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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Pseudonym Re:Disagree != Flamebait (717 comments)

In the interested of balance...

OWS was just a bunch of bums, they were not demanding accountability for criminal acts by executives.

Similarly, the Tea Party was originally a protest against increasing the national debt by an insane amount, to bail out financial institutions because they were "too big to fail". It was only later that it was taken over by the crazy end of the Republican Party.

3 days ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Pseudonym Re:Sigh (717 comments)

Sorry, being forced to "tolerate" someone is, for me, functionally indistinct from being forced to approve of them.

This is a common misconception.

It's true that for a bigot, approval and tolerance might be equally difficult, but they are not functionally identical. The very notion of "tolerance" presupposes the existence of something that you find detestable. Being asked to tolerate is a tacit admission that it's okay that you don't approve.

3 days ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

Pseudonym Re: Hippie Commune... (297 comments)

"White supremacist" is not the same as "neo-Nazi", but I concur that the language here is quite ambiguous.

"Hippie type commune", yes. As to "relatively harmless", it depends what you're comparing with. All the evidence indicates that it was bad enough.

3 days ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

Pseudonym Re:Vitamin D deficiency; he needs to supplement (297 comments)

F*ing a sleeping girl to work around her explicit and repeated refusal to consent to your preferred form of sex (what Assange is charged with, #4 on the EAW) IS RAPE [...]

No. Julian Assange has not been charged.

Let me repeat that in bold-face for added emphasis, because this is a crucial point without which none of this fiasco makes any sense.

Julian Assange has not been charged.

I'll wait for you to catch up with that before I go on. Got it? Good, now I'll continue.

Extraditing people without charge is a highly controversial practice, and widely considered to be an abuse of human rights. This year, the UK passed an amendment to the Extradition Act which bans it. Unfortunately for him, his case is grandfathered, since it's already been through the highest level of court.

Assange is wanted for questioning, no more and no less. This warrant was issued because he refused to travel to Sweden for questioning at his own expense (which is what the prosecutors wanted). Said prosecutors have known exactly where he has been for the last four years and has consistently refused to question him in any of those places despite his legal team making the offer many times.

If he is ever convicted of what he's been accused of, then he absolutely deserves his day in court and whatever punishment the court sees fit. Right now, it's hard to see how the Swedish prosecutors could be said to be acting in anything resembling good faith.

What he's accused of is serious, make no mistake. But right now, Julian Assange has not even been charged.

3 days ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Pseudonym Re:Will they ban this ? (717 comments)

Misandry is hatred, too, then.

Sure it is. However, I don't recall it ever being a problem on Fark.

3 days ago
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New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

Pseudonym So, Viv... (161 comments)

...how can the net amount of entropy of the universe be massively decreased?

about two weeks ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

Pseudonym Re: You're welcome to them. (402 comments)

If you aren't using a modern IDE like eclipse for Java, or VIsual Studio for .net languages, you're doing it wrong
It's like pulling an automobile with a rope tied to your balls, impressive, but there are better ways to get the job done.

I agree with you, but I think it's for the opposite reason. Languages like Java and .NET are extremely painful to use without a modern IDE like Eclipse.

The main features that refactoring IDEs give you that advanced text editors don't are API completion and refactoring. You could interpret this as a failing in text editors, or you could interpret it as a symptom of the fact that a lot of Java and .NET APIs are badly designed with (in particular) an insanely large surface area.

I've never used .NET in anger, but for comparison, I find I need far more help from the IDE to write Java Swing code than I need to write C++ Qt code. I suspect it's because Qt's API was designed with far more thought, care, and attention to detail than Swing. I'm pretty certain it's not the languages.

about three weeks ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

Pseudonym Re:You're welcome to them. (402 comments)

yea, no need to get out of the stone age or anything.

FWIW, stone is better for grinding flour than bronze is.

about three weeks ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

Pseudonym Re:So now that the UN said it, (261 comments)

Only the U.N. knows for sure, but my observations have indicated that they're in favor of whatever the U.S. is against (and vice versa).

By "vice versa", do you mean that the UN is against whatever the US is in favour of, or do you mean that the US is against whatever the UN is in favour of?

The purpose of the United Nations is:

1. To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace;

2. To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace;

3. To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion; and

4. To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends.

This does seem to be contrary to the interests of the lobbying interests which run the US government, no?

about a month ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

Pseudonym Re:So now that the UN said it, (261 comments)

Interestingly, the event described in the US national anthem would, under current law, be classified as a WMD attack.

about a month ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

Pseudonym Re:Where does this leave the nuclear option? (291 comments)

We also have a crapload of land which is doing nothing except letting sunlight fall on it and letting wind pass unimpeded across it.

