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CERN May Not Have Discovered Higgs Boson After All

jigawatt Re:Problem with inductive reasoning (137 comments)

jigawatt's first rule of slashdot: Every scientific discussion on slashdot devolves into a heated argument about what science actually is.

about two weeks ago
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Revitalizing Medical Imaging With Ultrasound-On-a-Chip

jigawatt Re:More easily available ultrasounds? (47 comments)

Because planned parenthood provided free services to those who can't afford to pay, not to everyone they're trying to manipulate?

So offering true pertinet information to someone in an effort to help them make a more informed choice would be manipulating them? And I suppose things like lying about fetal development and covering up rape are not manipulative? Cause that's what Planned Parenthood does to help moms make their choice.

about three weeks ago
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Revitalizing Medical Imaging With Ultrasound-On-a-Chip

jigawatt Re:More easily available ultrasounds? (47 comments)

Some (not all) pro-choicers are de facto pro-abortion. Why does Planned Parenthood charge moms for ultrasounds while cpc's all over the country give them for free?

Interestingly, the quote at the bottom of slashdot right now is - "Everyone is entitled to an *informed* opinion." -- Harlan Ellison

This is exactly what an ultrasound does - it gives the mom more information and makes her more informed. Why do some Planned Parenthood clinics (like in New Jersey) not even do ultrasounds unless the mom already wants an abortion? Why do other PP clinics do ultrasounds but not let the mom see them, even if they ask? I'll go ahead and answer: when moms see an ultrasound they are way more likely to not abort. A more informed mother means less money for PP. Simple as that.

about three weeks ago
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Revitalizing Medical Imaging With Ultrasound-On-a-Chip

jigawatt More easily available ultrasounds? (47 comments)

I expect to see opposition to this from some pro-choicers.

about three weeks ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

jigawatt Re:Crash Test? (203 comments)

Moller doesn't have a flying car of any kind. He has a camera, some editing tools, and a hat turned upside down.

about 1 month ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

jigawatt A self-fulfilling prophesy (549 comments)

This complete waste of earthly resources would cause the actual doomsday scenario that it's ostensibly protecting us against.

about 2 months ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

jigawatt Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (392 comments)

Back in 2008, I only expected Obama to be as bad as Jimmy Carter. He surprised me by having all the badness of Bush (Dubya), Carter, and Nixon.

If Obama completes his two terms, then Richard Nixon should get an apology. Watergate would rank pretty low on the list of scandals if it happened now.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

jigawatt Re: Hobby Lobby's Minimum Wage (1330 comments)

Then please, by all means, go to your nearest Whole Foods and tell the cashiers where they can find these $25/hr jobs that they're qualified for.

about 5 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

jigawatt Re: Hobby Lobby's Minimum Wage (1330 comments)

I'll ask the same question I did above. If HL paid minimum and provided the drugs in question (which would be perfectly legal), who would be better off and who would be worse off? Another way of looking at it. Suppose a struggling mom has two job offers: Whole Foods starting at $10/hr (and they pat themselves on the back for it BTW), or HL starting at $14. Assuming WF subsidizes the drugs that HL doesn't, which job would you recommend she take? If you said HL, then you need to start protesting Whole Foods for not caring about their employees as much as HL.

about 5 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

jigawatt Re:Hobby Lobby's Minimum Wage (1330 comments)

Suppose Hobby Lobby started at legal minimum rather than $14/hr, AND that their health plan provided the contraception/abortifacient drugs. Overall, who would be better off, and who would be worse off?

about 5 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

jigawatt Hobby Lobby's Minimum Wage (1330 comments)

Hobby Lobby pays a minimum of $14/hr for full time employees. This is $6.75/hr over the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Plan B costs about $50 out of pocket at Walgreens. In this situation, an otherwise minimum wage employee could afford about one Plan B dose per workday on the EXTRA money that Hobby Lobby voluntarily pays them.

about 5 months ago
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The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

jigawatt It was a government takeover (475 comments)

The new site was clearly designed by the Obamacare people.

about 6 months ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

jigawatt Re:Think of the children (293 comments)

Yes, I have never texted anyone who uses facebook. I can say that with some sort of credibility due to never texting. I'm one of those odd people who prefer to, ya know, make PHONE calls with a PHONE.

Way to go. I take it back.

about 10 months ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

jigawatt Re:Think of the children (293 comments)

We can't?

Facebook didn't get any kind of information from me. Take a wild guess how I accomplished this feat.

Hint: They can't exist without us. We can exist just fine without them.

So you've never texted anybody who uses facebook?

You can close your mouth now.

about 10 months ago
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I Became a Robot With Google Glass

jigawatt Didn't we see it coming? (134 comments)

We've spent all our time worrying about the singularity as if the machines would eventually gain insight and perspective beyond the best humanity has to offer. Much more likely will be that human cognition falls below the level of a mere machine.

In short, the big problem is not that machines are thinking like humans, but that humans are thinking like machines.

about 10 months ago
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Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?

jigawatt Have no fear, my fellow Americans (514 comments)

If you like your life, you can keep your life.

about a year ago
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Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests

jigawatt My Body, My Choice, right? (562 comments)

If people were intimidated into giving their info unwillingly, yeah that's bad. But the sense I get from a lot of these comments is that people should not be free to sell it for an agreed price at all. Seller beware, for sure, but either "I'm a consenting adult; I can make my own choices!" is true or it's not. Make up your mind.

about a year ago
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NSA Scraping Buddy Lists and Address Books From Live Internet Traffic

jigawatt Re:Isn't it ironic (188 comments)

I'm a Canadian, but I support the NSA, and the job it does to protect American (and indirectly) Canadian interests.

"But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother."

about a year ago

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