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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

ilsaloving Re:Bullshit (452 comments)

Well, then it's a catch 22 because one can only put up with complete morons for so long before the cynicism creeps in.

2 days ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

ilsaloving Bullshit (452 comments)

Maybe scientists would be friendlier if the 'average American' wasn't a proctologic habersashery.

It is not a scientists job to teach people science. Their job is to do science. Furthermore, the "climategate" scandal has demonstrated very clearly that if a scientist dares try to engage the public to any meaningful extent, then they'd be inundated with either trolls, or assholes who insist on pushing their own personal politics.

And then, of course, scientists will get raked over the coals because they are not allowed to be a human being, who gets frustrated and bitchy when being forced to deal with such crap.

The problem is that there is no one clear problem. The media don't know jack about science, but insist on reporting it. North American culture in general has become profoundly anti-intellectual. There are other issues as well, but those are the most directly relevant.

What we need are more *spokespersons* for science. More Neil deGrasse Tysons. People who BOTH understand the science AND have the skill to teach it to laypeople. Hell, IMO general media should be banned outright from discussing scientific topics, since they don't seem to be able to do anything BUT screw it up.

3 days ago
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Facebook To Start Testing Internet-Beaming Drones In 2015

ilsaloving Electric Fly Swatters (42 comments)

And in 2016, giant electric fly swatters will become the must-have item.

about a week ago
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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

ilsaloving Re:Why is this here? (240 comments)

Hey, even mostly technically competent and mostly intelligent people succumb to a bout of schadenfreude now and then...

about two weeks ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

ilsaloving What I expect... (545 comments)

What I expect, nay demand, is that Microsoft give Windows 9 away for free as way of apology for forcing that abomination upon us.

about two weeks ago
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When Scientists Give Up

ilsaloving Doesn't surprise me (348 comments)

We're at a point where there's nothing going for scientists. They have to fight, all simultaneously:
-for funding in a very crowded market
-Politicians trying to control the results of what they do, to the point where the scientific integrity is at risk
-Govt's muzzling you because they don't want pesky things like facts to get in the way of their ideology
-Idiot reporters who completely, constantly, and continually misrepresent your research (should it make the presses)
-umpteen bajillion quacks who don't know their ass from their mouth, yet somehow manage to convince people that they are right and that actual experts are wrong (ie: Jenny McCarthy, or whoever FoodBabe is)

Doing scientific research is hard enough as it is, without having to deal with the current environment of anti-intellectualism.

I'm honestly surprised that scientists arn't yet being marched into concentration camps at gunpoint.

about three weeks ago
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Survivors' Blood Holds Promise, But Draws Critics, As Ebola Treatment

ilsaloving Doesn't make sense to me (55 comments)

I don't see how this would help. The only results of this I can see are:
- receiver develops antibodies to fight against the diners antibodies
- temporary protection against Ebola until the doner antibodies are consumed

Either way, i don't see how this will provide immunity, since the receivers body isn't actually learning what to do to fight Ebola.

Can someone, preferably an actual doctor or immunologist, clarify?

about three weeks ago
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Out of the Warehouse: Climate Researchers Rescue Long-Lost Satellite Images

ilsaloving only 16 shades of grey? (136 comments)

They could have had a much more interesting picture if they had used 50.

about a month ago
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Study: Social Networks Have Negative Effect On Individual Welfare

ilsaloving No shit (76 comments)

Being constantly hammered by a ceaseless barrage of unnecessary hostility is detrimental to one's well being?

Whodathunkit?

about a month ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

ilsaloving Re:why the focus on gender balance? (579 comments)

Seriously?

Asking "Why?" is the single most important question you can ask in *any* context. Asking why something is, is what leads to understanding.

No, you don't *need* to explain why. You also don't *need* to eat or breath.

Just because you don't *need* to do something, doesn't mean it's not a good idea to do it.

about a month ago
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Judge Lucy Koh Rejects Apple's Quest For Anti-Samsung Injunction

ilsaloving Re: Apple's Quest (30 comments)

Silly English knigits!

about a month ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

ilsaloving Failure rate? (316 comments)

After having 5 seagate drives fail all within one year, including a momentous xt that died 2 weeks after I got it, it's replacement died a week after that, and THAT replacement died last week (less than 6 months across all three), I will never buy seagate again.

They are peddling crap, and I'm surprised they haven't been hit with a class action lawsuit yet.

about a month ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

ilsaloving Dropbox and Rice (275 comments)

Considering that Dropbox has Condi Rice on their Board of Directors, they're in a prime position to target the warmongers market.

about a month ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

ilsaloving Re:Sigh (748 comments)

Too bad you can't mod and post in the same article. This would have totally gotten my vote. :>

about a month ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

ilsaloving Re:Sigh (748 comments)

....seriously?

If I say a colour is one shade of red and you say it's a different shade, that's a disagreement.

Trying to deny another human being from living in an equal capacity from you for no reason other than their choice in sexual partners, is bigotry. It is hate.

The fact that you can't tell the difference between the two just proves my point.

about a month and a half ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

ilsaloving Re:Sigh (748 comments)

What do you mean by "wasn't"? The vast majority of the world *still* is not accepting of homosexual behaviour. There are countries that murder homosexuals for no other reason than they are homosexual. Heck, look at what Uganda is doing. And note that it was people from the US that put them down that path.

Racism was supposed to have been extinguished, but it's still rampant. Same with genderism, and countless other isms.

The world we live in is a very scary place, because people are care more about hating each other than working together, and I don't see that ever changing.

about a month and a half ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

ilsaloving Re:Sigh (748 comments)

You can't.

You *can* however, make it very clear that such behaviour is no longer acceptable in civilized society.

The human population on this planet is now well over 8 billion strong. It is virtually impossible for people to not run into each other, and only slightly less impossible to not run into people that you *choose* to despise.

It's well past time that we grow the f__k up, for our own safety. But people being people, I have zero faith in that actually happening.

about a month and a half ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

ilsaloving *sigh* (181 comments)

Why is it that whenever Apple comes up with something, every else has to copy it (although Microsoft may have started this fad of flatness, I can't remember the timeline anymore)?

Apple is not the be all and end all of industrial design. This fad of flatness is really annoying, and IMO counter intuitive. It's no longer clear what widget is a button, for example. The user now has to guess, based on proximity of a given thingy to the other thingies on the screen.

When the gumdrop iMacs came out, I was eeing transluscent plastic micro waves, clothes irons, you name it.

Thank Dog that companies haven't en masse copied Apple mouse designs. Half the continent would have RSI by the end of the month.

about a month and a half ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

ilsaloving Re:I like... (181 comments)

I have to agree. I found Miui significantly more straight forward to use than stock android, and infinitely better than those half-assed UIs that various android manufacturers feel compelled to slap on top.

Is it a rip off of iOS? Maybe. Do I care? Not in the slightest.

Under the hood, a phone may be a full fledged computer with linux, but that doesn't mean I want to use it like one.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

ilsaloving Good luck (426 comments)

I remember using ie4 on a sun Solaris box a long time ago. I was thrilled, because it was light years ahead of mosaic and Netscape.

Now? I don't care how good it is. I will never use it again. Microsoft's long established contempt for its users, laws, and even international standards bodies have guaranteed that I will never put anything even resembling trust in them ever again.

about a month and a half ago

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