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Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

Intrepid imaginaut Meh (108 comments)

Who watches TV these days.

5 days ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Really? (290 comments)

This doesn't reflect my experiences with most companies these days. The problem with Google is they have essentially no real competition so they've no incentive to improve their services.

about a week ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Intrepid imaginaut Re:define "customer" (290 comments)

Good luck trying to contact them as an advertiser too.

about a week ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Intrepid imaginaut Re:law enforcement scams (462 comments)

Odd then that women get far lesser prison sentences than men for the exact same crimes. Muh soggy knees!

about a week ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Great news (269 comments)

What criteria were they using to define intelligence? How quickly people learn, or general ability to retain information or what? Because someone raised by wild dogs and someone raised in the finest educational traditions of modern society are going be at very different levels of intelligence no matter how you slice it.

about a week ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Idiocy ... (499 comments)

She was a member of a group pushing for the rights of women.

Give me your fucking papers, comrade.

Funny how often the champions of the "rights of women" seem to pair up with the kinds of people who would fit right in with the apparatchikistas these days.

about a week ago
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The Grassroots Future of Biohacking

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Improving on the lethality of nature (63 comments)

I'd imagine it's not all that hard to improve on the lethality of nature. Just infect a large number of people with the relevant virus and extract the strain from the person it affects/kills the most etc, no different to breeding dogs for certain traits. Even the lowest tech terrorist could manage it with a large enough test population, although not being an expert I could be mistaken here.

about a week ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

Okay. You're wrong.

Sure, as long as you say it with sufficient certainty it becomes reality, right. Narrative!

You've got an unhealthy attitude towards information, tossing classes of it whole sale because of other examples with superficial similarities that are flawed for intuitive reasons.

You appear to mistake my attitude towards information with my attitude towards unabashed barefaced bullshit.

You've got an unhealthy attitude towards debate, being quick to develop a persecution complex

Right yes, it must have taken me years to let such hatred fester.

You've got an unhealthy approach to identifying zealotry, because, I'm not even a postmodernist.

Good for you. However I know you're a feminist zealot so don't even bother denying it.

What I'm getting at here, is that you've manifested some serious personal problems

There we go. Facts and logic aren't on your side, everyone else must have personal problems.

I'd like to think it was worth it if it provokes even a moment of introspection.

What would you know of introspection? Incidentally it appears we're into the bargaining stage, having gotten past shock, denial, grief and anger, and I'm not running out of popcorn yet.

about two weeks ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

Your tactical and indeed strategic error in this conversation lies in assuming I'm trying to convince you of anything. That, of course, would be a fool's game. Instead I address the wider audience who will read this and make up their own minds, and believe me you've been nothing but helpful in that regard.

So thanks, I guess.

about two weeks ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

Don't be stupid.

Oh I'm not. I wish I could say the same about you, but you went ahead and completely ignored the multiple difference referenced works and the linked paper from Straus et al.

None are so blind, etc.

about two weeks ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

Oh gosh shaming tactics, next you'll be asking who hurt me and why I hate women. Carry on, it's always fun watching a zealot vanish up their own arsehole.

about two weeks ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

Oh I'm sorry did you want more? Noted feminist Sandra Harding has described Newton’s great work Principia Mathematica as “a rape manual”. English professor Katherine Hayles’s elaboration of Luce Irigaray’s portrayal of the history of hydrodynamics as distorted by males’ fascination with “rigid bodies” and “linear models” and their association of femininity with fluidity, was marred by a serious misunderstanding of hydrodynamics, according to philosopher of science Noretta Koertge. Another gem from Hayles: “The special theory of relativity lost its epistemological clarity when it was combined with quantum mechanics to form quantum field theory. By mid-century all three were played out or had undergone substantial modification”. This will come as a terrible shock to real physicists.

