Saturday, June 9, 2018

Intelligent Design Is Not Serious Science


Among scientists, Darwin's theory of evolution is still the accepted story of how living things came to be, but proponents of a theory known as “intelligent design” claim they can stump Darwin: Life, they say, is simply too complicated to have arrived by chance.

Intelligent design seems to have popped up out of nowhere, but it’s actually an old concept. The idea that an organism's complexity is evidence for the existence of a cosmic designer was advanced long before Charles Darwin was born. Its best-known exponent was English theologian William Paley, creator of the famous watchmaker analogy.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Why I Hate Working On Computers


By my own rough estimate, 95 percent of personal computers are repaired not by a shop, but by The Techie Friend. The Techie Friend usually isn't someone with formal training in computer systems per se, but they've been around computers for a long time and know how to do more than just turn one on and launch a program.

Chances are The Techie Friend also knows how to use Google for more than researching funny cat videos -- the computer problem they're addressing is likely a common one, with solutions posted to social media or support websites or discussion forums.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

West Virginia Residents Brace For Higher Utility Rates


Appalachian Power, which serves nearly half a million customers in West Virginia, is asking for a whopping eleven percent rate increase. Roughly half of the requested hike “is due to a significant decline in the amount of electricity used by customers,” the company said.

West Virginia American Water Company, the largest water company in the state, has asked for a staggering 24 percent rate increase. According to a news release, the company said the increase request is due to infrastructure improvements. The company also cites a decline in the amount of water customers use.