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Comment Re:The first step is the hardest. (Score 1) 308

It's not just mental health which needs to become a topic less shunned in today's society, but many others as well. I have been diagnosed over the past years with PTSD, as well as DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder), both of which are a consequence of my intersex condition.

Or more specifically: the traumatic events resulting from the abhorrent treatment of my intersex condition by doctors and psychologists, who insisted I had to be transsexual instead, attempted to force me into 'normalisation' surgeries, lied about results and so on for more than a decade. Funnily enough I only tried to commit suicide once in all that time.

This is a common thing for those who are unlucky enough to be born intersex, and there are many more 'conditions' which are prime candidates for causing severe depression and the risk of suicide if not handled correctly. Homosexuality has more or less left that stage in most countries now, as well as transsexuality, due to increasing knowledge and acceptance of something which is actually natural, and not a disorder (as some are trying to rename 'intersex' into now...).

In short, society needs to stop bullying people with whom is nothing wrong. Just like how bullying at schools has led in the past and will continue to lead to suicides, so does bullying by society in general result in the same.

Comment Re:Summary insufficient, click through the link. (Score 1) 786

I couldn't have put it better. I wish the media finally got this message as well, instead of pampering to these spoiled, whining, pampered white (con) women. I guess controversy just sells better...

It's fortunately only a small number of women who are attempting to ruin it for the rest of us. Unsurprisingly we find bullies and trolls in roughly equal amounts everywhere, regardless of their physical specifications.

Grace Hopper is indeed one example of a woman who defined the world. Same for Ada Lovelace, and countless others. They also did it together with men. I think that message of cooperation is something which seems to be often lost on humanity as a whole...

Comment Re:Summary insufficient, click through the link. (Score 5, Insightful) 786

As a woman & part of a minority who has been in and around open source projects, video games and what not for most of her life, I am frankly flabbergasted at articles and wild accusations like these.

The supposition is that there is a problem 'we women' suffer at the hands of males. The reality is that there are trolls and bullies who just pick on the weak. What I have also found is that said trolls and bullies are generally rapidly expunged from tech & gaming circles as they are unpleasant to deal with.

I have always found both the video gaming and open source/tech communities to be the most pleasant and welcoming of all. Am I doing something wrong here? Am I internalising misogyny, or some such nonsense?

Please, stop making up non-existing problems. We got enough real problems as-is already, including radicalised feminists and the media harassing us female gamers and geeks for not adhering to outdated and/or ridiculous stereotypes. Now there's a target to focus on for some real research on an actual problem. I won't stop you.

Comment Sloppy summary (Score 5, Informative) 303

After reading the friendly summary & article one might be left confused about where this lead is coming from, but according to the Wikipedia entry on the Flint River, it's due to the river's water being corrosive (presumably low pH) and degrading the lead pipes which form part of the water distribution network of the city.

The water itself is lead-free as it leaves the treatment plant, but still unsuitable for drinking due to containing high levels of carcinogenic trihalomethanes, which was the original reason that the river water was deemed unsuitable for producing potable water from.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flint_River_(Michigan)

Comment Re:Stop Hazing Us (Score 4, Insightful) 370

I couldn't agree more. I'm a software developer by trade. That I am a woman is a completely irrelevant quantifier in this context, as neither one's biological sex nor one's chosen gender role seems to have any effect on the quality of one's code in my experience.

Frankly, if someone refers to me as a 'female software developer' I'm more likely to feel offended, as if I'm somehow different from my (mostly male) colleagues, despite doing the exact same job and delivering (roughly) the same results.

Comment Downsides (Score 1, Interesting) 139

Previously such thermal solar tower designs have caught a lot of flak for a number of reasons, including their ability to light passing birds on fire ('streamers'), their maintenance-intensive nature (lots of mirrors and associated electronics to clean and maintain), the risk of massive arrays of mirrors reflecting light for passing pilots, as well as their relatively low power density.

The article reads more like a fluff PR piece instead of providing any credible reason for why we should get about yet another one of these plants.

Comment Why bother with installed capacity? (Score 2, Informative) 259

One of the hallmarks of PV solar and wind (turbine) power is that its installed capacity is so completely out of sync with its utilization rate. While a coal, nuclear or gas plant can hit utilization rates of 90 - 99%, PV solar and wind tend to fluctuate around 20-30%.

In short, 70-80% of installed PV solar and wind capacity has to be discarded in order to close to the utilization percentage. It also means that you need 3-5 times as much installed capacity to get near the power delivered figures for baseload power sources.

In summary, in terms commonly used here in /., I believe this article is what is referred to as a 'circle jerk' :)

Comment Re:In other news... (Score 1) 256

The German grid more stable in 2013? Relative to the years before it, maybe. Mostly because there's a big new market springing up here for people to sell grid stabilization services, which involves buffering energy somehow. It's all a response to the utter unsuitability of wind/solar to provide reliable power output.

But feel free to believe in your propaganda... fact of the matter is that the German Energiewende is on its last legs. Subsidies are being cut, projects are being scaled back and politicians are desperately trying to figure out ways to break the bad news to the populace.

Comment Re:In other news... (Score 1) 256

Germany, Scotland and Denmark have stabilization issues on their national grids. Fortunately they are linked into other (national) grids to help stabilize things again.

Unfortunately for my country (Germany) the surrounding countries are getting a bit pissed over having to take our power fluctuations every time the wind picks up/slows down and a cloud moves in front of our freakin' solar panels.,

Even the Green party here which originally championed the Energiewende is slowly retreating on its statements and original goals. It's increasingly becoming clear that it is all just a poorly planned and very expensive joke which has only served to increase the CO2 produced. Our government has already indicated that Germany will have to back out of the CO2 reduction goals previously set.

'Renewable energy' is largely just a white elephant, with some very severe negative repercussions.

Comment Gender/sex binary nonsense (Score 1) 599

Separating children and teenagers into 'boys and girls' keeps reinforcing the idea that these are part of some black and white, unchanging reality.

The fact of the matter is that both the gender and sex binaries are a complete lie. From fluent gender roles to a wide variety of physical characteristics (where'd an intersex/hermaphrodite person like yours truly fit into this system, for example?), making a school 'girls-only' or 'boys-only' merely opens the can of worms of 'what's a girl/boy?'.

Is a transsexual boy or girl a girl or a boy? What about someone who is 'genderqueer'? What about an intersex person (pick one of many dozens of conditions there)?

For these reasons 'gender-segregated' schools feel more like an artifact of an ancient, ignorant society than something which we should admire or strive to imitate.

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