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    Everybody Draw Mohammed Day

    It's not just for the heck of it. It's an indirect response to the censorship of the South Park episode. It's for a good cause. Some peoples feelings might be hurt along the way, but if it accomplishes what it is setting out to then its worth it.
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    Steve's thoughts on flash

    Adobe has responded: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/04/30/...s-flash-iphone/ interesting quotes: Gotta say, Adobe is clearly in the right here. There just isn't a valid reason not to allow Flash in some form on any of the iDevices. edit: And a bit of history: http://hothardware.com/News/Adobe-Blames-A...lash-On-iPhone/
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    Everybody Draw Mohammed Day

    It's unfortunate that this will offend the majority of civilized Muslims, but IMO it's a necessary consequence of standing up to the extremists.
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    Everybody Draw Mohammed Day

    I heard of this a few days ago. I think it's a great idea, and it's getting pretty large. around 20,000 people or so, and only getting bigger. The only problem is some people abusing the opportunity to assault/insult Muslims, which is not the purpose behind the concept.
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    Lemmee In!

    Very awesome :)
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    Climate change issue resolved?

    OK, the display of arrogance is boring me. I'm done.
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    Steve's thoughts on flash

    I can't find a comprehensive list, although I doubt it is as crippled as you are probably assuming it is. You're not a developer, are you? Just curious. Read this. HTML 5 is *not* a complete replacement for Flash. The API's change *gradually*. That kind of why they're API's. Abstraction protects against the kind of problem you describe.
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    Climate change issue resolved?

    This is why it's hard to accept what you say. You misrepresent people and needlessly insult them. In the sentence above you have: 1. Made an incorrect assumption - namely that I don't have the means to read journal articles. I do. 2. Resorted to insults, namely that I am scientifically illiterate and clueless. 3. Made a further assumption, although not baseless, in that I use the wiki for proof. I use wiki as an indication and to get a general idea. It would be more correct to say I rely on the journal articles referenced as proof. I have not insulted you once, only disagreed with you.
  9. My view on this is that most religions by default would be incompatible with modern science. Look at something like Christianity where much has changed due to advances made in our knowledge. At the same time people slowly start taking beliefs less literally so as they don't contradict science. Back in the day people believed, literally, that the earth was created in six days. Now we have people saying six days is a metaphor, or was a relative measurement and six days to god is not the same as six days for a human. Any current incarnation of religion will be incompatible with science, until that religion then adapts to reflect any advances made. Basically while(science++){religion+1}
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    Climate change issue resolved?

    Then I'll go and edit wiki with references. And you can believe what I edit. Good luck. They actually do a pretty good job of checking the edits these days, especially on the controversial articles where folks like you tend to vandalize them. Of course not. I'd probably skim wiki to see if it referenced any articles of interest though.
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    Steve's thoughts on flash

    It's a 192.150 range address. The link opens for me OK. The IP only address may seem dodgy, but it works. I grabbed it from the list of references for the wiki page on flash lite. I would think if that what you were claiming is true, that flash on mobile devices does not run well and crashes a majority of the time, that a majority of handset manufacturers would have declined to include it in their handsets and that there would be considerably more users complaining about it. Instead, we just have Apple refusing to include it.
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    Climate change issue resolved?

    Yes, I accept well written, researched and referenced sections of the wiki over the claims of questionable forum posters. Funny that.
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    Climate change issue resolved?

    By popular opinion I was referring to popular opinion in the climatology community. I.e. a consensus. I was not referring to the popular opinion of bloggers and otherwise unqualified people. Which is why I asked for some evidence to the contrary. Not specious claims but actual proof. The best proof your going to get from me is from the wiki. What I am pasting is backed up by reliable references, which are good enough for me. If you can show me something more reliable, which contradicts this it would be appreciated. I've highlighted the parts which support my view.
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    Steve's thoughts on flash

    I've seen Flash on a Nokia phone running without a problem. An N95 I think it was. Albeit, it was probably Flash Lite, and not full flash. Here is a list of mobile devices that support Flash Lite So to claim that Flash cannot run on any mobile device would seem incorrect. It *could* be an app, as flash has a standalone player. Even if it wasn't, you could still run apps within the browser. Which now you can't. Because of the control aspect. In this sense, I think the motivations for not supporting are directly in line with not supporting Java ME. I don't believe this to be correct. Flash uses vector graphics, so they can scale within reasonable ranges without a problem. For drastic size or dimension changes, then new versions may be needed, but that is not unlike some webpages.
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    Climate change issue resolved?

    Everything you said seems to stem from this point. I don't only read stuff that reinforces my point of view. That's just bad practice. I didn't have an opinion when I started reading up on it. My opinion after reading up on it is that the the majority of people in a position to have a relevant opinion accept it to varying degrees, while bloggers and people not in a position to have a relevant opinion deny it. I've been up front that I'm not going to provide further links, and so I have no expectation for you to do so. However, if you were inclined to show me something that would show popular opinion in the climatology community is in line with yours and Leonid's opinion, I'd appreciate it.
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    Steve's thoughts on flash

    If flash were an approved application, then people could make flash applications available outside of Apple's control. It was about why flash is not allowed on the iPhone. Job's cited wanting an open web as the reason. However Flash on phone has a use outside of just the web.
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    A word of caution

    I have not proven myself wrong at all. If you genuinely believe peer review is solely limited to and synonymous with the peer review process used for article submission, then there is no point in me continuing discussing this with you.
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    A word of caution

    In science "peer review" refers only to the process used for article submission. Everything else is called "verification of results". Look on page 2 of this PDF to learn something new. There's a lot about science you do not know - it would help to know it before posting so confidently. The first paragraph on the wiki entry for peer review states : "Peer review is a generic term that is used to describe a process of self-regulation by a profession or a process of evaluation involving qualified individuals with the related field. Peer review methods are employed to maintain standards, improve performance, and provide credibility." It is most certainly not limited to the peer review process used for article submission. And yes, in this instance I find the wiki entry more reliable that the "sense about science" website.
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    Climate change issue resolved?

