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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

yndrd1984 WTF? (584 comments)

What's worse than being a child in a culture that pushes people into stereotypical roles? Having parents that want to dictate their child's interests in order to make themselves look good.

So one day you daughter says she's “ready for princesses” and "part of me died"? Get the fuck over yourself.

Seriously, stop using your own child as a tool for making yourself look like a good progressive and listen to her for a change. When (and if) she wants to be a nerd, she'll let you know - your job is to make sure she knows she has the choice, not make it for her.

about two weeks ago
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Shale: Good For Gas, Oil...and Nuclear Waste Disposal?

yndrd1984 Re:Or this (138 comments)

"Oh dear, we can't turn it off"

What makes you think that a TWR couldn't be shut down?

about three weeks ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

yndrd1984 Re:It boils down to energy storage costs (652 comments)

Excess energy is probably radiated out. The hotter something is, the more heat it radiates.

So ... the globe probably ... warms ... ?

Water vapor interacts with pretty much the exact same spectrum as CO2, and is far, far more prevalent.

Water is a significantly stronger greenhouse gas than CO2, but because the atmosphere has a limited carrying capacity for water humidity levels tend to stay relatively constant overall. i.e. excess CO2 sticks around for a very long time, excess water gets rained out much more quickly.

And comparing CO2's efficacy in a biological system to its importance in the weather is pretty lame.

On it's own, yes. I just found the juxtaposition amusing.

I am confident that AGW will be shown to be the biggest scam in human history.

And as far as I can tell you're basing this solely on the fact that it doesn't pass your own personal laugh test. That's not a very solid foundation for the claim.

about three weeks ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

yndrd1984 Re:It boils down to energy storage costs (652 comments)

This does not even pass the laugh test.

Actually, your posts are much funnier. First, "Without [CO2], all plant life on earth would be impossible.", but in your very next post you mock people who believe that "a trace gas at 0.04%" could have any effect.

I'm sorry to say this, but you sound like a poe - "it's so small it's can't possibly have any effect our lives, but for God's sake don't lose it or WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!" or "She couldn't have killed anyone, she only put a little bit of arsenic in that great big water tower.".

There is an extremely complex non-linear partial differential equation that describes...

Except you don't really need any of that. It's fairly straightforward to calculate (and then check by direct measurement) how much less infrared radiation is being emitted by the earth at various wavelengths. And like any physical system, if less energy is leaving then changes will take place to restore equilibrium - it might be higher temperatures, it might be a higher albedo (as through cloud cover), it might be a reduction in some other heat-trapping gas, it might be people pulling CO2 back out. But something, on a rather large scale, is going to have to change, just because of basic thermodynamics.

So even if I didn't know anything else about the subject you're going to have to give me some alternative for what happens to the excess energy, or I'm stuck with the only answer available to me - climate change.

about three weeks ago
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Polyphonic Overtone Singing Explained Visually With Spectrograms

yndrd1984 Re:So can anyone with Pro Tools... BFD. (51 comments)

With the advent of technology, anyone can sing or play any instrument like a pro.

In the same way that automatic garbage collection lets anyone program like a pro, yes.

about a month ago
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How To End Online Harassment

yndrd1984 Re: here we go (834 comments)

You are not sure women get harassed more than men? Why not?

Because I can't tell the difference between actually getting harassed more and our biases coloring things to look that way.

There is a great deal of room for improvement on the way men treat women.

So you want to talk about harassment - but your opening move is to split people, not into harassers and victims, but by birth group according to your own biases, and insist on that being the framework for the discussion. To me that says that you care less about ending harassment than maintaining your worldview or identity as the 'guy who get it'. (When you say "admitting this doesn't make me less of a man" you're essentially bragging about how you're better than those other guys.)

So try this one:

There is a great deal of room for improvement on the way women treat children and the elderly.

Sure, women abuse the most vulnerable in our society more than men do, but is focusing on that the right way to make progress? Should I base part of my ego on "admitting that women are part of the problem"?

about a month ago
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How To End Online Harassment

yndrd1984 Re:here we go (834 comments)

The author is a dude named Matthew. A he, not a her.

Yes. It might not have been obvious, but the post I was replying to stated "I hope my daughter does not read this.", which is why my post started with "Me neither." and went on to refer to her (my daughter's) brother.

about a month ago
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How To End Online Harassment

yndrd1984 Re: here we go (834 comments)

Does not an unjust attack require a defense?

Sure, and I'm glad people still stand up for each other. What disturbs me is that you (and much of the media) either can't see it when men are targeted by much of the same kind of abuse, or simply don't care. Dozens of men were doxed during #GamerGate, why are they being left out?

What surprises me is how many men get defensive when harassment of women is addressed.

Maybe because men, as a group, are blamed for it? Maybe because people can't just talk about harassment in general without the 'boys-vs-girls' political BS?

about a month ago
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How To End Online Harassment

yndrd1984 Re:misogynists on the intarwebz? WHAT U SAY? (834 comments)

If a loud feminists declares this woman wrong, you are allowed to nod... a little.

You sound like a parody of a clueless, narcissistic feminist.

Woops. Too early for sarcasm, it would seem. :)

about a month ago
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How To End Online Harassment

yndrd1984 Re:here we go (834 comments)

They're being "doxed" for being straight while males?

