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Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: Apology Optimization
« Last post by MTBox on Today at 04:31:09 PM »
"You have in fact never engaged in that act"

This isn't an apology; this is a denial. Not the same issue.
I thought since nobody posted this, it should at least be posted even if there is no discussion

Militants have launched a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt's North Sinai province, killing 235 people, state media say.

The al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed was targeted during Friday prayers.

It is the deadliest attack of its kind since an Islamist insurgency in the peninsula was stepped up in 2013.

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi vowed to respond with "brute force" after talks with security officials.

No group has yet claimed the attack, but militants affiliated with so-called Islamic State (IS) have been responsible for scores of deadly attacks in the province.

They usually target security forces and Christian churches, and the bloody attack on a mosque associated with Sufi Muslims has shocked Egypt.
Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: Apology Optimization
« Last post by Beleth on Today at 03:52:12 PM »
No, it’s not a different topic.  It’s precisely on topic: people are being criticized for having “buts” in their apologies—their apologies are even being dismissed as insincere on that ground.  But if they genuinely did not do some of the acts they are accused of, what exactly are they supposed to do?
Don't harass women.

Here are some others.
If you don't want people to think you're a murderer, don't join the mob as a hitman.
If you don't want people to think you're an armed robber, don't walk into a bank with a gun and ask for money.
If you don't want people to think you're a quack, don't set up a homeopathy clinic.
If you've already done any of those things, I have some bad news for you - people will be less likely to give you the benefit of the doubt, no matter how florid your apology is.

You have addressed the exact opposite of the question Lat asked.

Say you've been accused of bestiality. You have in fact never engaged in that act, however. How do you convince people of that fact?
I had some forearm tendons reattached a few years ago and they are starting to hurt.
I think I need to give up things like deadlifts and fancy pull ups and gymnastics.
Tech Talk / Re: Google Home Mini vs Amazon Echo
« Last post by The Latinist on Today at 03:32:43 PM »
I’ve not yet found any use for these things.  Love my UE boom for music and such, and combined with Siri on my phone that seems adequate for my needs.  CarPlay, on the other hand, I really want.
General Discussion / Re: My 6th Grader Wants To Experiment On You.
« Last post by daniel1948 on Today at 03:32:29 PM »
Based on your post above, I was going to just do my cardio on the exercise bike this morning, but I was tired this morning, so I decided to walk instead (on the treadmill), and since I was on the treadmill, I did run a quarter mile. Since I only ran the quarter mile and otherwise just walked, I expect to be able to jog again tomorrow if the second section asks for it.


I'm going to speculate that the research is intended to determine if staying up two hours later will affect one's jogging pace, and since I jog on the treadmill, my pace is always the same. On the exercise bike, the resistance is always the same, and my pace is determined by how tired or energetic I am. I know from many years of cardio, that my energy level fluctuates a good deal from day to day, and I expect that to draw any correlation between sleep time and exercise level, it would be necessary to track sleep vs exercise intensity over a long period of time and then do a statistical analysis. I'm going to guess that your sixth-grader has not yet studied statistics.

Nevertheless, I will complete the tasks tomorrow as requested, providing that it does not ask me to do something I am unable or unwilling to do. (Such as kill someone or eat meat or rob a bank. Robbing a bank might effectively reduce one's quarter-mile time.) Tonight I'll stay up two hours later than last night, and then I'll look at Form 2 in the morning.
Religion / Philosophy Talk / Re: Superman and God
« Last post by CarbShark on Today at 02:12:44 PM »
Humans, in general have lot's of daddy issues and mommy issues.

So it's no accident that some religions refer to themselves as children imaginary friends as fathers (some use mothers). They become their imaginary parents, but without any of the issues of their real parents. Instead they are perfect and wise and loving and supportive and have a plan that will result in happiness for all, and no one ever dies. Which is pretty much how young children think about their parents, until they grow up and learn about life.

I see those religious beliefs as a return to the security of childhood. (It's a false security, of course).

Podcasts / Re: Which podcasts are we listening to?
« Last post by Gerbig on Today at 02:08:59 PM »
I started a podcast, its not nearly as polished or dignified as most, but its what i could do.

We talk about true crime, mysteries, and horrors of reality.

Occultae Veritatis
Tech Talk / Re: Firefox Quantum?
« Last post by DevoutCatalyst on Today at 01:58:02 PM »
Huge improvements maybe. I did get a "green screen" while I had multiple tabs opened with YouTube videos paused. But it didn't crash FireFox like it did before.

Tech Talk / Re: Net Neutrality ?
« Last post by CarbShark on Today at 01:55:56 PM »
That ignores the fact that the networks as they exist are owned by the content providers.  If we were building a whole new system, we could do that, but I do not think it is practical to force an AT&T/Bell Telephone-style breakup of cable providers, forcing them to sell/spin off their backbone services.  I think that’s a non-starter.

The infrastructure as it exists now for consumers is telephone lines and cable TV lines.

Cable TV operators would be free to offer cable TV to their customers. Phone companies would continue to offer land-line phone service.

But neither would be allowed to sell internet service directly to consumers, but would lease access to other companies who would compete for consumers.

Yes, cable and phone companies would be required to spin-off their ISPs. Why is that a non-starter? For whom? Republicans in the FCC and the White House? Yes. A Democratic administration supported by a Democratic House and Senate? No. 

(This would probably be well-beyond the authority of the FCC, and would require legislation).

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