Sunday, February 12, 2012

It's all about the World View

One of the questions always asks: Is religion a problem?
The answer is "sometimes".
When religion becomes justification for harming others, it is a problem.

When the meme breeds a similar meme, that causes justification for harming others, it is a problem.

The opposite of religion (or believer) is Not believer. One that does NOT believe in the religious ideas that make a believer religious. Atheist vs Theist.

So the question becomes, is atheism a problem? Atheism can't be used to justify violence, so it can't be a problem.

Wars may or may not have been fought by atheists, but the fighting is for reasons other than not being religious, such as wanting power, or conquering land, or prevention of countries for acquiring the power to retaliate with destruction.

I believe in this coming age of information, that religion will do a great deal more harm than good. It has in the past, it will in the future. And one has to question the integrity of the believer when observable reality contradicts a believer's beliefs.

So we can in turn, ignore the question and live with cognitive dissonance, or we can face our lives without remorse.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

accuracy in language is crucial

Mostly when we talk around religion and religious ideas, the many arguments that arise are due to the inaccuracy of our meanings in the definitions we use sometimes carelessly in our language.

It is important to be accurate to bring beneficial meaning to the lessons we try to convey. It is important because otherwise our conversation is not like minded, and can be adversarial through misunderstanding the lesson.

Being truthful in our mind and our thought gives us honor. Without that semblance of truth, we may see ourselves as less and as we are alive we have a duty to be honorable with our belief system. It does no one a good service to dishonor ourselves with lying about what we believe for any reason. Even if the reason is compassionate. How can I say something like "I believe in God" when I only believe in the idea of God?

Where would my honor be if I said that?
Where would you're honor be?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Softare and other copyright material at risk for consumers.

I read this article on Wired about copywright law and the resell of software.

Anything you buy (license or whatever work) pre-supposes (contract or not) that the buyer always has the right to re-sell the item.

The district court has ruled against this, and I understand that this will hurt how libraries function, as well as other organizations that lend copywrited material to the public for educational or for other purposes.

This is a big public black Eye and makes the "pirate" ware even more explosive.

Also businesses that acquire software really can't claim that software as an asset for resale value, and have to write it as a loss completely, because it is deemed worthless.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Ebook sharing

We have the technology, why don't we use it?
Wouldn't it be nice to have an ebook library where users could "check out" ebooks for 2 weeks or so, and renew like a regular library. It's possible, and I think the only way to push this to happen is to create laws toward that goal.

Lending your e-book from your reader to someone else, also should be possible.
If software is "like a book" lending it out should be allowed and made possible.

What do you think?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Linux vs Vista (64)

I have used both and is it worth paying for vista? Whether you’re getting a laptop with vista pre-installed or Linux without any of the extras installed.

Specifically I want to talk about file-managers or explorer vs (many deprecated file-managers for ubuntu).
Explorer is simply superior in every way to any file-manager that ubuntu has to offer, and this is the piece of the computer that has to shine for any OS to work in any reasonable way.
Ubuntu’s graphical file-managers are clunky, slow, and not intuitive like explorer is, and explorer completely demolishes any linux filemanager out there.

The offices suites runs on both.
The fact is, I have been running vista 64 for about 3 years now at work and at home. I had some issues at home, but all the issues I have had were hard drive related, and not OS related.
I have had motherboard hardware problems as well (which killed both linux and vista) as I tried both on the bad board.

I haven’t seen anything in linux that would make me want to “switch” except that I like the way linux installs with synaptic (much cleaner I think), but for developing software, Visual studio can’t be beat. .NET can’t be beat, and software written with .net is mostly reliable with fewer problems than the stuff even written in Open Source.

All in all, the only way linux well truly ever beat Microsoft is if they pull their head out of their “you know what” and admit that the only way to make computers useful is to humanize them in ways that Microsoft has clearly done better and better as time moves on.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Bailout or copout

In my opin, the bail out was a terrible idea. The reason is, the banks don't learn anything and the freemarket is proven not to work especially when the banks can just depend on government to bail them out in times of trouble.

Banks should have eaten it. If not the bailout, then what should happen you ask?

It would have been better if the government just formed it's own bank, and appointing leading bankers to run it. And the government could lend as AIG lent, there is nothing in the rules that say AIG has to be the lenders. When the rules of the financial markets break, it's time to create different ones, stricter ones.

The second measure that should have happened is that: on homes with mortgages worth less than $250, 000, the government could pay the dept of people that don't have a job to cover, and buy the loan from the bank at 20% less of the cost of the mortgage. It's up to the banks if they want to sell it, and not touch homes worth more than that. This would have been good for the middle class, and helped the American people tremendously.

Since I don't fall into any of these categories, I am not really biased on the topic of getting free mortgage payments.

Next, the government should have raised the FDIC to $400, 000 from 100,000. It's pretty sad when we don't account for inflation as time moves forward, this has been a tremendous failure of government policy for the past 30 years.

It is sad we have so many bankers that are crooks, and it would suit me if they were all sent to the poorhouse.

Foxjazz

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Walmart

Americans basically create their own hell.

Because of the ideology that Wal-mart brings to America, I haven't shopped there for years. And I won't shop there.

So whether Walmart violates laws or not, it is the consumer shopper that supports those attitudes with their real money. Ever since I heard about Walmart's price-gouging, the place is boycotted in my book. That includes Sams club and anything of Walmart's nature.

So instead of whining about whether we should or shouldn't work at walmart, shop or not shop. It isn't the only place to make a living. Or is it true that we just enjoy the misery?