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by icanus
Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 583082

Re: The Darker Side of the News

sardia wrote:
In fact, another study shows, when women enter fields in greater numbers, pay declines — for the very same jobs that more men were doing before.

Huh, doubling the pool of available workers in a field decreases wages? Who would have guessed!
by icanus
Sat Feb 20, 2016 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1236
Views: 188537

Re: British EU referendum in June

As an ardent left-winger, I'm genuinely conflicted over which way I'll vote. In theory the EU is a great idea, and I support things like the working time directive and ECHR - but then there's craziness like the CAP and TTIP, which seem designed to funnel money to big companies. As far as freedom of ...
by icanus
Mon Feb 15, 2016 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Using Amazon S3 with a local drive as a cache
Replies: 2
Views: 3565

Using Amazon S3 with a local drive as a cache

I'm working with Moodle (in fact a number of seperate Moodles installed on the same EC2 server), which stores user uploaded files in a data folder, and accesses them using an inbuilt filestorage class, backed with a database of which files should be where. The vast majority of these files are infreq...
by icanus
Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bundyite militia seizes federal building
Replies: 414
Views: 67467

Re: Bundyite militia seizes federal building

But he's definitely moving on the ground after whatever it is. Looks like he's asking for help. Nobody goes up to help him, or check on him. In any case, nobody seems interested in checking him out throughout the video. They just leave him to die. He's laying in open ground a few feet away from, an...
by icanus
Sat Dec 19, 2015 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Social Justice: Noble goal?
Replies: 109
Views: 25235

Re: Social Justice: Noble goal?

Watching hashtags doesn't...seem like harassment. The entire purpose of a hashtag is to make something public in an easily indexable format. The point I was trying to highlight was that he's accused of keeping tabs on where she was at all times, with the hashtags simply being the means. If he did t...
by icanus
Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Social Justice: Noble goal?
Replies: 109
Views: 25235

Re: Social Justice: Noble goal?

There's no allegation of threats. He's accused of continuing to tweet his disagreement after she blocked him. While she and her coterie did the same (and worse) to him. It's one of those irregular verbs, I guess: She take a stand against misogyny, He harasses. Funny how "silencing" is only...
by icanus
Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Social Justice: Noble goal?
Replies: 109
Views: 25235

Re: Social Justice: Noble goal?

No that is an accusation of harassment. After Guthrie blocked him on Twitter, he continued tweeting both political criticism and has been accused of making personal insults towards her and other local feminists. However it has been confirmed by both Guthrie and the investigating officer that "...
by icanus
Fri Dec 18, 2015 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Social Justice: Noble goal?
Replies: 109
Views: 25235

Re: Social Justice: Noble goal?

KrytenKoro wrote:
If we object, we risk accusations of bigotry, racism, or worse.

Such accusations, if inaccurate, are hurtful, yes. They are also almost entirely toothless.

Except when you lose your job and get banned from using the internet - ask Gregory Elliott.
by icanus
Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Social Justice: Noble goal?
Replies: 109
Views: 25235

Re: Social Justice: Noble goal?

What's sort of funny is that the 'drama' at Yale is something it sounds like you should be siding with - students were protesting what they felt were meaniehead's curbing their freedom of expression/speech. Isn't that what you're all about - nobody telling morriswalters what to do? Wrong way around...
by icanus
Sun Nov 22, 2015 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 583082

Re: The Darker Side of the News

"Attention. All employees will be given new booklets instructing them how to do their job. These instructions will make it impossible to do your job, so if you follow the booklets or you will be terminated for failing to do your job. Don't annoy anyone above you, or we will terminate you for n...
by icanus
Mon Nov 09, 2015 4:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Religion makes kids meaner
Replies: 56
Views: 12242

Re: Religion makes kids meaner

I'm not sure how you are interpreting it. Time constraint does produces scarcity, but it's a scarcity over which the kid has no control whatsoever. Unless the kid thinks time can be saved by choosing to keep fewer than 10 stickers, how exactly does it demonstrate altruism? If the mailman doesn't ha...
by icanus
Mon Nov 09, 2015 3:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Religion makes kids meaner
Replies: 56
Views: 12242

Re: Religion makes kids meaner

The wording is very suspicious. "the experimenter did not have the time to play this game with all of the children in their school". What does this have anything to do with the stickers? The instructor's time is independent of how many stickers the child chooses. The "time constraint...
by icanus
Fri Nov 06, 2015 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 122666

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

elasto wrote:and no ad is intended to be annoying - it's a downside noone desires

