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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

IRWolfie- Re:Does not make sense (519 comments)

Yes. It's almost a non-story. Courts indicate law needs updating, law gets updating.

about 5 months ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

IRWolfie- Re:Now that's news for nerds (519 comments)

You complain about something being disgusting, then propose something else even more disgusting as being funny. That you would find such a video funny is sickening.

about 5 months ago
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Inventor Has Waited 43 Years For Patent Approval

IRWolfie- Re:Proof of obviousness (258 comments)

Calculus isn't an invention, it's a discovery. It's not patentable. Calling them the "finest minds" seems a bit of hyperbole, they made great discoveries, but you don't need the finest minds to do what they did (Newton looks rather all too human and of his age, particularly with regards to his Biblical literalism and alchemy). It seems likely that equally great minds concurrent with Newton and Leibniz would have made the discoveries. They weren't in isolation and the progress in maths makes certain discoveries more likely at certain periods when the necessary pieces are in place.

about 6 months ago
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Publishers Withdraw More Than 120 Fake Papers

IRWolfie- Re:science has no defense against hooliganism (62 comments)

The sort of places these are published in have no standards in the first place. There are always predatory journals and also good quality journals. The issue here is that IEEE and Springer have low standards about what journals they allow.

about 6 months ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

IRWolfie- Re:Mixup (625 comments)

It is. This was tested in a eurobarometer by replacing "astrology" with "horoscopes" http://ec.europa.eu/public_opi... . The percentage of support dropped from 41% to 13%, indicating that most people do indeed mix them up.

about 6 months ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

IRWolfie- Re:Just not young people... (625 comments)

" The problem is just not young people think astrology is science, scientists think the same way." That is the most ridiculous statement I have heard. One contrarian scientist doesn't equate to "scientists" without further qualification.

about 6 months ago
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Solar Lull Could Cause Colder Winters In Europe

IRWolfie- Re:Not the sun (320 comments)

Continental drift wasn't a theory, it was a proposed historical fact. Wegener had no mechanism to suggest it which made sense, and his mechanisms where (and still are) rejected. It was the theory of plate tectonics that confirmed the historical fact of continental drift. It was not Wegener who made a concrete proposal of plate tectonics as that article you link to appears to suggest.

about 7 months ago
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Thousands of Germans Threatened With €250 Fines For Streaming Porn

IRWolfie- How did they figure out the people? (192 comments)

How did they get the IP addresses of people using a streaming website that they don't operate (and I doubt the records where handed over by this non-German website)?

about 8 months ago
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Nobel Winner Schekman Boycotts Journals For 'Branding Tyranny'

IRWolfie- Re:Already doing this in Physics (106 comments)

No. ArXiv papers are generally not resubmitted after being peer reviewed (that would be against the rules of most journals), and no peer review is done on ArXiv.

about 8 months ago
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Image Lifted From Twitter Leads to $1.2M Payout For Haitian Photog

IRWolfie- Re:Sweet sweet copyright justice (242 comments)

The GPL exists because, at present, copyright on code etc exists. If copyright did not exist on code, then the GPL would no longer be necessary.

about 9 months ago
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UK Court Orders Two Sisters Must Receive MMR Vaccine

IRWolfie- Re:Good. (699 comments)

You may have caught a cold but attributed to flu since your sister was infected with it (correlation doesn't imply causation).

about 10 months ago
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The Steady Decline of Unix

IRWolfie- Re: Uh huh (570 comments)

I am aware of that list. The operating system itself is not on that list, specifically the kernel as well. Consider that OpenDarwin shut down for the express reason that they couldn't get the code off Apple, I don't see what you are talking about.

1 year,1 day
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The Steady Decline of Unix

IRWolfie- Re: Uh huh (570 comments)

No it isn't open source. They haven't released their code in a long long time.

1 year,2 days
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IBM Devises Software For Its Experimental Brain-Modeling Chips

IRWolfie- Brain in a box (33 comments)

Is this a new variation to the Schrodinger's cat problem?

1 year,13 days
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Github Finally Agrees Public Repos Should Have Explicit Licenses

IRWolfie- Re:No, you can't use it. (120 comments)

If you copy the code for your own use without distribution you have infringed the copyright. Distribution does not even come into it.

about a year ago
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Why Engineering Freshmen Should Take Humanities Courses

IRWolfie- Re:Better idea: (564 comments)

Not all evidence is about visually seeing things happening. Do you deny quantum mechanics because you can't see it directly?

about a year ago
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Why Engineering Freshmen Should Take Humanities Courses

IRWolfie- Re:Better idea: (564 comments)

Ever thought that maybe Evolution is the ground rules for things and with Creation, you've got little (or big shoves) in changes a' la animal/plant husbandry or genetic engineering?

You appear to be saying that what if your God just dabs his hand in the odd bit to muddle around with things. That's unfalsifiable, unnecessary, and special pleading.

Neither theory is correct (seriously) or even remotely close to "complete" because there's gaps, peices which don't "work" within the framework of the theory- or "and a miracle happens" like the cartoon where the proof has that in it.

I think someone has been drinking too much of the creationist kool aid. You seem to have elevated creationism to a theory, and then made some assertions from nowhere about evolution (possibly you are about to make the fallacious "missing links" argument). Then you appear to say evolution is wrong for no apparent reason.

about a year ago
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Why Engineering Freshmen Should Take Humanities Courses

IRWolfie- Re:Better idea: (564 comments)

For the same reason that governments and companies divide themselves into departments and increasingly finer subdivisions thereof. This does nothing to diminish the fact that the constituent parts work only for the whole any more than the fact that an human can be separated into organs, then into cells, then into atoms does to diminish the fact that a person it is much more than a lump of matter. Forest for the trees, almost literally here.

This is empty sophistry, much like a degree in the Humanities eh? There is no argument in there, and it is ignorant of how universities and departments actually operate.

A bunch of drone engineers who know only how to operate a slide rule, and with very little expose to creative endeavor more complex and deep than reality TV will not be good engineers. Period. It doesn't matter how much they are pushed, without an enthusiasm to understand the beauty in the world, whatever they make will be crap. *cough*china*cough*.

You act as though the humanities are the source of creativity, and you appear to express a stereotype that a technical course only has drone like work; You are claiming engineers and scientists lack "an enthusiasm to understand the beauty in the world" and are some sort of drones if they don't study the Humanities. Followed by some apparent racism.

Besides that, with nothing to ponder but questions about coulombs and diff-eq, burn out will be fast. I go so far as to hypothesis that having the brain operate in a different section a few times a semester will not is not only a good thing, but that being stuck in a little bubble, studying the same thing for 14 hours a day, every day, is actively harmful.

Your fourth paragraph is just nonsense. The less said the better.

about a year ago

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