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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 1 month ago
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More Quantum Strangeness: Particles Separated From Their Properties

yndrd1984 Re:Limits of Measurement (144 comments)

Which is to say, the statement was entirely correct. It's curious how people who are enamored with one interpretation see neutrally stated clarification as desperation.

about 2 months ago
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More Quantum Strangeness: Particles Separated From Their Properties

yndrd1984 Re:Limits of Measurement (144 comments)

Technically, Bell's Theorem only rules out local hidden variables.

about 2 months ago
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'Curiosity' Lead Engineer Suggests Printing Humans On Other Planets

yndrd1984 Re:Yeah, no... (323 comments)

What good does it do me that there is a copy of me with my memories on a different planet? If my consciousness does not go to the copy (and how would it?), it is rather pointless as well as creepy.

At the very least the same benefits as sending a machine (knowledge, pride) or other people (knowing that the future of mankind is more secure, etc).

And from a philosophical perspective it doesn't make sense to think of one of your future selves differently than the other if they're 100% physically identical. i.e. you'd have the exact same situation if you were magically taken to the other planet and a duplicate was made here.

about 4 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

yndrd1984 Re:What the f*$# is wrong with us? (1198 comments)

Western society has only allowed women to own property ... relatively recently

Right, when you can't send women to prison (often hard-labor) for not paying taxes or debts or sue them for violating a contract it wouldn't make sense to let them get into a position where they could abuse that power. Horrible and stupid, yes, but not exactly one-sided.

Oddly enough, in several countries women gained the right to control their own money while men were still responsible for the taxes on that income. This lead to men serving prison time for not paying taxes on money that they had no legal right to access.

about 4 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

yndrd1984 Re:What the f*$# is wrong with us? (1198 comments)

"In the 19th century women in the US and Europe regularly had clitoridectomy operations as it was seen as a way of stopping the evils of masturbation-induced madness.

Quite right. But it's hard to call that misogyny when those same people pushed for circumcision and anti-erection devices for the exact same reason, as well as chastity belts, ultra-low-fiber diets, and a whole host of useless, freakish "treatments" for all sorts of non-illnesses. It's even harder to call it misogyny when clitoridectomy (and everything similar) is illegal nearly everywhere (barring rare cancer cases, etc), while circumcision is still not only legal but frequently preformed on healthy children in the US.

about 4 months ago
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NASA's Plan To Block Light From Distant Stars To Find 'Earth 2.0'

yndrd1984 Re:Aperture Science (92 comments)

Objects whiz by at tens of thousands of miles per hour. By the time you focus the telescope, will it and shade already be out of sync?

The shade only has to cover the star, not aim directly at the plant. So this is more like blocking out the sun to see a baseball than tracking a baseball with a camera.

about 4 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

yndrd1984 Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

If an ordinance read: "A pack of rabid wolves being situated near our town, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.", would that imply that having rabies is a prerequisite to having this right?

Why do you think that "militia" and "the people" are referring to the same thing? And why does "the people" in every other amendment always mean "people in general" - why does this mention need to be interpreted differently?

about 5 months ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

yndrd1984 Re: Disable player chat (704 comments)

Flip it around ; the implication is that women aren't expected to pay because they aren't able to, because they are either incapable of earning money, or not entitled to hold their own finances.

Sure. The male-only draft insults women's ability to fight, and the longer prison sentences men get implies that women aren't mature enough to handle themselves responsibly. Those poor women!

But if we're going that route, why not say that the wage gap (at least whatever part of it might be real) is an insult to men. It implies (and acts as a justification for) the idea that finances are the man's responsibility. It's a cruel reminder of the bad old days when men were thrown into debtor's prison because of debts that their wife owed - how cruel is that?

about 6 months ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

yndrd1984 Re: Disable player chat (704 comments)

Homeless women are typically in a LOT more danger than men on the street.

Is that an actual fact, or just something that feels right to you because of your world view?

Because having said all of the above, men and women are NOT the same. They do have SOME differences!?

Ah, modern feminism. Equality when I want it, not when I don't.

about 6 months ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

yndrd1984 Re: Disable player chat (704 comments)

People are so used to women getting stuff for free that it's surprising when a woman actually pays for something - and that's one of your top three examples of misogyny?

i.e. One of your bigger complaints in life is: "Other people are expected to support me, and never vice-versa. It's so unfair!"

Thanks, I needed a laugh.

about 6 months ago
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Why a Cure For Cancer Is So Elusive

yndrd1984 Re:Cancer isn't one disease (366 comments)

Cancer can absolutely be categorized as one disease. As you say, it's the pathological replication of a cell.

Viral infection can absolutely be categorized as one disease. As you say, it's the pathological replication of viruses.

Sorry, HIV isn't that much like the common cold, and skin cancer isn't that much like leukemia. Clarifying that to laypeople is probably a good idea.

The meme that "cancer is a whole spectrum of diseases" is just that, a meme.

Just like "human beings are primates" and "Pluto isn't a planet".

Study any topic deeply enough and almost any label will come up short. That doesn't mean the label is wrong.

