Posts by James Butler

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  • Southerly: The Problem With Religion,

    Am I the only one who finds Richard Dawkins and the other "atheism uber alles" usual suspects to be at least as objectionable as overtly in-your-face religious types? What's the difference between his "There is only one truth, and that's my truth" and that of organised religions?

    <glib>Falsifiability.</glib>

    But no, you're not the only one - this atheist too. I think they are too ready to attribute various ills to religion, which are really just consequences of human nature.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: RT: Eyjafjallajokull,

    Had a dour laugh or two when I saw a HCC sign suggesting that spectators take a 'green' route by walking to the track--so they could watch expensive cars going round and round in circles, burning up finite fossil fuel!

    Srsly, at your average motorsport event the spectators burn orders of magnitude more fuel than the competitors.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Experiment have seen collisions!!!!!!!!!!!,

    ...and I presume you mean QCD?

    BANG on Duckie. Quark Quark!

    <facepalm> I just re-read your post... shall we say it gained a new spin I hadn't noticed previously?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Experiment have seen collisions!!!!!!!!!!!,

    CERN is right into colour these days

    ...and I presume you mean QCD?

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  • Hard News: Experiment have seen collisions!!!!!!!!!!!,

    CERN is right into colour these days and are sucking up with the media with their charm offence in a big way. Things are on the up! They are getting down to it. 2/3rds of everything they make will be going to charity.

    What will the Red Cross or Amnesty International do with a whole pile of Higgs' Bosons?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Transferring wealth to Wellington,

    I think it would make a lot of sense to move the capital to Palmerston North, me.

    Because then people could grumble metonymically all they want without offending any of their nice Wellingtonian friends?

    PS Firefox wants me to change Wellingtonian to Washingtonian; obviously it has been reading the thread.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Transferring wealth to Wellington,

    Is "==" some "C" thing that I've missed again?

    I'm not sure where I got it from now. But it should be taken to mean 'equivalent'.

    Ah, you're using it as a lazy way of typing "≡".

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Transferring wealth to Wellington,

    Is "==" some "C" thing that I've missed again?

    Yes.

    Edit: If Kyle had used "=", "the Beehive" would have become literally equal to Wellington, and then later Auckland - a side effect with catastrophic consequences. But a good unit test would catch that.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: This is a Photograph of Me,

    I found myself checking out beginner motorcycle models

    Protip: avoid any Suzuki GN built in the last 10 years.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: This is a Photograph of Me,

    I should mention that the few times I've been knocked off my bicycle (or seen others knocked off) it's been due to the fatal mistake of using the cycle lane. I'm never trying that again.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

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