TV than for Internet alone:

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$50+ monthly so you can facebook in your underwear on the sofa probably isn't an appropriate allocation for you.

It may be cheaper than the lost wages from taking time off work every day so you can get to the public library and check your email before it closes for the night at 6 PM. (Source: front door of Little Turtle branch, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana)

Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 2) 674

Technology solves everything. Teach your children to think outside the box- and not only will they build a safer world for their kids and grandkids, they'll also make a ton of money off of fearful people in full panic trying to survive.

Myself, I'm thinking that if we start to see sea rise in feet rather than inches, it's time to invest in houseboats.

Comment Re:Jail time for a vegetable garden; bus hours (Score 1) 241

Your body is capable of moving without spending a cent or even going outside. There's plenty of exercises you can do in your living room.

Agreed: body weight squats and push-ups work many of the body's long-bone muscle groups. But the opposing motion to pull-ups is chin-ups, which require a bar (which can be found on the playground), and walking requires either a treadmill or a sidewalk or trail and tolerable weather.

The vast majority of the middle class people I'm talking about have a car.

Unless they gave it up to save the monthly payment on fuel, insurance, and parking.

If you're too poor to get a $1000 loan for a car

You'd still need a license to drive it. In jurisdictions that mandate a particular number of hours of supervised driving on a learner's permit, doing supervised driving with an instructor can cost thousands of dollars:

Kids whose own parents don’t drive face bigger hurdles. They face a staggering $6000 bill for driving lessons if they were to do all their hours through a standard driving school.

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