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Comment: Re:Do Canadian credit cards for sub $10? (Score 2) 248

by Galestar (#43592321) Attached to: In Canada, a Government-Backed Electronic Currency
It not about what a single individual (you) thinks he can get away with by passing the costs onto another. Its about what removes inefficiencies from the system in general, and avoids the tragedy of the commons that we have now - which is that individuals acting under rational self interest reduce the general welfare of society as a whole.

Comment: Re:if it's all about women's protection... (Score 1) 853

by Galestar (#43109131) Attached to: EU To Vote On Proposal That Could Ban All Online Pornography

Seems pretty clear to me that this means I can put a religious symbol anywhere I want. Whether its a nativity, an upside down cross, a statue of Buddha, or the that Six Armed Hindu one. We just have to have equal rights for all.

By your logic I can put a 10 foot tall dildo on an elementary school's front lawn.


Researchers Explain Why Flu Comes In the Winter 129

Posted by samzenpus
from the cold-in-the-cold dept.
First time accepted submitter ggrocca writes "Using human mucus as a testbed for how well influenza virus thrives in different humidity conditions, researchers at Virginia Tech found that the virus survived best if humidity is below 50%, a typical indoor situation during the winter in temperate climates due to artificial heating. The virus begins to find itself at home again only when humidity reaches almost 100%. Unsurprisingly, the latter finding explains flu spikes during rainy season in tropical climates. Full paper on PLOS ONE."

Comment: Re:Feature/Bug in Outlook (Score 2) 248

by Galestar (#42082557) Attached to: Companies Getting Rid of Reply-all
Other advantage of gmail is it actually groups "conversations" so you don't end up with 100 emails for a long running converstation. Email becomes like a thread that you are subscribed to (with reply all) instead of a cluster fuck of messages all over the place. If people are smart about it you can easily take people in and out of the thread (we usually start emails with -Somebody or +Somebody when we do that).

How Free Speech Died On Campus 530

Posted by timothy
from the marching-band-refused-to-yield dept.
theodp writes "The WSJ catches up with FIRE's Greg Lukianoff and his crusade to expose how universities have become the most authoritarian institutions in America. In Unlearning Liberty, Lukianoff notes that baby-boom Americans who remember the student protests of the 1960s tend to assume that U.S. colleges are still some of the freest places on earth. But that idealized university no longer exists. Today, university bureaucrats suppress debate with anti-harassment policies that function as de facto speech codes. FIRE maintains a database of such policies on its website. What they share, lifelong Democrat Lukianoff says, is a view of 'harassment' so broad and so removed from its legal definition that 'literally every student on campus is already guilty.'"

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