It also doesn't mean the different labeling schemes aren't better than others for certain uses.

about 9 months ago
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GitHub Takes Down Satirical 'C Plus Equality' Language

yndrd1984 Re: The worst thing... (575 comments)

That's why they make more money than men

The amount of earned income of women who work full-time is smaller than that of similarly situated men. On the other hand, for every choice a person can make between higher income and some other benefit (flexible hours, commute time, safety, stress, physical effort, etc) men are more likely to chose the extra money than women are. This alone eliminates at least 2/3 of the difference. And just as importantly, almost every type of unearned income - from dating and spouses supporting each other and inheritance to government programs and charities - gives more money to women. The net effect is that women make 80% of consumer choices and own 60% of all the wealth in the US. While I do believe that there are workplace issues women face that need to be resolved, I don't think our income distribution is as bizarrely one-sided as some people want to believe.

hold 90% or more of the political positions, and head up most corporations

In a similar vein, why would we want to? Sure, some women really want to do that, and they really should be able to, but why do the hard work of fighting to the top when you can just marry a coworker and pressure him to do it? And politically, women are the majority of voters, anything that gets labeled as a "women's issue" gets extra attention, and Joe Biden will happily go on TV and shame men into helping women. When's the last time you heard a politician talk about helping men?

dictate what men must look like with fashion magazines

Why would women care about pressuring men to look a particular way if we can get them to act in a particular way? If our society can pressure men to do most of the dirty, dangerous, and uncomfortable work, why worry about their fashion? Think about that next time you're shoveling a driveway, changing a tire, or carrying something heavy to help out a member of the "weaker" sex.

about 9 months ago
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Dial 00000000 To Blow Up the World

yndrd1984 Re:Illusion shattered (306 comments)

""00000000 is just as random as any other code""
"Except that you can lean on the button pad and enter it by mistake. Bye Bye world."
Or a short develops - in a button that's used underground or on a submarine.

about 10 months ago
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Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

yndrd1984 Re:Yes. (1216 comments)

So yeah, I find it offensive that you want to let people lose that before you'll even consider helping them.

I not only would consider helping them, I would consider it an obligation. But part of that obligation is to actually help, not just a simpleminded "icky -> outlaw it".

And that is why your argument is fallacious. Like the guy [bleeding to death] by the side of the road, the person in a bad position who needs a job doesn't have the luxury to shop around.

And your solution to this horrific situation is to tell the "Bad Samaritan" than they can either help for free, or they should just keep driving? You need to understand that your solution would almost certainly get people killed. So why not look at a reward system for people who do help, a better emergency response system, ... something that is likely to actually make the situation better?

I did hiring for fast food back when I was in my university years ... we were very likely to pass over an applicant living out of his car ...

I've been in similar situations. I've known several people who lived for years in broken-down vehicles, people with untreated mental illness, etc. The most important lesson I learned apart from "holy fuck is life unfair" was that you have to be careful how you help. Giving money to the homeless might feel right, but if they use it to drink themselves to death you haven't really done any good.

And just look at the situation - you get all the good feelings of helping the poor (yay me!), people you don't like bear all of the costs (evil corporations), and if things don't turn out well you're unlikely to have to face that fact (unemployment increased as a result? evil corp's fault). That's pretty much a perfect storm for knee-jerk legislation that might do more harm than good.

about 10 months ago
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Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

yndrd1984 Re:Yes. (1216 comments)

contracts that both parties deem as mutually beneficial

Right. Because the unemployed guy with a mortgage and family; he's on an equal footing when negotiating his wage with Walmart.

So if someone is in a bad position, they don't really benefit from having a job? And even stranger, someone who can get a mortgage [i.e. probably in the top 2% of the world] is still in such an overwhelmingly bad situation that he can't fight his own battles?

Let just be clear here. If I'm in a bad situation, and have found a way to improve it, you can stop me from improving my own life because some third person in a better position benefits even more, and you find that offensive?

about 10 months ago
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Make Way For "Mutant" Crops As GM Foods Face Opposition

yndrd1984 Re:Further proof that anti-GMO is all about the mo (194 comments)

So the question is, if a GMO does not provide better yields than a traditional crop, why do farmers purchase them?

Just in case this wasn't rhetorical, it's to reduce input costs. Take the Bt trait - if the corn/cotton makes its own pesticide, you don't have to buy it separately and drag several tons of diesel-powered equipment around in circles to spray it.

about 10 months ago
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Make Way For "Mutant" Crops As GM Foods Face Opposition

yndrd1984 Re:Why is selling spam still working? (194 comments)

For the same reason as GMOs in the USA do: the farmers are being convinced that it is beneficial.

I see you've chosen "controlled by the Illuminati" - good luck with that.

about 10 months ago
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Make Way For "Mutant" Crops As GM Foods Face Opposition

yndrd1984 Re:Further proof that anti-GMO is all about the mo (194 comments)

it has been found that the yield of GMO crops is not better then that of classical crops

And why would it be better? The purpose of most GMOs is to lower input costs - fewer herbicides and pesticides, no need to till, etc.

That's like ignoring fuel efficiency when comparing cars - "Same top speed, so it's not any better!".

about 10 months ago
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Make Way For "Mutant" Crops As GM Foods Face Opposition

yndrd1984 Re:Further proof that anti-GMO is all about the mo (194 comments)

If it's science you want, here's some for you Precautionary principle [wikipedia.org].

That isn't science, it's a general policy position.

about 10 months ago

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