    Hi Midnighter. Just to clarify some things. When I referred to there being links in the link I link I posted, I was referring to people posting links. There is a discussion going on much as this one, except much larger in scale. Many people are providing links to support there claims, and that is what I was referring to. Likewise, I really didn't want to dig through them all and repost them that much. When I refer to a majority, it was not limited to the people who signed that letter. Over the last...year maybe, since I have started paying any attention this issue it seems like every notable institution or organization tends to agree with the view presented by the link I provided. Leonid made a good point however, that since the boards may state something, this is not necessarily backed up by the people who make up those organizations. I'm not going to provide more than I have, because I don't really have time to do that, and I am not interested in proving anything. I just think it makes sense to accept the view of experts in a field, when they seem to largely be in agreement. Perhaps I am not at all informed...if it is in fact a majority that disagree I would be interested to see something showing this. As it is, for me personally, it seems that it is a majority that agrees and so that is good enough for me. 1. You don't need them saved, you just need to cite them. 2. What you sated implied you already knew what they were. From your original claim it is implied that you could cite them as and when needed. 3. You don't need to have a personal account, as I explained previously. That's a poor excuse not to follow through on a claim. 4. That's quite an assumption without any merit. Tastywheat seems an intelligent enough guy that I am sure he would examine the evidence and admit if he were wrong. 5. OK, So you don't have time to do it. So don't make a claim you're not prepared to follow through on next time. 6. 7. I haven't been on here long enough to accept that, but what I have seen is many people getting into arguments with you. It's enough for me to take what you say with a grain of salt. I never disputed that it was impossible for humans to have added all the C02 in the atmosphere since 1950. The thread is full of assumptions about myself and others on what I have read and about my level of education. It just seems arrogant, that if anyone disagrees with you they must not be as educated as you.
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    A word of caution

    How has that got anything to do with what I suggested? Because everything you've said is wrong. Well since you seem to be equating peer review to the peer review process used for article submission to journals, likewise.
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    Steve's thoughts on flash

    Chapps makes an interesting point. I didn't get anything from Job's statement that would imply Apple are interested in working towards an open standard that would replace Flash, for everything it can be used for. The thing is Flash/Silverlight have a lot of potential *outside* of the web and browsers. They are quite decent platforms for creating certain applications in and I believe that is the key reason it won't ever be supported on Apple products. It's just speculation, but I suspect that even if Flash were completely open and a standard that Apple would still not include it in their products - purely because of the control aspect.
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    A word of caution

    How has that got anything to do with what I suggested?
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    Steve's thoughts on flash

    Sorenson isn't part of flash, so that's a moot point. The fact that it is commonly with flash is irrelivant. Again, that's grasping at straws. It has nothing to do with the flash format itself. You've proven nothing. I have not moved the goalposts at all. I gave a logical argument as to why it could be about control, which you responded to with an irrelevant argument about webapps. That is why they don't want flash however. At least part of the reason. It doesn't matter if their motive for controlling is money or not. With flash, they won't have that same level of control which they obviously desire. This just shows that you didn't read or comprehend the links I gave. Since 2009, it is available for use without restriction. When you can be bothered to actually read the links I gave and respond to what I actually wrote, I'll be happy to respond.
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    Steve's thoughts on flash

    Tick, you make quite a different point to what I originally said which does not contradict what my own POV In fact, I agree with most of what you wrote. My original point was that I felt it was hypocritical for Apple not to include Flash for reasons relating to openness, when Apple is quite far removed from an "open" company. Apple may have valid reasons for not including Flash, but they would be closer to the reasons you gave, not reasons relating to a lack of openess when as I have pointed out, the flash format is available for use with restriction.
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    Steve's thoughts on flash

    That was the second link I provided. I was referring to the first, which should have been obvious from the context I provided it in. Maybe you need to check your comprehension skills. Or maybe we could quite the juvenile namecalling? No, it is irrelevant. Not to say a reference implementation would not be appreciated, but it is not necessary. See above where your point was invalidated? OK. This discussion is not limited to webapps. It is only a minority of owners who have their iDevices jailbroken. The rest have to choose from software that Apple says is OK. Do I really need to provide references for all the cases where Apple has rejected or later removed applications from the app store, without good reason? Except that I have. I'm not ill informed, it's just that you made assumptions on top of assumptions that are incorrect. I reply to correct your baseless assumptions. I provided links, which you couldn't even bother to read correctly. Which is why I provided wikipedia links. If you don't accept them, that would be one thing, but you don't appear to have actually even read them yet.
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