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by iop
Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to vote
Replies: 152
Views: 14968

Re: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to

So how come Californians keep voting against tax hikes? Because they aren't in a simple democracy, but instead a republic, and have priorities beyond the redistribution of material wealth? Then let's take as an example the Swiss state of Obwalden (Swiss states, or "cantons", have similar ...
by iop
Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to vote
Replies: 152
Views: 14968

Re: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to

I do see a problem when someone has insufficient rights and insufficient representation; I see no problem when someone has sufficient rights and no representation. It's not clear to me whether representation increases or decreases the risk to rights, and that appears to depend on starting position....
by iop
Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to vote
Replies: 152
Views: 14968

Re: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to

I see. Your contention then is that DC residents, despite including over half a million US citizens who pay federal income tax, and are already afforded three electoral votes, are really no more US citizens than Egyptians and Martians? No. I'm suggesting that simply because I am not giving you a fr...
by iop
Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: International Women's Day (Centenary Woo!)
Replies: 15
Views: 1786

Re: International Women's Day (Centenary Woo!)

I'll have a beer to celebrate 40 years of women's right to vote in my country.
by iop
Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to vote
Replies: 152
Views: 14968

Re: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to

I do see a problem when someone has insufficient rights and insufficient representation; I see no problem when someone has sufficient rights and no representation. It's not clear to me whether representation increases or decreases the risk to rights, and that appears to depend on starting position....
by iop
Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to vote
Replies: 152
Views: 14968

Re: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to

Limiting the franchise based on something other than age is not inherently a bad idea. The age measure is better than a race or sex measure, but I'm not convinced it's superior to an income measure or a property ownership measure or a service measure (mmm Starship Troopers). Only letting taxpayers ...
by iop
Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 177976

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

One problem may be that it was not created by an economist, i.e. it was created by someone who doesn't really understand what a central bank does, or that a loan from a (non-government) bank is actually something useful, even though it means that money is being created.
by iop
Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shop sells breast milk icecream
Replies: 51
Views: 5177

Re: Shop sells breast milk icecream

I am pretty sure human breast milk is nasty for a reason. Social conditioning. That's it. Not only. Lipases (enzymes that digest fatty acids) can be a problem as well. These enzymes, which are produced by moms to a varying degree, are great for the baby, because they pre-digest the milk, making it ...
by iop
Fri Mar 04, 2011 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CNN article: are whites racially oppressed? :facepalm:
Replies: 134
Views: 15356

Re: CNN article: are whites racially oppressed? :facepalm:

U.S. Census Bureau projections that whites will become a minority by 2050 are fueling fears that whiteness no longer represents the norm. And that is a problem how? South Africa has demonstrated for many years that whites do not need to be a majority in order to be privileged. And if "disposse...
by iop
Fri Feb 25, 2011 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Women are no longer discriminated in science?
Replies: 54
Views: 5312

Women are no longer discriminated in science?

An article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that discrimination against women in science (with regards to getting hired, getting published, and getting funded) is a thing of the past, and that the underrepresentation of women in e.g. engineering is because girls play w...
by iop
Fri Feb 25, 2011 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shop sells breast milk icecream
Replies: 51
Views: 5177

Re: Shop sells breast milk icecream

Would the persons diet influence their milks taste? Like eating fruit would make it sweeter, whereas dairy would make it bitter. I know I heard this is supposed to be true for other fluids. Yes, it does. Thus, a breastfeeding mother who eats very spicy food can give the baby indigestion. By the way...
by iop
Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to effectively give a presentation on evolution
Replies: 36
Views: 5306

Re: How to effectively give a presentation on evolution

You can convince everyone about the truth of evolution in the first 30 seconds of your presentation. Bring in a vial of drug resistant TB and smash it on one of the front desks with a hammer. Nope. Unless the audience is full of bleeding heart creationists, they're already accepting adaptation just...
by iop
Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOPOLY BOARD
Replies: 56
Views: 5468

Re: ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOPOLY BOARD

I can't believe no one's liked this strip from CAD yet. Also, Monopoly was my first board game. I inherited it from my grandparents (meeples made of tin and all), and I loved the feeling of lots of money in my hands. But yeah, after playing e.g. Agricola, Dominion, and Kremlin (with our improved rul...
by iop
Thu Feb 17, 2011 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What do you think is the best data analysis software?
Replies: 27
Views: 2967

Re: What do you think is the best data analysis software?

I'm the complete opposite. I want to be able to use a single platform, because I hate to have to start up something else and transfer data via .csv files all the time. And if the platform doesn't have the functionality, I want it at least to be able to launch the other program and get its results b...
by iop
Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What do you think is the best data analysis software?
Replies: 27
Views: 2967

Re: What do you think is the best data analysis software?

