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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Gavrielkay Re:In 14 years practising emergency medicine (567 comments)

I think both discussions should be had at the same time and with the same attention. People of both sexes need to hear the "don't be an idiot" speech and the "zero tolerance" speech. Getting offended at either of these is not going to fix anything. It seems someone shouts "don't blame the victim" whenever personal responsibility is mentioned and someone else yells "victimization" when people talk about predatory rapists. We should be careful because in the end we are the ones who will suffer if attacked. And rapists should be punished as the psychopathic predators that they are. Getting defensive on either side prevents real dialogue on how to solve the problem.

yesterday
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How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation

Gavrielkay Re:Patents great b/c designing drugs are expensive (96 comments)

It is expensive to develop a new drug for lots of reasons. I used to work in chemistry and the equipment, chemicals, scientists and facilities are expensive. These days a lot of drugs get discovered based on natural compounds that have shown some bit of efficacy against whatever ailment. The active compound needs to be isolated, synthesized, tested, modified, tested, etc until they run out of ideas to make it as effective as possible. And that's just the start. Then you need to find a scalable way to produce enough of it to run clinical trials which are expensive too. And for your effort, you get zip in return if it turns out to work but is toxic or whatever.

And you can bet that any corners cut and any money saved in the process will be brought up in court as soon as someone has a bad reaction to the drug.

I don't love the idea of our health being a for profit endeavor, but unless everyone wants to abandon capitalism and cough it up as tax dollars, it's probably safe to assume that the process is about as good as it's going to get.

about a week ago
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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

Gavrielkay Re:Good (342 comments)

Pure research has led to quite a lot of "shit that works" alongside shit that went nowhere. If you choke off pure research in favor of things that short sighted politicians think will win them elections, you'll slow progress to a trickle. Most things in life: companies, inventions, experiments, marriages... are destined to fail. You still have to put the work in to get that one in a million success that changes the world.

about a month ago
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Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

Gavrielkay Re:Let's be scientific (772 comments)

Not accepting the theory of evolution because you have doubts about the rigor of the experiments or found some outlying data that was ignored but seems significant would indicate a person who could perform scientific work.

Not believing in evolution because a 2000 year old book says so would not. There are means to challenge a scientific theory; they are not infallible. But those means are science based and not faith based.

If you are inclined to let your religious bias overrule observed evidence then you should avoid scientific work on principle. Science isn't only right when it doesn't conflict with your views.

about 3 months ago
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Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

Gavrielkay Re:Wait a sec (772 comments)

Perhaps it is confusing of the words faith and belief. You can believe something to be true because you've witnessed it. But faith implies believing without evidence.

about 3 months ago
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Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

Gavrielkay Re:Wait a sec (772 comments)

A scientific theory is different from how the word theory is used in the vernacular. A scientific theory is already quite rigorously tested and while it may get revised and refined, it is unlikely to be entirely false. The closer equivalent to the way the public uses theory is a scientific hypothesis which is where the ideas start and get tested. Once a hypothesis goes through enough testing and scrutiny it might get promoted to a theory. A scientific law is something else again and states how things behave. A theory is not promoted to a law but rather might provide the explanation and testability for what the law declares.

about 3 months ago
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Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

Gavrielkay Re:Wait a sec (772 comments)

I can believe that X knows very well what the HOLY_BOOK says without believing that it's true. I know the story in the Lord of the Rings pretty well, but I doubt you'd find many people to claim it was a real history. In the end, it's not about being an expert on the HOLY_BOOK but rather whether the book in question is factual. Even if the book is self consistent, it can still be wrong.

about 3 months ago
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Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

Gavrielkay Re:Stp the silly beta (466 comments)

Use the return to classic view link. I hope they track the number of clicks and realize that everyone is bailing on the stupid beta version.

about 3 months ago
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Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

Gavrielkay AND?? (466 comments)

Peas and plants. Because now peas aren't plants? Who wrote that?

about 3 months ago
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New White House Petition For Net Neutrality

Gavrielkay Re:bandiwth hogging is bad (248 comments)

Netflix aren't paying for extra bandwidth. They are being extorted to pay more money in order to not be throttled down to the point where their customers give up and move on. Remember, Comcast competes with Netflix too. Cable internet providers have no interest in you spending $8 per month to watch everything on Netflix over their bandwidth rather than paying $100/mo to watch cable and movie channels. Comcast are abusing the monopoly they were given as a "utility" by telling their own customers they have unlimited downloads at a stated bandwidth and then telling Netflix they are strapped for throughput and Netflix better pay up to keep the bits flowing.

about 4 months ago
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New White House Petition For Net Neutrality

Gavrielkay Re:bandiwth hogging is bad (248 comments)

The trouble is that the ISPs want to promise high speed and unlimited usage but not deliver it. They want to put the blame on the streaming companies. ISPs have gotten away with false promises for years because the content wasn't demanding enough to prove them wrong. Now, rather than raise their own prices or put in caps and limit usage during prime time etc. they want to put the blame on Netflix etc. They make Netflix etc. pay them more money for the same bandwidth they are already charging customers for. Then when Netflix (or whoever) raises their prices to compensate, Netflix takes the blame instead of the ISP. The end user and Netflix (etc) have already paid for bandwidth. The ISP wants to get paid twice because their business model didn't allow for the user actually using the purchased bandwidth.

