Evolution vs. Creation

Evolution vs. Creation

There are 220673 comments on the Best of New Orleans story from Jan 6, 2011, titled Evolution vs. Creation. In it, Best of New Orleans reports that:

High school senior Zack Kopplin is leading the fight to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008.

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PhiThetaKappa

London, KY

#70447 Jan 9, 2013
KittenKoder wrote:
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Wikipedia works like Open Source software, and that's it's strength. Open Source, while a lot of people decry it, stays ahead of the curve in all areas, and Microsoft and Apple actually use Open Source to get their ideas from because of that. Open Source just has horrible marketing ... because ... well ... it's free and since it's free there's no market. But Open Source accomplishes staying ahead of the curve because people, lots of people, contribute to it. Linux still owns the internet, it's open source and used on almost all servers, because the moment any actual threat to Linux appears, someone somewhere writes a patch as quickly as it shows up and that patch propagates all the servers over night.
Wikipedia gets this same benefit, and thus it's constantly being updated as new information comes out. The day after a major event, there's a wikipedia article complete with references from all over the internet, and with someone always awake somewhere in the world, it gets filtered, corrected, and updated as soon as it gets posted. A flaw in a printed book has to wait until the next edition for correction, thus until that next edition that flaw gets presented as fact, wikipedia lacks this drawback. Then there's the simple massiveness of Wikipedia compared to things like the Britannica, if you printed out all the factual information only, not printing the flaws in Wikipedia, using the same font and all the images and other media in Wikipedia, you'd have about 20 complete Britannica sets, and then some because not all the media can be printed. There will be errors, all such sources of information has those, even Britannica has a lot of errors, but simply because of the massiveness, Wikipedia wins, hands down. That is why people depend on it more than the older sources.
I am not a fan of OpenSource, that is why I prefer Britannica. It's okay for home users that don't mind risking and troubleshooting the headaches that can (and do) arise from it, but I find it's methods tainted, invasive and highly unsecured in a world where security breaches have reached pandemic levels.
Therefore, that is the biggest reason I personally view wikistoopedia, as unethical, a continual violation of data security, and in some cases, worse.
Who wants to headbang over other peoples mistakes. Not I, been there, done that, leaves MUCH to be improved upon, over and over and over.:-).
PhiThetaKappa

London, KY

#70448 Jan 9, 2013
Subduction Zone wrote:
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All sources have some limitations to their credibility.
My point was that Wikipedia today has more credibility than most and very few mistakes. Even when I was in school it was known that you don't copy from encyclopedias when it comes to writing papers. We are not writing papers of any sort here. Today Wikipedia is a very useful source for students since it does have one thing that Encyclopedias of my time did not, each article has references that you could use to write your own report.
So until you find some factual reason why Wiki is not a valid source I will have no problem using it for basic knowledge, and most of the topics debated here are debated at a rather basic level.
In fact there is no higher level debate of evolution. There is no "controversy" at all when it comes to evolution. There are a handful of delusional scientists who do not believe the theory, but there are delusional people when it comes to almost every subject.
So what, if any, valid complaints do you have against Wikipedia or evolution?
See previous post on why I do not favor OpenSource, anything. It's almost like accepting viri, just because it's free, and then sticking it in peoples eyes without care, for damaging their retinas.
But we know how people like fwee stuff!

Evolution is Science, I personally Like Science, finding it FAR more interesting and time worthy, than inane, rather myopic, dark age ramblings which generally end up referencing mere philosophical viewpoints, that then further denigrate into kindergarten sandbox level mentalities of the "witch hunting via pitchfork and torch" categories...just plain ol' nasty and quite limited, in having anything with any real merit, ethics or substance.
PhiThetaKappa

London, KY

#70449 Jan 9, 2013
Subduction Zone wrote:
Meanwhile do you need to see some articles on why Goliath could not have been 9'9"? You could start with learning about the square/cube law. It will give you an idea why there is an upper limit to how large an animal can get.
Here's some more, just for you, on "animal largese" lol-

. Those who are guilty of conducting wars of aggression in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, waging a covert war against Syria, planning war against Iran and carrying out targeted assassinations, rendition and torture have no compunction in trampling on fundamental precepts of international law. Vice President Joseph Biden has described Assange as a “high-tech terrorist” and secret US Air Force documents have branded WikiLeaks and Assange as “the enemy”, placing them on a legal par with Al-Qaeda. WikiLeaks’ Internet domains have been shut down and its financial operations blocked by numerous US corporations.

