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Comment: how it continues (Score 1) 767

by globaljustin (#47933063) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

they have soft power...influence...Royals are like the Koch brothers on steroids, because of their family history of despotism

howso?

let's start with BP...British Petroleum

formerly known as "Royal Iranian Petroleum"

it was a deal with the English Crown, who, at the time the deal with Iran was made over 100 years ago, still ran BP outright

BP is a publicly held company now, but the ties are still there financially...the Royal Family still has controlling interest

that's one example...think of it this way, here in America we have no Royals, yet rich people still influence government...now, Royals are rich people *plus* a huge network of dependencies and relationships that go back for centuries

Comment: veto power & soft power (Score 1) 767

by globaljustin (#47932463) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

the British Royals have veto power on every major decision Canada makes

you agree that Royal Assent is necessary yourself...and it's in that wiki *very well sourced*

so Royal Assent exists...your "what if" scenario about what would happen in a confrontation situation with the Canadian subjects is *Pure Speculation*

also, it is foolish to assume that the Royal Family wouldn't try to push policy in other ways that are not as confrontational

the whole point is to keep their involvement low profile

Comment: canada is owned by the Queen (Score 1) 767

by globaljustin (#47929615) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

you are absolutely wrong my friend...you need to accept it...Canadians aren't 'citizens' they're 'subjects' just like the British

it's all right here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

Elizabeth II has final say on all important decisions of the Canadian government, foreign and domestic via Royal Perogative...and Canadian Parliament must **ask her permission** to meet

It's true...look at the sources in the wiki above

Comment: BBT and you and me (Score 1) 83

he chose not to answer....whether the show truly makes geek culture mainstream....or if it just holds geeks up for ridicule to millions of ordinary Americans

right...I'm totally with you on your analysis of the show's relationship with 'science' and the culture of scientists and academics...100% agree

this guy is a science advisor...that's it...he would be acting very unprofessionally to speak officially and talk about the fact that the characters protrayal is a backhanded ridiculing of geeks

the truth is, YES...there are definitely major things wrong with BBT & science...but this guy is not part of those decisions

to go further, I *wanted* to ask a question like you suggest, but as I typed it, I just tried to picture a day on the set for this guy...he's not part of those decisions that we hate at all...

instead, I tried to get at it from another angle with my question (which he did answer!)....I asked him how much input about his daily life as a scientist the show makers ask him about...the answer confirms what we suspect

Comment: Oligarchy world (Score 0) 767

by globaljustin (#47928161) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

100% agree

this is an insane world....and it's not nearly as free and democratic as we like to think it is...

Saudi Arabia isn't an 'ally' it is a despotic monarchy...basically ISIL with official sanction to a nation/state

Canada is a monarchy that's allowed to make some of it's own laws and have meetings but really its an oil emirate for the Brittish Royals

Iran is a modern country with pockets of progressivism that actually likes America and freedom, but oil interests (again with the Brittish Royals) prop up a psychotic religious extremist hierarchy

Comment: trapped in nomenclature (Score 1) 96

by globaljustin (#47924003) Attached to: NSA Director Says Agency Is Still Trying To Figure Out Cyber Operations

we need to have pity upon government workers tasked with these jobs, especially the military

some of them spend their entire working day on tasks that *help* us (of course others do other things too...ahem)

so..."criminal activity" or "act of war"

i understand the distinction...but beneath those options are huge icebergs of heirarchy and process

the way out is to take the technology out of the equation...

chinese government hacker uses the internet to steal nuclear plans

-now take the tech out-

chinese government spy uses social engineering to steal paper documents of nuclear plans

with the tech *out* is it an act of war?

what if it is a private contractor? take the tech out...would it then be "war" or "crime"?

Comment: People who can think and learn (Score 1) 385

by spaceyhackerlady (#47922291) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

I'm guided by the experience of the airlines. While you must, obviously, have the right sort of pilot's license, they also want a four year university degree. Not because it necessarily enhances your flying, but because it shows you can learn and accomplish things. If you can learn and accomplish things, and know your way around computers, I'd love to talk to you.

The big problem at most places I've worked is getting promising resumes past HR people who only count buzzwords.