about 4 months ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Gavrielkay Sure, but it won't mean the same thing (467 comments)

Being a millionaire in "our lifetime" probably won't mean much. With inflation and medical costs of growing old, you'll need a few million just to retire. Unless they think they'll earn that million in the next 5 years or so, it's not going to get them what they think.

about 4 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Gavrielkay Re:I May Not Agree (1116 comments)

Equality under the law is the key argument against your point. There are civil benefits to being married. These apply to childless heterosexual couples. They apply to infertile heterosexual couples. They apply to couples where one partner is a post-menopausal woman. So, the argument that it's solely about children doesn't fly. If a marriage is completely legal between a man and a woman when no children are or ever will be produced, then it violates the equality clause in the constitution to deny that same status to homosexual couples.

There are simply too many civil benefits tied up in the legal contract of marriage to claim that depriving homosexuals the ability to enter that contract isn't depriving them of rights.

about 5 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Gavrielkay Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (1116 comments)

Prejudice is judging someone based on a superficial feature. Judging this guy based on the fact that he contributed personal money to a campaign to deprive homosexuals of the right to marry and get the civil benefits of that marriage is not prejudging anything. It's judging him by his actions, which is a pretty good standard.

about 5 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Gavrielkay Re:Bu the wasn't fired (1116 comments)

Your analogy doesn't work. Being a homophobe can be unlearned, being black can't be.

about 5 months ago
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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

Gavrielkay Re:Common core manufactures them (509 comments)

While I agree the left isn't doing a good job, the right is no more interested in a scientifically literate populace. Our two party system has nicely carved up the population and will continue to trade power back and forth while nothing really changes. And people like you spouting partisan nonsense are part of the reason they get away with it.

about 5 months ago
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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

Gavrielkay Re:Idiocracy (509 comments)

The problem is more fundamental than that. It is us as Americans. The politicians know their market very well, and in fact pay lots of money to mold the market into ever more gullible sheep. Most Americans have a cursory education in science at best. We've got it drilled into us to treat everything we don't want to hear with skepticism and to think elections are pointless because they're all losers so we may as well vote for the one with the most TV ads.

Until Americans stop considering educated people to be elitist and stop voting for the guy they'd want to sit next to at an outdoor bar-b-que, you aren't going to get anything fixed.

about 5 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Gavrielkay Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

He's free to say anything he likes. Even free to put his money where his mouth is. However, when someone uses their freedom to campaign against the freedom of others to be treated equally under the law, then I'm free to think they're assholes.

This is not a free speech issue. No one can arrest him based on what he said and who he gave money to. But, freedom to say something isn't the same as free from the social consequences of what you've said.

about 5 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Gavrielkay Re:Are people not allowed to have opinions? (1482 comments)

You can't sign a legal contract that changes your tax obligations. You also can't sign a contract that forces other nations to accept that you are "contractually bound" for purposes of immigration where current treaties often recognize marriage. Like it or not, there are a fair few things that are special to a legally recognized marriage and that is why depriving same sex couples of those rights is a violation of the equality under the law mandate in the U.S. constitution.

You could argue that all of those laws should be removed or updated to take out the word marriage, but it's a lot of bother to end up in the same place.

about 5 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Gavrielkay Re:April Fools stories are gay (1482 comments)

Tolerating bigotry isn't the same thing as tolerance. People who want to deprive others of their rights by virtue of their skin color or sexuality* shouldn't be tolerated. You can think whatever you want, but supporting laws against other people's rights is wrong and no one should feel obligated to put up with it out of some misguided attempt to avoid sounding "politically correct." Trying to legislate your morality is not "polite disagreement."

*consenting adult style sexuality here, so don't bother with the stupid "what's next, pedophilia??" garbage

about 5 months ago

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Home network security: DoS attack help?

Gavrielkay Gavrielkay writes  |  about a year ago

Gavrielkay (1819320) writes "We seem to have attracted the attention of some less than savory types in online gaming and now find our home network relentlessly DoSed. We bought a new router that doesn't fall over quite so easily, but it still overwhelms our poor little DSL connection and prevents us web browsing and watching Netflix occasionally. What's worse is that it seems to find us even if we change the MAC address and IP address of the router. Often the router logs IPs from Russia or Korea in these attacks (no packet logging, just a blanket "DoS attack from..." in the log. But more often lately I've noticed the IPs trace back to Microsoft or Amazon domains. Are they spoofing those IPs? Did they sign us up for something weird there? And how do they find us with a new MAC address and IP within minutes? We're looking for a way to hide from these idiots that doesn't involve going to the Feds, although that is what our ISP suggested. Piles of money for a commercial grade router is out of the question. We are running antivirus and anti-malware programs and haven't seen any evidence of hacked computers so far."

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