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by dedalus
Tue May 24, 2011 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 96725

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

Being falsely accused of falsely accusing also, surprisingly, ruins lives. What did you think Oregonaut's point was? More to the point, if everyone who brings a case of rape to light is falsely accused of falsely accusing by the public, then they won't bring cases of rape to light. I swear that you...
by dedalus
Tue May 24, 2011 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 96725

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

Saying the victim of the first is always in need of support, while the perpetrator of the second is in need of support seems exceptionally one sided. Except that statistically, chances are that the victim is telling the truth. Pretty much, everyone has a different job to do, and most people aren't ...
by dedalus
Tue May 24, 2011 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 96725

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

*So, this is something that's confused for the last 9 months since I realized it. Why is it that while drunk, you are presumed to have enough judgment that you can be held responsible for any deaths you cause by driving drunk, but not enough judgment to consent to sex? Because if you have sex you l...
by dedalus
Tue May 24, 2011 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: 2011 in Music.
Replies: 76
Views: 14313

Re: 2011 in Music.

Since The King of Limbs has been mentioned a lot ill bring up "Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will" by Mogwai, which has one of my favourite album titles ever. And its great album, a nice progression in their sound too. Actually wait, Gee Willikers second half of The King of Limbs is ama...
by dedalus
Mon May 23, 2011 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Secret Service interrogates 13 year old
Replies: 71
Views: 6572

Re: Secret Service interrogates 13 year old

Honestly, it's less a problem with the text and more a problem with the interpreters. I mean, you take a couple of badly-translated lines about how god isn't into watching guy-on-guy stuff in the bedroom, and this becomes a bigger issue then all the stuff about loving thy neighbour and shit. But, in...
by dedalus
Mon May 23, 2011 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 96725

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

And I think that calling everyday misogyny "rape culture" is counter-productive, because it makes it much easier for offenders to dismiss people telling them to change their ways. No, you just don't like the fact that this will effectively associate your name with the word 'rape', especia...
by dedalus
Mon May 23, 2011 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Right to Lie
Replies: 45
Views: 5127

Re: The Right to Lie

Unfortunately, 'being a dick' is not a punchable offence. Otherwise, there'd be plenty of bruises floating around the internet.
by dedalus
Mon May 23, 2011 11:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Secret Service interrogates 13 year old
Replies: 71
Views: 6572

Re: Secret Service interrogates 13 year old

All those examples involved fooling either teenagers or simply barging in dressed as police officers (presumably to distract from passers-by). Getting past a school office that surprisingly enough *does* have the kids interests at heart (or rather, involves people who will lose their job if they let...
by dedalus
Sun May 22, 2011 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Secret Service interrogates 13 year old
Replies: 71
Views: 6572

Re: Secret Service interrogates 13 year old

Just a quick other point; currently people in the West have it pretty good. If the biggest thing you get your panties in a knot over is whether your president was born in the country, then you're doing alright. So, it's hardly surprising that they aren't really big on 'hey let's go blow shit up'. Th...
by dedalus
Sat May 21, 2011 10:00 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Twins in a Maze
Replies: 81
Views: 21515

Re: Twins in a Maze

Chain their left hand to a circular ring with diameter = 2D+1cm, where D is the maximum stretch possible of either twin. They can leave when they touch.
by dedalus
Sat May 21, 2011 9:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Right to Lie
Replies: 45
Views: 5127

Re: The Right to Lie

Personally, I think the revision they mention at the end of the article is probably the most important. It shouldn't be illegal to lie, and if he's going to fight for veterans rights under the pretence that he was a veteran once then sure, whatever. But as soon as he gets anything that isn't his du...
by dedalus
Sat May 21, 2011 8:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Right to Lie
Replies: 45
Views: 5127

Re: The Right to Lie

Personally, I think the revision they mention at the end of the article is probably the most important. It shouldn't be illegal to lie, and if he's going to fight for veterans rights under the pretence that he was a veteran once then sure, whatever. But as soon as he gets anything that isn't his due...
by dedalus
Tue May 17, 2011 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Pizza time
Replies: 8
Views: 2717

Re: Pizza time

Well, let's refine the problem to 'position n dots in a circle so as to minimise the distance between any arbitrary point on the circle and these dots'. Assuming you are minimising the furthest possible distance of such an arbitrary point (rather than the average or something like that), then this ...
by dedalus
Tue May 17, 2011 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Pizza time
Replies: 8
Views: 2717

