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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 week 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month ago
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Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin

yndrd1984 Re:Everybody hates my opinion on this. (432 comments)

We have many, many negative ecological/human impacts that have no known cause, that correspond roughly to the time that various kinds of GMO techniques and species came into use.

By that logic, GMOs cause people to be more accepting of gay marriage. We should do research to find the causes of these things, of course, but there's no reason to pick on whatever random tech/group/idea has an image problem at the moment.

the GMO companies have nicely prevented that, by making it impossible to determine precisely when and where different populations were exposed to different GMO species or techniques.

First, we have the US and Europe.
Second, it isn't any different than any other industry - what was the sulfur content of the oil used to make your keyboard?

If the GMO companies believed their products were safe, they would have proudly labeled them.

First, Monsanto et al do 'proudly' label their products, advertise them, even explain in great detail what all their varieties do - but you aren't buying large quantities of seed, so you don't see it.
Second, as long as people are freaking out about GMOs keeping quiet makes more sense than making yourself a target for anti-GMO activists. You really think it makes financial sense to be the only company with a 'Frankenfood' sticker on their products?

But if I could put a question to you - why this tech? Out of the thousand of fairly new techs that go into billions of products, why this one and not, say, cell phone radiation, hormone analogues in plastic, ...?

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)

I am worried that we will have some low level carcinogen accidentally get incorporated in our GMO wheat supply, and voila we have half the world's population getting stomach cancer decades later.

Why aren't you worried about the same thing happening with "conventionally bred" varieties? Running seed through an X-ray machine will cause huge numbers of all sorts of random mutations (as opposed to a single, controlled insertion), and they don't get tested nearly as thoroughly.

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

yndrd1984 Re:Nonsense. Again. (432 comments)

Modern gene splicing is mostly about ensuring farmers must buy seeds annually because they can't simply take the seeds from their crops and replant them

No. For existing varieties it's about lowering costs to the farmer.

they are mostly designed to produce only sterile seeds or worse to produce sterile offspring 2-3 generations down the line

That's from being hybridized, not from being genetically modified.

they are designed to exploit those mechanisms to make competing heirloom strains of crops sterile and gain market share

Citation needed.

about a month ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

yndrd1984 Re:So what they need, then... (185 comments)

it is remarkably difficult to refute the latter by any means

Of course it is, it's based on inverting the burden of proof. It's trivial (and absurd) to invent something vague and non-detectable, and then shout "You haven't disproved it!!!" to anyone who isn't convinced.

You may as well demand an explanation of broken legs impeding movement if one takes the position that motor movement is controlled by the brain.

That's a perfectly valid request if you have no prior understanding of biology - e.g. it wasn't believed by ancient cultures. We had to do actual research to demonstrate the connection.

the brain is not synonymous with or exhaustive in explaining consciousness

Ok. Exactly what part of consciousness can't possibly be explained by the brain? It may seem rude to put the bar that high, but when the only evidence for X is that "nothing else can explain it", you have to be pretty certain that nothing else can explain it.

about 3 months ago

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