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Hello Marc Gravell . I hope you are fine. since you are an expert i would like to ask you a question. Can you check out this thread : http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10035517/unsupervised-classification-feature-vectors-are-obtained Thank you.
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Finally found something else up there with (maybe better than?) Samuel L. Jackson's reading of "Go The Fuck To Sleep" - specifically, Tim Minchin's "Lullaby": Lullaby by Tim Minchin

I challenge any parent to say they've never had days like that.
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The awesome Stack Exchange business cards arrived today; the pack line must have had the offset wrong, as I got two of Michael Pryor, our CFO.

So I'm off... Er, I mean Michael is off to the bank to make a small withdrawal...
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nice to know that you guys also have bugs :)
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very cute!!
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I'm fed up with the bullshit of #Christians , #Muslims and other #religions claiming that they get their morality from God but we #atheists have no morals because we don't follow their holy books.

There is no question of morality without gods, there is only the question of morality.

Some religious people say that without the fear of eternal torment or the promise of heaven, God's divine and supernatural punishment and reward scheme, that mankind would go around murdering, raping, molesting, thieving, warring and destroying at will. If morality is doing the right thing when nobody is looking, and religious people think that a magical sky daddy is always looking, then they only do the right thing because they have to.

Atheists behave ourselves because it is the right thing to do, no extortion is necessary. Doing something for fear of violent and eternal repercussions is compliance, not morality. Doing something for a reward is mercenary, not morality.

It seems that many of the religious, particularly the fundamentalists, are trapped in the lowest levels of moral development. The pre-conventional, obedience and punishment orientation and the self-interest orientation, the level that we would expect to find children. Many of us have advanced to the higher levels of morality, the post conventional social contract orientation.

Imagine if it were true what they claim. Prisons would be packed with atheists instead of making up 1% of them (where the general population is between 15% and 20% atheist in the USA). The most religious would be paragons of virtue. No priest would ever rape a child. No pastor would ever cheat on their wife.

If a religious person does actually believe that they would become a murderer, rapist, thief, etc if they lost their faith then maybe we should watch out for that person. They clearly aren't stable enough to function in society without an imaginary friend keeping them on track. If they ever slip and doubt for even a moment then we should have them committed to a mental institution for the protection of themselves and of society.

These moral illiterates don't get to sit in judgement on their moral superiors.

Apologies for the millions of sensible and reasonable believers who don't conform to these stupid stereotypes. My irritation is aimed at the fools still trapped in the Iron Age, not at you.
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I personally think that "morality is from god" is just another way of saying "We are better".
Many animals act like we would have expect from a moral human being and many religionists don't. That shows that maybe morality is a kind of "Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself".

Besides, I doubt your moral if the only reason you don't kill me is because some mad wizard up in the sky told you so.
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Turned my rant on DBNull.Value into a stackoverflow post: http://stackoverflow.com/a/9632050/23354
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(UK) Do you think that faith-based groups running public-funded schools is harmful? if so, the BHA needs your support: http://www.justgiving.com/nofaithschools/

(please click the "Read more" to see the reasons etc; and to clarify - I'm not anti-faith; I just don't think it is reasonable for faith-groups to have any special grounds to influence public policy, or have dispensation around equality law)
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Listening to Tim Minchin "Storm" - awesome: Tim Minchin's Storm the Animated Movie
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Reliving my youth, listening to some "Sleeper" today - takes me back, but very good listening, IMO: http://open.spotify.com/artist/0NbfEPYRgMczimdfM3skmH

Side effect of the school holidays and kids being at home. I've even had to break out the closed-back headphones
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Computer geek, currently working for Stack Overflow
I also spent 10 years working for RM writing line-of-business software on the Microsoft stack.

As if that weren't enough time in front of a computer, I also "geek it up" on my own time (as an MVP) - blogging, helping fellow geeks, writing articles, presenting at various user-groups / events, proof-reading, working on various open-source projects.

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