Resolution of SEP (UK) Congress:“Defend Julian Assange and WikiLeaks”. International Committee of the Fourth International. World SOCIALIST Web. 9 January 2013
anonymous

Chagrin Falls, OH

#70451 Jan 9, 2013
Cybele wrote:
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I understand your frustration. Women have that ability to 'create' life. Didn't you learn that from your momma?
THAT is the cynicism, that you seem to find.

Women don't create life. They accept its presence. It's a very large responsibility, yes. The Church exploits that fear and turns it into a fantasy myth where women believe they have magical intuitive powers to shape and control those around them. It's no less contemptible and socially maladjusted than the Church's efforts to exploit the fear of death in people.

The Church doesn't have quite the same control over men due to the male dominated culture, and so their efforts to marginalize nonconformist men is far greater, but they probably contend with more women who won't fit in no matter how faithful.

Face it. Reproduction is not about religion. You're either confident in your choice to do so or you're not, and sometimes you take chances that you may pay for because Christian society will not forgive you for abandoning their rules and their pecking order.

I say, if you're going to break with Christian nonsense, don't bother to take your "mother earth" mythology with you. It's nothing but residual Christian arrogance with none of the herd benefits to offset it.

That's one of the things the younger generation doesn't get. The sixties/seventies kids grew up with feminism, and watched it wither. Too many young women wanted respect in the business world, and to be put on a pedestal too. When it was over, those young women made a choice and returned to the herd in defeat. It's too bad in a way, but if you're going to be a renegade, honesty with yourself is the first requirement.

“When you treat people as they ”

Level 6

Since: Nov 10

treat you they get offended.

#70452 Jan 9, 2013
PhiThetaKappa wrote:
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I am not a fan of OpenSource, that is why I prefer Britannica. It's okay for home users that don't mind risking and troubleshooting the headaches that can (and do) arise from it, but I find it's methods tainted, invasive and highly unsecured in a world where security breaches have reached pandemic levels.
Therefore, that is the biggest reason I personally view wikistoopedia, as unethical, a continual violation of data security, and in some cases, worse.
Who wants to headbang over other peoples mistakes. Not I, been there, done that, leaves MUCH to be improved upon, over and over and over.:-).
I am in a business that is particularly dependent on computer resources and spend perhaps 75% of my time waiting for my computer to catch up – hence my time on topix. I chose Linux as the OS and ooo as the office, both open source because they tend to be more reliable and considerably less expensive in setup, down time, crashes, upgrades etc than a comparable paid solution.

I believe the reason for this is commercial. Open source software (certainly the more high end offerings) are fully debugged before being released whereas writers of the commercial offerings are under pressure to publish and let the paying customers report the problems for rectification at a later date.

As an example, when we first set up the business and were looking of an OS we discovered that the then version of Windows blue screened on a fairly regular basis and to that date there were just 5 linux crashes that could be attributed to OS or driver faults. No contest.

However there is a flaw, Although much of the donkey work is done under Linux there is no Linux software (yet) to match the power and function of such offerings as 3Ds Max and Maya so these programmes need to run in a windows shell or second (dedicated) PC

Then of course we have hardware costs. Some of our computers are over 12 years old (they were particularly high end multi processor devices back in the day). To this day they do what we need as seamlessly and fast as modern multi core machines without falling over so often.
anonymous