I guess I come down on the *nix philosphy--a program should do one thing, and do it well. Don't expect a stats package to be your database frontend, don't do stats in a spreadsheet, never use SAS. I'm the complete opposite. I want to be able to use a single platform, because I hate to have to start...
by iop
Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK University fees and funding
Replies: 99
Views: 8118

Re: UK University fees and funding

After all, left wing nuts like you tend to believe that everyone is exactly equal regardless of all proof to the contrary. Funny, I thought that's what the right wing nuts claim - everybody is exactly equal, all it takes to be successful is to work hard - and that the lefties think we have to make ...
by iop
Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to effectively give a presentation on evolution
Replies: 36
Views: 5306

Re: How to effectively give a presentation on evolution

My classes and instructors there are a breath of fresh air, so I was *shocked* to see a sign on campus yesterday about a lecture reconciling evolution and creation. Le sigh....I feel your pain. These kind of lectures (as well as e.g. the BioLogos Forum ) are attempts to get orthodox Evangelicals to...
by iop
Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 1/3 of Russians are living in a geocentric solar system.
Replies: 53
Views: 6002

Re: 1/3 of Russians are living in a geocentric solar system.

* looks at The Reaper's location * Nearly a third of Texans believe humans and dinosaurs roamed the earth at the same time Something, something... glass houses, something... Actually, to me, his post looked more like: "look, there are other people on this planet who are also not as educated as...
by iop
Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Witty Oil Spill Project Title?
Replies: 7
Views: 4779

Re: Witty Oil Spill Project Title?

Drilling, spilling, killing, grilling: The BP spill and its consequences.
by iop
Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could someone please explain the US Constitution to me?
Replies: 27
Views: 4600

Re: Could someone please explain the US Constitution to me?

IGiven that the Constitution (does it require capitalisation?) was created more than two centuries ago, why is it still referenced so much, has American law not changed that significantly in over two hundred years? With all the amendments involved and all that, does the Constitution reflect all Ame...
by iop
Sat Feb 05, 2011 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel likely to remove religious restrictions on marriage
Replies: 8
Views: 1377

Re: Israel likely to remove religious restrictions on marria

now that I think about it probably means that e.g. Catholics can't divorce in Israel They cannot divorce. However, they can either annul the marriage (a Catholic marriage has the purpose of making babies, if at least one partner claims they never wanted kids in the first place, the marriage is void...
by iop
Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 200GB to 25GB: Canada gets first, bitter dose of metered Int
Replies: 90
Views: 8750

Re: 200GB to 25GB: Canada gets first, bitter dose of metered

Wasn't all bad though, for a time Compuserve wound send users a CD by snail mail each month with multimedia and stuff that was too freaking big to transmit online. Of course I did have to walk 6 miles uphill in the snow to get to the post office :P The fastest way to transfer large amounts data is ...
by iop
Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 200GB to 25GB: Canada gets first, bitter dose of metered Int
Replies: 90
Views: 8750

Re: 200GB to 25GB: Canada gets first, bitter dose of metered

Wasn't all bad though, for a time Compuserve wound send users a CD by snail mail each month with multimedia and stuff that was too freaking big to transmit online. Of course I did have to walk 6 miles uphill in the snow to get to the post office :P The fastest way to transfer large amounts data is ...
by iop
Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 200GB to 25GB: Canada gets first, bitter dose of metered Int
Replies: 90
Views: 8750

Re: 200GB to 25GB: Canada gets first, bitter dose of metered

The downside of monopolies is that they put prices above where a competitive market would be, not that they drive prices so low their competition dries up. Those competitors, however, have a strong interest in twisting anti-trust laws to save themselves. Sure, but in a business with a huge financia...
by iop
Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 200GB to 25GB: Canada gets first, bitter dose of metered Int
Replies: 90
Views: 8750

Re: 200GB to 25GB: Canada gets first, bitter dose of metered

The downside of monopolies is that they put prices above where a competitive market would be, not that they drive prices so low their competition dries up. Those competitors, however, have a strong interest in twisting anti-trust laws to save themselves. Sure, but in a business with a huge financia...
by iop
Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior
Replies: 213
Views: 22182

Re: Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior

Another possibility: perhaps the article is only from a short segment of her book? Without the book cover (or well... the rest of the book...), it loses the "Wink Wink" that all sarcastic pieces should have. The article was an excerpt chosen by Wall Street Journal (possibly in agreement w...
by iop
Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: "Bad Project" Gaga parody - thought you'd all like...
Replies: 4
Views: 951

Re: "Bad Project" Gaga parody - thought you'd all like...