The ones that pop-up and cover the page, and rely on you being too annoyed to notice that the "close button" is actually a link to the advertiser's site spring to mind.
by icanus
Mon Nov 02, 2015 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 122666

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

Because the ads are the implicit cost for the content you wish. Why? What makes that an implicit cost, but visiting the sponsor or making a purchase not an implicit cost? You are not obligated to go to great lengths to support the content creator. You don't have to go to those websites, make purcha...
by icanus
Mon Nov 02, 2015 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 122666

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

Seperate files are the units of content on the internet (and even if I were to accept that a page is the natural unit, that doesn't mean I'm required to download and view each and every resource referenced by a given page, any more than I'm required to scroll all the way to the bottom) Why? What is...
by icanus
Fri Oct 30, 2015 3:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 122666

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

You accept intent for access requirements in the first quote, why not the second? Because the owner's intent as regards to whether they want me to see their content matters to me, because it's their computer. Their intent as regards to what additional content they'd like me to request doesn't, beca...
by icanus
Thu Oct 29, 2015 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 976291

Re: Police misbehavior thread

No. Absolutely no. Refusing to leave class when you are ordered to is an very serious offence. A student refusing to leave when ordered to is serious, but not nearly as serious as a teacher arbitrarily ordering a student to leave to assert dominance when it's absolutely clear to everyone in the cla...
by icanus
Wed Oct 28, 2015 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 122666

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

That's the server. Not a person. Hackers use a similar justification. It's okay because I can. In reality, sometimes servers or misconfigured, or the owner simply has not gone to the trouble of securing *everything* that can be secured, because...that's really time consuming. Shit, most people don'...
by icanus
Wed Oct 28, 2015 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 122666

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

And ad supported pages? Sure, you're not obligated to access those, but if you're obligated to pay for subscription supported sites, are you not obligated to view ads for ad supported sites? I have explicit permission to view their content - they responded to my HTTP request with a 200 and sent the...
by icanus
Thu Oct 22, 2015 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why don't schools stagger dates and hours more?
Replies: 19
Views: 5984

Re: Why don't schools stagger dates and hours more?

Until recently that was the case here in the UK, but much stricter guidelines have been brought in leaving headteachers much less discretion over allowable absences. Do you think the stricter guidelines were a response to some kind of behavior? Not really - it's a cack-handed attempt to seem tough ...
by icanus
Thu Oct 22, 2015 4:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why don't schools stagger dates and hours more?
Replies: 19
Views: 5984

Re: Why don't schools stagger dates and hours more?

The headmaster has quite much freedom in granting additional holidays to each individual student at parents' request (if they deem it reasonable, which is almost always), though pupil is then expected to do some independent study, especially during long vacations. Until recently that was the case h...
by icanus
Wed Oct 21, 2015 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why don't schools stagger dates and hours more?
Replies: 19
Views: 5984

Re: Why don't schools stagger dates and hours more?

ditto the 3:30pm finish time (which is also nuts) What's the alternative? An 11am start (which is just as hard for parents to deal with) or an extra 2-hours a day (I assume that means doing away with any kind of planning or marking of pupils work - teachers already typically work 8am-6pm to do the ...
by icanus
Wed Oct 14, 2015 1:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1027761

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Bluntly, a good bit of wealth is due to natural reserves being exploited for export. Location of these reserves isn't a result of social positions. In short, your economy doesn't seem ALL that different from ours, the same things that hit us hit you. You simply get to spend a little more carelessly...
by icanus
Thu Oct 01, 2015 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Speaker of the House John Boehner: To Resign in Mid October
Replies: 69
Views: 17147

Re: Speaker of the House John Boehner: To Resign in Mid Octo

There are additional complications. Let's take an actual example that a fellow I know is going through. His locality in Oregon* is, on fairly short notice, raising sales taxes .005% on fairly short notice. Yes. This is a ridiculous number to raise it by, but nevertheless, it changes the break point...
by icanus
Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2393694

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Oh, wait, I bet the problem is they don't release samples of the product for rivals to run group trials on - to prove that the generic is as safe and effective as the original. That doesn't sound right. The generic is the same thing as the original. By law you have to use the same manufacturing pro...
by icanus
Tue Sep 22, 2015 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2393694

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

He's relying on no-one else being sufficiently enticed by the profit of undercutting him for him to make a profit on buying the manufacturing plant and stock of the drug. He might be right. Also, from the original article: One factor that could discourage that option is that Daraprim’s distribution...
by icanus
Sun Sep 20, 2015 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism sub-thread
Replies: 354
Views: 51736