Chagrin Falls, OH

#70453 Jan 9, 2013
ChristineM wrote:
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I am in a business that is particularly dependent on computer resources and spend perhaps 75% of my time waiting for my computer to catch up – hence my time on topix. I chose Linux as the OS and ooo as the office, both open source because they tend to be more reliable and considerably less expensive in setup, down time, crashes, upgrades etc than a comparable paid solution.
I believe the reason for this is commercial. Open source software (certainly the more high end offerings) are fully debugged before being released whereas writers of the commercial offerings are under pressure to publish and let the paying customers report the problems for rectification at a later date.
As an example, when we first set up the business and were looking of an OS we discovered that the then version of Windows blue screened on a fairly regular basis and to that date there were just 5 linux crashes that could be attributed to OS or driver faults. No contest.
However there is a flaw, Although much of the donkey work is done under Linux there is no Linux software (yet) to match the power and function of such offerings as 3Ds Max and Maya so these programmes need to run in a windows shell or second (dedicated) PC
Then of course we have hardware costs. Some of our computers are over 12 years old (they were particularly high end multi processor devices back in the day). To this day they do what we need as seamlessly and fast as modern multi core machines without falling over so often.
I'm partially loyal to Microsoft, but I don't trust the Cloud, I don't like home users meddling with my machines and I don't like Microsoft's licensing. They're stagnating the way IBM did and someone will likely tip them over on their backs like a tortoise if they don't do something to get the consumer market back.

“When you treat people as they ”

Level 6

Since: Nov 10

treat you they get offended.

#70454 Jan 9, 2013
anonymous wrote:
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I'm partially loyal to Microsoft, but I don't trust the Cloud, I don't like home users meddling with my machines and I don't like Microsoft's licensing. They're stagnating the way IBM did and someone will likely tip them over on their backs like a tortoise if they don't do something to get the consumer market back.
Never bothered with the cloud, I can get to our servers (and hence my work) from anywhere so no need to put it anywhere else.

Level 9

Since: Sep 08

Everett, WA

#70455 Jan 9, 2013
PhiThetaKappa wrote:
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See previous post on why I do not favor OpenSource, anything. It's almost like accepting viri, just because it's free, and then sticking it in peoples eyes without care, for damaging their retinas.
But we know how people like fwee stuff!
Evolution is Science, I personally Like Science, finding it FAR more interesting and time worthy, than inane, rather myopic, dark age ramblings which generally end up referencing mere philosophical viewpoints, that then further denigrate into kindergarten sandbox level mentalities of the "witch hunting via pitchfork and torch" categories...just plain ol' nasty and quite limited, in having anything with any real merit, ethics or substance.
Since when has Wikipedia been a source of viruses? That is one of the most insane fears I have ever heard. Yes, there are viruses out there, that is why I have a good anti-virus program. In fact if someone slips in a suspect, not even a definite source of viruses and malware, my program won't let me go to that site (McAfee by the way). It has no problem with Wikipedia.

And if you don't have enough protection why are you even debating people who might link you to a site much worse than the "evil" Wikipedia.

Sorry, your excuse is one of the lamest I have ever seen.
PTK

London, KY

#70456 Jan 9, 2013
ChristineM wrote:
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I am in a business that is particularly dependent on computer resources and spend perhaps 75% of my time waiting for my computer to catch up – hence my time on topix. I chose Linux as the OS and ooo as the office, both open source because they tend to be more reliable and considerably less expensive in setup, down time, crashes, upgrades etc than a comparable paid solution.
I believe the reason for this is commercial. Open source software (certainly the more high end offerings) are fully debugged before being released whereas writers of the commercial offerings are under pressure to publish and let the paying customers report the problems for rectification at a later date.
As an example, when we first set up the business and were looking of an OS we discovered that the then version of Windows blue screened on a fairly regular basis and to that date there were just 5 linux crashes that could be attributed to OS or driver faults. No contest.
However there is a flaw, Although much of the donkey work is done under Linux there is no Linux software (yet) to match the power and function of such offerings as 3Ds Max and Maya so these programmes need to run in a windows shell or second (dedicated) PC
Then of course we have hardware costs. Some of our computers are over 12 years old (they were particularly high end multi processor devices back in the day). To this day they do what we need as seamlessly and fast as modern multi core machines without falling over so often.
"I am in a business that is particularly dependent on computer resources and spend perhaps 75% of my time waiting for my computer to catch up "..