Re: Pizza time

Heres the anser its not mine but it something I looked into when I was thinking about rocket engens under a rocket, funny how such different things can have the same anser. http://hydra.nat.uni-magdeburg.de/packing/cci/cci.html I think this is the answer to a similar but different problem - the way...
by dedalus
Sun May 15, 2011 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Pizza time
Replies: 8
Views: 2717

Re: Pizza time

Well, let's refine the problem to 'position n dots in a circle so as to minimise the distance between any arbitrary point on the circle and these dots'. For 2, you can't do any better then having 1 point in the middle; I'm pretty sure you can prove this by construction; draw the line AB betw...
by dedalus
Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Statistics: Male vs Female Physicists
Replies: 16
Views: 3790

Re: Statistics: Male vs Female Physicists

Never implied causation, only that it's expected that there is positive correlation between family life and career success, for physicists (though I'd imagine it holds true for most fields). They probably both have the same underlying cause, being a "capable" person. Again, let's stop wit...
by dedalus
Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Statistics: Male vs Female Physicists
Replies: 16
Views: 3790

Re: Statistics: Male vs Female Physicists

CorruptUser wrote:
DreadArchon wrote:male physicists in developed nations have better careers if they have children.


You mean that if a man is emotionally capable and likable enough to convince someone to marry him, he is more likely to have a better career?

Marriage =/= children.
by dedalus
Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amendment Mandates College "Traditional Values Center"
Replies: 72
Views: 6835

Re: Amendment Mandates College "Traditional Values Center"

Just a question here; are 'family and traditional values' well defined in law? Because I can see a lot of good that can come out of promoting say: the value of gay people having families, the value of families teaching equality and understanding of homosexuality, the value of the traditional roman a...
by dedalus
Wed Apr 27, 2011 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Birthers are morons
Replies: 235
Views: 25981

Re: Birthers are morons

Look guys, he's got us. Let's stop hiding the fact that Obama was born on the moon, hitched a ride on a passing alien ship to area 51 en route to them stopping by to pick up some hillbillies, then dropped into Hawaii to check out the surf and altered time and space with his A L I E N M I N D C A N N...
by dedalus
Mon Apr 25, 2011 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 548759

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Quote-sniping means that rather then having to make a coherent logical argument where you create a logical flow by making a bunch of rational points leading onto each other, you just sit there and make individual retorts, each having nothing in common with each other. It's disjointed, very hard to r...
by dedalus
Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 548759

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Man, quote-sniped to the shit again. You know, if the internet gives you the time to think coherently about your posts, maybe you could do us all a favour and write a structured reply. I'll make two points: the term "racial discrimination" shall mean any distinction, exclusion, restriction...
by dedalus
Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 548759

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

@Sourmilk: Everyone here recognises that the situation is complex; I don't think people have been advocating for an immediate opening of Israel's borders to Palestinian refugees. Personally I would advocate some sort of system where people who have the documentation are either compensated for their ...
by dedalus
Mon Apr 25, 2011 4:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 548759

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

How's about we stop trying to invent excuses for Israel; they've got their own politicians and lawyer guys, and they're paid to do that; we're not (though sourmilk, if you came out and said you were, I wouldn't be hugely surprised). When it comes down to it, the right of return is a pretty important...
by dedalus
Sun Apr 24, 2011 6:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The universe's dimensions may change with age, energy, scale
Replies: 29
Views: 4784

Re: The universe's dimensions may change with age, energy, s

That's a pretty cool concept. Sounds kinda similar to CDT. I really like the fact that they've got some ideas for testable hypothesis; let's see how it goes.
by dedalus
Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Zealand Piracy Bill
Replies: 3
Views: 1021

Re: New Zealand Piracy Bill

I'm just more worried about the potential for the shady practices in the US coming over to NZ - sending letters telling people to settle out of court or face large fines, and scaring money out of people.
by dedalus
Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A twist on the switch problem
Replies: 57
Views: 10627

Re: A twist on the switch problem

So here's my thinking: Every prisoner starts off on a count of 1. They also have another counter i, which starts at 2. Each prisoner can be in one of two states. The first state is similar to that suggested by redrogue - if the light is off, the prisoner turns it on and decreases their count by 1. I...
by dedalus
Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tevatron finds an unusual peak
Replies: 14
Views: 2271

Re: Tevatron finds an unusual peak

http://xkcd.com/882/

Not saying that the results couldn't be true, but I'm pretty sure that this comic applies sooooo hard to these results.

