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Comment Re:Scientific debate, huh? (Score 1) 638

Since there is no God to hand down morality and punish you for disagreeing everything is up for debate and only a persuasive argument will work.

Maybe that's the ideal. But this is the web, so much atheist rhetoric boils down to "You're not in my club, so you're a fucktard. Now, join my club, or else I'll call you a fucktard again!" That didn't work on some of us, even in grade school.

Having said that, I'll also admit having slid from a solid 2 on the Dawkins scale to roughly a 5.6 over the past couple of years, due largely to the atheists I deal with IRL having better evidence and more compelling logic than the "sophisticated" theologians (let alone the (selective) scriptural literalisits).

Oh, and a lot of Dawkins, with a bit of Stenger. BTW, I find Dawkins considerably less militant than his reputation would suggest. Either that, or I just define "militant" much too tightly.

Submission + - Story Time : Student asks for input 3

Anonymous Coward writes: "My college is currently adopting the policy of NAT'ing our entire networking infrastructure through a single IPv4 address and filtering it through a single sonicwall rackmount firewall hosted at it's redundant morenet t1)
Watching any kind of video is impossible, PnP networking for services such as xbox live and skype
is hit and miss, and we are certainly dropping 30% or more packets resulting in downloads and updates that will surge-download at ~100+kbs and then drop to about 3kbs for 20 minutes.Torrenting is absolutely prohibited and even a page with .torrent files attached to it will be blocked. What safe comments can I make to get these abdominable practices to stop? We only have 4 people running our entire IT department and I certainly don't want to make their lives any harder."

Comment Re:Don't RTFA (Score 1) 66

difficult to experiment with earthquakes

Oh, I don't know. Maybe we'll find a way.

From that link:
On December 8, 2006, Markus Häring caused some 30 earthquakes -- the largest registering 3.4 on the Richter scale -- in Basel, Switzerland. Häring is not a supervillain. He's a geologist, and he had nothing but good intentions when he injected high-pressure water into rocks three miles below the surface, attempting to generate electricity through a process called enhanced geothermal. But he produced earthquakes instead, and when seismic analysis confirmed that the quakes were centered near the drilling site, city officials charged him with $9 million worth of damage to buildings.

So, how much do we have to shake things up to make toads and turtles start freaking out?

(Yeah, I know that's from Popular Science, which phrase is an oxymoron. More's the pity.)

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