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Rating system expansion

Ratings on the content of movies, TV programs and video games are generally a useful thing: they give parents a little bit of information about whether the content is appropriate for their children. Notification about the violence content of a movie is useful to parents. Knowing ahead of time that a movie contains graphic depictions of sex with donkeys, likewise. ...

2010-02-06   [Permalink]

The Wikipedia experiment

Though I use it all the time, I often make fun of Wikipedia and its supporters for several obvious reasons, including terrible writing and a "patchwork" feel to the articles that arises from too many editors. But the main problem is that, as a source of reliable information, it, well, blows. When confronted with these negative opinions, the defenders of Wikipedia always tell me that incorrect information, lies, and vandalism are "corrected within minutes" and that it's just as accurate as other encyclopedias. ...

2010-02-06   [Permalink]

Hey, Big Spender!

While I've seen much hoo-ha recently about Obama's "record breaking" budget and deficit, and much bemoaning about it from those of the Republican persuasion, I don't recall any of them complaining about the previous 8 years when the budget increased massively and the debt doubled. ...

2010-02-03   [Permalink]

GoDaddy, you stupid …

GoDaddy and the American Healthcare System share at least one quality: People think it's great, until they need to actually use it. ...

2010-01-28   [Permalink]

Computer aging program

 old.jpg?120 Using the latest and greatest formula and algorithms, I've spent some time and put together this computer image-aging program. It's surprisingly accurate, and should age nearly anything (not just people). Just use the form to select the image to age, set the subject's current age and the number of years to age, and click go. ...

2010-01-26   [Permalink] #app  

Skeptic's toolbox

Just a few sources to check out before believing or repeating (especially repeating) an "amazing" claim ...

2008-02-22   [Permalink]

Arguments that don't make it

I recently had a conversation with a friend about religious beliefs. This friend brought up some of the reasons why he believed his religion was true. I didn't think they were good enough reasons to justify belief in a god, and since I had asked for reasons before, I thought I'd list some of the more common arguments and why I don't buy them. Note that this friend did not make all of these arguments, and I did not make all these responses. ...

2007-01-02   [Permalink] #religion  

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