“Women’s Ways of Knowing” is the title of a widely used text in Womens Studies. It claims that women “have cultivated and learned ways of knowing which are powerful but have been neglected and denigrated by the dominant intellectual ethos of our time”. A second claim is that educators can help women develop their own authentic voices if they emphasise connection over separation, understanding and acceptance over assessment, and collaboration over debate. Daphne Patai, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, comments that like nearly all feminist research in this area, the authors fail to undertake comparative studies to see whether male students fall into similar patterns.

According to Patai, Women’s Ways of Knowing is based on inconclusive research and draws too uncritically on the books of Noddings, Ruddick, and Gilligan. Serious flaws in these books have been repeatedly pointed out in mainstream psychology journals but are not acknowledged. She says that Womens Studies faculty offer the book “as proof of the superiority of women’s wonderfully different and rewarding ways of knowing”.

Or maybe we should start a narrative about the distortion and concealment if not outright fabircation of data by feminist academics. I wonder what vocabulary would emerge to describe those problematic discourses.

And finally in “Words of Power: a Feminist Reading of the History of Logic”, Andrea Nye gives a critique of logic itself, concluding that “logic in its final perfection is insane”.

Yep, how dare those scientists talk back to their ideological superiors.

How about you take your fucked up little religion and fuck off instead hey.

about two weeks ago
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Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Holy cow ... (142 comments)

Yeah, you and everybody else!

about two weeks ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

Very true, feminists are particularly frequent abusers of scientific openness. From the combined deconstructionist assault with postmodernism in the 90s back to Luce Irigaray describing E=mc^2 as a sexed equation and Mary Koss' wacky statistical contortionism and on and on. I recommend Paul Gross and Norman Levitt's book “Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and its Quarrels with Science”, where they give an illuminating account of the growth of fallacious theories in US universities and how these have been allowed to grow unchallenged.

about two weeks ago
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The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

Intrepid imaginaut Re:These folks prey on the greedy and naive (160 comments)

Not me, I'm going to be the crusty old codger who hogs all the Werther's Originals and squints at people beadily.

about two weeks ago
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Finlandization is moral debasement (138 comments)

The really bad part is that Finlandization works across generations in a culture; we're still sheep, scared of the displeasure of those we consider our superiors, and all too afraid of and eager to participate in the collective shoutings-down by people who believe they're superior because they're in the ideological in-crowd. The Stalinists won at least when it comes to that.

Really, sounds like half the internet these days.

about two weeks ago
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Getting Into College the Old Fashioned Way: With Money

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Hey I can do that too! (161 comments)

Ha! Nailed it. Once again raising the question of the connection between wealth and needing intelligence to accumulate it.

about two weeks ago
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Two Explorers Descend Into An Active Volcano, and Live to Tell About It

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Grandparents... (66 comments)

I think these are thrillseekers rather than scientists. Not really my cup of tea but if that's what they want to do with their weekends, why not.

about two weeks ago

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Female gamers who have had enough of politics

Intrepid imaginaut Intrepid imaginaut writes  |  about a year ago

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) writes "An online RPG convention called ConTessa for female gamers who just want to game is being set up by Stacy Dellorfano, who writes: "The idea for ConTessa came about in late 2012 when I started craving for a space for myself where I could just be a gamer without having to constantly talk about being a woman who games, or constantly being expected to comment on every piece of artwork or game or political gender discussion that came up. It became so bad that I rarely got asked to actually talk about the actual games and gaming and frequently got asked to talk about anything involving gender politics.

I thought it would be nice to build a convention where women could set aside the gender politics for a few days and just enjoy being gamers.""

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Annonymous targets Irish websites over SOPA

Intrepid imaginaut Intrepid imaginaut writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Intrepid imaginaut writes "It appears that anonymous has launched a widespread DDOS attack on numerous Irish government websites in the past few hours, taking down justice.ie and finance.gov.ie in an effort to attract attention to a piece of SOPA-like legislation that is being rushed through by Sean Sherlock. A Twitter account affiliated to the Swedish arm of Anonymous said the timing of the attack, when the websites would not be in heavy demand, was a “wake up – warning shot”."
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