...laura

Comment: we're talking about controllers (Score 1) 203

by globaljustin (#47920845) Attached to: Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

video game controllers...

specifically in overall 'width' or 'thickness' if you will...it's just not a salient gradient

example problem: users with large hands report cramping and mistakes, want a bigger controller. so, M$ tests a larger option. this task is much more than just making it 1mm wider...first, make the controller 20% larger, and space out the buttons, maybe raise their height...and do an ergonomic analysis of the angles of joints for button pushing and consider fatigue...**THATS REAL DESIGN TESTING**

what M$ did in that video is just a waste and an example of very poor product design and testing

Comment: Let's be different (Score 2) 91

by spaceyhackerlady (#47920245) Attached to: New Release of MINIX 3 For x86 and ARM Is NetBSD Compatible

I've followed Minix development with interest. The internal architecture is different from most OSs out there. Not different for the sake of being different, but different to show different solutions to problems. The way we do things in Linux et al is powerful, but it's not the only way.

I haven't come up with a compelling reason to use it in my work (yet... :-), but I install each new release on a virtual machine and play with it.

...laura

Comment: sources are not scientific & religious familie (Score 1) 212

by globaljustin (#47918803) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

you linked me to "schizophrenia.com"...which is sort of like linking me to "antivaxer.com" to as evidence vaccinations cause autism

you even admit it yourself: "Some of those links include actual cites from scientific studies, by the way"

how do you know that? how do you know those links cite scientific studies? did you see it yourself?

so you looked at these articles, saw that they had actual research cited, but you chose **NOT** to copy/paste that information, instead, you chose to copy/paste information that *lacks* that information

if you were trying to be honest in this discussion you would not have linked to those ridiculously questionable sources, and instead found the actual research (if it even exists)

nih info...from the nih.gov page, we can see one of the fallacies of diagnosing disorders with symptoms of "hallucinations" and "strange speech"

religious families...**of course** when the dad is a Pentacostal preacher the likelihood of his kids "hearing demons" skyrockets....***that is not genetic....it is ideological***...it is learned behavior, but even the best studies do not control for this

i want to see how many of these cases are from religious families who believe that a deity speaks to them

just saying that...just saying "God talks to me"...is essentially enough to get you diagnosed as schizophrenic according to the DSM!

if your family members do ***anything*** you are more likely to do it, practically...that is not a genetic link at all

Comment: Re:ozone layer (Score 1) 596

by globaljustin (#47918097) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

understand this: just posting some *random* link is not discussion

you need to say *specifically* how and why the information contained in your link supports your contentions or you're just trolling

also, for some like to 'junkscience.com' you need to explain why you believe it to be a reputable source

anyone can google "ozone layer conspiracy" and post the first link they find...it means absolutely **NOTHING** to this discussion

Comment: too much of anything kills (Score 1) 596

by globaljustin (#47918077) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

water is necessary for human life

yet, humans can **poison** themselves by drinking too much water: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/wo...

A 28-year-old woman died of water intoxication after taking part in a radio station's water drinking contest to win a Nintendo Wii video game system, the coroner's office said.

water = necessary for life

too much water = deadly poison

Comment: compare it to hemophilia (Score 1) 212

by globaljustin (#47917601) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

ok...compare "schizophrenia" as you are trying to explain it to something like hemophilia

some disorder that is not based on perception of behavior

so...hemophilia...the English royal family famously inbred so much that hemophilia became a problem genetically

is hemophilia "heritable" or is it "caused" by genetics...show me in comparison to hemophilia how schizophrenia is "heritable" and "genetic"

Comment: environment, choices, and genetics (Score 1) 212

by globaljustin (#47917571) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

Because it's not news that schizophrenia is at least partially hereditary, they've known that for decades

if it is such common knowledge, you should easily be able to point me to some sort of proof

lets see it...show me proof

also, after you paste a link to support your claim, I'd like for you to addess this as well: you're taking a complex situation, over-simplifying it, then telling me all the ways it becomes complex but just using your own rhetoric

in one sense, i agree, everyone knows that your genes determine characteristics...but people like you ignore that it is **common knowledge** that many factors influence "who we are"...environment...personal choices,...just as salient, if not more, than genetics

Always leave room to add an explanation if it doesn't work out.

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