Uhhuh.'Nuff said.
PTK

London, KY

#70457 Jan 9, 2013
anonymous wrote:
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I'm partially loyal to Microsoft, but I don't trust the Cloud, I don't like home users meddling with my machines and I don't like Microsoft's licensing. They're stagnating the way IBM did and someone will likely tip them over on their backs like a tortoise if they don't do something to get the consumer market back.
"Clouds" are everywhere (just about unavoidable in thw world of IP authentication transimissions actually) much to the chagrin of MSoft no doubt lol. Google (just run it flawed and let the bugs/germs be fwee!!) and any other generic "droid" apps., are not the best for practicing any "security enhance" methods...Apple gets a little better "grade" for at least trying to keep a little "checksum integrity".

People need to "devolve" a little with some of the technology stuff. Why have everything "cloud" accessible, when "everything" really doesn't need to be. Imagine the actual worthwhile WORK, that might get accomplished again!!!
And how many versions of Windows do people reallllly need in any given seven or so year time Microsoft.
But in all fairness, HAIL MSoft and their support of products at least!

Okay, now that we've roasted the computer industry :-).....

“When you treat people as they ”

Level 6

Since: Nov 10

treat you they get offended.

#70458 Jan 9, 2013
PTK wrote:
<quoted text>
"I am in a business that is particularly dependent on computer resources and spend perhaps 75% of my time waiting for my computer to catch up "..
Uhhuh.'Nuff said.
You have no idea what that business is and what we do with our computers. Tying up a 4 processor computer, 8 gb ram and a couple of processors on the mainframe for 8 hours to render a 30 second segment of your entertainment is an everyday occurrence.

Uhhuh.'Nuff said.eh???

But I see you feel that attempting to be sarcastic about what you cannot understand comes as second nature to you, are you some sort of funnymentalist?
PTK

London, KY

#70459 Jan 9, 2013
ChristineM wrote:
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Never bothered with the cloud, I can get to our servers (and hence my work) from anywhere so no need to put it anywhere else.
Every time your machine authenticates, you're saying "hello" to a "cloud"...somewhere or another.
PTK

London, KY

#70460 Jan 9, 2013
Subduction Zone wrote:
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Since when has Wikipedia been a source of viruses? That is one of the most insane fears I have ever heard. Yes, there are viruses out there, that is why I have a good anti-virus program. In fact if someone slips in a suspect, not even a definite source of viruses and malware, my program won't let me go to that site (McAfee by the way). It has no problem with Wikipedia.
And if you don't have enough protection why are you even debating people who might link you to a site much worse than the "evil" Wikipedia.
Sorry, your excuse is one of the lamest I have ever seen.
Well now, mostly because, I can lol.(would you like a tishue for your rose colored glasses?)

“When you treat people as they ”

Level 6

Since: Nov 10

treat you they get offended.

#70461 Jan 9, 2013
PTK wrote:
<quoted text>
"Clouds" are everywhere (just about unavoidable in thw world of IP authentication transimissions actually) much to the chagrin of MSoft no doubt lol. Google (just run it flawed and let the bugs/germs be fwee!!) and any other generic "droid" apps., are not the best for practicing any "security enhance" methods...Apple gets a little better "grade" for at least trying to keep a little "checksum integrity".
People need to "devolve" a little with some of the technology stuff. Why have everything "cloud" accessible, when "everything" really doesn't need to be. Imagine the actual worthwhile WORK, that might get accomplished again!!!
And how many versions of Windows do people reallllly need in any given seven or so year time Microsoft.
But in all fairness, HAIL MSoft and their support of products at least!
Okay, now that we've roasted the computer industry :-).....
IP authentication transimissions

Uhhuh.'Nuff said.
anonymous

Chagrin Falls, OH

#70462 Jan 9, 2013
PTK wrote:
<quoted text>
Every time your machine authenticates, you're saying "hello" to a "cloud"...somewhere or another.
Cloud computing is basically Internet based computing where you don't really know what's on the other end. Many of the big Internet companies host "Cloud" services which basically are virtual servers that can be expanded to handle your workload transparently.

Most Cloud apps are very small client apps, like those on cell phones, that send minimal data back and forth from the Cloud servers which do the majority of the number crunching. Apple Siri is a very good example of that. The vast majority of the work isn't being done on your phone.

