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by Arariel
Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wikipedia bans Scientology from editing
Replies: 15
Views: 4956

Re: Wikipedia bans Scientology from editing

Well, yeah, that. Similarly, I think you can still use GPL software even if you've violated the terms of redistribution, you just can redistribute or modify it any more.
by Arariel
Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wikipedia bans Scientology from editing
Replies: 15
Views: 4956

Re: Wikipedia bans Scientology from editing

Even though all GPL'd software is free, attempting to violate the terms of the license agreement will terminate your rights under the license (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html). It's still free software, just not for you. Which is pretty much how I feel about this. If you're going to be assholei...
by Arariel
Sun Jun 24, 2012 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Tablets - iPad vs. MS Surface vs. Asus Transformer Prime
Replies: 26
Views: 38640

Re: Tablets - iPad vs. MS Surface vs. Asus Transformer Prime

Even though I don't use KDE any more, I still want to get the KDE tablet that's coming soon. I had very good experiences with KDE, but LXDE gives me a longer battery life. I'm sure they'll make a very good tablet, though. Note that this tablet is NOT the KDE DE for GNU/Linux desktop distros.
by Arariel
Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

Fine. Want some numbers? How about the second-largest military budget in the world ? Defence spending isn't exactly something spent per capita seeing as it's a public good. The government has plenty of money. Little late jumping back in, but no, that doesn't prove anything either. Military budgets ...
by Arariel
Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

Yes, actually I am. Human progress isn't this mystical thing. We're all playing a game. I know that's a philosophical stance, but I happen to believe it. I'm not saying that competition is the be-all-end-all. I'm saying it can be an important driving factor in humans. Take, for example, the DARPA G...
by Arariel
Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

Should we revoke Fields Medal recipients if we find they made their contributions under performance-enhancing drugs like amphetamines? Yes. Because taking amphetamines magically lessens their contributions. No, but it does make them cheaters, like plagiarism. People who do illegal things to make sc...
by Arariel
Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

lutzj wrote:
Arariel wrote:Should we revoke Fields Medal recipients if we find they made their contributions under performance-enhancing drugs like amphetamines?


Yes.

Because taking amphetamines magically lessens their contributions.
by Arariel
Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

Impressive goals that are only good for looking impressive should not be our priority. Our priorities should be goals that will have return. Like fixing old satellites or preparing for Lunar/Martian colonisation. I think everyone agrees with you there, I just think that the definition of "retu...
by Arariel
Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

Impressive goals that are only good for looking impressive should not be our priority. Our priorities should be goals that will have return. Like fixing old satellites or preparing for Lunar/Martian colonisation.
by Arariel
Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

No, you're tossing a worthless anecdote in and using it as proof. What does the fact that the Chinese can build an expensive building prove? Britain's 2 aircraft carriers I mentioned will cost substantially more than that building, but that doesn't prove that they're wealthy enough to build their o...
by Arariel
Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

Lots of things are possible with current technology that aren't really practical or affordable with current technology. Sure, Mars direct could get a human crew to mars with current technology, but the cost is an open question, as are the effects of such a long mission through inter-planetary space...
by Arariel
Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

I've been in China. They have enough money to build a one-time-use palace the size of a medium-sized university for a visit by Hu Jintao, don't you know? It was in the middle of nowhere, too. I visited it. Only a few guards there. No one was using it. I'm just saying, it's completely wrong to think...
by Arariel
Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

GDP isn't really a good measurement of wealth. China ranks about 80-100th for GDP per capita. They might have the second largest pool of money to draw their federal budget from, but they also have the greatest number of citizens to serve with that budget. You can't really just look at money in blan...
by Arariel
Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

This is kind of. . .silly. It is important because of the context (that it is happening in China). It is important because a very large player in the international community has made what could be considered a decent step on the long, long path to gender equality. What you are saying would be somew...
by Arariel
Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

This is kind of. . .silly. It is important because of the context (that it is happening in China). It is important because a very large player in the international community has made what could be considered a decent step on the long, long path to gender equality. What you are saying would be somew...
by Arariel
Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

Have I said we shouldn't do any space research? Of course not. Research is important. But instead of basing research off of penis-waving, we should base it off of useful goals that we can gain something from. And how do you imagine NASA will get those research dollars? The private sector bases ...
by Arariel
Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

Human landings for the purpose of human landings is a waste of money. Human landings for the purpose of colonisation is not. I'll be more direct: Why is colonization a practical goal in our lifetimes, other than for the research it would spur? Well of course not during our lifetimes. But Mars and t...
by Arariel
Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

Gee, I dunno... Except you've gone ahead and described every effective route to get that research done as useless dick waving. So you're for research that isn't dick waving, but you've gone ahead and said that all research is dick waving. Why is colonization not a waste of money, but human landings...
by Arariel
Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

Of course. But we do that when transportation costs are cheaper. That should really be the priority there. How do you intend to get the transportation costs cheaper except through research? Gee, I dunno... Have I said we shouldn't do any space research? Of course not. Research is important. But ins...
by Arariel
Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

I would say it's more the equivalent of people who buy pointless status symbols like sports cars or Macs just to show how awesome they are. And then you can argue something about multiplier effects, but the point is that sports cars and Macs are only useful as status symbols, and nothing more, in t...
by Arariel
Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

All right. Is there anything we would develop in the process of sending a few people to Mars that we wouldn't develop if we worked on the long-term goal of Martian or even lunar colonisation? Better question: can you think of anything produced while developing a project for landing a person on Mars...
by Arariel
Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

That's not what we're doing when we make those big projects though. We're saying "in developing this, we'll also develop many things that are directly useful in similar ventures and potentially hugely beneficial in other ventures". The benefits of NASA research aren't something that we wo...
by Arariel
Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

I'm in no way saying space investment or even research is bad. I'm saying space pen0r-size-proving is bad, and while there may be some results, there would have been much better places to spend the money. Ok, so you are saying it is bad. Why? Someone donates money/food to starving children. They di...
by Arariel
Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Internet Explorer 'tax' fuels browser debate
Replies: 13
Views: 3451

Re: Internet Explorer 'tax' fuels browser debate

webzter_again wrote:
Arariel wrote:Interesting... should I get that message in Wine IE?


