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Comment Why that's a real issue (Score 2) 391

That law puts decision making burdens on the wrong people and there are no end of debatable cases.

The police department of a nearby city told an employer that the picture of a young boy in his underwear on an employee's computer was actionable.

On the other hand, if an "IT technician" gets too sensitive, people with bathtub photos of their kids are going to have their lives ruined.

Then there's the issue of whether it's even safe to report things. Right here on Slashdot, someone who runs a porn hosting business said that the first time they found a customer running underage porn, they contacted the authorities. The authorities then threatened to prosecute the hosting firm. When that firm finds child porn today they silently fire the customer and delete the content.

Comment Re:Deniers? (Score 3, Insightful) 507

When all else fails, watch the way the parties debate and assess their credibility from their actions.

On one hand, there are scientists who tell you what their error bars are, talk in terms of probabilities, and tell you where they need more data to offer firmer forecasts.

On the other side I have heard
o The planet is not warming up, satellite measurements prove it
o The warming, which isn't happening, ended in 1998
o The warming, which isn't happening, which ended in 1998, is caused by carbon dioxide from volcanoes
o The warming which isn't happening which ended in 1998 which is caused by CO2 from volcanoes has nothing to do with CO2 but is caused by solar output changes

There's more.

Some of it is honest backlash against people who go beyond the evidence. I dismiss anyone who talks about "saving the planet". The planet was just fine with palm trees growing in Antarctica.

Most of it is cynically calculated intentional disinformation. See the book "The Climate Coverup" for examples of how talking points were tested in focus groups without any investigation into whether they were true.

Then consider, if you don't believe the scientists, that they could be wrong in either direction and things could be worse than they expect. There's actually some data to suggest exactly that. See the book "With Speed and Violence", from a science magazine editor who has excellent BS filters.

Comment Re:Easy to follow guide (Score 1) 308

This isn't a theory, this is speculation.

Biologically, men are constitutionally weaker than women. Their infant mortality rate is higher. In environments with the same lifestyle and stresses, women live longer (studies have compared nuns with monks).

You could even argue that having only one X chromosome is a dangerous genetic defect.

Speculation #1, then, is that mental illness is in the same lump of phenomena as hemophilia and color blindness, disproportionately affecting males.

Speculation #2 is that men get better health care than women and are diagnosed more often as a result.

Speculation #3 is that there's no such phenomenon at all, given that women are diagnosed with depression more than men are.

>They are just as dangerous

You might be falling into a common mistake there. OCD people, depressed people, most schizophrenics, and most other mentally ill people are as safe to be around as anyone else.

Comment Re:earth helium (Score 4, Interesting) 267

3He is hard to find, but relatively easy to make. Pile up some tritium and wait. It decays to 3He with a half-life of 12.3 years.

If we ever get fusion power plants at all we'll start with D-T reactors, which means we'll have to have enough tritium breeding capacity to fuel our reactors, which means we'll have enough production capacity to fuel our 3He reactors with the decay products.

Cheaper than mining the Moon, I would guess.

Comment Re:Untrue according to the study (Score 1) 163

What's utterly fascinating is that the brains of transgender people look like and work like the gender they self-report. It's consistent with the early onset and fixity of their gender identity if it's confirmed to be a brain setting.

If you follow only one link from this bibliography, make it the one to Zhou et. al.'s Nature article.

That said, the remarkable thing about male and female brains is how similar they are. It's a curious phenomenon how hard people will work to "find" differences that aren't actually there.

Comment All bullies are always the enemy (Score 2) 618

Up at the top of the page it says "News for nerds".

OK, fellow nerds, let's remember our school days.

Remember how quick the thugs were to yell "He started it!"? Remember the adults who were supposed to keep things safe dismissing assaults in the restroom and saying we just needed to learn how to handle teasing? Remember how the bullies traveled with entourages who thought they were cool?

People like that are running around in adult bodies now. We all have the background to see them for what they are. We must oppose them immediately and unconditionally, or we are on their side.

Hint: the instant you start making any excuse for any threat of violence from any side of an argument, you are in the wrong.

Comment Re:Politics of homeopathy (Score 1) 414

I like that. Continue the thought.

If a government is friendly to homeopathy, maybe they could practice homeopathic government in general. Pursue the War On Drugs with zero police officers, for example. Spy on citizens with a single pair of binoculars. Put protesters in jail for only a few seconds, to increase the sentence.

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