Re: Creationism sub-thread

I'm just a little wary of calling doctors who don't understand stuff like drug resistance "bad". Ridiculous, sure -- but "bad"? Maybe not! Fair enough - providing that their rejection of evidence doesn't spill over into their practice, and where there's a conflict they'll defer ...
by icanus
Sun Sep 20, 2015 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism sub-thread
Replies: 354
Views: 51736

Re: Creationism sub-thread

Dangerous is a loaded word with subtexts. ISIS is dangerous, trigger happy cops are dangerous. I think that baggage is something you're bringing to the word. Lots of things are dangerous. Fatty foods are dangerous. Cars are dangerous. Quadcopters are dangerous. Too much butternut-squash is dangerou...
by icanus
Sun Sep 20, 2015 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism sub-thread
Replies: 354
Views: 51736

Re: Creationism sub-thread

I haven't rejected harmful, just dangerous. Danger means "risk of harm". So if they fuck with the textbooks issued in Texas it's because they played a better political game than you, not because they are dangerous. They are there because the are motivated and prepared. Our side isn't. Who...
by icanus
Sat Sep 19, 2015 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism sub-thread
Replies: 354
Views: 51736

Re: Creationism sub-thread

I don't think that what they want is harmless. And I haven't said any such thing. Then why repeatedly object to anyone describing it as harmful or dangerous? Welcome to a democracy. Maybe the founding fathers were right and everyone shouldn't have the vote. Of course they get a vote, but so does ev...
by icanus
Sat Sep 19, 2015 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism sub-thread
Replies: 354
Views: 51736

Re: Creationism sub-thread

I want them challenged in court and at the ballot box. I want to wrap a box around them and restrict their ability to do what they want to do. That need not involve labeling them as dangerous. If you actually think they're harmless, then why would you want to stop them doing what they want? Persona...
by icanus
Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism sub-thread
Replies: 354
Views: 51736

Re: Creationism sub-thread

I consider it child abuse to NOT spank your child, presuming the child needs it. Then this is another area, like evolution, where you choose to ignore the science . Corporal punishment has consistently been shown not just to be innefective as a method of discipline, but also to lead to increased ag...
by icanus
Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 976291

Re: Police misbehavior thread

In the UK, if you stand 15 foot from an armed police man waving a knife around, then you are getting shot. That's very much the exception rather than the rule. Armed police are deployed in upward of 12,000 operations a year in the UK, and not since 2002 has the number of operations in which a gun w...
by icanus
Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 43850

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

It's still safer than what meat-piloted cars do if their driver is incapacitated, or swallows a bug, or spills coffe in it's lap, which is even less predicatble than a sudden stop. I'm sorry, but "it's probably safer than human drivers are in the worst possible circumstances for human drivers&...
by icanus
Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 43850

Re: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'

Not exactly. All you need is a failsafe system that stops the car. I've got news for you: a car going 60 MPH does not stop on a dime, and coming to a complete halt as fast as possible has a non-negligible influence on surrounding traffic. It's still safer than what meat-piloted cars do if their dri...
by icanus
Fri Jun 26, 2015 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's so great about Tuesday?
Replies: 140
Views: 28393

Re: Should humans be allowed to live forever?

It also demonstrates that a some of you are rather pessimistic. Given an endless life, you focus on the opportunities for suffering rather than happiness. That's because the suffering is infinite and unavoidable, while the opportunity for happiness is finite. I'd suggest you look at this and try to...
by icanus
Thu Jun 18, 2015 4:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 976291

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I can't think of another story that so totally demolishes the idea of a basically good force unduly tarnished by a few bad apples. It's a bad branch, it's a bad tree, it's a bad orchard. The thing about the bad apple analogy that people always seem to miss is that actual rotten apples give off a va...
by icanus
Wed Jun 10, 2015 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 64353

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

Fizz wrote:As far as atheist countries being kinder, gentler places... how about North Korea[?]

You are aware that the North Korean regime insists that the Kim family are gods, right.

North Korea is even less of an atheist state than the vatican, in that it actually has its god as head of state.
by icanus
Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 64353

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

Sure, no arguments that children are generally less capable, but I'm not sure of how you would even raise a kid without passing on SOME views regarding religion. I have no idea how a government could force people to do this. It's pretty easy. You don't talk to children about religion. I was raised ...
by icanus
Thu May 14, 2015 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2015 UK election & aftermath
Replies: 99
Views: 14971

Re: 2015 UK election & aftermath

I'm mainly worried that we're increasingly choosing our local MPs based on party leader as opposed to the candidates' qualities. Well I'd argue that who's in number 10 is massively more important to me than who my MP is. No matter how much I like or dislike my local MP, his only real relevance to m...

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