Users running an inferior browser on a superior OS get a special easter egg.

Never mind. I thought Wine IE identified as IE 6, but it's IE 8. And it identifies the computer as Windows XP.
by Arariel
Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

Sure, NASA toootally made huge, important, and vital contributions in two years. Your other examples? Prove that proving the size of our nation's collective manhood was necessary for them. NASA: founded in 1958 . GPS: development started in 1973 . You might want to get a new calculator if it's tell...
by Arariel
Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Internet Explorer 'tax' fuels browser debate
Replies: 13
Views: 3451

Re: Internet Explorer 'tax' fuels browser debate

We flash a "you really should upgrade" message to anyone that hits our site using IE 6 (and I think 7). The site still works well and we don't do anything crazy... but your experience isn't optimal. We also take pains to support screen readers and provide adequate ARIA markup (because we ...
by Arariel
Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

On the contrary, the first navigational system (with five satellites, and a precursor to GPS) was developed by a university for the Navy, back when NASA was only two years old. So no, not much involvement by them. GPS is and has always been developed by the military. Who do you think improved all o...
by Arariel
Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

GPS began as a very utilitarian tool funded by the Navy, not just so we could show off how awesome we were. ... You missed the point completely didn't you? Where did the people that built GPS get the technology they used for it? If you go back enough steps, you'll see it came from NASA . Without NA...
by Arariel
Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

GPS is useful. Arbitrarily sending people to Mars 'cause we gotta beat dem commies? Not so much. Where do you think the tech for GPS came from? Lots and lots of research: rocket research for NASA, satellite research for NASA, power research, communication research, and so on. Research research rese...
by Arariel
Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

GPS is useful. Arbitrarily sending people to Mars 'cause we gotta beat dem commies? Not so much.
by Arariel
Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Internet Explorer 'tax' fuels browser debate
Replies: 13
Views: 3451

Re: Internet Explorer 'tax' fuels browser debate

Publicity stunt, obviously. If they did that tax for real and applied it to all IE users, that would be something to talk about (someone should absolutely do that).
by Arariel
Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

Роберт wrote:Woo, space!

Now the U.S. needs to get its crap together and get a woman to mars.

So basically a pointless, wasteful display of who has the bigger space penis, then, right?
by Arariel
Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11253

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

Well, yay for her. However, when it comes to China I.... don't like their government and therefore need to urge the US to get back into a new space race of dominance. The new space plane the military just tested seems to be a somewhat adequate response. But anyways, yes, congradulations to her. If ...
by Arariel
Sun Jun 17, 2012 12:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Intelligence makes you more biased
Replies: 40
Views: 7423

Re: Intelligence makes you more biased

Whammy wrote:"Oh if only voters were smarter or were more educated thought the same way I do."


More accurate, no?
by Arariel
Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Intelligence makes you more biased
Replies: 40
Views: 7423

Re: Intelligence makes you more biased

Of course, there's an implicit assumption here that bias is a bad thing.
by Arariel
Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Microsoft is now becoming even more monopolistic
Replies: 70
Views: 8121

Re: Where Microsoft is now becoming even more monopolistic

I had to hunt for it to get a link, but my original post was that any OS with as large a marketshare as Windows is just not going to be able to be made perfectly secure. I see now, I just misinterpreted it slightly, since the more common argument I've heard is that the market share was the only rea...
by Arariel
Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Microsoft is now becoming even more monopolistic
Replies: 70
Views: 8121

Re: Where Microsoft is now becoming even more monopolistic

The two statements you are highlighting do not conflict with each other. Very well, then. I have never denied this. I am not sure what relevance it has at all to your insistence that nearly all of Windows' found vulnerabilities can not be explained in large part by marketshare disparities. Of cours...
by Arariel
Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Politicians acquitted, Egyptians Riot, Corruptuser fails
Replies: 28
Views: 8081

Re: Politicians acquitted, Egyptians Riot, Corruptuser fails

A bit too binary, don't you think? The power of the military is no going to disappear overnight after decades of entrenchment, but democratically chosen politicians are extending their own power wider than in the past. That's what realistic progress looks like. It also means normal people have to k...
by Arariel
Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Microsoft is now becoming even more monopolistic
Replies: 70
Views: 8121

Re: Where Microsoft is now becoming even more monopolistic

Other than the three times I said it before. Let me be more clear: It's not what you said at first. No system with that large of a market can be made perfectly secure in practice. Those statements are not in disagreement with each other. Perhaps not, but some systems are more secure and can be made...
by Arariel
Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Microsoft is now becoming even more monopolistic
Replies: 70
Views: 8121

Re: Where Microsoft is now becoming even more monopolistic

But the major risks found under Microsoft and Windows are much more recent the ones found for GNU/Linux systems. Sigh. Fine, I'll just go through all of them that came out after Vista, one by one. Spoilered for length. 2007-07-10: Microsoft Windows Active Directory fails to properly validate LDAP r...

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