Let's wait to see if they're replicated :)
by dedalus
Thu Apr 07, 2011 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Egypt's New Government likely to be Hostile to Israel
Replies: 207
Views: 16067

Re: Egypt's New Government likely to be Hostile to Israel

Yeah, I've said my point, you haven't listened, now I'm gone. And holy-quote snipe batman. To finish: And http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israeli_settlements - please, get your sources right. Israel did the right thing in Gaza with pulling their civilians out there (surprise surprise, inasmuch as me sa...
by dedalus
Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Egypt's New Government likely to be Hostile to Israel
Replies: 207
Views: 16067

Re: Egypt's New Government likely to be Hostile to Israel

@Dedalus: Did you just try and defend the actions of a terrorist organisation? And their methods? And then compare those methods to that of Israel? I just want your confirmation of this, because it sounds like you did exactly just that. I'm not trying to compare the two on their actions, just point...
by dedalus
Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Egypt's New Government likely to be Hostile to Israel
Replies: 207
Views: 16067

Re: Egypt's New Government likely to be Hostile to Israel

Hamas and the Iranian government pretty much do equal pure evil. The former is a terrorist group and the latter is one of the most oppressive governments on earth. I'm gonna stop you here, because this sentence is probably the best one to make a fairly sizeable point. Hamas is not pure evil. Neithe...
by dedalus
Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Madness Begins
Replies: 476
Views: 52397

Re: The Madness Begins

Personally, I treat mod madness like stand-up comedy. I don't have anything to do with the writing or the telling of the jokes, I've come along to watch other people be awesome, sit in the crowd and hope to hell that I don't get picked for audience participation. Chances are that someone somewhere i...
by dedalus
Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Madness Begins
Replies: 476
Views: 52397

Re: The Madness Begins

I forgot, how did you get Saladin's Mom and Saladin's Mom again and again and again and again? Wine, flowers, chocolates, a good sense of humour and a strong constitution. That being said, if you're getting her that many times, you might need also a can of energy drink and another man standing in r...
by dedalus
Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wave of anti-abortion bills advance in the states
Replies: 164
Views: 30055

Re: Wave of anti-abortion bills advance in the states

You know, I swear we had this discussion like... A week ago.

Also, to clarify my statement, I was talking about in the US (and I guess that extends to the Western world), and I'll refine 'everyone' to 'people who aren't connected with the babies birth'. Does that suit better?
by dedalus
Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wave of anti-abortion bills advance in the states
Replies: 164
Views: 30055

Re: Wave of anti-abortion bills advance in the states

Ultimately, the abortion debate is one of the hard ones because it does stand on exactly that tricky moral ground. And to be honest, I'd think that everyone who is pro-choice has had to consider that argument against it. And given that it's a wholly moral debate, it's a harder debate then say, the d...
by dedalus
Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wave of anti-abortion bills advance in the states
Replies: 164
Views: 30055

Re: Wave of anti-abortion bills advance in the states

I'm pretty sure that no-one deserves to have to go through extra stress in one of the most stressful periods of their life...
by dedalus
Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Abortion and Women's Rights
Replies: 479
Views: 41279

Re: Abortion and Women's Rights

Look guys, I'm pretty sure the jig is up. FireZ's clearly on to the fact that we really want late-term abortions because grilled 24-week old fetus is delicious. How about we stop pretending like we care about the safety of the mother, the inhumanity of his proposal, and all the other arguments that ...
by dedalus
Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Abortion and Women's Rights
Replies: 479
Views: 41279

Re: Abortion and Women's Rights

The limit of that function is 1(total certainty) Thing is, this is the limit regardless of whether the woman abstains or not. Now, I don't have any data saying either way on whether rape victims don't realise that they're pregnant until too late, but given that this shit happens, it's almost certai...
by dedalus
Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Abortion and Women's Rights
Replies: 479
Views: 41279

Re: Abortion and Women's Rights

What Ulc said. They have no obligation to you to satisfy your personal morality at the cost of huge changes to their lives. The couples express and only purpose(assuming they weren't trying for a child) was to have a short period of intensely pleasurable experience. And they probably used protection...
by dedalus
Thu Mar 17, 2011 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Abortion and Women's Rights
Replies: 479
Views: 41279

Re: Abortion and Women's Rights

You expect people to be educated, reasonable and caring Oh fuck no, I expect people to be emotional and scared about it. I've been in the situation of not knowing whether a girl will get pregnant, and it wasn't even my body. That being said, I'd presume not everyone acts exactly the same as me, but...
by dedalus
Thu Mar 17, 2011 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Abortion and Women's Rights
Replies: 479
Views: 41279

Re: Abortion and Women's Rights

Ummm... do you get the idea that these people are often put in the position where they have to have a male child to ensure staying alive in old age? I'm pretty sure they would have thought about it long and hard, and put their lives over the potential life of the fetus. And then they have another ch...

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