We don't have a lack of sources of energy in Australia. More to the point, we don't have a lack of produced energy, either; we are producing far more power than we use, but thanks to distorted incentives (and not the carbon tax!), we are paying more for it than ever before. Where are you when we need you, o invisible hand?

Australia is unlikely to use nuclear power in the forseeable future for the simple reason that there's no need to. We have precisely the number of nuclear power plants that we need for our own research purposes. As for all that radioactive material, we're better off exporting it to countries that don't have any other realistic options.

about a month ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

Pseudonym Re:Bullshit! (362 comments)

So you claim that I can't back up my statement of most, then agree with me using the same exact terminology.

No. You can't back up the claim that "most [...] results from a person saying that someone looks nice". Most sexual harassment is nowhere near as simple as that. An isolated instance of someone saying that someone else looks nice is not enough to trigger a sexual harassment complaint in most cases.

Having said that, I'm sure you can see how the context, or constantly commenting on someone's appearance, could easily end up in creepy territory.

Yet, this same phrase is repeated by propagandists as an example of sexual harassment.

Without knowing anything about who these "propagandists" are, or what they exactly said, and in what context they said it, it's hard to say.

about a month ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

Pseudonym Re:Some people are jerks (362 comments)

"Sexual harassment is required" is a policy.

I'd think you were joking if you hadn't run with it. Of course the law mandates that a policy meets certain minimal criteria.

about a month ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

Pseudonym Re:Bullshit! (362 comments)

Most "sexual harassment" today results from a person saying that someone looks nice, not the other way around.

If I asked you to back up this statement with evidence, particularly the word "most", you could not do so.

Now it is true that most sexual harassment is not intended to harass, and stops as soon as the person doing it understands that what they did (or continue to do) is unwanted and inappropriate. In many jurisdictions, it's only legally "sexual harassment" if the behaviour doesn't stop when you're told to stop.

This is precisely why the attitude that you see a lot of in the comments here (of the "it's already illegal so what's the deal" kind) misses the point. Raising inept social interactions (which happen to foster a hostile or uncomfortable work environment) to the level of criminality would be stupid. This is why it makes far more sense to deal with it at the company level instead.

about a month ago
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Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

Pseudonym Re:Another giant leap? (91 comments)

Even more than that, the Higgs mechanism is not responsible for most of the mass of atoms or nuclei, just the fundamental particles that make them up.

A proton is made from two up quarks and a down quark. Up quarks weigh in at about 2MeV each, and down quarks are about 5MeV. A proton, by contrast, has a mass of 938MeV. So that's about 1% quarks-interacting-with-the-Higgs-field and 99% quarks-interacting-with-each-other.

about a month ago
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Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

Pseudonym Re:If mass can be finally explained... (91 comments)

Well, exciting if it leads to something. Say the temporary removal of mass. That would be very interesting (if also quite improbable).

"Improbable" is stating it mildly. If the fundamental particles in a macroscopic object stopped interacting with the Higgs field, they'd still presumably be interacting with each other. The particles wouldn't have any mass, but the nuclei and atoms would still have the vast majority of their mass.

If you got rid of the mutual interaction energy too, then you wouldn't have a macroscopic object any more. (As an added bonus, you'd have proven Asimov wrong experimentally.) Instead, you'd have a bunch of quarks and electrons moving at the speed of light in quantum-random directions.

about a month ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

Pseudonym Re:Some people are jerks (362 comments)

Unless there is some evidence that it is specifically more prevalent during scientific field work, just reporting that "it occurs" is meaningless.

So you do see the point, you just didn't RTFA.

TFA claims (based on the research) that it is indeed far more prevalent in fieldwork than in the office.

about a month ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

Pseudonym Re:Some people are jerks (362 comments)

Where I live, most harassment is not illegal, but allowing harassment to go unchecked is (for the company).

It's no different from any other issue which might make a workplace unsafe or hostile. Consider health and safety, for example. Making a mistake is usually not illegal, but it is illegal for a company not to take appropriate steps when someone raises a safety issue.

about a month ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

Pseudonym Re: Yup, they are trolls (238 comments)

That wasn't actually what I was referring to.

about a month ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

Pseudonym Re:Some people are jerks (362 comments)

My country has a law like that, too. One thing it mandates is that companies have a sexual harassment policy.

about a month ago

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