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Comment Re:Secrets die with the creator (Score 1) 74

This is one of the downsides to a craft-based technological society: when the creator dies knowledge goes with them.

I find it hard to believe that this artifact was developed by a single individual in isolation. It seems more like something that required a fair bit of history behind it, long term development of multiple threads by multiple individuals.

Ie this seems like just one product of a civilization and the rest of this civilization is missing from the historical and archaeological record.

Comment Re:Internet News (Score 1) 181

American footballers are schoolgirls. Too soft to play without armour, too thick to follow the rules of rugby union.

Yeah right. But I don't see rugby players drilling someone at full speed preparing to catch the ball liike they do when American Football punt receivers are about to catch a punt (unless they call fair catch of course).

American football players are athletes! They run miles in training! They run for 6 seconds, have a 5 minute break, run another 6 seconds etc.

Comment Re:"nonconsensual sex or touching" (Score 1) 399

*Disclaimer: neither of these women were "attractive". The house rep was borderline fat with black wiry hair and from head to toe stunk of clove. My client is practically skin and bones with a big squareish face and short hair that doesn't compliment her. I didn't get off either time - though I will give credit to the house rep for doing her best with a clumsy hand job after half-suffocating me.

Just imagine what a drop-dead gorgeous woman could get away with.

Then think how low the stats are for female murderers relative to male.

Comment Re:"nonconsensual sex or touching" (Score 1) 399

about one-quarter of female undergraduates and students who identified as queer or transgender said they had experienced nonconsensual sex or touching since entering college

Why did you edit this important bit out of the full quote? The way you did it makes it sound like 27% of all females on campus have experienced this, which is not what they are saying at all.

so 27% of individuals on campus who either are or pretend to be female have experienced this. Interesting. How about the queers who don't pretend to be female, do they experience this as well? From other queers or straights or what?

Comment Re:"nonconsensual sex or touching" (Score 1) 399

If you look up the study, the exact quote is “nonconsensual penetration or sexual touching involving physical force or incapacitation,”.

The summary is brain-dead, but in a way that *understates* the problem, compared to the actual quote (which doesn't contain the word "rape"). After all, you're interpreting this as lower arms and shoulders, but that's clearly not "sexual touching involving physical force or incapacitation"..

What the study implies but doesn't say is that there is some location where non-consensual penetration or sexual touching is ok but that college campuses are not that place.

They need to tell us what the appropriate place *is*.

Comment Re:Oh, goody (Score 1) 91

Pretty much what happens now. I guess if people fail to learn as kids, what they get as adults pretty much has to be a nanny state...

That, actually, is it.

In many cultures (eg the English speaking ones) children are so insulated from the realities of life that they grow up to be, well, children. So they need a nanny state otherwise their civilizations would go Lord of the Flies pretty quickly.

In other cultures children are encouraged to be responsible and reasonable and not indulged, isolated nor insulated. These children grow up to be adults. They don't need a nanny state because they are grownups.

Comment Re:Let's just skip right to 1984 (Score 1) 167

And the fucked up part is, it doesn't even work. France has had draconian anti-cryptography laws (relative to Britain) for decades. They're not one of the Five Eyes; NSA has probably completely infiltrated and pwn3d every packet transmitted to and from France.

Actually one of the benefits of not being in 5 eyes is that if you are in 5 eyes you can't run effective counterintelligence operations; you don't want to stop the other 4 eyes from spying on your people.

So if you aren't in 5 eyes you can run effective counterintelligence and ANYONE you catch spying is stopped. Meanwhile over in NZ, if they find someone spying first they'd have to check that they aren't an Aussie, Canadian, British or US operation and once they've excluded that possibility THEN they can stop them.

Some poorer non-5-eyes countries have the added benefit that they have eg Russia and China BOTH doing counterintel vs each other and everyone else. Its like the 3 stooges trying to get through a door!

5 eyes countries are basically intel whores.

Comment Re:Inefficient because they forgot how to do it. (Score 1) 381

So... Until folks acquire a taste for grass fed beef, feed lots are where the bulk of your beef will come from. That's just based on what the American pallet will accept and the cheapest way to produce what we want to eat. There is not much else that's going to happen so get used to the idea.

The American pallet is so jaded, its really sad what passes for meat in North America, but its all that they'll eat.

Coming from Mongolia, where all the cattle and sheep are free-range (wolves are actually a problem and the cattle are pretty nimble) and the sheep you eat is mutton, not lamb (because killing lambs is uneconomical as you have had no wool nor milk from them), I can tell you from direct personal experience that the meat you produce in North America is almost completely tasteless.

Surely meal worms can't be any worse than what you guys already eat and call 'meat'?

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.