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Comment: Re:Better (Score 2) 231

So if a woman is friends with a man, they can't hang out in private ever? And if the man decides that he wants more - and to force that "more" on her - then it's the woman's fault for hanging out with him without others around?

On the flip side, does this mean that women should regard all men as sexual predators? As a man, I'm offended by that.

Comment: Re:Here's what I don't get (Score 1) 231

For some colleges, relying on local police instead of campus security would be a huge negative. The college I went to was in a bad neighborhood, but our campus was pretty safe. Generally, you could walk around the campus at night without any problem. Walk two feet off campus, though, and I couldn't guarantee your safety. The local police might have had a hand in this, but I doubt they kept only the college safe. More likely, it was campus security providing focused protection (of a kind that the surrounding area didn't have) and calling in the police where needed.

Comment: Re:Students + Anonimity (Score 2, Insightful) 231

This is especially true if the local community places a high value on the person being accused. For example, if a small town's football superstar rapes someone and she reports it, she will be treated as a horrible person for trying to ruin the team's chance at the playoffs. Accusations will be made regarding her promiscuity and her general character. Her name will be dragged through the mud. And all of this before the case even sees one day in a courtroom. She might have to leave the town entirely while the football superstar will be hailed as a hero for having to go through such trying times while still scoring points for the local team. And if the football superstar had raped other women, they will be pressured into keeping quiet having seen how women who speak out are treated.

Does rape get falsely reported? Sure, but it also goes unreported out of fear of the victim becoming a target.

Comment: Re:Paper trail (Score 1) 104

by Jason Levine (#49484577) Attached to: The Voting Machine Anyone Can Hack

Bah. That's the backwards way of doing it. Here in the US, we award expensive contracts to large companies so they can make huge profits while delivering sub-par voting machines. The politicians win (in the form of bribes from the large companies and votes "redirected" to them) and the large companies win (aforementioned huge profits) so it's a win-win. Yes, the voters themselves lose, but that's not important when designing voting machines, right?

Comment: Re:No new treatments? (Score 4, Interesting) 23

by Jason Levine (#49481095) Attached to: How Brain Pacemakers Treat Parkinson's Disease

My wife's grandfather passed away due to complications from Parkinson's. I never got to meet him before the disease started, but it was heartbreaking to see him go from able to walk on his own using a walker to being unable to move a leg without help. He would fall down and being unable to help you life him back up. (FYI, it can really hurt your back trying to lift up a 150 or so pound man who can't help by supporting his own weight at all.) In the end, he couldn't even get out of bed.

I'm not sure which is worse, Parkinson's or Alzheimer's (where you slowly lose chunks of your memory/yourself until there's just an empty shell left). Any progress towards treating these disorders is fantastic.

Comment: Re:Similarly named Ron Howard film from 1977 (Score 1) 118

by Jason Levine (#49479349) Attached to: Jack Thompson Will Be Featured In BBC Film 'Grand Theft Auto'

Documentaries don't use actors to play the people they're about. The people are in them.

So any documentary about the Civil War or WW2 or other historical events only use people who lived through that time? They can never reenact the events to visually show what happened? Or do they bring the people back from the dead. Zombies help make documentaries much more interesting though they sacrifice accuracy a bit when Zombie Lincoln tries to eat the cameraman's brains.

Comment: Re:why must human ancestors be involved (Score 2) 88

by Jason Levine (#49477549) Attached to: World's Oldest Stone Tools Discovered In Kenya

Lions were the first example I thought of also. A male lion taking over a pride will also kill all cubs that aren't his own to ensure that the females only raise his own offspring. Nature isn't a rainbow-sunshine world of peace and harmony. It's a nasty world of kill or be killed and eaten. Anyone who thinks that humans are the only ones who kill really hasn't seen much of nature.

Comment: Re:Does it work in reverse? (Score 4, Insightful) 294

Not that, but my wife once had an undergarment trigger the TSA sensors as an "anomaly" and had to be subjected to the full pat down routine. By a female employee who, I hope, wasn't just doing this because she found my wife attractive. This likely wouldn't let a male TSA agent pat down a female in the line as I believe they have rules in place that only the same-sex individual must do the pat down. Then again, this IS the TSA we're talking about, so I wouldn't be surprised if that was abused as well. They have been caught sending attractive females through the "naked scanner" and ogling the resulting images.

The TSA: Protecting Us Against Imaginary Terrorists*

* But Not Real Ones**

** Also, who protects us against the TSA?

Comment: Re:Economics would be the problem (Score 1) 362

by Jason Levine (#49469931) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?

I don't see society losing all knowledge, but I could envision a society where being a scientist is either

A) A secretive, priest-hood type profession - In this case, most people would see science and technology as magic. How does the car run? Nobody knows but the Scientist and he's not telling.


B) A reviled profession with people practicing it in secret, if at all - Think of this as the extreme version of the religious extremists' "science is a war on religion" view with religion winning. Study of science is banned and public sentiment is manipulated to make people who study science into outcasts. Technological development freezes and then backslides as those with knowledge can't even repair what we have.

A couple generations of this could easily result in a populace who wouldn't know what to do with a fully charged laptop with a local copy of Wikipedia if you gave it to them - or worse, a populace who would smash the laptop and hang you for heresy.

Comment: Re:Education has been in decline since women's lib (Score 1) 147

I mean a teaching degree. Where the person studies education, childhood development, and other subjects that make that person capable to educate growing minds. The "5 week course" is analogous to taking someone whose computer experience is launching Word, giving them a 5 week course on server administration and then making them your sysadmin. Yes, the person might be able to go some of the motions of server administration, but they'll never be as good as someone with years of server administration under their belt.

Comment: Re:Education has been in decline since women's lib (Score 1) 147

I'm not sure if this is a general trend across the country, but where I am teachers with actual degrees are being targeted so that they (and the public schools in which they teach) can be replaced with business-run charter schools and "teachers" who took a five week online course. The good teachers are fleeing the profession and I've heard more than one teacher tell people they wouldn't recommend that students choose becoming a teacher as their career.

Comment: Re:own race/gender/etc. (Score 1) 147

Montessori schools do that. They let the students decide what they want to learn and at what pace. Personally, I don't buy this educational philosophy. I think kids can often be very short-sighted and might not try to learn an essential subject or might shy away from a subject as "boring/hard" when they would really love it if forced to study it for a bit. K-12 should be about 1) getting a child's educational foundation in place and 2) giving the child exposure to a wide variety of topics so they can decide which ones they like if/when they go to college.

You scratch my tape, and I'll scratch yours.