I believe the point was that they're being left out of the discussion because they're straight while males. You can't keep the focus on women if you admit that men are a large fraction of the victims, and that's more important to some people than ending the bullying.

about a month ago
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How To End Online Harassment

yndrd1984 Re:misogynists on the intarwebz? WHAT U SAY? (834 comments)

This clearly shows how misogynist you are.

I'm very careful to be just misogynistic enough to ask for evidence.

I suppose you are white, straight and male?

No.

Who cares how men are treated?

Apparently not you. As for myself, about half of the people I love are men, so...

Not automatically believing a woman is a sure sign of misogyny. Ok, ok... almost a sure sign...

You sound like a parody of a clueless, narcissistic feminist. Good thing I know some kindhearted, open-minded ones.

about a month ago
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How To End Online Harassment

yndrd1984 Re:misogynists on the intarwebz? WHAT U SAY? (834 comments)

you don't seem to have done any prerequisite reading on this subject before pushing the submit button

And I would suggest the same of you. But that doesn't seem to be getting us anywhere.

If that doesn't meet the criteria for being a misogynist, what does? Do you have to start stabbing women before you are worthy of the title?

Stabbing women doesn't make you a misogynist, but stabbing only women (or specifically targeting them) might.

Can you show me any evidence that these people would treat men they disagreed with any better?

about a month ago
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How To End Online Harassment

yndrd1984 Re: here we go (834 comments)

However, women are most definitely harassed for being women more than men are harassed for being men.

I'm not so sure about that. But more importantly, aren't women defended for being women more than men are defended for being men?

about a month ago
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How To End Online Harassment

yndrd1984 Re:here we go (834 comments)

Well that's all totally spiffing then, no one's oppressed at all, and anyone who says otherwise is just a whiny bitch, yes?

Nope. Just because you aren't oppressed doesn't mean you don't have problems that need to be addressed.

Using words like 'oppression' to describe how women are treated in modern western countries is just a cheap political tactic - it defines the situation in terms of 'us vs them' (if someone is oppressed, someone must be oppressing), while exaggerating the issues women face and downplaying the issues that men face. That broken model is why you think that people who disagree with you must think than men are oppressed - you assume that other people are using the same framework, but are merely on the 'other team'.

There's no pigeonhole in that mindset for people who just want the world to be nicer for everyone.

about a month ago
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How To End Online Harassment

yndrd1984 Re:here we go (834 comments)

Yup, straight white males -- the oprressed minority.

I don't think they're oppressed, but I don't think "straight white females" are either.

about a month ago
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The Strangeness of the Mars One Project

yndrd1984 Re:Uh, simple (246 comments)

You body is a bag of water made of billions of bags of water: they will burst on contact with the vacuum of Mars.

Citation needed.

about a month ago
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How To End Online Harassment

yndrd1984 Re:here we go (834 comments)

Me neither. Especially when the author absurdly implies that the primary targets of "rape threats, death threats, and the harassment of angry mobs" are women. Or when people state their position in high sounding language - "It is never appropriate to use slurs, metaphors, graphic negative imagery, or any other kind of language that plays on someone's gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion.", but never seem to apply that standard when her brother is insulted in those ways.

I'm quite sure there are crazed misogynists out there, but don't mix them in with people who are simply treating women online as badly as they treat men in real life.

about a month ago
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Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin

yndrd1984 Re:Why would I assume it has been settled? (432 comments)

And then the one harmful change of these huge number of all sorts of random mutations becomes predominant in 90% of the wheat out there? Yeah, I don't see that happening as easily as when the GMO company selects the gene they want and put it into 100% of the seeds.

One of the major goals of modern breeding is to get extremely homogeneous (i.e. inbred) populations. So if a dangerous trait was caused by a gene that was being selected for, or was near a gene that was being selected for, then becoming 'fixed' in the new variety would be expected, because that' s the goal. The major difference from a GMO variety being that (at least for the time being) nobody's doing a complete sequencing to find those genes, and then researching them each for potential problems. For example, Golden Delicious apple trees all descend from one plant, often grafted clones of the original - and if the yellow color happened to be toxic...

And the only reason that 90% of US corn and soy ended up having the same glyphosate resistant gene was because of a lack of competition and the fact that it was very, very useful. Now that other companies are using GMO techniques, Roundup resistance has become an issue, and future developments are likely to have smaller benefits or more targeted uses, it's less likely for something similar to happen.

about 2 months ago
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Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin

yndrd1984 Re:Nonsense. Again. (432 comments)

So you're admitting that you have no actual response. Fine by me.

about 2 months ago
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Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin

yndrd1984 Re:I'm all in favor... (432 comments)

On top of that, glyphosphate is one of the least toxic herbacides out there that generally breaks down relatively quickly in the environment.

Sorry, that's just not true. Higher levels of it have been found in the internal organs of chronically ill people.

1. Which is irrelevant to the point that it breaks down faster than most other herbicides.
2. It's also irrelevant to the fact that it really is less toxic as well.
2. Chronically ill people have higher concentrations of lots of things, because they excrete it more slowly. So again, irrelevant.

about 2 months ago

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