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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Ihlosi Re:So while all of this was happening (769 comments)

4. Figure out why you're a target and change it.

... because you have a physical, mental or behavioral disability.
... because you have better grades than the bullies.
... because you don't like what everyone else likes.
... because your parents are richer or poorer than the bullies'

Have fun changinge any of those, even with all the intelligence in the world (well, you might change #2 by playing dumb). Your blaming the victim borders on the absurd.

yesterday
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Ihlosi Re:Same old, same old. (769 comments)

To this day I'll never understand why teachers were so blind to the fact that the bigger stronger "athletic" kids constantly harassed the weaker kids.

You're lucky, since in your case the bullies were actually considered to be part of the party at fault.

And the teachers actions are easy to understand when you realize that they're not interested in justice - they want peace in the classroom.

yesterday
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Ihlosi Re:So while all of this was happening (769 comments)

2. The abused should learn how to defend himself. Send him to a karate class.

Bullies either have advantage in numbers, or they're very, very good at playing victim once they encounter any kind of "defense".

Basically, the victim has three options:

1. Suck it up. Leads to all kinds of physical and mental scars.

2. Report it to the proper authorities. Victim gets punished. Bullying does not stop.

3. Defend themselves. Victim gets punished by authorities. Bullies resume bullying.

yesterday
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

Ihlosi Re:You can get autism from measles. (583 comments)

My personal bet is on a chemical that began being used heavily in industry in the 70/80's.

My personal bet is that the reproduction rate in industrialized countries dropped, but it did not drop uniformly. It dropped more sharply for people with fewer genetic risk factors for autism (which means they're less likely to be affected themselves) and less sharply for people with those risk factors.

The "increasing rate of autism" is actually an illusion caused by mostly two things:

1) Much finer detection methods (people diagnosed with autism today wouldn't have gotten the same diagnosis 30 years ago - "Autism? Huh, he can talk just fine.")

2) The nonuniform fertility rate drop mentioned above. Neurotypical people are just too busy to have kids, or don't want to burden themselves with kids, or whatever. Even a slight shift in the ratio will send the ratio of autistic kids to neurotypical kids through the roof, completely without any mystery chemical or completely new causes of autism.

I regularly scan pubmed for publications on the topic, and the case for genetic risk factor being a major, if not the major cause of autism is just overwhelmingly solid.

yesterday
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

Ihlosi You can get autism from measles. (583 comments)

Meningitis and encephalitis are known complications of measles, and either can lead to permanent brain damage. Depending on the location and severity of this damage, the symptoms can be indistinguishable from "true" autism (which is mostly genetic).

3 days ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Ihlosi Re:Whatever you may think ... (444 comments)

Every time I make a mistake I remind the client that if I were perfect they'd have to be paying me a lot more money.

In fact, the amount of money is inversely proportional to the probability of bugs. A perfect developer costs an infinite amount of money.

about a week ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Ihlosi Jesus, the killer of cultures? (507 comments)

Didn't he heal all sorts of ailments? Deafness, paraplegia, etc.? Man, he must have been one bad sort of fellow ...

about a week ago
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Navy Creates Fuel From Seawater

Ihlosi Re:"Unwanted" Methane? (256 comments)

Specifically the methane has to be cooled to -161.49C at 1atm,

In that case, you'd end up with a gaseous fraction that's mostly hydrogen, and a liquid fraction that's methane plus everything else.

I would assume you'd have to cool the mixture to a temperature between -161.49ÂC and -42ÂC (boiling point of the next heavier alkane, propane), so you get hydrogen and methane in the gaseous fraction, and propane and heavier alkanes in the liquid fraction.

about a week ago
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Navy Creates Fuel From Seawater

Ihlosi Depends on the effort. (256 comments)

It depends upon what sort of fuel you're trying to produce.

And on how difficult (read: expensive) it is to avoid unwanted byproducts. And on the possible market value of the byproducts.

If you can sell the liquid hydrocarbons that you want to produce and the methane that appears as a by-product for almost the same price, it would be economically counterproductive to spend money on reducing the fraction of unwanted methane. Just produce both and sell both.

about a week ago
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Navy Creates Fuel From Seawater

Ihlosi "Unwanted" Methane? (256 comments)

In a civilian application, it wouldn't be necessary to spend effort in the process to reduce methane production. Just feed the methane into the natural gas network.

about a week ago
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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

Ihlosi Re:Permanent Habitat? (100 comments)

If something goes wrong on Mars, you're dead. There's no rescue.

Sudden evacuation might be problematic. But with less serious problems, the lower transit time to Mars vs. Europa might be advantageous. You're dead anyway within about 24 months from the lower gravity and radiation (or suicide, if sickness doesn't get you first).

There's no experience with humans living in low gravity conditions for more than a few days. We have plenty of zero-g experience, but none that would tell us what a few months of 1/3 g would do to the human body.

Radiation is a problem, though. Shielded habitats would be a high priority. Either underground, or possibly by using water (produced on-site) as shielding.

about two weeks ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

Ihlosi Figure out how to ... (392 comments)

... create genetic variety in an artificial way. Hey, if you can get _two_ people (and tons of robots) to another star system, then doing a little bit of DNA-related organic chemistry shouldn't be too hard.

In effect, for a few generations, you could introduce intentional mutations that are known to be somewhere between "marginally harmful" and "beneficial", until the gene pool is large enough that things can be left to random chance again, if the colonists desire.

about two weeks ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

Ihlosi At some point, colonization will be ... (307 comments)

... de facto one-way. If there's a chance of living to a ripe old age where you're going, then voluntary one-way missions are perfectly fine, especially when they come with the opportunity to stake a claim.

If "one-way" implies using your favorite method of suicide after a few months, then no.

about two weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Ihlosi Burn it as fuel? (440 comments)

I'm sure there are some power plants that could use peanut butter alongside their regular fuel. Its caloric value is about 7 kWh/kg.

about two weeks ago
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Weev's Attorney Says FBI Is Intercepting His Client's Mail

Ihlosi Re:Sweet revenge (109 comments)

Not carrying out "eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth" (where does that come from? Possibly the WORST example of literary fairness/justice there is.

Definitely not. "One eye for one eye.", at that time, replaced the proven concept of "You stepped on my toe, so I'm going to kill you, every male in your family, rape every female in your family and kill them, too."

At that time, when ever-increasing vengeance cycles and bloody vendettas were the norm, "One eye for one eye." was a huge limitation on any punishments the injured party could dish out. And don't forget the same piece of literature also demands things like having at least two witnesses in order to sentence anyone to death and forbid the common practice of punishing family members of the offender if the latter proved to be too elusive.

about three weeks ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

Ihlosi Inconvenient? Huh? (490 comments)

You don't have to rewind them. They're pretty darn convenient!

about three weeks ago
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Fluke Donates Multimeters To SparkFun As Goodwill Gesture

Ihlosi Good move. (250 comments)

They averted bad publicity and raised awareness for the fact that customers need to pay attention that they really get a Fluke device when they want to buy one.

about a month ago
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

Ihlosi Re:This plane was stolen for money. IMHO (436 comments)

Yes - there's a huge black market in 777s.

Maybe Kim Jong-Un wants one for his personal, private collection? The legitimate channels for buying one aren't an option here.

about a month ago

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