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Comment: Re:This Yeti/Area-51/LochNess story just won't die (Score 1) 200

by Fned (#48192165) Attached to: The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

As that was never a requirement, regardless of your tenuous stretching of logic and 'fact', your entire argument fails.

In the 1950's, "military flight experience in high-performance jets" and "had penis" formed a perfectly circular Venn diagram. Until 1976, women weren't allowed to be military pilots, period.

It was not a literal requirement, but it was both a practical and technical one to the point where it might as well have been a literal requirement.

Comment: Re: All about perception (Score 1) 200

by Fned (#48190465) Attached to: The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

The Rangers perhaps aren't, but the general military is.

Armies are not composed of average men. They are, specifically, a subgroup of all persons that can pass through a specific set of selection filters.

Average men are average, not "average minus all the ones we deselected because they didn't meet a variety of physical and mental standards."

Comment: Re:Simple problem, simple solution (Score 2) 359

by Fned (#46763935) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Anybody can still build in mountain view or wherever.

No they can't.

FTFA:

Even more mind-bogglingly, Mountain View is discussing new office development that would bring as many as 42,550 office workers to the city. But the city’s zoning plan only allows for a maximum of 7,000 new homes by 2030.

do you even read, brah?

Comment: Re:Does this 'trick' adhere? Nope. (Score 1) 560

by Fned (#46302017) Attached to: How Well Do Our Climate Models Match Our Observations?

Except, of course, that it was not "valid" at all.

"The final analyses from various subsequent inquiries concluded that in this context 'trick' was normal scientific or mathematical jargon for a neat way of handling data, in this case a statistical method used to bring two or more different kinds of data sets together in a legitimate fashion."

When you have to hide your own results, you're doing something wrong.

"The EPA notes that in fact, the evidence shows that the research community was fully aware of these issues and that no one was hiding or concealing them."

A lot of dedicated alarmists have tried to pretend that "the trick" was above-board... but it wasn't.

"...in this case a statistical method used to bring two or more different kinds of data sets together in a legitimate fashion."
"...the evidence shows that the research community was fully aware of these issues and that no one was hiding or concealing them."

In any other field, if a scientist had tried this sort of thing to hide a bad result, they'd be in deep trouble.

[citation needed]

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky

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