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Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

digitig Re:What's the difference? (462 comments)

And as we see, occasionally we find someone who doesn't so much have a dick as is a dick.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

digitig Re:What's the difference? (462 comments)

See above. About 1%. So if you take Facebook's membership as about 1 billion, that's about ten million users. Probably worth the effort of some extra items in a drop-down menu.

about 2 months ago
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Non-Coders As the Face of the Learn-to-Code Movements

digitig Re:This is what I HATE! Misunderstood by no-coders (158 comments)

I learned almost entirely from books. I've no idea what Kernigan and Ritchie were like in front of a class -- I was in the wrong country to find out -- and for all I know they might have written The C Programming Language in their moms' basements. Ditto Knuth, ditto Booch, and so on. Sure, there's no reason for a programmer not to be a great presenter, but there's no reason they have to be for us to learn from them.

about 2 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

digitig Re:Kill capitol punishment! Kill it dead! (1038 comments)

Since you didn't post AC, I'll bite. As a forward, I believe in the death penalty (as it should be, not as it is), but am willing to see it discontinued for several reasons. I'm not fanatically in love with the idea.

I am against the death penalty for one simple reason. It gives the government more power than I trust the government with,

about 3 months ago
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Why We Think There's a Multiverse, Not Just Our Universe

digitig Re:multi-options (458 comments)

Well, that's one possible metaphysical assumption.

about 3 months ago
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US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

digitig Re:How is this (903 comments)

Plus there is the nasty trick of the Morning After Pill which is considered a contraceptive but is in reality an Abortion Pill.

Wrong (almost certainly). The best evidence is that "morning after pill" works by preventing fertilisation, not by inducing abortion, as you'd know if you'd read the RA (though of course this is /, so there wasn't much chance of that).

about 4 months ago
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US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

digitig Re: All or nothing (903 comments)

These church organizations only "pay for abortions" if their members CHOOSE to go get them. Why don't they just TRUST their members not to get abortions?

What have abortions got to do with it? This is about contraception, not abortion.

about 4 months ago
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Ford Self-Driving R&D Car Tells Small Animal From Paper Bag At 200 Ft.

digitig Re:ONE independent demo, please (207 comments)

I suspect the biggest issue isn't technical. At the moment, if a driver drives full speed into a line of kids crossing the road it's the driver who ends up in court. If it's an autonomous self-driving vehicle, it's likely the vehicle manufacturer who ends up in court.

I don't expect the lawyers to allow these vehicles on the road in my lifetime.

about 4 months ago
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Two Supermassive Black Holes About To Embrace

digitig Re:FSVO "about" (171 comments)

I don't think you understand what "a priori" means in the theory of knowledge. And it looks as if you don't understand how science works, either. Try reading some Kant.

about 5 months ago
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Patent Troll Bill Clears House With Huge Majority

digitig Re:Mandela has died (138 comments)

Punctuation is applied within the quotation marks, so this should be written as "then."

In US English, true. But in British English the sentence was correctly punctuated as it stood, and putting the stop inside the quotes would be seen as a blunder (or resented as a creeping Americanism).

about 5 months ago
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Two Supermassive Black Holes About To Embrace

digitig Re: FSVO "about" (171 comments)

It does when your wife says she's three month pregnant, and you were on a business trip three months ago.

Good job she came with me, so I didn't have to calculate the relativistic effect of only one of us making the journey.

about 5 months ago
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Two Supermassive Black Holes About To Embrace

digitig Re:FSVO "about" (171 comments)

It's not by definition the fastest information can travel. It's the fastest according to our current understanding, which might be wrong.. The OP confused a priori with a posteriori truth -- logical certainty with scientific confidence.

about 5 months ago
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The Brains of Men and Women Are 'Wired Differently'

digitig Re:Oh noooos! (509 comments)

Susan Pinker's The Sexual Parodox refers to the observation that as women's rights improve the number of women in traditionally men's professions keeps rising and then goes into reverse, settling at a lower level than the peak (but far higher than in the society with poor women's rights). The effect seems to be tat a desire for "equality" means that women are pushed into jobs they don't want to do because they're assumed to be socialised to the point of being incapable of deciding for themselves (what Pinker calls the "infantilisation of women"). Eventually, women get enough liberty to resist that. So both sides have a measure of truth. Those concerned for women's rights are correct that there can be social factors excluding women from certain professions, but the opponents are right that the search for numerical equality can lead to an overshoot and press individual women into unsuitable jobs. The challenge is to find out which side of that line we're on.

about 5 months ago
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Google Wants To Write Your Social Media Responses For You

digitig Re:Talking to itself! (163 comments)

Well, if it automatically sent a rude message to anybody who posted bitstrips and then automatically blocked them, it would save me some work. And there'd be no back and forth.

about 5 months ago
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Disabled Woman Denied Entrance To US Due To Private Medical Records

digitig Re:sorry, I agree with the decision (784 comments)

I don't want to be on a plane with someone who potentially has a history of clinical depression.

That's fine. You're welcome to stay in your bunker.

about 5 months ago
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Disabled Woman Denied Entrance To US Due To Private Medical Records

digitig Re:Don't start a cruise from the USA (784 comments)

Interesting that you got on well with those with whom you shared a common [1] native language, and didn't with those you didn't, isn't it?

[1] Approximately.

about 5 months ago
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Disabled Woman Denied Entrance To US Due To Private Medical Records

digitig Re:very understandable (784 comments)

the US governement is obsessed with rule of law ? are you kitting me !?!

Sure the US Government is obsessed with rule of law. Like most governments in most places and at all times (since "rule of law" took hold), it's obsessed with finding ways to get away with circumventing it.

about 5 months ago
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Disabled Woman Denied Entrance To US Due To Private Medical Records

digitig Re:While... (784 comments)

Well, wouldn't want to make the condition worse, after all,,,

about 5 months ago

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UK Police by covert cellphone surveillance system

digitig digitig writes  |  more than 2 years ago

digitig (1056110) writes "UK Metropolitan Police have purchased a "covert surveillance technology that can masquerade as a mobile phone network, transmitting a signal that allows authorities to shut off phones remotely, intercept communications and gather data about thousands of users in a targeted area."

Other customers apparently include "the US Secret Service, the Ministry of Defence and regimes in the Middle East.""

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Computers to mark English essays

digitig digitig writes  |  more than 4 years ago

digitig writes "According to The Guardian newspaper, computers are to be used in the UK to mark English examination essays. According to the article, "Pearson, the American-based parent company of Edexcel, is to use computers to "read" and assess essays for international English tests in a move that has fuelled speculation that GCSEs and A-levels will be next". Can computers now understand all the subtle nuances of language, or are people going to have to learn an especially bland form of English to pass exams?"

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