Awesome! Also: her costumes out of lab supplies.
by iop
Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior
Replies: 213
Views: 22182

Re: Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior

I'm using it in the more general sense of "learn by repetition." It doesn't require understanding, but it is a necessary supplement to understanding Thank you! That is the expression I have been looking for. Also, now that I made the claim that learning stuff is useful, I might try Anki t...
by iop
Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior
Replies: 213
Views: 22182

Re: Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior

In their final year of high school, people should not be solely rote-learning equations, but this is widespread throughout Aus. I don't know whether it's similar anywhere else. If the final year of high school requires students to rote-learn equations, and does not teach understanding of equations,...
by iop
Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Molecular reconstruction question
Replies: 11
Views: 1597

Re: Molecular reconstruction question

Ok, this question doesn't have an actual concrete answer I don't think, but it's been buggin' the hell out of me since I read a comic that pertained to it. Basically, I'm curious about how long it would take to molecularly reconstruct an average fully grown human from the base atoms O, H, N, C, and...
by iop
Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior
Replies: 213
Views: 22182

Re: Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior

That was a good one. One quirk: for all his sharp behind-the-text analysis, isn''t he a bit fast in accepting that Amy Chua actually means what she wrote? I can't shake the feeling that Amy, Jed and Sophia are at home chuckling how people actually believed everything in the PR piece for her new boo...
by iop
Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior
Replies: 213
Views: 22182

Re: Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior

But knowing how to take the derivative of x^n is different from knowing how to take the derivative of f(x) and knowing what it actually means in a real/useful context. Funny that people would mention derivatives, which even pocket calculators have been able to do better than humans (for most practi...
by iop
Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior
Replies: 213
Views: 22182

Re: Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior

the_bandersnatch wrote:
iop wrote:And "Communist" China? That hasn't been true in quite a few years now.


Yes it has.

Ok, I guess it depends on your definition of "communist". If you mean "ruled by the communist party", then sure, China is as communist as it gets.
by iop
Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior
Replies: 213
Views: 22182

Re: Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior

I think that's a pattern with more generality than just Chua. Many hard pushers among immigrants (and also among pushers in developing countries themselves), are not from the poorest or least educated backgrounds themselves. They are often from relatively high class backgrounds in their countries o...
by iop
Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior
Replies: 213
Views: 22182

Re: Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior

I do share Amy Chau's concern about what she claims is "western" parenting: No rote learning, emphasis on sports rather than on academic achievement, over-complimenting children, overprotecting children from painful experiences, overemphasis on "fostering creativity" when kids ca...
by iop
Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Glowing Trees
Replies: 41
Views: 5355

Re: Glowing Trees

You have to excite the trees with ultraviolet light to get them to glow. So this is the world's dumbest* way to make street lights -- you don't get any energy out of them, except during the day when you don't need them to be turned on. *Even if it is kind of awesome. Why did they not simply transfe...
by iop
Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Men-only hairdresser. Not bad or supporting sexism?
Replies: 131
Views: 19048

Re: Men-only hairdresser. Not bad or supporting sexism?

I do, however wonder why it should be any different whether a business refuses people who are white, female, overweight, too wealthy, not dressed right, atheist, gun-bearing or anything else. What makes some reasons better than another for refusing someone? Well apart from the gun one, I'd say all ...
by iop
Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Men-only hairdresser. Not bad or supporting sexism?
Replies: 131
Views: 19048

Re: Men-only hairdresser. Not bad or supporting sexism?

the issue is that when the practice of boycotting a certain group is so common that it becomes more difficult for a person of that group to obtain services. I'm not quite comfortable with the thought that it's ok to be whatever-ist as long as you're a minority. I guess, though, that while it remain...
by iop
Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US healthcare law: Republicans bid to overturn reform
Replies: 68
Views: 5924

Re: US healthcare law: Republicans bid to overturn reform

Another point, a PhD is more of an exercise sticking with something than any great intellectual achievement. I think it's interesting that we've only had one PhD president but doesn't that say more about the ambitions of people who receive PhD's than it does about the methods of our elections? I gu...
by iop
Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US healthcare law: Republicans bid to overturn reform
Replies: 68
Views: 5924

Re: US healthcare law: Republicans bid to overturn reform

T. Jeff. did set up public schools in an attempt to keep democracy going. He understood that a working democracy required an educated populace. His plan worked for over 200 years. Now look at our education system. With willful idiots like Palin and the success of the massive anti-intellectual movem...

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