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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

quenda Re:If they drink tea (438 comments)

If they drink tea they are just British.

You might be surprised how popular tea is in Africa. Its like the national drink in many former colonies, and not something they associate with Britain.

2 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

quenda Re:I bet... (438 comments)

I'd bet that they commit just as much crime as black people of similar social culture and class.

And do you make the same bet that women commit the same crimes as men, or youth as elderly?
Making bets based on what you wish were true, instead of the unpleasant reality, will send you broke fast.

2 days ago
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The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

quenda Write-only languages (100 comments)

Unlike WOM, write-only languages are all too real.
I can't even read my own PERL scripts if they are more than a week old.

2 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

quenda Re:Don't worry guys... (872 comments)

There is no known founder of Judaism - Moses and Abraham are in the realm of mythology.
Christianity as a religion was founded by St Paul. Jesus is the prophet and god. Christianity as we know it today was created by Constantine.
Mohammed, we know a lot more about. And what we know is not pretty.

2 days ago
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How Birds Lost Their Teeth

quenda Re:Wasn't it becsause...? (137 comments)

(Don't ask about which timezone),

There was only one timezone then, as the earth had not been made spherical yet. Its all there in Genesis.

3 days ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

quenda Re:Let me be the first to say... (142 comments)

I even trying shouting "enhance! enhance!"

I think that only works on the new Google phone. Or pictures of it.

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

quenda Re:Depends on when (872 comments)

A few decades ago with the IRA and separatist activities in spain, the biggest terrorist threat in europe was "christian" of origin, and in the c ase of Ireland arguably religiously motivated (protestant versus catholic).

You also had the Palestinian terror groups back then, but like the Irish and Spanish terrorists, they were not particularly religious. Some of the Arab terrorists back then were Christian.

  It is very different now. I would not compare the recent Islamist terror to any of those groups.

3 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

quenda Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1039 comments)

so they usually do a bunch of vaccines all in the same visit, which possibly exposes the child to much more aluminum

Really? If true, this is a local problem for you. Many vaccines can safely be given together, in the same jab or at different sites. Many do not even contain the aluminium that you fear - including the varicelle (chicken pox) one. Doctors should be following the guidelines for that. Doesn't your country or state have a standard schedule?

Our reasoning is that the vacine is highly likely to actually cause a case of Chicken Pox, while it does not provide an actual immunity worth the term.

You were misinformed in multiple ways. The varicella vaccine is especially safe, and does not cause pox. It is possible for the vaccine strain to cause shingles later in life, but the risk is much lower than not being vaccinated (and this possible contracting the wild strain). Vaccinated adults are much less likely to get shingles.

Immunity can drop with time, or it may last decades. Even a single dose is highly beneficial.

And finally the big kicker is

Now you are just rationalising! That is no reason to refuse vaccination now. If true, it just means the population will need boosters later. Either way, you are better to vaccinate now.
Having said all that, varicella is far from being the most important vaccine recommended for children.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V...

about a week ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

quenda Re:why should he have it (234 comments)

Personally the Nobel lost its purpose for me after Barack Obama received it.

The Nobel peace prize has always been different - very political.
The amazing thing is that you still respected it before Obama's award (AKA the inaugural not-being GW Bush award).
Past winners include Yasser Arafat (peace in Palestine) and Henry Kissinger (Vietnam war).

The Stockholm science prizes are not the same.

about a week ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

quenda Re:One good turn... (234 comments)

If it is, its not racist - a fact is not racist.

Actually, to steal from Cobert, facts have a well-known racial bias. Life is not fair.

about a week ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

quenda Re:One of the statements he made on the matter (234 comments)

One thing I know about IQ tests in my experience is that they seem biased toward people who a) have a particular math and science educational history, and b) have a lot of time on their hands to think abstractly.

Or, and I'm going out on a limb here, the tests could just be biased towards people with a high IQ? (Which may correlate to the other factors you mentioned)

The fact is that IQ tests are a better predictor of many things than educational history or free time. This make it scientifically valid.

about a week ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

quenda Re:One good turn... (234 comments)

What does median tell us? The majority of homeowners are in mortgage debt, and the majority of renters have very little in financial assets.
It is their income that matters for most people.

about a week ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

quenda Vulnerability (388 comments)

Plans sold to the Middle East?
The naval architects are now really going to regret putting in that big funnel that leads directly to the main reactor of the carrier.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

quenda Re: Are they really that scared? (460 comments)

It is all a conspiracy, like the anti-tobacco lobby.
Noone has ever been able to point to a single case of lung cancer that can be proved to have been caused by smoking.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

quenda Re:Meanwhile (310 comments)

Wrong company, wrong continent. Why are ACs so dumb?

about two weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

quenda Re:Meanwhile (310 comments)

That might be funny except Target Pty Ltd does not sell the bible, or any religious fiction.

about two weeks ago
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Celebrated Russian Hacker Now In Exile

quenda Re:Snowden revenge? (130 comments)

I expect Russia has already got everything out of Snowden that it ever will.

What they get from Snowden is PR. Makes it harder for the US to criticise Russia on human rights.
And it gives a big middle finger to the US administration, showing that Russia is one of the few countries who can afford to not be subservient to the US.

Do you think Snowden had much that the Russians were not already well aware of? He did not research military secrets.
If he is helping the Russians technically, it is in teaching them how to spy on their own people more efficiently.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Have Finally Sampled the Most Abundant Material On Earth

quenda Re:And... (128 comments)

No! I refuse to believe Earth has over 30% vegemite filling!

It'd explain why the oceans are so salty.

about two weeks ago
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Ability To Consume Alcohol May Have Shaped Human Evolution

quenda Re:Of course it did (89 comments)

THEN you see an inability to process ethanol that has,

This is a bit of an urban legend. Plenty of populations have similarly reduced abilities to process alcohol, but not a big problem with alcoholism.
A better explanation is that being invaded and outnumbered by a more sophisticated race that relegates your humiliated culture to the fringes would drive anyone to drink. I'm very nervous about SETI.

about two weeks ago
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Nature Makes All Articles Free To View

quenda Re:No they haven't (97 comments)

Sounds like more nurture than nature to me.

about two weeks ago

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