There's an inherent problem in the Cloud in that your data can be mined, and you don't know who is using it to do what. You also have a very hard time getting the data back again should you decide to abandon the service.

Cloud computing is about two things, keeping server administration out of the hands of yahoos, and keeping a guaranteed revenue stream with the parent companies rather than yahoo consulting companies or irreplaceable IT administrators. When it comes down to it, it's for companies who are too full of themselves to do their own IT work.
PTK

London, KY

#70463 Jan 9, 2013
anonymous wrote:
<quoted text>
Cloud computing is basically Internet based computing where you don't really know what's on the other end. Many of the big Internet companies host "Cloud" services which basically are virtual servers that can be expanded to handle your workload transparently.
Most Cloud apps are very small client apps, like those on cell phones, that send minimal data back and forth from the Cloud servers which do the majority of the number crunching. Apple Siri is a very good example of that. The vast majority of the work isn't being done on your phone.
There's an inherent problem in the Cloud in that your data can be mined, and you don't know who is using it to do what. You also have a very hard time getting the data back again should you decide to abandon the service.
Cloud computing is about two things, keeping server administration out of the hands of yahoos, and keeping a guaranteed revenue stream with the parent companies rather than yahoo consulting companies or irreplaceable IT administrators. When it comes down to it, it's for companies who are too full of themselves to do their own IT work.
Ever see Facebook's kingdom stateside...Unflippin' believable. And the masses flock on...and the employees of the world flock on...and on and on.

“When you treat people as they ”

Level 6

Since: Nov 10

treat you they get offended.

#70464 Jan 10, 2013
PTK wrote:
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Every time your machine authenticates, you're saying "hello" to a "cloud"...somewhere or another.
Yes…

Your IP is authenticated with your internet provider every time you go on line (You wouldn’t want just anyone using your allotted bandwidth would you – right?).

When you surf any website – anywhere at any time then the server hosting that website logs your IP.

When you surf any website then any and every hop server on the route logs your IP

You want to post on topic then (even as an anonymous user) the topix server logs your IP, date and time of access, which pages you visited, which pages you posted on and even which browser and version you are using.

The servers in between you and topix log your IP date and time where the hop originated and it’s destination etc… In my case there are currently 6 different servers excluding my own router, my server, my PC and the topix routers and server.

Therefore every website you visit, every piece of information, every email you send can be traced back to your computer should any empowered authorities wish to trace it.

Just take a look at your temporary internet files folder to see how much information you personally use. Each piece of information stored there can be traced from its source back to your PC. Now multiply that by and estimated 2.5 billion users.

If there is no pressing legal reason to trace it then why bother? There is simply too much data to bother

So why should any public cloud be different just because you are paranoid?

There is an alternative, feel free to take it

That alternative is get rid of what feeds your paranoia
ROCKER

Metairie, LA

#70465 Jan 10, 2013
Rock on!

“I Am No One Else”

Level 7

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#70466 Jan 10, 2013
PhiThetaKappa wrote:
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I am not a fan of OpenSource, that is why I prefer Britannica. It's okay for home users that don't mind risking and troubleshooting the headaches that can (and do) arise from it, but I find it's methods tainted, invasive and highly unsecured in a world where security breaches have reached pandemic levels.
Therefore, that is the biggest reason I personally view wikistoopedia, as unethical, a continual violation of data security, and in some cases, worse.
Who wants to headbang over other peoples mistakes. Not I, been there, done that, leaves MUCH to be improved upon, over and over and over.:-).
You did not read most of my post, rather telling, no? I presented valid and logical reasoning, as well as provided explanations of that logic and reasoning, and you skipped all that just to post your opinion.

“I Am No One Else”

Level 7

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#70467 Jan 10, 2013
anonymous wrote:
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I'm partially loyal to Microsoft, but I don't trust the Cloud, I don't like home users meddling with my machines and I don't like Microsoft's licensing. They're stagnating the way IBM did and someone will likely tip them over on their backs like a tortoise if they don't do something to get the consumer market back.
Microsoft wants to put all of it's users into a Cloud system. Just an FYI, if you don't like it, you'll switch to something where you get to choose.

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