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Comment: Re:The Perfect Bait (Score 2) 1097 1097

A protest isn't the same as murder.

Itzly wrote: "I can't recall many protests or people getting killed for it". Your reply implies that that I shouldn't have reacted to the word "protests", only to the much stronger "killed". Yet, the fact that Itzly wrote it implies that I should have read it and registered the impression that even protests are almost unheard of. This is a way of sneaking poor arguments into a discussion by attaching a much harder-to-dispute statement to it.

Comment: Re:The Perfect Bait (Score 1) 1097 1097

Oh, it happens. Protests, at least. http://www.praguepost.com/news/14559-region-photo-show-sparks-religious-uproar-in-serbian-capital.html:

A 2,000-strong battalion of police in riot gear cordoned off streets around the cultural center to prevent an outbreak of violence as thousands took to the streets to blast the portrayal of Jesus and his disciples as gay.

Comment: Re:Times (Score 1) 154 154

Ten times fainter? "One tenth as bright" reads better and makes more sense.

In electrical engineering, there is something called admittance, which is the inverse of impedance. Are there similar inverse terms for radiometry? If so, then "ten times fainter" makes sense, because it would be using a "faintness" scale that is established.

Comment: Re:What are they trying to show? (Score 1) 522 522

I'll bite; why is a love interest not an actual character?

It's not an actual character if it's the ONLY character that women get to play.

If you apply both the Bechdel test and the "gender reversed Bechdel test" to movies, you will see that this is more than a curiosity. The results are overwhelming. If you're a male actor, you get to play someone who has conversations with other male characters about lots of topics. If you're a female actor, you get to play the love interest, whose only conversations with other women is about men. The result is that women are portrayed as being only there for (the pleasure of) men.

The results will vary depending on which films you count. Independent films are perhaps (but not necessarily) better than mainstream blockbusters, but far fewer people see them, so they have a much lower impact anyway.

Comment: Re:why? (Score 1) 677 677

But perhaps you mean a goto that skips over function boarders? Not sure if you can do that in C and C++, if you can do that ofc. the stack is in your hands :) and you are at mercy of its limits.

It's called setjmp and longjmp and has been a part of the C standard since C89. However, you can still only jump UP through the stack, i.e. to a calling function, to code that has already been run.

#include <setjmp.h> /* C */
#include <csetjmp> // C++

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Setjmp.h for more information.

Comment: Re:Hypocrites, liars and communists. (Score 1) 441 441

nonsense, cattle only make up 1% of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions.

You can get quite philosophical with that statement. Are cow burps "man-made"?

On the other hand, the UN estimates that the whole livestock commodity chain contributes 18 % of all green house gas emissions, which is more than transport. This is an orange to your 1% apple, and the numbers should not be compared. It does however tell us what would happen to green house gas emissions if we stopped (or seriously cut down on) keeping livestock (primarily for meat, dairy, eggs and wool).

Also, you might want to consider that there is more cattle than humans on this planet, and most cows don't eat just grass. They are fed corn, soy, grains, and antibiotics.

Comment: Obligatory SMBC (Score 1) 334 334

I mention this because what if we went to another planet in search of intelligent life and found something like an octopus? How would we communicate with them? My guess is by cooking them, and then eating them.

http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1733

Comment: Re:The World is Overcrowded (Score 1) 106 106

this is natures way of making sure the world doesn't get overcrowded. It's a sad fact but people NEED to die.

Then how do you explain the fact that some of the countries with the highest life expectancies, and almost no severe endemic diseases, are also the ones with the slowest-growing (or even shrinking) populations?

Because they don't spit out 5-10 kids each?

Because their 1.9 children will survive long enough to support them after retirement, and since life is not just a struggle to survive, they are productive enough that they can afford to support their parents.

Comment: Re:Too much good content is deleted at Wikipedia. (Score 4, Interesting) 239 239

Notability is important for preventing a potentially slippery slope towards Wikipedia being expected to have an article on every shop, every street, every apartment complex, every popular teacher, and every creative work ever appreciated by more than 10 people.

What is wrong with that?

Sources. There are no secondary, independent sources about every shop, street, apartment complex, popular teacher, creative work, or the fact that there is a pencil lying on my desk right now. No matter how true it is, it is not verifiable in any reasonable sense of the word.

This is what people don't understand when they complain that things are deleted from Wikipedia. If Wikipedia's ambition is to create a credible encyclopaedia of all human knowledge, then it cannot be filled with speculation and half-truths. Even primary sources are suspect. I could easily create a blog or web site that claims something, then create a Wikipedia article that uses my web page as the main source. THAT is the slippery slope that is so often talked about.

Comment: Re:He claims this himself (Score 4, Interesting) 391 391

How about this then? From http://www.scorpioncomputerservices.com/whoweare.html:

<body onload="MM_preloadImages('file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but1_over.jpg','file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but2_over.jpg','file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but3_over.jpg','file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but4_over.jpg','images/nav_but5_over.jpg','file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but5_over.jpg','file:///Macintosh HD/Users/brandonlavere/Desktop/PROJECTS/Paradise Film &amp; Video/Test Site/images/nav_but6_over.jpg','images/0_company_over.png','images/0_difference_over.png','images/0_founder_over.png','images/0_team_over.png')">

That's production quality.

Comment: Re:less useful how? Re:The larger, the less useful (Score 2) 108 108

Unicode seems pretty backwards compatible; have any of the the newer versions overwritten or changed the meaning of older versions (e.g. caused damage)?

Yes. Version 2.0 completely changed the Hangul character set. Korean texts written with Unicode 1.1 were not readable in Unicode 2.0, and vice versa. This was 17 years ago, but note that it was after ISO had accepted version 1.1 as an ISO/IEC standard.

Counting in binary is just like counting in decimal -- if you are all thumbs. -- Glaser and Way

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