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Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

Oligonicella Re:Oh dear! (61 comments)

I'm presuming you recognize yourself in his description of the creative mind.

2 hours ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Oligonicella Re:Systematic bias, but also something else (514 comments)

"it's just that outside influences, left on their own and without context, don't even hold out the possibility of women doing something outside of a traditional role."

I would suggest that (me being the father of a daughter) you are simply biased in your perceptions. The media at all stages is simply filled with women doing every role there is.

10 hours ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Oligonicella Re:What? (514 comments)

"Feminism, among other things, wants men to calm down and not feel threatened by women" That is exactly as much projection as women feeling threatened by men. Before someone goes off into the physical thing, we're talking about presence on jobs here, not a fist fight.

10 hours ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Oligonicella Re:What? (514 comments)

Yes, that's what was said. Passive coercion is just that. Only a delicate little flower (stamen or pistil) would succumb.

10 hours ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Oligonicella Re:What? (514 comments)

You think women have brains and yet can't make up their own minds, being passively (whatever that actually means) coerced into not doing something they want? My, how condescending towards women, making you not a feminist either

10 hours ago
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Australian Physicists Build Reversible Tractor Beam

Oligonicella Re:Pusher beam, not reversible tractor beam (65 comments)

The semantics are still screwed up as the laser does no pushing or pulling itself but simply heats up the little, tiny gold sphere. It's pretty tenuous to say that the machine generating the light being converted to surface temperature heating the air which bounces off the surface is providing traction.

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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

Oligonicella Re:Photo-realistic drawings? (452 comments)

Yeah, and that was close in 2001. Thirteen years probably has ameliorated much of that problem.

yesterday
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

Oligonicella Re:Photo-realistic drawings? (452 comments)

Certainly not dealing with the subject at hand but Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and AuroraTrek both have moments where the rendering is almost indistinguishable from live footage. Especially in closeups. FF was not 'random' by any means but AT is produced by one individual.

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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

Oligonicella Re:This Yeti/Area-51/LochNess story just won't die (198 comments)

"if you construct one of the requirements to be "must urinate via a penis" it doesn't matter that you apply that standard to everyone who applies" - As that was never a requirement, regardless of your tenuous stretching of logic and 'fact', your entire argument fails.

2 days ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

Oligonicella Re: All about perception (198 comments)

"Besides, armies are not composed of average men" - utter bullshit. The Rangers perhaps aren't, but the general military is. It's still very important that your buddy be able to pick up your shot, unconscious body and carry it.

"Differences between men and women *on average* are meaningless." Physically, this is untrue.

"The average soldier can be easily replaced with exceptional women." Which more or less negates your point.

2 days ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

Oligonicella Re:K. S. Kyosuk - Re:She would've flunked the test (198 comments)

Snopes isn't so sure. "We haven't yet found a verified news report of a drug testee whose cheating was exposed when urinalysis revealed him to be pregnant. (Pregnancy tests aren't a standard part of the drug screening process.)"

2 days ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Oligonicella Re: I don't follow (368 comments)

Pro Litteris, the Swiss copyright society for literature does not agree. Helvetica doesn't even make the top twelve. Most returns on a search of "most legible typeface" that are by professionals boil down to 'whatever you're used to and like'.

2 days ago
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Snapchat Will Introduce Ads, Attempt To Keep Them Other Than Creepy

Oligonicella Re:Bleh (122 comments)

I hear that about games too, but in every game I play the F2P players are constantly bitching that things that cost (oh, those horrible microtransactions), "should" be free. It never ends and I don't think it would here either.

3 days ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

Oligonicella Re: Heavier than air flight is impossible (345 comments)

He said heavier than air flying machines were not possible. A difference. He knew good and well that birds flew. So he was not at all arguing that physics prevented flight, it was just his knowledge of mechanics that prevented him from imagining that a machine could.

4 days ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

Oligonicella Re:Things once thought impossible... (345 comments)

You used transparent without any modifiers whatsoever, yet the article talks about anything but. Transparent means we - as in you and I - can see through it *all the time*. Kinda like glass, you lknow?. In the experiment they use that word to mean "nearly invisible to extreme ultraviolet radiation". Emphasis mine. So, not even actually transparent.

Going further, they used the FLASH laser (meaning a very expensive process) and produced "a spot with a diameter less than a twentieth of the width of a human hair" which retained your 'invisible' state "an extremely brief period - an estimated 40 femtoseconds". More of that there emphasis.

If that's the type of logic you use and respect, it's no wonder at all you believe cold fusion has happened.

The name still fits. Turbo.

4 days ago

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